Pomington Palace is the common misunderstood version of Pomingham Palace, which is what you are in fact here for today.

We are two weeks from the return of the madness, folk! What do you need to know? Let’s begin!

Prior to Arrival:

Q: Can I bring my children?
A: Yes. KupoCon is a family-friendly event. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult ticket-holder, can come free. Just show up, and they will be given their own wristband. Bring ID for children nearing their teenage years, just to be sure.

Q: I’m not familiar with the area! Help?
A: The event is being held in the heart of London. We recommend nabbing an Oyster Card if you plan on travelling about using public transport. There are plenty of small convenience stores, larger supermarkets, fast food outlets and restaurants . The hotel has an ATM.

Q: Does the venue have parking?
A: There is a parking lot, which is operated by CC Parking. We recommend attendees use public transport, as we have no connection with the hotel’s parking, and thus cannot guarantee spaces will be available.

Q: Will there be somewhere I can leave my coat and belongings?
A: Yes. The charge per item is £1, and is operated by the hotel, not KupoCon.

Q: I have a last-minute change in ticket names. What do I do?
A: Simply access your Eventbrite account and update the name on the ticket. KupoCon waivers the fee for this service, so there’s no issue with late changes.

Q: I want an idea of what I’m walking into. What’s available to me right now?
A: Check out this link to the floor plan and schedule! You will also receive a physical copy of the schedule on the day. The venue is on the one floor and is easy to navigate.

Q: I’m cosplaying. What do I need to know?
A: Have a look at this page: Event Policies. Also, check out the Cosplay FAQ.

Q: I’m displaying. What time can I set up?
A: 08:00. Give yourself this hour to set up appropriately, as people will be coming in the door as early as 09:00.

 

Registration:

Q: When can I register?
A: Registration opens at 09:00. Have your ticket ready alongside photo ID to ensure a speedy entrance. You will need both of these.
You can use your mobile device to show your PDF ticket for registration.

Q: What is priority registration?
A: Premium ticket holders (Alexander and Knights of the Round) will be registered first. There will be a designated side for those registering with these tickets.

Q: What happens after registration?
A: The event starts with the Opening Ceremony at 10AM. It is definitely not something to miss – it will guide you through your unique experience at KupoCon. There is lots to do and earn in KupoCon, so don’t miss a moment.

Q: What if I turn up late?
A: Do your best to arrive before 10. We recommend no later than 09:30, as the bulk of our staff registering you will start to dilute, owing to their presence being required elsewhere. With that, it may take you longer to register, and loot may not be available come noon. KupoCon should not be considered a typical convention. More will become clear once you arrive.

Q: What if I turn up without a cosplay, and I’ve bought a ticket under the Dressphere discount?
A: You simply pay the difference on arrival. 15% of the original ticket price.
So, KotR = £15  Alexander = £9   Gilgamesh = £6   Shiva = £4.50
Costs are rounded by a couple of pence to include the Eventbrite fee we cover.

Q: I’ve registered early, I have time until the opening ceremony, what should I do?
A: This is the perfect time to visit our merchandise desk and snag what’s popular before it’s gone. We also recommend taking the time to dive into your Quest Log and familiarising yourself with some of the unique quests. Perhaps take the time to view the FFXV Snapshot Album and Record Keeper’s Journal, as well as try your hand at some of the crafts and puzzles set out in the area of the Kupo Kiosk and merchandise desk.

Q: Anything else?
A: We have talented vendor after talented vendor just waiting for you. As well as that, many unique displays also await your attention. This is one of the best times to explore all that, should you wish to take part in as much as possible throughout the day. You will also see a lot more going on during the day after the Opening Ceremony.

 

The Day:

Q: I’ve lost my all-important Quest Log! What now?
A: You can purchase another at the merchandise desk – there are very limited quantities, and exist solely for this purpose. On the off chance you have unclaimed rewards after having certain quests stamped, please contact a member of staff.

Q: What can I do to ensure my loot bag doesn’t get mixed up with others?
A: In the venue, you can find rolls of labels and stationery to tag your loot bags. They will be at a station near the Kupo Kiosk. If not, ask a member of staff to show you where they are.

Q: What is gil?
A: Gil, which is earned freely, is used to exchange for goods at the Kupo Kiosk. You could perhaps even barter with other attendees. For example, “I’ll give you 100 gil for that extra Red XIII card of yours” (really, that’s a priceless card, but you get the picture ;)). Gil is essential for entering the TriPom Tournament (20 gil).
Gil cannot be used at the merchandise desk; it is strictly cash, only. (We cannot process any form of card or alternative payment – our apologies for any inconvenience caused, but the hotel does have an ATM in the same area registration takes place).

Q: What do I do about Secret Sephiroth?
A: From your ticket description:
“Attendees are invited to partake in our Secret Santa program. If you wish to participate, please purchase a Final Fantasy related item worth £10 or more and bring it to KupoCon. Please place it in a gift bag. Do not wrap the item as we have to be able to see it. You can use tissue paper to conceal the item. You’ll be given a token to exchange for another item at the event.”
Visit the Kupo Kiosk to deposit your gift for Secret Sephiroth, preferably in the morning/noon time. Later in the day, preferably in the afternoon/after lunchtime, you should come up to collect a gift.

Q: Is there food and drink readily available?
A: Food and drink will not be provided by KupoCon, but the hotel itself has options to grab food and drink, as does the surrounding area outside.

 

Guest Signings:

Q: When do premium tickets meet special guests?
A: KotR ticket holders go first, at 10:30-11:30. Don’t leave it to the last minute to join the queue; the guests may be needed for the next activity. With limiteed KotR ticket holders, however, you should manage to meet the guests during this session. If you do not join this one, you will have to join another one.

Alexander ticket holders can meet the guests between 12:30-13:30. Please note the cut-off time for queueing of 12:45. This is to facilitate the tight schedule for the guests’ attendance being required at the next activity, and should allow you to meet the guests as well as attend a session of Yevon Yoga II.

Q: When do standard tickets meet special guests?
A: Gilgamesh and Bismarck ticket holders can meet the guests between 14:30-16:00. Please note the cut-off time for queuing of 15:00.

Q: Is there a charge for signings?
A: There is no charge for signings. Special guests will sign one item. If you are unsure what you would like signed, we recommend people purchase the special guest prints. They come in a pack.

 

Evening Event:

Q: Do I have evening event access?
A: Evening event access is included in Gilgamesh, Alexander and KotR tickets. You must be over 18 to attend. You will need ID with you.

Q: I have a Bismarck ticket. How do I go about attending the evening event?
A: A handful of wristbands are available from the merchandise desk, so act fast before they sell out. There is already a very high demand in place. Mind the Pom last year, at the same venue, was the mark of KupoCon’s evening event’s legendary status.

 

I hope this helps give a solid overview of how to prep for the day ahead, and what’s useful to know once you’re there. There is so much to do at KupoCon. Embrace the fun, dive right in, use your gil (but save a little as memorabilia ;)) get yourself into the evening event for plenty more, and enjoy yourself. Your satisfaction and welfare is our key priority for you all.

 

Giveaway Time:

If you’ve managed all that, how about a little chance to be rewarded, eh?

As I’m a little short on personal FF merch right now, how about winning the “Mystery Box?”

What’s in the Mystery Box?
Yet to be decided…but with PMP coming up, you can be sure it’s gonna be some KC goods in some form.

All you have to do is comment on the Official Community Group page where this blog has been posted. The question is: If you could ask any Final Fantasy character from the entire series (playable or non-playable, major or incredibly background) a question, what would you ask? KEEP IT CLEAN, YOU RASCALLY MOOGLES – for real, be reasonable, ya? (Bonus entry draw for the first person who can guess what the above image is from [and, yes, it is from FF]). I’ll draw a winner at random. Simples! Draw closes Jan 22, winner announced the same day. This draw is open to everyone. Good luck!

(Also, my apologies for starting off this blog with a joke about spelling errors! It happens, it’s cool, and it’s just a different way to enter the topic, ’cause my creativity is poorer than usual these days XD)

See you all at Pomington Pomingham Palace!