We here at HSW are residents of Atlanta and also geeks. Thus, freshly updated for 2012:
The Dragon*Con Survival Guide
Every summer, residents of Atlanta and geeks from all over the world get ready for Dragon*Con, a meeting of sci-fi and fantasy fans. The convention, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, attracts a crowd. Attendance in 2011 was around 46,000 people, from fans to dealers to guests [source: Dragon*Con]. The convention spans five hotels — the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the Marriott Marquis, the Atlanta Hilton, the Sheraton Atlanta and the Westin Peachtree Plaza — and its Saturday morning parade stops traffic downtown.
This may not sound like much compared to Comic-Con, which boasts more than 140,000 attendees, or CES, which has to categorize its vendor listings so people can find their way around. But Dragon*Con has its own sense of overwhelming, nerdy bustle and its own hazards. Here are some suggestions for making it through the weekend without mishaps.