In 2013, we changed the weapons policy to allow you more freedom with your costumes while still maintaining our usual level of security and safety.
You will be free to carry and display your prop-weapon throughout the Gateway Center provided they meet our Weapons Policy Guidelines. You will also be able to "carry and display" your prop-weapons in the DoubleTree hotel without peace-bonding until 9 p.m. each night provided they meet our guidelines. Even though your prop weapon hasn’t been peace bonded, you are expected to carry it in a responsible manner.
After 9 p.m., if you plan to be in the DoubleTree hotel enjoying the Dance and the parties, we ask that you return your prop-weapons to your room or have them peace-bonded by one of our Security staff.
Due to the congestion in the halls near the Dance, Hospitality, and Party area, all prop-weapons are required to be peace-bonded while in the DoubleTree hotel after 9 p.m. This is to prevent accidents to both your prop-weapon and your fellow convention attendees while trying to navigate the crowded hallways.
If you are unwilling to have your prop-weapon peace-bonded, please stay in the Gateway Center and enjoy our late night panels or, return your prop-weapons to your hotel room.
The Hall Costume Contest Staff will remove the peace-bonding from your prop-weapons upon request. You can then pose for pictures with your prop-weapons. The peace-bonding will need to be reapplied before you leave the Hall Costume Contest area.
We encourage you to visit the Collinsville area businesses as part of your Archon weekend, but please keep in mind the community outside of Archon may not always accept nor understand costuming. Please be aware your costume might cause alarm, so please act accordingly when not at the Convention.