Travel tips, giveaways and fan survey

There are just a few weeks to go until the convention – we’re so excited about it and we hope you are too!

A Golden Slipper race is being held on Saturday the 28th of March at Rosehill Gardens, so if you’re thinking of booking accommodation you should do so sooner rather than later. You can use your favourite booking site to find a room, or you can use our booking form for the Holiday Inn Parramatta.

The NSW State Election is also being held on the 28th, so you may want to vote at pre-poll. If you’re voting on the day, the closest polling places are at Parramatta Town Hall or Rowland Hassall School, which will be marked on the map in your showbag. We won’t tell you how to vote, but remember, preferences are very important. 😉

We know you love giveaways so we have some really amazing stuff for you to win this year, especially for our pre-registration giveaway and our competitions for cosplay, fanart sketches and fanfic drabbles. Prizes include Madman online shopping vouchers, Siren Visual DVDs, comics and merchandise by HamletMachine, Emirain and Guilt|Pleasure, and accessories by Mogo&Co. Pre-registering really helps us to plan a better convention experience for you, so please buy your tickets ahead of time if you’re able to do so – it means you can save a few dollars on the ticket price, too.

One of our past attendees is a PhD student who is conducting a study on the legal aspects of anime and manga. If you’re a fan living in Australia aged between 18 and 25, please fill out her survey if you have time to assist with her research. If you have any problems accessing the survey, please email haa670 at uowmail dot edu dot au.

Pre-registration prizes and convention coverage

Sorry for the delay, but we’ve finally emailed all of the winners of our huge pre-registration giveaway! Please check your inbox and your junk mail folders, just in case. The final couple of hentai DVDs and raffle prizes will be mailed out this weekend, so those should reach their new owners in the next week too.

Thank you to everyone who pre-registered for your support, and thank you to Madman, AarinFantasy, SuBLime Manga, Siren Visual, Jozef Szekeres, Caleyndar, PenguinFrontier and Aphin123 for making it possible to give out such a great range of prizes.

It’s been a whole month since the con, so it’s about time to relive the memories of Room 801 with some of these great convention reports…

If you’ve put up a report somewhere and would like us to link to it, just comment on this post or email us. If you want to give us feedback on the con anonymously, you can still do that via our attendee survey. We can confirm that we’re doing research into running more events, so your feedback is very important to us!

Love is in the Air – a Valentine’s Day hentai giveaway

Love is in the air

We’ve been hinting at this for a while, but here’s something for the het/hentai fans just in time for Valentine’s Day! Thanks to Siren Visual, we have 4 Hentai Collection DVDs to give away:

  • Anyone You Can Do… I Can Do Better
  • Bondage Mansion
  • Slaves to Passion
  • RXXX Prescription for Pain

To enter the draw, simply mention the official convention account on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr or use the #room801 (Facebook/Twitter) or #room 801 (Tumblr) hashtags in a post any time between the 1st and 14th of February 2014 (across all Australian timezones).

To be eligible you must be over 18 and living in Australia; you’ll need to provide proof of your age, name and address to us before we can send out your prize. Posts including photographic porn or illegal material will be automatically disqualified. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and announced on the 17th of February 2014 on the Room 801 website.

If hentai isn’t your thing, never fear – we have a few more giveaways planned before and during the convention, so stick around!