Attendee Policies

Twisted World Attendee Rules and Information

 

General

Over 18 Event: The Twisted World is intended for an adult audience; you will need to present your legal ID during registration, showing that you are 18 or older, in order to attend. The following IDs will be accepted: US or International passport, permanent resident card, driver’s license, government-issued ID card with date of birth (federal, state, or local), military ID.

First and foremost, courtesy!

1. Please do not damage the convention space. This includes painting or sketching on walls (except for the function rooms that have dry-erase walls), slamming doors, etc. Please do not hang any flyers or other items on any wall or other surface of the hotel or convention space.

2. Twisted World and the hotel are not responsible for missing items. Any bag(s) or other items left unattended around the convention space will likely be picked up by either a Twisted World staffer or another attendee and be taken to the hotel front desk or coat check; please check with both places to locate your item. The item may be turned over to the police if deemed necessary.

3. Please step off the main path to take photos. If someone asks you for a photo, please make sure you step out of the way of traffic, entrances, stairs, and escalators so that everyone else can still get by and no one gets trampled.

4. Please remember that, in your hotel room, there are other rooms next to you. If you and several of your friends are talking, your neighbor can likely hear you. If your neighbor, a Twisted World staffer, or someone from Hotel staff comes to your room to ask you to quiet down, please be considerate and reduce the noise to a dull roar or perhaps find someplace else to talk. There are specific quiet floors within the event space, if you are concerned regarding noise, request a hotel room on a quiet floor when completing your reservation.

5. The legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. Do not drink alcohol at Twisted World if you are younger than 21. If you are of legal age to drink, do not provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.

6. Please don’t run, play tag, or throw things inside the convention space. Also don’t carry a radio, iPod or other device that is playing music at a loud volume (only you should be able to hear it).

7. All patrons are required to abide by the harassment and accessibility policies of the Twisted World.


 

Costume and Prop Guidelines

To ensure the general safety of Twisted World’s attendees, patrons may not carry the following types of weapons or props:

1. Live steel of any kind including knives, swords, axes, martial arts equipment, or any other type of bladed weapon.

2. Any weapon/prop that could currently or in the past shoot a projectile (includes water, aerosols/sprays, Airsoft or Nerf guns, toy bows, etc.).

3. Anything generally awkward to carry, or that can’t be controlled by the person carrying (i.e., it is so heavy that you are consistently dropping it in the hallway, or cannot keep it from swinging into other attendees). Twisted World staff will be the final determinant as to whether something is too awkward or too dangerous to be carried around the convention.

4. Any item that is deemed to be too awkward or dangerous to carry must either be taken to the attendee’s hotel room, car, or checked with the hotel bag check, or otherwise removed from the active areas of the convention.

5. Clothing requirements require a minimum of bikini coverage (full coverage of nipples and genitalia) in public areas of the event. Body paint does NOT meet this requirement. No bare feet.


 

Convention Passes | Badge Replacement Policy | Refund Policy | Lost and Found

Convention Passes

Convention passes ensure your access to all convention events and must be worn where visible at all times while in convention space. Your legal name should be written on the back of your pass; you can put whatever you want on the front. You must have your pass with you to get into any convention event. There will be badge checkers throughout the convention space and you will be asked to return with your badge if you do not have it on you in order to access convention areas. If you find a convention pass, please turn it into Safety personnel or Coat Check; you likely will make a fellow con-goer very happy.

The convention organizers reserve the right to revoke the pass of any attendee not following or ignoring these rules and guidelines and to request that person leave the convention without a refund.

Badge Replacement Policy

In the event you lose your badge, please check with both with Twisted World’s Lost and Found as well as the hotel’s front desk. If neither location has your badge, you may purchase a new badge at Registration for a reduced price with proof of registration. If you pre-registered, please show your photo ID to the Registration staff and they will locate your registration in our pre-registration list. If you registered at the convention, please bring your receipt as well as your photo ID as proof of registration.

Replacement for single day badge: $10.00, Replacement for full weekend badge: $20.00

Refund Policy

Generally, no refunds will be issued for at-door registrations purchased at the convention. Exceptions may be made on the sole discretion of either the Owner of the Convention. Refund requests must be made during the convention. The owner of the convention may be located by going to the Registration/Information desk and asking that one of them be contacted via the convention radio.

Lost and Found

We know that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things get left behind; at Twisted World, we’re lucky enough to have wonderful people (you!) that routinely find these things and want to do everything possible to reunite these lost items with their rightful owners. The lost and found department will be available at Twisted World Coat Check for people to drop off and pick up lost items so if you’re missing something, come check with us. Please don’t forget to check with the hotel, too, just in case.

Please bear in mind that Twisted World and the hotel are not responsible for missing items. Any item that is deemed potentially unsafe may be turned over to the police. If you lose an item at Twisted World or have a found item you’d like to help return to its owner and you don’t find it/have a chance to drop it off before the convention ends, please contact the convention at info@thetwistedworld.com with the subject line “Lost and Found.” If we have your lost item, we will happily make arrangements to return it to you.


 

Harassment and Accessibility Policy

The Twisted World Harassment Policy

Twisted World is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, choice of CMS platform or operating system. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the convention organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of convention staff immediately.

Convention staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all convention venues and convention-related social events.

Note on sexual imagery and speech at The Twisted World

Twisted World may schedule events that are considered “sexual or kink” in nature. The Twisted World does not believe in the censorship of sexual imagery or speech, but we are committed to balancing the concerns of artists and artistic output with the issues of harassment. Participants or Exhibitors displaying illegal examples of sexual imagery, or using non-consensual sexual speech with the purpose of harassment or degradation may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers. When choosing to attend events please use your best judgment to determine if the content or performance is within your comfort zone.

Notice Regarding Audio/Video Recording at Twisted World

You will be entering an area where photography, video and audio recording may occur except where explicitly posted. By entering the event premises and/or your participation in this event you are consenting to the use of your photograph, likeness or video or audio recording in whole or in part without restriction or limitation for any educational, promotional, any purpose for distribution in online and printed publications or any public in other media. You release the event sponsor, its officers, employees, contractors and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, web casting, television or other publication of these materials regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by the event host or the person or entity designated to do so by the event host. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability and release before entering the event.

The Twisted World Accessibility Policy

The Twisted World is dedicated to ensuring that all patrons are provided the best possible experience while attending the convention. In all performance spaces there will be a designated accessibility area reserved for wheelchair, scooter and mobility assistance seating which will also be available for anyone needing seating for speech reading, seeing a sign language, interpreter, etc. This area will have a limited amount of chairs available to people with disabilities on a first come, first serve basis. When the room is large enough, there will be at least one accessibility area in the front of the room and at least one area in the back of the room.

Patrons are not permitted to sit or stand in the aisles. All cables should be covered with cable covers or tape to permit wheelchairs to travel over them. All aisles will be wide enough for wheelchair accessibility.

First floor restrooms are wheelchair accessible and designated “Men” and “Women”. Second floor restrooms are individual and gender neutral. If you are not comfortable with the male or female label restroom for any reason, please utilize the restrooms on the second floor.

At this time, The Twisted World does not have a Sign Language interpreter within our staff. Should one be located or if you will be bringing your own, a space will be made available for a Sign Language interpreter to sit or stand near the stage and be visible to patrons. Please contact Twisted World staff before the event to make arrangements for the interpreter’s free registration and stage proximate location.

There are elevators available for use within the hotel. To access floors 3-9, a room key card is required. However, all event related activities are located on the 1st, 2nd or sub level of the hotel and a key card is not required. There are also several stairwells located throughout that will get you from floor to floor for programming. If you are able to use the stairs, please do so as much as possible to allow those who can’t to have full use of the elevators.

Registered service animals are welcome with accompanying paperwork. Please be aware that you should not interfere with or touch a service animal without express permission from its owner. Use common courtesy and ask; if the answer is no, don’t take it personally. The animal is working, and we shouldn’t distract from that.

Hotels routinely use flourescent lighting in some areas, so please be aware should this be a barrier. Patrons should be aware that vendors will be selling items that contain fragrances, herbs, chocolate, and many other allergens. Also, vendors may be selling and patrons may be wearing latex or other allergen items may be present throughout the event. If anyone experiences an allergic reaction, please seek medical attention – contact Twisted Safety or Hotel staff in case of emergency.

The Twisted World will attempt to set up a room as a Quiet Room for any patron looking for a quiet, low-sensory input area to rest. This room will most likely not be large and only able to accommodate a few at a time. Please respect this and if there is someone waiting to use the room to participate in the calming atmosphere, limit your time within to no more than 30 minutes.

There will be a limited number of large print programs available at the information table for anyone in need of larger print.

Thank you for treating each and every other participant at The Twisted World with courtesy and respect. We appreciate your efforts in helping to ensure that everyone is comfortable and provided with necessary accommodations. The Twisted World has attempted to address each patron’s needs; however, if there are concerns which are not covered or there are questions in advance of the event, we encourage you to contact the Twisted World staff: info@thetwistedworld.com

 


Twisted World’s Attendee Rules and Twisetd World’s Harassment and Accessibility Policy was developed from Intervention Con’s policy, which in turn is based on several other policies, including the Ohio LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the policies and added supporting 7material. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work. More great information can be found here.