.: Full HP and MP restores
You are getting very sleepy... Your eyelids are heavy... The coffee and giant Pixy Sticks can't even keep you awake... It's time for some sleep after that 15-hour Vampire LARP. After all, the sun's coming up, and aggravated damage is not your friend. Feel free to ask a con staffer for directions to any of these places, we know where they all are.
One thing about Baltimore is that we do eat well. If you're looking for some food close to the con, check out some of the following:
- Silk Road Cafe, which used to be across the street from campus, lost their lease. Now they run a small cafe in the Mattin Center on campus. Pan-Asian, very inexpensive and very tasty.
- University Mini-Mart is the best sandwich shop and convenience store around. It's at the intersection of St. Paul and 33rd St., a block off campus. Across the street from it is a Subway, if you like that tangy corporate taste. (We sure do.)
- Sam's Bagels, also on St. Paul street just further south, is open till 4pm (last I checked) for your morning-munchie needs. I suggest the bagel sandwiches.
- Charles Village Pub is the place for drinks. (Well, there's always PJ's if you like drunken frat boys and getting beaten up in the back hallway.) A couple blocks south on St. Paul St.
- Ruby Tuesday's, for food, folks and fun. A couple blocks south on Charles St. The only drawback to the place that we have found is a distinct lack of milkshakes. Everything else is top of the line.
If you'd rather something a little more out there, Baltimore features a ton of excellent ethnic restaurants, located both near to the con and further out if you've got wheels. Ask a constaffer, they'll let you in on one or two of their favorite spots.
While sleeping in a van, car, truck, or hobbit hole is possible, we really suggest you find a room if you're from out of town. There are several places within walking distance of the con. Rates are subject to change. Suggested are the following:
- The Broadview Apartments. Only a map for these guys, I'm afraid, but their number's 410.243.1216. This is a huge building that's mostly apartments, but they rent rooms by the night for extremely reasonable rates, and they're not quite as long a walk as to the Carlyle. ($70-73 / night)
- Quality Inn at the Carlyle. This is a building that's 2/3 apartments and 1/3 hotel rooms, and of the apartments, half are students and half are retirees. About a 10-minute walk from the con, in a nice part of town, with quite reasonable rates, though it's the furthest away of the hotels here. ($89-119 / night)
- The Hopkins Inn. The closest to the con of all the hotels here, this is a quaint old place. One or two of the top floors currently house a bunch of female freshmen Hopkins couldn't fit into the dorms. Call that a bonus. ($97 / night)
- The DoubleTree Inn at the Colonnade. Gorgeous place, a five-minute walk from the con, but really won't fit into a gamer's budget. Unless you're Steve Jackson or somebody. But if you feel the urge to splurge, head over here. ($120+ / night)