Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2014 edition

I usually don’t post this until I’ve finished my adoption lineup (working on just a few more!), but I’ve been getting lots of questions of how the drops will work! Here’s an updated set of guidelines on how I’ll be dropping my critters.

  1. Follow me either on facebook or twitter, but I highly suggest twitter for drop-tracking. Facebook does a weird thing where it doesn’t show my posts in real-time based on whatever magical algorithm they use to control people’s newsfeeds. I’ll try to post my general location if I plan on doing a drop soon so that people can narrow down where the critter will be, and I’ll post a photo of the critter in its hiding spot once I drop it!

    The Geeky Hooker

  2. Follow the hashtag #CRITTERDROP. I’m sure a lot of you will be following lots of other people/organizations on various social media venues during Comic-Con, so hopefully the tag will help filter things out.
  3. Set up a mobile alert on your phone! This isn’t required, but it’ll help! This way your phone will buzz every time I make a post on twitter, so you won’t miss a single drop! You might end up with your phone buzzing like crazy if I’m geeking out at a panel, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. 😉 Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
  4. If you find a critter, let me know that you found it! Please, please, PLEASE check in if you find a critter. Each one is tagged with a card with my contact info. I just ask for two things if you find one: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend, and 2) Let me know where the critter’s new home will be so I can add it to my map! I do this knowing that there’s a potential that anyone could swipe the critter and never get back to me on it, but it doesn’t make it any less disheartening when one goes missing.
  5. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No pairs/groups of critters.

As for WHERE the critters might be:

  1. I never drop critters out on the main exhibition floor. WAY too crowded, and I feel like the critters would get lost in the shuffle. So no worries about trying to fish for one in the mad sea of geekiness.
  2. However, I DO drop many of my critters in the hallways outside of the main exhibition floor, both upstairs and downstairs.
  3. No badge? No problem! I drop my critters out in the Gaslamp Quarter too! I’ve left little dudes in trees, in random flowerbeds outside of restaurants, etc. etc. I only do Gaslamp drops when there’s still daylight outside though. I don’t like leaving them out in the streets at night…I feel like there’s a higher likelihood that it’ll end up lost when it’s dark out.
  4. If I’m in line somewhere (like for the infamous Hall H), I might step out now and then to drop a few critters. If we’re all going to be in line for hours, I may as well try to make things fun.

I don’t have any insight in terms of WHEN I’ll drop the critters, but a large majority of the drops will happen from Thursday-Saturday, and I’ll drop at least one on Preview Night. No drops on Sunday. Also, until further notice, there should be no drops between the hours of 10 am-6:30pm on Saturday July 26th, because I plan on sitting through panels (if I can have the good fortune of making it into Hall H again!). Otherwise I try to evenly distribute how many I drop per day throughout the course of the con, and I just drop ’em whenever it’s convenient and if I happen to spot a good drop location!

And most of all, HAVE FUN. It’s Comic-Con, for pete’s sake. There’s always something awesome going on, so enjoy yourself. And while sleeping is optional, don’t forget to bathe. Comic-Con stank is a very real thing. Happy hunting!


4 thoughts on “Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2014 edition

  1. bitter_1 says:

    i love this idea, really its totally awesome. you have inspired me. would you mind if completely rip off this idea? 🙂 i do a lot of work with paracord, and i love making paracord bracelets. With your permission I would like to co-op your idea and use it for dropping some paracord bracelets. would you mind if i do that? i’ll make up a bunch tonight and see about getting some pictures up. please contact me at bitteronetactical(_at_blah_blah)gmail to let me know you are cool with me doing this.


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