PaizoCon Code of Conduct
At Paizo, we believe that games are for everyone. We are committed to fostering a fun, inclusive, and safe environment for all PaizoCon attendees, volunteers, vendors, speakers, media representatives, partner companies, and Paizo staff (collectively, "participants"), free from discrimination for any reason, including age, body size, disability, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, physical appearance, race, religious beliefs or background, sexual orientation, or other differences.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants' behavior and consequences for unacceptable behavior. We invite all participants to help us ensure PaizoCon is a safe and positive experience for everyone.
All participants are expected to be considerate and respectful toward fellow participants and other hotel guests. This includes but is not limited to:
Unacceptable behaviors include but are not limited to:
Additionally, weapons and items that appear to be weapons are forbidden at PaizoCon and the hotel, even if it is legal to carry them. This includes costume weapons and self-defense items such as knives, pepper spray, and Tasers, but also extends to airsoft weapons, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, water guns, and so on.
Public intoxication of any kind is prohibited in convention areas. Furthermore, it is the hotel's policy that outside alcohol is prohibited in public spaces, including event rooms.
Smoking, vaping, and the use of marijuana are limited by the laws, regulations, and policies of Washington State, King County, SeaTac, the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, and PaizoCon. Smoking and vaping are acceptable only in designated smoking areas (vaping is treated as smoking under the policies held by the hotel). Due to the combination of these laws and hotel policies, there are no spaces within the hotel (or on the hotel grounds) where marijuana can be smoked or vaped. It is participants' responsibility to understand and comply with all state, county, and city laws and regulations as well as hotel policies regarding the smoking or vaping of any substance.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior by participants will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior must comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, convention management may take any action they deem appropriate, at their discretion, including expulsion from PaizoCon without warning or refund and legal prosecution with law enforcement. Anyone expelled is banned from attending in the future.
What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior
If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have concerns that this Code of Conduct is not being followed, notify a Paizo staff member, hotel security, or emergency services as soon as possible—do not engage the offender in a physical altercation. If there is an emergency situation, participants should call 911 immediately and report the incident to a Paizo staff member as soon as it is safe or prudent to do so.
Paizo staff can be identified by their blue polo shirts with the Paizo logo. There will always be a Paizo staff member on call in the Organized Play area for the duration of the convention. The Paizo staff member you contact will escalate any issues to convention management.
Convention management will take all necessary steps to assist participants in feeling safe, including imposing consequences for unacceptable behavior, helping participants contact hotel security or law enforcement, providing escorts, or otherwise assisting participants to feel safe during the convention, and will record a report of the incident. Incident reports will remain confidential, with one exception: if you report a serious criminal matter, we will report the incident to law enforcement. However, we will take into account any concerns you may have about involving law enforcement.
In some cases, unacceptable behavior may stop if you clearly say "No" or "Please leave me alone," or simply walk away. In these cases, we would appreciate it if a Paizo staff member is still informed to help us identify any repeat offenders.
PaizoCon 2020 Frequently Asked QuestionsLast updated: December 04, 2019. Items updated in the past month are displayed in red.