Frequently Asked Questions

First time at Shore Leave? You may want to check out our Convention 101 page.

Convention Hours

What are the hours for registration?

At-the-door registration opens at 9:00 AM on July 15.

Registration hours are: Friday: 9:00am - 8:30pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

What are the hours for the dealers room?

Dealers room hours are: Friday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

What are the overall hours for programming?

General programming hours are: Friday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On Saturday morning, we host meetings for several fan organizations, these generally start at 9:00am, though details may vary. On Saturday evening, the Ten Forward party goes from approximately 11:00pm until 3:00am. The Game Room is open until the staff is too tired to stay awake.

Registration Questions

Can I still register for the convention?

Absolutely! At-the-door registration opens at 9:00 AM on Friday, July 15. In addition to purchasing convention memberships, you will also be able to purchase tickets for photo ops.

Can I purchase tickets for the autograph line?

No autograph ticket is required. At Shore Leave, your convention membership allows you access to all of our guests' autograph tables. Please note however that many of our actor guests do charge for their autographs. This transaction is between you and the guest and you pay at the autograph table.

John Noble, Anthony Montgomery, and Robbie Amell will each sign one item for no additional charge during the official autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Please see our Autograph Policy for more information about the official autograph sessions.

I pre-registered; will you mail my tickets or do I pick them up at the con?

All pre-registration memberships are "Will Call." When you arrive at the Hunt Valley Inn on July 15, you'll need to go to the downstairs portion of the convention area. Pick up your badge, program book, and other membership materials just around the corner from the foot of the escalator.

When will registration open?

Pre-registration opened in October. Advance registration will remain open until June 15, 2014, after which registration will only be available at the door.

Autograph Questions

Please be sure to also read the Autograph Policy for additional information.

Can I purchase tickets for the autograph line?

No autograph ticket is required. At Shore Leave, your convention membership allows you access to all of our guests' autograph tables. Please note however that many of our actor guests do charge for their autographs. This transaction is between you and the guest and you pay at the autograph table.

How much will Karen Gillan charge for her autograph?

Autograph prices are set by the individual guest. It is our current understanding however that Ms. Gillan will be charging $60 for all autographs. (Please note that autographs are not included in the price of Ms. Gillan's photo op photos.)

Which guests will be participating in the official autograph session?

John Noble, Anthony Montgomery, and Robbie Amell will each sign one item for no additional charge during the official autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday. All other guests will be charging a fee (amount to be determined by the actor) for their autographs, including Photo Ops photos. Please read the Autograph Policy for additional information about the official autograph sessions.

Will John Noble, Anthony Montgomery, and Robbie Amell be available for autographs outside the official autograph sessions?

Yes! Guests participating in the official autograph sessions are always given the opportunity to man a table outside the official session, and this year, all three have accepted this extra opportunity to meet their fans.

How do I purchase advance tickets for Karen Gillan's autograph?

No special tickets are required for Karen Gillan's autograph line. At Shore Leave, your convention membership allows you access to all of our guests' autograph tables. Please note however that many of our actor guests, including Ms. Gillan, do charge for their autographs. This transaction is between you and Ms. Gillan and you pay at the autograph table.

Other Questions

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

What do you mean, an African or European Swallow? Numbers for the Arican swallow are still a bit difficult to come by, but for the European swallow, it appears to be around 10 meters per second. (ref: Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow.