i can honestly recommend acen, haha! it's in a huge area, and i think the only time we had a crowding problem was at the homestuck panel, but you said you usually don't go to those, so!! it's a great place to meet friends and such!
The only time I don’t really like crowds is if I can’t hear the panel/what’s going on.
I.E. some of the Homestuck shoots at Otakon- NO FAULT OF YOURS, ALEX, I CAN SEE THOSE CUTE PUPPY EYES FROM HERE- it’s a bit different when it’s a panel people are watching and not like… a semi-free-for-all.
Amending to that, Saturday at the HS Photoshoots at Otakon was delightfully really well-organized for such a massive meet. They implemented great suggestions and learned from it, then it was a really fun and efficient shoot!