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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Volunteers Lagging on Badge check.
« on: May 25, 2015, 06:08:40 PM »
Agreed. Badge checks in video rooms were extremely lax this year from what I experienced.  Granted I had no issues in any of the video rooms but only three times did I ever pass any staff or volunteers at a video room door, only twice was a badge check ever performed - once on Friday and once on Saturday.

I don't know if it's a Convention Center restriction but I've said in the past that checking badges at the two entrances to the hallways for the two video room sections would minimize the amount of required staff.  Additionally staff / volunteers that are supervising the video rooms would be free to remain inside to keep the videos running and not have to perform double duty checking badges outside while keeping an eye on the room inside.  Four total badge checkers (two at the entrance to each of the executive ballroom hallways) could take care of this, one at each hallway during off-peak hours.

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Thank you so, so, so much for hosting this gathering, BSaphire.  Realizing that there was an old school gathering is what got my girlfriend and myself into cosplaying in 2014 (her at the age of 29 and myself at 32).  I will treasure the Galaxy Express 999 model kit from Friday's gathering forever!  I hope to see even more cosplayers at Saturday's gathering!

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Early praise: Nice job getting everyone in quickly and orderly, Swap Meet Staff.

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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:00:41 PM »
^ New copy of the Cyber Formula DVD boxset as the last two discs have finally bitrotted themselves into oblivion... at least that WAS to be an upcoming purchase until I found a sealed new old stock Cyber Formula DVD boxset at swap meet tonight for $30.  Woohoo!  I love cracking open a sealed 10+ year old anime DVD, smells like... Suncoast.
< Congratulations on your scholarship!
> Home early from Day Zero for a change.
V What's on your agenda for Friday?

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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 21, 2015, 09:28:29 AM »
^ Same as last year, Old School Cosplay (anime, manga or game pre 2001) gathering on Friday and Saturday. Hoping that a second day will equal a larger group.
< Is really excited for Fanime to begin.
> Shirts finally finished and handwashed, currently drying - hurray!
V Still making final preparations for Fanime or are you ready to go?

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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:48:35 AM »
^ Sadly (and rather regrettably) I didn't start attending Fanime until the yearly theme became less and less of a focus. That said, I'm glad that the tradition is upheld.  I stepped away from cons (outside of arcade and pinball collector shows) until 2012 - and as I said, I really regret that.
< I think everyone's sewing machine is feeling the crunch.
> Still up finishing the last part of this shirt. 3 cosplays this year - Sugo Corporation pit crew from Future GPX Cyber Formula, Tetsu-chan and a shinkansen wearing salaryman (used in the commercials) from Densha de Go!, and Taizo Hori and Masuyo Tobi from Dig Dug / Baraduke / Mr. Driller / Namco X Capcom again from last year.
V Why are you still awake?!

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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 20, 2015, 08:51:51 PM »
^ Alright, here's a really positive one, from 2013, the year Fanime was supposedly so horrible.  I always spend a ton of time in video programming rooms, mainly the nostalgia rooms (I tend to enjoy old school stuff more and I always find more old school stuff to catch up on), and 2013 was no exception.  Sunday morning I was watching a favorite of mine, Armored Trooper VOTOMs.  Got there nice and early that morning and although there were only two viewers in the room other than my girlfriend and myself, I settled in to VOTOMS' special brand of hard science fiction.

About halfway though the screening at 7am there was a staff change in the video room.  The staffer who took over was in a word: awesome.  Very cool to talk with about old school anime, offered to turn the volume up if the bass from the marathon room was overpowering through the wall (which it wasn't), came over and apologized after a technical issue getting Patlabor to play; he was just an incredible person and one of the best staffers I have ever met at any convention.  I believe he was also staffing later during Fatal Fury 2 and Iria: Zeriam the Animation.  Would talk to people peeking in about what they were screening, later on when the room was fuller he would make jokes at just the right time during the films, and completely understood the vibe that a nostalgia room should have.  That Sunday morning and evening made the issues with registration on Thursday and Friday melt away in my mind - it was that enjoyable of an experience.  I wish I would have asked him his name (my one regret that year) to make sure he received the commendation he deserved.

< Has one more day to finish up sewing.
> Is taking a break from finishing up his own cosplay.
V Lining up for Day Zero? What time are you planning on arriving?


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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:45:52 PM »
^ Absolutely! In terms of cosplay stuff I'm still most proud of my Dig Dug P3 All-Purpose Subterranean Demolition and Defense Drill (Namco X Capcom version) as it was my first time using insulation foam and it came out way better than I thought it would.  Far from perfect but damn I love it. http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2014/059/4/c/taizo_hori_s_p3_drill___complete__dig_dug__by_insanedavid-d78dbk5.jpg  Otherwise a series of ceramic plates I'm painting based on reasonably obscure classic arcade games has been pretty satisfying to work on.
< Is awesome to write such a long reply.
> Really should get some sleep.
v Burning the midnight oil on this last run-up to con?

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Dealers Room / Re: Your Shopping List
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:17:49 PM »
This is my first Fanime and I'm scared I'm going to get overwhelmed with all the things that I want to buy haha

Firefury Amahira has absolutely solid advice above.  Unless it's something you were specifically looking for at a price (or less) you were ready to pay up front, hold your spending in the dealer's hall until you've had a chance to go through once.

Advice I have is to not carry all your cash with you every day.  If you're going to con for all four days (plus Day Zero swap meet), spread out your carried cash accordingly.  This allows you to budget for food if that's part of your total spending and to keep from blowing your bankroll on the first "must have" thing you may see.  This is even more important if you are traveling from out of town.  Each night when I return home I replenish my "carry" amount with the "leave behind" amount before returning to con - it helps me to regulate my budget.  Last year I kept finding that I had a ton more money carrying over and by Sunday was able to buy a pricier item (for me) that I was on the fence about since the start of con.

Most importantly have fun.  The best parts of Fanime don't involve spending beyond the cost of your badge.

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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:33:47 PM »
^ Home. I'm fortunate to have a 10 minute drive as a straight shot to and from con.
< Curious as well about DarkMoonlitStar's previous cosplays.
> Already planning cosplay projects for after this con, although my girlfriend and I really need to take a break for a bit.
V Is there a cosplay (or cosplays) that you did in the past that you have wanted to bring back and if so what?

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5/19 update: we have formally announced our Arcade Machine List, which can be found in the 2nd post of this thread, or click below:

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,19941.msg483547.html#msg483547

Much appreciated and a great list this year.  Now to see if I'll win my bet that the P1 buttons on that Strikers 1945 III machine will still need new micros. :)

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Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 17, 2015, 09:52:59 PM »
^ Feeling good - money set aside in the amount I was hoping to have saved, cosplay nearly complete, game plan ready to go.
< Being nervous is part of the fun (or so I tell myself).
> Spent the evening trying to argue how great a movie Johnny Mnemonic is.
V A reasonably obscure anime that you enjoy?

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Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: WTS/Shout Out Retro Video games
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:59:42 PM »
Glad to hear you'll be at swap yet again!

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Okay, tentative plan is that my girlfriend and I will be at -

Friday's gathering as a Sugo Corporation pit crew from Future GPX Cyber Formula (1991 - 1998).

Saturday's gathering as a salaryman (wearing an SD shinkansen) and Tetsu-chan (railway conductor and mascot) from the Densha de Go! games (1996).  Tetsu-chan was always the in-game help character and the salarymen were from the advertising campaign for the PlayStation conversions of the arcade games.

Bumping it up, old school is awesome.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Stocking up on food in your room?
« on: May 16, 2015, 04:52:50 PM »
Quote from: SpiritOfKairi
Thanks for the awesome information =).  One question, though.  You mentioned that parking can get really difficult later on in the day.  Would you not recommend going there at around 2-3 pm, then?  If my roommate and I go, it will likely be before we check in to the room, and that's roughly when we get to the CC on Friday.  Heh after we get to the room they don't like to leave and give up the parking space.

2pm - 3pm on a Friday shouldn't be too bad other than the smash of traffic trying to get on 280 at the beginning of the evening commute.  The problem with that shopping center is there are a lot of different stores in a small area with a parking lot that was really only designed to handle the traffic from three anchors - a grocery store (Shopwell), stationery store (McWorthers), and pizza parlor (Round Table) - all of which closed years ago.  You have the massive Mitsuwa with a Kinokuniya inside (as well as a handfull of other stores / restaurants within the Mitsuwa), a Daiso, a couple bakeries, hair salon, I think there are still at least two noodle places there, a local bar that has been there for decades, and at least a dozen more tenants.  Thankfully I live a 10 minute walk away because as Enkai said, parking there can be pretty crazy.

There's also a Marukai Market in Cupertino... *thinks* it feels like I've typed this before... *search* AH! - http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,19419.msg479036.html#msg479036

...anyway, the Marukai is a straight shot down San Carlos / Stevens Creek Blvd. but it is quite a ways down.  As I said in the post I linked to, you can essentially follow San Carlos until it turns into Stevens Creek, take a left at Saratoga Ave. and hit the Mitsuwa and assorted stores.  Then go back to Stevens Creek and head down to Marukai and then take Stevens Creek / San Carlos all the way back to the Convention Center.

When all else fails, there's Calorie Mate Balanced Food Block.
(Image removed from quote.)
It's humanoid chow from Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Tokyo. Popular with Japanese salarymen. Appears in Metal Gear Solid 3. Nijiya Market stocks these in several flavors, along with Pocky and canned beverages from Japan.

...Big Boss is a liar about that being delicious.

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Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: WTS: Dragon Quest IX Floor Standee (NEW)
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:32:01 PM »
Hey, guess who still has this in storage, just as listed here?  Me!  Open to offers, would prefer to meet up during the afternoon / evening of Day Zero.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: 12 Years in 2 Weeks
« on: May 15, 2015, 11:58:09 AM »
I wanted to chime in again and thank you not only for taking time to share your stories (once more) but also for all your time, effort, and dedication serving as Fanime staff.

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Quote from: Waffles
Thank you everybody for your patience and I hope this helps clear/answer your questions!

Thank you for your professional and prompt responses!  :)

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General Convention Discussion / Re: 12 Years in 2 Weeks
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:24:03 PM »
This thread is awesome. Thank you again for sharing these stories!

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Also selections from the Robot Carnival soundtrack!  It's one of those "if you've seen the movie once the music will become instantly familiar upon hearing it again - even 20+ years later" soundtracks.  While the entire soundtrack is excellent, specific selections for ambient music may include:

Coming Soon / Opening:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGhLofQkwxE

Chicken Man and Red Neck First Movement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCdo8h0LV8I

ANY of the movements from Presence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPLDFP1X4cs

Best of all Discotek has FINALLY licensed Robot Carnival for re-release in the US later this year!  :D

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