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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?

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.

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?

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:


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. :)

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!  :)

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!

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:

Chicken Man and Red Neck First Movement:

ANY of the movements from Presence:

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

Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:55:27 AM »
^ Needed as in "I have to take a day off for something" was back in January as I was out of town.  Needed as in "I've had enough of this, I want a day to myself" was last year as I restructured my work days / times so that wouldn't be a problem anymore.  However, the upcoming Memorial Day will be one of that first type, for Fanime of course!
< Enjoy your day off!
> Two and a half cosplays completed, a half to go!
V Do you (still) use any other forums besides this one?

Dealers Room / Re: Your Shopping List
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:44:36 AM »
I finally got a Jet Jaguar figure last year (among tons of other stuff) so this year I think the only thing I'm specifically looking to buy is an Ultraseven around the same scale.  Sure I'll buy tons more but that's the specific one.

Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:20:34 AM »
^ Hitmonchan!
< Nice to see Fanime excitement.
> Would rather blow off work today and watch GameCenter CX.
V Victim of the amiibo craze?

Hi InsaneDavid!

I can tell you put so much effort into this prop. The drill is ok for peacebonding. My one small (very small) thing I have to point out is that for your gun prop, the tip needs to be altered to our current peacebonding rule: Gun-like props must have a non-removable orange tip at the end of the barrel which is visible from the side and which extends at least one inch up the barrel, or they must be painted all over in a bright safety color''. From the pictures, the tips are only halfway painted and only about 1/2 inch long.

Besides the orange tip, you should be fine with your props! (BTW, I really love your props!)

Thanks for taking a moment to respond!  I'll paint the emitters (the part with the paint on the tip) on the ion cannon orange the rest of the way to comply with 2015 rules.

EDIT: Fixed.

Out of curiosity, is peacebonding going to be using the soft adhesive wristband type tags for peacebonding identification like last year rather than standard zip ties?  Those were great, WAY more comfortable on the hand when tagged around a handle.

Thanks again.

Forum Games / Re: Get to know your fellow forum members~! ♥
« on: May 09, 2015, 08:39:03 PM »
^ I don't keep one, worried if I write a list like that something will happen to prevent me from doing them.
< Moderation, on both accounts, lol.
> I've spent the past three hours explaining to my girlfriend how Japanese railroad signalling works (for cosplay).
V How bright is too bright?

General Convention Discussion / Re: 12 Years in 2 Weeks
« on: May 09, 2015, 07:35:14 PM »
Thank you for sharing your stories!  So much of this is very familiar as it matches my early path into anime fandom.  My local Hollywood Video had a similar eclectic mix of anime (awesome) and since the anime shelf had limited space they would always rotate stock and sell the old tapes for $5 a pop - memories.

I can't wait to read what is to come!

Hi!  Aelia approved these props last year via the forums (http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16577.msg476070.html#msg476070) and we had absolutely no problems at the convention with peacebonding and gatherings but I wanted to make 100% sure again.

A really big drill.  All foam (with the exception of the hose which is thin plastic tubing) and everything is completely static as the hose can be magnetically attached or removed - it doesn't fire or anything like that - no triggers, bright colors.


An ion cannon - ABS, PVC and foam, no triggers, grips are from handheld packing tape dispensers, everything is completely static, bright and shiny.


And with full costumes - http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/270/e/1/e17173e48b8d95cb38a65d206d512916-d80s890.jpg


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