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 on: June 02, 2018, 10:17:30 AM 
Started by Imperial - Last post by InsaneDavid
To begin, thank you to you and all CGD staff and volunteers for all the effort and hard work you put into FanimeCon.  From a gathering hosting perspective - the gathering submission process, at-con check-in, locations this year, everything was smooth and easy as far as I'm concerned.

Cosplay Hangout was pretty incredible, both a flurry of activity and also a quiet place for cosplayers to kick back and relax.  It's wonderful to see the space utilized in such a useful way to all cosplayers.  A real asset to cosplay at FanimeCon.

You already mentioned missing photos or photo quality issues but I do want to reiterate that while not ideal, I do understand the issues are due to honest mistakes, and that's part of any large event.  You're always going to have little hiccups and being aware and addressing them is all anyone can ask. Thank you for doing so!

Ah, I suppose this relates to above, but not having a photographer at the Old School Gathering - not a big deal as we always take a full set of "unofficial" gathering pictures and upload them publicly.  However we held the gathering back a few minutes in case they were just running late.  That's on me, I should have just started and will do so on time next year.  It's always nice to have two public galleries (an official and our unofficial) of the gathering as they tend to fill gaps in shot setups.

It also took awhile to get non-gathering attendees cleared out of the gathering location.  Sending an experienced rover or CGD staff (I know you don't have a ton) to the on-site gathering locations 5 - 10 minutes before they begin, to assist in ensuring the areas are vacated for cosplayers, would be helpful.  I know generally the official photographer would assist in this.

Security presence was nice, although they seemed to be a bit of a waste.  Then again, we're a pretty well-behaved gathering all things considered.

Listing of gatherings with time table in the pocket guide, as well as the revised gatherings map was awesome.  Thank you for pushing to have this happen and for FanimeCon to finally include them in the pocket guides.  I'd love to see this get carried over into the larger books as well.

Gatherings at Fanime this year were a ton of fun, as usual.  Thank you for adding the video room stairs as a location (G3).  If there were any issues with my gathering, it has to do with becoming more familiar with how to be set up for that location.  (in the three years since I picked up the gathering we've been in three different locations)  Next year I'm going to push the perimeter of observers back a couple more feet to prevent photobombing and allow easier movement for cosplayers to approach and leave the platforms.  I'm looking forward to having the gathering there again.

Thank you again, for everything you do for cosplayers at Fanime.

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 on: June 02, 2018, 09:27:26 AM 
Started by Imperial - Last post by powerofunity
Thanks to you and your team for all your hard work! I had a blast hosting a gathering this year.

I think our photographer had difficulty with the lighting and photo quality, but you've already noted that. Apart from that, maybe some way to identify the official Fanime photographer at the gatherings? It could just be a sign that says Official Fanime Photographer. This way, the cosplayers know in which direction to look. I always assumed the official photographer was in the most centralized position, but looking through some of the Slickpic photos, the official photographer was sometimes off to the side.

All in all, my gathering went well, so thank you again! :)

 83 
 on: June 01, 2018, 11:39:40 PM 
Started by Barnes - Last post by RonnieIsSenpaiKawaii
Hyatt (Third Year)

Pros:
Easy Check-in/out
Room was big enough
Free Breakfast?
Gaming tournaments
Workers seem chill
Pillows were nice

Cons:
The TV wouldn't allow any console to work. >:l
Our Floor had some heavy ass smokers >:l
Elevators but thats to be expected

 84 
 on: June 01, 2018, 08:05:07 PM 
Started by hanabi-chan - Last post by SkaiRa1n
I do front desk at a hotel and unfortunately, these things can happen. Hotels want to maximize their profit by overbooking and gamble in hopes that guests will cancel their reservation. The overbooking will ensure that those empty rooms are filled.  I understand the frustration this can cause for guests, and we will relocate the guest to a nearby hotel and discount or have free stays.

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 on: June 01, 2018, 07:50:43 PM 
Started by Imperial - Last post by Imperial
Hey Everyone,

I wanted to open the floor to you, the fans and cosplayers, on specific items you have feedback wise for Cosplay Gatherings. Here is what I know I need to improve on.

- Social Media Presence. We were relatively weak on social media, and the forums this year. I admit, I had items come in my life that made things more difficult to be here and on our page

Photos were missing in spots or had quality issues, these will be focused on to fix next year.

Lack of Gatherings/last second gatherings - Can be linked to the above, but honestly I needed to advertise this more

Things that went well

Hangout was always filled with people relaxing, cooling off, and fixing their cosplay.

I HAD PHOTOGS ROAMING THE FLOOR, long time coming

Workshops were knocked out of the park! Large attendance to most if not all of them

No Crazy incidents at the gatherings from what I saw.

In General, this year I feel I am back to B era power. yes there are some points to work on, but people know of us now, and enjoy us for what we are! We hope to evolve, so please give feedback and ways to improve upon it. Complaining exists, but give me something that I can do to fix the problem.

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 on: June 01, 2018, 07:35:46 PM 
Started by djmonolith - Last post by Imperial
fanimecon.slickpic.com is where the Cosplay Gatherings Department has their pictures. Do note, we are getting more and more people uploading, and if someone wants a place where they can upload, we do have a section for the attendees to upload to!

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 on: June 01, 2018, 08:52:19 AM 
Started by Barnes - Last post by Ryoga213
Stayed at Fairmont this year

Pros:
1. Easy check-in/check-out
2. Room was comfortable, and overall was very pleased
3. Good view, I got the room overlooking the pool
4. Elevators was much better than the Marriott (still had to wait at peak hours, but wait times were less)

Cons:
1. No Wi-Fi (complimentary at other hotels i.e. Marriott)
2. Pillows were terrible! Bring your own pillow if staying at the Fairmont
3. The fridge was full of their drinks, and you couldn't take things or else you had to pay for it. Wish they had another fridge to put our drinks in.

This is my 2nd time staying at the Fairmont, and overall I had a great stay. There were parties Friday and Saturday nights across the hall and rooms close to me, but I expected. Bring ear plugs or headphones if you plan on staying at any Fanime Hotel site. A much better experience than the hotel I booked at the Marriott in 2016. The Marriott beats the Fairmont when it comes to Wi-Fi, but I would still recommend the Fairmont. I'd give it a 4.5/5 stars.

 88 
 on: May 31, 2018, 11:02:19 PM 
Started by hanabi-chan - Last post by Barnes
I've heard of people having the same thing happen to them at the Fairmont last year.

What is going on?

 89 
 on: May 31, 2018, 10:55:12 PM 
Started by djmonolith - Last post by Barnes
My work in progress. If a cosplayer does not like a photo that I took, I'll take it down upon request (send me a message for the request).

http://s49.photobucket.com/user/CapeBarnes/library/FanimeCon%202018/Cosplay?sort=4&page=1

 90 
 on: May 31, 2018, 06:42:15 PM 
Started by djmonolith - Last post by Angelx624
I've started uploading photos so here's my album:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155928914696284.1073741887.663126283&type=3

Will continue to be uploading photos as time goes on!

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