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Serious Business / Influenza/COVID-19 Concerns
March 07, 2020, 08:10:25 AM
Not going to pull any punches with this question.

With the looming threat of exposure and transmission of infections viruses and diseases (the current of public concern being COVID-19) at events where large masses of people are going to be gathering, are there any considerations by the Fanime staff that are being discussed at this time to protect the attendees? Several high profile public events (Emerald City Comic Con, SXSW, and E3 to name a few) and numerous other smaller events at this time have been postponed, actively assessing postponement, and outright canceled due to health concerns for it's attendees. It is an important discussion that needs to be happening, especially when taking in to consideration of those who are at risk of becoming severely ill due to health concerns (the young, the elderly, and the immunocompromised, etc.).

So, my question is there any discussion happening at this time? Is the staff actively monitoring the situation and monitoring the alerts of local health organizations (i.e. the Santa Clara County Public Health Department)? Is the staff considering extreme measures INCLUDING postponement and cancellation in order to protect attendee/public health?

Thank you for your time.
Gaming / Fall/Winter Gaming!
November 02, 2019, 04:45:49 AM
We got a busy Fall/Winter Gaming Season this year!

October saw the release of the Shadowkeep Expansion for Destiny 2 as well as the continuation of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise. November is looking to be busy as well, with the release of Pokémon Sword/Shield and the long-awaited, very mysterious Death Stranding.

What are some games you're looking forward to? What are you all playing right now?
Gaming / Summer Gaming!
June 25, 2019, 05:32:26 PM
So Fanime is over and Summer is in full swing! With E3 passed and Steam and other sales on the horizon what's on your summer playing list?

Dealers Room / Recycled Manga Notebooks Dealer
May 30, 2019, 08:33:09 AM
Hey all!

First off, I had a great time this year at Fanime!

Now to the main question. I'm trying to find the name of the dealer in the Dealers Hall that was selling the Notebooks with the recycled manga pages for the covers. They were adjacent to the Food Court and set next to Pewter City Trading Co. I thought I had their card (I even bought a bookmark from them and still forgot their info  :-\). Can anyone help a guy out?

After a weekend long binge of Lucky Star and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a long since buried memory of the plague of "Hare Hare Yukai" and "Mottoke! Salior Fuku" dances that dotted the convention landscape was resurfaced like a Mythical Kraken of Astonishingly Catchy, Ear-Worm J-Pop. This lead to the following thought:

"Huh. I wonder if there's a name for that? And if there is, what is going to be this years' latest dance craze that at least 6 groups will be performing at the Masquerade?"

So, help a some-what jaded, Thirty-Something who's fallen out of style with the latest trends out and let's try to guess what will be the latest dance craze for Fanime 2019!
Gaming / Mobile Games on your Mobile!?!
April 28, 2019, 06:24:54 AM
With the advent of better and faster smartphones, a lot of us have access to a variety of gaming options, right at our fingertips!

From international sensations like Pokémon Go and Angry Birds to import titles like Fate G/O and AzurLane, the amount of mindless time wasters at our disposal grows larger every day!

What are you playing on your phone? Anything you'd like to suggest to others?