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Title: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on February 16, 2016, 10:35:33 AM
Thank you so much for attending the 2016 FanimeCon Old School Cosplay Gathering!

See You In 2017!
2017 OSG Thread: http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,20867.0.html

I plan on happily returning to host this gathering once again 2017!  We'll probably move it an hour later next year to allow more people to attend due to hotel check-ins and the Friday workday.  I will also have a much larger list for the photography shoot order.  THANK YOU to gathering attendees who suggested some outstanding photography groupings!!

Pictures of the gathering taken by my co-host, Captain Shinobu Nagumo, can be viewed here at our cosplay page - https://www.facebook.com/mokkoricosplay/photos/?tab=album&album_id=512071695648644 - this is an updated link with high resolution images.  Sorry for the earlier low-res album!

We've now moved the gallery to Facebook as a more permanent home.  Please feel free to tag and share!

Mobius Photography OSG photo album - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1027743667302832.1073741840.819812181429316&type=3

Studio Stormfalcon has OSG pictures here, starting on page 9 - https://stormfalcon.smugmug.com/CosplayPhotography/FanimeCon-2016-05-27/ - he also has good shots of the Macross gathering and pictures of many others who attended the OSG that he encountered throughout the day. Check it out!


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Greetings old school cosplayers!  BSaphire stated at the conclusion of 2015's Old School Cosplay Gathering that she hoped the tradition of an old school gathering would continue.  The 2014 Old School Cosplay Gathering is what got my girlfriend and I into cosplay and I see no signs of us stopping.

With that, I want to announce the Fanime 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering!

Come celebrate the rich history of Japanese entertainment culture!

This is a hugely open gathering for those of you / us who cosplay as characters from the previous century.  Essentially if your cosplay character appears in Anime, Manga, Video Games or Live Action (resident beings of Nebula M78 are welcome) pre-2001 on back, then this is the gathering for you!

Please post who your character is, what title it is from and what year you are representing!



Day : Friday, May 27th
Time : 5pm - 6pm
Meeting Place (MP) : Same as Location.
Location (L) : G4 = "The Hub" (alcove area 1st floor)



Cosplayers :
InsaneDavid - Captain Kiichi Goto (Mobile Police Patlabor - 1989)
InsaneDavid's SO - Captain Shinobu Nagumo (Mobile Police Patlabor - 1989)
Angelx624 - Kagura Sohma (Fruits Basket - 1998)
Red_Eye - Moonlight Knight (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R - 1993)

...and more as people pop in to this gathering - it's always a surprising mix!



Legal Statement : Fanime will be taking group pictures during the Gathering/Event this year. If you do not want to be included in those pictures please step aside for those photos. By remaining with the group when the pictures are being taken you give your consent to be photographed.



Photography Order :
Group shot.
By era - 1960's (or earlier).
By era - 1970's.
By era - 1980's.
By era - 1990's (to 2000).
Timeline group shot by era (dependent on gathering size).
Pairings.
Requests.



Facebook Event Link : https://www.facebook.com/events/1155421784469122/



This is an excellent gathering to psyche you up for the convention weekend.  If you're an old school cosplayer, stop by and join us!



Thank you so very much.  Let's have a great turnout and continue this wonderful Fanime tradition!




Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on February 16, 2016, 10:47:17 AM
Hold space.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on February 16, 2016, 06:00:49 PM
Since Final Fantasy VIII came out in 1999, then would Rinoa be ok?? ^^
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 16, 2016, 06:15:59 PM
Oooh...this is a gathering that always interests me, but that I never have a chance to go to.

If it's on Friday again, it'll depend heavily on my cosplay and photoshoot schedule. If I end up going, at this point, Ultimecia (FFVIII), Lady Oscar (Rose of Versailles), Angela (Seiken Densetsu 3), and Utena Tenjou (Adolescene of Utena) are all potential options, depending on my shoot schedule, when the other gatherings are, and what I actually end up making (since two of those are "maybe" costumes).
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on February 16, 2016, 06:19:26 PM
Come to think of it, the Fruits Basket manga started in 1998. So Kagura might work, too......... XDD

Ahh, well it all depends on who I wear on what day. ^^;; So I'm just waiting for gathering dates at this point!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on February 16, 2016, 07:53:06 PM
Since Final Fantasy VIII came out in 1999, then would Rinoa be ok?? ^^

Absolutely!

Oooh...this is a gathering that always interests me, but that I never have a chance to go to.

If it's on Friday again, it'll depend heavily on my cosplay and photoshoot schedule. If I end up going, at this point, Ultimecia (FFVIII), Lady Oscar (Rose of Versailles), Angela (Seiken Densetsu 3), and Utena Tenjou (Adolescene of Utena) are all potential options, depending on my shoot schedule, when the other gatherings are, and what I actually end up making (since two of those are "maybe" costumes).

I know it makes it a difficult one for some to attend but I really want to push for Friday.  I see this gathering as a good "psyche up" for the weekend and there's generally not a whole lot to do for most on Friday evening before Swap Meet.  Last year there was both a Friday and Saturday Old School Gathering and while Friday had a huge turnout, Saturday's attendance was about 1/6th of that.

Either way, all of the costumes you have listed sound outstanding!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 16, 2016, 08:41:16 PM
Friday is a great day for the gathering, and it has historically been on that day, it's just my own plans that are totally up in the air at this point. I went several years ago...2012 maybe? as Maj. Kusanagi, and had a good time. It was Friday then, in the evening (~6PMish?), and I think it's usually around then.

It mostly depends on when my Ultimecia and Pearl photoshoots end up being, and that depends on photographers. It also depends on if I decide to make Lady Oscar, Angela, or Opal (Steven Universe, so not old school), and if I make Opal, if the SU gathering is the same day. Since my third new cosplay slot of the con is pretty open, I don't really want to commit to anything yet.

Actually, my only real solid plans are on Saturday afternoon of the con, and that's for a big RGU group that I'm trying to get together, so that certainly counts as old school (and I wish I could attend with some of the group, but we can't do it on Friday, and I agree that Friday is a better day for this gathering), but I won't be able to do it for this gathering.

Also depending on plans, I have plenty of other pre-2000 cosplays that I can bring, but the ones listed are most likely to be brought out for this con and at this time. :] (I tend to overschedule my Fanimecons!)
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on February 16, 2016, 11:42:30 PM
Friday would be good!! I'm going to assume that the Final Fantasy gathering will be on Saturday. And for Friday I was thinking of doing Fruits Basket then(not sure if there'll be a gathering for it, but I'm thinking of trying to host one myself if no one else does.....) So.... I might come as Kagura. ^^
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 09, 2016, 10:00:37 PM
That's the great thing about this gathering, it can be a quick stop by or "in addition to" gathering meet up for many people.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Tiptop on March 15, 2016, 07:15:56 PM
So long as this isn't during the Ghibli gathering, expect a Laputa robot.  ;D
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 15, 2016, 10:27:00 PM
So long as this isn't during the Ghibli gathering, expect a Laputa robot.  ;D

Awesome!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 20, 2016, 12:57:46 PM
Gathering date and time has been approved and is in the first post.  Super excited that this will continue to be on Friday!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on March 21, 2016, 06:10:48 PM
Yeah, I'll definitely be there as Kagura from Fruits Basket. ^u^
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 28, 2016, 07:18:21 PM
Yeah, I'll definitely be there as Kagura from Fruits Basket. ^u^

Outstanding!

Reminds me that I need to get to work on finishing up my Patlabor uniforms.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Red_Eye on March 29, 2016, 11:25:43 AM
Red_Eye - Moonlight Knight (Sailor Moon R - 90s)

Sound good?
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 30, 2016, 09:57:08 AM
Red_Eye - Moonlight Knight (Sailor Moon R - 90s)

Sound good?

Absolutely!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 04, 2016, 05:16:02 PM
Finally updated the Facebook page.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Michi on April 05, 2016, 12:51:05 PM
My friends and I will be doing Dragon Quest III costumes (1988!) on Friday but I'm not sure if we'll be in them this late in the day. I guess we'll see and drop by if we are!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 05, 2016, 02:12:33 PM
My friends and I will be doing Dragon Quest III costumes (1988!) on Friday but I'm not sure if we'll be in them this late in the day. I guess we'll see and drop by if we are!

That would be outstanding.  DQIII is such an important game to the history of RPGs in the east, really when they became fully formed and dropped the baggage of Wizardy and Ultima III that was in their DNA from the start.  Also the first RPG with bunny girls!  :)
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: CloudlessWonder on April 10, 2016, 05:30:05 PM
Hopefully Presea from Magic Knight Rayearth (mid 1990s)
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 10, 2016, 11:06:37 PM
Hopefully Presea from Magic Knight Rayearth (mid 1990s)

That would be great!

My girlfriend and I are JUST about finished with our old school cosplay for this year (who am I kidding, all we do is old stuff) - just some boot covers to finish up.  Then it's on to starting our next new one for this year.  Time is running down!

Also, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the week of Fanime, I'll be posting an anime opening from each decade the Old School Gathering represents over at the Facebook Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1155421784469122/
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Michi on April 12, 2016, 02:58:57 PM
That would be outstanding.  DQIII is such an important game to the history of RPGs in the east, really when they became fully formed and dropped the baggage of Wizardy and Ultima III that was in their DNA from the start.  Also the first RPG with bunny girls!  :)

Our group has the bunny girl class too, hehe. :D
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Nina Star 9 on April 12, 2016, 05:09:53 PM
I'll be able to make it to the gathering, but I might be a little late -- I'm hosting a panel from 4-5PM, so I'll have to run over from the Fairmont.

It's between Lady Oscar (Rose of Versailles) and Angela (Seiken Densetsu 3) at this point. I'll probably post again once it's closer to con and my schedule is fully set. (I'll be wearing both, but I haven't decided yet which is a Friday costume and which is a Sunday costume.)

It would be fun to wear my oldest source material cosplay (going back to 1973!) at this gathering, but it would also be fun to wear something from a game like SD3. It'll probably come down to photoshoot schedules, so I need to start contacting photographers before I can decide. :]
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 12, 2016, 09:41:36 PM
That would be outstanding.  DQIII is such an important game to the history of RPGs in the east, really when they became fully formed and dropped the baggage of Wizardy and Ultima III that was in their DNA from the start.  Also the first RPG with bunny girls!  :)

Our group has the bunny girl class too, hehe. :D

Super important to have one in the party - easiest way to a Sage!

I'll be able to make it to the gathering, but I might be a little late -- I'm hosting a panel from 4-5PM, so I'll have to run over from the Fairmont.

It's between Lady Oscar (Rose of Versailles) and Angela (Seiken Densetsu 3) at this point. I'll probably post again once it's closer to con and my schedule is fully set. (I'll be wearing both, but I haven't decided yet which is a Friday costume and which is a Sunday costume.)

It would be fun to wear my oldest source material cosplay (going back to 1973!) at this gathering, but it would also be fun to wear something from a game like SD3. It'll probably come down to photoshoot schedules, so I need to start contacting photographers before I can decide. :]

Cool!  No problem what so ever about running late.  I plan to run this gathering super laid back as the last two years I attended were.  Talk a bit, get everyone up on the stage for some pictures, and have some fun.  I'm glad we tentatively have an entire hour as I think last year it was only 30 minutes - although we all hung around for awhile and talked with BSaphire on the second gathering day.

I want to thank everyone for the positive response concerning this gathering continuing.  I'll admit I was a little nervous about taking up the hosting duties but when I see that people are genuinely excited about attending, it reaffirms how important this gathering is and how privileged I feel to be part of its continuation.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 01, 2016, 04:15:49 PM
Less than a month to go!  I hope everything is coming together for everyone smoothly.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 02, 2016, 09:45:06 AM
I've decided on a costume -- you'll see me there as Lady Oscar from The Rose of Versailles.

Again, I might be a little late, depending on how quickly I can get there from my panel, but I'm determined to make it!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 02, 2016, 10:28:20 AM
I've decided on a costume -- you'll see me there as Lady Oscar from The Rose of Versailles.

That's the one thing I haven't done!  Patlabor is done and I love it (because my personality can be a lot like Kiichi Goto and my girlfriend can be a lot like Shinobu Nagumo) so much I want to wear it all day Saturday now.  I'm considering going double duty Friday / Saturday but that depends on my plans Friday evening after the gathering and how warm it is that day.  If I wear the same cosplay twice during a con I like to have one non-wear day in between to give it time to be laundered / freshened up / aired out.  If not Patlabor then it'll be Cyber Formula again, like last year's Friday OSG.  Cyber Formula gets nowhere near enough love outside of Japan!

Again, I might be a little late, depending on how quickly I can get there from my panel, but I'm determined to make it!

I'm really glad this gathering has been given a full hour, I really hope that sticks.  Previous two years had been half hour gatherings if I remembered correctly and for the bigger crowd last year on Friday we really could have used JUST a little longer since there was such a varied turn out.  See you there!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 02, 2016, 01:05:25 PM
Good luck on choosing a costume! That's always the hardest part. I still need to figure out what I'm going to be wearing on Sunday morning of the con, since I cut a costume from my lineup and can't wear my Sunday afternoon costume for more than a few hours.

I'm not familiar with Cyber Formula, but I just googled it, and the designs look really cool. (I'm also not into Patlabor -- it just isn't my type -- but I'm at least familiar with the concept.)


I'll see you there! I'm excited for this gathering. My Lady Oscar got a really good reception when I wore it to Krakencon weekend before last, so I'm hoping the reception will be even better at a gathering like this!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 02, 2016, 02:46:03 PM
I'll see you there! I'm excited for this gathering. My Lady Oscar got a really good reception when I wore it to Krakencon weekend before last, so I'm hoping the reception will be even better at a gathering like this!

That's my favorite thing about this gathering, and old anime / manga in general, is no one has seen or knows it all.  However it tends to be a community more adept to looking into titles they may not be familiar with.  Just posting anime openings on the Facebook page on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays has expanded the amount of stuff I want to watch.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: cherryteagirl on May 05, 2016, 08:06:26 PM
I'll be cosplaying as Arle from Puyo Puyo (1991). 
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 05, 2016, 11:59:00 PM
I'll be cosplaying as Arle from Puyo Puyo (1991).

Awesome!  Technically Arle can even stretch back to 1989 - http://puyonexus.net/intro/madou.html
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 16, 2016, 04:57:08 PM
The 20th Century (and earlier) of Japanese entertainment may be in the past but you only have a little over a week into the future to finish up your old school cosplay!

I hope everyone's cosplay is coming along smoothly - or at least progress is being made.  I'll be real easy to spot at the gathering, just look for the two uniformed Patlabor officers.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: saboli on May 17, 2016, 12:59:14 PM
I'll be cosplaying as Shogo Yahagi from Megazone 23 Part 1.
Right now I'm having a hard time finding a right wig, so if I weren't able to find it, I might cosplay without one. This will be my first time going to a cosplay gathering and I'm very excited  :D
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: nix on May 18, 2016, 11:40:22 AM
Hello! My husband and I have a Full Metal Panic! cosplay - I'm Chidori and he's Sousuke in the casual school uniform. Would this fit in the gathering?  The light novels started in 1998, the manga started in 2000, but the anime show aired in 2002.  It's right on the edge of old school and not...
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 18, 2016, 12:07:34 PM
Hello! My husband and I have a Full Metal Panic! cosplay - I'm Chidori and he's Sousuke in the casual school uniform. Would this fit in the gathering?  The light novels started in 1998, the manga started in 2000, but the anime show aired in 2002.  It's right on the edge of old school and not...

Your fine as the manga began before 2001, in 2000 as you said.  It's the same thing as Fruits Basket where the anime series didn't air until 2001 but the manga was first published in 1998.

There a handful of series like this and as long as an original work, generally a manga as it's a visual medium, began before 2001 you're good to go.  The only thing I would have caution against is characters that were introduced in later incarnations of a series, Mari Makinami from Evangelion 2.0 as an example, as they are more modern / contemporary characters.  (Although that leads to the Mari debate as she's in the manga - but in the final volume published in 2013! )

Anyway.... come on out to the gathering and have a great time!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 18, 2016, 04:44:19 PM
I know that I don't really have any say in this, but I feel like if I were running the gathering, I'd prefer it to be more inclusive rather than exclusive...so if a case can be made that a character or series fits, then I'd rather include people who are potentially old school fans even if it can be a bit fuzzy.

I've also seen the gathering in past years say that as long as the character existed before the cutoff date, then it's fine, regardless of outfit or anything like that. I suppose an argument could be made for the same about the series itself, or for one or the other to have existed.

(I know that I personally have done SEVERAL cosplays that originated in 1999, which I think has been used as the cutoff year in previous years of this gathering. Why is 1999 such a good year for cosplay for me? lol)

Either way, excited for the gathering. :D
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 18, 2016, 08:50:34 PM
I know that I don't really have any say in this, but I feel like if I were running the gathering, I'd prefer it to be more inclusive rather than exclusive...so if a case can be made that a character or series fits, then I'd rather include people who are potentially old school fans even if it can be a bit fuzzy.

I've also seen the gathering in past years say that as long as the character existed before the cutoff date, then it's fine, regardless of outfit or anything like that. I suppose an argument could be made for the same about the series itself, or for one or the other to have existed.

(I know that I personally have done SEVERAL cosplays that originated in 1999, which I think has been used as the cutoff year in previous years of this gathering. Why is 1999 such a good year for cosplay for me? lol)

Either way, excited for the gathering. :D

I know for at least the previous two years it has been anything pre-2001 and that's the template I want to follow.  The crux of the gathering is really to have a generalized place specifically for older series fandoms that otherwise wouldn't have enough singular pull to have individual gatherings.  Also a place for people to get out there and see what they've missed because we've all missed so much!

I would also like to keep it Japanese based, which I do recall was a request in years previous as well.  However if someone shows up as, I don't know, Dilbert for a random example, they won't be turned away or anything.  It's a request, not an enforcement as I'd like to think I'm not that big of an ass.  ;)

So yeah, it's exactly what is described in the gathering introduction - "Essentially if your cosplay character appears in Anime, Manga, Video Games or Live Action pre-2001 on back, then this is the gathering for you!"

If they were created before 2001, you are good to go! :)

Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 24, 2016, 06:07:33 PM
Less than 72 hours to go!   :D
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 27, 2016, 08:32:14 AM
See you all later today!  May registration go smoothly for you all.
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 27, 2016, 06:54:20 PM
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2016 OSG!  Thank you equally as much for putting up with my unusually quiet and raspy voice, as I'm in the tail end of a sinus reaction that crept up on Wednesday night and has exhausted me every day since.  I swear, I'm usually 300% louder with 500% more energy.  ...that sounds like either a Japanese coffee or pachinko advertisement.

I really cannot express how much it means to me to have had so many people attend this gathering.  I hope to see you all again next year for the 2017 OSG - the 35th anniversary of Japan's favorite working-class video game hero, Dig Dug!

Once the pictures my co-host took are uploaded, I will post the link here.  Additionally once FanimeCon staff pictures are up, I will do the same and post the link here.

See you space cowboy...
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 27, 2016, 08:27:51 PM
Pictures of the gathering taken by my co-host, Captain Shinobu Nagumo, can be viewed here - https://mokkori.smugmug.com/Fanime-Old-School-Gathering/

This link will be active for two weeks from today.  Once FanimeCon Staff pictures are uploaded and the link provided, I will post it here as well.  Thank you again for attending the 2016 OSG!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 30, 2016, 07:38:24 PM
Updated the first post with the relevant link for all the pictures my co-host took.  This will be cross-posted with the main Fanime pictures thread once the permanent Facebook gallery is set up, this should be done by Sunday.  At the present time, all pictures can be viewed and downloaded through the posted smugmug link.

Thank you again for attending the 2016 OSG!
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on May 30, 2016, 10:42:17 PM
I had such a fun time at the gathering!!! XD I was the Kagura from Fruits Basket!! ^^ Wasn't expecting so many people at the gathering, but big gatherings are always fun!! :D

And winning the Marmalade Boy DVDs was certainly a plus. <33 One day I need to finally cosplay Miki!! ^^
Title: Re: 2016 Old School Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on June 01, 2016, 10:28:08 AM
I had such a fun time at the gathering!!! XD I was the Kagura from Fruits Basket!! ^^ Wasn't expecting so many people at the gathering, but big gatherings are always fun!! :D

And winning the Marmalade Boy DVDs was certainly a plus. <33 One day I need to finally cosplay Miki!! ^^

Thank you so much for attending!  I loved that we had such a wide representation of four decades of entertainment.

I was really surprised and excited to see such a large turnout as the Old School Gathering can be hard to predict.  I think a portion of that was really thanks to the Cosplay Gatherings Department having a clearly laid out and easy to read schedule and asking for Facebook events pages.  The events page made it so easy to universally promote the gathering online and without their suggestion I probably wouldn't have made one.

I had forgotten just how much stuff I had put aside to give away!  As I would trade items or end up with duplicates, I would just put them aside and eventually there was this huge bag of stuff to give away at the gathering.  Probably no random giveaway next year as instead I plan on having a little commemorative item for everyone - planned on that this year in addition but didn't have time to get them made.