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Gaming / Re: What MMORPG are you playing?
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:52:40 AM »
Playing WoW.
Working on getting my PvP set complete on my 85 Ret Paladin.
I play primarily on Emerald Dream.

I keep telling myself I'm going to work on building a PvP set, but I never do. I end up spending most of my time working on quests (I WILL have that Loremaster title....) or leveling an alt I'm working on.

85 Fire Mage, spend most of my time on Drakka.

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Gaming / Re: What MMORPG are you playing?
« on: June 18, 2011, 01:47:25 AM »
Thanks to free Steam MMOs, I'm now playing Champions Online: Free For All and Spiral Knights.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Suggestions for Fanime 2012
« on: June 14, 2011, 09:07:35 PM »
Parking/Security: Does anyone know if you can get someone from the con or hotel (like security) to escort you to your car late at night? I drive in from Benicia and usually go back to my car late at night to go home (past midnight when the events we are interested in are over) when a lot of weirdos are out. It seemed like there were more shady people than usual (ghetto, “gangsta”-looking guys in large groups taking up the whole sidewalk that made insulting comments at us, scuzzy-looking (homeless, I'm guessing) people (one of which was peeing all over a pillar in clear view), a few hookers (yes, hookers), etc., that were clearly not part of the con) hanging out a couple blocks from the convention center where we usually park and it was only my female friend and me on Saturday, so I felt a bit paranoid walking there with no other con-goers around. It honestly makes me want to carry pepper spray. Next year, I’ll try parking in the parking garages that are closer to the convention center, but since we get there relatively late in the day on the busiest days because the main events we are interested in aren't until late afternoon to evening, it’s hard to find close parking at times. For future reference, though, I’m curious if there are people who can escort you to your car at night. If not, then I think it would be a great idea to offer that as a service in future years for those who have to park further away and don’t have a group of people to go back with to the parking lot late at night to go home. It would be a huge help.

I completely agree. My friend and I were very disconcerted walking to our car in the 2nd & San Carlos garage on Saturday around 3AM. We could clearly hear shouting and violence further down the road (some gangbangers screaming "die m********** die!" and then when we tried to get in the elevator at the garage a homeless guy jumped out at us, so we bolted up the stairs. I don't know whats happened to San Jose since it used to be one of the safest cities in the country, but things are getting scary down there around con time and it's hard to feel safe. I'm definitely considering hotel next year even though i only live 15 minutes away from the con by car, just because of the poor experience with the parking experience downtown this year.

A suggestion (if possible) is maybe Fanime should advertise some kind of escorting services? Like maybe talk to the SJ Police Department and see if they have some sort of service available to escort people to their cars. You can charge a fee if you have to, just anything along of the lines of being able to walk with someone at night would be something good that Fanime can offer if possible.
As I understand it, convention center security will escort you anywhere on the property if you ask. Same with any SJPD member who is on duty.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Suggestions for Fanime 2012
« on: June 03, 2011, 02:11:58 AM »
To ayame_nguyen:  The policy was consistently no taking pictures or videos so I wonder who told you, at one point, that taking photos would be okay...  
While we were waiting in line, two different staff members walked up and down the line and told us that pictures were okay, just no videos, and we should run and get our cameras if we wanted them. And about 15 minutes later, we were told no cameras again, like ayame_nguyen said.

This has been a problem in previous years as well, one staffer saying one thing, then a different staffer saying something else. There are decent photos/vids of various no-camera events from various years of Fanime floating around due to this.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Suggestions for Fanime 2012
« on: June 02, 2011, 05:13:14 PM »
This had slipped my mind till now, but I wanted to make a comment about the Swap Meet. You know what I really like about the Swap Meet staff? When they lead us to our spot. Why do I like this? So we don't have a repeat of Friday night, were our neighbor was insisting that he had two spots, including ours and a loud heated argument ended with me telling him to get his shit out of my spot or I'd shit can it (all the while, a non-swap meet staffer was doing his best to help but finally agreed with my approach).

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General Convention Discussion / Re: printed out schedule?
« on: June 02, 2011, 05:06:34 PM »
I might be interested in helping as well.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Missed connections: 2011 edition
« on: June 02, 2011, 05:05:42 PM »
Last year me (Chris) and a friend (Cindy) hung out with a nice person named Savanna, who is now in Kentucky. Sadly, we both forgot to ask for her contact info. Well, I ran into Savanna again this year and, damn it anyway, forgot to ask for contact info again. Savanna, if you read this, Cindy and I would love to chitchat more so please forward me an e-mail if you see this.

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Gaming / Re: What MMORPG are you playing?
« on: June 02, 2011, 11:11:01 AM »
Off and on with Ragnarok Online, messing with Cosmic Break lately.

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ye. no need for those kinds of comments -__-

You think you could PM me that image you posted in the other topic? It was deleted before I could save it and I thought it was really cute.

^_^

EDIT: On topic, still looking to run into Savanna again, if you read this. Name is Chris, you chit chatted with me and Cindy on the first night of the Swap Meet, in line.

Damn it anyway, I ran into Savanna again this year, chatted for a while but forgot to ask for her contact info.  :-\ If you're reading, would still like to get into contact.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: printed out schedule?
« on: June 02, 2011, 10:53:45 AM »
Just to give you guys a tidbit, we did know that the pocket schedule was unlikely to happen. A very talented staffer had managed that from end-to-end in previous years, but he could not join staff this year. We had a strategy to mitigate this, but due to some miscommunication, that strategy wasn't followed.

We should have more information later. Unfortunately I can't turn back the clock and fix the major pain in the ass we gave to our attendees, but we'll certainly address it for next year.

Just a thought, but would it be a plausible idea to find a guy who would be willing to pull this off like the last person?

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Suggestions for Fanime 2012
« on: June 02, 2011, 01:02:40 AM »
Midnight Madness: This is was my biggest gripe of the whole con! I was planning and hoping that I would get to see True Naruto Style the movie but instead we had a two hour video screening of fake trailers and whats worst is there was no schedule on what was going to be playing! I also complained about this last year when nobody told us that the Berserk parody was three hours long and whats worst was that it was already available on youtube where as True Naruto Style is not played anywhere but at cons! I know the event lasts all night long but my point is that there are people who have no plans on actually staying up all night especially if they have plans early the next day! Please improve this by actually showing showtimes schedules for midnight madness in advance.

I'm going to interject here as I have some slight insight on this. This was the last year for the guy that puts together Midnight Madness, who goes by the name Jerry C. He's a close friend who I visit and work with often. Honestly, he thought a great way to end it all would be with a compilation of the best of the previous years Midnight Madness showings. I'm not sure as to why TNS wasn't shown (might have been too long, might have been a favoring for the shorter trailers or he may just have never shown it at MM). However, TNS is on Youtube if you'd still like to see it.
My gripe was not the compilation trailers but the fact that there was no knowledge of how long it would take and what was going to be played after the compilation trailers which is why I suggest having a showtime schedule to whoever will be in charge of midnight madness next year.

That's kind of the point of MM, actually. It's six hours of new fansubs with a few classics mixed in, you're not supposed to know whats to be shown beyond that. Do you expect the hentai/yaoi rooms to have complete listings of what is being shown before hand? If yes, you're missing the point.

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And no TNS the movie is not on youtube unless you can show me a link.

I typed 'True Naruto Style' into the search and found it, don't know why you're not.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Suggestions for Fanime 2012
« on: June 01, 2011, 08:27:20 PM »
Midnight Madness: This is was my biggest gripe of the whole con! I was planning and hoping that I would get to see True Naruto Style the movie but instead we had a two hour video screening of fake trailers and whats worst is there was no schedule on what was going to be playing! I also complained about this last year when nobody told us that the Berserk parody was three hours long and whats worst was that it was already available on youtube where as True Naruto Style is not played anywhere but at cons! I know the event lasts all night long but my point is that there are people who have no plans on actually staying up all night especially if they have plans early the next day! Please improve this by actually showing showtimes schedules for midnight madness in advance.

I'm going to interject here as I have some slight insight on this. This was the last year for the guy that puts together Midnight Madness, who goes by the name Jerry C. He's a close friend who I visit and work with often. Honestly, he thought a great way to end it all would be with a compilation of the best of the previous years Midnight Madness showings. I'm not sure as to why TNS wasn't shown (might have been too long, might have been a favoring for the shorter trailers or he may just have never shown it at MM). However, TNS is on Youtube if you'd still like to see it.

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I'll be damned if I just successfully got trolled.

Eh, he successfully trolls quite often. You have to be here a while to learn just to ignore him/.

Or just use the forums handy dandy ignore button. 4+ years of Pyron-less posting and counting. :)

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What a lot of people don't realize about the dealers room is that the dealers have to pay a more than just the space fees and transportation costs. SJCC has a union and if a given dealer is bringing in more than he/she can carry themselves, he/she has to pay the union to do all the moving, both in and out (this is actually listed in the dealers paper work). As you can imagine, this is pretty expensive, so it makes sense that we'd see some gouging of some kind.

Then we need to move this con to a non-union place. Or stop those proprietary mafia thugs from messing with the dealers. 

Good luck with that. Any convention center (specifically convention centers, not sure of other lodgings) of equal or greater size will have union workers on staff and require patrons to use them.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Suggestions for Fanime 2012
« on: May 31, 2011, 01:27:18 PM »
You guys do realize this is last years thread, right?

EDIT: Or not, thanks to Ewu's mod magic.

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Sorry you had a bad experience with the Rovers. I greatly appreciated their presence as this year. Quite frankly the majority of the attendees seemed to have no manners or common sense. And wtf is the deal with playing on the elevators and setting off the fire alarms? Really? Is your world so small and pitiful that destroying other people's property is what you do for fun?

I had a small problem with the elevators in the Merriot, but it was my fault. I'm used to staying in a different hotel and forgot that the Merriot elevators has the floor buttons on both sides. I remembered they were there when I unconsciously leaned against them, hitting a bunch of buttons.  :-\

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Dealer's hall prices seem to have gone up for certain things O_o or is it just me for this one?

I noticed this was especially the case for Japanese imports.  This is probably due to the exchange rate being as horrible as it's ever been (on our side, anyway) for the past year, like 80 yen to the dollar.

A lot of it is due to the things being sold just being expensive in general. Saw all the Kamen Rider stuff? Thought it was expensive? Look for the same stuff on eBay or Amazon, you'll run back to the dealers double quick and buy from them.

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What a lot of people don't realize about the dealers room is that the dealers have to pay a more than just the space fees and transportation costs. SJCC has a union and if a given dealer is bringing in more than he/she can carry themselves, he/she has to pay the union to do all the moving, both in and out (this is actually listed in the dealers paper work). As you can imagine, this is pretty expensive, so it makes sense that we'd see some gouging of some kind.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: printed out schedule?
« on: May 30, 2011, 01:45:36 AM »
Damn, I was thinking my bag was just missing it. Those pocket style guides were super awesome last year.

Agreed. I understand this saves time money and trees, but meh, I miss the printed schedule. Last year's minis were sooo handy.

The whole 'save time, money and trees' bit gets a tad subverted when you look at the useless full color 'here are the events without the time or location listed' guide that we got instead. How does I priority.  :-\
Cost more trees without.

Pardon?
for every person who dosnt have the phone app will need to print it out. So if 1/4th dont they eather have to print it out or memorize it. So if they do its about a minmal of 16 pages for it and some 26(full scedual takes 26 to add in the special events) .  say 4000 people go The pocket takes about 3-4 pages  so 16000-26000 pages vs 9000-12000 pages.

The entire 15 page schedule from last year was condensed into a cheap, easy to read pocket guide that was just under six pages (as I recall, I don't have it on hand at the moment). This is all beside the point that...that wasn't my point. The full color guide is far less useful and more costly for a wide selection of reasons, compared to a simple cutting of folded paper with the entire schedule present. 

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Should I be concerned?
« on: May 29, 2011, 11:47:37 PM »
There's been protesters?

Every year for at least the last four years.

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