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Dostovei Illuminas

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  1. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    Yeah that's pretty much what I figured. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  2. Number of attendees?

    Yeah, attendance fell right where I thought it would. 27% decrease from peak attendance in 2013. That's a lot of ground to make up.
  3. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    Yeah I think the Day Pass thing is pretty much permanently dead. One idea I saw that might work was to pro-rate the at-door cost based on how late in the con you register. Something like $100 Friday, $80 Saturday, $50 Sunday, for example. But the whole "membership" setup might kill that idea too.
  4. Swag!

    I bought a manga from Viz to get the Sailor Moon bag for a friend. Also bought a FLOW CD. The rest was autographs: And a sketch from Hidenori Matsubara:
  5. Autographs 2017

    As long as there's a separate line for us and we can get in and get into line without getting caught in the general AA traffic, I think the current setup is fine. That was one of the major things I was worried about going in for the same reasons you cited, so I'm glad you went the route you did. Also felt like the stages were too high, so if those can be lowered next year that would be great. Not sure I understand what you're referring to with how you're considering redoing the line, but honestly I would rather you leave things like they are. The setup worked well and I didn't experience any problems. Though I will say that you could stand to be a little more flexible with the whole one hour rule; when the autograph line was let in on Sunday morning it was literally 5 minutes before the one hour mark for the session I was going for, but when I asked where the line was I got the whole "It's not open yet you can't be down here if you're lining up for that" spiel, which was completely unnecessary given the fact this was Sunday morning with a light crowd and also it was five lousy minutes guys, c'mon. I could have just gone straight into line 5 minutes early instead of having to go wait in another line and then walk 20 feet over to the next location 5 minutes later.
  6. Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    I think the bulk of my usual requests have been named already. But yes, more seiyuu. If I ever have the inclination to see dub actors I can go to any one of a billion other cons. Japanese guests are make or break as far as I'm concerned.
  7. Charity Auction This Year Was a Disgrace

    Yeah, there was the standard Funimation supplied autographed poster (Steins;Gate, the three female characters in cute maid outfits, but was a male voice actor's signature...), a couple of shikishi boards with various guest autographs on them, and then two sketches by Hidenori Matsubara. But the other three sketches from his live drawing panel were MIA, along with any items held over from previous years, so yeah...
  8. Charity Auction This Year Was a Disgrace

    Hey there Matt. Yeah, I understand that things can get lost in the shuffle and all, and that there are paperwork considerations. But really the charity auction has been treated as second fiddle to the art auction for years now and it's really getting irritating. There's absolutely no reason now with the venue change that we can't make them two separate events and have someone other than the art auction staff administer it. And if I'm understanding this correctly, you're saying the paperwork to support the auction wasn't in place and yet they went ahead and held an impromptu auction with a handful of items anyway? I know they said they hadn't identified a charity to give the money to yet, but wow. Also just to note, Hidenori Matsubara did three sketches during his Friday live drawing panel and it was announced at the panel that they would be at the auction... but they weren't. Instead we got two completely different (albeit much better quality) sketches that were apparently submitted last minute. So I'm kinda wondering where those other three sketches went. Hopefully they show up next year, along with everything else in the nice locked case.
  9. Confirmation on Ballroom Concert Structural Safety?

    Yeah, that's what I figured too after writing all of that. I'm just used to dealing with the force end of things rather than the mass end of things. So many pressure rating calculations...
  10. Otakon 2017: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Good -More space -Much better handling of autographs Bad -Bag checks that are a complete waste of time and held the line up on Friday morning far longer than necessary -Terrible data reception in the Artist Alley and spotty wi-fi coverage at best Ugly -Charity auction was an absolute disgrace, as I mentioned elsewhere. Please put someone in charge of this who actually cares about it and doesn't want to treat it as just a sideshow to the art auction. This event should not be an afterthought that you just toss in somewhere and then not take care of.
  11. Confirmation on Ballroom Concert Structural Safety?

    PSF is a measure of force, not weight. Divide that number by acceleration of gravity to get weight. So 100 lbs-force/sq. ft. (PSF) x 52,000 sq. ft. = 5,200,000 lbs-force 5,200,000 lbs-force / 32.174 ft/sec^2 = 161,621 lbs-mass 161,621 lbs-mass / 2,000 attendees = 80.8 lbs-mass per attendee average So yeah you may want to get an actual mechanical engineer to weigh in... (I'm Chemical, so not really my expertise). EDIT: Of course, they could always mean mass per square foot instead of force, which would make the numbers make much better sense, but that's not the standard Engineering notation, so it can be confusing.
  12. Charity Auction This Year Was a Disgrace

    This was absolutely the worst handling of the charity auction I've ever seen. Apparently Otakon wasn't even going to have one this year since the locked display case wasn't shipped down? Which is really terrible reasoning in and of itself since surely you could have secured the items some other way. But then the art auction staff gets handed some pieces at the last minute and has no clue what they are or what to do with them and don't even know what charity the money is going to. This is beyond pathetic. The art staff themselves told us they've been asking for years to have the charity auction separated from their auction and made its own event, and now that you finally have the space for it you just end up with a colossal C.F. This is unbelievable. Please, please, PLEASE make the charity auction its own event, and give it the treatment it deserves. There are people out there that want to donate to a good cause in exchange for rare and exclusive items and you have the potential to facilitate that. Please stop leaving the charity auction as an afterthought and neglecting it to the point of absurdity. It's just truly disgraceful.
  13. Autographs 2017

    Well I'm not seeing a separate line right now... Of course, this doesn't really surprise me. Edit: Okay, separated now. Phew.
  14. Autographs 2017

    Good to know, thanks for the info!
  15. Bag check line - bravo *slow clap*

    Line took forever to move, then once it finally did, the "check" was so cursory that I doubt they could even spot a cartoon style giant round bomb. This is a total waste of time. Farcical security theater that actually accomplishes nothing, just like I predicted.