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Posts posted by Krabstarr

  1. 10 hours ago, Ikano said:

    Saturday is kind of a "wild card"....since it's the longest day dealer's is open

    This isn't true. The Dealer Hall is open for 8 hours both Friday and Saturday. Typically 12PM to 8 PM Friday and 10AM to 6PM Saturday. 

  2. 10 hours ago, Revan said:

    Even now, with all this tech, I might still miss panels because they're scheduled against each other. (Would that all my problems were this trivial.) Good news is that I've seen a couple of them at previous cons, and there's nothing stopping me from 'flipping channels' to switch between them.

    If you have multiple devices, you could possibly attend both panels simultaneously!


    10 hours ago, Revan said:

    That being said, there was mention that Otakon was looking into avenues to sell merchandise from this year's con. Was there any progress on that?

    They said on the Otakon.Online announcement stream last night that there WILL be merch available!

  3. 10 minutes ago, alabaster said:

    -I really wish I had known about some of the premieres happening. I literally only found out about Promare during the GKids panel, and I had no idea on City Hunter or Uta Prince. Maybe just advertise these on facebook and twitter and such the week before the con? I mean, if you said something back in february, no chance I'd remember it come July. 

    This stopped happening in the past couple years, but in the years prior to that, there would be a page on the website with information on Premieres and Special Screenings. It would be really nice if that would come back. I asked on social media this year if it would be back and got a "maybe" gif response, but nothing happened.
    Can we please get the Premieres and Special Screenings page back on the website to make these events more visible?

  4. Name of Hotel: Embassy Suites

    Was it part of the official block? Yes

    Price: $217 / night

    Type of room: King Suite

    The Good: The suites are spacious, with living area which includes a table and chairs, sleeper sofa, coffee table, arm chair, and a large TV. The room included refrigerator and microwave, and had a second sink on the counter outside of the bathroom, which made getting ready in the morning a bit quicker. The bedroom had its own large TV.
    Hot breakfast was included with a made to order omelette line and a line for buffet-style breakfast. Breakfast included sausage and bacon, fried potatoes, eggs, and a different starch each day (pancakes, waffles, french toast) with warm syrup. Fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt, cereals, and beverages round out the options.
    I didn't take advantage of this, but they also had an evening reception each day with complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and light snacks included.
    The location is great. It is a short walk from the convention center (0.4 miles) and located with convenient access to a nearby CVS, parking garages, and food options.
    Staff was friendly and efficient. The hotel's bag storage on Sunday was quick and easy to drop off and pick up.

    The Bad: Nothing really bad so these will be minor nitpicks. The hallways are open on one side and overlook the lobby, so noise may travel up into the halls at times. The pool was crowded on Friday night and a band-aid was spotted on the ground of the pool area. Manage your expectations if sleeping on the sleeper sofa. It is somewhere to sleep, but not nearly as comfortable as an actual bed. The room had a paper bag marked as a bag for recycling, but when housekeeping took the bag on Friday, a new one was not left for us.

    Final thoughts: An excellent place to stay. Highly recommend.

  5. 21 minutes ago, MattTheMinion said:

    To be honest the initial number released is a preliminary number based on raw sales data. Last year there was a communications breakdown involving how the 2-day and 1-day badges along with some at-con comps were tracked and a lot of them got double counted. That's why it should be announced as a preliminary number. This year we centralized the attendance count a bit more in order to be closer to the final numbers, but as we go through and check the counts it can still swing either way. 

    I'm always grateful for your straightforward answers. Thank you very much for shedding some light on the attendance numbers.

  6. 23 hours ago, MattTheMinion said:

    Since I'm the one who has audited the attendance numbers for years, the ones posted on our website are accurate. I don't touch Wikipedia as starting down that road would end up as a huge time sink.  

    As for updated numbers, it takes a couple of weeks to go through the data and weed out duplicates, identify people who did not show up even after they bought a membership, find and correct exceptions that were made in reg in the name of customer service, confirm with staff about comps for industry, contractors, etc. I'm fairly certain we will be close to the preliminary reported number, but we want to be thorough about it and make sure we are consistent on how we report them.

    Good to know that the ones posted on the website is accurate. Is the care and thoroughness being taken with this year's attendance number a compensation for announcing the 2018 attendance of 29,293 last year, even going as far as releasing it in a press release 3 days after the convention, but then ending up over 1,100 off the accurate attendance of 28,116 on the website?

    1st - Cirera & Nugettochan - The Greatest Bartender - "The Greatest Showman (trailer audio) by 20th Century Fox - Death Parade
    2nd - PerkyPastry - Re17 - "17 again (trailer audio)" by Offspring Entertainment - ReLIFE

    1st - BleachShippu5678 - I've Lost Myself - "Paralyzed" by NF - A Silent Voice
    2nd - Mycathatesyou69 - The Dark Machiavelli - "Dark Matter" by Les Friction - Code Geass

    1st - BecauseImBored1 - Manic Melody - "Kill Tonight" by Panic! at the Disco - Soul Eater
    2nd - DopplerDo - Can't Stop Me Now - "Can't Stop Me Now" by Oh the Larceny - My Hero Academia

    1st - Kent Clark - Rewrite the Stars - "Rewrite the Stars" by Zac Efron & Zendaya - Your Name.
    2nd - SilverEchoAMVs - Small Town Girl, City Boy - "Don't Stop Believing" by Anthem Lights - Your Name.

    1st - MadMegatax - All Eyes on Me - "All Eyes on Me" by OR30 - Kakeguri - Compulsive Gambler
    2nd - Kirbygal - Machine of Despair - "Build Our Machine" by DAGames - Danganronpa

    1st - Cameron Combe - I Did (Not) Mean to Blow Your Mind - "Decisive Battle, Master Exploder" by Shirou Sagisu, Tenacious D - Neon Genesis Evangelion, The Pick of Destiny
    2nd - Aquiline Studios (Cyanna) - A Song for Our Time - "I've No More ... to Give" by Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq. (feat. Damian Clark) - Aggretsuko

    VIC'S PICK (Coordinator's Award)
    Pixelblended Studios (EnQuatre) - Acrimony - "Never Going Back" by The Score - Hanebado!

    AntaresHeart07 - Anime World Cup - "Jerk It Out" by The Caesars - various

  8. One last time this year:
    Tonight's show is Best of Otakon AMV Contest
    Room opens with the pre-show at 9:00PM EDT
    Feature presentation begins at 9:15PM EDT
    Watch the show at https://cytu.be/r/UnofficialOta

    Join us as we take a trip down Otakon memory lane. Otakon AMV Contest category winners from 2006 to 2018 have been loaded up into a random playlist for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy some old favorites, or maybe make a new favorite. Laugh, cry, love. All is possible with the Otakon AMV Contest.

  9. The battle for supremacy is on as we engage to match wits in Game Night - Unofficial Otakon Quiplash.
    Friday, 07/19/2019 at 9:00PM EDT

    We've loaded the Jackbox Party Pack favorite Quiplash 2 with dozens (over 5 dozen!) of custom prompts relating to Otakon, anime, and anything else we could think of! Players are given a prompt, such as "Why Shinji really didn't want to get in the robot". Players then put down their funniest, wittiest, or whatever answer they think will get them the votes! The answers are put head to head and the best, or sometimes the worst, response wins! Win or lose, this is one event you won't want to miss, as Quiplash is already a fun time, so Quiplash + anime + Otakon should be an amazing time!

    Join us on Discord for the link to join the game:

  10. Join us tonight and come together with your fellow Otakon members as we view the 2016 hit film Your Name.
    Tonight, Monday 07/15 at 9:00PM EDT

    Whether it is your first time or 100th time, share in the magic of the critically acclaimed film. From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.

    Join us on Discord for the link:

  11. This week we will be checking out what the 2019 Summer Anime Season has to offer and watching a bunch of 1st episodes!
    Behind on the new season of anime? Don't know what to watch? Come watch the first episodes of several of the new shows this season, chat with your fellow Otakon members, and see what to pick up and what to drop.

    The viewing begins Thursday, 07/11 at 8:00PM EDT

    Join us on Discord for the link:

  12. This week's event will be a Jackbox Game Night! Everyone sharpen your minds to battle to be the wittiest, funniest, or smartest person in the room, or at least fool everyone else into thinking you are. Win or lose, it's always a good time when we do these, so if you haven't done one with us before, here is your chance!

    This happening occurs Friday, 07/05 at 9:00PM EDT

    Join here for details and the link to join the game:

  13. Hello, everyone.
    As we get closer and closer to Otakon, I'd like to take the opportunity to invite you to join the Unofficial Otakon Discord Server. It's a place where you can chat with your fellow Otakon members about Otakon, anime, games, or anything else you want to.
    You can join the Unofficial Otakon Discord Server with this invite link: https://discord.gg/wjrfMbH

    In the lead up to Otakon, the Discord server will be hosting a number of Community Events so members can get together in fun and fellowship. These kick off with an online group viewing of the 2016 film A Silent Voice tomorrow, 06/19/2019. In the following weeks, there will be viewings of Shin Godzilla, Your Name, and more. We'll also be having Jackbox Party Pack game nights to have fun playing games and defeating your fellow convention goers. Finally, we'll also be doing a showing of all the best AMVs from the Otakon AMV Contest over the past 13 years.

    You can view a calendar of the current scheduled events here: http://bit.ly/UnofficialOtaCalendar
    It will update as more events are planned and finalized.

    Currently planned events:

    Thursday 06/20 - A Silent Voice
    Friday 07/05 - Jackbox Party Pack Game Night
    Monday 07/15 - Your Name.
    Friday 07/19 - A Special Otakon Edition of Jackbox Party Pack Game Night
    Tuesday 07/23 - Best of Otakon AMVs

    Join the Unofficial Otakon Discord Server for information on how to attend these events. I hope to see you there!

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