Even though I didn't preregister - I never have, since I'm local, but judging by the turn out this year, I think I'm gonna start to have to ^^; - I thought the idea of the Friday-night pick-up was good. Registration on Saturday went as well as it really could, what with the whole waiting-in-line-to-get-the-badge being pretty normal. I wouldn't change anything, other than making sure that there are maybe two piles of lanyards and booklets, because I didn't see them when I registered, and a friend had to grab me a lanyard XD Another thing I would like to suggest - I believe this falls under this category? - is to find out what your attendance cap is a little earlier than the night before the convention, since plenty of my friends traveled halfway across the state only to learn they couldn't register, which was a major bummer. Staffers
Staff was - as usual - spectacular, kept things orderly, and were generally pleasant. Keep up the good work!Lines
Considering the space we had, the lines were kept in pretty good order, but having all of those people in line at the same time really clogged up the moving space. I had a hard time getting from one side of the con to the other when the event hall wasn't packed, but that was a fault of the space, not the lines. Dealer's Room/Artist Alley
The staff kept the traffic flow at a good pace, and allowed enough room for a fair amount of people to walk around and see the merchandise. As far as the Artist Alley/Dealer's Room combo, since there are so few of both artists and dealers able to come, I think having them both in the same room is fine.Main Events
I thought the order of events was good, it kept my interest and kept me around for the AMVs and judging at least ;D Though, as far as judging the AMVs goes, I think it would be better to have an 'official' award, deliberated by judges for quality, and a 'fan' award, chosen by the audience. The audience will choose the AMV that was the most entertaining or contained the crowd favorite character (for example, Edward Elric, not to say that the AMV containing him this year did not have quality) and not necessarily on the quality of the AMV. Also, since there are so few AMVs, I think it's appropriate to show them during the Masquerade.
Next year, maybe ask different people at the con to write down their own (PG) improv masquerade ideas? Just because I'm sure there's tons of people at the con with excellent ideas >D
I enjoy the skits before the Host Auction, personally, I think they're perfectly entertaining. I think it gets everyone involved a little more with the cosplayers, and it's more fun in general
This year my friends and I purchased Frank the MC (for a ridiculously low price - really, people? It's for the children
!) but I was still disappointed with the overall layout of the Host Party. It didn't exactly scream 'winner' XD I wish every year that it was a little fancier, but hanging out with my host usually makes up for it, so I'm satisfied enough to not consider this a big issue.
Also, Frank should go up for auction every year.
I did not attend the SetsuDance, Rock Band Idol, or cosplay contest, so no comments there XDGuestsEverything
was Vic Mignogna
. He was basically in the event hall the entire con. I'm not a huge Vic Mignogna fan (he's alright, but I'm more of a Yuri Lowenthal person, myself...), so this left me with not a lot of interesting events. I'd like different guests for a little variety, personally...also, we should get Yuri Lowenthal in the near future. Please. I'm begging you. Pleeeeaaaaaaase...Programming
There wasn't really a problem for me - though my friend showed up on Sunday and discovered she'd missed the only panel she'd wanted to go to because Sunday's schedule had been destroyed and the panel moved much earlier.
I enjoy the website and surf the forums like a mad woman, so I'd say you're doing a good job Last bit
Nothing else to say about the rest of the topics, but I must bring this up: Please, please
tell me we are moving locations next year. We hit our max this year at the Day's Inn, which was extremely unpleasant to surf through, and we're only growing from there. Please please please