First of all thank you for putting on a great event. I know a lot of people work really hard in their own time to make these conventions a reality.
- Jollyboat were awesome as always. (I'm not sure of their time commitments etc but I'm sure they'd make great hosts as well for some events too)
- Alex Baker can host the shit out of anything.
- Staple AL events were fun as always. Ragequit Gameshow, Talent Show, Dub that Anime, Cosplay Auction. Some of these events are make or break depending on who gets plucked from the audience but Alex always manages to give them a little light ribbing to make them entertaining.
[After lots of incorrect answers to pretty easy questions]
Alex "What game is this theme song"
[Zelda theme plays]
Alex "I asked for people with gaming knowledge!!"
Attendee "I didn't think you'd actually pick me!!"
- Purples Pokemon Z panel was a welcome surprise.
- Sunday's Rock Night was awesome and I felt it got the best response despite the fact it wasn't in the best timeslot. DJ did a great job of reviving the atmosphere.
- Icebreaker event. I know there were some icebreaker things on the forum pre-con. However the Icebreaker at the con didn't really serve it's purpose. I think the event had to get picked up by someone who hadn't prepared for hosting it and had a bit of an ad-libbed feel to it. I feel events like these are really important for making friends at cons (especially when you travel alone) and depending on if you meet people really shapes your whole con experience.
- I know the guests have to make a living but the whole pay to interact, get a signature or picture with Quinton Flynn felt like the antithesis of what AnimeLeague cons were about. I didn't see him really interact in any of the panels. He was asked to judge the Dub that Anime but never actually got involved.
- At party times it literally boils down to karaoke or party. I appreciate you managed to cover lots of different genres over the 6 DJ slots but inevitably there are going to be genres you don't like when you cater to everyone. A quieter area we could have a couple of drinks and perhaps rent a set of cards against humanity or something would be appreciated or perhaps keeping the videogame area open with social local multiplayer games like 8 players Smash, Towerfall, Jackbox Party Pack (anything were lots of people can get involved and bond over a few drinks). The common area of the hostel sort of acted in this capacity but wasn't really lively until after the parties ended and then you have other guests to take into consideration.
- I'm not sure how many attendees were under the age 18. It felt early on the events were aimed at being PG but always fell back into 18+ territory.
- No shady corner in the auction. :/
Hopefully this hasn't come off too negatively as I had a great experience. I will definitely be at Alcon, and will look into other Animeleague organised events they year, if they fit my schedule.