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  1. 5 reasons why I'm not attending this year

    If I did a coat check, I would do it as such: 1: It would be an entire room. Probably one of the panel rooms in the Hyatt or something. There would be IRT manning it, probably two people so they can also watch each other. 2: When you go to the coat check, you are given a ticket with a number. It would be physically large-ish, but if you lose the ticket, you CANNOT recover your things. You would sign a form saying you acknowledge this when you drop off your stuff. It sounds harsh, but it's to protect both people's things and the con's liability 3: You can drop off more stuff than one batch, but it means getting another ticket and signing the form again. 4: Space would, even with a whole room, be limited. First-come, first-serve.
  2. Ballroom Review, 2k16 edition!

    I'll admit I left early, but it's in a similar spot to Karmada: I just couldn't keep dancing anymore! I would have loved to stay till midnight but left at 11. Which hey, I left at 9 last year so that's still a lot longer.
  3. I'm very happy. I went again, hoping it would be better than last year. And it was, by a huge margin! It wasn't 2013 levels of good, but if it continues in this path, it could be the best Con Ball not only ACen has ever had, but the best ball at any Con I have ever been to. I was skeptical going in, but from beginning to end it was a really good ride. Getting in line early, there was a line about a half-hour early. Disconcerting but all that meant to me is high attendance. Going with the trend ACen had this year, the line moved VERY quickly once it started moving, even actually getting people into the ball BEFORE the start time. No goodie bag again, sadly. But I see where the entry fee went to: a very nice DJ setup, with a supremely improved sound setup from last year, and significantly more refills of the refreshments than last year. When my date and I got in, we were very happy to see ballroom music played quickly. And even better, the missing lessons from last year were repaid in spades this year. The two instructors were friendly, learned, and helpful. They taught both a slow dance and a fast dance, plus Waltz being in 3/4 and Meringue being in 4/4 meant that a variety of songs could be played without worrying about people not knowing how to dance. A very good use of the half hour, and they were very thorough in how to do the dances in time and everything. The music was varied. I would have had more Ballroom played than was, but if the setlist were up to me, the Cha Cha Slide would be illegal and the playlist would be entirely ballroom. Even so, about whenever I thought to myself "It's been a bit too long since I've heard ballroom", they'd play another ballroom song. Usually they would play more ballroom than that even, so I'm happy with the mix. Even 90% of the non-ballroom tracks were from things like anime or movies, so that was much more excusable. It's a huge improvement over last year, where it was all top 40 and very little anime. I enjoyed even a lot of the non-ballroom pieces because they remembered that we are at an Anime convention. Speaking of requests, the DJ. He was so much better than last year. The request line was listened to, for starters. He even played the song I wanted to hear the most, the Eva cover of Fly Me To The Moon. As well, the sound setup was much better this year. On the dance floor I had to speak up in order to be heard but that's fine, since it's right there, and it was a large room so the music had to project. In the back of the room, I could speak at a normal volume and be heard. The room was so much better set up than last year. The music was also never tinny, remaining clear and hearable the whole time. I was super happy with this year's ball, and can't wait to see next year's get even better! My only actual complaints are thus: I'd like a larger dance floor next year, it was rather clumped when a lot of people were on the floor, but it seldom got too bad. Second, the Cash Bar is a problem I still want fixed, there were definitely a lot of underage people there, including small children that could easily get some absentmindedly unattended alcohol.
  4. I'm looking to start a meetup for fans of BattleCON, 1PM on Saturday, May 21st in the Tabletop game room. I'll be bringing at least one copy (Containing all the games of it released thus far). Maybe we could get a tournament arranged even, if enough people show up for more than casual matches.
  5. Professionalism

    I am in no way ACen affiliated at all, but for the accountability, they could do it like Kollision and other cons; the panelist only gets their discount/free badge if they actually finish their panel. That way no-shows still have to pay, since you have to pay until after panel. As for fresh content, remember every ACen is someone's first. Just because you have seen a panel does not mean everyone in the room has.
  6. Crystal Ball 2014 - Feedback

    I agree, but I don't entirely blame the DJ. I assume the DJ was told the style of event that was being held and made musical choices accordingly. I have posted a lot of text towards both my complaints and praise for both this year's ball and the last, and I think that the ball could be even better next year than last year by taking the good from both. For my previous rants, see both the main crystal ball topic (now locked) and the topic on the crystal ball in the Suggestions/Gripes forum.
  7. Crystal Ball 2014 complaints

    I have a problem with this type of reasoning. Should the rave play some ballroom music because some people don't like rave music? Of course not, it's a rave. In the same vein, a ball should be mostly ball music. I understand not all of it being ballroom, last year they played some non-ballroom dance songs, such as the chacha slide and cupid shuffle. But those were used sparingly. But the obvious solution to "I don't like ballroom music" is to not go to something called the Crystal Ball that calls itself a Formal Ball in all advertising materials, and presents itself as a Formal Ball, much as the solution to not liking rave music isn't to play different music at the soap bubble, but rather to not go if you don't like rave music.
  8. Crystal Ball 2014 complaints

    I understand the want for an event like that, don't get me wrong. But everything about the event was playing it to be a formal ball. And, as I said, they were playing that sort of club-like music in the sitting area of the hyatt right around the corner from the Rosemont ballroom. That's not me complaining about it, the music from that could not be heard inside the ballroom. Edit: Though hey, the volume in the event is worth complaining about. It was way too loud. A ball, or even a prom like the answer to my issues was when I was - though if a prom now is "get all dressed up nice and go club dancing", I'm glad I didn't go to mine - is a night of romance between you and your date. And what isn't romantic is, even on the other end of the venue from the speakers, having to shout as loud as you can to be heard over the speakers, let alone on the dance floor, where if you drifted too close to the stage the reverb could get almost painful on some songs.
  9. Crystal Ball 2014

    I didn't make an assumption based on the name, but rather based on my experience at the ball last year. I had assumed it would have been similar. I wrote a response to the isue of the music being too slow on my topic in the suggestions forum http://www.ACen.org/forums/index.php/topic/45932-crystal-ball-2014-complaints/page__gopid__1122277#entry1122277 . As I said, the ball did some things well. The new venue was excellent, and the addition of a food table was great. And don't get me wrong, I liked last year's goodie bags. And I do apologize for assuming it was a tea cup. I do think, through, maybe it should have been in a labeled box or something, since I doubt I am the only one to make that assumption.
  10. Crystal Ball 2014 complaints

    According to the DJ on the topic on the Crystal Ball section, many complaints were given last year about the music being too slow. I agree with Dark Spellmaster, in that swing would be a wonderful solution to this problem. It's up-tempo while still falling under ballroom. Cha Cha as well could do the trick. And don't get me wrong, the ball had some good things this year. I liked the size of the dance floor and room as a whole. They opened much closer to on time than last year. And the food provided was good. It had a few minor steps forward, but the music selection, which can make or break any dance but especially a formal ball, was terrible. I do disagree with Dark Spellcaster with the instructor. This year's instructor was plenty good, especially answering the conplaints of the music being too slow by teaching an up-tempo dance. I would just have liked it to be kept to ballroom-style music.
  11. Crystal Ball 2014 complaints

    I'm not going to even pretend I didn't copypaste this from the thread on the crystal ball itself. The ball was a huge disappointment to me. Last year's ball was fantastic. There were some more modern, club-like songs, but for the most part it was kept to Ballroom dance, fitting for a Formal Ball, especially one called the Crystal Ball. Some fun was had with things such as a lounge-style cover of songs like Sexy and I Know It and Thrift Shop, but that's to be expected in a light-hearted Ball. Those are fine. Even the few times they did other things, such as Just Dance or the Cha Cha Slide were done sparingly and spaced out. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish, and I walked away wishing it was even just a few minutes longer, that I had time for just one more dance. The ball even showed me that I really love ballroom dance, leading me to take it up as a hobby. So you can understand the mindset I was in when I arrived to the crystal ball this year. Much better at dance with my date at my side, we arrived expecting a wonderful night of dance and romance. And indeed, I was the first one on the floor at the very first song. I put my jacket on my chair, and she put her bag with it. We then went to dance. We even got applauded for being the first on the scene. Someone took my picture (If you see his, person in that Ouran High School cosplay, I would love to see your pics from the ball), and I generally enjoyed that part. But then it very quickly went wrong. As soon as the dance lessons were over - which I'm not knocking, by the way. They taught the Hustle very well and I learned something that day, actually - it started with lots of club and top 40-style songs. Occasionally they played a ballroom song or two, but then it was back to club for a while. The way I see it, if I wanted to dance to that kind of music, I could do it without getting dressed up. That's not to say I dislike wearing a suit and jacket, but it does take extra effort, and I have to dry clean them and everything. I could even do it just as easily at the con. ACen has Hardcore Synergy and the Soap Bubble, two excellent raves. I'm not one for raves, but I've been told that the Soap Bubble is the most attended rave in the country, and I did at least enjoy the music the few times I have gone. As well, the sitting area literally around the corner from the ball in the Rosemont Ballroom was playing club-style music and had a bit of an area cleared for dancing. I could have danced to club music in whatever clothes I chose for free. Both her an I expected a night of ballroom, a night to show off the skills we'd gained after the last ball showed us both how much fun we had doing it. We got a disappointing night of club music. Even when we left, the bag of things given to guests was lackluster. In previous years, it had been nothing special. A pair of chopsticks, a towel shaped like a cake (which I still have, and use as my shaving towel), and a bamboo plant. But this year, it was a wooden folding fan and a small teacup. I mean small like it would be hard to actually drink tea out of it, because it's too small to actually have even a mouthful of tea poured into it. At first, though, I liked the fan. After all, my old folding fan had broken (I purchased it elsewhere, that's not a comment about ACen at all) and I needed a new one. Then I examined it. When I took it out of the box, it had come out cracked. Not a little crack, either. A very noticeable crack going from one side of the fan to the other. All said, the ball was of very low quality this year. I will still likely attend next year, but only because I have seen how good it can be, and hope it reaches the potential it has again. She coined the term Crystal Club 2014 for it. While I didn't want to use any sarcasm in this review, it's kind of fitting.
  12. Crystal Ball 2014

    It's Sunday now, a few hours after the end of the con. I was sadly unable to make it to closing ceremonies, but if I did, I would have said something much like what I am about to say, during the feedback section. The ball was a huge disappointment to me. Last year's ball was fantastic. There were some more modern, club-like songs, but for the most part it was kept to Ballroom dance, fitting for a Formal Ball, especially one called the Crystal Ball. Some fun was had with things such as a lounge-style cover of songs like Sexy and I Know It and Thrift Shop, but that's to be expected in a light-hearted Ball. Those are fine. Even the few times they did other things, such as Just Dance or the Cha Cha Slide were done sparingly and spaced out. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish, and I walked away wishing it was even just a few minutes longer, that I had time for just one more dance. The ball even showed me that I really love ballroom dance, leading me to take it up as a hobby. So you can understand the mindset I was in when I arrived to the crystal ball this year. Much better at dance with my date at my side, we arrived expecting a wonderful night of dance and romance. And indeed, I was the first one on the floor at the very first song. I put my jacket on my chair, and she put her bag with it. We then went to dance. We even got applauded for being the first on the scene. Someone took my picture (If you see his, person in that Ouran High School cosplay, I would love to see your pics from the ball), and I generally enjoyed that part. But then it very quickly went wrong. As soon as the dance lessons were over - which I'm not knocking, by the way. They taught the Hustle very well and I learned something that day, actually - it started with lots of club and top 40-style songs. Occasionally they played a ballroom song or two, but then it was back to club for a while. The way I see it, if I wanted to dance to that kind of music, I could do it without getting dressed up. That's not to say I dislike wearing a suit and jacket, but it does take extra effort, and I have to dry clean them and everything. I could even do it just as easily at the con. ACen has Hardcore Synergy and the Soap Bubble, two excellent raves. I'm not one for raves, but I've been told that the Soap Bubble is the most attended rave in the country, and I did at least enjoy the music the few times I have gone. As well, the sitting area literally around the corner from the ball in the Rosemont Ballroom was playing club-style music and had a bit of an area cleared for dancing. I could have danced to club music in whatever clothes I chose for free. Both her an I expected a night of ballroom, a night to show off the skills we'd gained after the last ball showed us both how much fun we had doing it. We got a disappointing night of club music. Even when we left, the bag of things given to guests was lackluster. In previous years, it had been nothing special. A pair of chopsticks, a towel shaped like a cake (which I still have, and use as my shaving towel), and a bamboo plant. But this year, it was a wooden folding fan and a small teacup. I mean small like it would be hard to actually drink tea out of it, because it's too small to actually have even a mouthful of tea poured into it. At first, though, I liked the fan. After all, my old folding fan had broken (I purchased it elsewhere, that's not a comment about ACen at all) and I needed a new one. Then I examined it. When I took it out of the box, it had come out cracked. Not a little crack, either. A very noticeable crack going from one side of the fan to the other. All said, the ball was of very low quality this year. I will still likely attend next year, but only because I have seen how good it can be, and hope it reaches the potential it has again. She coined the term Crystal Club 2014 for it. While I didn't want to use any sarcasm in this review, it's kind of fitting.
  13. Vangaurd Cardfight

    As a big Vanguard player myself (Dark Irregulars represent) I hope there's something too, even if just a prizeless tournament. I'd definitely attend if I heard anything and will be bringing my trades and decks no matter what, though only my double-deckbox will get brought out of the room with me unless I hear of a vanguard event.
  14. DJ/Entertainment

    My biggest disappointment at Con Balls is when it stops being a formal ball, and turns into club music and top 40. The way I see it, if I wanted that, I would go to the rave. I'm all for modern music (In fact, I was going to suggest There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered, Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet by Panic! At The Disco) but it's a formal ball for a reason. That said, on my list of suggestions: That song I just mentioned Fly Me To The Moon (Eva Ending cover, no disrespect to the Frank Sinatra cover) Lutece (from Bioshock: Infinite) General Waltz, Swing and Latin Dance (Tango, Cha Cha, etc.) Norwegian Wood (by The Beatles) I have a personal hatred for the Cha Cha Slide, but do understand I'm probably outvoted here.
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