Monthly Archives: January 2014

Setsucon Recap, Part 1?

So let me briefly mention a list of things that went wrong for me at Setsucon.

  • I was unable to book at the Penn Stater due to lack of commitment from travelling companions
  • My driving directions flew away as I tried to pack
  • Retrieving said directions cost me my scarf
  • My car’s battery died on Sunday, just as I was trying to get to a panel
  • A jumper cable I had in case my battery died frayed off
  • Various counter-progamming battles that I likely lost on
  • Tempermental laptop cloning
  • Accidentally calling someone “Kara”

So here’s a list of things that actually went right

  • Super courteous staff
  • Super accommodating staff
  • Bee! :O
  • Name That Tune becoming more inclusive despite a low turnout
  • A reg line that almost Ouroboros’d itself
  • #TakeYourShippoToSetsuconDay
  • Singing along during A Real History of Fake Singers
  • That moment in A Real History of Fake Singers when you realize that you’re cosplaying what they’re talking about.
  • Wizardmon! D:
  • Knowing exactly what I was getting into when I mentioned Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition
  • Meeting a lot of new and awesome people
  • Gosei Knight! x3
  • The Creamery
  • Spreading the gospel of MelloPanther and OTDT
  • Running low on business cards for the above

All in all, I’d say it was a net positive weekend and I’d love to go back.  In spite of everything that happened, I’ve been doing this for so long that I’ve built up sort of a resilience and ability to adapt to when things go pear-shaped.  Mean old State College didn’t get the best of me no matter how hard it tried, and I’ll just be back stronger and better for the next time.

As of right now, it looks like MP will be making its next date in April, but of course, there’s always the chance that things change.  Watch this space for more :3

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iPodagatari

Those of you who have been to Pittsburgh conventions might remember the dreaded iPod, but it’s a full story worth telling.  Since I started hosting Name That Tune in 2010, I’ve had a metallic pink iPod nano as part of the Grand Prize package for winning with honors, whether it’s winning a bonus round, or beating the final round with a certain score.  The problem for contestants has been 1) my endgames don’t kid around in terms of difficulty and 2) Name That Tune hasn’t been played in over a year and at a major convention in nearly 2 years.  So the iPod has sat unclaimed for nearly 40 months, and has become a bit of a running gag.  You may not think it’s valuable, but it is now one of the greatest trophies one can claim from my games, outside of the people’s ovation and fame forever.

Hopefully, that will change at Setsucon, as the iPod and nearly ¥20,000 in other goodies will be up for grabs at the MelloPanther’s first Name That Tune outside of Western Pennsylvania. I’ll post MP’s full schedule very shortly.

New Year, New Stuff

It’s been a bit since I last did an article, but that’s not necessarily because of neglect.  I’ve just been busy enough with enough small things that I haven’t had enough time to sit down and make a full post.

For example, I wrote a story based on my trip to Japan.  It’s not 50,000 words, but I think it’s a worthwhile read anyway.

Also, I keep doing stuff for OTDT.  Their season finale episode should be posted soon, and you’ll get to hear and see what MelloPanther can do.

Finally (for now), I can confirm that panels at Setsucon will happen, including Name That Tune.  It’s been a very long while since I’ve done it (November 2012, I think) so I’ve had plenty of time to develop new games and a new set.  Head on up to State College, and you’ll get to see it’s grand debut the last weekend of January.

Setsucon is only the first event of a busy 2014 for MP.  I’ll hope you’ll join us for all of our events throughout the year.  Until then, stay warm.