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12th September
2011
written by Andrew Evans

Last weekend we attended Sierra Nevada Anime Fans Unite – or SNAFUCon, in Reno, NV. Hosted at the Grand Sierra resort and casino, the venue provided ample room for both con shenanigans and Reno shenanigans.

The highlight of the con was definitely the arcade, with solid cabinets for DDR, Beatmania 5-key, IIDX, DJ Max Technika, numerous shoot-em-ups, and fighting games from Marvel vs Capcom 3 to Mortal Kombat. There were never terribly long lines, either, and we got a bunch of rounds in on several different games; a pretty unusual con experience for us.

Programming was excellent, with several different voice actors and cosplayers ready to give autographs and talk about their work, several awesome informational panels, including a unique panel on crossplay (which we haven’t seen at any other cons). They had some cool bands performing on the main stage, and live performances of Rock Band, some of which were better than others. The dealer’s room was a little out of the way, but the Artist’s Alley was definitely the main attraction in the regular con area, with everything from prints to cosplay supplies to some epic steampunk gear.

The dance was better than we’ve seen at many cons, with DJ Tim “Kaminari” Albertson spinning some hardcore music that really got the fans jumping. There was also some interesting late night programming, including a hentai room, a varient on the popular “anime hell” funny video collection, and a “BJ competition” which sadly none of us were able to make, though it sounded like fun.

We had a fantastic suite with a great view, but we ended up being too distracted by gambling, cigars and dinners out to get a party together. Some cons, you just gotta relax, right? Pro tip: always come out ahead by playing video blackjack at the bar – just make sure to get more drinks than you’re paying for in betting money!

For a second-year con, this was very well put together. We had a great time, and we’ll be back next year! How about you? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to join us!

24th August
2011
written by Andrew Evans

Last weekend we attended Ani-Jam in Fresno, CA. We had a small crew there for Sat and Sun, and managed to stir up some trouble.

It was a pretty small con, but had everything you’d expect. We poked around the Dealer’s room, checked out the Artist’s Alley just outside. Team Lovehate had cars on display right outside the hotel and a nifty DJ booth set up for their custom tunes. Curiously, there was a separate dealer’s room for card games and related merchandise, which also served as a playground for Magic and Yugioh tournaments. There were rooms showing anime, a few panels from notable voice actors (and an interesting panel on Tohou), and a small but intimate game room featuring Smash Bros, Tekken, and for a little while Guitar Hero.

The con had an amazing music lineup. Akai Sky was there from San Francisco pulling out some US JRock. We also got to hang out a bit with the guys from All Ages, who are on tour with The Pillows later this year. The con hosted a dance from 7:00-10:00pm, which featured DJ Shinai dropping some meme-inspired samples and remixes of video games.

We ended up getting a suite room with no one nearby, so a party was in order. With some help from Team Lovehate we got some speakers and a DJ rig going, and didn’t get a single complaint from the hotel. No vodka fountain this time, but we think everyone had a lot of fun.

The staff at Ani-Jam were great, and we had a great time. We’ll be going back next year.

22nd June
2011
written by Andrew Evans

Next con, now less than two weeks away, is AM2! It was a tough call deciding between Anime Expo and AM2 this year, since both conventions promise amazing guests, tons of things to do, and top-notch cosplay, but ultimately we did Anime Expo last year and this is AM2′s first year running. We’re super excited to see what they have in store – especially since all the usual con stuff doesn’t even require a badge! Let’s hope the “free con” business model catches on.

We’re booked at the Sheraton, and will be there late Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Hope to see you there! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for details. And if you end up going to Anime Expo instead, let us know how it was!

29th March
2010
written by Andrew Evans

We now have a Facebook page! Also visible on the right bar, we’ll be using this to organize events and collect photos.

Speaking of meetups, this Saturday we’ll be meeting up at WonderCon! Come out and see what’s going on, discuss the weekend, and hit the con. Official Con Page, for program and reference info.

9th March
2010
written by Andrew Evans

Last night was a party at Orson Lounge in SoMa celebrating Playfish’s new offices in San Francisco. Lots of new hires from the casual game company as well as some old hands and some recruiters, as well as awesome people from companies as diverse as HeyZap, Boomerang Networks, and InnoWate. There was an excellent open bar until 10:00pm, and a DJ spinning some pop-rock music including Beck and Gorillaz. They had a projector set up to show off Playfish’s games above the whole scene.

All in all a great time, and excellently done! Looking forward to more from Playfish and EA around the SF area in the future.