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So it's been a week now since I got back from Eurofurence and I thought I'd do a little write up about my experience of it. I've been doing Eurofurence every other year since EF12 (2006) and apart from the language barrier, i have largely enjoyed them. However when Eurofurence moved to the Maritim in 2010 for EF16, I felt that the convention lost some of it's charm. Partly because the con had got to around 1000 attendees and it didn't feel like the friendly little con of previous years, but also the hotel just didn't feel very good for a furry con. It felt like there wasn't as much opportunity to socialise and wandering around the atrium became boring after a while.

Fortunately, this year's Eurofurence was much better, at least for me, than it was in 2010. They had made a number of improvements which comes with experience of them now being there their third year. The most notable improvement I only realised when the convention had ended and the hotel staff were returning the hotel to normal which was the large round tables at the back end of the atrium were lower and had seats rather than being standing height and no seating like it was in 2010. This created a lot more space where you could sit about and socialise and I also noticed artists were taking advantage by using the space for drawing stuff.

I suppose another reason I didn't enjoy EF16 so much was because I didn't have my fursuit with me. I was getting a bit fed up with the suit and couldn't be bothered with the luggage hassle bringing it would be. I ended up getting a bit bored having points where I didn't have anything to do at EF16 whereas at EF18, I just fursuited when there wasn't anything better to do. I think of all the conventions I've attended, I fursuited most at EF18 and I really enjoyed myself as a result. Which is amusing when you think I first got my fursuit (at least the head and paws) just in time for EF12. The fursuit is really starting to show its age however. I'm no good with repairs so it's getting in a worse state. It also doesn't help that the suit never fit me well in the first place as there's a gap at the back of the neck despite the flap on the head and the arms aren't really long enough to cover the paws so you keep on seeing my wrists. I'd love a new fursuit but sadly other things are far more important to pay for.

Anyway, I'll try to stop focusing on the negatives of my time at EF16 and focus on the positives of EF18. I met lots of great people, ranging from people I knew well, to some I kinda knew from the internet, to those I had never met before at all. One great conversation starter was the Necomimi Brainwave Controlled Cat Ears I was wearing from time to time as people were often just asking how they worked and where could they get themselves a pair. I really should be working on commission for Universal Publications considering how many people I've sent to their website where I bought mine :P

I had my new Panasonic Lumix TZ30 with me which I intended to take plenty of photos and 1080p 50fps video with. I also had a rather useful pistol grip style handle for the camera so I could take video easier and people would know it was video rather than me taking photos. I ended up capturing over 950 photos and 32gb of video. I managed to cull the photos down to around 320 and have uploaded them all to my gallery: http://g3.slycat.co.uk/index.php/furrycon/Eurofurence-18-2012. Next step is to work through the video footage. I'm kinda torn between doing a convention feature like I've done before, or upload smaller vignettes of individual events. That said, I've still got my Confuzzled 2012 video to work through though I wasn't so pleased with that footage due to the camcorder I was using not having a very wide lens.

In summary, I really enjoyed this year's Eurofurence. Certainly enjoyed it a lot more than EF16 but I think Confuzzled is still my favourite convention of those I've attended recently. Specifically I like the size and hotel layout over EF. I've yet to register for Confuzzled due to funds not permitting and I want to be more sensible with my cash. I've another event I need to pay for at the end of this month too so it's all stacking up. I'd really love to get back to California for Further Confusion or maybe go to MFF as I'm missing America and my friends over there. Last time I did go to America was in 2009. Hopefully I'll be able to go next year but it seems doubtful at the current time. Would love to get to Australia at some point too but that's even more of an expense!

Date: 2012-09-11 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tzup.livejournal.com
I have to say that for me, this year's EF was the most enjoyable so far as well, not that I didn't have a blast in previous years mind you! Was great to see you, and I certainly hope to see you and your tail at MFF and downunder some time! Make it so! *hugz*

Date: 2012-09-12 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slycat.livejournal.com
Thanks buddy. Would love to get out to MFF and Australia but I've had to be much more careful with money due to increased living costs. One day though!

Date: 2012-09-11 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porsupah.livejournal.com
However when Eurofurence moved to the Maritim in 2010 for EF16, I felt that the convention lost some of it's charm

Before then, it'd been at something along the lines of a castle or somesuch, ne? Or am I misremembering comedically?

They had made a number of improvements which comes with experience of them now being there their third year

That sounds understandable. Of course, some hotels start off on better (and worse =:) footings, but if they're game, it'd become something to look forward to - a welcome change from the facade of Respectable Businesspeople. I wonder what other cons they play host to..

at EF18, I just fursuited when there wasn't anything better to do

Hee! Seems like all the excuse one needs. ^_^ I also found volunteering was quite rewarding, whether helping with the conbook preparation, art show setup, or general gopher duties - it's a great way to feel (and be!) really part of the con.

The fursuit is really starting to show its age however.

Mm, it happens. And sadly, with fake fur, there's no way to rejuvenate it - once it's lost its lustre, maybe no longer plush to the feel, there's not really any other solution than replacing the fur. I'll wind up doing that with Red someday, I suppose - it would be nice to have a soft chest again. (The rest.. well, if at that point I feel really ambitious, I might just make a new body, keeping to the original's look, probably even the white chest, even if red pandas are unusual in having dark chests)

and have uploaded them all to my gallery

Eep! There aren't any tags or names!

I'm kinda torn between doing a convention feature like I've done before, or upload smaller vignettes of individual events

I'd vote for the latter - a few minutes ought to be enough to give a decent taste of some aspect of a con, especially judiciously edited. Not to say you couldn't do both, perhaps by gluing together the individual sections with other footage.

Would love to get to Australia at some point too but that's even more of an expense!

Just for fun, you could try calling in at your local STA Travel sometime, and see what offers they have on Australia, as well as basic RTW trips - the latter can start not too much more than a single long-haul flight, and then you'd get to visit multiple destinations. ^_^

Date: 2012-09-12 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slycat.livejournal.com
With regards to the lack of tags/names for the photos, you do realise how many I posted? There's a lot to go through! I will probably do them at some point :P

Date: 2012-09-12 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] helios-inferno.livejournal.com
Really would love to meet you sometime as well, but never seem to get around to it..
Though don't particularly know what to look out for aside from your suit.

Never heard of the necomimi before, but it looks great!
I would have thought I'd have noticed it on the con, but didn't..
Would have loved seeing it in action, may have to see if I can get around getting one as well.
They seem to get new designs for them according to the site, which would be great :)

Also, nice photos!
I tried making photos at the con as well, but my camera failed me rather badly unfortunately.
Though it's already a rather old and cheapish digital camera I use.

Glad you enjoyed your stay, and have to admit that with the new hotel things have been a bit less atmospheric.
This year also didn't think there where many events of interest, so been suiting around much more as well, but I guess that in turn made it fun in a different way.
either way, it was time well spend and enjoyed it :)

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