Ok so im'ma just get down to the nitty gritty. Pre-reg on Thursday was fucking ridiculous just like last year but possibly worse since they capped the line at 8 something rather than 10. It can be argued that "oh hey that means if I didn't jump in line by 8 then that means I don't have to worry about waiting in line tonight and just wait in the long ass line for tomorrow". That may be true but for the people who aren't getting there til like 7:30-7:55 only to have the line be capped before they can even get in must be a travesty for them. I had a shoot with and as Jill Valentine and... Jill Valentine that night so I couldn't wait in line either way. Thankfully the very next morning when I woke up at 6:44AM I only had to wait about 45 minutes before getting my badge! Definitely better than last year's early Friday morning badge pickup and infinitely better than Thursday night pickups for both years.
Unfortunately some of my camera gear was acting up(this seems to be the norm this year) as my wireless triggers decided to get old and fragile during the con all of a sudden. One of the triggers had a really fidgety top connection which I think interfered with the flash-to-camera connection and the other trigger ended up falling and busting open Friday night when I was trying to take a picture of Barry Burton versions of Claire Redfield and Rebecca Chambers. That pretty much took out any reason to use my new flash lightstand since with the faulty triggers the flash only activated like once every 5-10 shots. Not the best thing to happen during a con but I was able to come back with a lot of photos either way which I will probably be spending the next 2-4 months editing .
I mostly spent time doing shoots over the weekend. I was so disappointed in how little I did at Colossalcon that I wanted to remedy it by ing all the shoots... which was both great and also very very strenuous. It got to a point where with a combo of the heat and just being exhausted I was like "what?" every 10 seconds. They were all fun though, especially the Final Fantasy Girls shoot, Devil May Cry shoot, and the Digimon shoot. I cosplayed a little on Friday and Saturday. I did K' from King of Fighters(without the jacket) for about an hour before going back with two pictures taken and one trivia pursuit round of K' facts. I later got into Zombie Ghostface and finally got to wear my new robe that I commissioned from and that was a blast! I no longer had to worry about the giant hole on the back of the old robe or the fact that it was slightly transparent. I could just be the very best Ghostface I could be! I didn't do MJ at all since I knew people would want to see dancing and in this heat wearing on the Beat It jacket... it wasn't happening. I did buy plenty of Ice Cold Water for Only One Dollar though. I seriously believe that Otakon needs to bring that dude with them or invite him as a guest when they move the con to Washington in 2017. Someone at the bus stop told me it was moving to the same venue at Katsucon and if that is the case then "what duh hail, Otakon!?". I just looked it up though and it isn't but if it were true then they NEED to bring the Ice Cold Water Guy or otherwise Otakon at the Gaylord may as well be called Katsucon 2.
I didn't attend any panels nor did i go down to the dealer's room or the masquerade(honestly though masquerades tend to have the same formula except at Otakon you aren't allowed to record any of it..). I tried to get into my friends Tales of panel but it was full and the overflow line didn't move for about 15 minutes and according to some people it never moved at all . I played some DOA5U in the game room and after a few quick losses I soon got back into the DOA mode and was beating everybody. Later that night I had a strange nightmare where some random dude was getting all in my face and trying to start something because he thought that I felt I was better than everybody else at DOA5. I honestly didn't feel that way though since I haven't touched the game in more than half a year due to just hating the online and when I was playing the night before I was running on old resurfacing instincts and nothing else. Speaking of fighting games I went to the fighting game shoot as K' and while it wasn't the most organized shoot it was still fun. Thankfully I wasn't the only SNK/KOF chaacter there as there was a "Wildwolf" Terry Bogard and a Iori Yagami. Dan Hibiki joined us as well since he is a joke character based off Robert Garcia and Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting/King of Fighters. Funnily enough before the shoot started all the fighting game characters were in one big group just hanging out... except for Mortal Kombat characters who had their own corner and were separated from the rest of the fighting games.
After the Digimon shoot on Saturday I had dinner with and Co. and after that I headed down to the rave as Ghostface. I've never been to Otakon's rave but I wanted to try something different so I went in... and it is as crazy as I thought it would be! SO. MUCH. GRINDING. I enjoyed every second of it . Also compared to other con raves I've been to the music sounded pretty decent at times and wasn't just a mish-mash of dubstep. I had my knife on me and ended up dropping it but thankfully I was able to retrieve it about 15 seconds later with no problem. I left after about an hour or so and just roamed the halls in a sweaty mess during which time I entertained two dudes with "Ghostface Tales" and got into a duel with Solid Snake. I lost quickly and was then dragged into a hiding spot. It was perfect! Of course no one was recording it or anything so I told the two dudes to tell their grand-grand children and the mouses in Alaska of what happened that night.
Sunday was of course packing day which didn't take me that long but took everyone else in the room a while to get done. Someone who shall not be named to protect their identity in the room decided to buy 1% milk from CVS and I had to rectify this by buying whole milk. This caused me to run into a kinda strange woman who was leaving the con Friday and couldn't just stay with her sister and cousins in their hotel room for some reason... I pulled no punches in reminding this certain someone in the room though that they screwed up in buying 1% milk and then when they were drinking this 1% milk and dropped some in the area where I was sleeping the term "you creamed in my sleeping spot!' was born.
I had two shoots that day and some impromptus. I went on to play Ninja and ran into this interesting character of a person who was cosplaying as Mr. X from Resident Evil 2. His facemask makeup had apparently melted off halfway through the day since he walked all the way to the con. I was surprised he didn't pass out wearing the heavy suit but he was from England and it is really muggy there so this weather was nothing to him. We hung out for a bit and talked about RE and life in-general before he had to leave to walk all the way back in the hot-ass weather wearing on his Mr. X gear. I stayed at the hotel lobby and rested before walking back to the bus station and headed home. There was a delay but I was able to get on anyway. Otakon 2015 was a fun experience as usual but I just wish they would get it together with pre-reg. Twice in a row they have fucked up hard on it. #FixItOtakon2016!
*EDIT* Sadly I did not find my rival, the girl with curly hair and a yellow top from last year, but mark my words again you will be decimated in 2016