Orwell's Desujournal - FINAL 8.6.2014
Whew, the con is over! A
I went to Lahti on Friday morning by bus. Onwards from there I then went to my hotel, unpacked, and went off to eat a meal, and buy the snacks for the night. After a buddy of mine (not on dA/Tumblr) arrived, we changed costumes in our room, and set off to Sibeliustalo.
Getting gear there and back to the hotel was quite an interesting feat, as I lugged my weaponry & assorted stuff (like a tactical vest) in a massive weapon bag. It was quite a feat of packing too, managing to stash a ton of things IN ADDITION to a huge-ass shotgun airsoft replica there. And it wasn't even the only bag.
The costume was apparently a hit though, as most of the requests for photos came that day*
. You can be assured though that the costume was heavy
to walk in, and that gas mask water bottle I carried was of great use. *however: it seems that I somehow have managed to almost completely elude the all-seeing eyes and ears of the Internet in my outfit (at least within last 2 major cons I've attended) - apart from, of course, the photos that I myself published XD. Maybe it has changed in this con? Perhaps I can see some photos/videos taken of myself, please? ^^
Nevertheless, I managed to spot cosplayers of some of my favorite characters, like the TF2 Pyro/Soldier pair I met
and I generally had fun otherwise, so the day wasn't bad at all
When I arrived to the hotel at about midnight, I was greeted in my room by noise from the street, so loud that it could actually reach all the way up to the room. Looking out of the window, I saw youngsters wrestling, yelling and other stuff like that. And yea, I shot a part of that thing on tape, which you may see later on :3SATURDAY
Due to the sweatfest Friday was, I decided to wear a simpler outfit on Saturday: basically no tactical vest nor heavy weaponry - just a simple coverall, mask, gear belt w/ camera bag and handcuffs (which actually had some practical use that day, NOT in the shibari workshop, believe it or not).
The day was mostly same as Friday; had fun with buddies, and took a ton of photos. I also watched the EuroCosplay and Hall Cosplay competition. Oh, and I also looted the vendor room, with a ton of stuff leaving with me. And, of course, Desuweather struck in such an epic fashion that I actually stopped to look at which car creates the highest wave when passing by
The epicness of that day culminated at Desu Royale
, which I participated in in the first two games. Last two I didn't bother, as my legs were already complaining of tiredom, probably thanks to the epic sprint feats during the Picture Badge Hunt (you are given a gradually deblurred picture - and in the location denoted that picture, are hidden badges, about 25 each. Best player wins - dirty tricks are allowed, but don't hurt each other!)
, and creative dance moves during Dance You Two, Murder People Too (you are tied by your leg to your partner. you are given a symbol to eliminate - and that means, rip it off the back of somebody who has that symbol. But be careful - others are out for you too! If you and your partner both lose the symbols pasted in your back in one of the 3 rounds, you DROP OUT! Same happens if the rope breaks in the middle of intense dancing)
. translated names invented by yours truly.
The epicness of the event was crowned by the fabulously flamboyant hosts - one of which however received quite a treatment after hiding badges without concern to the pack mentality
Nevertheless, I managed to get badges myself from the both of those competitions at first attempts
After playing a guided round of mahjong (a complex game, apparently
), I made my way back to the hotel w/ the buddy of mine. And then, shortly fell asleep.SUNDAY
Last day. After enjoying hotel breakfast for the second time, we packed (I didn't put on a cosplay for practical reasons), checked out and left our luggage for storage.
During this last day, I did everything else I did not do earlier, like went and paid a visit to Cafe Ichigo (and to their delicious pancakes w/ jam and whipped cream), visited the anime room for a longer stint, took more photos (and now had my camera really die - it would show me pics, but wouldn't release the shutter), etcetc.. things.
Day goes by, and after seeing the ending ceremony, we went back to the hotel, picked up our luggage, hitched a taxi to the bus terminal - and soon we were back off to our respective home domains again
As of photos and videos, both are still in the making at the moment this is posted. The video might take a longer while, but photos should be ready for your enjoyment soon enough ^^(darn, why dA can't support IPTC tags - it'd save my time, as I could write descriptions and stuff in Adobe Bridge, and then just simply throw them to my gallery, with all pertinent info added automatically)Photos
are now ready. All of them under the "Desucon 2014" folder are available with Creative Commons Attribution!THANKS FOR THE AWESOME CON, EVERYBODY!