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One Page, One Mind

26 Aug

I like how Facebook gets smart, then stupid and then becomes smart again. While exploring the settings of my various Facebook pages for Anime SG and OkamiCon Nevada, I came across something that was not there before; the ability to change the username of one of your pages ONCE. This magical ability was not granted to us before. However, this gave me the perfect opportunity to fix an issue that had been bothering me for a little while…

Back when I created the first OkamiCon Page (OkamiCon Nevada) the username/Facebook URL ‘OkamiCon’ was taken by another short lived group who had sense changed their name and abandoned the page after they realized that there was already an OkamiCon present. As such, I grabbed up the username OkamiConNV. I had no notions of changing Anime SG to OkamiCon Utah at the time so it was fine.

However, now that we have OkamiCon Utah on the way, as well as the possibility of having an OkamiCon Arizona in the distant future, I was faced with a predicament; I did not want to have to manage all these different face book pages for all of these events but I could not all send them to OkamiConNV. Then I discovered the ability to CHANGE the Username of the ever growing OkamiCon Nevada page. Now I have the ability to consolidate everything all into one!

So now, the Facebook page that you have known the past few months as OkamiCon Nevada has been renamed back to plain ol’ OkamiCon and the URL has changed to OkamiConConventions. All of those who have already gone ahead and liked our OkamiCon Utah page, please go ahead and like the new standard OkamiCon Facebook Page.

Thanks everyone for being patient while we fix things around and get them settled! Remember to come to next month’s event Anime St. George at the Best Western Abbey Inn on September 29th, 2012 in St. George Utah! The dates for OkamiCon Nevada 2013 will be announced then!

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Thanks for Coming to OkamiCon 2012!

25 May

Late post is a little late, I know but…

Thank you everyone for attending OkamiCon 2012!

We had a wonderful turn out this year and I am happy to be reading messages on Facebook about how much fun everyone had. I am already starting to hash out details with our venue for our OkamiCon ’13. Here is what I can tell you at this point:

-OkamiCon WILL be returning to Mesquite, NV.
-We will be going two days next year.
-We will most likely be during mid-may again.
-We are revamping our setup to make things more fun for not only attendees but for dealers as well.
-OkamiCon in Mesquite is not going to be our only OkamiCon event.

The last one is meant to be a little teaser. 😉 More information on our second OkamiCon event will be trickling out over the next few weeks so stay tune!

Screening Schedule Now Online

2 May

Our Screening Schedule for OkamiCon 2012 is now online! Both the blog and the official website have been updated to reflect the changes. Here is also a copy of the long awaited list with times included. If you click on the links, they will take you to the official trailer of that anime on YouTube.

OkamiCon 2012 Screening Schedule
Screening Room Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm
All Times Are Approximate.
Nior

9:00

Episode 1

9:30

Episode 2

10:00

Episode 3

10:30

Episode 4
Hero Tales

11:00

Episode 1

11:30

Episode 2

12:00

Episode 3

12:30

Episode 4
Afro Samurai

1:00

Episode 1

1:30

Episode 2

2:00

Episode 3

2:30

Episode 4
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

3:00

Episode 1

3:30

Episode 2

4:00

Episode 3

4:30

Episode 4
Vandread

5:00

Episode 1

5:30

Episode 2

6:00

Episode3

6:30

Episode 4

7:00

Screening Room Closes

FUNimation Entertainment is truly awesome for supporting OkamiCon and many of our other events we hold throughout the year! Remember to support them by buying their products and watching more of their great anime.

On a side note, I have been watching some of these shows myself and Vandread is highly recommended. I know what was just added to my Netflix Instate Queue! 😀

Pre-Registration Closed.

1 May

Pre-Registration is now officially closed. Congratulations to those lucky individuals who managed to send in their pre-registration late last night. I applaud you and it warms my heart to see those payment notification messages in my email inbox. ^-^

For those of you who were hoping that you would be able to register today before the form was taken offline, I’m sorry to say that you are out of lucky because it was just removed. However, you can get a badge at the convention; you will just have to wait inline or come for early badge registration at 9:00AM on Saturday.

Please Remember!: It is required that you show valid identification and your PayPal Receipt when picking up your badge. We will not give you your badge without both!  

On another note, Online Signups for the Moonlight Masquerade will be closing on Saturday May 5th along with Dealer Booth Registration. If you were not able to sign up for the Moonlight Masquerade online, than you will still be able to sign up at the Contest Table the day of OkamiCon. The number of entries for the Masquerade is capped at 25 unless otherwise stated. Special awards will be given to the top three winners of the Masquerade (1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place).

I will be sending out confirmation emails for Pre-Registrations and Masquerade Entry Forms, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, it is on its way.

Last Chance for Pre-Registration!

30 Apr

OkamiCon 2012 is just around the corner! That means with May 1st ready to sneak up and bash us over the head with a mallet, today is your last change for Pre-Registration for the event.

Why Should You Pre-Register?

Those who pre-register on our website prior to the event are set to get all kind awesome goodies! While this doesn’t mean that our staff will be giving you a foot massage, this does mean that you will get:

  1. $5 Discount off the At-Door Price. (This means you only pay $15 instead of $20!)
  2. Custom name printed on your badge. (Normal people just have ‘all day pass’ on their badges).
  3. By Pass the registration process.
  4. Avoid the long line by simply walking up to badge pickup with your I.D. in hand!

 

Now tell me, why would you not want to pre-register with all those awesome perks? That’s what I thought! So what are you waiting for? Go over to our website www.okamicon.com and click on the registration tab to get your pre-registration before tomorrow. You will be glad you did!

Dealers and Artists Registration Reopen!

29 Mar

Due to popular demand, our Dealers Room and Artist Alley has been expanded to now include two rooms: The Northshore and The Outrigger. If you missed out on your opportunity to register your space the first time around, how you have a second chance!

The Outrigger Room will be located next to our Screening Room while the Northshore will be located next to the Panel Room. Even though the Outrigger is slightly smaller than the Northshore, it will include 10 additional spaces, 5 of which are still available to aspiring artists or dealers looking to sell their wares. What more, the Outrigger room is also featuring some fun activities such as our TCG Tournament and Free Play Table and the K.O.M.A Video Game Tournament Table (Announcement on that coming soon.) Also make sure to stop by the table of our affiliate convention Combat Con because I hear they will be raffling off tickets to their awesome convention in July down in Las Vegas.

OkamiCon.com has already been updated to reflect these new changes and Dealer // Artist Registration has been reopened and extended until May 5th, 2012. Additional Updates for events will be coming with April’s Developer Diary as well as Pre-Registration for Anime St. George.

Draft Schedule and Updated Guest List

17 Mar

Greetings Everyone!

Spring Break is officially coming to a close here in Southern Utah. It seems like it hasn’t lasted nearly long enough and it has been a bit crazier then first anticipated. As promised, the first draft of our Event Schedule for OkamiCon 2012 is now online both here and on the main website. I am also currently working with FUNimation Entertainment to bring you some truly awesome animes for our Screening Room and our screening schedule will be uploaded as soon as I have the final approvals from them.

Our Special Guests lists has also expanded considerably with the addition of  guys from the Who Asked You? Show and Gina Novelle aka Okami Mommie. The official press release and announcements for these guests will be made tomorrow.

On a few little side notes, there is a high probability that Dealer Registration will be reopened as we are currently in negotiations with the hotel to extend the Dealer’s Hall. As soon as I have all the final paper work sorted out, an announcement will be made and our Dealers // Artist page will be updated with a map of the new spaces available.  To all of the Dealers and Artists interested in attending our event this year, thank you for your patients and understanding.

More updates for the website and blog coming soon when I get a chance.

Enjoy the rest of your spring break!

Masquerade and TCG Tournament Registration Open!

17 Jan

I meant to make this update yesterday, but due to be being under the weather, I am making it today.

~Moonlight Masquerade~
Online Registration for the OkamiCon 2012 Moonlight Masquerade are now online and fully functional. I have found in the past that we get more participants in our masquerade and cosplay contest if we accept online submissions before hand instead of only allowing submissions at the convention itself. Last year, due to a little experiment called Anime Bonanza, I had suspended all online Masquerade Signups because it would have simply been overwhelming with both Bonanza and Anime SG in so close proximity to each other. However, because that is not the case with OkamiCon, you may now sign up early and plan out your costumes and skits months in advance. 🙂 Submissions will be closed shortly before the convention or until we reach the maximum limit of participants (which is currently at 25).

You can find a complete set of rules for the Moonlight Masque as well as the entry form under Programming -> Masquerade here on the blog or at the Masquerade page on OkamiCon.com.

~Yu-gi-oh! TCG Tournament~
Along with Moonlight Masque online signups, the entry form for our Yu-gi-oh! TCG Tournament is also online. There is also no set time for when submissions will close on account we want to encourage as many participants as possible.  I know there are lots of duelists out there who still play the game but simply cannot find anyone to play with, or at least that is the problem that I am having. There will be a table set up in the hall for ‘Free Play’ but only the tournament will feature prizes (that’s right, I said prizes, as in free stuff!) for the winners and eternal bragging rights.

So what are you waiting for?!  Grab your decks and head on over to our TCG Tournament page and sign up! You can also do this from our website on the Tabletop Games page.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament

6 Jan

When people think of Tabletop Gaming, they automatically get visions of nerds dressed in cloaks and pointy hats while gathered around a session of Dungeons and Dragons. However, Tabletop gaming is a classic and under appreciated art form that has been tossed aside to give way to more dominate game forms such as sports and video games. There are many different types of tabletop gaming aside from Dungeons and Dragons including Trading Card Games (such as Magic the Gathering) and classic tile games such as Mahjong.

To help support and encourage fans of Table Top gaming, OkamiCon will have a special area in the hall dedicated to specially hosted Trading Card Tournaments and free play for any table top gaming fan young or old.

Online Registration for all Tournaments will open January 15th, 2012.
All Tournaments are free to enter and Prizes will be awarded.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament
Dust off your decks Duelist! You finally now have a place to come and desk your skills once again, against fellow and likeminded people like yourself! OkamiCon will be holding its Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament in the tabletop gaming area on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top three reigning champions!

Tournament Details:
The Tournament will be held using Traditional Deck Format.
– The Tournament rules will follow the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Official Rulebook Version 8.0 English Edition.
– You can only have 1 copy maximum of a “Limited” card in your Main Deck, Extra Deck, and Side Deck combined.
– You can only have 2 copies maximum of a “Semi-limited” card in your Main Deck, Extra Deck, and Side Deck combined.

*A minimum of six (6) registered players are required for the tournament to start. If the minimum is not met before tournament start, the tournament will be canceled and replaced with “Free Play.”

Player Resources:
Limited and Forbidden Card ListUpdated 8/18/11
Official Rulebook Version 8.0 English Edition

Pre-Registraton for 2012 Now Open!

2 Nov

Pre-Registration for OkamiCon 2012 is now online and fully functional. It may be a little early for some people to worry about getting badges for an event that is next year but remember, OkamiCon is May and will be coming up faster then you think. 😉 Why not get your badge now and be all set for when the event does come around?

You can Pre-Register for a Badge or Register for a Dealer or Artist booth either on OkamiCon.com or on OkamiPromotions.com.

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Pre-Register for OkamiCon 2012 to reserve your badge ahead of time and get the online discount!
Why pay more at the door and stand in line for badge registration when you can pre-register online in the comfort of your own home? Not only that but you can also personalize your badge with a nickname unique to you or your cosplay character! We accept both PayPal and all major credit cards as payment.

Pre-Registration for OkamiCon 2012 is now OPEN through April 1st, 2012.
At Door Price: $20.00 US Dollars
Online Pre-Registration Price: $15.00 US Dollars.

Early At-Door Registration and Pre-Registration Badge Pickup will start before the event at 9:00AM Saturday May 19th, 2012. If you pre-registered, please make sure you bring your PayPal confirmation page and valid ID with you when you come to pick up your badge; we will not be able to give it to you otherwise.