I live in NOVA and have been going to Katsucon almost every year a while, but it kind of dawned on me recently that I don't even watch anime and know jack shit about the things being presented there.
I've been hesitant to try MAGFest for personal reasons, but I want to give it a shot. What is the cosplay scene like? Is it big like Katsucon? I've heard it's a better con in general, is that true?
Also general MAGFest thread since it's in 2 months?
Hi anon! I used to live in NoVA too before leaving for college (but im home for winter break now)
Magfest has an older crowd, is smaller, and focuses more in music and western media.
Cosplay scene is pretty quiet, though it's been picking up in the past few years. A lot of cosplayers have been coming out to take advantage of the Gaylord without the crowds of Katsucon. It's definitely a different feeling all around. Katsucon is very much a Cosplay Showcase convention.MAG is more relaxed and focused on party aspects of the convention, as well as music and video games. They are completely different experiences and I personally prefer MAG. There is just a lot more to see and do all around. I usually don't even cosplay past the morning for any photoshoots.
There are 7.8k-ish badges sold so far (although that's counting staff badges) so attendance isn't being affected that much. The National Harbor hotels are all sold out and the satellite blocks have a good chunk taken out of them already. Katsu and MAG draw completely different crowds for the most part.
I have been to magfest for 4 years now and it has changed a lot in the four years. More people cosplay now, but of course gaming is the big focus. There is the music aspect too. More women go now (not sure if you are one or not OP), but we are still out numbered. It's a huge party con and there will be no shortage of people drinking. I go for the music games, shoot em ups, and now the indie showcase. If you love games, go. If you are just going for cosplay, maybe try one day and see if the con works for you.
I've been going to MAGfest for a long time now. I can't make it out this year because I recently had a baby, and I don't want to stick anyone with babysitting. I love it, though.
Some things to keep in mind:
1) There are a lot of furries, and a few of them are very defensive.
2) There's more cosplay now than there used to be, but it's not cosplay-focused.
3) Stay away from the Team Rocket cosplayers. Some of them are cool, but some of them get too into character and harass the shit out of others.
4) It's very much a party con. If drunken idiots ruin an experience for you, it's not going to be great for you after dark.
5) The musicians are, for the most part, very friendly and do a lot of mingling.
6) Wait until night time or sunday to play the arcade games.
I hate drunken idiots so I'll probably just go to bed early or skip the hotel and commute in from home since I live 10 minutes away from the Gaylord.
In response to >>8761964 I am a guy so my friends and I won't have to worry about being outnumbered. And the whole reason I'd be attending is for the gaming aspect.
Congrats on your kid, by the way.
I'm not the person you responded to, but this upcoming one will be my 5th time attending (I live in DC). If you're going for the games, I guarantee you're going to have an absolute blast whether you cosplay or not.
Non-game cosplays will be kind of out of place, but honestly, no one will really give a shit about you. I saw two evangelion cosplayers walking around last year and they just kind of looked like tryhards.
I love magfest because it's got a huge selection of games to play, the concerts are always good, and they also have lots of space for tabletop games.
Not to say that I'm not a total hopeless weeb, but it's refreshing to go to something that isn't focused on anime. It CAN become kind of a drunken shit-show for some people, but the venue is big for the amount of people, and they're easily avoidable.
I'm actually skipping Katsucon to go to Magfest. I can't be bothered to shell out that much money for two cons, hotels, food etc.
1449 is going to be in that bitch, it's their flagship con and they got the biggest suite.
This is so tryhard and embarrassing. Why do they think they're so cool attending a convention full of sweaty weeaboos and furries?
Also look at that slut at the beginning. They couldn't even find a girl who doesn't look stuffed full of cheeseburgers to dance in their shitty video. That says something.
The best part is all those girls look so uninterested in being there, they just want it to be over so they can get their money. I never understood the appeal of going to cons purely just to drink and post about it online either. I mean really? These fuckboys aren't the only ones who do this, "oh hey i'm going to a con, and i'm having a room party and i'm drinking all weekend, you guys are losers hahaha!".
"Shot by John Chea"
I lost it right there, i'm laughing so hard at how pathetically tryhard this is. LOL
Nope don't want to. I'm sure they're great people to drink and party with, but they're legit scumbags and horrible people. I would prefer to drink with my actual friends and people I'd get along with while sober, instead of sucking up to and inflating some rich kids ego.
Yep. Only poorfags and landwhales could possibly be put off by a bunch of drunk beta niggers who think attending anime autism fests is something to brag about, while they try to self promote on /cgl/ as a desperate attempt to get women to notice them. Alright anon. Let's not even pay attention to the fact that this board is centered around two expensive hobbies that most people can't afford. Ever wonder why so many people beg for donations just to cosplay? I'm not even sure how our weight plays into this.
Nobody cares about you or your autism support group. Get over it.
Been attending since Magfest 6... If you are going to wear a cosplay for fuck sake please make it game related. If you do an obscure game the better. I love talking with cosplayers who do that and know the character they're doing. There was an amazing group doing Suikoden last year and a couple doing Star Ocean. I've fixed a few outfits for Touhou groups and being a person who has a hard time dealing with furries find that most of the ones that attend MAG aren't too asinine.
Last years cosplay roast was shit(DC cosplayers judge tryhards) but I'm hopeful this years will be better.
Also, if you're going to photo shoot could you perhaps let the photographer know you don't want to block the hotel room walk ways. I will fucking rage hard on assholes who do that shit next year I swear to fucking christ I will grab as many hotel employees or con security I can to stop that shit. It was so fucking bad last year I got into multiple fucking arguments with cosplayers doing shoots because I was walking to my goddamn fucking room.
Been attending the past couple years. It's really very gaming and music-focused, not so much on the cosplay, but there's more than enough cosplay to take in.
Pic related. The Megas were rad as hell last year. First time I've seen a Pharaoh Man cosplay. (Most of the Robot Masters were female, which was interesting.)
I always love trying to guess obscure cosplays. I went with my son as Uncle Sensei and Markman from Divekick. Pic related are characters from Dance Central I ran into 2 years ago.
About 1/5th of me is in this picture. My boyfriend and his friend are doing Pharaoh Man and Ring Man at some point, the plan was to have a MM4 group. Of course this year their cosplays will actually be finished in time, and this year I can't go.
Is that you Al? Who fucking cares if it's "not a cosplay convention". If people want to cosplay at Magfest they'll cosplay at Magfest, it's not harming anyone except you autistic neckbeards.
a lot of the remixers have been losing their shit over the game music so I fully expect a slew of remix release to be made at the con
also the only room party worth going to is the lumberjacks and they've been cracking down on the invite only for that shit.
not knowing the history of drama concerning cosplay at magfest or witnessing in person cosplayers drunken screaming at con workers about not having a cosplay contest.
>fuck these asshats lets have an contest in a closed off area of hotel and yell at the hotel staff when the make up leave and smear pizza everywhere.
really the cosplayers should just be fucking glad they decided that trying to ban it was more trouble than it's worth.
>not knowing the history of drama concerning cosplay at magfest or witnessing in person cosplayers drunken screaming at con workers about not having a cosplay contest.
Jesus, did that really happen?
If I go to Magfest I'd want to cosplay, just so I'd have a place to wear my shit other than in the general public (bad idea) or an anime con. I'd hate to be lumped in with a bunch of entitled asshole cosplayers though.
>Seriously, what is the appeal of contests anyway? Just fueling attention-seeking egos?
>not knowing the history
Right, because every con has a fucking historian/archivist to documents all the shitty con drama or that one time a bunch of retards got drunk and started shouting at people.
If fucking cosplayers ruin Magfest it will be the worst. I love being able to walk around without seeing entitled tryhard cosplay everywhere. There's a time and place for that, and that's Katsucon.
It's the reason that the cosplay roast was put together.
Cosplay isn't like that anymore but there is still many of the older goes that do give cosplayers a side eye and shit at times.
>omg why you talk about con horror stories in a thread related to the con!
>nobody ever posts drama on this board!
>chanarchive is a myth! so is ED!
Then as a cosplay we can you explain how it would ruin magfest? The halls aren't small enough to get blocked and magfest is smart enough not to take up panel space with "celebrity" cosplayers.
Lol this. There's probably butthurt normalfags at Katsucon who feel the same way desu. But as a cosplayer, I couldn't give less of a flying fuck if someone is buttflustered over the fact that I'm wearing a costume whilst minding my own business. Bring on the cosplay, guys!
(If somebody is this easily bothered, they shouldn't leave their house.)
That's not the cosplay I'm talking about. In moderation it's fine. But I see more and more non-video game costumes each year with girls walking around half-naked. Fine, dress as Pikachu, Link, whatever, but I'm quite tired of seeing flavor of the month anime that don't even have a video game, at a video game festival that you quite clearly only wore for attention.
I guess that means people shouldn't be allowed to dress up for Renaissance festivals, either? Because being called a "festival" somehow means costumes are not allowed, according to you.
>"In moderation it's fine. But I see more and more non-video game costumes each year with girls walking around half-naked"
>implying half naked girls is a bad thing
You're either gay or a jealous whale.
Can anyone compare Katsucon party con status to Magfest party con?
I haven't been to either, and I'm debating which to go to.
If anyone wants a fun party con, I CAN recommend DragonCon and give many details.
Green Gold Suite isn't the biggest one. That title would go to the Cinnamon Suite, which also includes it's own private outdoor patio area, gas fireplace, canopy-covered hot tub, and is in the dead center of the Gaylord.
Try harder, 1449.
Oh, and MAGFeststaff will be all over your ass trying to charge to get into your party. Against the law in Maryland, unless you can somehow magically get a pour license for a hotel room. ;)
Not coastguard-kun, but I heard about that. Funny stuff.
Hilarious bullshit gets turned into Legends at MAGFest, like the Great Flour "Antiquing" of MAGFest 4. Illegal shit like a cover charge to get into a room party won't fly, and will promptly be dealt with, and forgotten. ;)
Why did you guys even give them an upgraded suite? Of all the people that applied the liaison gave it to the most obnoxious and unlikable group in the con scene known so far. That's some shit, if there's proof of a cover charge and party can't they be stripped of their reservation?
Here's more proof from this past Magfest, where they smuggled a fucking KEG into their room.
In fact, here's a picture of a keg of Guinness at MAGFest X at a small hotel room party. Not 1449.
There's been some top-tier home brewers bringing kegs of their own IPAs, stouts, etc. since about MAGFest 11.
>also the only room party worth going to is the lumberjacks and they've been cracking down on the invite only for that shit.
Truth. They don't fuck around. Managed to get an invite to their shindig for M12. At least 3 kegs with honest CO2 feed tap of some excellent homebrew beers. Also some of the coolest, most laid back and awesome people I've ever met at a convention.
Dear OP, I've been going to MAGFest since MAGFest 2. Seriously, just go. Yeah, cosplay is very relaxed, there's no cosplay contest (only a comedy roast), and the overall atmosphere is WAY more relaxed than any anime con out there.
Here, just watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dkyt81OZ68
That was bud light. I unfortunately paid the $30 dollar cover charge. All they fucking had was bud light, jagermeister and vodka. The only thing these guys make are screwdrivers and jagerbombs. They're really lame.
1449 is such a group of self loathing weebs who compensate for their lack of social skills by attempting to mimic what they think is normal society and end up acting like a bunch of loud mouthed bros. But MAGFest is way fun, my favorite event in the area. You always have something to do and the music is banging.
>I unfortunately paid the $30
>That was bud light
Port city or gtfo. If they're so rich they should be able to afford good beer, and PC is a local company located in NOVA nearby National Harbor so it's easy to get
Also fuck vodka. If they're gonna charge they need to get some good booze. Tequila and whiskey or fuck off. Vodka is only good when mixed into shit which I'm assuming they didn't even do
Here's more proof that they charge people to drink and party with them.
This is my first year going to Magfest and I've been following their twitter and sometimes put their twitch streamed meetings on the the background. I'm floored by how well organized this con is next to pretty much every other con I've ever dealt with.
We thank you for all of the evidence and such.
We're really a LOT more disorganized than it looks. Somehow, things just work and we roll with it. Having programmed our own convention management software (MAGFest uber, available on GitHub), it makes corralling and herding MAGFest stuff a lot easier to manage.
Oh yeah, we fought the IRS, and won the argument "Are video games art?" with them, and became a full 501(c)(3) non-profit. Thanks Smithsonian!
They claim they turned a profit as well they're lying that it was "only" $10 to drink with them.
Every con is going to be disorganized to some extent but I've seen so much bullshit ranging from college cons to major 20k+ attendance cons.
While you're here staff-kun what brand/distributor are the shirts? Trying to put some add-ons to my pre reg but can't pick a size
I find it extremely hard to believe there was at least 200 people (to break even) who would willingly pay a cover charge to drink with them. Nevermind the fact he's lying since the cover charge was 30 dollars.
I am curious, what is everyone's biggest draw to Magfest?
- Games (indie, tournaments, arcade titles, etc.)
I can stay in the game room for the whole convention and still want more. It is my favorite thing about magfest, but I know it can be different for others. So tell me, what do you like about the convention?
I was asleep so not much lol
2 friends that were staying in the same room popped out for a bit (maybe something like between 3-4am? I fell asleep between ~2-5am) and couldn't get back on our floor due to police blocking it off. When they finally could by telling them it was the floor their room was on, there were police or security in front of our room's door. They thought it was because of a noise complaint (lolroomparty), it was actually because we were on the same floor/corridor as the person that died. That was all they were told, and all I can remember offhand.
I like the vendors, I'm friends with a few of the musicians, and I like the party atmosphere. I like the games a lot, too, but it's difficult to grab a machine in the arcade due to the crowd. So I just bring my 3DS and get a million street passes.
Cosplay used to be a primary draw to me, but I've come to like being able to go places without being stopped for pictures every two steps.
>I've come to like being able to go places without being stopped for pictures every two steps.
i just worry that the con is blowing up and it'll turn into another train like like Katsu is these days (as far as crowds go)
>tfw you live 7 minutes away from the National Harbor
>tfw you live 30 minutes away from the Metro taking you right to the Walter E Washington Convention Center
>tfw Otakon is moving there in about a year
>tfw I get to use my money on convention swag instead of travel and lodging expense
Literally the only good thing about living in this shitty town
I went once and yeah just go to bed early to avoid drunken idiots then wake up early and spend time in the arcade. I actually walked out of the showing of The FP because some loud idiots were sitting behind us and just wouldn't shut the fuck up. They were trying to do some riff trax thing, like yeah moron you're riffing on jokes.
I gotta ask how do you guys have the energy to follow these losers? They aren't a Robotron 2084 cabinet and they ain't a Iori Anal Doujin, I am pretty sure I'll have zero interest in them forever.
Definitely first and foremost the community. I've made some lasting friendships there and met my current gf through a magfest event.
Secondly the arcade room at 3-4 AM. No line, most cabinets. Hell you can pretty much always find a free one while you wait for another to open up.
Lastly the big communal event I have for my band and staff buddies one day during the event when we share coffee in our friend's suite. It has gotten better every year so I'm hoping the trend continues.
I definitely see my share of concerts and panels, and they are always fantastic. But it's not my immediate draw. Most of the bands I can see other times of the year and/or at later magfest events.
For the record I've been going since MAGFest X.
I wouldn't necessarily say it's a requirement to make it game-related.
There were a lot of flavor of the month cosplays related to the guests (last year it was Steven Universe because we had Rebecca Sugar, this year it'll probably be Banjo for Grant Kirkhope) and a lot more casual/nerdy cosplayers in general. There was a lot of nerdier western shit, lot of Cartoon Network characters, Disney shit and nostalgic asspats. Fuckin' saw Timmy's Dad get stopped every 3 feet for pics.
My main impression seems to be that western dominance is at large and that tryhards are frowned upon.
This is a wonderful abuse of power!
Just kidding, hoping it doesn't prove true. I don't care about 1449, but you don't ban proactive, that sets a very dangerous precedent. Needs to be after they do something, which they haven't at this time.
>Just kidding, hoping it doesn't prove true. I don't care about 1449, but you don't ban proactive, that sets a very dangerous precedent. Needs to be after they do something, which they haven't at this time.
It's not a message board, it's a hotel. If someone says "we are going to cause trouble and break the hotel's rules" sure you proactively ban them.
groups or even people who trash rooms/are generally shitty/sketchy can be put on lists actually for this kind of thing. hotels reserve the right to refuse rooms so it's standard procedure to take tips from cons etc.
>MAGFeststaff will be all over your ass
lmao the magfest staff are chill as fuck, half of them spend the whole weekend buzzed themselves. Try harder faggot.
Same. I'd hang out with you but I'm weird as fuck. And you sound weird as fuck. And if we met up we'd both probably be weird as fuck for a few minutes of awkward silence until one of us mercifully walks away without saying a word.
Will I at least be able to walk around the hotel (not go to any events/etc) without one? I'm being forced to accompany a friend but I have no interest in gaming, so would prefer not to get one since I'd only use it to be able to walk around.
Alright I guess we could starve them of attention from this point on. We got Staff-kun to shut them down, our deed is done.
Now, back on the topic of MAGFest. :^)
Might be going this year and last year was my first MAGfest. Like everyone said in the thread, it's a big party really and tons of drunk people but I don't mind that part at all. Some drama went down with my group of friends and made me hesitant to go this year but once you go, you gotta make another MAGfest.
^ that basically. If you're just walking through the main halls and all that shit, that's chill. Otherwise you're not gonna be able to get into any panels or any big MAG-run events or anything.
I've been attending MAGFest since 2008. The cosplay presence did not really grew substantially until MAGFest 2013. MAGFest 2012 was the first one that was held at the Gaylord. If you come to MAGFest you don't need to cosplay, but if you have to cosplay, at least make it vidya related.
Otherwise be prepared for the fact that it's a Festival not a convention, and most MAGFesters (like gamers on the weekend) become nocturnal for three to four days. So you will not see much attendees during the daytime as in the night.
I'm seriously debating going to MAG this year. I went back in 2013 and I fucking loved it.
I fly free so that's no an issue. I just need to figure out which of my friends are going and who would have floor space for me.
I think it would be good to have something to refer people to instead of having a bunch of newfags screaming "but what did they doooooo" and having the whole thread derail into a big discussion about them.
Just don't be like me and act like its a Katsucon replacement and bring 7 cosplays
I've worked the last 3 MAGFests. I'm not doing it this year. Too much shit. A LOT of harassment for being female. The weird fetishists mixing with families is just off putting. The thing that decided it for me was the bitch walking around in a full diaper and fishnets. 10am and the smell was overwhelming.
The line for Jontron wrapped around my booth. The autism was unbearable. Screaming, potatoes dancing, weird tit rubbing....
I loved the guy who asked me if my wedding ring was part of my cosplay. when I told him it was from my husband, he turned around and walked away mid-sentence.
Or the Link who kept coming over an inviting me to his show and asking if I could come alone. His Zelda came and removed him, but the rest of the weekend he kept coming back to the booth, asking my coworkers were I was, when I was coming back and what room I was staying in.
2 years ago I accidently stumbled on 2 furries wet-humping in a racing simulator. Smelled like a sewer drain.
My favorite personal MAG cringe moment was when an enormous man in furry ears and a game character hat (can't remember, but I think it was Luigi's) said "hubba hubba" to me.
My second favorite is when I was walking with a friend, and he said, "There are a lot of furries this year." Two chubby manlets in ears, tails, and graphic tees immediatly started following us.
One asked, "You have a problem with furries?"
My friend replied with, "No, there are just a lot this year."
"Because we're furries."
"Okay. Good for you."
They followed us for another ten feet or so, looking really unsure of themselves, then shuffled off uncomfortably.
>What is increasing room rates going to do about people bringing alcohol?
I don't know if you know this but people tend to damage things when they're completely inebriated. Rip down curtains, vomit on the carpet, put holes in walls. Those things cost money.
This made me chuckle! Can you imagine what would have happened if you said, "yeah, I do have a problem with furries?." The awkwardness and compulsion to announce the obvious, I'll never understand it.
The look on her face made me laugh, too. I'm sure the guy had some med-high functioning autism; she looked exasperated, like, "I let you wander the game room for 15 minutes and you go and start bugging women again." But as nice as he seemed, it was hellacreepy that he kept asking me to come to his show alone and then pestering my coworkers for my room number.
They've posted evidence of doing it before and are publically planning to do it again.(collecting payment = contract to provide services advertised = intent to break rules).
So they can be banned for getting caught (by their own public admission) for previous violations, or conspiracy to commit violations this year. On top of that, it's a private con, at a hotel with a reputation for providing top-notch security. They banned a lot of people last year over the gamergate bullshit. This is a much stronger case than that.
Pass that suite onto someone who actually would use it for better purposes. I'd rather the lumberjacks have it instead of those fuckboys for one night and then have it sit unoccupied for the rest of the weekend.
i've met a lot of the lumberjacks, and these guys are down to earth. a lot of them make sacrifices each year, just to keep going. health issues, money, one of theme even lost his girlfriend because she made him choose between MAGFest or her.
i know for a fact the "lumberjack lounge" this year won't exist, because they got tired of dealing with random people trying to get into their room. something else, maybe. Who knows?
besides, 1449 doesn't have shit on the Shizzies in terms of "crazy party people" Saw them try to steal a water bottle at MAGFest 6 with a duct tape lasso from an upper balcony.
Why settle for just a hotel suite to hold your room party, when you can get panel room space from MAGFest to run your own concert series?
Your move, 1449.
They both seem retarded.
On one hand, you have a selfish bitch who doesn't want her boyfriend having fun for whatever reason. Then you have a retard boyfriend who loves MAGFest more than his girlfriend.
Depends on the situation. If I had a big deal going on around the same time as a con and I needed my boyfriend around, I'd be pretty pissed if he chose the con over me. Like if I were going into surgery, or a close friend/family member was hospitalized and I needed emotional support. Something big would have to be going down, but I can see there being situations where he'd be the asshole for going to a convention/fest/whatever.
If it's a minor thing and she's just being controlling, though, fuck her.
Just stop namefagging. You're pathetic and probably not even a member of staff. Literally everything you've said can be pieced together through google searches, social media, or you just pulled it out of your ass.
If you were a real staff member you'd know that posting on 4chan makes MAG look like they don't have their shit together and their staff members can just do whatever they want.
Just stop. You make MAG look bad.
Oh, and inb4 other anons start replying to me defending this person because they supply the delicious dramu.
I wouldn't take anyone's word on an anonymous message board seriously. Rumors are rumors and they're not any more true because someone has "magfeststaff" in their self-given name and can answer a few questions that have already been answered 83738292 times on the MAGFest Facebook/Twitter.
Proof or GTFO.
How many of you guys are going to MAGfest? I'm going to be cosplaying as Chains, and some company during the down time would be pretty fun. I'm a NOVA native and I live nearby so I'd just be metro commuting over and back, probably.
What are you trying to accomplish by having a pissing match on 4chan? This is probably the most pathetically desperate and autistic thing possible. Go run off to your little group where there's enough people who suck up to you.
I don't even think that's true at all from what I understand?? MAG mostly tried to stay out of Gamergate, altho there were minor dramz regarding guest choices, it had partly to do with budget and youtubes as well (Which doesn't make much more sense than gamergate dramz either, but whatever)
This isn't really the kind of question to ask in a con thread.
A good place would probably be in the corner of the convention area by the river with the big windows? It's pretty quiet over there and there aren't as many crowds.
>all this shit I still don't care about
Does anybody else just go to socialize? Most of the industry stuff I can't be bothered to follow because when I'm not playing vidya I'm doing other hobbies (and that's not even mentioning how most of it's been poisoned by tumblr types).
You're embarrassing yourself at this point, friend.
Ok all we need now is to figure out which day and what time so we can include it in the OP when this thread sages.
The Katsu anons are doing Friday @ 8:30pm. Does that work for you guys? We could go out for drinks after maybe if we're all 21+.
Alright it's settled. Friday at 10pm in the corner of the convention area by the big windows, main floor above the back entrance. One of us should make a sign or something lol.
Any oppositions? Speak now or suffer.
#FalcoMainHistoryMonth is apparently a thing in the Melee community. Is Black Luigi going to bitch about that one as well?