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CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« on: June 08, 2014, 11:22:08 »
okay ill get the negatives done first, and end on positives C:

The Hotel
The hard floor made it very painful after any amount of time to walk,  whereas the previous hotel had lots of carpet, so myself and a few others constantly had aching feet (not that theres really anything we can do about that but i thought it might be worth a mention)

CHILDREN
Unfortunately the hotel wasn't exclusive to the con, so there were kids running amuck, and two certain boys jumping at suiters and ended up damaging suits, as their parents just dumped the kids in the lobby and walked off leaving them unsupervised, (and lead to security staff having to watch over them, a very big thank you to Rwylin!!)

Hotel Food and Pricing
The hotel food was VERY pricey (11£ for a sandwich, £12 for fish and chips etc at the bar) luckily we could use the breakfast room for cheap..er food, otherwise go to the NEC / bring your own food, within our small friendship group at the start we managed to sink 60£ on one meal with one drink (one pint of coke being £4.50)

Staff
We had a few that were pretty rude to us without any reasoning for it, some very snappy tones etc (There were some very nice staff as well) but i guess it was a half and half for the ones we met

Fursuit photo event (night club)
The line was pretty damn long which you expect, but no matter what day it was pretty much the same, and unfortunately when i was in line there wasn't any fans present (the first day), so i overheated and ducked out of that one

Fursuit photo event/ walk
There was a pretty long wait unfortunately to get things organized (by that time we were overheating) and there was only one small fan in the corner, the walk it's self was ok, the route was better than the original (which involved avoiding geese poop), and the final group photo after the walk took quite a long time to get sorted,  but to be fair due to the weather it was indoors so you can't space out and get a nice wide shot like last year, but once again fans were definitely needed in there, myself and a few others overheating from the walk and then standing in the room for ten or so minutes had to run to the fursuit lounge before the photo before it was taken

Charity Art Auction
The auction it's self was brilliant! some lovely artwork, and poor pinky's voice after auctioning each table off!,
But my biggest problem was that some artists put 0% to charity when it is a charity auction, I strongly believe there should be a minimum of 15% (or in that area) for charity.

Raves
Well these were very much hit and miss , there were some decent raves (especially the heavy metal one i went to), but there was some really bad djing/ mixing at times, poorly crossfaded and awful song ordering >< the bpm changes were FAR too harsh literally stopping the dance floor as people were confused as to what beat to dance to, and the big blue dance turned out to be pretty much a whole CD of black lace (at one point it was literally three black lace songs back to back, no where near as good as last year I'm afraid, about 15 of us just walked out to do something else.

On a side suggestion, I was wondering for next year if some sort of floor lighting would be possible, even if it would be luminescant strips from the door to the dance floor, due to the low light combined with fursuit vision I tripped a few times (mostly over chairs) but perhaps that would work well ^^?

Positives[/u] C:

Who's line was it anyway?
This panel was my favorite by far this year C: absolute blast improv group exercises, there were some slow parts, but they just added to the hilarity of the event , can't wait to go next year!

The Dealers Den
One of the things i always queue up for early, and love returning to throughout the con, though i don't always buy much i love to have a good nosey!, this year it was lovely the den, lots of interesting things for sale, and the dealers are getting better at what they choose to sell! C:

Breakfast
I really liked the breakfast food at this hotel (specially compared to the last hotel) a wider selection and very tastey! plenty of room to chat with friends too ^^

The Security Team
I have to say the security team was absolutely on the ball this year, brilliant staff, all of them are very helpful and insightful with any issues and questions I had, Dhary was very fast to ask for assistance to take us to the train station for my partners exams and both members of security that took us waited for me to come back after seeing her off, thank you very much!

on the final night (late leave) someone tripped and broke their nose on the stairs, and thanks to the security staff's presence (even right up to the last minute!) Myself and Cursico were able to find a member of the team quickly to inform first aid personnel, You all worked really really hard this year!

The Crew
The crew this year were incredible also! I was helped on numerous occasions whilst in suit being offered drinks and assisted with my suit/ costume, The crew also did such an amazing job setting up and preparing the whole convention, really well done folks!

Overall, I'd say I enjoyed this convention, but as its a new hotel, there's plenty of room for improvement! C:
« Last Edit: June 08, 2014, 12:46:35 by andybigfeet »
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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 13:28:32 »
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The Security Team
I have to say the security team was absolutely on the ball this year, brilliant staff, all of them are very helpful and insightful with any issues and questions I had, Dhary was very fast to ask for assistance to take us to the train station for my partners exams and both members of security that took us waited for me to come back after seeing her off, thank you very much!

on the final night (late leave) someone tripped and broke their nose on the stairs, and thanks to the security staff's presence (even right up to the last minute!) Myself and Cursico were able to find a member of the team quickly to inform first aid personnel, You all worked really really hard this year!

Nice to see more positive feedback there :) and it wasn't an issue waiting around for you as I said at that time :)

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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 22:09:31 »
When you say staff, are you referring to hotel staff or the convention staff?

Also, the dances are designed to have different music styles throughout the convention to cater for as many interests as can be. Although when I went into BBF's set it didn't seem at all Black Lace, although he did start a little later than planned. The last night set will tend to be more cheese as to be honest, it gets the most people dancing and as much as there is a groan it's popular.

The auction does have a policy that things going into the live show will be set a 5% minimum. It's a way some artists do make their money to actually attend the convention. It's quite similar in many ways to the auction fee set charged by mainstream places.
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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 00:29:19 »
When you say staff, are you referring to hotel staff or the convention staff?

Also, the dances are designed to have different music styles throughout the convention to cater for as many interests as can be. Although when I went into BBF's set it didn't seem at all Black Lace, although he did start a little later than planned. The last night set will tend to be more cheese as to be honest, it gets the most people dancing and as much as there is a groan it's popular.

The auction does have a policy that things going into the live show will be set a 5% minimum. It's a way some artists do make their money to actually attend the convention. It's quite similar in many ways to the auction fee set charged by mainstream places.


a few of the hotel staff were a little short with us but most were nice =],
the music its self was fine, i just felt as though the change between two songs was far too abrupt, It was good how there was a nice selection for everyone, I just feel as though perhaps the songs could or been ordered a little better and faded smoother =]
Overall I still think the dances were great =]
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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2014, 18:31:19 »
CHILDREN
Unfortunately the hotel wasn't exclusive to the con, so there were kids running amuck, and two certain boys jumping at suiters and ended up damaging suits, as their parents just dumped the kids in the lobby and walked off leaving them unsupervised, (and lead to security staff having to watch over them, a very big thank you to Rwylin!!)

I'm not sure how you can approach this one. Did security say no?

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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2014, 08:08:30 »
CHILDREN
Unfortunately the hotel wasn't exclusive to the con, so there were kids running amuck, and two certain boys jumping at suiters and ended up damaging suits, as their parents just dumped the kids in the lobby and walked off leaving them unsupervised, (and lead to security staff having to watch over them, a very big thank you to Rwylin!!)

yes those boys were horrid, i did my best to keep them gentle with the suits but what with three of them and the little girl there theres so much i can do, im very sorry to those that had suits broken, but short of shouting full out at the kids there wasn't alot i could do, i did try and tell them alot to be gentle and had very stern words on quite a few occasions.
The farther came down and saw me having said stern words (this was i think the 4th time i had to) and pulled them all away.
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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2014, 21:48:24 »
CHILDREN
Unfortunately the hotel wasn't exclusive to the con, so there were kids running amuck, and two certain boys jumping at suiters and ended up damaging suits, as their parents just dumped the kids in the lobby and walked off leaving them unsupervised, (and lead to security staff having to watch over them, a very big thank you to Rwylin!!)

yes those boys were horrid, i did my best to keep them gentle with the suits but what with three of them and the little girl there theres so much i can do, im very sorry to those that had suits broken, but short of shouting full out at the kids there wasn't alot i could do, i did try and tell them alot to be gentle and had very stern words on quite a few occasions.
The farther came down and saw me having said stern words (this was i think the 4th time i had to) and pulled them all away.

I was in the reception area when the boys were running amok and took our space hoppers, I didn't want to chance them damaging my suit so I kept my distance.

It's not really the hotel's fault but down to irresponsible parents, the same sort of parents that let their kids run riot in supermarket aisles.

Most children visiting the hotel were well behaved and under their parents control.

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Re: CFz 2014 Feedback C:
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2014, 22:33:13 »

Charity Art Auction
The auction it's self was brilliant! some lovely artwork, and poor pinky's voice after auctioning each table off!,
But my biggest problem was that some artists put 0% to charity when it is a charity auction, I strongly believe there should be a minimum of 15% (or in that area) for charity.

Hi, as a member of the Art Show Crew I'd like to comment on this.

With regards the charity donations. The event is advertised as an Auction Live Bidding Show, and not a charity auction.

Our current policy is to change 0% items that go to live auction to 5%, which is around the equivalent of an administration fee for conducting such a live auction. We are indeed a charity organization, but we do not want to levy a tax on artists for submitting their work in the art show. Many of our artists rely on the income of their sales to pay for their stay at the con, or to save up money to go to another con. We find that our artists give generously to charity every year and we neither can nor want to make their donations feel forced in any way. Many of our artists also submit items with differing charity donations, so even if they have items in the art show at 0%, they may also have other items at 20%, 50% or even 100%.
In general, artists also seem well aware that their charity donation percentage has an impact on the bidding prices for their items.

ConFuzzled provides free exhibition space for artists and potential exposure to a massive audience (this year we had over 1000 attendees), and judging by our charity figures for the art show every year, we are being repaid for our hard work by the artists' donations. ConFuzzled wishes to continue supporting our chosen annual charity as well as the furry artist community in general each year, and we find our current policy to be a good guideline for doing both.