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Eurofurence 25 "Fractures in Time" - Estrel Hotel Berlin, August 14-18, 2019Follow eurofurence on Twitter

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 41 
 on: 22.08.2019, 06:21:09 
Started by nobs - Last post by nobs
Did someone tried Shaan this year?
Indian kitchen with interesting dishes.
But awfully damn slow. Last time we were there lots of people canceled their order. We did not try it this time any more.
https://www.google.de/maps/place/Shaan/@52.4739436,13.4468431,21z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47a84fa00bc68379:0x85ef8da6f131f201!2sCaf%C3%A9-Restaurant+Louis!8m2!3d52.4743796!4d13.4451527!3m4!1s0x0:0xb93aead70556b7d4!8m2!3d52.4739709!4d13.4468509

 42 
 on: 22.08.2019, 06:18:33 
Started by nobs - Last post by nobs
Austrian restaurant Louis
Lots of variants of "Schnitzel" and other good dishes.
Fast and friendly
Only some minutes by foot

https://www.google.de/maps/place/Caf%C3%A9-Restaurant+Louis/@52.4744109,13.445076,19.5z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47a84fa00bc68379:0x85ef8da6f131f201!2sCaf%C3%A9-Restaurant+Louis!8m2!3d52.4743796!4d13.4451527!3m4!1s0x47a84fa00bc68379:0x85ef8da6f131f201!8m2!3d52.4743796!4d13.4451527

 43 
 on: 22.08.2019, 03:34:16 
Started by Lightfox - Last post by Lightfox
So, after this latest Eurofurence, I overall had a pretty good time! But there are a few points I'd like to raise about the con this year:

The positive stuff
  • The app was really useful! It had all the information needed, and I really liked the fact I got information about what pieces I won from the Artshow.
  • The fursuit lounge is still and example of how much EF cares about the well being for fursuiters! Good job!
  • Both enter the arena and Paws on fire were awesome events!
  • I didn't attend, but the boat event was a good idea, do keep coming up with new stuff to try like this one!
  • The fragments of decoration from previous EF was nice touch!

The negative stuff:
  • Registration: this year, I was both a fursuiter and a sponsor, and as a result, I had to do three different queues: normal registration, sponsor goodies and fursuit badge. Ironically, the sponsor line was the slowest of them all, as there was only two persons there with nothing prepared in advance.
  • Paws on fire: this event is as awesome, if not more than Enter the arena, and this year, there were several issues with it:
    • The the music was WAY too loud. Around half the show, I had to put fingers in my ears, and I still got out with a headache, and had to take some paracetamol. I saw other people equally bothered as I was.
    • The video team cameraman on foot circling accross the stage around the dancers was mighty annoying and distracting while trying to watch the dancers. He was in the way of both the attendees trying to watch the performance, and those trying to film it. Please stop doing this.
    • The face-to-face principle is really cool, but it will also block the view of those directly behind one of the duelers. This wouldn't be an issue if there were screens showing each dancer during the performance.
    • This is subjective, but the DJ could have handled the event better: half the playlist could have been more appropriate to dancing, and the dancers seemed to agree (the first suggested music was almost always noped by both dancers). The transitions could have also been handled way better.
    • Why put it in a remote room that's 4 times smaller than the main stage?
  • Queue management isn't always the best, and isn't well indicated or managed with lines. e.g., for the sponsor line of enter the arena, there was no indication it was the sponsor line, and no strip to manage it until 30 mins beforehand. Until that point, non-sponsors had been queuing for nothing, and the line was all over the place.
  • After 25 years, EF still doesn't seem to be able to start its events on time (minimum 30 mins late for every event).
  • Given how widely used the elevators are, it should be way easier to use the stairs. More often than not, the doors are locked, and we are forced to long waits, even on lower levels because of this.
  • The dealer's den seems to become increasingly inappropriate: too hot, too moist and too small compared to the amount of artists available among a crowd of now 3000+ people.
  • EF's social media should have really avoided re-igniting the debate related to poodling. It was uncalled for and caused more harm than good. Had it been done a bit earlier than it was, it could have potentially caused a lot of degradation of the con's atmosphere. If you must do this, next time do it after the con.

Possible improvements
  • Opening ceremony: the first 10 minutes were pretty fun, with a short little scene with cheetah, then an awesome fursuit video. And that seemed to be the only part that was prepared and had rythm. Then, it was just watching the 10 or so people of the EF staff realizing in the moment there wasn't enough chairs for everyone, then each improvising a speech about their department. Everyone seemed to realize this was boring, as the first thing most started with was "I'll keep it brief". IMHO, this whole section should be re-thought to become both informative and entertaining at the same time.
  • App
    • When checking a dealer's location in the dealer's den, the fragment of map is way too small and is therefore useless
    • When filtering a list, selecting an item, and then coming back, the filtering is lost, and you have to re-filter again.
    • I really loved the art show results part, but it would have been even better with the amount to pay as well, for air heads like I that have lost their bid sheets.

 44 
 on: 21.08.2019, 19:58:53 
Started by kawaiirat - Last post by Suicune
Loved the stormbox! Somewhat need like 2 of them during the dances permanently!

 45 
 on: 21.08.2019, 19:37:14 
Started by kawaiirat - Last post by Ragear
that "big black monster" tripped the safety switch :/

 46 
 on: 21.08.2019, 19:35:45 
Started by nobs - Last post by Ragear
that Döner right behind the S-Bahn bridge to the LEFT. Big, Tasty and they have baklava.

 47 
 on: 21.08.2019, 17:49:13 
Started by nobs - Last post by nobs
Although I was very stressed from work and not really in con-mood, which sometimes results in an somewhat "unfair mood" this con was very relaxing and recovering. I found everything running smoothly and well.
The new bathrooms in block 2 are very nice. I like the big shower. The air conditioning worked as expected. I did not notice any real problems with the elevators. The breakfast was fine, the restaurants too. I enjoyed some cocktails from "Reggie".
I did not visit much of the panels. The spontaneous interview with Hella von Sinnen was a great experience. And the charity concert was fantastic again. This time even with an "da capo", for the very first time? And I liked the classic dance.

Many thanks to the hotel and the organizers for this fine Eurofurence *hugs*.

 48 
 on: 21.08.2019, 17:30:15 
Started by nobs - Last post by nobs
Steakhouse El Toro
Fine steaks and very good salad with Frutti di Mare.
not that close: two stations with S41 and then some more with M44-bus.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/El+Toro/@52.4567789,13.4375017,20.75z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x68d8cb370d3026aa!2sEl+Toro!8m2!3d52.456741!4d13.4375557!3m4!1s0x0:0x68d8cb370d3026aa!8m2!3d52.456741!4d13.4375557

 49 
 on: 21.08.2019, 13:39:59 
Started by kawaiirat - Last post by Vlooi
I'll just hop in this thread for some feedback.
I loved the new fan, the massive black one. It blows right through any suit and cools down anything <3
Drinks were always available, and the snacks never ran out, we were well taken care of! And again there were chairs with no armrests for us big-tailers who have to sit on them sideways.

I would like to see some more tables in the lounge! I missed the regular empty tables that can be used for getting my suit or just the head on and off as I come in the lounge to cool down. Every table was either filled with fursuit drying equipment, fans, or had the water barrels on them. Maybe some empty ones can be squeezed in for those who just want to get out of the head, have a drink and go back out again? :)

 50 
 on: 21.08.2019, 00:00:36 
Started by Khaki - Last post by Khaki
My pleasure Futeko, I hope you enjoy them :)

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