BUCKtales

Published by Tyro D. Fox in the blog The Leather Bound Book. Views: 267

Due to a video limit, I will have to present each of the videos here as a link. Enjoy. Second half of picture was a joint effort between myself and Poetic.


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It was my first ever convention. I've never bothered before. I'd liked to but I've never had the money, or the direct opportunity or the right company to attempt the travel across the country to meet all these fantastic people that would actually understand me if I happened to casually chat about either interpretations of mythological creatures or that new game or what-have-you. Only recently that I've had the opportunity, the money and the right company to even think about going. Suffice it to say that I think I've caught the bug.

So, my trip was arguably longer than most of the British members of the Everypony Team. While most where already in the north of England and so had very little distance to travel comparatively, me and Foxy had to travel from the south east. And I had to go even further than Foxy because I live along the coast. So, I got the earliest tickets I could get and ended up boarding the train on the 17th of August. Having to travel through most of the night from Brighton with nothing but rock hard train seats to sleep on for only four hours, you wouldn't be very surprised about my energy levels afterwards:

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Amongst the noise of rail cars bumping along, weird positions and the recorded voice counting down every stop, I managed around four hours of sleep.

Despite running on handfuls of Sugar Puffs, a carton of milk and little sleep, BUCK was still awesome. I don't think I could give higher praise that I enjoyed myself despite feeling so rough. Weirdly, a change of T-shirt and I felt perfectly fine the entire day. I even managed a little bit of Mario Kart where I could flex my skills. I got rather badly beaten by and outsider chance. Baby Park is a battle field when playing with the guys I was playing with.

So, after finding the venue and scarfing down whatever was handy, I began my self-appointed task of Cameraman, starting with the crowd outside.

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Turn out was fantastic. Although, I haven't the experience with such things so I'm not a great judge. I also, I'm not the best cameraman in the world and its teamed with the slightly naff camera on my Motorola Defy.

Still, shall we start the tour?

~ Video ~

Sorry about the sound. The mic wasn't up to much against those speakers either. It was good to be blasting the contents of the Radio's library through nice big equipment. I think we generated a nice buzz with the stuff we were playing. Maybe not the Seaponies song we blasted out at the people leaving the conference hall at one point but still, we generated a little bit of interest in this little place.

So, having decided to leave Foxytail to his work, me and Poetic spotted something off in the distance:

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I am rather jealous of Anime League's DDR machine. While my skills with such things are just shy of awful, it was a huge amount of fun. Makes me wish I could find a copy of the song list or something for a Plastation version and practice at home. I'm tempted to run a Smash Bros. Tournament next year too considering how much that caught on...

~ Video ~

Yeah, I'm not hundred percent sure why Anime League were there too. While I did RP there for a short while, I don't know what their cons are like. Again, not the money or the company or the opportunity to go. I guess it was just promotion but they did stick out rather a lot. At least they brought the DDR machine. Makes me wonder if you can hire it now...

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This was all a hive of activity. I could barely believe how busy this place got as well as how awesome some of the artwork was. Everything from Firenze's dog-fight with the Shadow Bolts to Cross-stitch to Humanised Mane Six. Even Furries and TF2 was among the mix of stuff present in this jumble of styles and colour. Is it any surprise that me and those that followed me and Foxy back to do a little doodling of our own and compare?

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This place was lovely. Thanks to around a hundred bodies wondering around, the temperature rose considerably over the course of the day. Considering the humid weather of the past few weeks (but that might be more from myself acting as a human radiator when it was just me), most of us was practically swimming. Especially me as I ran up and down stairs like an idiot. This room had air conditioning, on the other hand, giving panels an added incentive to attend.

Now, would you like to see some Wooden Dancing?

~ Video ~

Well, when you see something that silly, you have to just run up and join in, huh? I think I have some leverage on Lord Luna now too...Heh-heh-heh...

Well, this is meant to be a review blog so, here's my review: BUCK was so much fun that I want it to be something that happens every weekend. I sort of don't at the same time for the same reason that Christmas is only once a year: so it remains special. That was a great point of just sitting down and talking to people that using a site just can't make up for. You can build a relationship online but it's like a perfect dinner party when it's face to face. At least I feel like I've had a good time rubbing shoulders with guys I'd only ever be talking to behind an avatar. I feel somewhat closer and have a better understanding of the people behind the pastel colours and the coloured outlines. If anything, I'll stay on sites and join more just to stay in touch. Well recommended.

The venue was fantastic, the atmosphere had something happening all the time and the stalls had something for everypony. Even people who'd wondered in by mistake.

Still, now that we know what's expected, we can now try and make a larger splash next time we go and show off my Smash Bros. skills! Olimar rules!
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