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MAiN#4 DEMOPARTY - 2nd to 4th OCTOBER 2009

category: parties [glöplog]
added on the 2009-10-05 00:15:07 by Strider Strider
Official OCTOCOCK SOUNDTRACK : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpkJdPR_UYE
added on the 2009-10-05 00:51:03 by _H2o_ _H2o_
Back from MAIN, here is my feedback (yeah, this is with my organizer hat on):

+ Fucking cool location
+ Really nice town/area
+ Very good pre-organizing (services, shuttles)
+ Excellent stream
+ Really good democompo
+ Nice and friendly host
+ Extremely helpful and friendly mainorgas
+ Shitloads of money for everything coming from the city

- Understaffed/unexperienced compo orga team (lots of delays, infos missing on slides, slides not shown long enough before entries, slides missing for some compos)
- Delaying all compos for no valid reason until 3:30 in the night when everyone is asleep sucks bigtime
- Tons of mosquitos carrying killer toxic stuff ;) (not orgas fault obviously)
- Extremely dirty toilets
- Too few voters (mostly due to the delays I guess, giving a few surprising results in the not-so-major-compos)
- The hugescreen thing has potential for the future, but for this year it didn't work out. The winning entry in the hugescreen compo is a sick joke.
(not orgas fault)

The location could easily have served over thousand sceners, the size of the hall (over 5000 square meters) is gigantic, and there is lots of space outside, too. Besides getting a capable compo team (and re-designing the compo orga process from scratch, allowing compos to take place while other compos are prepared), there sure are a few areas where things can be improved (food

This party most definately has a future, and every scener should visit it next year.
added on the 2009-10-05 01:14:36 by scamp scamp
Finally home as well, thanks to everyone for a great party and again h2o and the orgas for scraping together a computer for us for finishing our intro :)
And thanks for the shitload of prizes, it required serious efforts to get them all home :D
Also sorry to everyone I met for not saying goodbye, we kinda left in a hurry.
See you next year hopefully!
added on the 2009-10-05 07:59:59 by zoom zoom
i had the best time at main.

improvement ideas:
sofas (like at stream)
bbq/bonfire outside (there's always a need for bonfire)
more people voting for me (!)
make it more clear that arles is a fucking cool city to visit (almost missed the roman antique things but luckily went to see them on sunday)

next year, i'm definitely coming and i'll bring more finns.
added on the 2009-10-05 08:34:34 by nosfe nosfe
still in arles, preparing to fly home to hungary, thanks everyone who visit our party, who made entries and who watched us live.

results uploaded

there was 101 entries + 6 disq'ed
added on the 2009-10-05 09:18:06 by pasy pasy
awesome party
thx to the orga team for all the efforts
the coolest politicians ever (I just wrote this ? hm. I did) for all their massive support in the ville of Arles

btw Achmed should be open on sundays!
that should be planned next year.
and nop he's not a dead terrorist, he is a kebab guy haha

added on the 2009-10-05 09:37:05 by EviL EviL
I m back from the hospital.
I managed to watch the stream.
i looked so nice. congrats to the orgas.
and i realized I ranked second at the gfx compo....
added on the 2009-10-05 09:57:09 by nytrik nytrik
Good to hear youre back and in "one piece" hope you can make it next year !
added on the 2009-10-05 10:16:36 by _H2o_ _H2o_
ALL THOSE REMOTE WINNER , PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH YOUR BANK DETAILS / PAYPAL ADRESS
and we take care about it , wont happen right away but in a few days we gonna take care of all !

markus(at)millionaire-couture(dot)com

Thank you !

H2o!
added on the 2009-10-05 10:36:02 by _H2o_ _H2o_
My photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/_sml/sets/72157622519742194/
Great party! I'll come back next year!
Thanks to the organizers and rest of participants.
added on the 2009-10-05 11:44:32 by sml sml
cool party, thanks to everyone who made it happen ^_^
added on the 2009-10-05 13:02:21 by psenough psenough
oh man, i'd really like to still be there!

having to work sucks after a great party like that :(

anyway, big thanks to all those who made it happen and i hope next year will be even more awesome!
added on the 2009-10-05 13:07:37 by gopher gopher
The party was just great ! big thanks to everyone who made it happen !
added on the 2009-10-05 13:36:44 by Stv Stv
There are things to improve, but the party was really great !
I really hope to come next year !
added on the 2009-10-05 13:53:57 by MsK` MsK`
This was a great party, fantastic place. Hugescreen compo has a huge potential! Thanks to the orga! Hope to be there next year... ;)
added on the 2009-10-05 15:21:14 by xoofx xoofx
Thanks to everyone for being here, thanks for your reports/critics and ideas (it will serve i can ensure you). I hope to see you all next year and don't forget to bring some friends ;) Also big big hugs to my german and hungarian colleagues: you guys are SO fsckin cool, thxthxthx.

I really enjoyed it, BR.
added on the 2009-10-05 18:11:44 by SilkCut SilkCut
Thanks to all the participants and the orgas for such a great party !
I wish it was not over yet ;)
added on the 2009-10-05 18:26:02 by flure flure
very big thx to the orgas and to all people at the party!
next year we'll bring some special anti MosKitoZ napalm ;)
added on the 2009-10-05 19:59:25 by HerrV HerrV
The party is not over, "Viva La Resistance!"

Thats my first international party, a very good start for me!

As scamp says..

I point as well:
+ Very inspiring demoparty place.. I was all the time at party thinking "that could be a easy to do 3D scenario for a demo/intro" .. and the smell of train oil! I fell inspired!

+Very good (overall) organization, they real take care of sceners ! (thanks to melody!)

+Great local people integration, however it could be much more! This is a great spirit city to try get into demoscene activities and local guest people.

+I like the huge screen compo, for the first try.. hope much better ideas next year (map projection?)

Ideas and suggestions for next event:
+Try get more sceners, spam them! Arles is near to spain, italy and suisse!
+What about a better chillout zone?! some pufs area stage?
-I think you dont need so much securities... change it for bathroom cleaners..!
+happy hour food/drinks all time for sceners please!
+scene conferences
+IRC server for people chat

(Y) Thumbs UP!
Thanks to all, Main is yours, sceners ! See you next year with the promised improvements!
added on the 2009-10-05 21:04:56 by oiD oiD
I guess everything has been already said - very very good party, lots of cool sceners around, and still an incredible potential left in both the infrastructure and the local government. If this keeps up, MAIN might very soon live up to its name.

As for the fuckups, I haven't noticed anything that doesn't happen anywhere else either - and I'd argue Scamp here, as I would certainly not consider the compo crew "inexperienced"; most of the problems (I guess) arose from the new, yet uncharted location, a ton of bad luck, and sceners being sloppy with their entries.

Again, nothing really dented the experience (except maybe the cold shower water), and I'll do my best to visit again next year :)
added on the 2009-10-05 21:23:36 by Gargaj Gargaj
you'll be more than welcome with you AND THE WHOLE HUNGARY IN FACT !!!1§1§1§1§
added on the 2009-10-05 21:50:26 by SilkCut SilkCut
more ideas for next year:
sofas in front of the screen (yeah i said it already but sofas are nice!)

for the huge screen i think it would be nice if there also would be bar outside in the yard, with maybe some tables & chairs. and so that there would be some demos running all the time also on friday. it's just so cool to see things on that screen and i think it would be nice if the yard would be better set up for hanging out there. also, have the speakers that are outside a lot further away from the partyhall, most of the volume of audio got lost since they were far too away from where people were actually watching the huge screen compos & demos before that.

just got home and i already miss back to warm france (it's 4 degrees celcius here in helsinki)
added on the 2009-10-06 00:16:58 by nosfe nosfe
I srsly regret that I couldn't make it! I'll be there next year for sheezy

(So yeah Markus, you are right, I *do* regret badly :))
added on the 2009-10-06 00:26:32 by okkie okkie

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