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The Full Deck: Beware the Ides of March

From: Nathaniel C.
Sent on: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:32 AM

(Unfortunately, this message had to be revised in order to be properly formatted for our message boards. I know some of you may have gotten a thousand emails in the last ten hours, but we're not able to post something this large directly onto the message board... and Meetup is retarded when it comes to HTML.)

Yeah, I know it's late again, but it's for good reason! It also because of a couple of not so good reasons, but at least it's finally here! Let's not dawdle with the details of my shortcomings; just come and see what's new.

The Flop
If you missed the 26th Annual Asian Festival then I feel almost as bad as you do (or should). According to all of our attending members, it was amazing. From what I was able to see from being there for the last hour, amazing is correct. We'll be sure to make create the event posting further in advance in order to keep us more mindful of the Asian Festival next year. Check out some of the pictures captured by our members at the festival by going to the "Photo" section of our Meetup page (you'll find the "Photo" link on the main toolbar). Also, despite being hindered by some unfortunate mishaps that couldn't be credited to the fault of ACES, the meetup & after-meetup that followed the Asian Festival was pretty fantastic as well.
Speaking of fantastic- how about that turnout for the first Viewer's Choice Friday Night Film? We were bursting at the seams in terms of seating, which is just how I like it. In anticipation of the same level or responsiveness from you, Raymond will be positioning our viewing screen a bit further back in order to allow more room for some comfortable seating.
We had an equally surprising number of guests for our first Thursday anime night: "Dinner and a Movie(s)? A Miyazaki Double Feature!" And oh my goddess, what a great night it was! We had free pizzas, cake, candy, and even cupcakes backed by the event host Diana [aka Yuuki Kimura]. At the end of each film, Diana even entertained us with some trivia from the nights feature films. From which two of our members walked away with a figure themed from either of the films as a prize! We even had members contribute drinks, chips, popcorn, and other snacks for us as well. A special thanks goes out to those contributors, as well as you who decided to donate toward the cost of the other items provided by our host. Is there another Thursday night Miyazaki event happening any time soon? All I can say is keep your eyes open.

The Turn
A.G.E.S. (Aces Gaming Enthusiasts Society) is back, and so is ACES Studio- under the new title of ACES Artists' Alley! Spearheading the projects will be our AGES Organizer, Landon; and our Artists' Alley Organizer, Diana [aka Yuuki Kimura]. The first of either of these events is yet to be announced, so keep a close watch.
AGES is ACES's all encompassing gaming outlet. You'll find events featuring any kind of game that tickles your nerd fancy; tabletops, card games, video games galore. We do it all. All of our regularly scheduled events can be found at Ooples, immediately after Friday Night Legends at Bobalicious.
ACES Artists' Alley is, respectively, our all encompassing outlet for any and all kinds of anime related artforms. Wether you are a visual artist, writer, or even a self-proclaims cosplay fashion designer, there is a place for you here. For all of you non-artisans, this is certainly your opportunity to come and commission or work with our artists for whatever it is that you desire. Got an idea for a manga? Want to learn how to draw anime? Need an awesome cosplay outfit for your next convention? Even if you have an independent project that you need artists for- we'll be doing all that. Now, do understand that wether or not any commissioned work will come at a cost, and the price thereof, is entirely dependent upon the artist requisitioned. Also, our team of artists is naturally comprised of our members... like you. So if you got skills, step up.
If you haven't already, be sure to like us on Facebook at All of our ACES hosted events will be posted on our Facebook page as well; making it easier for you to invite your friends & promote anime awesomeness throughout the land. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter @acesanime to easily keep track of us at conventions & other events not hosted by ACES. Our Facebook page will keep you up to date with all things anime in San Antonio, and our Twitter page will get you connected with the rest of the anime universe. Do it!

The River
Mizuumi-Con 6 is happening in just 2 weeks! You'd better be there, cuz we will be!... Of course by "we" I mean our corporate leadership and our majestic Otaku Queen Miyu. However I, the glorious Otaku King Nathan Rainey, will regrettably not be in attendance. However, I will be keeping you all connected, so don't hesitate to text that number on the event posting... and bring me back a souvenir.
With the convention in mind, it's highly recommended that you attend our first monthly social event: March Madness "Meet and Greet" on the 15th. So this Friday, come out and meet our organizers, familiarize yourself with our members; regular and irregular alike. There will be games, there will be hilarity, and there will be me... but there wont be any anime. Like I said, it's a social. This event is designed to let you really get to talk and interact with each other, so let loose and get to know everyone. Even if you're not going to the convention, we want everyone who can show up this Friday to indeed show up. All of you senior members who have gone AWOL, come back and get to know us all over again. We remember you, and we've missed you. Go to the event posting for March 15th to find our the whens and the whats and the wheres. For all of you regulars, it'll be like any other Friday night [minus the anime and plus the extra awesome]. These socials will be monthly, but won't always land on any particular day. Make sure you show up to our social in April too!
You'll also notice this month that the ACES are taking over Ooples Anime on the 19th. Ooples Anime is a regular anime night hosted by Ooples at Ooples every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm (roughly). They keep it a little more loose on their anime nights, but when ACES does anime- we do it our way. Many of our members have asked why we don't post Ooples Anime night on our meetup site, or have wondered why more of our members don't show up to their events. The simple answer to that question is, "we just don't." Now will we post Ooples Anime as a recurring event on our Meetup calendar unless it's organized by one of our members or follows the same standards as other anime night that ACES hosts. Yes, we do have standards. That's not to say that Ooples Anime doesn't meet those standards. We just haven't yet entered into an agreement with Ooples Anime which insists that they would follow those standards. It has yet to be determined wether or not such a partnership will be made, but we have always had close ties with Ooples so it's not implausible. ANYWAY, be sure to show up on the 19th for our Magi Marathon. The event was intended to appease you 3rd Saturday goers who wouldn't be too happy about the episodes that will be skipped this weekend. We'll be showing all the episodes not presented so far by our 3rd Saturday anime nights, up to the point of the episodes that will be presented this weekend. I hope all of you Saturday Magi fans will be able to make time for a Tuesday. You know you need to.
Since March has given us and "extra" weekend with which to entertain you, we'll be hosting back to back movie nights. "King of Thorn" has returned as a contestant for Friday Film Night: Viewer's Choice (The Sequel), then we'll have a Saturday Film Night watching "A Letter to Momo". The back to back film nights will be on the last weekend of the month, the 29th & 30th. Make sure you cast your vote for Friday's viewer's choice selection by visiting the polls. You'll also find a link to the poll in the event posting. Don't forget that you'll also have the opportunity to share some of your favorite anime with us that Friday. So BYOA- bring your own anime!

The Showdown
We've finally released some more details about our social event in April, now affectionately referred to as Nippon Style! Tomoe Kumashiro will be entertaining us at Fujiya Japanese Garden. She'll be engaging us with a Japanese tea ceremony as well as performing some traditional Japanese music on the koto. Obviously Japanese tradition is the focus of next month's social, hence the name. We'll be seated in the tatami room, which is essentially a traditionally styled dining area where we'll be seated on the tatami matter floor- to give you that "just walked into an anime" feel. Cosplay is strongly encouraged, but try to keep it in time with the theme of the night with something feudal/traditional/historic to Japan... You know, kimono or ninja-ish. At the very least, be prepared to have some photos snapped of you (that'll happen). Check out the event posting, Nippon Style, on April 20th for more details. You'll find a link to the related discussion and poll in the event posting.

I see you salivating over all this March Madness. If you liked that, you should see the hand we've been felt for the next couple of months. Even Miss Cleo couldn't read these cards, but I'm not telling. You'll just have to wait until our next issue of The Full Deck.

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