FA: United 2015 took place in the booming metropolis of Whippany, New Jersey this past weekend, and it sounds like it went over just about as well as you'd expect something organized by FA would.
The #FAU2015 hashtag on Twitter was unusually quiet all weekend, and when things did get posted to it, they often either directly or indirectly mentioned that the con was a lot quieter than years past. A dance held Thursday night attracted just five people
to the dance floor. A Friday night dance was so sparsely attended it was shut down early
. Another dance saw slightly higher turnout
. People complained on Twitter about the con in general being "empty".
#FAU2015 Worst.Con.Ever. I can't believe I'm out $50! Fucked Parade, Empty Halls, Canceled Dances, Canceled Dance Comps. Dealer room is OK.
I’m at #FAU2015 … Damn, it’s quiet in here! _(photo)
Events were seemingly rescheduled to the whim of the event organizers, which meant the Fursuit Parade was randomly moved from it's scheduled Sunday timeslot to Saturday. When it started, the convention did not provide any water to fursuiters, but did make a point to blast My Little Pony music into the room.
#FAU2015 you changed the date from Sunday to Saturday for the parade… WHY>!
HEY THIS IS IMPORTANT: to everyone at #fau2015, they rescheduled the parade! It starts in 15 minutes! Suiters get over here!!
welcome to the #fau2015 fursuit parade prep- we don't have any water for you but we're piping in MLP music for your satisfaction
There was confusion over whether or not there was a dance competition. Some reported that event staff said there was none, others report that the MC/host didn't show up
The back of the con book was emblazoned with a nauseating "lol random xD" in-joke that looks like it came from Dragoneer.
And if those weren't enough for you, an account of Saturday night from elsewhere online via the Vivisector IRC:
Saturday nite at avifoxes party. Drinks were spiked some overweight nigger started chimping out. A female passed out and someone decided to take pic's of her. Cops showed up arrested the nig nog. Meanwhile downstairs, someone had too much to drink and passed out. Waahhhmbulance was summoned. I only read of the money missing via fau twitter.
The person who was involved in the sexual assault has come forward on Twitter
, confirming that it happened. I personally have been able to obtain a recording of the Police/Fire/EMS dispatch from the call for the drunk person. It was a 20-year-old.
Unlike conventions past, the attendance numbers (which had been climbing prior to this year) were released in an official post. This year they were first mentioned as a reply on Dragoneer's personal Twitter
. Despite the low events turnout and quiet con, Dragoneer claims that attendance was down only 49 people for a total of 658 vs. last year's 707. Their donation to their charity was $7,700 down $1,100 from last year's $8,800.
Given that there was no significant drama out of last year's event, it's probably safe to assume that the IMVU sale may have played into the lower turnout this year. It will be interesting to see what happens next year. Perhaps Princess Piche's dream of being Kage 2.0 is starting to slip through his fingers.
P.S. Please enjoy this photo of Dragoneer and Chase
(on the right, you can't miss him, trust me).