Welcome to the aftermath that was PariahCon 2011! To set the tone of PariahCon, we refer you to listen to our first ever The Gurus Weekly, complete with our pre-PariahCon report.
The first show we did was The Joker’s Wild. We did this show Friday night at 7:00 PM in the Chibi Events room. This was the premiere for the show, and it went quite well along with the fact it was our first show of the con, we started off on a great note. We have footage recorded by our in-house cameraman and Associate Producer, Ryan “Kilt Man” Collins.
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We immediately went into the premiere of Who Wants To Be an Anime Millionaire? directly after Joker at 8PM in the same room. Millionaire started a little late due to a wardrobe change, a set change, and a couple technical issues, but overall, it was great. This also marked the hosting Debut for Executive Producer Bryan Espinoza, who did a great job keeping the show going, and keeping the audience entertained, especially with the nice goof-up he made that almost stopped the entire show. We sadly had a Zero-naire thanks to the Sailor Moon question bank, and we had our first ever Millionaire! Once again, Associate Producer Ryan Collins was our cameraman, and we have footage of the show.
Stephen Wiley – 1st Place and our First Anime Millionaire!!
Seth “Shaggy” White – 2nd Place (32,000)
If you were a contestant, and are not listed here, please contact us and let us know so we can add you to this page!
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Moving right along, at 11:00 PM it was the long anticipated debut of The Match Game / Hollywood Squares Hour!! The show had a 1 hour lead in time for us to set up, and we used almost every last minute of it. Executive Producer Bryan Espinoza seemed to be losing it as the clock ticked closer to 11PM and the show wasn’t ready yet. Once the show started, it was one of the biggest hits at the convention! The guests provided positive feedback, and Sonny Strait even drew a special commissioned caricature for Executive Producer Bryan Espinoza. Sadly, our camera went out, and we were unable to fix it mid-show without losing a panelist, or host, or both, so we only have about 15 minutes of footage. If you happen to have footage of this event, please contact us, we’d like to hear from you.
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Our last show was as always, Press Your Luck. With Executive Producer Bryan Espinoza filling in for Announcer Erik Watkins, it really seemed like a true Rod Roddy/Peter Tomarken show going there for a little bit. Press Your Luck was Saturday at Noon, and we woke up at 11:30 AM. We literally rushed up to the room as fast as possible and tried to get PYL to the the one show that started on time, but PYL lived up to it’s name of never being able to have a perfect run. When we got there, we discovered that the cables connecting the 3rd buzzer had disconnected, and we had no way to fix it, so we had to go old school and have the contestants come down to see Bryan and control the board from the master operator station. Our camera still was not fixed, but we would like to thank Jeremy Strothmann and Diego Munoz from Japanminute.com for taping PYL for us, and be sure to go check them out!
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Now, who could forget about the 5th and secret show of doom? Cosplay in-a-box, which morphed into a bad version of Gong Show was our last show, and it was Saturday at 7PM. This show was rather quick, but very painful, as we tried to put a game-show spin on something that wasn’t entirely there. Produced in conjunction with Orange Anime, Cosplay in-a-box went well, but it could use some work for next year. Sadly because this was not a Game Show Gurus event, but a shared event, the lack of a working camera, and the fact that the entire show went for about 20 minutes leaves us with a lack of known video. If you happen to have video of this event, please contact us, or Orange Anime, and let us know!
Overall, we had an excellent time at PariahCon, and we’ll let the Post Convention wrapup portion of The Gurus Weekly wrap things up for us. The original Gurus Weekly post can be found <here>.
The Gurus want to extend our thanks to Ben Holub, Valensky Sylvain, Phil Ray, Cass Womack, Jathan Elliot, Dave Kauffman, Elmer Hale, and the rest of the PariahCon staff for thier generosity, patience, and hard work into putting together a successful convention, and for helping us out when we needed it.
Thank you PariahCon, and we’re sad to see you go.