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PASADENA... part 3
(griffin's 2011 BotCon report)


Friday 7pm - Casino, Dinner, Awards & Auction Night

Friday this year had a scheduled event. Usually the night is left free, or mostly open (with some minor fan-related events) to allow the fans a night for their own socialising/meet-ups or trading.
The evening started a little after 7pm, with several food tables ready to serve a rather limited menu of Chicken and pasta, with salads and other trimmings. (a lot of food was wasted though)
Within half an hour an announcement was made that gaming could begin (tables were all over the place), and people could try to add to their 100 casino dollars coupon (in their Primus Pack)... but since these were casino style games, most would lose their 'casino dollars'.
The only way of coming out on top would be by playing 'spin the wheel' - up to 5 spins, each costing $20... with a guaranteed gain of 100 casino dollars, up to 1000 casino dollars, or even a pick a prize (from a selection of various previous years' BotCon toys).  Imagine spinning up a free BotCon toy for just $20?
I didn't, but I was able to build enough of a warchest to bid and win a couple items at the Auction later.

As for the auction itself, it started at 10.30pm (people had to stop gaming by 10pm, so that their tally cards could be collected and checked if they were to bid on something).
They didn't have as many items as they did in 2008 (the last time they had one of these), so when they started running out of items, the values of casino dollars were going higher and higher (as people were more desperate to walk away with something for the night).
The Auction ended at 11.30pm, and we all dispersed for the night, leaving the convention staff to pack up the tables and return the room to its 'panel room' state for the next day.

Brian making an announcement about the gaming night and what to do with the winnings at the end of the night.

The outer walkway that leads to the Panel Room, with eating tables, and a few gaming tables up the back.

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Food tables down the main walkway, with the Bingo section at the end (where the entrance to the Dealer Room was).

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The Bingo area.

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Notices about the Auction format and how to earn more Casino Dollars.

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The auction items.

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Autographed script from Transformers Prime (the first episode).

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David Kaye's Script from the Script-reading session on the Friday... signed by the five Voice Actors participating. (and won by me)

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These two were 'coupons' for a personalised Transformers drawing by Hasbro designers Bill or Eric.

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An uncut BotCon trading card sheet, signed by several attending guests.

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And the auction begins...

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The bidders, including the Australian contingient in the third row. (photo from the BotCon website)

The auction was a bit of fun. A number of kids items were done first, with most going to the one kid (courtesy of his dad's winnings).
I managed to win a specially labelled bottle of water from the 2007 Movie (probably produced for onset filming, or at publicity events). They had 3 of them, and I got the first one, just to be sure I came away with something (for my $200 donation to the Spin-the-wheel).
And if it wasn't made obvious already, I also won the Animated Stunti-Con-Job script, which went right to the last dollar I had left... so I was really lucky to outlast the other person who was bidding on it.

Fellow Australian UltraMarginal/Dallas got lucky too, winning 2 Transformers statues/busts.
 

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***All pictures in this BotCon report are mine unless noted. Any that are borrowed, should have the source credited/noted.  If you want to use/borrow any of my photos, all I ask is for you to please credit the source as well. I try to take as many of my own photos as possible, and usually only resort to using others if I failed to get something, or my photo wasn't clear enough.

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