I say like it is, Ola Hughson, Boston, Massachusetts:written on 23.02.21; edited on 26.02.21 - fixed errors/typos and one image.
my visit to Anthro New England Online 2021, or ANE-O, as I call it.
I am not a furry convention veteran. My only experience was watching BBF's movies, one short visit to EuroFurence 23: Ancient Egypt, and some odds and ends here and there. I had some image of what I can expect.
I was told of the event by more than one furs, one of which actually helped me by reminding me about it - they're a DJ and were playing a set on ANE; I embedded it below so you can listen.
I first visited over an hour before their set; it was already saturday for me (I live in Poland, i don't use its TLD in my server address as a meme :P). I wandered around, got myself a pair of shoes, and met a few friends.
⇪ Me in front of Boston Park Plaza Hotel ⇪
Jessica the Kitsune Cavalier before⇪ and after⇩ registration
⇪ ...and getting down to ground floor. With a sneaky fox watching her from behind! ⇪
⇪ Pretty cute fox, I must add. AFAIR their name was Fwanky. ⇪
In the meantime, I got myself a con badge and room key, and decided to see my room; Jessica has shown me hers, and I expected the same, but I got a bigger one, with a double bed :3
⇪ Here's the con badge... ⇪
⇪ ...and a key to my room. ⇪
⇪ Let's go in~ ⇪
⇪ Some furs were looking around it. I assume this is not an event in real-life ANE. I hope not... ⇪
⇪ But anyway, time for room tour. This is the corridor, facing the doors, from inwards. On the left there's bathroom. ⇪
⇪ The bathroom features a shower cabin and a sink. I wish my apartment IRL had a cabin. ⇪
⇪ Then we enter the middle portion, with a nice decorative flower, a wide, comfortable sofa, and a picture of a horse. ⇪
⇪ We're almost in the end of the room. There's a TV and and an armchair there. Carpeting and the walls are pretty uninspiring, but this is something to be expected in a hotel.
There's also a giant pixel art Snorlax outside it, barely seen thru on this pic. When ANE returns back to the hotel IRL, I expect the city of Boston to erect such a work of art. ⇪
⇪ And here's my bed, along with some other furniture! ⇪
⇪ Jessica testing my bed. ⇪
When the sun got up in Virtual Boston, i took a unmisguided tour of the city.
⇪ There were some works of pixel art. This one has a destroyed environment as a backdrop, but it's faked very well; I admire the effort of map makers in making sure we feel there's more than just this re-created part. As for the Kaiju Clash backdrop - you'll see it from a different perspective later on. ⇪
⇪ Oh, look, another fops! ⇪
My paws then graced the iconic Back Bay Station.
⇪ I must say, it looks better in MC, than IRL; at least judging by the photos... ⇪
⇪ Here's the main concourse. These signs are a few of many examples of items customized in a way I wish I knew how to do it. Can someone teach me? ⇪
⇪ What can I say, I like trains. ⇪
⇪ This is the waiting space for passengers. It features ticket offices and some restaurants⇩...
⇪ ...including Dunkin' Donuts, which is, supposedly, pretty popularin Boston. This is not the only one there, tho; there were a total of 4 Dunks. ⇪
⇪ Time to go to the platform, I hope i'm not late for my train! ⇪
⇪ Quick look at some of the historic station photos. ⇪
⇪ I quickly rushed to the train... only to discover that I should board the other one! ⇪
⇪ Good. Now I can travel from Boston to Boston, just like YMO had a world tour from Tokio to Tokyo (spoiler alert: they're the same city). ⇪
⇪ Here's a coffee brew one could buy at the station. At the time I had no idea this is actually a thing ⇪
Time for more sightseeing!
⇪ The hotel lobby. ⇩
⇪ That avatar was in one of the hotel's lounge areas. Was it a real person, albeit on other server instance? Was it a bot? Or was someone practicing kabbalistic magic and created a golem? We'll never know. In any case: TRANS RIGHTS! ⇪
⇪ At this point, you can maybe make out that I did not install the server's resource pack. I fixed that mistake... in the last hours of its existence. ⇪
⇪ BTW, this was the place where the mask was; you had to jump onto the bookshelves, and over the grating into the 18+ zone in Dealers Den. ⇪
⇪ View towards one of the Dunks. There was a hole in the street, meking going there an obstacle I won over near the end of the con. ⇪
⇪ Look at the spawning place (roughly at the closest trees on the left; a bus was put there on the last day of the con). ⇪
⇪ View towards the Boston Public Garden. Sorry for my low depth of view. ⇪
⇪ Gift shop! ⇪
⇪ It was pretty empty inside tho. ⇪
⇪ Really empty. There's a room on the right, I wonder what's inside... ⇪
⇪ ...okay, weird but okay. ⇪
⇪ View on Kaiju Clash from the hotel's roof. ⇪
⇪ Hidden Dunks with Al Pacino at the counter! ⇪
⇪ They say furries are wealthy, yet no one ate in this Gordon Ramsey restaurant. Weird... ⇪
⇪ Outside a shady store, which sells Jungle Juice. ⇪
⇪ Another example of pixel art - Peeking Paws. ⇪
⇪ Inside the hidden cathedral. ⇪
⇪ Is this supposed to be Excalibur? ⇪
⇪ Welcome to the Area 11. ⇪
⇪ This looks like a AIO computer. And I need it in my game. ⇪
⇪ Consoles in Game Room. ⇩
⇪ This is that Snorlax I mentioned earlier in my room tour. ⇪
⇪ The convention mascot has a statue here as well. ⇪
⇪ Views on a typical travel with the MBTA. ⇪
⇪ Inside the hardest-to-reach Dunks. ⇩
⇪ Inside the sewers. They may be turtles, maybe even ninja and mutants, but they ain't looking like teenagers to me! ⇪
⇪ I told you I'll show you what's behind Kaiju Clash, right? ;) ⇪
The following are most notable views from beyond the part of Boston we were supposed to be in.
⇪ I'm pretty sure we weren't supposed to look there from this perspective. ⇪
⇪ I like how it disobeys the laws of gravity. ⇪
⇪ Kaiju Dunks, I think. ⇪
⇪ There was indeed a hidden zombie behind the curtains. ⇪
⇪ ...what's this? ⇪
⇪ Time to take a selfie with the rainbow beacon! ⇪
⇪ Can I move here? Pretty please??? ⇪
⇪ That church was indeed a place of worship. The question is, through, who is being worshipped here... ⇪
⇪ More of this in game maps architecture please. ⇪
⇪ Can it play darude sandstorm? ⇪
⇪ When you need some dystopia kick. ⇪
We return to the non-scheduled programming with other fun stuff!
⇪ Everyone wanted to take part in a commemorative picture! ⇩
⇪ I spot a skunkette! ⇪
⇪ The real party is
outside in the sewers. ⇩
⇪ In the Jungle, in a- in a- jungle ⇪
⇪ I finally installed the resource pack! Here's how I looked in full gear. ⇪
⇪ Lights in the sky owo!!! ⇪
⇪ Minecraft can sport CUSTOM EMOJI??? ⇪
⇪ The Final Roof Party. ⇪
Overall, I liked the experience and would return again if it was hosted in MC next year! :3
ENTIRE ADVANCEMENT TREE FOR ANE 2021