Open Coast

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Open Coast
OpenCoastLogo2017.jpeg
Location
Website
Status Active
Organizer(s) Founders: Kabba, Schande Thompson, Brad The Colf

Added: Wild Gadget

Subject Regional Furry Group

Open Coast is a furry social group based in Pensacola, Florida, USA. Its team of administrators cultivates the growth of anthropomorphic events in the Gulf Coast region of the USA spanning Mobile, Alabama to Panama City, Florida.[1]

Open Coast currently hosts original events, promotes events run by other regional groups and sponsors events run by members of the local community by assisting with the prep work (scheduling, venue relations, promotions) and providing on-site support.[2][3]

History[edit]

Emerald's interface, August 2017
Open Coast was co-founded in November 2016 by Kabba, Schande Thompson and Brad The Colf.[4] The project's original goal was to energize the community by bringing unique event ideas to life in the real world, acting as a support network for the region and producing new tools to help local furry fans connect and organize.

The group's mascot, Emerald (named for Florida's Emerald Coast), was created by Brad The Colf[5] and would serve as the inspiration for the group's custom Telegram bot[6], @EmeraldHelperBot.[7] Emerald delivers on-demand information relevant to the local community including monthly event calendars (complete with event/group profiles), a carpool registry and a directory of local chats, artists, fursuit makers and crafters.

By August of 2017, the Open Coast Telegram group garnered over 155 members, becoming the region's largest community on the platform[8]. In the same year, the Open Coast administrative team launched a number of successful events (original and sponsored)[3] and pioneered the region's first furry convention, Emerald's Fur Summit.

Original Events[edit]

Open Coast Assembly, June 2017
Open Coast Grand Prix, March 2017

Assembly[edit]

The Open Coast Assembly is a monthly gaming (tabletop, console and PC) and fursuiting event complete with an art raffle, photo shoot and other fun activities. The event debuted on May 6th[9], 2017 and is currently the largest fursuiting event in the region, having reached 62 attendees and 20 fursuits on June 3rd, 2017.[10]

The event was launched by Kabba who also serves as its lead administrator.

Grand Prix[edit]

The Open Coast Grand Prix is a competitive go-kart racing event held quarterly in Pensacola, Florida. The event debuted on March 19th[11], 2017 and saw 22 attendees. The event is set to return on November 19th, 2017[12] and is scheduled in 2018 as a quarterly event.

The event was launched by Schande Thompson who also serves as its lead administrator.

Open Coast Counties[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Open Coast Facebook Account Open Coast's presence on Facebook. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  2. Furry Grand Prix Announcement Official announcement on Twitter. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Open Coast Twitter Account Open Coast's presence on Twitter. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  4. Open Coast Telegram Chat Open Coast Telegram chat, launched November 17th, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  5. Open Coast Logo Open Coast's Original logo, published by Brad The Colf on his FA page. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  6. How to Use Emerald Helper Bot Official "how to" video posted on the Open Coast Twitter account. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  7. Emerald Helper Bot on Telegram Link to Emerald Helper Bot on Telegram. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  8. Open Coast's Telegram Profile August 2017 archived record of the Open Coast Telegram information page on 8/29/2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  9. May 2017 OC Assembly Official announcement on Twitter. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  10. June 2017 OC Assembly Official announcement on Twitter, 62 attendees, 20 fursuiters. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  11. March 2017 OC Grand Prix Official announcement on Twitter. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  12. November 2017 OC Grand Prix Announcement Official announcement on Twitter. Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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