Hey there, I was Statler & Waldorf in case it wasn't obvious out the gates. And I was also Mettaton this entire time.
I've already covered why I think the event wound up failing terribly in my review thread, so I'll just quote from there and bring in some additional comments I've thought up since then.
Event signups begin, and people seem upset by the theme suddenly being thrown on them. Which wasn't the case at all. It was announced several times with plenty of prep time specifically so that people wouldn't get caught off-guard. Big help that was >.> Of course, the atmosphere of YCM itself hasn't exactly been a good one lately. An unfortunate result of this was that our monsters - being entertainer-themed this year - were probably disheartened by the inability to actually entertain this year, because everyone's too busy being at everyone's throats. Which ended in them ghosting.
So basically, the entire thing was fucked from the start by poor circumstances ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
"But Yui, whose fault is it then? Who can we point the finger at?" Well, that's a good question. Do we blame Black for his pitch? Nah, that ain't quite right; the event in a vacuum would have been just fine. Do we blame the monsters for their shitty job? That's not quite it either; it's real hard to want to keep being a monster when nobody seems to care. So it must be the non-monsters, right? Sorry, but we're still not quite there; the atmosphere was by all means a factor, but not the nail in the coffin. To various extents, it's everyone's fault, really.
If there wasn't a theme people probably would've done a better job with monsters. But on the other hand, a lot of the monsters this year were still pretty bad. Not helped at all by the poor atmosphere around them despite the fact that they haven't really done anything wrong yet. Everything was a factor in what was ultimately a fucking disaster of a Halloween Masquerade. I'd say I hope we can do better next year, but honestly, I'd be concerned if we couldn't.
As we saw near the end with Bill's sub-event, we had a similar boom in activity as when we started, but it didn't last more than a day. Which is fair, since the event was ending and all, and Bill only left us with the one post then disappeared. I can't speak for everyone else with returning monsters, but I enjoyed doing stuff as Chara (bar some technical difficulties) far more than as Statler & Waldorf. I can't say for sure if this is because of the theme, but I will say with confidence I (and most everyone I'd hope) could have come up with better monsters if not for the theme getting in the way. Even then, a lot of monsters - my own included - felt like they were only technically entertainers by some half-assed loophole. If I hadn't used her last year, I wouldn't be surprised if I could get away with Erma for a monster by the argument of "she's the star of a webcomic." Anyone who makes a themed pitch for 2019 would do well to both pick a broader theme (yes, you can, easily) and be more strict about what does and doesn't count. I even considered sending in a pitch myself, but managing these events seems tough. Will think about it some more.
Now, hypothetically, how could this event have gone differently if the entertainer theme wasn't there? I don't know because my brain's warrantee expired years ago and it doesn't have the processing power to play it all out on such short notice. But I can at least make semi-educated guesses.
We wouldn't have nearly as many ghosts as we did, for one. If you ask your toddler "would you rather eat carrots or broccoli" and they pick one, they probably won't pick that same food if you let them eat anything they want. Likewise, people will pick what they want within a theme, but reluctantly so and they'd probably enjoy their monster way more if they would have been that monster anyway even without the theme. A lot of this year's monsters had a sort of feeling to their posts like "Did I do my part? Yeah? Okay cool, I'm taking this stupid thing off now."
Out of our three boss monsters, two of them also made no effort to turn the momentum of this event around (thank you Neon), which only made things worse. Whoever hosts next year will have to pay attention to that, and take matters into their own hands if things take a turn for the worse.
It was just overall bad, man >.<