Actually.. Blizzcon had a few too FEW Zzzzs. I slept way too little while I was there, but I guess that really depends on your perspective. I really wish I hadn’t had to sleep at all and had more time to hang out with everyone there. Had a great time even if there were no big announcements. Most of my time was spent with Stop from StoppableForce and Saresa from Destructive Reach but I spent time with so many people, I really can’t list them all there (but it almost seems like I tried, doesn’t it). The only thing I would have done differently is try to spend more time with those that I didn’t spent much time with. I guess there is always next year!
I got into Anaheim on Thursday afternoon and met up with people at 6 to go head to dinner before picking up our badges and swag bags and then heading to the WoW Insider meet-up. Of course, a playoff baseball game was on and where did we pick to eat? Yep, ESPN Sports Zone. So we had to wait until the game ended to finally get seated. We got seated at 9pm and had to get back to the convention center ( a 10 minute walk [or so] ) by 10pm. We got out of there at 9:30pm (yes, we had an amazing waiter that knew what “we need it in a rush please” meant.
We (Daewin, Stop, Sar and I) booked it back to the convention center with about 15 minutes to spare. We almost thought Sar was going to have issues because she forgot her “barcode” ticket, but they got her a replacement and that was that. We met then to walk over to the WoW Insider meet-up and stayed there until they kicked us out. I got to hang with Russell (from Slash2 and Polygamerous), Podcastitute (for a very little bit) and finally met Kelly/Cadistra in person! Matticus tracked us down and said hello and so did The Turpster! Headed back to my room to get some sleep to get ready for Blizzcon!
Not ALL that much to say about Blizzcon itself that won’t be said on Twisted Nether but I just want to say that I had a really fun time in and around Blizzcon this year. I tried not to spend my time in long lines (and there were many of them) and really liked the panels I actually got to (other than the Class Q&A which was more like Class QQ). Met up with some more people including MyBryo and his Brother-in-Law (I spent time with Brian last year at Blizzcon), Mconniff (who I also met last year), Clay (ditto) and Zabine (from Life in the Soul Well and TNB Wikibrarian). Zabine and her husband were actually on my flights from Orlando to the convention so at that point I knew them too! By the way, while in line to get in we noticed that the Taco tent (yeah, they had a taco tent outside) looked like it was on fire… Of course we then decided that the Headless Horseman was attacking Blizzcon and burning down the Taco tent.. Ok, we’re sad..
Friday night was the Twisted Nether meet-up and it turned out awesome! It started a little hectic with it taking some time to get on to the porch we had reserved but once we were out there everything went great. We had some trouble with the live stream in that I couldn’t get my laptop plugged in so.. well… it ran out of juice! We gave away an amazing assortment of goodies to the attendees including some donated by Blizzard (including a Murloc Stein!).. The only thing I wish is that I had more time to hang out and talk with the people who were there. We had so many people and I barely got a chance to say hi! It was a good assortment of bloggers, podcasters, fans and everyone else. I even got to meet StealthySlyth from Gaming Angels (and it was her Birthday!)
Saturday morning I took it a little easier. Friday I had gotten up early to have breakfast and get into the line before it got too long. On Saturday, I didn’t push it. Thankfully someone I knew saw me as I walked by the line to get in and let me in! We were really close to the front too. Got in quick when they opened the gates and I went to the first session and got great seats. It was a Diablo 3 session about how they went about creating the world, etc. Very interesting. Then I went over to the Class Q&A … Oh, there were a few interesting questions but it was pretty much just everyone complaining. The best part were the responses from the developers (including Ghostcrawler).
We headed out to go have some Lunch after that over at Cheesecake Factory and then went back to the convention center. Stop wanted to go to the Lore Zone stage where they were doing a really cool “lore” game show like competition with contestants chosen from the audience. He didn’t get picked, but the host of the show was really funny and it was worth it just to watch. We wandered around a little more and then got ready to watch the closing ceremonies and Tenacious D! They teased us with fake “new MMO” names and let us know that 1000 of us (there were like 30,000 people there?) would get Beta Cataclysm keys (EDIT: I’ve been told I missed that it was DIABLO 3 BETA KEYS!!!!).. Tenacious D then came on the stage (I’ll leave it to others to describe the show) with David Grohl as the drummer! It was pretty cool but we decided to head out a little earlier as we had to get ready for tonight’s party!
Saturday night’s party was the invitation only “The Raid” pre-screening and Blizzcon after-party. We arrived over there a little after 9pm and had to help get some of our people in the door as they somehow weren’t on the list! But we made it in and had a great time! The drinks were made a little STRONG but should we really be complaining about THAT!?!? The prescreening itself was about a WoW Raiding guild and their run through ICC. I think it really resonated with the audience there and people were really getting into it. They did a little Q&A after it was over and then just played some tunes and we all had fun. I got a chance to talk to the guys (and gals) from Typefrag (cool bunch of peeps) and the Raid Warning Podcast. I want to thank Stompalina and the Rawrcast crew for giving us the invitations to give out and our invites as well. They really threw a fun event. Oh!!! Brigwyn showed up! He was moovin and groovin with the music for a while until it was time to go. Then he went with us over to iHop for some chow. It was somewhere around 3am at this point and I decided that it might be a good idea to collapse in my bed.. So back I went and that’s all there was.
Sunday didn’t start, for me, until pretty late.. Sleep was my happy place for most of that morning until I had to get up to go to our little Twisted Nether “Family” gathering. We had lunch over at the Anabella with the contributors and close friends of the show and it was really nice. Hydra even made us some TNB clocks! She rocks with her clocks.. Ok, that was bad.. So anyway…. The rest of the day was spent resting some more and saying goodbye to new and old friends (or maybe just saying “until next year!”). For dinner I headed over to P.F Changs with Daewin (Andy), SyddieGirl and Zabine. We had a really good dinner but then the party was over. I drove everyone back to their hotels and went back to mind to pack up for my flight the next day.
So, how’s that for an adventure story. Are you sleeping yet? Didn’t get a chance to get to Blizzcon this year? Well, there is always next year and, as far as I am concerned right now, I will be there next year too! I had a really amazing time and, like I’ve already said, the only thing that could have made it better would have been to be able to hang out with EVEN MORE people. I got better at organization this year and next I hope to get even better. You can see a few of the pictures I took over the weekend here on this post. For the rest, head over to the Twisted Nether Flikr page.