Months and months and months ago, Yotaan and I wrote about our adventure at the WoD live cinematic premiere. At the time, we thought that would be the closest we were going to get to the Blizzcon experience. Boy, were we wrong.
Fast forward to now and Yotaan and I are excitedly enjoying our very first Blizzcon!! So far, we’ve gone to the Con Before The Storm party as well as experiencing our first day of Blizzcon glory! Since so many sites cover the news aspect much better than Yotaan and I ever could, we’re going to instead focus on the personal impact of the con rather than the deets. Here are some of our trip highlights!
Fussypants: Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin! Beginning, maybe? Yotaan and I attended the CbtS party on Thursday night which, while being initially intimidating to actually go up and meet all the people behind the names, was a perfect beginning to the con! I was able to meet a number of awesome artist and community folks, people that I have chatted with or looked up to for a long time over the web. I’m probably going to forget some but in no particular order; Bawk, Avaltor, Ratsel (thank you again for the pin and advice!), Malkarii, Faebelina, Skornflakes, Quel’Fabulous, Katch, Serephita, Battlepanda, and Lyeric.
Speaking of Serephita, thank you so much for letting me set up a little sign with business cards out in the vending area! That was also a really exciting opportunity; over 100 people grabbed a card with my name on it!
After staying up far too late, Yotaan and I came back the next day ready for con action! We’ve spent a surprising amount of time watching the arena championship; something about the energy of the crowd all cheering at once made even this die hard PvEr interested in some player vs player. And hey, the go to PvP healer appeared to be holy paladins, which was totally awesome for me to watch!
The Legion: What’s Next panel was also an amazing experience. It’s one thing to read about the announcements on Blizzard Watch but it’s quite another to live through the hype as it happens. The energy on that stage was palpable! And man, am I psyched about those “micro-holidays”! And, the class flying mounts! And ARGUS! Gosh, even though it wasn’t an expansion announcement, I am super super excited to play WoW!
Cosplay! The cosplay at the convention has been insanely awesome! Lots and lots of Overwatch (sooo many lady McCrees!) and a good amount of Warcraft as well! Some of the most impressive costumes I have seen was an absolutely perfect Deckard Cain, lady Varian Wrynn, an enormous Reinhardt, Chromie, one of the Feral druid artifact skins, and a stunning re-imagination of the Warlock Tier 2. I think the most amazing part though, is the fact that these people are just wandering around throughout the enter con. Turn around and suddenly, there’s yet another Dv.A sitting at the panel behind you.
Ok well Yotaan wants me to wrap this up (we’re writing on my laptop) so I’ll just finish with, if you happen to see the two of us at the convention on Saturday, totally come up and say hi! I would love to meet some of the readers of the blog face to face and I mean, I’ve also got some pretty spiffy business cards left over! Meet and greet the Pants!
Yotaan: By far my favorite time during this trip was during the Con before the Storm. I accompanied Pants, of course, as we wandered the party. I loved her excitement and enthusiasm as she met other artists that she admired. They were all friendly and wonderful. It is fantastic to see such a supportive atmosphere around artists and their art. Frankly, our trip could of ended right there, and I would have been happy.
However, Blizzcon is pretty awesome and I saw some great stuff! While there is a great community around WoW, its rare to run into other folks in the everyday world that know, much less play, WoW. And then if you are lucky, you get to go to Blizzcon, where SO MANY people play WoW. What a thrilling opportunity to share this great game with like minded individuals, this experience alone is a highlight.
But there is one more highlight. One more small, but incredibly important detail that I learned today…
I get to ride an air elemental as a mount. A zephyr! Yotaan will ride a flying, whirling, lightning filled TORNADO!!!
Oh yeah, say hi to us and all, but I’ll be distracted by thoughts flying by twister.