It certainly won’t smell as good as Chanel No. 5. In fact, I wager that it may smell a great deal worse. But it should still be a lot of fun. This will be my fifth Blizzcon. Every year I say “I don’t think I’ll go next year, and just watch from home”. And every year as the hub bub happens, I find myself at home smashing my refresh button on the day of ticket sales. I’m not really quite sure what keeps drawing me back. The convention itself is pretty okay. I stand in line for the games Brade wants to play, I watch the panels that I’d like to see. I absolutely love the costumes. But if truth be told, the experience and the people is why I keep shelling out the money to attend. Moreso than the convention in and of itself, anyhow.
So with that being said, I am throughly looking forward to meeting up with everyone again this year! In fact, so many people from the twitter-sphere and blogosphere are attending I would be surprised if I got to say hello to everyone going…although I intend to try! On that note, I thought that I’d give everyone my “schedule” so you know where you can find me if you’re trying to catch up with me, and would similarly like to say “hello” :)
Thursday: I will be arriving in Anaheim via LAX somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00, depending on Traffic. At some point after that I will be acquiring my tickets, foraging for food, and attending the WoW Insider/WoW Head meet up.
Friday: This is the first day of the con proper. We will get some breakfast, and then head over to get in line. Like last year, I’m going to try to tweet the costumes that come by the line as we wait. Unlike last year, I’m going to try to get pictures with my camera as well, and put up an album for everyone to view. Based on the schedule, I’m going to be spending most of the day at the Main Stage, watching the WoW panels. I will be staying for the costume contest, and then heading over to Bar Louie for the TNB meetup. This will probably be the easiest place to find me :)
Saturday: I am pretty free this day if anyone wants to meet up. I intend to watch the Live Raid, but I don’t really have the patience for the Q&A panels, so after the Live Raid event I’m not planning much until Closing Ceremonies. This gives me a lot of free time this day if anyone missed me Thursday or Friday. Just let me know! I will probably pop by the Hilton after-party at some point, but it gets so hectic (and I have an early flight Sunday), that I don’t know how long I’ll be there!
The people really are what make the convention! I really believe this. Last year was the first year that I actively participated in meeting up with people outside of my guild, and it was one of the best Blizzcon experiences that I had. I cannot stress enough that it is truly rewarding to participate in the meet ups and to socialize with people from the communities where you are an active participant. It really is part of what makes the convention so much fun – moreso than all of the announcements and activities of the convention itself. Don’t be shy! I’m shy in real life – and even I can do it, so you can too! I really do hope to meet up with everyone that is part of the communities I participate in and a the very least say hello :)
A note about communication inside the Anaheim Convention Center: If you use an iPhone, do not expect to have easy communication with anyone from inside the convention center. The reception is absolutely terrible. I know that non-iPhone users generally seem to not have much trouble. However, just be prepared for slow (or no) communication via your iPhone depending on where you are standing. I believe it has to do with the terrible antennae on iPhones, but don’t hold me to that!
How to get in touch with me: I will be checking my tweets regularly, so feel free to tweet me @BeruHeals but please note that I may be slow getting back to you due to aforementioned iPhone/Convention issues. You can also shoot me an email if you’d like my phone number to call/text me while at the convention. However, please note that I will only share this information with those that I know well enough and feel comfortable enough to provide that information.
A healer’s meetup! I’d love to have all of the healers from twitter/blogging meet up for coffee of drinks at some point, but I’m pretty terrible at organization (read: lazy). As such, if people want to do this one day post below and we can maybe try to pinpoint a time/place for it – even if it’s just grabbing coffee at Starbucks and hanging out for like an hour.
My Predictions: I think it’s pretty obvious that we will be learning about the next WoW expansion this weekend. However, my big prediction is that I think Blizzard is going to announce that they are moving to one raid size somewhere between 15 and 18 people. I could be completely wrong about this – but I think that the two separate raid sizes this expansion have been a nightmare for both players and developers alike, and I do not think that they’ve met the intended goals that Blizzard set. You might disagree with me, and that’s fine, I may be having a pipe dream. But I think a lot of issues could be solved by Blizzard picking one raid size moving forward.
What are your plans? What are you looking forward to the most? Do you have any crazy predictions of your own?