Archive for the ‘Blizzcon’ Category
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these types of updates. I could probably tell you I didn’t have much to say – but since I often did updates that were almost completely devoid of WoW information, I’m not sure that’s entirely true. I think it would probably be more accurate to say that I’ve been busy…and lazy. I mean I could have easily offered an update on any number of things, but when I had my down time I simply found I wanted to do something other than write! As harsh is that might sound…honesty is best! (Right? RIGHT?!).
Whatever! I have both time and desire to write at this moment, as well as things to say! So I suppose that we should get to that before I lose any of the above.
Wait, what?! (It’s okay, I know that you are probably thinking it, I can hear the wheels turning from here!). Remember that post about the 5.3 PTR I did the other day? The one where I said I had reason to believe that I’d probably have a little more to say about druids as we moved forward? No? Okay, perhaps we should start from the beginning here. Read the rest of this entry »
I know that it’s been very quiet here the past week, but there was so much to do at Blizzcon I just didn’t have the time to throw up even the shortest post! Anyhow, now that I’m back at home with a mostly function brain, I thought that I’d give you some of my thoughts on what we learned and what I did over the weekend. One thing that I am not going to do in this post, however, is go over what are very early stages of the new druids talents or talk about what Blizzard should, or should not, have done with the next expansion. To the former, I think it’s far too early to even feel panic. I’m not thrilled with what I saw in much of the druid tree, but I’m also not going to decide that the world is ending for my class over a five minute mock up that I saw of my new talents. It just doesn’t seem the best use of my time.
Anyhow, let’s get on to talking a bit about the con, should we?!
Every year one of the best things about Blizzcon is getting to meet new, and old, friends. Honestly, for me, Blizzcon is more about the people that it is anything else. They could have announced the Hello Kitty meets Thrall expansion, and I’m not sure it would have changed my Blizzcon in the slightest. The people are amazing. I love the meet ups, I love the random runs ins on the street. I love that the guy where we had dinner the last night came over sporting a Horde Tattoo and thanked us for being awesome. There is just something magical about the environment in Anaheim that weekend, and 100% of it has to do with the people that are there.
I did not get to run into everyone that I wanted to over the weekend, but I did get the chance to chat with some truly amazing folks. And of everything else that happened during the con, it was the connections that I got to make that were truly the highlight of my trip! I got to chat with the Flavor Text ladies, Pewter, Hamlet, Jasyla and the Apotheosis gang, Lissana, Oestrus, Ophelie, Lodur and Tart and the list just goes on and on. I didn’t even include in there the time I got to spend with my guildmates or other favorites that I have in the community! If I wasn’t watching a panel I was looking for someone to chat with. It was truly an amazing experience. Read the rest of this entry »
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?
It’s not Monday, and I’m a bit behind on everything, so here is my weekly brain dump on, er, Wednesday. But with good reason! Which I will tell you about later. Maybe.
Things are pretty static on this front, without much to report! Which isn’t necessarily bad. We snagged a second Baleroc kill (not without some effort, but it wasn’t too painful) and ended up with a good amount of time to flirt with Heroic Ragnaros for the first time. Except it was a holiday weekend. And no matter how many times you ask people to give you a heads up on their holiday intentions, it’s always a scramble at the last-minute when raid time comes.
That means we only got one of two nights to focus on him – but were able to go in an 24 man Heroic Cho’gall and Sinestra on Sunday with a few friends and family members tossed in to help. Alas, she was stingy with her Shard of Woe, which made us all a little sad. But Monday, with the healers showing that they don’t believe in vacations and free beer, we were able to go in and play around a bit with the big fire kahuna. And it was a lot of fun.
I’m quite sure that after week 3 the novelty of finding new and interesting ways to wipe on Heroic Rag will wear off, but for now it’s still fresh enough that people seem to be enjoying the progress. We have approached the fight with the mentality that this will take months to master, and each night we look at the next small step we need to accomplish to get to the end goal - a kill. Breaking the massive encounter up into smaller pieces of progression markers makes the encounter a little less intimidating for me, and I’d like to think others as well. While the end result is still a kill, we are trying to make sure that we don’t burn out our guild trying to get there. Each small achievement is one more step down that path. And eventually enough small successes will combine themselves into a large success.
We’ll get a kill on our time, and my only goal is to see that happen before the next content patch. Personally, I’m looking forward to the challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
Five Days. That is the amount of time I have until the mover arrives to cart all of my worldly belongings from point A to point B – leaving me to desperately stare at the boxes he leaves in his wake and hope beyond all hope that they will somehow magically unpack themselves. Why am I telling you this? Because I want to explain why I will be somewhat sparse over the next week or so!
The craziness starts tomorrow.
Much to Brade’s chagrin, I have decided that the plain cream walls of the new apartment are insufficient for my needs, and I am going to be adding a few accent walls. Which means painting. Which is great – because it’s the kind of DIY (do it yourself) project that Brade’s parents love, and we get to couple some expert help with visiting with his parents. It’s pretty much win/win. I’m going to be adding a deep red wall to our living area and a gold wall to our spare room – and perhaps to our bedroom (shhhhh, don’t tell Brade about that third wall – he can’t do anything but groan once the paint is up!).
While the ladies are playing with paint, the gents have their own tasks…invovling power tools (hah hah hah – that is my Tim Allen grunt, by the way). They are going to be bringing the television over and mounting it above the fireplace, as well as connecting all of the appropriate cords for our peripherals. I have even purchased a lovely cord hider thingy from The Container Store so that the cords aren’t a huge mess all over our walls!
Once they’ve finished that project, they will be jaunting over to Home Depot to pick up our new Grill. I enjoy grilling – and hopefully this one is small enough to satisfy Brade (Mr. “why do we need a grill that big”), and large enough that I can easily cook on it. This, my friends, is supposedly how that whole “compromise” thing works.
You see, I absolutely love to grill. And you know what we will be having for dinner while we unpack on Sunday? Probably McDonald’s. But Monday or Tuesday, I’m going to light that sucker up and make some steak, potatoes and corn on the cob. It will be delicious. Trust me on that one. This particular meal is one of my specialties :)
(I’m still trying to convince Brade that I need that cute little 3 piece patio set I saw at Home Depot while I was looking at grills. I mean, a girl’s gotta have someone to rest her feet with a glass of lemonade while slaving away on dinner, right? RIGHT?!?!).
In addition Wednesday’s activities, we’ve still got to finish packing and get our mail changed (I swear, I meant to do this already). I did, however, take my own advice and schedule our internet set up to occur before the move – which means that Saturday post 4 pm is going to be a night out for dinner and movies (assuming we’ve finished packing…).
Between tonight at 4:00 pm when I pick up the keys (ok…more like 9:00 pm after we finish our raid) and Sunday at 9:00 am when the mover arrives, we will no doubt be ferrying anything we’d prefer to move ourselves to the new apartment (Computers, China, USRD (useless shit requiring dusting – aka knick knacks). Oh and buying more bubble wrap – you can never have too much bubble wrap. Seriously.
So if you see less of me than you might expect this week, that is why!
In other, non-moving type (and more WoW related) news, Brade and I secured tickets to Blizzcon again this year and will be in attendance. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m sure that I will blather on more about it as it gets closer to the date – and I’m not in the process of moving!
I have returned from my fourth Blizzcon, and I am absolutely exhausted! But since I didn’t have the foresight to take today off, I figured I may as well give you my thoughts, impressions and accounting of how I spent my time at this year’s Blizzcon.
Blizzcon in General
This is the first year that they didn’t have a huge announcement for Blizzcon. We expected that, so weren’t hugely disappointed by it. Most things with the convention were the same, however there seemed to be a fair lack of “new” games to play. Outside of Diablo 3 and the mini-games that they built for the StarCraft engine nothing was really worth waiting for. And, not being a Diablo player (although 3 looks pretty awesome, so I will likely pick it up and give it a try), even the Diablo line wasn’t worth waiting in for me.
Some of the vendors were worth taking a peek at, many of the “give aways” also had ridiculously crazy lines, which ultimately made it difficult to actually go up and get information on the items they were there to demo if you wanted it – but that is to be expected and is largely the same at any convention that you are going to attend. Some of the vendors handled this much better than others.
That being said, the convention was largely what we expected going into it this year. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday morning I will be heading down to Blizzcon with Brade. This will be our fourth Blizzcon, and may be our last. We’ve talked about it, and aren’t 100% decided on it yet, but it’s a possibility that we won’t tackle the trip again in the future. That, however, is really neither here nor there…because we are going this year!
Like last year, I’m making sure that I’m prepared for the trip. I’ve looked through which panels I want to watch, I’ve speculated on what announcements (if any) that they might have to make, and I’ve been making preparations for the trip. I’ve also been giving a little more thought to looking into more of the social aspects of Blizzcon for this year. I’ve never really done a lot of the meets – largely because we mostly just hung out with guildmates that also made the trip. But this year I’m thinking about expanding my, usually very introverted and unsocial , self and testing the waters out for some of the meets.
That being said…I’ve largely been very bad about keeping up with what meets are happening when and where. So if anyone has a list, or the skinny on what’s going on – the when and where – I’d love to have some of the information. I can’t promise that I’ll make an appearance anywhere, because when push comes to shove I’m a little shy around people I don’t know, but I do think it might be fun to put some of the faces to the names that we talk to regularly! So I may put a toe in the water.
If you are looking for me at Blizzcon (Blingcon?!?!) – and can’t find me I did happen to pick up a few very, um, noticeable items for the trip! Just follow the sparkles ;)
These fantastic twinkle toes, because honestly who can say no to hot pink, sequined converse? Clearly not me!
Also, one of the guys in the guild was helping to get a T-Shirt business going, and surprised me with a couple of test shirts (one of which is in the photo below – that is not me holding the shirt, if you were curious!). I’m sure I’ll be able to find some time to wear it. Because, hello! IT IS A VERY SPECIAL BEDAZZLED SHIRT JUST FOR ME! (Ok – it really is higher quality than bedazzling – but you get my point!).
As a side note – if you are interested in having a shirt made for yourself, I will try to see if I can get order information from the lady doing them. As of right now she does not have a website – but if folks are interested, I can try to find out how/when/if you might be able to put orders in.
Also like last year, I’d like to know, for those that aren’t going, if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see and/or know more about! I won’t get up and ask questions at the panel – mostly because I truly hate “Q&A” sessions in just about any setting. You know, you always get those people that feel that they just need to say something, even if they have nothing to say. But I will try to make my way around to panels and answer questions or give information that I am able to gain!
Something different for this year, is that I will be checking twitter regularly while I am there, convention hall permitting, so if you hear about something you’d like to know more about please feel free to shoot me a tweet and I’ll see if I can track down what you are looking for. You can find me on Twitter @BeruHeals.
We will be leaving Thursday morning, so there is about a 50/50 chance of radio silence here on the blog while I am at the event. I always have the intention of providing updates in the evenings when I get back to the hotel, but somehow those intentions frequently fall a little flat.
So – there you have it! Anyone know what meets are happening Thurs/Fri/Sat? What would you like to know and/or see if you aren’t able to attend? And if you are attending…maybe I’ll see you while I am there :)
I think that my favorite Cataclysm announcement to come from Blizzcon was the introduction of Guild Leveling. When it was first announced it as a function, without going into any detail, I will admit to being trepedatious of the feature. I thought “oh god, I hate leveling in groups, this is going to be awful”. However, as I followed it through to the game systems panel, I found myself more and more excited about what it is actually going to work. In fact, I was so excited about it, that I’m fairly certain that I bored a good number of my party at Blizzcon talking about it.
Let’s take a look at the nuts and bolts of guild leveling, and then what I think it will do for the game. Read the rest of this entry »
Today I visited fewer panels than I did yesterday, but I visited one of the most interesting panels today, the game systems panel. This is actually the panel that provided me some information on what has become, I think, my favorite concept coming with the new expansion: Guild Leveling. I love it! I think that it is going to help guilds with loyalty, it’s going to make people re-think about “rage” quitting, and most of all it’s going to encourage people to help the guild…and then gain benefits for the guild. I think it is a wonderful idea, and I cannot wait to see it implemented. In case you couldn’t tell, I am really quite excited about this new development! I will give some more in depth thoughts on what I think the pros and cons of this are going to be, and how it’s going to effect guilds when I have a few more minutes to put my thoughts down.
This is also the panel that discussed the new “Mastery” effects, which I’m not quite sure how I feel about that yet. It also discusses the Path of the Titans, which I think sounds pretty darn cool. I like the lore that they are going to implement in this, and how you will use “Archeology” to uncover your paths. If they do it right, it’s going to be a lot of fun, I think.
I did play the Cataclysm demo that they had available today. I opted to play as a goblin (sorry Kae!) and see their neat stuff, while Brade opted to play as the worgen. The starting area was akin to most starting areas, and was lovely and colorful (think STV). Some of the quests were like all areas (collect 10 boxes, kill 8 beasts), but some of them were innovative and fun. My favorite was one where I was give a chain and told to be a weedwhacker and whack 100 plants. I really enjoyed whirling through the jungle :)
All in all, I felt that this years Blizzcon was a lot more fun than last years. I really enjoyed getting to hang out with some of my guildmates again, and just the entire atmosphere of the convention. I definitely had a lot of fun!
Talk to everyone when I get back!
I took TONS of really great pictures today, and came back to the hotel to download them, only to discover that I packed the wrong cord :( As such, I will have to post them on Sunday when I get back home!
I am sure that everyone is aware by now that the big announcement at this Blizzcon is the new expansion, Cataclysm. From everything that has been discussed so far, it sounds…interesting. There is another panel tomorrow regarding some of the more in depth changes that I’m looking forward to hearing. I am not going to regurgitate all of the news for you all, as others have already done it better and more in depth that I can! (I am beat!). But I will share some of the more fun things that maybe didn’t get picked up on the DirectTV feed/Live Stream.
They have the starting areas for both the goblins and the worgen available for play. I have not played them yet, because after standing in line for ~60+ minutes outside to enter the venue, and then another 2ish hours for the Blizzard Store (yes, I fail at pre-ordering) I didn’t feel much like standing in any more lines today. However, there is a chunk of time tomorrow afternoon that I intend to take a peek at them and will let you know what I thought :)
Brade played both the Starcraft and Diablo III bits that were available and said that they both were quite good. So, if you are interested in either of those platforms, I do not think that you will be disappointed!
I was able to get some up close and personal looks (and pictures) of some of the costumes (yes! I got the resto druid and the moonkin!) that I will post up for you all at home. The winner’s costume up front was just amazing, as I saw her early in the day. She 100% deserved to win, and certainly had my vote!
After visiting the figure prints booth, I have decided that I will be ordering a figure print. They look really great, and after having spent almost 5 years playing WoW, having something that will memorialize it for me years down the road seems like a decent investment, and a good story :)
The convention center itself is absolutely packed with people! I have been hoping that I might run into one of the World of Matticus team to get a picture and conversation for Aertimus, but even with their shirts I’ve not had a lick of luck in doing so! I will continue to keep an eye out tomorrow! The crowd seems to ebb and flow wherever the warcraft discussion was occurring, and seating is scarce! But so far all of the panels that I have been to have had great information.
I think the most interesting (non-expansion) bit of info that we got today was the way that battle.net was going to stream all of the Blizzard games together, so that someone playing WoW can chat with someone playing Starcraft, etc. I think that will be a unique and very interesting development.
I am also continuously amazed by the diversity of those attending the convention this year. I look around and am amazed at all of the different people that take part in the WoW universe. It really has become something that is so big, and so unique, that it draws people from every age and all walks of life. I absolutely love the diversity that I see when I look around at the other atendees. I honestly don’t think that I have the words to explain just how neat it really is.
I am basically on information overload right now, and haven’t had a lot of time to really sit down and “think” about any of the new things that were presented to us today. I imagine that process will occur on the plane ride home as Brade and I mill over the weekend.
All in all though, I think the best part about Blizzcon so far, just like in previous years, is getting to hang out with others from Monolith. We have an Ihop breakfast tradition that we have continued to maintain, and the conversation and commaderie is just wonderful. It is by far one of my favorite things about the convention.
Alright! Off to dinner for me now!