Tuesday, August 11, 2015

November 2013, My First BlizzCon

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Late 2013 was pretty terrible by all accounts. Unemployed, living at home, hemorrhaging money due to student loans, it was terrible. A little glimmer of good appeared one night in late September when a friend started talking about BlizzCon. He'd been several times before, and I'd always wanted to go. Money and time was at a premium most years so that chance never really came. He had an extra ticket to the show that year, however. It was mine, free, if I wanted to take it.

Two months later we were on the road to Anaheim. It would be my first time in Orange County, and my first time at any sort of convention. Excited doesn't begin to describe how I felt. I was going to party for three days with great friends, and hopefully I'd be able to forget about my misery for a bit.

BlizzCon weekend started of with a multiple hour wait to get the name changed on the spare ticket and badge. There was a lot of people, and the lines didn't move particularly fast. There was a certain energy in the air though. A lot of fans from all over the world were here to celebrate the work of one company. They didn't care how long they had to wait because they knew it would be worth it.

And it was. I'm not going to recap everything that was talked about here. There's plenty of sites where you can look that up. Walking around looking at all the amazing cosplay, buying cool gear, and talking with other fans was the highlight. It was a good convention, but I feel like maybe I didn't get the experience I wanted.

I spent too much time wandering around without focus, or latching onto my friends for conversation. Even my smoke breaks were oddly anti-social. Not a lot of conversation to be had when you're anxious and around a metric ton of people. I wasn't sure what I needed to get that big push into OMG THIS IS TRULY AMAZING.

I found that the next year, and BlizzCon 2014 would end up eclipsing this one. To be continued...

(Side note: I talked with a recruiter there about tech writing for Blizzard. He suggested I always keep an eye on the career site because, even though they typically promoted internally, a position may open up from time to time. Just over a month later, one did.)

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