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I had a blast at BlizzCon, don’t get me wrong.  However, I think that Blizzard need to work on a couple of things for next time.  Always room for improvement and all that.

1.  Community chat

I can’t remember the exact name for this part of the weekend, but there were various times scheduled where people could come together and talk about various aspects of WoW, all moderated by a Blizzard employee.  Kinda like RL forums.  Actually, exactly like RL forums, but probably without all the swearing and the trolling and the carry on.

I thought that this was a great idea from Blizzard, but I really would have liked to see them take it a step further and invite some MVP’s (you know, the guys and girls with green text on the forums) to participate.  After all, these guys are a huge part of the face of the community – they aren’t employed by Blizzard, and all the hard work they do on the forums is solely because of their love of the game, or their class, or whatever else it is they like to talk about.

I mean, really, how hard could it be to get into contact with these guys and offer them a BlizzCon ticket if they are able to give up a little bit of their time to participate in the chat?  I know that I’d love to see some of the MVP’s from the forums I occasionally use, and talk to them about my ideas, thoughts, and concerns.  It would also be another fantastic way to recognise all the work those people do.

2.  Being prepared

We all know that someone at Blizzard has the responsibility of reading blogs and media to find out what the public are saying about WoW.  It just makes sense.  So how were they not prepared when someone asked about the clothing women wear in the game?  Concerns around this very area were the topic of conversation on blogs for a couple of months.

Having a flippant answer (which to me demonstrated a total lack of understanding of what so many people are concerned about) showed that Blizzard either a) had been slacking on their research, or b) just really didn’t give a stuff.

Guys, you need to recognise that promoting one very specific type of body image (for both men and women) in the game just isn’t good enough anymore.  And if you can’t understand that, then you need to at least recognise that it is a valid concern that many people have, instead of just dismissing it with a poor attempt at humour (really, did you have to try and belittle the woman who was asking the question?)

Whoever is reading blogs for you guys… perhaps you need to read a wider variety.  Or pay more attention.  Or something.  Blogs, like the forums, are a great part of the community (and one which I feel gets very little recognition from Blizzard) and reflect the diverse player base and their opinions.  Take notice of what we are saying, because we love the game probably almost as much as you do, as do each and every one of our readers.

What about you guys?  What did you think they could have worked on at BlizzCon?

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The convention itself was rather disappointing for me.  Nothing too exciting on the WoW front (what a surprise…), and we got trolled massively by Blizzard at the end (World of Jersey?  What?  If it’s anything like Jersey Shore, I’ll send it to my ditzy sister).

However, I did have a wonderfully fantastic time meeting friends both old and new, and getting myself into many many different kinds of mischief (not all my fault!).  Warlocks pwned at almost everything (yay Hydra, Zabine and Nib!), repping our class well and partying as hard as most everyone else.

I accidentally got horribly drunk at The Raid pre-screening (fantastic, by the way, although I may have yelled “Slimes in the raid!!” just a little too loudly).  Turns out every drink had a good 2 or 3 drinks worth of alcohol in it.  I spent most of the last day staggering around hungover and tired.  I was also apparently super loud in ihop (lies and slander!), and was teased mercilessly by a certain dorf Hunter.  Harumph.

I guess the sad thing is, I don’t have a great deal to report.  Like I said, there was very little news (apart from finding the sole Jaina fan in existence), and I spent most of the time trying to find all the people I wanted to see and talk to.  I didn’t get a chance to talk to some, I gave up completely on even bothering to talk to a couple, but for the most part I had a brilliant time meeting people.

And no, I made absolutely no crude jokes.  Or lewd comments.  I was a perfectly proper Warlock at all times.  You guys would be proud.

Because, really, there’s nothing at all wrong with coin throwing contests (inside joke is funny to me… yeah, I know, I fricking suck)

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I don’t think I’d let your kids read this one without reading it first.  Or, if you are a child and your parents aren’t around, you might want to skip this one.  Lots of love, the amazingly maternal Saresa.

Not that it’s BAD or anything… but it’s not great either.

I know I promised you guys a look at talents and things… but every time I blink, Blizzard seem to be changing something about the way Warlocks work in 4.0 and Cataclysm, and I don’t really want to write a whole heap of stuff that is going to change five seconds later.  Yeah, I know, I’m lazy…but, to be fair, how often do you guys look to me for spec advice and stuff like that anyway?  I’m pretty sure you can wait a day or two or ten.

So, instead, I’m going to share a bucket load of Blizzcon excitement and stress with you.  Because I am sure that you all want to hear it!

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Really?
Well, too bad, looks like you are reading anyway.

I’m just a wee bit stressed at the moment, because I have no money, which means that I have to choose between paying for my accommodation and eating.  At this point in time, a bed is winning over food, but only just.  Of course, this ridiculous level of poverty is entirely my own fault, so I wouldn’t start feeling sorry for me if I were you *looks at her 50+ pairs of shoes and sighs*.  The plan at this point is to buy a loaf of bread and some salad, and live on sandwiches for most of the trip.  If I can somehow con the entire group of people attending various meet ups to buy me drinks, I should be well and truly covered on that front.  Of course, seeing as I have basically never tried to get anyone to buy me a drink ever in my life, this could be really interesting.  I’m trying to decide whether being nice (I really suck at being nice), or being all Crocodile Dundee and waving a knife about will be a better method of getting drinks out of people.  Of course, if I don’t have a knife, I’ll have to make do with a straw.  Or a bobby pin.  Or a lethal contraption made out of a hair band, a piece of gum, and a rock I found in my shoe.

Just call me MacGyver.

However, I am also immensely excited, because this time I am going to take a heap of photos, rather than last time, when I did something stupid like forget my camera battery charger or something.  So you will all have to suffer through photos of me posing with the Deathwing statue, photos of me snogging the Deathwing statue, photos of me making inappropriate gestures at the Deathwing statue… you get the drift.  And probably some photos of other people I run into as well.  I’m hoping to meet as many bloggers as I did last year, if not more (I know a lot of the same people are going, although there are one or two fantastic people I met last year who can’t make it this time, which makes me sadder than a Mage who just realised he’s been taken to raids this whole time solely for the strudel), and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get into all sorts of shenanigans.  I vaguely remember something about drinking contests… (although anyone who thinks they can beat an Aussie with an Irish heritage in a drinking contest is clearly hallucinating), which should at the very least be entertaining (although entirely reliant on my afore mentioned drink scabbing skills).

I’m also pretty excited about the whole three Diablo III panels (seriously… three?  Really?)  I’m really looking forward to D3, although it’ll be interesting finding the time to play it.  A lot of my old Diablo playing time came from sitting in university lectures, trying to keep myself entertained… although if the internet connection was reliable you’d usually catch me playing WoW instead.  Yep, I paid lots of money for that degree! (Actually, scratch that, the government paid lots of money for that degree thanks to a convenient scholarship – I don’t see too many people essentially getting paid to sit around and play WoW and Diablo 5 days a week!)  I think if I tried to play computer games at work, I’d get my arse handed to me, right before it got booted out the door.

Although I have always wondered what WoW would look like on the electronic whiteboard in my classroom…

I’ll be most likely taking my computer with me, although I’m still deciding, since (thanks to the US’ entirely asinine rules about luggage) I will have to check my laptop or my camera or both. Thanks, idiot terrorists. Which means, if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll be posting crap during the trip.  I’m not making any promises as to quality, especially if the posts are written after said drinking contest.  If you can come up with an extremely entertaining photo idea, let me know, and I’ll see if I can pull it off (although you’ll have a challenge beating the photo of me at a party in a fluffy pink robe, holding a hot pink penis shot glass and drinking cocktails out of a blender jug).

If you are going to Blizzcon, by chance, you can also catch me at the following fantabulous venues.  You are also encouraged to buy me a beverage… if you do, I’ll try to find an awesome story to regale you with.  Or something.  I might say hi, and thanks, and then retreat into a weird nervous blush as well… so don’t think this is a promise.

Thursday Evening: I might pop in at the WoW Insider Reader Meetup.  I skipped this last year, because large crowds kinda scare me, and then was devastated to hear that I missed the entertaining sight of an anonymous blogger being so drunk they had their head in a toilet.  Damn it.

Friday Evening: The Twisted Nether Blogcast Meetup.  This was one of the highlights of my trip last year, and I am pretty sure that it will be pretty kick arse this year.

Saturday Evening: The Raid pre-screening.  If you have a ticket, and you can find me (I’ll be the blonde or brunette – I can’t decide yet, darn it! – Aussie girl.  That should eliminate most of the crowd: just listen for the obnoxious and annoying girl with the accent).

If you are a reader, and you are at Blizzcon, and you do happen to run into me, you may end up in a photo.  Fair warning.

Can’t half tell I’m getting kinda psyched for Blizzcon on a Pauper’s Budget, can you?

/squee

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So, I’ll be in Anaheim from Thursday to Sunday, and I have no idea what I am doing for the vast majority of that.  So, this is where you guys come in!

I need you to fill my itinerary up for me, so that I am able to get everything I possibly want done, well… done in the four days I am there.  All I have so far is the following:

Thursday

6.30am: land at LAX

2pm? *shrug* pick up ticket/swag bag etc.  I can’t remember what time they open, and this is more likely to actually occur when I have people to entertain me in the queue.

Friday

All day: Blizzcon!

All night: TNB meetup

Saturday

All day: Blizzcon!

All night: The Raid pre-screening and party

Sunday

???

10pm: get to airport

Midnight: fly out of LAX

So, this is where you guys come in.  Fill in the gaps for me!  I want to catch up with as many people as possible in that short time, and I happen to be brilliant at going without sleep, so I don’t mind if plans mean I don’t get to actually go to bed all that often.  Because, seriously, at this point, that’s all I’ve got.  Oh, and I’ll be actually remembering to take photos this year. :-D

So… what events or people am I missing?  Let me know!

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Disclaimer: if you read my other, super super super secret blog of babble, you may notice some overlap.  I’d apologise, but that’s really not my style.

So, I did arrange a bit ago to share a room with a person of another class *shock horror* when I go to BlizzCon, being that hotel rooms are expensive and Sar is poor from spending all her money on vodka and bench top mixers (everyone has their coping mechanisms, just LEAVE ME ALONE!)

Ahem.

Anyway, as par for the course for anyone who isn’t a Warlock (especially for people who heal), they didn’t really follow through with the original plan* and so I got stuck having a room on my own.  Twitter followers may have noticed my fury and indignation at such a turn of events, but then I went out with some friends and took time while the one I don’t like was talking to ponder the situation.

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Being on my own actually has benefits!

1.  I booked a room with 2 beds just in case the person I was going to share with decides that I am too awesome to miss out on ends up stuck for a room.  This means that I can push them both together, and have the superbed of awesomeness!  Hell yes.

2.  The superbed of awesomeness means that me, my succubus, and anyone else who is interested can have some damn crazy parties.  Rawr!

3.  I was concerned about pyjamas.  A little known fact about Warlocks is that they generally don’t wear pyjamas to bed, being that they are uncomfortable, weird, and tend to ride up in all the wrong places.  And, my only comfy jammies?  Well, my boob tends to fall out the side, which is not entirely appropriate for room shares.  But now, being that it will just me me and Domxia, I can prance around on the superbed of awesomeness however I please!  /waggle

4.  I can come back to the room in most any state and no one will complain.  However, there will also be no one to help me out if I have weird lock issues like I did last year (seriously, hotel room doors are far too complicated, OK?), which I guess is a down side.

5.  I can jump on the bed with no repercussions.

6.  There is no one to steal my Vegemite.  Always a concern when travelling, you insatiable Vegemite thieves, you!

*So, the whole thing was ‘I am willing to share, but at the same time, don’t count on it, because I might just decide to do something different.  Make a plan B and potentially screw someone else over if your plan A works out!’  So, really, I was kinda warned.  Serves me right for trusting a non-Warlock, right?

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What it takes for WHAT exactly, you may be asking?  I mean, sure, getting a ticket can be a bit scary, and the queue is also a little bad (last year, I kinda accidentally on purpose cut the queue on the first day to get in.  Evil?  Most definitely!  Smart?  Probably).  But, apart from that, what could possibly be challenging about it?

Being Sar’s roomie for 4 nights, that’s what!

I figure, so many people will be vying for the fantastic experience that is sharing a room with Sar, that I’ll need to do a Survivor style challenge to weed out the useless ones.  I deserve a roomie as awesome as myself you know!

Day One: The Vegemite Challenge.

Last time I was in the US, I discovered just how scared everyone is of Vegemite.  I mean, I don’t know WHAT people have been telling you… but seriously, it’s damned good stuff.  If you can’t agree on Vegemite’s awesomeness, then there is no room in my room for you!

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Breakfast of champions!

Day Two: The Accent Challenge

Can you handle four days of almost non-relentless subjection to a bogan Aussie accent?  The harsh, whiny tones of the Australian female are, to my ears, NORMAL, but judging off the reactions of the rest of the world when I travel… perhaps I sound a little weird.

The first person to correctly master the pronunciation of the Australian and our vocab wins!  Any imitation of Steve Irwin or Paul Hogan results in instant disqualification – I might say tomato differently to you guys, but I do NOT sound like that!

P.S. – No laughing at my use of the words ‘thongs’, ‘bugger’, ‘wanker’, or ‘footpath’.

Day Three: The Hair Holder

I am, quite frankly, utterly useless.  As my room mate, I’ll be depending on you to

1.  be willing to hold my hair back in the case that it is required.  You never know, these blogger types are all crazy alcoholics or something and keep trying to corrupt me!  Face washing is a bonus!

2. find my stuff whenever I lose it (this happens often).  Usually, before leaving the house, I manage to lose my glasses, my sunglasses, my keys, my phone, my handbag, my shoes, my hairband, my glasses again… you get the point!  Skill at finding stuff will be determined by scavenger hunt!

3. tolerate my messiness.  When I travel, I tend to have bag explosions.  Forewarned is forearmed, right?

Day Four: The Walking Challenge

I like to walk.  A lot.  And I generally prefer to have company on my strolls.  So, be ready to walk lots (like, seriously, 10 kilometre strolls are not very out of the ordinary for me)!  However, you may luck out, as I could have sore tootsies from the con.  But, just in case, you will all be required to walk 15km in 3 hours.  Easy peasy (I walk it in about 2 and a half hours).  No breaks!

See, not that hard, right?  I have the Vegemite out and waiting!

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So, I am writing, not from my comfy lounge room in the middle of the desert, but from a hotel room in ‘Sunny’ Anaheim, California.  Sunny, of course, is a curious adjective describing the smog laden state they seem to live in around these parts. 

I had full intentions of blogging during my time here, but I have just been too busy, too lazy, and far too… well, everything to blog.  I assumed that you all should have gotten enough updates from the rest of the blogosphere, and I tweeted like crazy while I was at the ‘con.  Instead, I have been spending some time with guildies, with fellow bloggers (one of whom shamelessly attempted to get me intoxicated… thankfully Warlocks have a superior ability to hold their liquor), and with possibly the world’s whiniest Mage.  Yes, yes…. I spent a week with a Mage.  Crazy, huh?

So, tomorrow the Mage and I are headed off to Disneyland with one of the Mage’s friends… since the Mage is fire, I can be thankful that the friend isn’t one of those annoying Water Elemental things.  Although, then again, I could banish it if it got on my nerves.  Then we will be off to the beach where I will scare off all other beach goers thanks to my swimsuit provided Real Life Fear.

So, what have been the highlights of my trip so far?

Being picked up by an angry Mage at the airport (after causing him to get a ticket… Warlocks can pwn Mages without even being near them!)

Meeting my awesome guildies

Blizzcon, of course (where I got to hang out with great people like Fimlys, Tigorasou and Hydra)

The TNB meetup

Hanging out with a heap of bloggers again the night after Blizzcon

Spending a day with an unfortunate guildie whose flight got rescheduled – sucked for him, but it was a good day and we had some awesome food

Spending time with the whiny Mage…. and mocking him mercilessly about Mages sucking!

Dinner at the very un-Australian Outback with Matticus and his friends… I do believe they didn’t have a single Australian dish on the menu!

And, things which were not so awesome…

Running out of socks

Del Taco (what the fricking hell is wrong with you crazy Americans?!?!)

Sore feet

Trying to avoid sunburn

Sitting for 30 minutes at a panel, just to find it was a ‘replay’

Missing the wow.com meetup… and a certain very drunk Dwarf with their head in the toilet!

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So…. I will not look like this.  I won’t have curly hair.  I won’t be wearing a checkered dress/shirt.  I won’t be in my infinitely messy lounge room.  However, I will still be blonde, and have glasses.  I will also have no makeup, just like in this photo.

So, if you find Sar in hide and seek at Blizzcon – you totally get a prize!

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Although, that’s what you were expecting, wasn’t it? :-P

No, no, today I am going to yak once again about my excitement about the upcoming Blizzcon. 

1.  If you are a blogger, and are planning on writing ANYTHING Blizzcon related, please make sure you go to the BA Shared Topic Forum and link your post there!  Blizzcon week’s Shared Topic will be a bumper collection of all things Blizzcon from around the blogosphere!

2.  Unlike Matt and co., I do not have awesome T-Shirts.  While I would go batshit crazy over a T-Shirt with a T5 decked Sar peeing in a moonwell, I just don’t have the wherewithal or the artistic ability to get something like that organised.  So, instead, I am going to give you guys an incentive to track me down at the con!  If you happen to read me and are heading there, and find me on the convention floor, I will give you a cookie.  Or a small prize of some description.  I’ll be putting hints in my posts over the next few days so you at least have some vague idea of what I will look like… but hey, you guys have all seen me before.  You know what I look like!  The first person to find me gets the super-dooper prize… everyone else gets the mediocre ‘Sar is poor and can’t afford good stuff’ prize.  If no one finds me at all, well, I get to keep the prize!  Seriously though, how hard is it to spot a Pig-Tail Wearing Warlock of Mass Destruction?

(and no, spotting me at the TNB meetup does not count at all.  I’ll be wearing a name badge for frick’s sake…)

3.  Can I just say… ‘SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!’ (again)

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…. is there anything else that needs to be said?

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