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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!

eyedrop What, you don’t want to hear all about it?
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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