Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alice's Adventures at Dracon*Con!

I opened up my old Twitter last week for two reasons: to see what the WoW Twitter/blog community had to say about Patch 5.0.4, as well as to see who else in the Twitter verse might be attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta. I'd blocked out a few MMO track activities on my schedule, and was curious to see who I might run into.

Then, I made the best mistake. I peeked at my old DMs. Inside, I found several of the nicest compliments about this old blog. To everyone who ever tookt he time to send me a note about it - thank you, you've inspired me again. I promise to try and not have to start every entry with an apology for being away for so long.

As I mentioned above, I was at Dragon*Con this weekend. Being an hour away from Atlanta means a pile of my good RL buddies go, and occasionally I run into them during the weekend. This year was special, however. After I learned one of my RealID pals, Saphina, has been doing the con for ten years, I was super excited. Super, duper excited. She wanted to go to some MMO events, including, Sunday's WoW Meet and Greet but didn't want to go alone. I had such a blast the previous year that I agreed to go with her.

(I may or may have not have gone to last year's meetup dressed as the World's Tallest Gnome. Pink hair and all. If there are pictures on the internet, I'm sure they're just hiding from me)

Our first stop was Friday evening's WoW costume contest. We decided that a 'WoW Costume Contest Drinking Game' was an excellent idea. The rules were simple - 1 drink for a Sylvanas, 1 drink for a Dragon Aspect (two if Kalec, because mmm, Kalec). Our friends warned us that we might die from playing this. Regretably, we found chairs behind a bulkhead, and my camera phone had no zoom, so the pictures I took didn't do anything justice. But there were amazing things - an orc shaman who built his own water totem, A kick-ass Troll Warrior, a pair of adorable Dwarf hunters. Before the end, we decided that the lady dressed as Katrana Prestor should count for one drink because we hadn't seen anything on our short list. Thankfully, at the end, we were shown a Sylvanas and an Alexstrasza who had missed the pre-qualifications, and didn't have to leave without anything on our checklist.

I'd really wanted to make the Lessons in Lore panel on Sunday morning, but it was a little difficult to get up that early after being up til stupid hours the previous evening (I wound up staying up until 4 AM chatting with my roommates). I was only a couple of minutes late, but there was a long line of people waiting to see Gillian Anderson in front of the door, and I was a little too tired to navigate through them.

Instead, I went to give blood! The convention sponsors a blood drive through LifeSouth every year, and they were very short on donations this year. The free t-shirt had the Avengers rendered as drops of blood on the front. Too adorable to pass up.

The WoW Meet-and-Greet/Trivia was Sunday night. The Lessons in Lore people were back to host it, and man, did my team get schooled.At the end,we bet all our points in a double-or-nothing question and wound up with zero. So we didn't get to have our picture taken with the humiliating trophy, or name potential new items for MoP, but it was a great time. I even connected with a couple of people at my table and swapped contact information. BattleTags make this so much more convienent.

I thought I knew a lot about WoW lore, but it turns out I can't keep all my orcs apart. Pro tip: just answer Grom Hellscream for everything. Especially when none of the answers involve Grom Hellscream.

If that doesn't work, say something funny.

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