Hello Ability Powered gamers! Blizzcon is right around the corner and a lot of you guys have asked if I will be there this year. In short, no. Flying is just too dangerous health wise for me and the drive would be almost 24hrs! So this year I’m on #teamvirtualticket! I will also be living vicariously through 4 guildies who will be going, one being my brother. As I booked his hotel and was drowning in 5,000 questions about safety and what he should pack, a member of the Warcraft Twitter Community, Nicole Belle, came forward and was sweet enough to field tons of questions I had about the trip. With time getting closer I started thinking… I wonder if there are tips about the convention itself. Who better to ask than the people who throw the biggest party for us? Here are the responses I got from Blizzard Community Managers and Developers on Twitter when I asked “What’s your best Blizzcon tip?”:
Gary Platner @GaryPlatner (WoW Lead Environment Artist): My favorite part of BlizzCon has always been the opening ceremony, don’t miss it!
Daxxarri @Daxxarri (Community Manager): Be prepared – bring batteries/chargers! Plan ahead – don’t forget travel time. Hydrate and eat snacks! Focus on having fun! Oh! The BlizzCon 2014 Survival Guide thread is packed with good information too:
Helen Cheng @BlizzardKismet (WoW Senior Game Designer): Don’t miss the opening ceremony. Eat at con to save time. Shop store 1st day. Deodorant. Talk to people. Have a great time!
Nethaera @Nethaera (Community Manager): Wear comfortable shoes. There’s a lot of walking that will happen… and standing.
Don Adams @_DonAdams (Game Designer at Blizzard Entertainment): Wear comfortable shoes! Stay hydrated. Have a designated meeting place if your group is separated (cell signal breaks down). Other useful stuff: handheld gaming device, USB charger (can find on Amazon for about $40) and asprin. And finally: there are lots of bathrooms in the front hall (before you enter the expo floor) and nearby hotel lobbies.
Shawn Silverman @CM_Phenteo (Community Manager): Pack deodorant, extra pair of socks & underwear for every two days away from home. Have extra sharpies for signatures.
Monte Krol @krolco (WoW Lead Tools Engineer): Hmm, good question. Plan your days: figure out the stuff you want to see, and make a plan for getting to those events.
Crithto @CM_Crithto (Community Manager): Backpack, comfy shoes, extra socks, Emergen-C, moisturizing hand sanitizer, and water. Also a bib to catch your melted face. Oh, and some energizing snacks. Good trail-mix FTW!
Russ Petersen @nite_moogle (Reward Systems Designer): Wear good walking shoes, eat at off hours, remember you have automatic gaming passion commonality with every person there
Rygarius CoffeeBird @Rygarius (Community Manager): Do make plans on what you want to do. Expect that plan to change, and that’s ok.
Owen Landgren @olandgren (Items & Rewards Designer): Talk to the people around you in lines and between panels. Everyone’s at Blizzcon because they’re into awesome stuff.
All these tips will definitely ensure you have an epic adventure at the biggest party us Blizzard fans could ever dream up, but Hearthstone Senior Game Designer, Ben Brode, gave perhaps the best tip to enjoying Blizzcon:
Ben Brode @bdbrode: Attend
But don’t just take their word for it! If you’re heading to Blizzcon keep up with helpful tips to share with us next year. If you’re like me and will be at home this November 7th – 8th, get your virtual ticket and join me on Twitter #teamvirtualticket to talk about all the news and fun Blizzcon 2014 will surely bring! Big thanks to the crew at Blizzard who participated!