Friday started out much like any other day, except for the fact that there were three ‘con-goers running on minimal sleep. The drawback to being on the bottom floor of a hotel when there’s a gaming convention going on is that the people above you tend to be louder than Hell all hours of the night. It was like having a herd of BRK‘s rhinos trampling around upstairs.
The three of us got cleaned up and dressed, and headed off to the convention center to meet up with Jordan, Selene’s brother, to give him his goody bag and convention pass. We got there fairly early, so we wandered around and got a look at a few of the things that would be at the Blizzcon store. About 15 minutes or so after we got there, I got a phone call from Jordan, and we walked outside to meet him.
Introductions finished, Mandy, Rusty and I decided that we were hungry, and headed out to grab some breakfast, Jordan in tow. We took some time to get to know Jordan (he lives in Tucson – talk about a small world), updated him on the Column System, and learned about his last visit to Blizzcon in ’07. We talked shop on Warlocks, PVP, the expansion, and the wierder people in our guilds.
Finally, we headed over to the convention center.
In The Line
By the time we got to the hall, the line was huge. From the front door, it snaked all the way around, into a parking lot, and doubled back on itself so many times, it was like watching politics in action. We had the chance to people watch a little bit, make some Column entries, and got to see some costumes…
…and how people can find each other if they get separated.
We chatted a little about what we expected to see, and eventually we found ourselves filing into the convention hall.
Inside The ‘Con
After passing through security, my first reaction was, “Man, it’s really dark in here.” (Some gamers do like a little more light, Blizzard!) A quick glance at the map showed Jordan where the Blizzcon store was, and he headed off, telling us that he’d call us when he was done. For the rest of us, it was a trip to the BradyGames booth to take on the Quest.
On our way to start the quest, I passed by this…
…and couldn’t resist taking a picture. EpicWeapons really does some impressive work.
Arriving at the BradyGames booth, we were given our instructions, and headed off to obtain Alisard Brady’s alibis to complete our quest.