After visiting the four vendors required to complete our “quest,” Rusty, Mandy and I discovered yo-yo’s (the toy, not other gamers) at the Vasco booth, and lost ourselves in trying to put them to sleep while we figured out what panels we needed to see. We’d lost Jordan to the BlizzCon store line, and weren’t sure how long it would take, so we figured we’d sit in on the Diablo 3 class panel, where we got our first glimpse at the Wizard class.
I enjoyed Diablo 2 quite a bit, but the changes that are being made to bring about Diablo 3 are fantastic. We got to see a lot of great information, some awesome game clips, and the three of us are looking forward to loading up the game and wrecking some demons when it’s released. By the end of it, they asked for any questions, and I was actually on DirecTV (if you got it, I was the guy who asked if Wirt would have a ‘fourth leg’ in the D3 release), which ended up being the cause of a change in my guild note. I’m now more famous than Jay Mohr (since there are a few people in my guild who don’t even know who he is).
After that panel, there really wasn’t much else that we wanted to see. Rusty and I were itching for the PVP panel, but that was on Saturday. The costume, dance, and /silly contests were that night. StarCraft seemed fairly interesting, but wasn’t starting until later. A quick discussion led to taking a walk to get lunch, and we ended up at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. If you’ve never been, find one, and go. They’re pretty awesome.
During lunch, we got a call from Jordan (who spent FOUR HOURS in the BlizzCon store line) who said he’d meet us at the StarCraft panel, where we were treated to this…
After the StarCraft panel, we waited for some people to file out, then found some (mostly) front-row seats for the contests. We chatted a bit, and at 4:30, started taking turns to get our quest rewards from BradyGames – we ended up with card game booster packs that didn’t give us in-game loot cards. A shame. After that was all done, we sat and talked and joked and played with yo-yos until suddenly… Jay Mohr.
I wanted to add my commentary here, but the video is just too long. Suffice to say, there were a lot of awesome costumes (and a lot of lackluster ones).
The costume contest was followed by…
Some good jokes, some bad jokes, and lots of people booed off stage. We had fun.
And then the final contest I took video for, and unfortunately ran out of battery before the recording ended…
The winning dance was a woman doing the undead female, and she was pretty good. Sad to say that she was on stage just after the battery died. (Dammit!!)
All in all, it was a great day. The following day, I hit the BlizzCon store for some souvenirs and games and gifts, and then Rusty, Mandy and I caught the PVP panel. Once that was all done, we drove around Anaheim looking for something to do, and then in the end just decided to head back home. The convention itself was a fun event, but in all honesty, I don’t feel that it quite lived up to the hype. Would I go again? Certainly, but my expectations would definitely be lessened. Maybe next time, I’ll rent a van. Jordan, you can come with us.