Category Archives: Conventions
So yesterday I ventured out to Denver Comic Con in downtownDenver. I’d never actually been to the convention center so parking was… delightful. You’d think since I work downtown I would have had an easier time, but no $20 for parking as I was in heels and a corset (see picture). However my own personal discomfort aside I was there to help out the Crusade of Legends crew, as well as go to my first (gasp) comic con. I wasn’t terribly sure what to expect, and was concerned I was perhaps a little overdressed. Thankfully I was far from it! The costumes were fantastic! I was really impressed to see Denver’s geek community out in force and in full regalia!
This was Denver’s first year with the convention and it looked like it was incredibly successful! Guessing from the initial numbers I heard, the con will probably have seen 30k in attendance, however as I was attending as a volunteer my perspective may have been admittedly skewed. I was hanging out watching the immensely long lines to get into the convention; however this did give me a front row seat to some amazing costumes (pictured).
I’ve found that as media, volunteer, or presenter as opposed to an attendee it seriously skews your vision, experience, and understanding of these events. Honestly I can’t remember the last convention I just… went to as opposed to running something or helping organize. As an attendee it’s like a deranged holiday – you run around you see the shiny things and it’s like recess for a day for gamers. However I’ve been on the other side of the fence so long that I think I tend to see things differently.
That said I did meet some awesome folks, and hopefully helped recruit a few people to my favorite local boffer larp group. While I was walking around between the Mind’s Eye Society table and the aforementioned boffer group I happened upon a few folks worth mentioning :
So I love podcasts to begin with, and this group was recording while I was wandering around and their PR gal was very chatty and sweet to talk to. They’re actually a local group here to Denverand are worth checking out. They have a fun team, and it looks like they do a lot of nice reviews on their blog as well as in iTunes. http://www.reelnerds.com/
The Dark Empire
So I’m a big fan of the 501st however it’s really pricy to get involved with them. I bumped into a local gal who works with The Dark Empire a group that does custom Sith costuming and are approved by LucasArts. I’d check this out but I think I have enough hobbies. If I stop being a LARPer soon I may have to try this group out. http://www.thedarkempire.org/
The other thing about DCC that’s worth mentioning was that the entire VIP Celebrity area seemed really well – open. At other conventions I’ve been to the Celebrities were usually recessed back behind a lot of fencing or stanchion or the like. At DCC they were pretty close to the rest of the convention which I was sort of surprised by. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to talk to any of them (I really want to get into voice acting more professionally so a chance to talk to some of the folks there was very enticing but commitments come first), but perhaps next year. DCC did a really nice job of getting some amazing Celebrities, Exhibitors and Artists this year and I was really surprised by the size and scope of the entire event.
Overall – an awesome time! And next year, maybe I’ll just go as a visitor. Maybe.
Additional pics below :
Jesse Robbins (the MES MST) was kind enough to humor those at SWRE with an open Q&A session, providing those in attendance an open forum in which to ask about pretty much anything. Almost all of us took this as an opportunity to ask questions about the next chronicles.
You can find all the latest about from the MST office on their website which seems to be up to date with the latest reports and info from the various venues.
Most of us present asked questions about next chron, when it would start, what it would look like and how to
get involved. The audio is extremely interesting and I recommend giving it a listen while playing your fav MMO. However if you’re looking for some fast bullet points of interest -
- Yes, this will be an open development and your input is requested
- Custom stuff will likely be rare
- End of Chron plots are in or about to be in flight
- The end will not be in Armageddon/Year of Fire style
- There will be MC bennies, but likely no longevity XP
- How long will next chron be? (Possibly 5 years)
The audio is really quite good, Jesse is an excellent orator and took all the questions in stride. If you’ve never met him he’s super chill and awesome to bounce ideas off of. I’m really excited to be able to provide this kind of audio to the Cam at large! (Anytime I head to a con expect this kind of coverage btw).
Please note that I had to toss the audio into a video in order to host it on my YouTube Channel, but at least this way you can listen in from your mobile device! (My apologies for the quick job on the video, I just tossed a few pics up there). Most of which are of Jesse himself, but I grabbed a few of the audience as well for flavor.
Without further delay – Jesse Robbins the MES MST :
There’s something about coming home from a convention with nothing but gamers that both makes you appreciate cons as well as appreciate your own locals. SWRE was a great convention, and I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to those who threw it.
Seriously – I had a great tiem and things were really seamless w/ checkin as well as the other non-game stuff (a credit to the staff!). Here’s a look at the massive amount of pictures I took.
|SWRE Reno – March 2012|
I also managed to record the MST (Jesse Robbin’s) speaking about the reset. I’ll be posting those here on this blog as well as I presume they will be posted on the MST site.
If you’ve been to a gaming convention you probably know a lot about this topic – PACKING.
I am in a household of 2. We’re both going to the convention, and we both have 3 bags filled with books, costuming, paperwork (global chronicles require a lot of paperwork), clothes, shoes, makeup, hair crap, oh and a flask. Everyone needs a traveling flask.
However conventions are a great opportunity to reconnect with the community, share old war stories, and of course – make new friends! Camarilla/MET cons are some of my favorites because its more like a vacation then work. Granted many of the cons I go to I’m media so I tend to work my tail off and party at night and by the end I’m ready to tap out. These are a little more relaxed.
I’m hoping to get some good photography of people’s costuming, as well as maybe get some video for future projects. Not having any B-roll for my various video works is really starting to be an issue, so this weekend is my chance to fix that! Expect some kind of post upon my return!
my beautiful new Moo biz cards arrived in time for SWRE today. Its the little things.
As many of you know I attend a large number of conventions every year.
Here’s the schedule for me this year -
Ghengis Con – Feb 16-19 Denver CO
MES SouthWest Regional Event (SWRE) – March 15-18 Reno, NV
Grand Masquerade – Unsure, New Orleans
Neoncon – November Las Vegas, NV
Schedule subject to change, but this is at least the start!