Fanfest is over and its been a blast.
I met up with some mates at the airport, On arrival we topped up on duty free beers and spirits. A must for anyone going to fanfest as alcohol is heavily taxed in Iceland. I was lucky enough to see Ali, a taxi driver CCP often uses and said hello to him, He was nice enough to sort us out a cheap taxi that took us right to our apartment.
The apartment itself was super nice easily sleeping 10 people it had a really nice kitchen (which we didn't use) and a couple of shower rooms. The only down side is we couldn't seem to turn the heating down or open the windows in bedrooms. It was also seemed great value as well, you can see pic of the place here. I'd highly recommend it to anyone going as a big group its about a 5 to 10 min walk to the harpa, with plently of pubs along the way.
There were a couple none wormhole people I really wanted to meet Noizy gamer and Neville smit. Yes I now know Noizy is in thera so not really a none wormholer. I was lucky enough to bump in to Neville at Nora's and we got to have a good chat about stuff in general. Noizy was slightly harder to track down but luckily Sugar just sent him a message and asked if he wanted to meet up for food. I didn't realise he was going to be doing a presentation but was good to chat to him and hear some stuff on RMT and Isboxing It was also really cool to hear he was in Thera and the stuff he was doing. When I get time I'm hoping to put a alt in his group to hang out with them for a couple weeks.
I got meet up with alot of wormhole people, It was great to meet Proc and Bernie in person, as well as the Artic light guys who are all batshit crazy. At the charity dinner I got to meet a few more and have a natter about general stuff, atleast till it turned in to api/crest stuff. At that point I called Steve in to help.
It was also nice to meet up with the other CSM in person Asay, Mangala, Gorski, who I have never met in real life all were really nice. Its one of them funny things we argue alot on CSM. But everyone is super friendly and chill in person. Its especially true for corebloodbrothers, we argue alot but he's one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.
What else happened, Well the CSM panel happened more on this later, I'll be doing that in a separate blog. I managed to get to both the wormhole workshops and they were really good, I won't lie, they had alot of really good and interesting ideas. I spoke to a couple CCP Devs about it and they felt they were productive as well. I made it to all the keynotes and was well. For the last keynote on day one with the CSM announcement I was sat with CCP Masterplan and Sugar. I won't lie we'd both been worrying if we would get in. So was really nice to see we did, only to have CCP Masterplan giggle about it. Looking at the numbers now sugar WTF owned it, and justifiably so.
I got asked to do a few interviews with media, Its pretty strange as its not something I am used to. First Sion and I got interviewed by a Chinese reporter. Then I got interviewed for a German PC gamer magazine and then TMDC. The last one was by Cassandra Khaw who wanted to speak to me about wormholes. Turns out she had interviewed me along with several other people two years ago. Which surprised her when i remembered. We spoke about a few things that had changed and then I mentioned BOB. She was amazed that a god/religion had been created in game. She was amazed and asked me loads of stuff, how it all started, what people did, who followed it, the history. I had a few answers but it was obvious she wanted to know more, and luckily both Proc and Asay were at fanfest. I left saying I'd return later with more knowledgeable people. I found them both sadly Asay had other stuff he had to do but Proc was more than happy to come along.
They sat down talking with him explaining the history, she couldn't believe it, I had to laugh when at one point we pointed out how people often sacrificed exotic dancers to BOB, She seemed very shocked even if it was just a game. Proc sent her a whole load of info, which apparently has been recorded by a BBC radio journalist.
The party on top of the world was great fun, had alot of laughs I don't think my shirts offended to many people. By the end of the event I was super tired.