Project Fan Faire needs your support

    
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Project Fan Faire needs your support

Remember that time when Daybreak bought out SOE, fired a bunch of people, and cancelled Fan Faire? Yeah that sucked, but a few fans aren’t taking all the bad news lying down. Project Fan Faire has its own website, Facebook page, and Kickstarter project. It also has hundred-dollar room rates at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from August 14th through the 16th.

“We need the cash equivalent of 175 tickets sold to make it happen so we have started selling tickets on Kickstarter toward our minimum,” writes Vettie on the SOE forums.

[Source: Forums]

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WandaClamshuckr
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Greaterdivinity WandaClamshuckr There is the camp that likes Dave, and there is the camp that saw him as a very toxic influence that worked side-by-side with Smed to ruin the EQ IP.  I think the strongest example of that is the abomination that is EQN.  He and Smed, in their narcissistic arrogance, drove the studio into the mud and now look where it’s at: a zeppelin burning in the sky that simply hasn’t crashed into the ground yet.

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WandaClamshuckr Actually, pretty sure MMORPG reached out to him. They did the same with Matt Miller from Paragon after they shut down. He came in to write a few articles about MMO’s and MMO design from the point of view of a developer as well.
Both individuals wrote some pretty interesting stuff and provided interesting insight from the development side. I mean, both are pretty big-name developers that can/did easily find work elsewhere.
Did he like, drown your kitten or something?

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Greaterdivinity Denice J Cook Yes, those overly windy, hubris-laden articles.  He just couldn’t say, “So long, and thanks for all the fish”, rather, he utilized his connections with MMORPG.com to showcase himself.  Or, more correctly, to grandiosely present his views in a way to not seem like he was fluffing himself up, and presented page after laborious page of sage wisdom.

I was enriched.

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Midgetsnowman oneeyered Yep, the game I started on and worked on had the official ‘Simucon’ in St. Louis every year and that had panels and the like.  Back in its heyday it drew in around a 1000 people, which may not be much by today’s massive convention standards, but it was a nice number for supporting an annual convention with partying and panels.  However, players also liked each other enough that they wanted a more laid back, let’s just party and socialize, option too – so a player-run Vegascon was done every year for years earlier in the year. And it splintered from there too with local gatherings for people.

Games can = community in a way that is awesome.

[Fun note, at 2001’s Simucon at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, we drank the bar out of booze multiple times.  We were told by one astonished server “you drink more than the Hell’s Angels convention that was here!”  Well, duh.  We’re gamers. ;)]

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Sartinme aelious Damonvile  The employees are the same, that was my point. The name on their paycheck may be different but how much they care about the products they continue to make most likely hasn’t.

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I think they need to crowdfund Daybreak or none of all this matters.  Doomed I say.  Doomed!

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aelious Yes, if you look at Columbus Nova they have invested heavily in online services.  I realize that Daybreak Games = Sony Online Entertainment on paper, but in reality it’s vastly different than the company we grew to love/hate.

Damonvile That’s true, but if you gut a fish and fill it with robotics you are expecting to improve upon it’s design, right?  ;-)

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I have a much better idea! First let the crowdfunder continue and try to gain as much money as possible. Still with me? Ok, now let the person who’s closest  to Vegas put all that money on red. Still there? Ok if it wins? Let it all ride again! After that? Again!! Again!! Again!!Still there? Ok then do it ONE MORE TIME! don’t do it twice, just one more time. 
If it all works out? They have enough money TO BUY Daybreak! (insert an MJ woohoo here)  From now on they can have a faire every WEEKEND! (just name them board meetings) in the Daybreak cantina!  (insert another MJ woohoo here)

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

oneeyered for the same reason any mmo community does stuff. The game is fun, but the community is why people stay with a game.

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aelious

Quake CON started out as a LAN party between some friends that got so big that ID decided they would attend too.

It wasn’t until the third or fourth year that ID started running it themselves.