The Daily Grind: Have you been to an MMO fan event?

    
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CCP put EVE Online’s Fanfest 2016 tickets on sale this week, and while I haven’t played the sci-fi sandbox in some time, the annual Icelandic shindig is on my list of events to attend before I retire. I wouldn’t mind checking out Star Citizen’s CitizenCon, either, but I think those two are probably it in terms of MMO fan events that I’d like to experience for personal reasons.

What about you, MOP readers? Have you been to an MMO fan event in meatspace? Did you have fun?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

RIFT pre-launch event around late 2010. Other than that, nope!

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

I have, yep. Went to Eve Fanfest in 2007 and went to an AO player meet in 2012. Both very different and quite enjoyable. Not something I’d want to do regularly though.

Celestia
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Celestia

I attended the 2006 DAoC event in Las Vegas.  That was a good time.  I got to have a nice half hour chat with R.A. Salvatore and his son while we waited for the hall to open one morning.  It was fun to meet up with guildies and friends I only knew from the game.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

I have wanted to in the past, but I think I’ve outgrown the fawning and hype-inducing propaganda party.

sray155
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sray155

I went to a SWTOR cantina event last year because it was local. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of the year so there was no new information on anything, so no exciting announcements were made. And the BioWare guys really didn’t seem like they wanted to be there, so it was pretty boring.
During the event, I looked around at my fellow attendees, who were mostly dressed in shorts or sweatpants, and thought “this is a 4 star hotel: would it have killed you guys to put on big boy pants?” That made me feel old.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

paragonlostinspace lot of ATL folk reprasentz on mop

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

Not a major one but I did get to meet Mark Jacobs when he came to my area and hosted a brunch for local backers of Camelot Unchained! I got my Dark Age of Camelot poster signed! Sqeeeeeee!!!

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Pandalulz My friend, there is so much to do even in the Yokosuka area just by taking short train rides. I would highly recommend Kamakura which is only 20 minutes out. If you get sent again, definitely jump on a train! (My hubs gets sent every year, when I visit we make little day trips before his workday starts.) 

Um yeah, that had nothing to do with fan conventions though haha.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

I’m not sure what constitutes a ‘con’ versus a fan event, but I’ve been to PAX Prime twice and while there the WS, GW2, and Biowares parties. I have gone to the parties even when I didn’t have a PAX ticket since it’s not required to get in, just be prepared to stand in lines. Since PAX tickets are damn near impossible to buy (yay supporting scalpers instead of imposing a limit!) the parties are generally much more obtainable.

While I fully support getting hyped for gaming, so much changes from when a game is featured at these events to when it’s actually released that you really have to just take it all with skepticism and enjoy the ride. For instance, that Bioware Shadow Realms game that was never even released lol. I went to a party for that game and everything, feel kinda sorry for any of the devs who actually liked the work they did on it… Mostly these events are fun to just nerd out with people while waiting in line for free drinks.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Tried to go to the inaugural CitizenCon but work would not allow me to get the days off.