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10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your BlizzCon

BlizzCon is less than two weeks away.  BlizzCon2014You waited anxiously to buy your ticket, booked a flight to Orange County, and reserved a hotel room.  But are you ready for the awesomeness that is BlizzCon?  With several cons under my belt, I’ve managed to figure out how to make the most out of my time there and want to help you do the same.

 

What to Bring:

  • Cash.  Aside from the essentials, it’s great to have cash on your person (in a very discreet place, naturally).  A few years ago, BlizzCon introduced food trucks to the Anaheim Convention Center, making eating good food really easy.  Lots of vendors take cards now, but having paper money available takes the pain out of finding an ATM.
  • Water.  It’s super important to stay hydrated.  Temperatures are going to be in the high 70s this year.  Even if you aren’t outside, there are thousands of people inside the Convention Center and it gets HOT.
  • A backpack.
    This year's goody bag.
    This year’s goody bag.

    You’re going to come home with some rad goodies.  You’re already getting a BlizzCon goody bag, and you’ll want a place to keep anything you buy in the store inside the Con.

  • Sunscreen.  Chances are, you’re going to be outside for a bit.  It’s hot in SoCal, and it looks like it’s going to be warm during BlizzCon too.  Make sure you protect your skin while you’re outdoors.  You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Comfy shoes.  Seriously.  I shouldn’t even have to explain this.
  • A charged phone or camera.  Chances are you won’t be able to hear your phone ring with all the noise inside the convention center, but you definitely want to have it charged and ready for photos.
  • A smile!  You’re here to have fun!

10 Tips and Things to Do:

  1. Check out the panels at BlizzCon

    There are lots of panels, and some overlap with each other.  Which ones do you really want to see?  Go to those.  Also, check out my husband Terran’s panel, The Cutscene – Behind Blizzard’s In-Game Cinematics.  I’m doing a shameless plug here, because Terran and his cinematics team are awesome, and I can guarantee his panel will be awesome too.

  2. Party

    Whether this is your first BlizzCon, or your 4th or 5th, chances are you’re gonna have a couple drinks, if that’s your thing.  BlizzCon is one big party, but when the Con ends for the day, the fun stop.  The parties at the Hilton are where it’s at (sorry, Marriott), and are a great chance to hang out with old friends and make some new ones.  There are also tons of pre-Con parties, like the ones held by Wowhead and Curse, which can be harder to get into, but are worth the trouble.

  3. Be safe

    If you’re going to knock back a few, please have a buddy.  I’ve seen way too many people get a little too tipsy at BlizzCon who aren’t in shape to enjoy the second day (like the dude last year who ate floor during the opening ceremony… not good).  It’s okay to have fun, but please be safe.

  4. Watch the Warcraft movie trailer

    Friday, Blizzard will be showing the first trailer for Warcraft, and this is something you’re not gonna want to miss.

  5. Geek out

    Hang out with your friends, and meet new people.  I’ve met some of my closest friends through the Blizzard community.  There are tons of interesting folks to chat up.  People want to geek out with you.

  6. overwatch1Play games

    The lines go fast.
    It’s not like waiting for a ride at Disneyland.  Last year, we got to play Overwatch.  Hopefully this year, we’ll get to play new characters in Overwatch and get a taste of World of Warcraft: Legion.

  7. Have a go-to destination if you get lost at BlizzCon

    If you get overwhelmed in big crowds, you’re not alone.  BlizzCon is huge, and there’s tons of people.  However, most of these people are pretty harmless and pretty cool.  There are lots of landmarks around the Convention Center to use to meet up at, like the fountain, and different food trucks.

  8. Know where to get coffee

    If you need a caffeine fix, go to the Starbucks at the Marriott.  Trust me, there’s waaaaay less people in line there than at the Hilton.

  9. BlizzCon 2014 Costume Contest Winner
    2014’s Costume Contest winner.

    Check out BlizzCon’s costume contest

    If you’re never been here, or even if you have, I think the costume contest is one of the coolest ways fans can show off their creativity.  These costumes are crazy cool.  You also get to see some fan-made machinima in between the contest too.

  10. Have fun

    Don’t feel bad if you can’t see everything or everyone.  BlizzCon is short.  It’s only two days.  There’s going to be a lot of people who want to see you and who you want to see, as well as a lot you’ll want to do.  Try to see everyone you can and do what you want, but don’t put pressure on yourself to do it all.  You don’t want to stress out while you’re here.  You’re here to have a good time!

Now that you know what to bring and where some fun’s to be had, get on the hype-train, cause BlizzCon is almost here!

Written by Deva M. Gregory

Deva is a fiction writer, actor, and honorary Krogan from the Pacific Northwest. Her favorite companies include Blizzard Entertainment and Bioware. She is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter, but will also settle for the Tardis landing in her front yard. You can read more about her at devamarie.com.

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