Blizzcon 2013: Where in the World is Apple Cider Mage?

Having fun at Blizzcon! Featuring Deedle, Zable, Tadge and Boddi.

Having fun at Blizzcon! Featuring Deedle, Zable, Tadge and Boddi.

I think my excitement generator for Blizzcon is now permanently cranked to 11. I’m starting to move from “This is in the future” to “This is really happening! I better go get things ready!” Thusly, I thought that taking a moment to write up my grand plans for Blizzcon might be of interest to some of my readers, fans and friends who want to know where I might be and what I’ll be up to while I’m gone. This year’s Blizzcon trip is different from my last go-around in 2011 in that it is:

  • A full-fledged vacation. I will be on the road for 10 days.
  • The first time attending Blizzcon as both a community entity and content producer.

The first point is pretty fun – I do not really get to go on vacations save for Blizzcon (this will be my fifth) so the fact that I will be traveling with my boyfriend is exciting. We’re also combining Blizzcon with a fun road trip to the convention and back with one of his co-workers, hence why we will be gone for so long. It takes a day or so to drive from where we’re flying into to California. I always love road trips so I’m stoked. I’m sure we’ll (Anne and I) be driving Alex up the wall with our incessant talking. I also will be bringing along my laptop, Nintendo 3DS, Kindle and phone because I cannot properly disconnect from technology or Internet while I’m gone. This also means that I will try to document my trip, potentially for my own amusement and for the blog.

The fact that I have a blog and podcast now, heading into Blizzcon, is why the second point is a wee bit scary. When I went to Blizzcon 2011, my blog had been up for maybe a week or two. Handing out business cards may have gotten me new readers but most people had never heard of me. I also wasn’t as active in the WoW fan-community as I am now – in fact, I missed meeting a couple of people that I consider really good friends because I simply had no idea who they were. I’m nervous of running into people that potentially hate me or see me as a fire-breathing man-hating ogre. I’m decently sure at least a couple of Blizzard CMs have my face up on the wall like a Wanted poster. The only thing I have going for me is that most people have no idea what I look like, so I’ll just say I’m actually Ghostcrawler.

This year’s Blizzcon feels like a lot more pressure to perform as a community entity and to talk to fans or present myself in a more professional manner. The list of people I’d like to hang out with, chat with or generally just touch base with is miles long. The parties I have on my docket are numerous and “making an appearance” seems to be tantamount to most other things. I want to hang out and have fun but I also don’t want to go to a giant place with thousands of people only to have people wondering where the heck I was. This is definitely an added layer of my persona that I will be grappling with now – not just going to the con as a casual participant and fan, but as someone that other people look to and want to meet. Most of it is a type of peer-ship, obviously. I don’t feel like I’ve reached any sort of celebrity status and given my work, I doubt that will happen any time soon.

The upside to this being is that people can finally see who I really am behind the internet “mask” of my persona that I have to present via my blog, podcast or Twitter account. A lot of people always presume I’m a really mean or angry person in real life but the truth is that I laugh way too much and I’m just as awkward and nerdy as most of you. I’m a bit outgoing (especially when I’ve been drinking adult beverages) but for the most part I like to chat and crack jokes. I’m not the humorless, nasty feminist that most people think I am. It’s hard to be that way all the time, though I might tell people to knock off bad language if I hear it! I hope people don’t feel like they can’t come up to me and say hi or have a conversation with me, I don’t bite (much).

Anyways, enough navelgazing, on with the schedule (that is due to change)!

Apple Cider Mage’s Giant Master Schedule of Awesome:

Monday, November 4th

  • Leave at Butt Ass O’Clock in the morning and fly to Boonieville, Colorado to meetup with Anne.
  • Get into car and start heading West. Try to sleep or otherwise not die on the way there.
  • Stop in Mormon Country, Utah for the night.
  • See world’s largest Mormon Church or ball of twine or whatever they have there.

Tuesday, November 5th -

  • Get back into car for second day of driving.
  • Arrive in California in afternoon/evening, depending on how fast we illegally go.
  • Get settled into hotel, see if anyone is around to hang out.

Wednesday, November 6th -

  • Chillax to the max. Eat food.
  • Hang-out with guildie and anyone else that’s here this early.

Thursday, November 7th -

  • Take advantage of early line-up for tickets, potentially.
  • Swap at some point to second hotel once my roommate gets into town.
  • Wow Insider/Wowhead party at Anabella around 6-7 PM.
  • Stop by World of Podcasts party
  • Try not to barf from drinking.

Friday, November 8th -

  • Bright and early get lined up for Opening Ceremony after breakfast.
  • Check out panels and other cool stuff all day.
  • Parties? Hangouts? Who knows!

Saturday, November 9th – 

  • Panels!
  • Elitist Jerk flex picture around 12:30 PM
  • Chill out for rest of day, hang out with people and skip closing ceremonies unless it’s good.
  • Party at Hilton or other place later.

Sunday, November 10th -

  • Tentatively Disneyland that day
  • Hangout with anyone that’s left.
  • Pack.

Monday, November 10th

  • Hang out in Anaheim?

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 12-13th

  • Roadtrip in reverse
  • Stay over in Colorado

Thursday, November 14th

  • Fly back to Wisconsin
  • Pet cat.

I will be blogging on here intermittently, as well as tweeting. If I am doing a meetup at the meeting stone, watch my Twitter for that information. Also if anyone has a burning desire to meet me, leave a comment or Tweet at me. Select few will be getting my phone number in case they need (Invites to super-secret parties and suite bashes also can be directed to me.)

Hope you guys have a fun Blizzcon, whether watching it on TV or attending the event. I am sure you’ll hear about all the craziness, at least.

5 Responses

  1. I would love to meet you but sadly i won’t be going to Blizzcon. While you are out there with the masses, just be yourself, don’t need to be the personality that ppl know you as on twitter and podcast. Also, you can pass out those business cards with info on your podcast too! You say last time it got you some new readers, so it could work for the podcast as well.
    Convert to Raid podcast and Twisted Nether Blogcast will be having their own parties too at blizzcon. Might want to check with them on party times.

    Have fun on your vacation week and all thrughout Blizzcon!
    And don’t forget, pics pics pics!

  2. Well, I shall try my luck :) We do have some crossover… god I hope you don’t wear your blizzcon badge around your boobs so that I will have to awkwardly stare at your chest trying to figure out if it’s you or not…

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