(An email will be going out soon to all active customers, but we wanted to let our community know via the forums as well. Please help us spread the word by sharing with people in game, as well, if you know of friends who may be interested in attending.)
A few weeks back we began talking about a gaming event coming in June called the Looking for Group Expo. At that time we were excited about the event because Istaria had been among the games listed as nominees for "Indie Game of the Year", and we asked that you vote for Istaria in that competition. And vote you did! While we won't know the results of the vote until the event itself in June, right now we have some even more exciting news to share with you.
Virtrium team members have been invited to attend the event. In fact, Virtirum's producer and designer, Heather "Velea" Rothwell, will be among the list of featured speakers at the event! Anyone attending will have a chance to talk with Velea about Istaria, both past present and future, at the 10 am "Developer Session" on Saturday, June 26th. Her talk will focus on how Virtrium has changed the game over the last two years, but an open-ended question session will follow the talk.
And if this weren't enough, we've also been given ten (10) VIP Passes to give to our fans so that they can attend the event free of charge! So starting today, anyone interested in attending the event should submit a ticket to us at Support Website with the subject "Looking for Group Expo Pass", under the category "Looking For Group Expo". Passes will be given out on a "first come, first served" basis to anyone with an active, paid subscription to the game. Only one pass per person will be given out in order to allow as many people as possible to attend the event; multiple subscriptions will not entitle someone to multiple passes. We will notify winners of the passes starting on June 4th. Winners will then have until June 11th to submit confirmation of their travel plans (a copy of an itinerary attached to the support ticket is fine) for us to reserve the pass. Should we not receive such confirmation by June 11th, we'll begin contacting those who submitted the 11th ticket, etc, until all passes are given out.