Even though I admitted the same thing months earlier, meeting EVE players in real life remains one of the most bizarre things I've ever done. There's this wonderful surrealism about sitting in a bar in Iceland with a person I've only just met, discussing a virtual war with the same intensity that we would later display talking about the American politics. But that's what EVE gatherings like Fanfest have always been about: embracing the odd and often ludicrous ways the real world and EVE's virtual one can mash together. And in that respect, Fanfest is a beautiful experience.
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