Fan Faire Blog, Part Three
SOE Fan Faire Blog - Part Three
News Editor Jon Wood files another report from Atlanta
Well, day three of my trip to Atlanta for the SOE Community Summit / Fan Faire was an interesting one, although once again, it was a departure from the previous day’s activities. Yesterday, we sat in seminar sessions and discussed the game in small groups. Today, we had the chance to really hit the Fan Faire floor.
There was also a silent auction for a number of items, not the least of which was a nicely crafted EverQuest quilt. There were a number of other vendors there that gave the entire room a bit of a carnival-like atmosphere. Beyond that, there was a large lounging space with tables and chairs, both regular and beanbag-style, for players to sit in, but the real attraction was the huge bank of computers that filled the last third of the room. They were used for the in-game competitions. I actually managed to experience one of them. Not being a strong player of EverQuest myself, I didn’t dare to enter the PvP tournament, but there sure were a lot of people who weren’t as nervous as I was. Lots of people competed. What surprised me was the number of people who, like me, had settled in to watch the action. They had set up a huge screen and the event was commentated upon. Very entertaining.
The night was capped off by one of the biggest parties that you had ever seen. Held at a huge club in Atlanta, it was rented out exclusively for Fan Faire attendees. On the second level, there were live bands playing all night, while in the basement, there was live band karaoke. I won’t name names, but there was more than one SOE employee up on that stage. All in all, it was a great day. I had the opportunity to watch people mingle with friends who are usually toons and words on a screen.
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