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I'm your host, Jester. I've been an EVE Online player for about six years. One of my four mains is Ripard Teg, pictured at left. Sadly, I've succumbed to "bittervet" disease, but I'm wandering the New Eden landscape (and from time to time, the MMO landscape) in search of a cure.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Fanfest Day Three: Right hand, left hand

And here we are, the first official day of Fanfest!  There's going to be two posts about Thursday, one covering what I did from 9:30am through 11:45am, and a second post for the rest.  I apologize for the delay in getting these posts out, but you'll understand before too long.  ;-)

I was up until 2am the previous evening socializing, drinking, and writing.  Fortunately, I don't need much sleep.  So I was up bright and early on Thursday, figuring (accurately) that EVE players would queue up early to register for Fanfest.  I also figured (sadly, also accurately) that my situation wouldn't be as easy as most people's so that was all the more reason to get there early.  The first official activities were at noon.  I arrived about 9:30am.  To find myself about 250th in line.

Ah well.  ;-)  It was windy but at least it wasn't too terribly cold.

In due course, we started streaming into the building and I found myself at the registration desk.  "Good morning," I said, giving my name.  The only official proof that I'd be able to attend Fanfest was an e-mail from CCP Tyr (which I printed and had with me) that said I was allowed to attend.  Would it be enough?  Apparently not.  The lady at the registration desk didn't have my name on file.  "Hm, OK," I said.  "Well, I run a Community Fansite.  Is there another line for them?" I asked.  I had chatted with CCP Manifest Wednesday night and he had mentioned that there should be such a badge waiting for me.  She brightened and pointed me toward that line.

Where I wasn't listed, either.  Still, I got to spy on the list and see who was here.  That made finding people during the day much easier since the Fansite badges are purple whereas most badges are yellow.

I was then placed into the hands of CCP Falcon, who was guiding problem children to an upstairs registration desk for people who hadn't bought their tickets in advance.  Only my name wasn't there, either.

Is this an appropriate time to :ccp:?  ;-)

It was pretty clear that I was caught in a classic right hand-left hand situation.  And to be completely fair, there were more than a thousand people in the building and of those a good 10-15% appeared to be problem children like myself.  To say things were chaotic is understating.  CCP devs moved back and forth, back and forth, trying to contain the chaos.  Still, it was hard not to get a little aggravated.  Was I going to be stuck outside, pressing my face against the glass?  If what I suspect is going to happen Saturday actually happens, that would be pretty damn ironic, don't you think?

"Hm, OK.  I have this e-mail from CCP Tyr," I said, producing it, "and CCP Manifest said there should be a badge for me.  If we could find either of them, they should be able to sort me in about two minutes."  She agreed to pass the word, and I stepped aside.  A few minutes before while in line, I had encountered Trebor Daehdoow (who is every bit as nice a guy in person as he appears in various chats and videos) and he also agreed to see if he could find someone who could help me.

I don't want to belabor this story.  Just suffice it to say that the good news is that my placement right next to the problem child desk made me really easy to find.  I met a half-dozen prominent EVE players while waiting (including Xenuria... and his mom).  Want to know who eventually sorted out my badge?

CCP Dolan.  Dolan sorted out my badge.  I spotted him walking past and shanghaied him into the group that was trying to help me, and in about 10 minutes, he had it done.  Just something to keep in mind the next time you (or I, honestly) feel the need to bad-mouth Dolan.

By this time, I had been in the building for about two hours and the first sessions were about to start.  More about that in my next post.


  1. This made me laugh. After 30+ years dealing with various Government departments it's nice to know that it's not just me that feels like I'm turning to dust while waiting in the queue.
    Good luck in the announcements!

  2. It seems experiences vary. As a non-problem child, I rocked up with the email of my registration confirmation, found nearly no queue, and had one of my smoothest convention registrations ever.

  3. Out of interest, was there any specific reason for the 10-15% problem child registration issues? I can understand a certain level of organized chaos during registration, but that figure does seem somewhat high for an electronic ticket purchasing mechanism.

    1. The problem child line was mostly made up of people who had made their travel arrangements before they bought their Fanfest tickets, and then were stuck with travel arrangements they couldn't cancel when Fanfest sold out.

  4. Ripard-

    Thanks for this- I know you'll probably catch flak from plenty of people who want to hear less 'Ross stories' and more 'Eve stories', but for those of us unable to attend, these posts are great. The highlights and presentations we can watch on Twitch, read about on EN24 or TMdC, but what we can't do there is get the travelogue vibe. So from me personally, and from anyone else who knows what I'm saying-

    Thank you. And keep it up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Saturday for you.

  5. This is all my fault, I told them to lose your badge out of jealousy of not being able to go. Unfortunately, CCP Dolan is not on my payroll.

  6. I'm gonna put in my 0.2ISK here and back Quintus, of all the blogs, posts, tweeting and twiching I'm following for Fanfest, yours is the one I read first (well, ok it is ALWAYS the one I read first... sheesh) but now I am reading it for the "Ride Along with Rip" feeling. Please keep up the coverage of what the Fanfest experience is like... the news we will get sooner or later, but feeling like you're calling us up and telling us all what happened to you each day is nothin' but a bucket full of win!

    Thanx, keep it up and Ripard Teg for CSM8 Chair!!!

  7. Im curious to know, when trying to solve that problem and find a CCP X to help you, did u refer to them by their CCP names or real names ? From what i understand CCP employees do not really hide behind their tags, as much as use them for convenience/ recognition purposes, but when it comes to fanfest, and the entire borderline separating online from RL, how is all of that handled. I remember it being very awkward when i first skyped with people from another game i played, and learned that my partner in running the alliance, who shared most of my convictions about how things should be handled, turned out to be a very nice lady and mother to 3 kids, some of them older than me ( im a uni student).

  8. "Dolan sorted out my badge."

    Did it occur to you that Dolan was responsible for your badge in the first place? Hmm....?

    1. He wasn't, though. Not even close. If anything, my badge was CCP Tyr's responsibility.

  9. CCP Dolan was ace-you should see the email exchange we had over the FA presentation-(we sent it in & he rejected it for being a bit ott shall we say *coff*)I'm curious tho-what did they do in regard to the people who couldn't get tickets?

  10. What kind of universe do we live in where one man can't compliment another on the beauty of his eyes without being accused of shenanigans?

    Also, thanks for breakfast Friday morning.


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