The convention starts this Friday, but the real party begins Thursday night. The BlizzCon 2011 WoW Insider Reader Meetup, cohosted by Wowhead
and livecast by Gamebreaker.tv
, starts at 5 p.m. Pacific at the Anabella Hotel
patio. Yes, Dan, we know that
, you say. You've already told us this
. True -- but now I can finally announce the details.
? But of course! Plus others from the cast of The Guild
will be on hand. Members of TankSpot
and WoW Interface
as well as Wowhead will be in attendance. Other special guests we have confirmed include Amy Brady of the Frag Dolls
, actress Michele Morrow
, machinimator extraordinaire Oxhorn
, and Learn2raid
's Kinesthesia. That's just a few of the many WoW
celebrities we have lined up for the evening.
Many of these guests will be talking at the microphone with our hosts for the evening, Mat McCurley
and Fox Van Allen
. You will also get a chance to meet many of our guests at a special meet-and-greet area at the party.
What's a party without a few party favors? Our good friends at Cryptozoic
are coming with 1,500 booster packs of the latest WoW TCG
. And guild hosting site Enjin
has 1,500 vouchers for two months of premium service to give away. Plus, there's more from Steelseries
, The Guild
, and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
-- even Dungeons & Dragons
loot from Wizards of the Coast
Wizards has also generously donated three full sets of Magic: The Gathering
foil M12 cards in limited edition boxes, each with limited edition sleeves and limited edition deck protectors. Handing out many of these prizes will be the lovely ladies of the Apotheosis Agency
who helped us out last year, as well.
Did we mention the drinks? Monster Energy
is giving away cans of Monster Energy and Peach Tea during the meetup for free. All you need to do is ask one of the many servers or bartenders at the party. Looking for something a bit stronger? Alliance- and Horde-themed cocktails await your pleasure, if you are 21 or over. Wristbands will be handed out at the door after your valid I.D. is checked. If you don't have a valid I.D., you can still come in -- just no alcohol for you.
Can't make it? No problem. Gamebreaker.tv will be livecasting the meetup with Gary Gannon, Josh Allen (aka Lore), and Mike B., as well as our own Mike Sacco
and Anne Stickney
. They will have exclusive interviews with many of the VIP guests and provide commentary on the event as it unfolds. The livestream will be simulcast on WoW Insider, Wowhead, and Gamebreaker's site. If you're on the go, you can follow it on your mobile phone using the Justin.tv app.
What more needs to be said? Let's get this party started!
WoW Insider's 4th Annual BlizzCon Reader Meetup, cohosted by Wowhead and Gamebreaker.tv
The patio and the poolside of the Tangerine Grill & Patio
at the Anabella Hotel
Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 5 p.m. Pacific
You can be under 21 and still attend. Shoes and shirt are required. You do not
need a BlizzCon pass to attend. You can RSVP on our Facebook Event page
. There will be a valet charge if you park at the hotel.
Turn to WoW Insider for all your BlizzCon 2011 news and information. Get ready to kick off the weekend with the WoW Insider Reader Meetup, cohosted by Wowhead and Gamebreaker.tv, and look for our liveblogs of the convention panels, interviews with WoW celebrities -- and of course, lots of pictures of people in costumes. It's all here at WoW Insider!