Con Before the Storm featuring World of Podcasts is a party organized by fans, for fans. Special guest ‘personalities’ come to this party so they can meet fans (like you!) in person. Personalities include podcasters, streamers, pro teams, artists, news sites and fan sites across all Blizzard games. We also host a Fan Art gallery, a photobooth, meet & greet autograph rooms, live podcasts, and more!
2017’s party will make this our 5th year! And it’s all thanks to our backers – each and every donation really does help make this party happen. The past 2 years we’ve had over 100 backers each year who helped fund your community event that hosted over 5,000 people! Thanks to the generosity of this community, along with help from our volunteers, thousands of people made and will make this year, memories that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to make sure to create an accessible & inclusive pre-Blizzcon party, an event where everyone feels welcome!
Yes! Everyone gets in for free. As a backer who helped make the party possible, we’re sending all sorts of goodies your way on top of throwing an awesome event.
In 2013, friends and podcasters Ben, Ginger, Dave (The Sundering), Heather (The Sundering) and Brandon joined together to create “World of Podcasts”, an event that brought together about 300 attendees. Since then, the event has grown and has joined forces with Con Before the Storm. World of Podcasts presence facilitates for the live showcasing of talented podcasters, content creators, and community personalities.
Con Before the Storm ft. World of Podcasts will be Thursday November 2nd, 2017. Time is TBD, but it will once again be located at the Anaheim Hilton, right next to the Anaheim Convention Center. In previous years our event has been held at the Hilton Anaheim, and has typically begun around 6pm PST, with our pre-party starting about an hour or two earlier
No! We understand how much there is to do during Blizzcon and in Anaheim, and value your time. One of the things we pride ourselves in is making sure we don’t have lines at our party. If we do, we do our best to minimize your wait time (such as getting drinks, taking photobooth pictures, etc.)
The time of the pre party has not been determined. Currently it is slated to begin and hour or 2 before the official start of CBTS 2017. You must have a ticket (wristband) to get in to the pre-party, which is currently available in some tiers via our Kickstarter and as an add-on.
We are working on a new system for this year! Last year we implemented a new system that we were not completely happy with but worked better than the previous year. We learned a lot and our striving to make the process much smoother this year (and thanks for your patience if you were there last year!). We have taken a lot of feedback and are looking into other options like messaging winners or doing an online raffle prior to the event. As always though, we have several reward tiers in our Kickstarter that get to pre-select their pieces of art and we will reserve it and set it aside for those kickstarter backers,