Donna “Danicia” Prior, Social Media Specialist for SOE, has in the past represented Heatwave Interactive, Bioware, and Flying Lab Software at fan events such as GenCon, PAX, as well as the Game Developers Conference. Her most visible change at SOE so far has been the rebranding of the annual Fan Faire event. There has been speculation that the October 18-21, 2012 event will be more marketing and vendor-driven than past events, but otherwise, we are still waiting for all the details of this fan event to be announced.
We did take a moment to ask her some questions in the SOE Live forum and got some interesting responses. We’re still six months away, so planning is still underway, so keep in mind that any of this could change between now and then.
I asked about multiple badge levels (ie Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) at the 2010 event, which led to confusion and extra hassle for the Community team, Danicia responded:
I can confirm that we have one badge. No special levels. That being said, we’re looking into some extra ticketed events. Two are almost close enough to talk about, one is pretty huge and we’re still negotiating. We’re hoping that everyone enjoys the new registration system for this year.
When asked about the pool party (the desert climate of Las Vegas can easily drop below 40°F / 4°C in the evening), Danicia said:
There will be a pool party. Their pool is heated.
Most intriguing, and of note for those ultra-early birds who are already booking hotels and making flight plans:
We might possibly have a Sunday event, which would probably start around 10am. We’ll have more details as we get confirmation of the schedule.
It’s not confirmed. We’re still in the planning stages. Once we have the contract regarding the Sunday events, we’ll make sure to post it here. I’ll see if I can get an update from the Events Team.
Again all of this is still up-in-the-air, but if you have the option of choosing a later flight leaving Vegas (I usually pick a noon flight), you may want to. Or just wait until 60 days before the event. Air fares are typically at their lowest 45 days prior to the travel date.
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