Pre-PAX East networking, and being truly humbled
My trip to the US was long but quite uneventful, about 14 hours after I left my apartment I landed in Boston and was met by Andrew (GeekStanton) and Greg (LOLmodule) at the airport. Shortly after me two of Andrew's friends came on a flight from Canada so we met up with them, and headed to the hotel to check in.
Shortly after check-in, both Greg and I passed out for a few hours, at this point I had been up for well over 40 hours with only about 1.5 hours of dozing off on the trip. It was well needed rest for both of us. Woke up by Andrew knocking on the door, I believe. I was kinda out of it so don't quote me on that, but we were a bit late to the airport to meet up with Shannon and Sacriel. Or wouldn've been, if we didn't have to wait an hour for them to get from past customs and whatnot.
While waiting at the airport we briefly got to talk to Dean “Rocket” Hall. Dean, the DayZ creator. If I hadn't already have a great impression of him, I sure wouldn've had one after the quick chat. He seems to be a genuinely nice, open and happy person and I feel privileged to have gotten to shake his hand.
Yes yes, I know I sound like a total fanboy and it's hard to not be one having played hundreds upon hundred of hours of the DayZ mod. The DayZ phenomenon has literally touched so many people's lives, bringing us together into gaming communities. Communities like The 42nd, or The Pink. It's hard not to be humbled by the impact the survival game/mod has had on us.
Wow, this post totally went from networking to my fanboyism about DayZ. Back on topic!
After having finally met up with Shannon, Sacriel and Kirgan we went to a restaurant, Lucky's Lounge, where we met up with a bunch of other people. I met ET_Talon, the first streamer to make me a moderator on Twitch. I got the shake the hand of Ellohime, and although I haven't watched his streams much I hold much respect for him. I met Devoldo whom I've talked to and played Minecraft with before.
But most of all, and I can't get over how surreal this still feels to me, I got to talk to BikeMan. Not only that, he knew who I am. BikeMan, who is like, streamer royalty to me, and one of the funniest people I've seen on Twitch... I can't get over it. I can only describe it by quoting the Na'vi from the movie Avatar: “I see you.”
PAX East hasn't yet started, and I'm already having the time of my life. Literally. I never imagined that I, as an introvert, would feel so comfortable meeting so many new people (both new new, and new as in first time meetings) as I have been today.
I feel privileged to be part of this great community of entertainers and overall wonderful people. I feel humbled by having been noticed by great streamers I respect and love. It's surreal. It truly is. And this is only the beginning.
Now some of you might have noticed that I've only briefly mentioned having met Sacriel and Shannon. That's intentional. I'm saving that for a whole new post soon.
Do you have any suggestions on things I need to see or experience in Boston or at PAX East, or some typically classical American food I need to try while I'm in the US? Tell me below in the comments!