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CCP Wrangler

Posted - 2008.06.20 17:13:00 - [1]
 

The Fanfest 2008 page is up and we have several flight packages to choose from. We've also started a FAQ on the forums which will grow as we get more questions.

You are of course welcome to discuss the Fanfest in other threads but we've put up this thread as we will monitor it closely and help you out with any questions you may have regarding the Fanfest. You are welcome to discuss the flight packages but keep in mind that you will have to discuss any issues directly with Icelandair's customer support. Smile

Reptzo
Channel 4 News Team
Veritas Immortalis
Posted - 2008.06.20 19:13:00 - [2]
 

Any news or details on what the presentations will be about?? I assume you don't have detailed descriptions yet, but any kind of ideas, or at least when we might know??

Mashie Saldana
Minmatar
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.06.20 19:34:00 - [3]
 

No package with Nordica Hotel this year?

Haradgrim
Systematic Mercantilism
Posted - 2008.06.20 19:40:00 - [4]
 

Any chance you guys could make some hotel recomendations?

Mashie Saldana
Minmatar
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.06.20 20:09:00 - [5]
 

Originally by: Haradgrim
Any chance you guys could make some hotel recomendations?

Park Inn and Nordica are both 5 min walk from the event. I was at Park Inn last year but Nordica seemed to be more popular. I'm undecided which I will pick this year.

Also it's a good idea to not fly back on the 9th if you want to enjoy the party at the top of the world to the fullest.

GM Zhainius


Amarr
Game Masters
C C P Alliance
Posted - 2008.06.20 22:15:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Mashie Saldana
No package with Nordica Hotel this year?


The Nordica is now the Hilton, you're looking for "Hilton Reykjavik Nordica".

Popsikle
Minmatar
Caffeine Commodities Company
Posted - 2008.06.21 04:53:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: GM Zhainius
Originally by: Mashie Saldana
No package with Nordica Hotel this year?


The Nordica is now the Hilton, you're looking for "Hilton Reykjavik Nordica".


It changed right before Fanfest last year. I got a little bit lucky as that hotel added 10K points to my rewards club ;)

This hotel is a bit more expensive then the others, but well worth it, just watch out for the very expensive breakfast!

Phoenus
Caldari
Habitual Euthanasia
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2008.06.21 06:25:00 - [8]
 

Missed this thread.

As I posted on General Discussion:

General Discussion Post:

Quote:
Looking at the Fanfest Packages (which have been added over the last couple of weeks), there's no mention of a package from Paris, France this year.

Are there any plans to have one of these added? There was one last year, which a fair number of people used.



Mashie Saldana
Minmatar
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.06.21 08:13:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: GM Zhainius
Originally by: Mashie Saldana
No package with Nordica Hotel this year?


The Nordica is now the Hilton, you're looking for "Hilton Reykjavik Nordica".

Yes, but what I tried to point out is that the Iceland Air packages from the UK only has Cabin Hotel and Loftleidir Icelandair Hotel to chose from, last year Park Inn and Nordica/Hilton were available as well.

RedClaws
Amarr
Macabre Votum
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2008.06.21 11:35:00 - [10]
 

I'm trying to find that Reykjavik map again with all the hotels & food places on it.

Macmuelli
Gallente
Meltd0wn
Posted - 2008.06.21 20:13:00 - [11]
 

Aloah!

Are u planning a live dev blog at the fanfest this year?

What about a fanart contest?

How much roundtables will start for discussing about future and the actual game?

There will be a pvp tournament at the fanfest.

Are u also planning a PVP tournament between Fanfestplayers and Players which could not come to iceland?

breg

mac

Selene Bork
Caldari
Celtic industries
Posted - 2008.06.22 06:54:00 - [12]
 

I wanted the Nordica, but when I contacted Icelandair in the UK they said the details of the package were fixed.

So I just booked the flight (note BA do not fly from Gatwick anymore Sad ). IcelandAir from Heathrow, and Nordica for 6 nights separately. Icelandair wanted to charge me like 110 a night for the Nordica, so booked directly with Hilton Hotels.

RU Sirius
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2008.06.22 18:04:00 - [13]
 

REQUEST:

Another trip to Blue Lagoon at night. Please arrange for more hailstones, or was that the spray from the waves freezing before they hit your head? It was the most fun I've had, near naked, in hail, ever.

Ven Li
Perkone
Posted - 2008.06.23 13:24:00 - [14]
 

any idea on whe the tickets come out???

Noggin TheNog
Minmatar
Republic University
Posted - 2008.06.23 16:08:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Ven Li
any idea on whe the tickets come out???


Or roughly how much they'll be on top of the IcelandAir packages?

Dagrin RDM
Caldari
The Leather Knights
Sev3rance
Posted - 2008.06.23 20:48:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: RU Sirius
REQUEST:

Another trip to Blue Lagoon at night. Please arrange for more hailstones, or was that the spray from the waves freezing before they hit your head? It was the most fun I've had, near naked, in hail, ever.


THIS!

Elise Masutra
Tleilex Manufacturing
Posted - 2008.06.24 12:04:00 - [17]
 

Is there going to be a CCG-tournament again? If not, this would fit very well in the current state/support of this fine game Rolling Eyes

Mashie Saldana
Minmatar
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.06.25 13:00:00 - [18]
 

I'm all booked now, did end up on Park Inn again.

When will the Event passes be available?

Ven Li
Perkone
Posted - 2008.06.25 14:19:00 - [19]
 

Is it better to go with the pacakges on the icelandair site as it looks like both hotels are fairly far away?? Or go with booking both flights and hotel seperately???

AlienHand
Posted - 2008.06.25 14:40:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: CCP Lingorm
Originally by: AlienHand
Before ordering I would like to know something though. At what time does it start on the 6th? - and when does it end the 8th? (so I can play the flight and hotel...)

Anyone?


Previously (and I say previously as we have not finished the schedule for this year) so this is going from previous years ONLY.

Opened on thursday at about noon and finished wee small hours of sunday morning after the 'Party at the top of the world'. So I would suggest a late sunday flight so you have time to recover.

Many thanks Lingorm! (also thanks to chribba for posting - what honor)

So if I calculate the 6th about 12:00 .. till saturday night/sunday morning it's not totally off ... only problem is that flights out of Denmark is in the afternoon. So 4 days would be needed to experience 100% EVE FanFest ;)

Oh well ... we'll see ;)

Cheers

Cassy Dark
Gallente
Lunar Dawn
Posted - 2008.06.25 16:00:00 - [21]
 

Is it possible that you could serve beer instead of **** as last year? I still havent figured out why you had that danish **** when you have Gult...

CrayC
Gallente
CrayC Inc.
Posted - 2008.06.25 16:12:00 - [22]
 

Edited by: CrayC on 25/06/2008 16:13:11
Originally by: AlienHand
So if I calculate the 6th about 12:00 .. till saturday night/sunday morning it's not totally off ... only problem is that flights out of Denmark is in the afternoon. So 4 days would be needed to experience 100% EVE FanFest ;)


Alien, sorry mate, haven't had time to get in touch with you ingame, so might as well tell you and everyone else here at the same time Embarassed Some of the info here can be directly translated into other countries arrival/departure schedule, so even if you aren't danish, it might be worth reading anyway.

Trips from Denmark includes either the Hilton or the Loftleidur hotel. Hilton is very close but more expensive, Loftleidur is somewhat far away from the venue, Laugardalur, so it's a matter of comfort and how much money you can afford to spend on this trip
The departure-times from Denmark are lousy, as you will arrive at the hotel on Thursday around 18.00 local time and that is indeed a bit late for something like the Fanfest. I therefore recommend, if some events actually do start thursday like last year, that you book for wednesday-sunday instead. Yes, more expensive but you will not miss out on anything. IF CCP can actually stick to the old schedule, with a meet'n'Greet thursday and NOTHING ELSE, then the Thursday-Sunday will do just fine, you'll be there in time for dinner and the drinking can commence immediatly Very Happy
When going back home, the flighttimes are way better. I find that the flight 14.15 from Keflavik is the best choice, as you will not be back home in Denmark too late while not taking off in a drunken haze (read: bus from the hotel around 10.30 sunday morning). This is the flight that I have booked for myself the last 3 years.

The price variates with your choice of hotel. Hilton, as mention, is a LOT closer to the venue than Loftleidur is. Like, 5 minutes walk as opposed to about 30 minutes. From the hotel to downtown, I would say both are about the same distance, a rough 30 minutes walk there as well. But while the Loftleidur-deal costs 3760 DKR (flight + hotel), Hilton is 4600 DKR. So, if you can afford it and is lazy, Hilton is the choice for you. If you cannot afford that much, Loftleidur it is and I recommend you get a pair of shoes you can walk in a lot, because you will need it! Shocked

With that said, here's what I have done this year. I booked a full week at the Hilton. Monday to Monday, this gives me plenty of time to see some of the country, other than downtown Reykjavik and Laugardalur. I come in late monday, so that day is gone already. Then I have Tuesday and Wednesday to play the part of a tourist, Thursday I spend most of the time at the venue and some time downtown. Friday and Saturday are fully booked for the Fanfest itself. Heavy drinking will be done, so I don't REALLY want to stop early to get a minimum of sleep before taking off Sunday. This is why I stay until Monday. Gives me time to relax at the hotel, get my brain sorted etc, before going home Monday. Plus, I have some distant relatives in Reykjavik that I can spend some time with during the week if our schedules allow for it, so that extra day could be it.


All in all, I really hope that CCP doesn't pack the schedule so tightly as they did last year. If so, then the current packages are inadequate and should be from Wednesday instead of Thursday, otherwise a lot of people will miss out on the first lectures and stuff. I did last year and with the Blue Lagoon trip planned shortly after I arrived at the hotel, I wasn't ready to go, which annoyed me. Thankfully, I did not go and wasn't disappointed that much when I heard what happened there Rolling Eyes But my point still stands, if the FF schedule is full, add another day to the packages. Otherwise keep Thursday clear of everything but Meet'n'Greet so we don't miss out on some good stuff. And for all of you going, I can REALLY recommend taking the afternoon flight home Sunday, if possible. It's better that way... Wink

CrayC
Gallente
CrayC Inc.
Posted - 2008.06.25 16:25:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: Macmuelli
There will be a pvp tournament at the fanfest.

Are u also planning a PVP tournament between Fanfestplayers and Players which could not come to iceland?


I doubt that will happen. It haven't the other years and I see no reason to do it at all. You see, the tournament either takes place on Singularity or on a locally hosted server, cut off from the rest of the internet. Getting the teams ready and setup in time is already a hassle for those at FF, waiting for players in various countries and timezones would be even more tricky. And since the tournament stretches over several hours, with the different timezones, you risk people falling asleep while waiting for the next match. Those at the FanFest usually takes some time to wander around the venue and do other stuff while waiting to continue or they hook up a laptop with EFT and plan out their setups for the next match. Basicly just keeping themselves busy while they wait, because there is a LOT of waiting to be done. Hours can pass between first and second fight, so it will be a FanFest-only tournament, opening it to outsiders would be too difficult to manage, from what I've seen over the 4 previous years.

Oh, and just as I was about to press Post Reply, I remembered another reason why it isn't opened to outsiders. Before each match begins, a GM walks around and checks that nobody has fit anything they aren't allowed, like faction modules and implants of any kind. If it was easy to check remotely, they wouldn't have to do the walking and could check outsiders too, but no...

AlienHand
Posted - 2008.06.25 16:33:00 - [24]
 

Thanks CrayC for the great info! .. I think I will come the day before - to Hilton ;)
Maybe we could meet there?

Will order now...

ONLY one question left. How much does it cost to get in to the FanFest area? Day passes - or passes for the whole FanFest?

Cheers

CrayC
Gallente
CrayC Inc.
Posted - 2008.06.25 16:37:00 - [25]
 

Only a Full FanFest pass, no 1-day passes... I don't remember if the pricing was in dollar or euro last year, but I believe it's around 65 of one of them Embarassed

Macmuelli
Gallente
Meltd0wn
Posted - 2008.06.25 16:53:00 - [26]
 

Edited by: Macmuelli on 25/06/2008 16:54:00
Originally by: CrayC
Originally by: Macmuelli
.....quote]


Indeed reasons which would make it difficult to handle.
perhaps a Pvp tournament isnt the right thing between FF players and poeples which cannot come.

What about

"A last men survive" on the battlefield, limited to tech 1 cruisers with fitting of your choice.
Inside a generated deadspace ( no mwd allowed)
Warp out = loosing
U could set easy a time where it would start.( No waiting time between fights in a tournament)

Something like this could be also fun and add peoples which cannot come to iceland.

breg mac

Ps: it looks that i had make a little noise with the quoting ^^

Selene Bork
Caldari
Celtic industries
Posted - 2008.06.25 21:18:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: CrayC
Only a Full FanFest pass, no 1-day passes... I don't remember if the pricing was in dollar or euro last year, but I believe it's around 65 of one of them Embarassed


Last two years it was $ 65 for the Fanfest Pass. Which you did get a goody bag on arrival, a nice t-shirt and assorted items.

AlienHand
Posted - 2008.06.25 22:41:00 - [28]
 

Originally by: Selene Bork
Originally by: CrayC
Only a Full FanFest pass, no 1-day passes... I don't remember if the pricing was in dollar or euro last year, but I believe it's around 65 of one of them Embarassed


Last two years it was $ 65 for the Fanfest Pass. Which you did get a goody bag on arrival, a nice t-shirt and assorted items.
Thanks for the info ;)

Ven Li
Perkone
Posted - 2008.06.26 10:29:00 - [29]
 

Anyone stayed at the hotel Vik??? is it close??? any recommendations as to where to stay???

CCP Lingorm


C C P
Posted - 2008.06.26 13:32:00 - [30]
 

Originally by: Ven Li
Anyone stayed at the hotel Vik??? is it close??? any recommendations as to where to stay???

I have stayed at teh hotel Vik as a player in 2006. It is about 2 minutes further from the FanFest site than the Hilton/Nordica, the breakfast bar was very nice (basic, but good selection) and nice rooms.

Recommended it to a friend last year and he was very happy with it. Not as nice or posh as the Hilton/Nordica but still very comfortable and relaxing.



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