Are you starstruck by anyone? Does someone in the community respond to a post or a tweet and get you all speechless because they actually responded? Is there anyone you are waiting to have respond directly to you? Is there someone that you would like to chat to, but are too chicken? Am I the only one who puts other bloggers on a pedestal?
There are many people in the WoW community that impress me with their wit, ingenuity and friendly nature. I’ve had virtual brushes with a few — Matticus from World of Matticus responded to one of my tweets, Robin Torres from WoW Insider acutally linked to my blog, and very early on one of my true heroes, El from El’s Extreme Anglin’, followed me on twitter. When El followed me I remember thinking “gotta make my tweets good now.”
But however flattering it is to have a virtual brush with fame, nothing beats an in person brush.
Acuzod, founder of Overly Dramatic News, totally sat right next to me for like 5 minutes at Nerdtacular 2012!
I really was excited. This was my first year attending Nerdtacular, or for that matter, my first time at any in person, WoW-related gathering. For those who don’t know, Nerdtacular is a gathering of Frogpants community folks, who include listeners of Frogpants studios podcasts like The Instance and members of the large AIE guild on Earthen Ring. Here’s the one blurry picture I took on my phone to prove I was there.
I really like Frogpants founder Scott Johnson and I’ve been a long time listener to The Instance. I have an alt in AIE, but I’m extremely inactive there, so I knew no one at this event, and I went alone. I’m not shy — anyone who knows me will tell you that, trust me. But despite Scott Johnson’s and Turpster’s and Dill’s statements that everyone should just “walk up and say hi” I found it difficult to do so. They are running the event and signing autographs, and I just really didn’t know what to say. I wanted to introduce Warcraft Street to that community, but I felt weird advertising. So mostly I just sat and enjoyed the panels and laughed and had a good time.
When I saw his nametag and he sat next to me, I had to say something to Acuzod. I introduced myself and when he responded I said “the famous Acuzod!”. He replied, “Infamous maybe.” That was it. Brush over.
Acuzod is the founder of Overly Dramatic News. Here’s how they describe it on their site:
Overly Dramatic News is collection of parody news stories made to reflect how World of Warcraft characters would affect or be affected by Real Life. It’s World of Warcraft meets The Onion Radio News. Originally the brainchild of Acuzod, the network anchor seat was passed on to HuntsTheWind in early 2012.
Even before I totally became friends with Acuzod (sarcasm) I greatly admired the creativity it required to come up with the idea for ODN. In addition I admire the professionalism with which it is acted and engineered. It’s just plain good, so if you haven’t heard it, you should check it out.