Failoc Phase II: Woot for Civilized Opt-In!

Success feels good especially after battling the failoc for hours on end!  All I can say is that this was so much more civilized and relaxed.  Wednesday morning (Cali Time) I was able to log into my Blizz account and just click the Opt-In selection.  I wonder if they’ll do this from the start for the next BlizzCon?  It reminds me of the lottery for The Who concert back in the 80’s. We’ll see…  Limited convention space, lots of fans…. what’s a Video Game Company to do?  Not sure, but they handled this with perfection.  Big KUDOS!  Even if I don’t get tickets (trying not to get my hopes up) I still feel good about the fair process.  Good luck to all of you!

Watch what you wish for…

Watch what you wish for…. you just might get it.  Well only hours after I posted my rant about wanting to know about the Blizzcon Tix Lottery, an announcement just appeared on the Blizzcon site.  So I want to give Blizz their props for today.  I guess a lot of people had the same worries as me and they seem to have worked out the fairest method possible.

The best news I heard was in item #3 of the requirements:  “(3) have not previously purchased BlizzCon 2008 tickets”.  I mean seriously if you already got a few tix, give the rest of us fans a chance.  They are also going to make the opt-in period over several days so we don’t have to do a ‘first come-first serve’ F5 Frenzy.  Once you’re entered into the lottery you wait feverishly for an email.  The email will give you instructions to actually purchase the tickets.  1,500 accounts will be chosen to distribute the 3,000 tickets.  Although I did see some forum posts with people wanting one ticket.  I guess if you enter, you know ahead of time that you have to take the two tickets.  I’m glad to see this update… change that.  I’m very excited to see this update.  It lets me know they’re working out the wrinkles and that they are working hard to keep all of us fanboys and fangirls happy.  I know it must be difficult with all the opportunists out there.  So we still have to watch the web site but it’s not a sprint to the finish.

Whew!  I’m still worn out from my last attempt.  I think it kept me from even wanting to play.  I understand some people even cancelled or suspended their accounts.  For more details, check out their site: www.blizzcon.com.  The opt-in will be accessible through your Blizzard Account Management.

Ready for Failoc Phase II?

So I am a glutton for punishment.  After battling with the failoc for two days between 6am EST on Aug 11 and 4pm Aug  12, and NOT getting Blizzcon tix, I’m ready to go back into the fray.  Albeit this time Blizz has set up the more civilized ‘lottery’ system for the additional 3,000 tickets.  The only drawback for me is the constant checking of the Blizzcon web site just to see when the lottery is taking place.  The only information we have to go by is: “We’ll have more information to share here and on our other websites early next week. ”  Ok so it’s Tuesday and no news yet.   It smacks of deja vu; pressing F5 repeatedly. 

Why can’t they just say “Ok, on Friday 9am PST the Lottery will begin. Details to follow.”  Instead we get the ambiguous post on the site of ‘early next week’ and no specific time.  Blizzard does so many things so right and yet some areas really need improvement.  Guys… you need to work on the PR and customer service side and not worry so much about launching WoW in Russia.

Well, Blizz, I have a callous on my pointer finger already so I am prepared.  Bring it on failoc!  *As the Night Elf Hunter motions to the dirty failoc holding his cursed “Oops!” sign. 

I’m gonna give it one more try.  Whoops!  I’ve been spending too much time here.  Better get back to Blizzcon.com… they may have announced the lottery already!