Con Before the Storm featuring World of Podcasts is a party organized by fans, for fans. Special guest ‘personalities’ come to this party so they can meet fans (like you!) in person. Personalities include podcasters, streamers, pro teams, artists, news sites and fan sites across all Blizzard games. We also host a Fan Art gallery, a photobooth, meet & greet autograph rooms, live podcasts, and more!

2017’s party will make this our 5th year! And it’s all thanks to our backers – each and every donation really does help make this party happen. The past 2 years we’ve had over 100 backers each year who helped fund your community event that hosted over 5,000 people! Thanks to the generosity of this community, along with help from our volunteers, thousands of people made and will make this year, memories that will last a lifetime.  Our goal is to make sure to create an accessible & inclusive pre-Blizzcon party, an event where everyone feels welcome!

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frequently asked questions

Is Con Before the Storm Free?

Yes! Everyone gets in for free. As a backer who helped make the party possible, we’re sending all sorts of goodies your way on top of throwing an awesome event.

CBTS says featuring World of Podcasts, what is that?

In 2013, friends and podcasters Ben, Ginger, Dave (The Sundering), Heather (The Sundering) and Brandon joined together to create “World of Podcasts”, an event that brought together about 300 attendees. Since then, the event has grown and has joined forces with Con Before the Storm. World of Podcasts presence facilitates for the live showcasing of talented podcasters, content creators, and community personalities.

Where and When is the Event?

Con Before the Storm ft. World of Podcasts will be Thursday November 2nd, 2017. Official start time is 5pm PT.  At 5pm PT, we will open up the Art Gallery to all, at 6pm we will begin our Meet & Greet and World of Podcasts events!  CBTS will be located at the Anaheim Hilton, right next to the Anaheim Convention Center.  This year we will be on the 2nd floor, in the Ballroom for the Art Gallery, Photobooth and Meet & Greet, on the 4th floor will be World of Podcasts!

Are there long lines?

No! We understand how much there is to do during Blizzcon and in Anaheim, and value your time. One of the things we pride ourselves in is making sure we don’t have lines at our party. If we do, we do our best to minimize your wait time (such as getting drinks, taking photobooth pictures, etc.)

What time does the pre-party begin?

The time of the pre party will be at 4pm PT.  You must have a ticket (wristband) to get in to the pre-party, which was only available to Kickstarter backers via an addon or in some tiers.

How do you get a piece of art from the Art Gallery?

We have taken a lot of feedback and looked into online options! While we had several reward tiers in our Kickstarter that get to pre-select their pieces of art and we will reserve it and set it aside for those kickstarter backers.  Currently you can enter our online raffle (link at the top of CBTS homepage) Or by following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/zF3cKIP0F8hPb9vt1

CBTS Fireside Gathering

Hearthstone is introducing a new Hero – Nemsy Necrofizzle! This Warlock Hero will be available for free at established Fireside Gathering Taverns. This pint-sized Warlock will creep her way into your Hearthstone collection if you play any Fireside Brawl at a Fireside Gathering Tavern. Needless to say, the Fireside Gathering at Con Before The Storm will be hosted by an established Tavern and will be having many, many Fireside Brawls. Join us for some Fireside fun and for an opportunity to add Nemsy to your hero collection!

Link to Fireside Gathering on Blizzard’s Site: https://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/fireside-gatherings/49081

What time & where is the Fireside Gathering?

4pm – 2am.  It will be located on the 4th floor of the Hilton, near our World of Podcasts event & Frogpants / Amove.tv Meetup

Do we have to register?

Nope! There is no registration required.

Do we have to be there at 4pm when the Fireside starts?

Nope! The Fireside Gathering at Con Before The Storm is scheduled from 4pm to 2am – plenty of time for everyone to participate.

How do I participate in this awesome Fireside Gathering that you amazing people are putting on?

#1 – turn on location services on your phone/device
#2 – turn on WiFi on your phone/device
#3 – Launch Hearthstone

If Hearthstone doesn’t automatically find the Fireside Gathering and ask you if you want to join it, you can scan for one by clicking on the small Lantern icon in the top of your friends list and scan for it.

What is the play format / style?

Casual play. We’ll be enjoying the benefits of a Fireside Gathering while at Con Before The Storm. The least of which will be Fireside Brawls – where participants will be able to earn Nemsy Necrofizzle. There is no tournament scheduled for this Fireside Gathering.

I heard there are issues with some taverns not being able to award Nemsy?

New taverns with less than 3 events aren’t considered “established” and Nemsy will not make an appearance. The Con Before The Storm Fireside Gathering is being hosted by Florida Fireside, an established Tavern with over 20 events, including hosting the 2016 and 2017 HCT. We’re confident Nemsy will show up for ours.

Party Location and Art Gallery Submission

  • Con Before the Storm 2017
    NOVEMBER 2nd 2017
    Time 5pm PT - Midnight PT
  • Event Address

    777 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
    2nd Floor - Art Gallery, Meet & Greet, Photobooth
    4th Floor - World of Podcasts, Amove.tv/Frogpants Meetup

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