After a suitably greasy lunch and a strong cup of tea I can now claim to feeling at least part human after the EVE player meet in Philadelphia yesterday.
I would hazard a guess that there were 50 people who came along, some sticking around only until I bumbled my way through reading aloud the EON Award winners, others only appearing afterwards. Not as impressive a turnout as the London meet perhaps, which had well over 100 attendees, but a great crowd nonetheless.
I have to give out massive thanks to Nicoli Voldkif who dutifully drove me all the way to and from Harrisburg (I have no memory of the return journey, though I gather I was fully asleep for most of it), also to Xeserox from Eden Underground Radio who traipsed from New Jersey and left only with a drunken interview of me swearing loudly and talking only small ammounts of sense. I’d also like to mention Manasi, who squeezed every bit of life out of his notebook to get EVE running at 7fps and thus managed to have a mining op going during the meet, making him the only player to leave the pub with more money than he went in with.
Congratulations, of course, to the winners, whom I will be contacting in-game soon so we can get the awards mailed out – a process that may take a month or two, since we’re still waiting for the trophies to be made up. I shall of course be thinking ahead to the nominations for the 2009 awards, which may be decided by a secret council (of trusted EON contributors) which will hopefully convene around Fanfest time… giving me plenty of time to defeat this hangover.