This year is the 15th year of Fragapalooza, and my 5th year going. As I have done for the previous two years, I will be blogging every day from Fragapalooza, to give a sense of what the event is like. I enjoy doing it, and I've received good feedback about how I've shared my experience. For those who don't know, Fragapalooza is a 4 day video gaming event that is held in the Edmonton area. People bring their own computers, and play any game they want. Fragapalooza is not as big as it used to be, but it is still a chance for 250 or so people to get together and play video games for 4 days. It is a unique event in that it runs non-stop 24/7 from Thursday morning until Sunday afternoon. I'm personally very excited for this year not just because this is the 15th year of the event and my 5th, but that this will be the first time that I'll go to the event in the same venue two years in a row. I went to the last year at the Mayfield, the year at the SportEx, the year in Fort Saskatchewan, and last year in Leduc, in the Leduc Recreation Center. This year returns to the same venue in Leduc, and I couldn't be happier.
The venue in Leduc was fantastic last year, except for the one major problem where we didn't have power for about 12 hours. We've been assured that there will be no power problems this year, which makes me happy. I really do like the venue, and can't wait for the event to start.
This year is a bit of a departure for me. In previous years I tried to sit a bit away from the stage and head table, out of some of the higher traffic areas. This year, I'm sitting literally right at the end of the row in front of the stage. It should be an interesting experience, and I'm excited to see the traffic that comes by. Though I'm sure i'll be less excited when there are a ton of people playing games on the stage at 3am. Either way, it'll be fun.
I'm setting myself up in Tent City again this year. Tent City is exactly as it sounds, an area for people to pitch tents. If the area is the same as last year, it will be outside behind the building on a slightly rocky area. The rocky area does not excite me that much, but I will live. I wish tent city was closer to the doors to the venue, but considering I'm pitching a tent for free, I won't' complain. Sleeping in Tent City is made significantly better by the fact that the Leduc Recreation Center has an excellent pool facility. Last year, when there was no power on Friday morning, I went for a swim, enjoyed some time in the hot tub, and had a good shower. I enjoyed it so much that I did it every morning during the event, and plan on doing it again this year. this also takes care of my hygiene, which, unfortunately, can be an issue with some people at this kind of event.
All in all I'm super excited to get Fragapalooza started this year. I can't wait to see what the organizers have planned for year 15 of this event.
I will be tweeting regularly at all times of the day on my twitter account, @wunderbar. You can follow the official Fragapalooza account @Fragapalooza. My blog posts will likely appear in the mornings, so look for them then. And lastly, Fragapalooza is open to the public to come and see from 10am to 9pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 10am to closing on Sunday.
I'll see you at Fragapalooza!
Oh, and I don't know how I didn't think of this until this year: but I bought a box of Wunderbar's for the event. I'll probably give almost all of them away, but man, how could I not have thought of that before yesterday?