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the gathering 2014

Hi lovelies!

If you’ve been following me on my other social networks, you’ll have seen that over the past two weeks, I’ve been posting about The Gathering 2014 nonstop! In an effort to revive my blog,  here’s my Gathering experience masterpost, haha!!

If you don’t know what The Gathering is, check out my video on GeekandSundry Vlogs! :}

Basically, The Gathering is a huge LAN party held in Hamar, Norway. It’s filmed in the giant viking ship olympic stadium (which is named the Vikingskipet because it looks like an overturned viking ship!) Thousands of people flood into the ship, bringing their computer supplies and shelf equipment for 4 days of nonstop gaming fun! It was my first LAN event, and it was even more exciting because The Gathering had invited myself, Scott, Amy, and our producer Jenni, to host live shows!

Also, apologies for the quality! Pics were shot on my iPhone.

Flew with Norwegian airlines from Gatwick in London. Norwegian is awesome, such a pleasant flight. They even had free wifi! Definitely helped the 2.5 hour flight go by very quickly. I’m super fortunate as this trip was my third trip down to Norway. (First time for planning meetings, second time to film promos for the event.) Ya can’t keep my outta Norway!~ haha.

Walking into the ship and seeing this for the first time was definitely super exciting!! So many people! And so many cool shelves set up!

Here’s my walk-around vlog for the weekend! I tried to vlog as often as I could during the weekend, so much to see and do!

One of the cool events at the Gathering is that on the first day, after opening ceremonies, the lights are shut off revealing a dark ship filled with thousands of computer monitor lights! This is the magic button that Scott pushed to turn off the lights. DO I PRESS IT?? (You can’t see a giant red button and not push it!! ;D)

It looked incredible at night! You can kinda see some of the games that people are playing… Majority of people were playing Minecraft, League of Legends, and Counterstrike. Dubstep blasting 24/7.

As I previously mentioned, Amy and I did a talk show during The Gathering! We had a half hour show at 5PM every day, talking about the days events and highlights, as well as interviewing some guests and staff. I’ve never done live presenting on a talk show before so it was a new experience! I was really nervous about the studio headsets because we had our producer (Jenni), and the director (Kasper) talking into our ear, giving us countdowns, timing cues, and people giving us topics to bring up. Scary at first, but after the first livestream I found myself becoming more comfortable in front of the camera. We just derped around and chilled with the guests 8)

 Getting ready for the show! We dressed up in kigurumis which was really fun! I wore my Totoro one, which is too short for me hahah…. Oh well πŸ˜€

Jenni was sitting outside the Vikingskipet in a big media truck… She could see us on the cameras, and was sitting here giving us instructions during our show!

Scott had a late night talk show at 1:30AM. For one of his segments, he and Jenni had a nerf gun fight. Of course, we had to join in on the fun! Here we are as Felicia’s Angels. πŸ˜‰

ON THE SECOND NIGHT, LEMAITRE DID A SURPRISE APPEARANCE. I PRETTY MUCH SCREAMED. I love Lemaitre, only recently got into them!! I thought they were french (because of their name), but apparently they were Norwegian! a;skfldjdklgdfkg so excited during their set, a little bit upset because the crowd really sucked haha. Lemaitre is indie electronic group, some of their music isn’t really suited for dancing, so a lot of people just stood there…. I was having my own little dance party though πŸ˜€

Got my crew sweater! They only had large sizes left when I got mine, so it’s huge!! Super comfortable though, I like wearing it when I’m lounging around my rooms in the evening. ~moe thugz 4 lyfe~

I also hosted the cosplay awards on the Friday with a Norwegian TV host, Kim-Daniel! He was super fun, great at hyping up crowds. So many people turned up, it was insane. There were so many fantastic cosplayers! Apparently there was a huge amount of people watching on the livestream as well.

Cameras on the main stage were really big! After a days work, eating at the crew house was great. Had bbq burgers which were amazing. Such lovely weather as well, bright and sunny.

A lovely woman from the Information:Games desk called Dawn, gave Amy and I a huge back of Norwegian candies!! I made a video tasting them πŸ˜€

 After everyone left on the Sunday! So much garbage omg it was insane… People also left computer parts, food, and chairs/furniture!! However, Sunday evening was also time for the crew party! Unfortunately Amy and Jenni had to leave early to catch their flight back to Los Angeles, so Scott and I had to party extra hard on behalf of them. πŸ™‚

Me being a derp + Scott, Kasper the gorilla director man, and myself! πŸ˜€

All in all, The Gathering was a huge success! We didn’t really get to game or participate in the games, but we had a ton of fun hosting events and meeting our Norwegian viewers! If you’re thinking about attending the Gathering, you definitely should. There are so many concerts, events, contests and lectures/seminars to attend.

Thank you to KANDU, and The Gathering for inviting us. We really had such a fantastic time. Hopefully we’ll be able to attend again next year! :}

first trip to norway!

Heyo!

The past two months have been a nightmare for computer troubles… The new laptop that is currently on the way is stuck in customs, so I ended up renting a laptop from the university IT services. What a mistake, this thing is super slow and weighs a ton… so old school! I can’t wait until my new baby arrives so I can actually edit videos/photos/play games and move on with my life!

Anyway, a lot has happened over the past while! I went to Norway!! πŸ˜€

The purpose of my trip wasn’t for vacation though. I’m actually going to be attending The Gathering this year, which is a huge LAN party/ creative convention! Basically it’s going to be super fun, with lots of gamers, panels, concerts and shows! I’ll be working with the media team to host a cosplay competition and possibly do interviews/behind the scenes vlogs! I flew down there for their initial planning meeting, and to offer some input about event/panel organization!

On Feb 1st, I took the bus down to London. Met up with a youtuber who I used to watch quite often, Evan Edinger! Went out for lunch before my flight! He’s a pretty cool dude, kept teasing me about my Canadian accent tho… it’s not even that thick! πŸ™ Took the tube down to Heathrow and flew to Oslo. Short flight, only about two and a half hours!

Met up with one of the organizers, Kasper, at the airport! His flight from Copenhagen was delayed though due to issues involving the transportation of a coffin…? He took the express train down to Oslo city centre to meet up with two of the other event organizers – Guro and Martin!

It was so weird seeing snow again, since we haven’t had any here in England this year!

We met up at a TGI Fridays, which was a little bizarre because it’s a very Americanized brand, but with a big Norwegian influence! We introduced ourselves and had a drink. (Alcohol is insanely expensive in Norway! Most cocktails were 114 kroners, which is like Β£12? Over $20 for a drink! Ahh!!)

Checked into my hotel! Had a quaint room with a single bed (next to a heater = toasty!), and wet room/toilet.

The next morning, I was picked up and we drove to a office building! We went into a conference hall and office area. I met most of the event and content coordinators, as well as the IT services group and camera operators. What struck me the most was that everyone spoke such good English! I was told that most people in Norway know how to speak English – as an English speaker, you would have no trouble navigating Oslo! We spent the entire afternoon in planning meetings. In the evening, everyone went out for pizza at large American-style pizzeria!

Giant cat loose on the streets of Oslo~

The next day, everybody returned to the final meeting where we went over the event briefs. After those were completed, Kasper and I took the train back to Oslo airport. Going through border services really makes me want to get my English passport, since it takes forever when you have to get through with one that’s non-EU! Took the tube to Covent Garden, stopped for Starbucks and people-watched for 45 mins, and then got on my 3.5 hour train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Leeds!

It was a really fun mini trip! I didn’t really get to see much of Oslo, but I’ll be returning once more before the actual event… Two more trips to Norway, yay! It’s a great opportunity for me to gain work experience, as well as getting to cosplay and present shows and vlog more! I’m really excited for the actual event…Gotta start on my Akali cosplay soon!

Most posts coming up soon, stay tuned~