EVE Fanfest 2016

For those who follow me on instagram (@skrekkugle) you will already have seen the pics but I figured I should blog a bit about it too. For those who have no idea, EVE Online is a sandbox mmorpg spaceship computer game, and this event is basically the developers inviting us to Iceland to come drink with them.

Started drinking about 9 in the morning at the airport last thursday, waiting for our flight to Reykjavik. After the longest bus ride ever from KEF to Reykjavik we checked in and arrived at Harpa just in time for the EVE Keynote.

After watching the keynote and some stuff about Valkyrie we went out for food and more beer. Beer was also sold at the conference centre in bottles and cans and was pretty much allowed anywhere at all times.

This monument has the names of all active EVE players (on a certain date) engraved into the metal plates at the bottom. Managed to find my two chars and it’s pretty cool to be part of that.

Since CCP and EVE is a big deal in Iceland, the bar Bryggjan (or something) had made three beers targeted at EVE players. Need Reps, HOP Success and Safety Off. The bar was located in the same building as CCP so it was the default hangout spot for the devs/gms.

We met a couple of GMs and some other guys and talked spaceships and shit all night.

The day after (friday), we decided to pick up a rental car to go see some sites. Everything on Iceland is made of lava and the scenery was pretty cool but got a little boring in some places too. There are almost no trees and it is mostly flat and brown. The terrain features that are cool, are pretty cool though. Edit: The barren wasteland and sense of isolation has relly grown on me. Probably moving there if Norway is invaded by russia or something.

Some random big lava crack. It’s probably 8-10m down to the bottom but it doesn’t really show in the pic.

The geysirs are pretty cool too and the smell like sick egg farts.

Gullfossen (the pic shows the lower half of it) was huge!

A little beer selfie warming up for the pub crawl with devs the same night.

People start showing up to be split into groups and get some beer and Brennivin before hitting the bars.

This bar was filled with locals. They quickly escaped when the internet spaceship nerds entered. Good for them!

When you need a glass for your beer but can’t find one.

We also bumped into Bjorn Bee (https://www.twitch.tv/bjornbee) before we got to the point of drinking beer from the fine china. As awesome in real life as he is on stream, and also a bit taller (and not green or blue in the face). Good shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

The morning after we skipped the eggs/bacon and went for a sandwich place recommended on the internet. Of course we ordered the one with all the meat on it and it was awesome. Especially the morning after drinking.

Then we went to Harpa to shop for some last minute loot and watch the presentation about Citadels. After that we found a bar and we just sat there all day drinking beer before we headed to back to the hotel to pack everything ready for the flight the next morning, before heading out for one last night of partying.

Went for a burger at burgerjoint which was quality stuff.

Starting to feel very tired from drinking and in general it took some time to build up the courage and strength to go for it one last time. It was time for The Party on Top of the World with CCPs own Permaband playing with the viking metal band Skalmold as warmup.

Skalmold was awesome and so was Permaband, ending on their new tune “Bring on the wrecking machine”, and with that we ended the trip ourselves and went back to the hotel to catch some well needed sleep before heading home the next day.

Fanfest was awesome and if it wasn’t for the high cost I would love to go every year. I guess it won’t be my last time anyways. Next time I’ll bring a second liver.

Last week was pretty eventful. Monday, we went to see A Place To Bury Strangers with a couple of friends at Revolver in Oslo. They were awesome as always but the very small venue made the sound kind of a blur compared to when they played at Blå or John Dee. Before the concert we had some Illegal burgers and beer omnom.

Saturday I was invited by a coworker to my first ever game of DnD as a PC. I have DMed a few sessions before but we never really got into it and I was not prepared for all the work I had to put into it so it died out pretty quick. This group kicked their no-show cleric and invited me to take his place.

Currently we are trying to unravel a mystery surrounding a sudden plague destroying a big city and it is pretty awesome! Looking forward to the next session.

This week I’m leaving for EVE Fanfest in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a few friends. We were advised to bring a second and third liver so I guess we’re gonna get pretty hammered. Will def update after if I can remember anyting of it (and if we manage to find the plane home).

Went to see the new Star Wars movie yesterday and I know I use the word awesome a lot, but it was actually pretty awesome! Went in with no expectations and no idea of what it was about and was pleasantly surprised. A lot better than episode I-III but lacked some of the charm of the oldest ones.

9 out of 10 Millenium Falcons! Can’t wait for the next one!

Return To The Batcave 2015


 

RTTB was awesome! Saw a lot of great bands, met a few nice people and drank A LOT of beer! Was too drunk and tired to blog while I was there so some pictures will have to do this time. Also, you can spot us a few times in the video above so thats pretty cool.

If the voting for next years bands is any indication on who’s gonna show up, I’m going for sure.

Deathrock night at Blitz (Oslo) with Batboner, Akrasia and Horror Vacui! Batboner was GREAT as always and Akrasia were pretty cool too. How they managed to drag Horror Vacui all the way from Italy up here I don’t know but it was awesome! I wish things like these happened a lot more often around here.

Trying to read up on how to get started with synths to go with my bass so I can fiddle around with an actual goal in mind. I have no idea on how to get started and the more I read about it the more confused I get.

I’m thinking about getting the Korg MS20 Mini and a Boss DR-55 drum machine and work from there. Won’t break the bank and could be a fun little project to fiddle around with. Now I just have to find out what I need to do to hook all these things up..

Sommern

Ser jeg har prokrastinert så lenge med sommerferieplanene i år at det endre opp med ingenting. WGT er over, dropper Amphi og utenom Batboner 4. juli så er det ingen festivaler, events eller konserter av interesse på planen heller. Alcest spiller på Tons of Rock neste helg men betaler ikke 800+ spenn per pers for ett band som spiller på torsdagen når jeg ikke kan ta fri dagen etter engang. /rant

Om jeg ikke finner på noe lurt snart så blir det chartertur til syden *grøss*

Yeeeeeeeee

(Angående sletta 52 week photo challenge) Det varte jo lenge. Kom vel til uke 7 eller noe (ligger mer på 500px enn her)? Oh well, har faktisk tatt en del bilder men ikke “hatt tid” til å redigere. Det vil si at det ikke har blitt prioritert. Hadde vært fett å fullføre men kom fort frem til at det ble mer press enn gøy og jeg liker gøy best. Jeg prøver uansett ikke imponere noen andre enn meg selv og om jeg lever noen år til skal jeg vel kunne skvise ut noen resultater jeg blir fornøyd med her og der uansett. Peller derfor ned bildene som suger fra 500px og redigerer ut titler fra resten.

Ellers har jeg hatt 10 dager ferie mens kone og unge dro til Haugesund. Alle stjerner lina opp og det ble tima perfekt med release av PS4 spillet Bloodborne (mer tid til gamings). Lenge siden jeg har vært såpass spilledilla som når jeg fikk dette mellom hendene. Nesten som å være 8 år gammel igjen faktisk.

Etter et par uker med slit satt jeg igjen med en platinum trofè (for de som liker å måle verdien av livet sitt digitalt):

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Hats off!!

I virkeligheten har det blitt noen byturer gjennom vinteren, siste nå forrige lørdag for å spise litt Illegal Burger og ENDELIG å se Seigmen. De skuffa selvfølgelig ikke og jeg håper jeg får sjangsen en gang til før noen dør.

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Prøve å steppe opp blogginga litt igjen. Liker ikke de massive hullene over de siste par åra.