Everfree Northwest Followup · 6:59am
It's funny to think that I almost didn't attend Everfree Northwest this year. Considering the fact that I live about 30 minutes away from the convention center now, you would think that it wouldn't have been a question at all. Unfortunately I ended up having some family issues come up that nearly prevented me from going. In the end however, I ended up taking a lot of guff from my family in order to attend anyways.
And you know what? It was so worth it.
Much like last year, I had an absolute blast at the convention. I met a bunch of really great people, sat through some fantastic panels, and overall just had an amazing time. There were so many great moments this weekend, that I can't even begin to describe all of them. However, there are three in particular that simply made the weekend incredible.
Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder
While most of the tabletop gaming room was taken up by the official Collectible Card game, the best card game available this year had to be Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder (TSSSF). For those of you who don't know, TSSSF is a game in which you are trying to help Twilight become the most prolific shipfic author of all time. You do this, by shipping herself, her friends, and anypony else she's ever made in rather ridiculous scenarios. Including, but not limited to Big Macintosh being caught on a ledge with a Young and Hot Granny Smith, while Discord and Mr. Cake have an unexpected pregnancy together, all while Derpy Hooves and Iron Will have a shotgun wedding and Iron Will also happens to be an Alicorn Princess.
Yeah. It gets hilariously weird.
I first played this game at last year's Everfree Northwest in the tabletop gaming room. Back then, the game was still highly unfinished, with extremely unbalanced, poorly printed cards. Still, the very idea of the game caught my attention and I started following every update I possibly could.
Fast-forward a year later and the game is now available as a professionally printed deck with beautiful pictures and great presentation. The best part however, was that everywhere you went, there were people playing the game at the convention. Waiting in line, the fanfiction meet up, eating lunch, etc. It's been a long time since I've had that much fun with a card game before.
If you can manage to pick up a copy, I highly recommend it. It's an absolute blast to play, especially with a group of other Fanfiction authors, and you had better believe that I will be bringing my copy with me to BronyCon next month.
Charity Auction and a Little Spike
One of my personal favorite moments of My Little Pony conventions is the Charity Auctions. I'm a big believer in donating to a good cause and nothing makes me prouder of this fandom than to see the generosity of others. This year's Everfree Northwest was no exception. You might have heard about the $20,000 quilt by now which is phenomenal. (I actually tried bidding on it, but stopped once it quickly made it past the $2000 range.)
However, for me, there was something ever better to come out of the charity auction. Last year, I tried to bid, but being in my last year of college, I only had $100 to give. With a steady job now, I wanted to give a bit more this time. I did just that, and also managed to get this plush, a hug, and this picture for it.
Prepare to be jealous Spike fans :P
Yep. That's Cathy Weseluck the voice of Spike. She put this adorable little Spike up for auction and I was fortunate enough to walk away with him. I also got the chance to go up on stage afterwards and chat with her for a few minutes as well. Let me tell you, Spike was not my favorite character beforehand, but I might be convinced otherwise now. (Nah, just kidding. Scootaloo, Best Pony forever!)
Iron Author Competition
Saving the best for last. The Iron Author Competition is a staple of Everfree Northwest. It's a competition in which participants are given two hours and four keywords in order to write a story. While it's definitely not the most popular event, it's easily one of my favorites.
And yet, I almost didn't participate in it this year. Due to various reasons, I just didn't feel that I would ever have a chance to win the competition and didn't want to make a fool of myself again. Still, I eventually talked myself into participating, figuring that at the very least it would be good practice and I might be able to get some feedback. So I went, wrote my story, barely finished it in time by rushing the ending and set it on the shelf to be proud that I managed to finish it. I thought I could just forget about it, but something remarkable happened.
My story won first place.
I couldn't believe it then, and I still can't believe it now. There were so many other stories that I thought were better. Still talking with the Pen Stroke afterwards (yes, that Pen Stroke) he informed me that not only did my story win, but it was basically voted unanimously between all of the judges.
In short it was a pretty amazing convention this year. I cannot for BronyCon next month.
Oh, and one last thing…
Cutie Mark Crusaders (plus Spike) Complete Plushie Collection Get! Yay!