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On Thursday Nov. 2nd, 2017, we're celebrating all Blizzard games. The party is TOTALLY FREE and features World of Podcasts.
On Thursday Nov. 2nd, 2017, we're celebrating all Blizzard games. The party is TOTALLY FREE and features World of Podcasts.
148 backers pledged $20,285 to help bring this project to life.

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A party by the community, for the community!  

Wondering what Con Before the Storm is all about? It's a pre-Blizzcon event organized by fans, for fans. 2017 will make this our 5th year hosting this event and it's all thanks to the support of the amazing community! Last year we had over 100 backers who helped fund a party that hosted over an estimated 5,000 people!

Due to the generosity of this community, and the help from our volunteers, thousands of people have made memories year after year at World of Podcasts and Con Before the Storm. As we grow each year (in both size, and lessons learned), we do our best to improve the event, and above all ensure that everyone feels welcome and included.  After-all, this is your party, by you and for you!

Like our previous years, we're planning to host a fan art gallery, a photobooth, meet & greet autograph rooms, live podcasts, and more! Special guest 'personalities' come to this party so they can meet fans (like you!) in person. Podcasters, streamers, pro esports teams, artists, news sites and fan sites across all Blizzard games will be there. 

Our funding goal is $14,000.  

If we raise that amount of money we will be able to have Con Before the Storm in at least three smaller conference rooms similar to 2014, which will include our Art Gallery, Meet & Greet, World of Podcasts, a photobooth and bartenders to serve the party-goers!

At our first stretch goal of $16,500, we will be able to host the Frogpants & Amove.tv meetup!  Plus all Backer Pack tiers and higher will get early access to the raffle to claim a piece of Art.  Art Lover tier and those which include Art Lover still get first priority to claim a piece of art, plus another chance to get into the raffle for a 2nd piece of art!

Ideally we want to hit our $24,000 stretch goal, as this allows us to obtain a similar sized space we had in 2016 (two Ballrooms), and make changes to enhance the experience for all facets of the event!  Details of our Stretch Goals can be found at the bottom of this page.

We've also included 2 addon option this year; our exclusive pre-party wristband ticket! Get into the event early, plus you will be treated with an exclusive live recording of The Instance Podcast with Scott Johnson & crew!  This is only available for those who have a pre-party ticket! 

Also due to popular request we are also creating a 2017 version of Cards Against Gnomanity! All new cards!

Cards Against Gnomanity Example from previous year
Cards Against Gnomanity Example from previous year

 

Details can be found at the bottom of this page for how to get your pre-party ticket and/or your copy of Cards Against Gnomanity 2017!

 

 Reward Tiers

**Backer Pack and Higher are eligible for the Pre-Party featuring Live The Instance Podcast & Cards Against Gnomanity Addon options!**

While our 2017 designs are not quite final, here are some examples of items from the Backer Pack in 2016, which included postcards, backer ribbon (repeat backer ribbon displayed below), pin pack and CBTS commemorative pin.

 

 

 

One of our shirt designs is being made by Instance Host & Cartoonist, Scott Johnson!  We are excited about his Healer Healer, Damage Dealer design!

*please note this design could change slightly from what is shown, but is a good indicator of the finished product. 

Our other shirt design (which is near final) is designed by our artist from last year from Nadia, here is what it will look like:

*please note this design could change slightly from what is shown, but is a good indicator of the finished product.

 

 

 

  Timelapse video of the 2016 Art Gallery being setup!

 

 

 Example Egg Dishes Badges:

 Egg Dishes early sketches of stickers to be included:

Early Draft of the keychain (left) and complimentary print (right) to be included:

 

Get some breakfast with the organizers, share your ideas, and get ready for another day of Blizzcon fun!

Plus special guests* may be joining us, including Scott Johnson from The Instance.

and Garrett Weinzierl from The Angry Chicken

*Please note that special guests may change leading up to the event, and appearances are tentative pending outstanding circumstances that may arise.

 

 Example Chewiebaka badges:

 

 *You will also receive copies of the PSD files for the panel images only 

Example of Skog Designs' Custom Twitch Overhaul!

Serephitic Embroidery will also create a custom hoodie! It will be a solid color hoodie, the CBTS logo embroidered on the hoodie and an image on the back to be discussed with Serephita (must comply with trademark laws).

Example hoodies (please note these are not the hoodies you would receive, just examples)

 

 

Here are the 2 shirts that were signed ready for the ultimate fans!

 

 

 How This Reward Process Works:   

STEP 1: Review and select the reward tier that most interests you

STEP 2: Decide if you want one or more addons and note the price.  

STEP 3: Back the project by selecting your favorite tier. If you want an addon, increase the pledge amount by $25; for two addons, $50, etc. If you DON'T want an addon, no need to change the price.  

Con Before the Storm 2017 Fund Distribution

This chart illustrates how the funds from the Kickstarter will be distributed to put on the largest by fans for fans pre-Blizzcon event!

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Each year of our event, we've encountered hiccups that we have worked to improve upon, and we believe it shows. For example, when we moved this over to the Hilton Anaheim in 2014, a big lesson we learned that year was the sheer number of volunteers we need to make this party run. In 2015 we secured more people to help out and came better prepared.

After 2015 and 2016 we experimented and better understand what works and what doesn't in regards to Kickstarter redemption. Last year shipping backer rewards ahead of time allowed us to focus more time on the event itself, however the pick 3 and 5, etc. made it time consuming to handle fulfillment, so this year we are streamlining a bit.

Last year the Art Gallery giveaway once again ended up a bit chaotic; we had some great volunteers and were still overwhelmed, and thankfully some attendees jumped in and helped out (thank you!!). We are not content with how things went, and ever since have been exploring ways to improve the system to make this process go much smoother this year.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Thank You!

    We put your name on our website as a supporter of our 5th anniversary event and have our eternal thanks for helping make 2017's event happen!

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    Backer Pack

    Show your support for CBTS's 5th anniversary event with all the flair you can handle, plus everything from the "Thank You!" tier.

    Includes:
    • Postcard Art Print
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
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    Represent!

    Show your support with an ultra comfy, one of a kind T-Shirt! Additionally, you will also receive both the "Thank You!" tier and the "Backer Pack" tier.

    Includes:
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
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    EARLY BIRD! Upgraded Represent!

    Its Early Bird Pricing! $5 off, plus we give you an awesome Party Kargy Plushie for being an early backer!

    Because 1 T-Shirt won't get you through two days of Blizzcon, we are giving you two T-Shirts (two Different Designs), plus all the swag from the "Backer Pack" & "Thank You!" tiers!

    Includes:
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
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    • Postcard Art Print
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    Upgraded Represent!

    Because 1 T-Shirt won't get you through two days of Blizzcon, we are giving you two T-Shirts (two Different Designs), plus all the swag from the "Backer Pack" & "Thank You!" tiers!

    Includes:
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
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    Art Lover

    The art in the community is amazing, so let us hook you up! We'll get you an art print pack with three unique pieces of art, plus get a sneak preview of our event's Art Gallery. You will also get to pre-select your favorite piece of art from the gallery that you will get to take home with you from the event.

    But wait...there's more! We also want to give you a CBTS T-Shirt along with all the swag from the "Backer Pack" & "Thank You!" tiers!

    *Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
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    Egg Dishes Badges

    You get a guaranteed custom art badge by the talented Egg Dishes! Plus get a complimentary Egg Dishes print, custom Blizzard themed sticker sheet, and keychain!

    Plus you will receive all the goodies from the "Represent!" Tier! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    *Please note you must be present at Blizzcon to pick up your custom badge from Egg Dishes

    Includes:
    • Egg Dishes Custom Badge
    • Egg Dishes Blizzard Themed Sticker Sheet
    • Egg Dishes Complimentary Print
    • Egg Dishes Keychain
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
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    EARLY BIRD! Upgraded Art Lover

    For being an early supporter, we are giving you special "Early Bird" pricing! This tier gets you two art print packs for a total of six unique art prints, two CBTS T-Shirts, a sneak preview of our event's Art Gallery, plus you get to pre-select your favorite piece of art from the gallery that you will get to take home with you from the event.

    On top of that, you get all items in the "Backer Pack" and "Thank You!" tiers! Oh - and because we love you - the organizers will write a personalized Love Note just for you! You also get 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    Backing us early at this tier also gets you a bonus; our CBTS Plushie, Party Kargy!

    *Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Party Kargy Plushie
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    Upgraded Art Lover

    We are going to get you two art print packs for a total of six unique art prints, two CBTS T-Shirts, a sneak preview of our event's Art Gallery, plus you get to pre-select your favorite piece of art from the gallery that you will get to take home with you from the event. You also get 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    On top of that you get all items in the "Backer Pack" and "Thank You!" tiers! Oh - and because we love you - the organizers will write a personalized Love Note just for you!

    *Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
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    Egg Dishes Badges Upgraded

    You get a guaranteed custom art badge by the talented Egg Dishes! Plus get a complimentary Egg Dishes print, custom Blizzard themed sticker sheet, and keychain!

    Plus you will receive all the goodies from the "Upgraded Art Lover" Tier! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    *Please note you must be present at Blizzcon to pick up your custom badge from Egg Dishes

    **Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • Egg Dishes Custom Badge
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Egg Dishes Complimentary Print
    • Egg Dishes Blizzard Themed Sticker Sheet
    • Egg Dishes Keychain
    • Access to Behind the Scenes Planning & Discussions
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
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    Breakfast Club

    It's the last day of Blizzcon, and we want to buy you breakfast! Come have breakfast with us and tell us your thoughts on this year's event with the organizers and some special guests in a small intimate setting!

    Plus get all the awesome swag from the "Upgraded Art Lover" Tier! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    Includes:
    • Free Breakfast at Blizzcon!
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Access to Behind the Scenes Planning & Discussions
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
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    Skog's Twitch Overhaul

    Want to upgrade your Twitch profile? This is your tier! We've teamed up with Skog Designs to give your Twitch profile a face-lift! You will receive:
    1 x Twitch Offline Image,
    6 x Panel Header Images
    1x Banner

    This has a retail value of $250!

    Plus you will receive all the goodies from the "Upgraded Art Lover" Tier! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    Also Serephitic Embroidery will make you 1 custom hoodie!

    *Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • Twitch Profile Upgrade by Skog Designs
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Access to Behind the Scenes Planning & Discussions
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Custom Serephitic Embroidery Hoodie
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    Chewiebaka Badges

    Last year Chewiebaka, who did a ton of art for our event, is entering into the custom badge space! This is your opportunity to get a 1st edition Chewie Badge!

    Plus you will receive all the goodies from the "Upgraded Art Lover" Tier! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    *Please note you must be present at Blizzcon to pick up your custom badge

    **Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • Chewie Custom Badge
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Access to Behind the Scenes Planning & Discussions
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
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    Ultimate Fan

    You fancy yourself a collector? An Ultimate Fan? Well this tier is for you! Not only will you get everything in the "Breakfast Tier" (which includes the "Upgraded Art Lover" Tier), but we will get you an exclusive CBTS Shirt that has been signed by the 2016 Meet & Greet personalities! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    *Please note if you select a piece of art from the art gallery you must be present at the event to pick it up

    Includes:
    • 2016 Meet & Greet Personalities Signed T-Shirt
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Free Breakfast at Blizzcon!
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Access to Behind the Scenes Planning & Discussions
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
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    Baller

    You are a sponsor! Get all the goodies from Upgraded Art Lover, Get Breakfast, plus we will discuss putting your name / brand as a sponsor for our 5th annual event! Including 1 wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    Includes:
    • Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery Selection
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2017 Backer Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 5th Anniversary Pin
    • CBTS T-Shirt
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Pins)
    • Free Breakfast at Blizzcon!
    • Party Kargy Plushie
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Event Sponsorship
    • Access to Behind the Scenes Planning & Discussions
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
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Funding period

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