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On Thursday Nov. 1st, 2018, we're celebrating all things Blizzard games with you the fans! The party is TOTALLY FREE!!
On Thursday Nov. 1st, 2018, we're celebrating all things Blizzard games with you the fans! The party is TOTALLY FREE!!
180 backers pledged $22,000 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. 2018 will make this our 6th year hosting this event and it's all thanks to the support of the amazing community! Last year we had over 140 backers who helped fund a party that hosted over an estimated 6,000 people! Due to the generosity of this community, and the help from our volunteers, thousands of people have made memories year after year at Con Before the Storm and World of Podcasts. As we grow each year, we try our best to improve the event and above all ensure that everyone feels welcome and included. 

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, 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 $13,500

If we raise that amount of money we will be able to have Con Before the Storm in one ballroom, which will include our Art Gallery, Meet & Greet (with gaming personalities and podcasters), a photobooth and bartenders to serve the party-goers! 

Please note Kickstarter will not charge you until our campaign ends on June 3rd!

But why stop there?  Let's bring on...

 A special note about the $24,500 & $28,500 World of Podcasts tiers:

Since its modest beginnings, World of Podcasts has grown to become a major event celebrating all podcasts covering Blizzard Entertainment games.

It has been our intention to make World of Podcasts as inclusive as possible, and interest was so great that for last years event we created new opportunities to feature over 50 participating shows.

As we’re expecting similar--if not greater!--interest this year, our vision for World of Podcasts 2018 is to showcase the talent in two rooms, with panels running concurrently from start to finish. We attempted this on a small scale last year with our Podcasting panel, and while we were happy with the content of the panel, we feel that every panel should be equally equipped for recording and presentation.

We are passionate and excited at the prospect of making this year’s World of Podcasts a reality. However, World of Podcasts 2018 will only be added to Con Before the Storm if at least the $24,500 tier is met.

Add-ons

Finally, We've also included 3 addon options this year*:

  • A pre-party wristband ticket! Get into the event early, and check out all the amazing art!
  • Get our exclusive Cards Against Gnomanity: 2018 version!
  • Add to your velcro patch collection with our CBTS 2018 Velcro Patch!

*Details can be found at the bottom of this page for how to get your add-ons

 Reward Tiers

 **Backer Pack and Higher are eligible for the Add-Ons**

We are excited by our 2018 pin designs! Our postcard prints and badge ribbon have not been finalized but below are examples of what we've used in previous years!

Final Designs / Products may vary slightly from what is shown
Final Designs / Products may vary slightly from what is shown

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

 Here is our 2nd design for 2018!

 Example Egg Dishes Badges:

Egg Dishes Murloc McCree Enamel Pin
Egg Dishes Murloc McCree Enamel Pin
Early Concept Design of the Velcro Patch - Not Final
Early Concept Design of the Velcro Patch - Not Final

Get your limited edition Tsepish badge! She isn't doing her traditional badges, these will go fast!

 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

Time to put politics aside, and break bread (or as we like to say, bacon!)
Time to put politics aside, and break bread (or as we like to say, bacon!)

 *Please note the signed shirt you get will be a random CBTS design & size.

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 the amount of the addon, $10 or $25; for two addons that are $25 you would add $50, etc. If you DON'T want an addon, no need to change the price.

Con Before the Storm 2018 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!

Budget based on the $20K stretch goal, cost estimation from last year and early quotes for this coming year
Budget based on the $20K stretch goal, cost estimation from last year and early quotes for this coming year

Below is cost breakdown for the 1st World of Podcasts stretch goal target

Based on early quotes and costs from last year, Based on cost differential from the $24500 stretch goal from the previous, $20K
Based on early quotes and costs from last year, Based on cost differential from the $24500 stretch goal from the previous, $20K

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 our event 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. Thus in 2015, we secured more people to help out and came better prepared.

A big focus for us this year is our continued improvement of the Art Gallery. We're proud of the quality of the art we display (thank you talented artists!) but the logistics of hanging and distributing it has been a challenge. Last year, we implemented an online giveaway system that worked really well, and plan to do so again for 2018, but with some slight tweaks. Furthermore, we are dedicating an entire team to oversee the process (versus only 2-3 people who are also juggling other tasks leading up to the event). The great folks at Twisted Nether Blogcast will be organizing and running the Art Gallery this year, and with over 10 years of prior Blizzcon party planning experience under their belts, we are feeling great going in to 2018.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Thank You!

    We put your name on our website as a supporter of our 6th annual event and have our eternal thanks for helping make 2018's event happen!

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    Backer Pack

    Show your support for CBTS's 6th annual event with all the flair you can handle, plus everything from the "Thank You!" tier.

    Includes:
    • Backer Name on Website
    • Postcard Art Print
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom 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 2018 T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Postcard Art Print
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    Early Bird: Upgraded Represent!

    Its Early Bird Pricing! $10 off for being an early backer!

    Since one T-Shirt won't get you through two days of Blizzcon, we are giving you two with different designs! Plus, you'll receive all the swag from the "Backer Pack" & "Thank You!" tiers!

    Includes:
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Love Note
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    Upgraded Represent!

    Since one T-Shirt won't get you through two days of Blizzcon, we are giving you two with different designs! Plus, you'll receive all the swag from the "Backer Pack" & "Thank You!" tiers!

    Includes:
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Love Note
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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 along with first dibs on our event art in wave 1 of our online art gallery selection. You will also get to pre-select your favorite piece of art from the gallery that we will print as a special 8x10!

    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!

    Includes:
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • 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, CBTS T-Shirt, a sneak preview of our event's Art Gallery, plus you get to pre-select your favorite piece of art from the gallery that we will print as an 8x10 for you, along with first dibs on our event art in wave 1 of our online art gallery selection.

    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!

    Includes:
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Postcard Art Print
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    Upgraded Art Lover

    This tier gets you two art print packs for a total of six unique art prints, CBTS T-Shirt, a sneak preview of our event's Art Gallery, plus you get to pre-select your favorite piece of art from the gallery that we will print as an 8x10 for you, along with first dibs on our event art in wave 1 of our online art gallery selection.

    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!

    Includes:
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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    Egg Dishes Badge

    You get a guaranteed custom art badge by the talented Egg Dishes! Plus get a complimentary Egg Dishes print, and an amazing Murloc McCree Enamel Pin!

    Plus get all the items from the Represent tier, a Personalized Love Note from the organizers, Online Art Gallery Preview and Wave 1 Access to our Art Gallery Selection

    Includes:
    • Egg Dishes Custom Badge
    • Egg Dishes Murloc McCree Pin
    • Egg Dishes Complimentary Print
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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    Pledge $240 or more About $240

    Early Bird: Swag-A-Licious

    Special Early Bird Pricing! $10 off for being an early backer!

    This tier has it all! If you love swag, this is the tier for you!

    You get BOTH shirt designs! Plus everything in the Upgraded Art Lover tier, Art Print Packs, a pre-selected 8x10, access to the online gallery, Pre-Party Ticket Wristband and so much more! Plus you get all items in the Backer Pack and Thank you tiers!

    But wait there is more!!! This year we are making awesome Velcro CBTS Patches, and this tier gets you one!

    Includes:
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
    • CBTS Velcro Patch
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Swag-A-Licious

    This tier has it all! If you love swag, this is the tier for you!

    You get BOTH shirt designs! Plus everything in the Upgraded Art Lover tier, Art Print Packs, a pre-selected 8x10, access to the online gallery, Pre-Party Ticket Wristband and so much more! Plus you get all items in the Backer Pack and Thank you tiers!

    But wait there is more!!! This year we are making awesome Velcro CBTS Patches, and this tier gets you one!

    Includes:
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • CBTS Velcro Patch
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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    Tsepish Badge Tier

    You get an exclusive, guaranteed Tsepish laminated custom art badge, a single character portrait with badge frame, an 8.5"x11" print of your character portrait, an enamel pin, postcard art prints, sticker and bookmark!! Phew!

    Plus, you'll get everything from the Swag-A-Licious tier!!!

    Includes:
    • Tsepish Custom Character Badge
    • Tsepish 8.5" x 11" print of your character portrait
    • Tsepish Enamel Pin
    • Tsepish Postcard Art Print
    • Tsepish Sticker & Bookmark
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • CBTS Velcro Patch
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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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 maybe some special surprise guests in a small intimate setting!

    Plus get all the awesome swag from the Swag-A-Licious tier!

    Includes:
    • Free Breakfast at Blizzcon!
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • CBTS Velcro Patch
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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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 "Swag-A-Licious" Tier), but we will get you an exclusive CBTS Shirt that has been signed by several of the 2017 Meet & Greet personalities! This tier includes one wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party, and a brand spanking new 2018 edition of Cards Against Gnomanity!

    Includes:
    • 2017 Meet & Greet Personalities Signed T-Shirt
    • Cards Against Gnomanity 2018
    • Free Breakfast at Blizzcon!
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • CBTS Velcro Patch
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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    Baller

    You are a sponsor! Get all the goodies from Swag-A-Licious, Get Breakfast, plus we will discuss putting your name / brand as a sponsor for our 6th annual event! This tier also includes one wristband ticket to our exclusive pre-party!

    Includes:
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Art Print Pack 1 (3 Pieces)
    • Art Print Pack 2 (3 Pieces)
    • Backer Name on Website
    • CBTS 2018 Badge Ribbon
    • CBTS 2018 T-Shirt
    • CBTS 6 Year Pin
    • CBTS Velcro Patch
    • Content Pin Pack (4 Custom Pins)
    • Free Breakfast at Blizzcon!
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Personalized Love Note
    • Postcard Art Print
    • Pre-Party Wristband Ticket
    • Wave 1 Access to Online Art Gallery Selection
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Funding period

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