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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. 2019 will make this our 7th year hosting this event and it's all thanks to the support of the amazing community! Last year we had 180 backers who helped fund a party that hosted over an estimated 8,000 people throughout the night! 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. 

This year we are working hand in hand with another community party by a brand you all know well...Wowhead! Thats right this year, Con Before the Storm is powered by Wowhead!

The landscape has certainly changed, and we and Wowhead talked and said, why are we doing different parties, let our powers combine to create the largest, most incredible Blizzard community event yet! So that brings us to this year.  With the combining of parties, means each side needs to contribute, since we are humbly just a community event, we need to raise funds to put the fun into the space!

We are taking the best parts of both events and merging them.  Make no mistake 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, discussion panels (that may include community personalities, podcasters, and more), plus perhaps some additional surprises! 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!

Early Floor Plan Idea
Early Floor Plan Idea

The above floor-plan layout is not final, but are some high level ideas we are throwing around on how to organize the combined event!

Our funding goal is $19,000

If we raise that amount we will be able to meet our contribution to the combined party to put Con Before the Storm powered by Wowhead into a space twice as big as we had last year and put the discussion panels on the 2nd floor instead of the 4th, plus have enough bartenders to serve all the party go-ers, especially since this year our venue is placing a mandatory food/drink sales requirement!


Please note Kickstarter will not charge you until our campaign ends!

Stretch Goals? 

We think $19,000 will make the party great, but we are actively brainstorming more ideas to make the combined event even better for our backers if we exceed that goal, for example an idea for the stretch goal is to potentially have a prize wheel available to backers!

 Stretch Goal 1: All backers who pledge below the art lover tier will get access to wave 2 of the art gallery selection.  You will be able to select a piece of art, that will be mounted at the event which we will give you at the end of the night.  Typically we allow you to pick 5 pieces from the online gallery, and we randomly draw people and give you the first selection that is available to be picked up.

Stretch Goal 2: Dwarf on Rock Enamel Pin!  All backers who pledged the Backer Pack tier ($35) or higher will get a bonus pin of our Dwarf on the Wowhead rocket design, oh and the best part, no additional cost to you! Its our way of saying thank you for making this year's Kickstarter the most successful in our history!

Stretch Goal 3: All Backer Pack ($35 tier) and higher will get a free spin on the Wowhead/Fanbyte prize wheel.  Prizes are being finalized, and we will release details about those prizes as we get closer to the event.  We know last year there was a wait, but we've worked out logistics and will be collecting and assigning preferred timeslots for each backer. Don't worry about timeslots, as we will work with backers via survey to assign a time-slot for you to come and spin the wheel to reduce wait times for hopefully a time that also works for you!  Also did we mention that at this point only backers will have access to the wheel.  It would only be after we can guarantee all backers have a good timeslot that we open up the wheel to non-backers, and that process has not been finalized.

Stretch Goal 4: Expanded Art Gallery! Upon hitting this stretch goal, we will rent standup display walls, to show off even more art, we anticipate between 25%-50% more art.  This amount will not only pay rent on those walls, but also printing and mounting costs for the art work we curate.  Of course more art means more art to giveaway too! And as always backers get first dibs!

Stretch Goal 5: In conjunction with stretch goal 3, backers at the $35 tier and higher, who attend in person, will be able to pickup a special commemorative CBTS 2019 powered by Wowhead Pint Glass! Best part is, its no additional cost, just show up for your free spin at the wheel, and collect your commemorative glass!

Stretch Goal Rewards - Designs for Enamel Pin and Pint Glass (*Final designs might be different)
Stretch Goal Rewards - Designs for Enamel Pin and Pint Glass (*Final designs might be different)

Add-ons

Finally, We've also included 4 addon options this year*:

  • A commemorative CBTS / Wowhead wristband! In case you wanted to get more for some friends! Or in case your cat likes to eat them, don't laugh its happened!
  • Get our exclusive Cards Against Gnomanity: 2019 version!
  • Add to your velcro patch collection with our CBTS / Wowhead 2019 Velcro Patch!
  • Get 4 Wowhead HotS and HS inspired enamel pins! These are available for 50% off from what you can get them on the Wowhead store!

*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 2019 pin designs by several community artists!  Plus the amazing Wowhead BFA Enamel Pin!

We have a button design being made by Tsepish.  Our Brigitte design is by Cinnri!  Our Azshara design is by Heather Curfman.  Our Val'kyr design is by Frenone!

 *Pin Designs subject to change prior to final delivery

Wowhead BFA Enamel Pin
Wowhead BFA Enamel Pin
Draft of Velcro Patch
Draft of Velcro Patch

*Please note this is a draft design, and may look different during final delivery

Our shirt designs are near final here are the rough designs!

Here is our shirt design, by Tsepish!  

CBTS shirt designed by Tsepish on a Navy Blue Shirt
CBTS shirt designed by Tsepish on a Navy Blue Shirt
2nd shirt design on a Black Shirt
2nd shirt design on a Black Shirt

*Shirt designs are subject to change, the images presented show a mockup of what the shirt might look like

Approximate Shirt Sizing
Approximate Shirt Sizing
Wowhead Holiday Pins
Wowhead Holiday Pins
Wowhead Bonus Enamel Pins
Wowhead Bonus Enamel Pins
Wowhead Plushie (Must be picked up at the event, will not be shipped)
Wowhead Plushie (Must be picked up at the event, will not be shipped)

*The Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

 *The Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

*The Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

 *The Tsepish Badge/Goodies AND Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

Tsepish Badge Examples

 *The Egg Dishes Badge/Goodies AND Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

Egg Dishes Badge Examples:

 *The Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

CBTS 2018 Breakfast Club!
CBTS 2018 Breakfast Club!

 *The Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

Signed CBTS Meet & Greet Shirt (displayed is one of several designs we had signed)
Signed CBTS Meet & Greet Shirt (displayed is one of several designs we had signed)

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

Sample from our 2016 version of Cards Against Gnomanity deck, can be used with Cards Against Humanity
Sample from our 2016 version of Cards Against Gnomanity deck, can be used with Cards Against Humanity

 *The Signed Game and Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

Signed copy of BFA by Terran Gregory!
Signed copy of BFA by Terran Gregory!

 *The Signed Book AND Wowhead Plushie MUST be picked up at the event, it will NOT be shipped!

Before the Storm Hardcover, signed by Christie Golden
Before the Storm Hardcover, signed by Christie Golden

Wowhead HotS and HS Inspired Enamel Pins (Addon only)
Wowhead HotS and HS Inspired Enamel Pins (Addon only)

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 2019 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 with Wowhead, who is taking care a large bulk of venue costs.  Keep in mind, that while they are taking care of most of the venue costs, the stuff to go into those spaces increases, plus we were hit with a surprise, mandatory food/drink requirement this year.

*Budget based on hitting $20,000 (past the $19K initial funding goal)

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 last year was improving the hanging of the Art Gallery, which we think was our best yet thanks to all the great feedback we received after the party!

This year, we are trying to work to mitigate all logistical hiccups that come with combining 2 large community events.

Funds are a big risk, as in we need them, due to CBTS not a huge company, and even Wowhead has gone through a lot of organizational change that has required both parties to look at the best way to use the limited resources we have.

Also this year the Hilton hit us with a required food and drink sales number, which is roughly equal to 1.5x the entire venue cost! These are all things we must try to account for as we fundraise and plan this mega event.

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    Thank You

    We put your name on our website as a supporter of our 7th annual event and your name will also appear on a thank you post on Wowhead's website! Plus you will have our eternal thanks for helping make 2019's event happen!

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    Swag-A-Tron

    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 "Upgraded Represent Tier" PLUS 2 Bonus Wowhead Holiday Enamel 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 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 all the loots from the Swag-A-Tron (which includes both shirt designs), all 4 of the Wowhead Holiday Pins, a Love Note thanking you, plus... you get to pickup a Wowhead Plushie at the event (the wowhead plushie is NOT available for shipping).

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    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Art Gallery Selection (Wave 1 Access)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
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    Fan XP

    You fancy yourself a collector? A true fan? Well this tier is for you! Not only will you get everything in the "Breakfast Tier" (which includes both shirts, plushie, all the art, etc), but we will get you an exclusive CBTS Shirt that has been signed by several of the 2018 Meet & Greet personalities! Plus a brand spanking new 2019 edition of Cards Against Gnomanity!

    *Plushie MUST be picked up at the event

    Includes:
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    • Cards Against Gnomanity 2019
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    Backer Pack

    Show your support for CBTS's 7th annual event with all the flair you can handle, plus everything from the "Thank You!" tier.

    Includes:
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    • Badge Ribbon
    • Community Artist Button Pack (x4)
    • Wowhead Enamel BFA Pin
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    Upgraded Backer Pack

    Show your support for CBTS with extra swag! PVC Velcro Patch, Wristband and a Postcard Art Print!

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    • Velcro Patch
    • Postcard Art Print
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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. Plus you will get all 4 Wowhead Holiday Enamel Pins!

    Includes:
    • Backer Pack Tier
    • Custom T-Shirt
    • All 4 Wowhead Holiday Enamel Pins
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    Upgraded Represent!

    Show your support with a custom ultra comfy, did we mention its one of a kind T-Shirt?! Additionally, you will also receive both the "Uprgraded Backer Pack" tier. Plus you will get all 4 Wowhead Holiday Enamel Pins!

    Includes:
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    • Custom T-Shirt
    • All 4 Wowhead Holiday Enamel Pins
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    Swag-A-Tron LIVE

    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 "Upgraded Represent Tier" PLUS 2 Bonus Wowhead Holiday Enamel Pins! AND with the Live version you get a Wowhead plushie (Must be picked up at the event)

    Includes:
    • Upgraded Represent Tier (Includes T-Shirt)
    • Bonus Wowhead Holiday Enamel Pins
    • Wowhead Plushie (Must be picked up at the event)
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    Early Bird: Art Lover

    Early Bird Pricing! $10 off!

    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 all the loots from the Swag-A-Tron (which includes both shirt designs), all 4 of the Wowhead Holiday Pins, a Love Note thanking you, plus... you get to pickup a Wowhead Plushie at the event (the wowhead plushie is NOT available for shipping).

    Includes:
    • Swag-A-Tron Tier (Includes Both Shirts)
    • Art Print Pack (3 Prints)
    • Art Gallery Selection (Wave 1 Access)
    • Online Art Gallery Preview
    • Art Gallery 8x10 Pre-Select
    • Love Note
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    Tsepish Badge

    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, and sticker!

    Plus, you'll get everything from the Art Lover tier!!!

    *You will need to pick up the badge + Tsepish goodies along with the plushie at the event!

    Includes:
    • Art Lover Tier (Includes Both Shirts + Plushie)
    • Tsepish Custom Character Badge
    • 8x11" print of your character portrait
    • Tsepish Enamel Pin
    • Tsepish Sticker
    • Tsepish Poscard Art Print
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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 of your character, an enamel pin, and sticker!

    Plus get all the items from the Art Lover tier!

    *Please note the badge + Egg Dishes goodies, along with the plushie must be picked up at the event

    Includes:
    • Art Lover Tier (Includes Both Shirts + Plushie)
    • Egg Dishes Custom Badge
    • 8x11" print of your character portrait
    • Egg Dishes Enamel Pin
    • Egg Dishes Sticker
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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 Art Lover tier!

    *Plushies will not be shipped, must be picked up at the event!

    Includes:
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    • Saturday Breakfast!
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    Fan XP - Gaming

    We are taking the exclusivity up a notch with this Fan XP tier, only 1 spot! This is for some hardcore fan! Not only will you get everything in the "Breakfast Tier" (which includes both shirts, plushie, all the art, etc), we will get you an exclusive CBTS Shirt that has been signed by several of the 2018 Meet & Greet personalities, a brand spanking new 2019 edition of Cards Against Gnomanity! But wait there is 1 more thing, a copy of Battle For Azeroth signed by Terran Gregory!

    *Plushie & Signed Game MUST be picked up at the event

    Includes:
    • Breakfast Tier (Includes 2x Shirts + Plushie)
    • Cards Against Gnomanity 2019
    • Signed CBTS 2018 Meet & Greet Shirt
    • Signed Copy of Battle for Azeroth
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    Fan XP - Well Read

    We are taking the exclusivity up a notch with this Fan XP tier, only 1 spot! This is for some hardcore fan! Not only will you get everything in the "Breakfast Tier" (which includes both shirts, plushie, all the art, etc), we will get you an exclusive CBTS Shirt that has been signed by several of the 2018 Meet & Greet personalities, a brand spanking new 2019 edition of Cards Against Gnomanity! But wait there is 1 more thing, a hardcover copy of Before the Storm signed by Christie Golden!

    *Plushie & Signed Book MUST be picked up at the event

    Includes:
    • Breakfast Tier (Includes 2x Shirts + Plushie)
    • Cards Against Gnomanity 2019
    • Signed CBTS 2018 Meet & Greet Shirt
    • Signed Copy of Before the Storm
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    Baller

    You are a sponsor! Get all the goodies from Fan-XP, Get Breakfast, plus we will discuss putting your name / brand as a sponsor for our 7th annual event! We look forward to working with you!

    *Plushie must be picked up at the event

    Includes:
    • Fan XP Tier
    • Behind the Scenes Planning Access
    • Sponsorship of a Portion of the Event
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Funding period

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