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Posted 01 December 2011 - 05:34 PM

Ever wonder how a massive convention like Minecon gets off the ground?  What goes into organizing, putting together, and maintaining a show like this?  We're about to give you a sneak-peek into the answer to this very question!

First, we sat down with Christine Hilgert and Kate Gemmell, the "Meeting Expectations" Managers of the convention, who speak about how they were contacted, who they contacted for help (including us!), and how they went about determining the best way to lay the groundwork for Minecon.  Every day at Minecon, these two could be seen on the convention hall floor, checking on and checking in with everyone present, streamlining events and more.  They were really great to work with, and we appreciate and enjoyed the time they took to have a chat with us here.  Thanks!

Next up, we have a chat with Vu Bui, Mojang's Minecon Manager.  He touches on how he was brought on-board, the semi-spontaneous nature of how Minecon came to be, and how he came to help with conventions, starting with consulting for the Mojang booth at PAX.

We will include more behind-the-scenes segments of Minecon in the near future - check in frequently!

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:11 PM

They did such a fantastic job with the convention, it went much better than I ever expected, so glad I was there to experience it :-) Thankyou Lydia, Christine, Vu and everyone else! :P



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Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:19 PM

Haha nice :P


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:48 PM

The convention was great! A few snags here and there but that is to be expected. In my opinion if this is done again, you are going to need more space and more booths as there was lines going into lines (i.e the J!nx booth). I heard a few people calling it "Linecon" but for a first time it ran well, no major problems. You iron out the few problems and you are going to have a convention that keeps on giving.



Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:03 PM


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:04 PM

Awesome! is all I can say!


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:11 PM

Anyone remember how Pico didn't know anything about Minecraft in that Minecraft for kinect video? Well now comments on it are disabled XD



Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:11 PM

That was an interesting background.


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:19 PM

ooh. I wish I was there though. :|


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:35 PM

I wish i could of went.



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Posted 01 December 2011 - 11:09 PM

If there's a part one, that must mean there's more parts, right? I'm eager to find out more about how Minecon honestly came along... :P

Huzzah for the creepers!



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Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:32 AM

lol pretty cool :)



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Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:38 AM

I suppose this is helpful just in case I want to start a massive convention?


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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:22 AM

Ha? Minecon? More like Linecon.



Posted 02 December 2011 - 04:37 AM

[quote]Ever wonder how a massive convention ... gets off the ground? What goes into organizing, putting together, and maintaining a show like this?[/quote]
yes please do tell; the people who ran Minecon would love to know



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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:34 AM

this was organized pretty well i assume

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:47 AM

^_^ nice...



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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:10 AM

I wish i was there :(
I wish its in scandinavia next year



Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:12 PM

From what I heard minecon was an unorganized mess where nothing was prepared, the lines were massive and a lot of shows were missed due to bad information management.  Then notch going on his semi drunk twitter rant based on third hand accounts.  Really it sounds like it went well..
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