A Brief History of Dragon*Con

Thanks to a kind soul who went digging around in the Internet’s Wayback Machine, a copy of “A History of Dragon*Con” has been brought back from Internet oblivion.  As of right now, it is “current” through 2007, which was the year before DC*MMO became an official track.   Back then, we were part of Game Programming.  For those of you who were there, that was the year we had lines going all the way around the lobby in the Marriott.  Just for some perspective, here is a concurrent history of the DC*MMO track.

2002 – Trevor pulls a smartass out of the audience during an EverQuest panel and hands him a mic.   That smartass (or dumbass, depending on how you prefer to look at it) turns out to be Grim, thus setting this whole ball of wax into motion.

2003 – Trevor, Grim, and friends host another EQ panel and make plans to do it again the following year.

2004- Predictably, Grim screws up those plans and no-shows the EQ panel. (…and there was much rejoicing.)

2005 – Grim and Trevor decide to do a panel on World of Warcraft at the Hilton.  The room is packed, but still reasonable.

2006 – Grim and Trevor do another WoW panel, and show a demo of Neverwinter Nights 2 to a packed house.

2007 – Trevor and Grim move over to “Game Programming” from the EFF track and run panels on World of Warcraft and Age of Conan to packed rooms with lines running all the way into the lobby of the Marriott and around the elevators.  This is also the first year that the folks from WoW Insider show up to help out.

2008 – DC*MMO is born as it becomes a new track hosted in the Sheraton.  SOE, Funcom, CCP and others join in the festivities.  The WoW Meet and Greet is moved to a ballroom to hold all of the people.

2009 – DC*MMO adds Artix Entertainment and Hi-Rez Studios join in the fun.  Felicia Day shows up to talk about “The Guild

2010 – The first Gathering of Heroes Party is held and Sandeep Parikh proposes to 500 women at once.

2011 – ????

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