I bring up the Blizzard store, log in to my account and find the BlizzCon ticket sale page. I am in a focused and determined state, extremely positive about my chances of getting tickets.
My finger once previously hovering over F5 in anticipation is now jumping up and down refreshing that ticket page as often as I can. You see the tickets go on sale at 11:00 AM mountain time, but these computer clocks can be manhandled and may not be exactly right, I won’t be missing my chance at having the best October ever by relying solely on the computer clock! No I am prepared, my right hand is resting at the ready on the mouse and as the minutes go buy I begin left clicking the spot that will soon become the purchase button.
F5, left click, F5, left click, F5, left click….it continues until…
There it is in all it’s orange and white glory! Tickets are officially available and the button has been clicked before I can even fully understand the situation. But here it is, now suddenly upon me. A few brief seconds of terror. What is my spot in the queue? BlizzCon sells out in seconds, this is why I prepare and refresh. Everyone interested knows that the best spot is under 3500, that if you’re lucky and people keep to one or two tickets under 6000 has a slight chance. So where am I? 5500…Don’t panic! The tickets are only 97% sold, the odds are stacked against me, but I still have a chance. This is when I start to lose my breath, I watch in desperate anticipation. There are two numbers, my spot in the queue and the percentage of tickets left. When I hit 3500 about 15 minutes later, ticket availability is just over 50%.
I am a religious whore, I am whispering to any God who will listen, “Please, please, come on!” Then I get on to the karma and positive thought track and I start chanting “I’m going to BlizzCon this year, it will be awesome”
This is it, the last leg, the final inning, the big finish, it’s coming down to the wire, I finally hit 2500 and there are 25% of the tickets out there, I barely breathe at all as I watch 1% per 100 places in the queue. It’s agony and bliss, I could be purchasing the last two tickets, that could happen, someone has to! And just as begin to un the fervor of my chanting, I witness the first big jump, 23% to 19% in a single second, how could that have happened? Not to me…I’m going to get tickets I just have to! But here I am 2200 in cue and there was a crash in tickets like that? Okay, I say to myself, just calm down, if I’m really lucky everyone ahead of me will only need one ticket and I’ll still make it.
WHAT????? I was catching up I made it to somewhere around 1700, there was 17% left, I blinked once!! One time I blinked!!! As I opened my eyes I witnessed a tragedy…All tickets are now sold out.
There is a brief moment of stunned silence, a wave or melancholy, I have no tickets…
I failed in my quest for Awesome October 2011, or have I?
Wednesday evening Blizzard is releasing the second batch of tickets…I will have another chance! Once again I wait with bated breath to accomplish DisCon 2011.
Wish me luck!