Fanfest 2020

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Laura Karpinski

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Post 2020.01.23 17:44

Fanfest 2020

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On April 2 - 4 2020 CCP (the developers of EVE Online) are hosting EVE Fanfest. Fanfest is an annual real life EVE meet up and convention, in CCP's home city of Reykjavik, Iceland. I have been lucky enough to go twice and the first time was after seeing an information post like this, so I'm hoping I might be able to get some of you interested in attending.

Where is Fanfest?

Fanfest is normally held at Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. Last year Harpa was undergoing renovations so CCP held several mini-Fanfests instead. But this year, its back home in Iceland. Harpa is in amazing and beautiful venue:

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If you have not been to Iceland before its a seriously fantastic destination. Landscape porn:


And even better, its positioned between Europe and North America, meaning for many people it is closer than they think. For example from the UK where I live its only a short 3 hour flight.

Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and where most of the population live. Despite being a capital city its really tiny and more like a large town. The people are overwhelmingly friendly, and the majority speak English as a second language, so communication is not normally a problem. They are really environmentally conscious (e.g. all of the power for Reykjavik is produced by a geothermal power plant, which is definitely worth a visit) and absolutely everywhere accepts card, even taxis.

Fanfest is one of the major tourist events of the year, and in my experience the people of Reykjavik really embrace Fanfest attendees. Many of the bars in the city centre have Fanfest related promotions on, lots of the hotels offer discounts and people will want to talk about Fanfest with you wherever you go. I went to buy some painkillers and the pharmacist, seeing my lanyard, came over just to talk to me about EVE (his brother works for CCP, he was delighted to hear all about it!).

What is there to do?

Fanfest itself is a packed weekend of events. It all kicks off with a keynote speech where CCP normally announce some major content for EVE. There are then presentations on various subjects, round tables and events going on for the whole weekend, culminating in a 'Party at the Top of the World' on the last night. There are also talks by players, including a talk one year by our very own rockstar professor Seamus Donohue ♥

There are loads of social events, including a pretty legendary pub crawl and a fancy charity dinner. There's the live finale of the Invasion world tournament. There are always some 'just for fun' things as well, like last time I went there was a gameshow called CCP Games Games and a so-bad-it-was-awesome improv session by a local dramatics group.

When you're not attending official stuff its a great opportunity to meet EVE players from all over the world. There's always loads going on, like karaoke nights, trips to visit local landmarks etc, so you have lots of time to talk to other players and also devs.

How much does it cost?

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and cost $190.00 (if you get in quick there is an early bird discount). The extra optional paid events are $59.00 for the pub crawl and $260.00 for the charity dinner.

If you are tempted to go, but likely to experience spousal aggro, you can get a spouse program ticket for $230.00 which your spouse can use for a tour of Iceland on the Friday, and entrance to Fanfest on Saturday (including the Party at the Top of the World). This program used to be called 'Sisters of EVE'.

You'll also need to pay for flights and hotel accommodation. Make sure you check CCP's Fanfest site as they sometimes have good deals on hotels.

Where to eat?

As for the cost of actually staying in Reykjavk for the weekend - not going to lie, Iceland is expensive. You can save money by making the most of the hotel breakfast buffet (if you stay at one that offers it) and getting food at a supermarket like Bónus.

Some of my personal favourite place I ate out were: (1) Svarta Kaffid, a soup café which is cheap and awesome, (2) Ghandi, amazing Indian restaurant but pretty pricey, (3) Hlöllabátar, a sandwich place that does fantastic hot subs.

What are people's experiences?

I have personally been to Reykjavik Fanfest twice and had a brilliant time on both occasions. But don't take my word for it, here's the experiences of some of our members:


What if I can't make it?

If you can't make it to Iceland, don't despair! CCP try to involve the rest of the fan base as well. Throughout the weekend there will be stuff posted about what is going on in Reykjavik, including streams of the major talks, interviews with people, and news of things that have been announced.

A couple of years ago there was an interactive roleplaying event called the Kyonoke Inquest which involved players in Reykjavik and also included some in-game events. I don't know if they are doing something similar this time, but they do make an effort to help players who cannot attend get involved and enjoy the party.

In Summary

If you were thinking about going, but haven't made your mind up yet - Do It! Even if you're a bit of a wallflower like me you'll have an amazing time, even if you go alone (like I did the second time).

If you can't attend in person, follow along with CCP's updates and streams. Its pretty certain they will be announcing some exciting stuff coming up in the next year, and you can join in the fun and festivities from home.

If you are attending, let us know below! If a few people are attending we'll set up a Slack to make communication easier.

Whether you can attend of not, its a great event and something to get excited by - Hyyyype!
CEO of EVE University
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Rayanth

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Post 2020.01.23 19:35

Re: Fanfest 2020

My name is Rayanth, I am the UniWiki Manager, and
I am going to EVE FanFest 2020 In Iceland!!!
:cheers: :OHMAHGAWD!: :headbang:

Looking forward to meeting all of my attending fellow Unistas, and we will DEFINITELY have to have some sort of gathering!
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Rayanth

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Post 2020.01.31 09:54

Re: Fanfest 2020

[crickets]

... ok, so maybe I was a little over-excited, but... NObody else?
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Nienke Solette

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Post 2020.01.31 13:28

Re: Fanfest 2020

I'd love to go, but haven't got the time and financial means this year :/
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YooJin Moon

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Post 2020.01.31 20:31

Re: Fanfest 2020

See you all there o7
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White 0rchid

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Post 2020.01.31 23:02

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Despite saying I would go again if it was in Iceland, I'm a little tied up this year.
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Sikandar Cole

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Post 2020.02.01 00:25

Re: Fanfest 2020

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morphoze

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Post 2020.02.09 12:55

Re: Fanfest 2020

Looking forward to it, see you all there.
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Amaras Altol

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Post 2020.02.21 06:25

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OK, this may date me. But they use to sell a virtual ticket that gave you live video access to the Fanfest (yes all panels, etc) and party (not the dinner). Are they doing this again or did I just over look it?
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