What is a panel you ask? It is sort of like giving a public speech at school... except people are going to take videos of everything you do wrong, and um um... post them on youTube. While we are highly trained and skilled at embarrassing ourselves thoroughly online, we have never had a chance to humiliate ourselves publicly... before now!
So we were pretty sure it was going to go like... this...
Awww, look at sad Artix sitting all alone. Not even the team showed up. So, we found a copy of photoshop and re-edited the picture to include people.
Cysero opened up by holding his cell phone to the mic and playing the ending theme song to Portal... "This is a triumph... huge success...." So many Runehawks were there!
Everyone in the crowd took out their cell phones and started waving them while singing along like at a concert. Cysero was really the life of the panels - he was cracking non stop jokes and being the blunt "have a good day.. or else" person you would expect. Instead of introducing ourselves we had a contest and hurled moglin plushies at the first person to correctly identify us. Which worked great and lowered the audiences defenses against the more dangerous things we started throwing next.
About 100 people were at the first panel. We felt so grateful when we learned that some of you came from so far away to see us! One person came in costume as the Mysterious Necromancer and a girl came all the way from Canada who's grand mother hand crafted a DragonAmulet for her to wear!
We had the first public screening of MechQuest: Death from Above (actually, we would have at the first public screening of Artix vs the Undead except.. *coughs* I lost the file.) We showed some very old and never before seen sketches from Thyton and Oishii (including how DragonFable *almost* looked) and... oh boy are they going to kill me when they find those images you snuck online Knyghtshadows! (and I know you are reading this *shakes finger like a school teacher*)
I hope we made you all feel really special during the panels. Because WOW did you make us feel special! We will never forget being asked to sign your left socks!
We told a lot of stories at the panels. Like the one about Fae, the animal shapeshifter who is allergic to animals from DragonFable.. who has been in almost ALL of our ads. Cysero let out the secret that we thought it was so funny that she has been in all of the ads but not in the game that we are intentionally putting off adding her for as long as possible to keep the joke going.
Warlic and Thyton could not come this year. BUT... we called up Warlic and stuck the phone up to the mic. Warlic said, "MYSTERIOUS!" and hung up.
The team stayed up having fun until nearly 6am every night of DragonCon... so you can only imagine them stumbling like zombies down to our second panel at 11:30am panel on Sunday in the Sheraton. Cysero stole the bathrobe out of my room and wore it through the whole thing... as you can see as he is announcing during our first ever...
PUNT TWILLY COMPETITION!
This was how we ended panel #2... they were actually trying to kick us out while we were kicking Twilly (want one?). While no one hit the goal... we did his the DragonCon official who was in charge of not letting us destroy his room 5 times!
You can see some more things that no one should ever see from these panels on this completely crazy forum post.We have out a good number of prizes... and then when we ran out of prizes we started giving out food... when we ran out of food... well... let us just say a few spots opened up on the team.
These are memories we will cherish always.... OH WAIT! We did not even tell you about the party yet!