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Interview: Hearthstone Fireside Gathering

What are you doing this Saturday, 09 August 2014? That’s right! You’ll be joining us at Meltdown London for a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering.

Title overview

Name: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Release date: March 2014
PEGI rating: 7
Platforms: Android, iOS, Mac, PC
More information: Official website

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Ben says…

Phil, Kim and I will be down there, ready to unleash our decks on the unsuspecting public but more importantly we’re looking forward to meeting fellow gamers for beers and a chinwag.

Now, this isn’t a 1001-Up.com event. It’s a regular meet organised by Paul Bailey and this will be the third month he’s hosted. Being the curious types us 1001-Uppers are, we reached out to Paul to ask him a few questions about the history of the event and a sneak peak as to what we can expect.

How did you discover Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft?

Paul: “I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since about 2004 so knew about Hearthstone from that and listening to various podcasts that were Blizzard-related. I was probably one of the last people to get into the beta.”

What keeps you coming back for more?

Paul: “I found the learning curve very steep and frustrating, so I did have to resort to looking at decks on HearthPwn.com. From there I found that I could build half decent decks just using the cards I already had and tweaking or replacing the ones I was missing.”

What prompted the idea to organise a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering?

Paul: “I had played a couple of rounds with a friend and noticed how much more fun it was being able to see your opponent. Practising your poker-face is part of the fun. I run other meetups, so I was aware of how to use the system. I checked first to see if there were any in London and was surprised not to find anything, especially as Blizzard were doing a fair bit to promote setting up your own Fireside Gathering.”

Had you been to anything similar before?

Paul: “This was my first gaming event, I’d never been to one before let alone organise one.”

How long have you been hosting these events?

Paul: “The event on 09 August 2014 will be the third, so not long at all. But we already seem to have a good bunch of people that enjoy it so I’m sure this will go on for a while.”

What’s the feedback been like?

Paul: “The feedback from the first was was great apart from the crappy wifi. The second one at Meltdown was significantly better. We still had a problem with the wifi (I think we broke it) but they had a backup which worked perfectly. Everyone seems to really enjoy playing whether they win or lose, although taking down your opponent is of course just a tiny bit more fun!”

What can newcomers expect from the meetup?

Paul: “People get nervous about meetups and attending groups like this but I have to say that everyone I’ve met has been very friendly and great fun to play against. It’s easy to get a match, you just look around for a group of people and ask if anyone is free for a game. The organisers at Meltdown do a great job at organising the event too, so don’t forget to put your name down for the ‘King of the Hill’ and Tournaments. There are PCs available, but it’s best to bring your own iPad or laptop and use the free wifi.”

Why should folks come down to Meltdown instead of playing from the comfort of their own home?

Paul: “I love playing all sorts of games, single-player through to massively-multiplayer online RPGs (MMORPGs), but when you play together, face to face, you instantly have a social connection that just doesn’t happen when you’re hidden behind a screen. You can get help from other more experienced players or just enjoy watching others play. The best bit is you feel like you are part of the group as soon as you play your first match. Oh and drinking beer at the same time helps!”

Can you describe a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering at Meltdown in five words?

Paul: “Fun, friendly, social, challenging, beer.”

Sounds good to us, I’m sure it sounds good to you too! So… see you there? For full details, check out the Hearthstone Fireside Gathering page on Meetup.com.

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