DAY 0

by postmortem on 6/09/2011
@ HBO follower here, looking forward to hearing about your guys' adventures
@zofinda
Griffin Clark

@ Haha, many adventures to be had! As soon as these East coast people wake up...
@FinalPOSTMORTEM
Isaac Frankel

@ Which doesn't really make sense now that I think about it. It's later for them so they should be up earlier. Anyways...
@FinalPOSTMORTEM
Isaac Frankel

The first day in Seattle I woke up as the sun was rising, quickly cleaned up, and walked outside. I texted GrimBrother One – who was the only HBOer who was staying at the same hotel whose number I had – about potentially having breakfast at the IHOP up the street. I got no response, and so decided to go for a walk to the closest ATM to grab some cash, before wandering around the area. I walked down a beautiful side street and ate some blackberries growing on the side of the road, something which I hadn’t done since the last family trip to Maine years ago. I walked back to the hotel with a fuller wallet and satisfied taste buds, before settling down in my room again and giving Li11y32 a friendly wakeup call.
First morning in Seattle. Woke up, took an early walk, ate some wild blackberries. Now I've just gotta connect with some HBOers...
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Isaac Frankel

I got a text from GrimBrother One saying “Where are you at?” I replied “Room 124, you?” “Lol you are next door to us” and then “Come down to 201″ As I nervously knocked on the door to room 201, unsure of what to expect upon doing so, a loud, confident, and familiar voice yelled out from the other side “You better be hot!” (or something along those lines) I opened the door to laughter and both Kermit and the ScaleMaster, Stephen Loftus, sitting on the two separate beds in the room, talking to Grim One and Grim IV who sat at a table in a corner under the window to the left upon entering the room. I knew that they would be at my hotel, I simply hadn’t been prepared for the entire group to be in the same room that I was entering. I shook hands with everyone, very happy to be able to do so. I sat down on a bed next to Loftus as the conversation I had briefly interrupted resumed, and was unsurprised to find that it was regarding the topic of the games’ fiction. I sat there, listening, feeling completely awkward, but chiming in when I could and enjoying the back and forth from everyone. We discussed character development, successes and missteps in the franchise’s history, favorite games, etc. GrimBrother One dominated the conversation with his confident and extremely (can I stress the extremely one more time?) outgoing personality, but never in any way that seemed to subtract from the quality of discussion itself. He always had something interesting to say! Loftus threw out various facts about the Haloverse, citing his personal research and projects at home. I eventually asked about breakfast, and as it turned out they had already eaten without me, thinking that I was coming in later in the day (which is odd, considering I had sent a text to Grim upon landing saying “LZ secure”.) Eventually, after more and more questions were asked about what we were doing next during the day, we moved out into the parking lot and caught a shuttle to the closest Line station, talking about Halo and HBO the entire way there. We discussed other gaming experiences as we walked up to the Line, such as Mass Effect and Mirror’s Edge (spurred by an obtusely red feature above us with spinning rods to keep pigeons from roosting, bringing up thoughts of Runner’s Vision).
I'm with Grim brothers I and IV, Kermit, and Loftus and we're headed to meet up with some people from the waypoint forums for lunch. :)
@FinalPOSTMORTEM
Isaac Frankel

@ you might want to pick up @ to stop him from fondling the Halofest doors again. :p
@Beckx
Jeff


I separated myself from the group a little bit on the ride, taking in the views around me, before finally joining back in on conversation before arriving in Seattle. We walked up the street, Grim One telling us that we were going to meet with a group of Waypoint forum goers and community leaders, as well as Jeremy. I wasn’t quite sure who Jeremy was… but I had my hopes. We found them outside the Washington State Convention Center, and as we were standing around all introducing ourselves, a tall and unfamiliar man walked up the street towards us. I didn’t recognize him, as I’d never seen him or any pictures of him before, but grew excited as Grim walked up to him and said “Hey Jeremy.” This was Jeremy Patenaude, otherwise known as Vociferous, who used to write for Ascendant Justice before being hired by 343 Industries. Listening to him talk was interesting, as previously I had no face to associate with the strongly identifiable voice from Waypoint’s Vintage Fisticuffs series. I introduced myself last (tall people seem to have a habit of standing directly in front of short people when they’re trying to see/meet someone), but was very happy when there was a strong spark of recognition as soon as I said that I was “Postmortem”. He said it was very nice to meet me. These occurrences have been steadily increasing in frequency (primarily online) since I’ve put up work on FUD, but having it come from the person who inspired you to write such articles in the first place is a satisfying feeling.
Lunch with so many people I can't even name them all. Just met vociferous. All is going well. :)
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Isaac Frankel

We all found various cars to go in, myself riding with aVeryEasyTarget and his wife Jessica, and rode off to find a nice little Mexican restaurant known as Gorditos. Along the way, Angelic Lionheart called me and I gave him directions for meeting up with us. We found the place after listening to aVeryEasyTarget’s MP3 player (thumbs up for your taste in music man), and headed inside in a massive mob of people.

Angelic Lionheart caught up with us shortly after we finished eating and had to take his food to go. I snapped some pics of Kevin Hurd’s brilliantly decorated car.
Then we packed up our stuff and headed to a wonderful little place called Bellevue…
Let's play a guessing game. What's the significance of this building? http://t.co/EzGrIUG
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Isaac Frankel

The building is very nondescript, something that seems as if it were intentionally picked out so that it could hide those within. Cleverly disguised as a little shopping mall, the stairs on the middle lead you to a second floor where, if one rounds a corner, you can find a large wall covered with the Reach logo, as well as posters of Noble Team next to the doors.

I recognized the place immediately from Mid7night’s vlog (that was the first I had ever seen the external area, here and here). Through the windows, past the (not Jerome) security guard’s condescending glare, could be seen the ODST armor used in the Landfall short series, as well as Bungie’s trademark logo prominently plastered across a wall.

Initializing next-level glare reduction technology…

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