At the lobby bar next door on Thursday afternoon, Mark Virnich, a 26-year-old from Baton Rouge, La., was waiting for other members of his World of Warcraft guild, called Shining Force. He said he had been playing with the group since 2004, including during two tours with the Army in Iraq, but he had never met his fellow players in person.

“We’ve been talking about coming for years, and I finally got back from Iraq and I’m like, ‘We’re going!’ ” he said. “We’ve got people coming from Nebraska, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas. We’ve got a few different couples that met in the guild and got married.”

He waved toward the convention center, where thousands of people were standing in line waiting to pick up their attendance badges in advance of the doors’ opening the next morning.

“This is definitely a cathartic experience being around so many people who also love what you love,” Mr. Virnich said. “What keeps people playing these kinds of games is the community, and for us to have the chance to all come together is just awesome.”

What you see written above, is an excerpt from the NY Times article Best Friends, in Fantasy and Reality which features an interview which took place at Blizzcon earlier this year with one of our long-time members, Caddar. Way to go Mr. Virnich, now our master plan for world domination is almost complete.

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