For those who don’t know, my name is Kristen Halloran and I am the intern here at Disruptor Beam. A few weeks ago, I was asked a little question: Was I available for Comic Con, and would I be willing to go? I didn’t take a minute to look at my calendar or anything like that, I just said yes! I knew that whatever I had to cancel would be cancelled, and that was that! Luckily, as it turns out, I did not have anything scheduled!
I have been attending conventions for 10 years now, and it is truly a special experience to be around people who are so dedicated and interested in the same things you are. I have never before had the chance to attend Comic Con, or even visited San Diego. Although I have previously attended New York Comic Con, there is always a part of all of us, I think, that wants to attend Comic Con, the convention that has become so well known that I feel as though it has become a part of pop culture. From the first minute I was told about this opportunity, I couldn’t wait to share this game that I love with the many people who travel so far to attend Comic Con!
Disruptor Beam has many team members who work on Game of Thrones Ascent from remote locations, far from our main office. This was a fantastic chance for those of us attending (and those of us working on planning and communication with HBO!) to talk more than we normally do. As we prepared for the trip, we speculated on what would occur at this exhibit, where it would be, and more, leading to many laughs at our incorrect guesswork. Now that I am only one day away from my arrival in San Diego, I am so excited to meet my co-workers in person and have the chance to work together side by side!
When I started working at Disruptor Beam, I had already been playing Game of Thrones Ascent for two months. It was part of my daily routine, along with checking job postings and application statuses. If you had told me back then that in a few months time, I would not only be working on the game, but also the company would be sending me out to San Diego to promote it, I would have laughed it off. Even a month ago, I would have been surprised. It's not every day an intern gets to head out on a business trip!
As the past few weeks have gone by, mostly in a blur of questions, printing, preparations and planning, I have several times wondered why it was that I was chosen for this amazing opportunity. I have been told that there are several reasons, such as the work and effort I have shown here. I like to think it is also because my passion for the game and our company have shown through, and I hope it will shine at Comic Con as I represent Disruptor Beam and Game of Thrones Ascent to many new and existing fans!
- Kristen Halloran