My ESL Studios Los Angeles Experience
So I won a trip to play in Total War: Arena’s North America launch event last week. While still in beta, Total War: Arena opened up it’s NA beta access. I’ve been hooked on the game for two months now, racking up 690 games and 259 hours. Needless to say I was screaming like a little kid on their birthday when I won my VIP pass. Screaming on the inside ’cause the head boss where I work was standing right next to me when I found out.
This was actually my first flight in an airplane. I’ve just never had the opportunity before. Flight was fine, I just went a little stir-crazy having to sit still for a cross-country flight. Luckily I had Master and Commander as well as Godzilla to distract me.
LA traffic was not quite as bad as I had imagined. The hotel room was really nice. It had everything you could want to eat right across the street too. Starbucks, Denny’s, Del Taco, McDonalds…Greek, Japanese, and more. It was really convenient. I killed the Del Taco twice. Food was not as expensive as I had thought it would be either.
We were shuttled to the ESL studio on Thursday. We got to check out their setup, meet the CA staff, and OMG CHIC-FIL-A CATERED LUNCH! We managed to get in a few practice games after lunch before heading back to the hotel.
The day of the event, things were still being prepared. The setup was pretty sweet looking. We got those snazzy t-shirts to wear, grabbed some lunch, a practice game, and it was event time. I was on team Warcast, the EU team. It was nice to win a few battles, but team ‘Murica took us down 7-3. The last battle was my favorite. Our whole team took Roman infantry, and we slugged it out on Rubicon. We won. You can check out the whole event here.
The next day brought another maddening cross-country flight. Cowboys & Aliens kept me sane, and in my seat. The coolest thing I saw the whole trip was in the Chicago airport. I was lost trying to find my next flight gate, and then I saw this. I’m a HUGE dinosaur lover. I stopped to take a picture, and realized that the dinosaur was looking towards my gate.
I had just enough time to grab some authentic Chicago deep dish pizza before my flight started boarding. This looks like that, right?
It was a great event, and an amazing experience. Would recommend, 10 out of 10! I loved meeting all the players. Got a few friends on Steam, and hope to get a few games of Total War: Arena with them sometime. I hope to stream the games for you so you can quasi-meet them too.
Thanks to the Creative Assembly team for hosting the event, and best of luck with the game. A pretty significant patch comes out today, and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve got someone messaging me about it as I write this. Time to stop typing, and start playing apparently.
As soon as you release the patch…
…anytime now. Please?