Reading about your Hivefest experience made me smile. It is what I had expected mine to be like.
Mine was horrible...
I was never able to retrieve my badge, teleport, or interact with others. Strange tho, that it works well in any other forum/room other than the Hivefest.
I like the idea of the monthly gathering thing. Keep me in the loop on that.
A few screenshots of my glitchy, laggy, and frustrating Hivefest experience.