PAX East 2013!

shoptroll wrote:

Equal representation! Besides, what if I wanted to try Crysis 3 without melting my computer?

While you're playing Crysis 3, I'll be over in tabletop buying ALL THE THINGS.

And then try to get you to carry them back to the car :p

Yeah but you can't play games we don't have at home.

Exactly, that's a great reason for my unreasonable demand.

Tanglebones wrote:

Yup. The idea of going to a Con to pursue solitary gaming is just anathema to me.

I was going to say something like that, but then I wasn't sure if that's the PC area they use for tournaments? Playing a tournament at a con makes sense, even if it's not something I'm into, but playing a single player game or even an online game doesn't make much sense to me.

Demyx wrote:

but playing a single player game or even an online game doesn't make much sense to me.

Doesn't that describe like 90% of the games on display in the expo hall? Or console freeplay for that matter...

shoptroll wrote:
Demyx wrote:

but playing a single player game or even an online game doesn't make much sense to me.

Doesn't that describe like 90% of the games on display in the expo hall? Or console freeplay for that matter...

Console freeplay doesn't make much sense either, except as a temporary diversion between the real meat of the convention.

Expo hall is short demos intended to get a taste of an upcoming game, it's not the same as sitting down and playing an already-released game for a long period of time.

(Not to mention all the many parts of the Expo Hall that aren't game demos at all)

shoptroll wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

I'm really wondering what Bethesda is up to with their three separate booths...

TES:O, Prey 2, Fallout 4? If the Boston rumors for F4 are true, I can't think of a more appropriate announcement location.

My first thought was "PREY 2!", but no positive word on that situation has been had for some time. Doubtful it'll have a presence there.

rabbit wrote:

Note zero presence from Take 2/Irrational or WB Games/Turbine. I'm sure therein lies a tale.

Funky. Turbine is still doing a PAX Party.

As for tabletop, honestly, looking at the mere shape change, it looks like better use of the space anyway. It was cramped and awkward last year, and I feel like this setup will ultimately be an improvement.

Note that I'm biased since I'll likely be in the Expo Hall more often than tabletop.

As for PC, that's where they do tournaments and LANing, so it's all on the network. And even if you can play these games with folks online, it's always different in person.

Fewer racist comments, for example.

Demyx wrote:
shoptroll wrote:
Demyx wrote:

but playing a single player game or even an online game doesn't make much sense to me.

Doesn't that describe like 90% of the games on display in the expo hall? Or console freeplay for that matter...

Console freeplay doesn't make much sense either, except as a temporary diversion between the real meat of the convention.

Expo hall is short demos intended to get a taste of an upcoming game, it's not the same as sitting down and playing an already-released game for a long period of time.

(Not to mention all the many parts of the Expo Hall that aren't game demos at all)

FWIW, the only reason I was able to convince my wife to let me get an Xbox360 was because we sat down for 30 minutes in Console Freeplay at PAX East '10.

ccesarano wrote:

So anything people will WANT to play

I'm definitely checking out the Might & Magic stuff. Non-ironically.

Hooray for PAX badges! Just got ours today.

Ubisoft has announced what will and won't be playable on the Expo Floor.

Playable:

ShootMania Storm
Might & Magic Heroes VI Shades of Darkness
Might & Magic Duel of Champions Online Card Game
Spartacus Legends
Call of Juarez Gunslinger

Not playable:

Assassin's Creed IV
Watch_Dogs
Splinter Cell: Blacklist

So anything mainstream audiences will WANT to play, they won't be able to. I'll probably be avoiding the Ubisoft booth unless I got nothing better to check out on Sunday.

shoptroll wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

So anything people will WANT to play

I'm definitely checking out the Might & Magic stuff. Non-ironically.

Corrected.

I'm debating heading up to Pinball Wizard sometime soon that I spend less time in the games room while at Pax.

McIrishJihad wrote:

Hooray for PAX badges! Just got ours today.

You beat me to it. Yes, badges are in the wild. They didn't announce the shipping - I didn't find out until people started posting that they got them online.

IntangibleFate wrote:

I'm debating heading up to Pinball Wizard sometime soon that I spend less time in the games room while at Pax.

Man, I so wish I was closer. It's unfortunately really a near 3 hour journey from out here in Western MA.

shoptroll wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

PS. Did we ever figure out a Thursday night thing? Or rather, something for those of us that won't be settled until roughly 9pmish?

I don't think we have, so I'm going to throw this into the mix:

Dinner @ La Familia Giorgio's (Dinner Menu) in the North End starting between 6-7 PM on Thursday. It's a really good "family style" Italian restaurant which means large portions for a fair price (a single entree will easily feed 2-3 people). We pick a few items from the menu, devour them, then go roll somewhere else for games or whatnot.

Now the caveats:

1) This is in the North End which isn't close to the BCEC. It's a 30 minute trip by foot or public transit from the BCEC according to Google Maps. Obviously your mileage may vary depending on where you're staying. In theory, it's far enough away that we might not hit other large groups.
2) I'm not 100% sure how many people will be around for dinner on Thursday. I'd like to get a headcount if possible before trying to make any sort of commitment (being the North End and a group outing it would be wise to have a reservation made). I can work up a Google spreadsheet if people are game, but I would like to contact the restaurant by Tuesday at the latest. I expect we're not going to need a private room for this but if it seems like that would be in our best interest, I'll look into it.

Thoughts? Other suggestions?

I'm in. Actually coming into town late wednesday so this works great for me.

ccesarano wrote:

Westin and Seaport are both going to be running board games Thursday night, according to the PAX East forums. Westin was quite crowded by time I arrived last year, but if it's split between two hotels it might be better.

Be it the hall or someone's home, I'm also game! Just keep me in the loop. @amoebic on twitter or my stateside cell (forum pm me for phone number exchanges).

I have a rental car all of thursday and part of Friday. Planning to look roughly and vaguely into (1) seafood seafood seafood (2) US historical stuff (3) boardgames! If this meshes with anyone else let me know, I'd be happy to plan stuff with other people.

Amoebic wrote:

Edit:
My mother's allergic to shellfish, so never really had a mind-blowing seafood experience growing up. Where in Boston do I need to be to achieve this thing?

Can of worms being opened in 3...2...1...

I haven't had a bad experience with Legal Seafood (which has 3 restaurants right around the BCEC), but others look down on it because it's pricey and a bit of a regional chain.

I'm also a fan of East Coast Grill, which is quite a hike from the BCEC in Inman Square in Cambridge.

Shop and a few others are impressed with a place named No Name that's also nearby to BCEC.

Ooops, sorry I edited, decided to go with the no-name

No worries - I'm not editing it though

Going to the USS Constitution Museum and Feneuil Hall Artillery Museum Thurs morning and early afternoon, anyone is welcome to join me if interested. May hit up a brewpub after. Thursday evening is open. Hopefully to boardgames!

Amoebic wrote:

Going to the USS Constitution Museum and Feneuil Hall Artillery Museum Thurs morning and early afternoon, anyone is welcome to join me if interested. May hit up a brewpub after. Thursday evening is open. Hopefully to boardgames!

Man, that'd be fun. I wish I was coming in earlier.

shoptroll wrote:

If you want to play Netrunner, say so and I'll make up a pair of decks with Demyx to bring with us. The only caveat I have with NR is that I probably won't bring cards unless I know people are going to be there and willing to play at some point during the con. It's not exactly a game you can play while waiting in line which is why I'm hesitant to pack cards.

Shop, I've been wanting to try out Netrunner for ages, so I'd love to play if you'd be willing to teach! I should look through my own collection and see if there's something to bring too, although I think our collection is a little passe these days.

So a few weeks ago, I backed the Margaret Weiss Cortex Plus Hacker's Guide...at a very crazy level.

I'm looking for 4 brave souls willing to join in on an "Old School Job" RPG on Saturday night, run by it's writer Phillipe-Antoine "The Chatty DM" Menard. Phillipe's inspiration for this Cortex Hack was: "a dungeon crawl is really just a poorly planned heist". Players take various roles inspired by Leverage, and run through "that one last job".

We'd be getting together for a few hours, starting around 8pm, and getting pizza delivered for the whole group (unless there's allergies and sensitivities to consider).

Argh! I'm already going to parties you jerk! Argh!

Aaargh I say!

Though I have a feeling there are plenty others that would appreciate such an experience more than I.

You could always be fashionably late to said parties

I think I'd miss the Sanshee one if I was involved in a D&D game, especially if it's anything like some of the ones I'd be in. And Sanshee is the party I paid $10 for, so no way.

So far, I've seen 2 other people express interest in hitting the North End on Thursday evening for dinner. Anyone else interested? I might consider a switch of venue (still in the North End but probably not "Family Style") if we're working with that small a group.

gravity wrote:

Shop, I've been wanting to try out Netrunner for ages, so I'd love to play if you'd be willing to teach! I should look through my own collection and see if there's something to bring too, although I think our collection is a little passe these days.

I can try to teach you if we can find time (will probably need an hour or more). If not during the Con then certainly during a Boston meetup.

If you're interested, I definitely recommend hitting the rulebook and/or tutorial to get a general gist of the game since Tabletop area probably isn't going to be the most conducive teaching environment.

Kittylexy and I would tentatively be in for dinner/hangout on Thursday night. We're coming by car, so our travel schedule isn't hard and fast yet.

Demyx wrote:

Of course I'll also like walking the expo hall too, since it's pretty much the Disney World of video games (complete with unreasonable lines for popular things... hmm, there should be a PAX Fastpass)

LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE!

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Haha, sweet. I'll be wearing my EPCOT 30th anniversary pin lanyard

No rules about trading non-Pinny Arcade pins though.

Demyx wrote:

No rules about trading non-Pinny Arcade pins though.

You probably need to seek out Gabe/Mike for that work

Whoa, the core set of pins is $30. I'm out.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Whoa, the core set of pins is $30. I'm going to be out a sh*t-ton of cash.

FTFY/kind of quoting myself