PAX East 2013!

McIrishJihad wrote:

Shop, you talking about VGO@BSO? That was a killer show Can't wait for the Kickstarter album to drop.

No, we missed that one. Backed the KS though We caught them last year as part of a Berklee concert highlighting film and game compositions and later for the Boston leg of the Dear Friends concert. Both were quite awesome.

I'll see how I feel about the concerts when we get closer. I would like to check the new acts, but I'm feeling a little tepid on the standards this year.

Will definitely be spending most of our time in tabletop as Demyx and I are finding we can get a good sense of most video games just from trailers and writings while board games are usually things we want to physically play at a Con before we spend money.

Exactly! I'll usually go through the expo hall just to see whats there, but not wait in line for a single thing. PAX time is very precious, and I'm not waiting 3+ hours to see 5 minutes of trailers/gameplay for the next big game I plan on buying anyway.

After 3 years, I'm also a little panel'd out. We'll see when they release the final schedule, but I'd like to limit myself to less than 2 panels a day. I loved the cosplay/props panel last year, the GWJ panel was awesome, but I could have done something better with my time during the Bioshock Infinite character design panel (which I wound up sleeping through anyway) :/

PAX EAST 2013: ALL TABLETOP, ALL THE TIME

I agree that I'll be skipping over most panels. Of the ones I went to there was only one or two I was really glad I went to, and for the most part they were the Escapist ones (in fact, that's true both years). I enjoyed Jordan Mechner's keynote last year, but I'm not certain I'm that interested in seeing CliffyB's. Maybe he gives good keynotes, I dunno. I liked his old blog, that's for sure, but he has dove into Twitter super hard and there's not much enlightening he has to say there.

I may just skip it in favor of being a shmuck that lines up for the show floor first thing in the morning. I still feel my time spent in line to play Aliens: Colonial Marines was worth it, and I enjoyed getting a chance to play Dragon's Dogma, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Theatrhythm and more, not to mention the smaller games. Plus, that's how I discovered Mark of the Ninja. As I'm doing a lot less in the way of panels, I figure it'll be easy to wander the show floor more.

I just don't do long ass lines (unless it is for the 3DS, because that line has always been quick to enter a veritable games buffet, even if some of the people playing the games are assholes). The only time I go for one of the "big games" is if I do it first thing. In the end I didn't miss much for checking out Aliens: Colonial Marines Saturday morning, and for me, it was totally worth it. I think it's a matter of selecting the right one. If I had gotten in line for Assassin's Creed 3, which was just video, I'd have been unhappy.

But, since I won't be doing panels for the most part, I'll hopefully stop by tabletop more often and possibly join in a game of somethin' somethin'.

Biggest lesson, though, is to budget better. I'm moving in February and I just viewed how much I spent at MAGFest, and that was just a Saturday and Sunday. I'm going to give myself a small swag budget (enough for maybe one or two t-shirts plus an extra "thing"), and to avoid spending too much for drinks there I'm going to neatly pack some alcohol of my own and invest in a flask.

Though first thing is first: I gotta buy my Amtrak ticket.

If Demyx or I are in the main expo hall it's mostly to check out Nintendo, indies, or the vendors like Fangamer and Chessex. The biggest game we waited for was Portal 2 and that was about 1.5 hours and you got a free 1950's Ap. Sci. T-shirt long before they were put in the Valve store. Unless there's some surprise announcements between now and March I really don't think there's anything "big" that I'm planning on seeing at the show. Which is good because it makes things a little more like a treasure hunt this year.

ccesarano wrote:

I agree that I'll be skipping over most panels. Of the ones I went to there was only one or two I was really glad I went to, and for the most part they were the Escapist ones (in fact, that's true both years). I enjoyed Jordan Mechner's keynote last year, but I'm not certain I'm that interested in seeing CliffyB's. Maybe he gives good keynotes, I dunno. I liked his old blog, that's for sure, but he has dove into Twitter super hard and there's not much enlightening he has to say there.

I went to one of his presentations at GDC '05 and it was pretty good. I'd expect his keynote to be entertaining, but I don't think it'll be hard to find a stream or youtube video of it after the con. I also miss his blog though

Reading this thread has gotten me a little worried. It'll be my first convention and I have no strategy. I'm too behind on games to be excited about potential announcements. I just hope to meet some goodjers and acquire free souvenirs.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Reading this thread has gotten me a little worried. It'll be my first convention and I have no strategy. I'm too behind on games to be excited about potential announcements. I just hope to meet some goodjers and acquire free souvenirs.

I think there was some good advice in last year's thread for new people. That will probably give you a good idea of what to expect, but ultimately PAX is so big that it's really what you make of it

shoptroll wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

Reading this thread has gotten me a little worried. It'll be my first convention and I have no strategy. I'm too behind on games to be excited about potential announcements. I just hope to meet some goodjers and acquire free souvenirs.

I think there was some good advice in last year's thread for new people. That will probably give you a good idea of what to expect, but ultimately PAX is so big that it's really what you make of it :)

Yup; if you want to do something in particular, do it! Otherwise, if you're only somewhat interested in any given topic/panel/game on the show floor, don't waste your time on line for it. If you want to be a part of the cool kids club, come to Tabletop and hang out with us

S0LIDARITY wrote:

It'll be my first convention and I have no strategy.

Strategies never work out at cons. I had come up with an Excel spreadsheet of panels I planned to go to, and I ended up skipping or missing most of them. I'd say the only plan to come with is a handful of things you REALLY want to see once the schedule goes up and make sure you put enough time for that, but I'd say limit it to one big thing a day. Otherwise it becomes LineCon 2013.

I'm too behind on games to be excited about potential announcements.

Meh, this ain't E3. If announcements happen I know I usually find out after. The best stuff is the discovery of the smaller games. I'm STILL waiting for news on Fallen Frontier from Moonshot Games. That was a cool demo at PAX East 2011, but I haven't seen anything more of it since then.

I just hope to meet some goodjers and acquire free souvenirs.

Free souvenirs is a maybe, and usually goes hand in hand with the line-con aspect (though I did manage to get a free Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City poster (not Umbrella Chronicles, why do I keep saying Umbrella Chronicles) just for playing the game). Meeting some GWJers is the only plan you need, and to do that, just find the flag at Tabletop.

Which reminds me, I gotta dig up an old thread.

I would only prioritize one panel, a GWJ panel. Kills two birds with one stone I guess. I'll be sure to keep a look out for these tops of tables of which everyone speaks.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

I would only prioritize one panel, a GWJ panel. Kills two birds with one stone I guess. I'll be sure to keep a look out for these tops of tables of which everyone speaks.

There should be a GWJ flag at one of the tables, so it shouldn't be too hard to find us.

Looking back at East '12, the only things I bought (at PAX) were merch from Band Land.

As for drink budget, its easy when you go to crash free parties, not so much when you join the PokeCrawl 0.o

That was such a sh*t show last year, its not even funny. 9 shots + a couple other drinks over 3 hours + walking around between 5 bars = nightmare.

That reminds me, I endorse the movement of everyone getting an index card, printing their avatar, cutting it out and pasting it to the index card with their name sharpie'd onto it. Then go to Staples, get a lanyard and them plastic thinger-do's, put the index card inside and BAM! Now I'll have a better chance of recognizing who someone is.

Oh, my other thing I wanted to add - the last few PAXes, they've streamed AND recorded everything from the main stage and one of the bigger secondary panel rooms on their Twitch.tv channels.

I looked ahead, and anything in those two rooms, I would lower my priority to see them - because then what will I do with my time during the weeks after PAX?

Also a great place to keep up with PAX Prime while stuck here on the east coast

I was strongly considering some kind of badge/pin setup.

Something with Stan, maybe Shalam Baskur or something else on it. So maybe you won't recognize exactly who it is, but you have that identifier of "hey, they've got Stan!"

ccesarano wrote:

I'm STILL waiting for news on Fallen Frontier from Moonshot Games. That was a cool demo at PAX East 2011, but I haven't seen anything more of it since then.

Was that the side-scroller from some ex-Bungie people with the crazy split-screen bar?

McIrishJihad wrote:

I was strongly considering some kind of badge/pin setup.

I think MonoChelli made up some pins last year. There's also the giant flag of GWJerdom which was used to stake out a homebase in tabletop last year.

Tanglebones wrote:

If you want to be a part of the cool kids club, come to Tabletop and hang out with us

To be clear the cool kids table is the one with macaroons being used as units in a board game. Dominance through superior coconut!

Wasn't there a Penny Arcade news post about how they want to do pin trading like Disney this year? Any step to make PAX more like the Disney World of video games is fine by me. Goodjer pins, yes, that's a good idea.

I'm not the biggest fan of sitting through panels when I can be playing something (that would be my not-so-inner 11 year old I guess) so I'm content with some time on the vidja game show floor and probably a lot of time in Tabletop this year. There's just a lot of things I'd like to try out or see!

Also this wasn't mentioned yet I don't think, but when making con plans I like to get a dinner reservation for one night nearby. It's healthy to get away from the con for a little bit.

Demyx wrote:

Wasn't there a Penny Arcade news post about how they want to do pin trading like Disney this year? Any step to make PAX more like the Disney World of video games is fine by me. Goodjer pins, yes, that's a good idea.

I may have bought my First Party v1.0 Outer Shell during the holidays specifically to get the first Pinny Arcade pin...

shoptroll wrote:

There's also the giant flag of GWJerdom which was used to stake out a homebase in tabletop last year.

I remember the flag from last year, but was only listening to the podcast at the time and was too shy to come over and say "Hi".

I'd like to run some Cthulhu (assuming I have time to prep a co-Keeper for the module I enjoy playing with new groups), and participate in some Pathfinder and/or board games. I'm not terribly interested in any of the rest of it; I'll likely stroll through the floor, check out the vendor area, and then just play some games for the weekend.

shoptroll wrote:

Was that the side-scroller from some ex-Bungie people with the crazy split-screen bar?

Yes, and the grappling hook. I was surprised how fun that grappling hook made it, and is one of the reasons I've been waiting to hear about it again.

Right, so here are some vid samples of Those Who Fight live. Their EP is a little different from what they do live (the first one completely lacks the male vocals), but they look to be a band that would be the right kind of energetic live. I fully expect to be in the crowd thrashing about because metal. P.S. If you are an FF6 fan you should enjoy these (for whatever sound quality you can nab off of a live sampling on YouTube).

Tell you what, that chick can really jam on guitar.

You all are getting me really excited. I'd absolutely be down with the badge thing. I'll be proud to be flying the GWJ banner this year!

I usually spend one day doing the expo hall (no lines though, never get in a line for an effing preview of a game) then the rest I bounce between tabletop and the arcade or console room.

I usually also roll in with a few people not attached to GWJ so I am a bit less social. I am looking to correct that this year

In the past we made a hi-res Stan name badge for people to download and fill out. I'll try to figure out what I did with the file and put it in here again.

Is it safe to assume the meet-up is same-time-same-place since it works so well?

EDIT: Also, I don't know if anyone else uses Amtrak to get there, but I'll be on the 176 Northeast Regional. People from the Penny Arcade forums typically board that train and gather in the last car. If enough people are using Amtrak I'll post the one I'll be taking home as well.

While a bunch of us are in a different hotel this time, I gotta say, the seaport lounge has been GOOD to us for hosting meetups, and the food is actually decent.

Any thoughts on a space for some tabletop RPG-ing? Something like the Hospitality Suite woud be fantastic, but I can't justify the cost just for a quiet, semi-private space.

TheHipGamer wrote:

Any thoughts on a space for some tabletop RPG-ing? Something like the Hospitality Suite woud be fantastic, but I can't justify the cost just for a quiet, semi-private space.

You mean for outside the con? The Westin had a bunch of tables set aside for con-goers last year that got packed pretty quickly. I dunno what other options are.

I believe I'm at the Renaissance, which is just around the corner from the Seaport. I'm double-checking just to be sure.

I kind of wish this were already here. I'm more excited about this than Bioshock Infinite at this point (and talk about an expensive two-pronged attack on the wallet in a single weekend).

ccesarano wrote:
TheHipGamer wrote:

Any thoughts on a space for some tabletop RPG-ing? Something like the Hospitality Suite woud be fantastic, but I can't justify the cost just for a quiet, semi-private space.

You mean for outside the con? The Westin had a bunch of tables set aside for con-goers last year that got packed pretty quickly. I dunno what other options are.

I believe I'm at the Renaissance, which is just around the corner from the Seaport. I'm double-checking just to be sure.

I kind of wish this were already here. I'm more excited about this than Bioshock Infinite at this point (and talk about an expensive two-pronged attack on the wallet in a single weekend).

"Outside the con" in that one cannot reasonably run a game of CoC whilst surrounded by the masses. It doesn't have to literally be outside of the space, just somewhere that can be atmospheric/quiet.

Ugh, so torn!

Margaret Weis is running a kickstarter to publish a Cortex Plus Hack Guide, with the top tier being 6 copies, plus play a game at PAX East, Origins, or GenCon with one of the designers and a pizza lunch.

Soooooooo tempted to do it and find some GWJers to play with.

If the top tier is what has you tempted, it looks like that tier is already sold out.