PAX: East vs Prime

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This year I was fortunate to be able to attend both PAX East and PAX Prime - something that I imagine ushers in the Age of Aquarius and won't be seen again for some time.  I've attended a few years of East, but this was my first time at Prime, and I was curious: how would the two compare?  Is Prime really the mother of all PAXes? Well, just like any convention, my experience was wholly subjective and based on my personal interests, my general health, the wind chill factor, and so on.  Still, … [Read more...]

How to Survive MISSING a Con

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There comes a traumatic moment in every young geek's life where they must confront the sad but unavoidable truth; sometimes, you just can't ATTEND ALL OF THE THINGS. Whether it be due to finances, other obligations, or the ever-common problem of tickets selling out too fast, we've all had to miss out on a convention we really wanted to go to (unless, of course, you hate conventions, in which case, congratulations for making better life choices than I have!) Once upon a time, that would have … [Read more...]

PAX East 2012: Part 2 – Picking the Brains of Wizards and My Tolkien Obsession Pays Off!

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So, from my last article, you might be thinking that all I did at PAX East was play D&D. And you’d almost be right. I did find time to cruise around the Expo Hall a couple of times, most memorably when I walked up to the Turbine booth just as someone said, “So who here thinks they know some Lord of the Rings trivia?” Long story short, I walked away with a state-of-the-art Dolby 5.1 set of gaming headphones. Thank you, Professor! Another notable exception was when I had a chance to sit … [Read more...]

PAX East 2012: Part 1 – Cosplayers, Dark Elves, and D&D Next

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Hiho, gentle readers. It is I, your GGG, here to give you my report on the happenings at PAX East 2012. Well, I logged over 25 hours of running D&D games for Wizards of the Coast and walked out with a mighty pile o’ swag. Amongst my various runnings of the Delve (to be explained shortly), I also ran the playtest of D&D Next twice. I have so many fun stories to share, but I’ll try to narrow it down to just a few this week. Delving the Dungeons So, because of my need to hold … [Read more...]

PAX East 2011 Interviews: Turbine, DDO & LOTRO

I’m a geek. I know it’s shocking, but it’s true. So last year, when it was announced that the east coast branch of the PAX convention would be held in Boston, I was thrilled to death. I can hop on a subway just 4.5 blocks from my house and get on a train that will have me to the convention center in less than an hour. That’s a recipe for wonder. Sadly, I only managed to wrangle a one-day pass for various reasons last year, so my memory of PAX East 2010 is a blur of gaming, a chaotic, crowded … [Read more...]

PAX East 2011 Interviews: Chris Perkins of Wizards of the Coast

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I’m a geek. I know it’s shocking, but it’s true. So last year, when it was announced that the east coast branch of the PAX convention would be held in Boston, I was thrilled to death. I can hop on a subway just 4.5 blocks from my house and get on a train that will have me to the convention center in less than an hour. That’s a recipe for wonder. Sadly, I only managed to wrangle a one-day pass for various reasons last year, so my memory of PAX East 2010 is a blur of gaming, a chaotic, crowded … [Read more...]

PAX East: Wanting More

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This year was my first at PAX East, and man, it was a whirlwind.  Due to various conflicts, I could only attend on Saturday - so I had exactly one day to experience everything, right?  Well, not quite - this is the largest convention I've ever been to (the last number I heard was 69,000), and I'm pretty sure it's impossible to experience everything in just one weekend.  Still, I got more than enough of a taste to get me hooked.  So here's my intro guide experience, and later E and GGG will give … [Read more...]