We tried to recapture our perfect PAX experience from last year this year but it didn’t quite work out that way. Last year Amber, John and I were looking to lower our cost by having a few roommates in with us. Through that we ended up meeting Rowdy (James) and Flip (Brandon) who turned out to be really awesome guys. There was also a straggler, Pixie, but she didn’t really hang out with us. Together we shared the living quarters half of a suite and had a hell of a great time. You can see Rowdy below, photo-bombing his own candid shot.
I don’t have a picture of Flip because he, like all majestic, mythical creatures, cannot be properly captured on film. I am totally not covering for the fact that I never got any pictures.
This year we were in two separate rooms and had two extras (Rowdy’s girlfriend Amelia and my super best friend Krystal) but we still managed to get together every night to talk and laugh. And drink. There was quite a bit of cider to be had. Plus a few games of cards against humanity. Honestly, I think last year we were still getting to know each other so we played more games to fill in the gaps. This year we all just wanted to catch up and all we needed for that was ourselves and good feelings all around.
In between the drinking and the laughing there was a convention to be had!
The handheld lounge is where I spent a lot of my first PAX but this year I only stopped by for a photo. It’s a great place to play Mario Kart with a bunch of strangers but otherwise there are much better things to see and to do. For instance, when I took this picture, we were headed over to the room where Crit Success was located to get ourselves some fancy d20 rings.
After that it was on to the Expo floor! Where the very first thing that caught my eye was, of course, this:
The line was a mess, though, so we didn’t bother and anyway Chessex was right next door. Amber needed to get dice for Kyle and John couldn’t resist the lure. Even I found something that entertained me. Yo, dawg!
Later on we ran into Amelia and she and John got a chance to make soup. A truly exciting proposition.
It’s a game called Pixel Junk Inc and I was completely disinterested. Except they were offering a chance at winning a green tea Kit Kat bar, so I was so on board for that. Spoiler alert: we didn’t win. But they had fun and isn’t that the point? (No.)
This was the highlight for me! It’s a very simple game with a simple premise: you are an octopus with a human family that does not know you are an octopus. Basically you just do dad stuff but it’s really hard as you have tentacles. Tentacles are not exactly very helpful for things like making coffee or mowing the lawn. It’s hilarious and sad to watch him struggle. Poor Octodad.
Later, John posed amusingly with a cosplayer. I don’t have a story to go along with this, I just love the picture.
As usual, I saved the best for last, Acquisitions Inc!
It’s strange, but I was never really interested in D&D until Penny Arcade started playing around the time 4.0 came out. I remember that was when it was because they were specifically running a 4.0 game to try it out. These days they’re playing D&D Next because they always roll with the newest thing.
Acquisitions Inc is the name of the motley crew of characters they assembled to go on these adventures. This time around they discarded Wil Wheaton and the crew was Jerry Holkins as Omin Dran, Mike Krahulik as Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics), Scott Kurtz as Binwin Bronzebottom and Patrick Rothfuss as Viari. I didn’t know who Patrick Rothfuss was until this game but as it transpires, I find him hilarious. I guess he’s a writer? Still kind of in the dark. More research must be done.
I laughed until my stomach hurt and, FYI, so can you! The video is hosted in many different places but if you go the Wizards of the Coast website, you can listen to the podcasts as well. Enjoy!