PAX Prime 2014

September 9, 2014 1 Comment
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"Have you seen my bear, Tibbers?"
"Have you seen my bear, Tibbers?"

Can’t believe it’s been a year since I first went to PAX Prime and started on this journey. Since then, a lot has changed including me getting Hackronyms to a point where the game really does match the hype of others.

Here’s a quick recap of my PAX Prime 2014 experience:

After a getting into SEATAC on Wednesday and rendezvousing with my Seattleite buddy, Scott, we got dinner and chatted about things as if we hadn’t missed a beat. The next day, I met up with Andrew Yoon to go to Pike’s Place Market, swing by Nintendo, and otherwise be touristy.

As the sun set, we both met up at the Sheraton for open gaming with hundreds of other tabletop gamers. He set out to play games of Divorce: The Game, while I got people to hack sentences together. It was a lot of good fun. It was also there that I met a couple of other designers including Dickie Adams who has a pretty speedy and fun game up his sleeves. Keep an eye out.

LCS - The energy is infectious
LCS - The energy is infectious

On day one and two, I spent a great deal of time just wandering the show floors with Patrick. Got to meet a lot of really cool people, including those in the Indie Megabooth area who were showing games. I was particularly happy that they had a dedicated tabletop section within this space this year. It was there that I met Shawn Pierre who created These French Fries Are Terrible Hot Dogs; Kelly Toyama, the designer of Titans Tactics, and Tap Pribbenow of Grow: The Organic Building Game. As an aside, they’re also all really great (noticing a theme here?). I would totally recommend checking out their games if you get the chance.

Link looking sharp
Link looking sharp

The nights were decidedly more chill with a bit of networking, poutine, and gaming sprinkled in between–oh and doughnuts. Lot’s of doughnuts.

View from above the Hardrock
View from above the Hardrock
The freestyle console gaming room
The freestyle console gaming room

Aside from also speaking on a panel about A New Tabletop Gaming Canon, the rest of my time at PAX was spent going around, networking with fellow PAXers, and playing games of Hackronyms. Although I realized, then and there, that it’s easier to get groups of two to play new games, Hackronyms still got more than its fair share of plays. I was happy about this overall and the game was pretty well received.

Just roasting marshmallows
Just roasting marshmallows
Why do you insist on putting my fire out?!
Why do you insist on putting my fire out?!

Meant to play more tabletop games at night with Patrick and Andrew, but for some reason, the only game we played, at this time, was a game called Toasted or Roasted where we had to roast marshmallows. Don’t judge.

View from the Motif
View from the Motif

Almost as quickly as it had begun, the long holiday weekend was over–PAX Prime 100% complete. It was altogeher productive, fun, and intense doing all of the things I did at PAX. I can’t wait to go again, next time with more than one game under my belt.

Have you ever gone to a convention like PAX Prime? What was your experience?

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  1. Pottedmeat says:

    We played your game at the Sheraton, I have to admit I wasn’t very optimistic when I first saw it just because it didn’t seem like my kind of game. 30 minutes later we were laughing hysterically, stringing together the most ridiculous sentences. I don’t think anyone at the table didn’t have a good time with your prototype. Looking forward to your crowd funding campaign.

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