This Friday, I'll be in Boston for PAX East. Every year I get that excited but nervous feeling about it. That anticipation about who and what's going to be there, are you going to be able to see everything that you want to see? Even now looking at the schedule for the different panels, I know I'm not going to be able to see everything that I'd like to, and that's only because a couple of them over lap. It's hard to really explain what PAX is in one post, really the best way to describe what it is, has already been done on the PAX site itself. Here's a link to it; http://east.paxsite.com/what-is-pax.
PAX East is a slightly different kind of animal than other conventions. There seems to be more of an emphasis on everyone working together, and making friends than any normal convention. Yeah people go for a lot of the panels and the different games they're showing, but in the end you feel like you've just made a ton of new friends, that you're pretty sure you're going to see next year.
Everyone has their favorite people/booths/panels they are planning on checking out this weekend. Here are a few I plan on checking out:
PAX East Indie Showcase
Games Journalist in the Age of Independence
Game Audio from Hobbyists to Professional
This (Boston) Indie Life: From Breaking In to Making It
and that is just day one!
I'm not sure how many of these I'll definitely be able to make it to, but I"m going to do my best to check out as much as I can. I also plan on checking out the table top section, and trying out different table top games I've never played before... well and probably a couple I have too.
I'll be tweeting the entire time I'm there, follow me if you'd like @AlexStronach. Also if they allow it, I'm going to get as much video as possible.
For a complete schedule of what's going on at PAX East check out the site here, http://east.paxsite.com/schedule.