PAX West 2017 Part 2, Outside the Expo Hall

Last week, I attended the PAX West 2017, an awesome event of video and tabletop games. I wrote some words about it in a recent Part 1 post, where I shared my pics and observations on the main Expo Hall.

Now, I share the rest, which I found much more exciting and expansive. Below are more pictures and notes of select moments of this fun show. Take a look!

I spent much time on the sixth floor checking out the PAX 10, a select group of indie games hosted by their creators. Among them, West of Loathing caught my eye for its interesting, fun choice of style.

Photo Sep 02, 12 21 46 PM

Also among the PAX 10, I enjoyed Tiny Bubbles, a puzzle game that feels therapeutic and comforting. I like to see bubbles pop.

Photo Sep 02, 12 22 35 PM

An interesting side thing happening among the indie games out there – cartridge games developed by gaming fans for old console systems. Retrotainment Games showed some interesting new game cartridges, playable for the NES.

Photo Sep 02, 12 08 45 PM

This PAX West, I also attended many panels. This panel, was about the Youtube gameplay streaming scene, hosted by the Gaming Grandma, Shirley Curry.

Photo Sep 03, 2 19 48 PM

Another panel, this on overlooked job opportunities among game company developers. This chart gives a good look at what’s out there for those interested…

Photo Sep 02, 2 14 45 PM

The Nintendo Metroid Panel focused on Samu’s return to the 2-D platform for the 3DS. Much was shown, but the highlight for me is this fan-art by James Franzen (@goshadale)…

Photo Sep 02, 9 29 09 AM

In light of Metroid, here is some amazing Samus cosplay…

Photo Sep 02, 11 46 11 AM

Another panel on game writing. Lots so helpful advice on creating fiction in the world of gaming.

Photo Sep 04, 12 51 52 PM

A personal favorite of PAX in the past years; the Late Night Dub Fight..where a group of comedics improv and dub various (and some very familiar) cartoons and live-action video clips.

IMG_20170903_012150_863

Also around PAX West, many board games. Sometimes, just seeing one with a lot of setup is a beautiful thing to photograph. I didn’t get the name of this, but I really want to play it

Photo Sep 02, 1 30 13 PM

In the basement area kind of hidden, was the Indie Megabooth for tabletop gaming. Some very fresh, and just getting the word out on their games. Here is Sarah’s Singularity, a game of time travel and alternate timelines.

Photo Sep 02, 1 38 59 PM

Also much enjoyed in the same room, Cult Following. A game involving cults, with a lot of goofy aspects to it.

Photo Sep 02, 1 36 52 PM

Someone Had Died, a game that caught my interest most so. It’s a game of winning an inheritance, by building upon a story following someone’s sudden demise.

Photo Sep 02, 1 29 49 PM

Another new game of interest: Now Everyone get the F%$# Out,  a game of drunken party antics. The game creator (I didn’t get his name, argh) gave me a spirited introduction.

Photo Sep 02, 1 43 07 PM

Back to the main floor, and more cosplay. Here is some lovely Final Fantasy XIV presentation.

Photo Sep 04, 10 37 06 AM

League of Legends cosplay!

Photo Sep 01, 2 32 55 PM

Squids from Space Cosplay

Photo Sep 02, 12 06 08 PM

Not sure on this group. I like the costumes.

Photo Sep 01, 3 44 59 PM

Fire Emblem cosplay.

Photo Sep 03, 3 06 41 PM

The final morning of the grand PAX West adventure, greeted by some of the ever-awesome PAX Enforcers (paid volunteers of the show).

Photo Sep 04, 9 23 17 AM

One thing I loved about this convention vs. other shows, is the line entertainment brought on by some of the PAX Enforcers. Some had goofy games to share, others played music. Overall, a great dedication from the managment to try and make more minutes of the show count.

Photo Sep 02, 8 26 17 AM

One of the big PAX West live events, a role-playing session with Jim Darkmagic (Mike Krahulik), Omin Dran (Jerry Holkins), Viari (Patrick Rothfuss), and special guest star, Strix (Holly Conrad)

Photo Sep 03, 7 00 26 PM

One of the many music concerts, tributing game music and culture. Here jamed the Bit Brigade, remixing the old NES Batman while it played on in the background.

Photo Sep 01, 8 54 09 PM

The last event attended for me, was the Omegathon: Final Round. This being a competition of a surprise game chosen (Nidhogg 2) for the 2 final players. The match was quite exciting (but was interupted with some technical difficulties).

Photo Sep 04, 5 39 06 PM

That’s all for now. I very much enjoyed this PAX West, with so much done and new friends made, games discovered, and many cheers put out. I look forward to the next year!

Photo Sep 03, 12 30 10 PM

PAX West 2017 Part 1, Within the Expo Hall

PAX West for this 2017, was a joy to many. Though which kind of joy was left to the time spent in attending.

PAX West (formally known as the original Penny Arcade Expo, then PAX Prime) remains the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, catering to the video game and tabletop participant mindset. Still in downtown Seattle after many years, the event is host to hundreds of companies big and small, and its many ticket holders (at least 70,000). The feelings shared among us involved excitement, cheer, and anticipation of gaming.

For me, the event was about exploration into the ever-changing industry of interactive games and its culture. More competitive co-op games are the rage, showing off on the main Expo floor. All and everywhere are the clear money-making trends in the industry; and not just with the games, but the streaming and e-sports culture as well.

Below, are pictures with notes of the main PAX West Expo floor, a dark place lit by many screens and LEDs.

The entrance into the realm of digital wonders, guarded by a large dragon promoting Clash of Kings. It could have done without annoying social media marketing sign.

Photo Sep 03, 12 23 46 PM

One of many booths boosting the e-sports aspect of the current game culture. Live competitive gameplay isn’t my jam, but I like the vibrant lights.

Photo Sep 01, 1 17 42 PM

The Ultron Sigma statue at the Capcom booth didn’t get much love promoting the fourth installment of the Capcom vs. Marvel fighting game. I wanted to leave a big bowl of nachos on its lap.

Photo Sep 01, 1 14 53 PM

The statue is not as big as it looks. Yet, it stands mighty for Adris PC gaming equipment…yay!

Photo Sep 03, 12 21 03 PM

Service animals are welcome on the PAX floor. This one was comfortable with Nintendo’s famous plumber.

Photo Sep 03, 12 19 35 PM

At a booth promoting some new Warframe game. Pose with the cool looking flying mech-thing above, and get a bandana. Then save it, maybe wear it, then pass it on to someone’s grandchildren.

Photo Sep 01, 3 29 07 PM

The Dauntless game booth, to promote its game where monsters are hunted. Here you get a rare pin, by standing in line for over an hour, then grouped in a battle where all must defeat some “behemoth” that take forever to kill. A lot of sad faces walked away pinless.

Photo Sep 03, 11 02 34 AM

The Monster Hunter World booth, where a mighty dragon scoffs at PAXers brave (or not)  a three-hour line to play its demo and get another rare pin.

Photo Sep 01, 1 14 08 PM

Just the Nintendo booth, promoting stuff I didn’t get a big chance to see because it was too small and crowded. Sigh..

Photo Sep 01, 1 13 57 PM

Some cosplay pushed to promote products, I believe. This one promoted the Shadowverse game at the Twitch booth.

Photo Sep 03, 9 34 20 AM

Speaking of Shadowverse, here is a scary carrot monster promoting the game. Someone nearby handed me an awesome Shadowverse carrot card when I asked about it.

Photo Sep 03, 3 30 00 PM

Some cosplay, of something not sure. League of Legends?

Photo Sep 02, 11 50 34 AM

More cosplay, of something not sure. League of Legends?

More cosplay between the booths. Go team Halo!!!

Photo Sep 02, 11 51 00 AM

Those are some of the highlights of the Expo floor. I was drawn to far much more around here, and also outside, around the PAX West. I will share some of those highlighted moments with more pics and noted, in my next show write-up.