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The Speakeasy #052: Death of a Virgin, PAX East 2014

April 23, 2014
Drink #052: Death of a Virgin
PAX East 2014

Our first experience with PAX East was an overwhelmingly positive one. So much so that we hope to add it to our list of regular, staple cons we return to each year. It was a whirlwind weekend with all the trappings of other cons we’ve attended, but this one was all about gaming. We discuss everything from the hotel location, the convention center, PWNMEAL, PA themselves, and lots of other stuff.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Death of a Virgin

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • orange juice
  • 7-up soda

Pour vodka, schnapps and lime juice into a glass. Add orange juice until the glass is half-filled, and fill completely with 7-up. Stir well, and serve.

More PAX East 2014 posts:

PAX East 2014: Tweets
PAX East 2014: General Impressions
PAX East 2014: Panels

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PAX East 2014: Panels

April 22, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 In general I will spend most of my time at any convention in the panels. I’m really grateful NYCC having a preview night as it gives me a chance to see their show room floor much more than I ever would without it. So even at an event with all the 1,001 delights like the exhibitor hall at PAX East I still found myself in the panel rooms for most of the weekend. I just enjoy learning and seeing what other people have to say. Also as someone who does panels himself I like to see what other panelist do right that I’m not doing, do wrong to avoid doing myself, and are talking about in general for new ideas of my own. Even a comic book or video game convention can be a wellspring of inspiration.

Apparently PAX panels are infamous for filling up quickly like they were Hall H at SDCC.  I was warned and by several people no less. I was told that you had to be in line for any panels at least a half an hour if you were wanted even a chance of getting in and if a panel was popular you might want to try an hour early. At first I was really worried. I had scheduled a panel every hour for the length on the convention so I assumed it would be much like NYCC: I would probably get locked out of every third panel I went to and have to either camp my next panel or explore the show floor. This was not a terrible plan. I did not really have a major time put aside to explore all the games there anyway so if I was missing panels it was a good time to check out the rest of the con.

That said I easily got into all but one of the panels I wanted to see and I rarely had to show up way in advance. I did not have a press pass so it was not even the power of the fifth estate getting me inside. I’m not sure if it was just that I picked panels no one cared about, if it was a slow panel year, or if it is just the natural tendency for con goers to stand in lines for no reason. All I know is that the only panel I could not get into was Six Months Into the New Console War. Not sure why that was the hottest panel especially since I later went to Console Launches: A Post Mortem which was a fairly similar panel. I admit I BARELY squeaked into Games That Are So Bad, They’re Good but I came to that 2 minutes after it started and panels like that are notoriously popular. So Bad, It’s Good is partially the lifeblood of the Internet. I can’t exactly say what the truth of the matter is but I do think this reinforces my idea that 80% of line culture at conventions is caused by people assuming that they need to line up in advance more than actually needing to line up in advance.

But that is a lot of meta talk. What people really want is to know the good, the bad, and the fugly of the presentations at PAX East.

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MoCCA Arts Festival 2014

April 17, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Do you enjoy the artist alley at anime and/or comic conventions? If yes, you should be heading to the MoCCA Arts Festival each year to feast your eyes and empty your wallet.

This two-day convention is run by The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art which was folded into the Society of Illustrators. It is one large, bustling, but not overwhelming, room in midtown which one can easily visit for the low, low price of $5.

The convention is small enough to spend as little as a half-day walking around without missing much. There are a few panels but the main draw is slowing making your way from table to table inspecting various artists styles and offerings. And suspended above our heads was the Charlie Brown balloon from the Macy’s Parade watching over the proceedings.

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PAX East 2014: General Impressions

April 16, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 I think there was a danger of over-expectation on my part based on friends who absolutely loved PAX East in previous years; after all, they were instrumental in finally getting me on board with checking it out. But it was quickly apparent that I had actually underestimated the convention, leaving me surprised and overwhelmed, all in good ways, once I entered the event.

All the rumors are true, PAX East is a frickin’ blast.

hisui_icon_4040 Say what you will about Penny Arcade in general but the PAX conventions are fairly well-regarded as being some of the best run conventions you will ever go to. Some of our friends have been trying to convince us to go for a while now with PAX East being in Boston. We are not huge gamers but both of us at least casually play enough games, and absorb enough geeky news in general, that we had an interest in going. (Also for some reason I casually consume a lot of information about game design.) Much like SDCC you have to decide fairly early on that you want to go to PAX East. You can’t just decide a week before the convention that you should go and then get a 3-day pass and a hotel. This is a convention that sold out of weekend passes a few hours after they went one sale. The only way to get a ticket past that point was to pay marked up ticket scalper prices. So we barely got our tickets but we got them. So the question is was it worth the effort for a convention about a secondary fandom of ours.

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