Monday, September 1, 2008

Quick rundown of Day 3 at PAX

Started the day off with room service breakfast before heading over to the convention center.  There Sam and I dropped Sean off at some panel about game art/design or something.  Then we headed over to the Expo Hall but before we got in there we were sidetracked to where Felicia Day was seated signing DVDs of the guild.  So Sam and I each got a copy of season one signed.  Then as we entered the Expo Hall we received free Champions Online T-Shirts.  Then we headed over to the Fallout 3 tables to get our Vault Boy puppets and Penny Arcade designed posters.  Then we headed over to the Champions Online area so I could make and ID card...I became The Librarian.

After that we checked out of the Expo Hall and headed across the street to see Wil Wheaton's Panel.  We got there in just enough time...that place filled up to standing room only. Wil read one of his stories "Blue Light Special" before doing a Q&A session.  It was great...really great.  After the panel we headed back to the Expo Hall to meet up with Sean.  Going back in we headed over so he could get his Fallout 3 stuff.  Then we hit up Pirates Online where Sam played a demo of the game and we all got shirts...Support Piracy.

We left the Expo Hall shortly after to head over for the Spore Demo.  That was an interesting looking game.  I don't know if I'll run right out and get it, but I may get around to play it...(the commercial for the game just came on). After the Demo we ran to get food and then get in line for the Final Omegathon round.  While waiting in line we played with pipe cleaners...yes pipe cleaners, it was like a summer camp arts and craft hour.  Some really creative designs were spotted.  We met up with our friend from day 2.  The final round was great they played some old 80's video game that was never released in the US.

After that we left and headed back to the hotel to unwind for a bit before heading to dinner at Benihana.  It was a great dinner, then we headed back to the hotel to crash for the night.

Our 1st PAX was great!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Quick rundown of Day 2 at PAX

Yesterday (day 2) was a lot of sit around and wait.  The first sit and wait was in line for the Penny Arcade: Draw a Strip.  So we watched as Tycho and Gabe created Monday's strip and did a hilarious Q&A session.  We learned a new curse word too.
After that we stayed and saw the Fallout 3 demo.  I've never played the Fallout games, but I really enjoyed watching the demo.  There were some pretty amazing things, the weapons were great and I loved the super glove thingy that took the guys head off.  We also got puppets.

We left after that to go get food.  We ended up down the road at this little place called Cyber Dog.  It's 100% vegetarian. The dogs were okay, but not really worth the wait, also considering they forgot one of our dogs.  Going to get food prevented us from getting in line early enough to see the D&D DM panel, but we were in line for the Beyond D&D panel.  While in line Sam met Jeffrey who was dressed like a pirate...and then we became four.
After that panel we joined the guys who hosted the panel and the creater of Burning Wheel for a demo of Burning Wheel.  It was good fun, a few people got to play and the rest of us had a good time messing around and watching the game being played.  Sam got to sit in on a game and it seemed really fun, it's more person to person without the mini's to push around a board. 

Then we headed over to the concert, which was more just loud noise then music...we left and headed over to the free play areas and ended up watching the Rock Band stage.  Sam and Sean stayed a bit but then headed over to the concert again to see MC Frontalot.  Pirate man and I stayed and watched Rock Band, chatted and then went for a walk, coming across one of his friends before, Sam and Sean got back from the concert and we called it a night.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Quick rundown of Day 1 at PAX

First thing we did was meet up with the Pre-Pax Breakfast group...you guys were great to meet and talk to. After eating we headed to the convention center where we stood/sat in line...forever.  I got some photos of the line and of the beach ball being hit around.  Even a little video.  Another member of my group got pics of Man Peach and some other interesting things we encountered on line.

Once we got in our first order of business was to sign our friend up for the Smash Brothers Tournament and then we headed to the EXPO Hall.  I'll be the first to admit that I was lost there, I'm not a big gamer and I can honestly say that I hadn't heard of more than half of those games.  But I did enjoy myself.  I watched a lot of games being played, asked a few questions about ones I was interested in and even played one of the PAX 10 games.
My friend and I co-oped on the Samurai Sushi game.  I played mouse and she played controller and I really think it's better as a mouse game.  Though the developer/creater/the god of the game said he was just working on making it a controller game and was still working out the functions.  I was really impressed seeing as how it's a one man show when it comes to creating the game.  He told us a Spring release...I know I'll be waiting.

After that we checked out a couple more booths before we got the call that it was time for our friend to head over to get inline for the Smash Brothers tournament.  As we were walking out of the Expo Hall...I saw him...Wil Wheaton was at his booth....I got in line.  The line got cut off a few people  in front of me.  So I walked over to join my friends in line.  While one waited, two of us went to get food...then we sat in the beanbags and ate and played for a good while before heading to the Game Writing Panel.  We got there late, so then we headed back to the Expo Hall.

This time around I tried a DS downloadable demo some game about a character who's an archeologist and an engineer.  It really wasn't my type of game, but the guys who were telling me about the game were really nice.  As I watched my friend test a game, our other friend called, he'd been eliminated so we were going to meet him outside the Expo Hall.

That's when I saw a two people waiting in front of Wil's booth...I stood behind them.  I stood in line for a half hour waiting to meet my first ever crush.  Yes, I had a little girl crush on Wesley Crusher. So it was no hardship for me to wait there in line for him, and it was so worth it.  I purchased one of his books and got a picture.  

My friends left me to go sit in on the RoosterTeeth panel.  I've seen some Red vs. Blue, but I wasn't really familiar with the panel.  But I'm glad I made it there when I did.  They showed off a new animated short and it was great.  I know people were taking video so it's got to be posted somewhere, so I'll probably be watching it again.

After that we headed off to get in line for "The Guild" screening.  I stumbled across The Guild after seeing Felicia Day in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.  So we got to watch all 10 episodes and then there was a Q&A session afterwards.  The new episodes start will probably start in October and Felicia has no control over what comes out of her mouth.

After that we called it a night.  We headed back to our hotel, grabbed some more Subway and then ate and watched the original Ocean's Eleven.  Then we promptly all fell asleep.  (hence why this is being posted Saturday morning instead of Friday night.)

Oh I also what to mention that I met a bunch of really great people, and every one was extremely nice.  Can't wait to meet more of you Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Semi-Girly Geek gets ready for PAX

So I have everything to pack in my bag laying out on the bed. 
-my makeup bag that holds my compact, lip gloss, chapstick, lipstick, cough drops, band-aids, and hand lotion.
-my emergency medicine and allergy meds
-my dice
-my wallet
-my DS
-my cell phone
-my badge
-a headband
-my camera
-a book
-Glamour Magazine
and possible my jacket


Now I still have to pick something to wear...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Opera

This is Nathan Gunn. He is a baritone. He sings opera. If this is what opera looks like I've been missing out.