PAX Unplugged Keynote Speaker is Wizards of the Coast President

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The inaugural PAX Unplugged convention will take place in Pennsylvania this November. ReedPOP and Penny Arcade have announced the keynote speaker: Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks.

“Wizards of the Coast is a pillar of the card, board, and role-playing gaming space, and we feel privileged to welcome them as an exhibitor to the first PAX Unplugged, and have their leader Chris Cocks deliver the show’s Storytime keynote,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade. “As massive fans of their work, as well as the other incredible properties Chris has contributed to over the years, we’re looking forward to his address in the City of Brotherly Love when PAX Unplugged kicks off this November.”

Cocks’ resumé includes Microsoft, where he worked at big franchises like Halo and Fable, as well as educational electronic products like LeapFrog. He’s been with Wizards of the Coast since 2016.

Wizards of the Coast is best known for two of the biggest properties in nerd-dom – Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. The D&D label has been affixed to video games since the 80s, but PAX Unplugged is specifically all about board and card games, making WotC a perfect fit.

Tickets for PAX Unplugged are still available. Three Day Tickets are $60 while individual day tickets are $25 each. A special Sunday Kids Ticket for ages 6-12 is $10. The Kids Day pass gives full access to the show. Children five and under are free.

PAX Unplugged takes place November 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

 

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PAX West 2017 Takes Place this Weekend

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The Penny Arcade Expo includes five big gaming conventions every year (not including the developer-only mini-PAX Dev), but PAX West is always the biggest. Formerly called PAX Prime, PAX West is the original expo from the explosive web comic team of Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik back when it was just a single annual convention.

PAX West 2017 is the 13th PAX West event. It’s taking place this weekend at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Tickets for PAX West sell out notoriously quickly and this year wasn’t any different.

The keynote speaker is Luke Smith, Bungie’s Game Director for Destiny 2. Holkins will interview him on stage this morning to kick off the four day convention. Click here for a full list of the PAX West 2017 schedule, including board game tournaments and Omegathon tournament.

For the full list of exhibitors at the expo hall, you’ll need to download the PAX Guidebook app. It’s available on iOS and Android. Exhibitors include the usual big name publishers such as Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, and Bethesda, as well as dozens of hopeful indies. Both PAX Rising and PAX 10 include curated groups of indie games in prominent booths on the expo hall.

The main PAX website has also been recently updated and given a nice makeover.

If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to PAX West this year, you can still watch many of the panels and shows via Twitch.tv. Three different channels will broadcast shows and panels throughout the four-day weekend, while a fourth will broadcast the PAXArena.

Tickets are still on sale for PAX AUS (Oct), PAX Unplugged (Nov) and PAX South (Jan 2018). PAX West 2017 starts today and ends Monday, September 4.

 

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PAX South 2018 Tickets on Sale Next Week

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Tickets for the fourth annual PAX South gaming convention will begin going on sale next Tuesday, July 18 at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern. PAX South 2018 takes place January 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas.

“It’s been incredible to see how quickly PAX South has grown and solidified its place in the PAX lineup, cultivating a culture all its own in beautiful downtown San Antonio,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of attendees and exhibitors at every PAX South, and this coming show will continue to up the ante.”

Single tickets can be purchased for $40 each, while a three-day badge will run $80. Special Sunday Kids Badges are available for 6-12 year olds at a discounted $10. If you want to bring your own PC for LAN gaming you’ll need to purchase a special pass for another $40.

PAX South 2018 will include exclusive branded merchandise.  A set of dice can be had for $40, a pair of socks for $20, and a pack of drink coasters for $20.

The Penny Arcade Expos are among the largest gaming conventions of the year. Each PAX show features industry panels, esports tournaments, gaming booths, upcoming games, concerts, and live shows.

Earlier this year Penny Arcade announced their next annualized PAX show, PAX Unplugged. It will focus on tabletop gaming. PAX Unplugged will take place November 17-19 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tickets are now available.

PAX shows are produced by ReedPOP with Penny Arcade. The next scheduled PAX show will be PAX West (formerly PAX Prime), the original as well as the biggest of the PAX events. It takes place September 1-4 in Seattle, Washington. As usual with PAX West tickets sold out very quickly.

Media registration will be available three months before the show. PAX South 2018 takes place next year, January 12-14.

 

Tickets Now On Sale For First Ever PAX Unplugged

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A new PAX convention was announced earlier this year during PAX South. PAX Unplugged will focus on tabletop gaming. It takes place November 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Tickets have gone on sale starting this week.

Single day badges for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday cost $25 each. You can buy a 3-day badge for the whole weekend for $60. Special Sunday Kids badges are available for the 12 and under crowd for a discounted $10. Children age five and under are free with a paid adult. Badge limits are in place, limiting each household to six badges. Tickets are non-refundable.

“Tabletop gaming can mean a lot of different things, but whatever it means to you, I wan PAX Unplugged to a home for it,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade. “There’s a renaissance right now in the space, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

The Penny Arcade Expos now consist of six different conventions spread throughout the year. Previous PAX shows focus on video gaming, with some degree of tabletop gaming included. PAX South has an especially large tabletop gaming presence.

PAX Unplugged will be the first PAX to focus specifically on tabletop gaming. Though video games that feature tabletop game elements will also be found there.

Developers and publishers who wish to exhibit at PAX Unplugged 2017 can apply here. If you’re interested in hosting a panel about tabletop gaming, panel submissions are open now. Media personnel can apply for a media badge.

 

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PAX East 2017 Takes Place This Weekend in Boston

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The eighth annual PAX East gaming convention begins today, March 10, and runs through the weekend. PAX East is held in Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Since 2010 PAX East has rocketed in popularity, selling out every year to become one of the biggest gaming conventions in the U.S. (along with PAX West in Seattle).

If you’re not attending PAX East, don’t fret. We live in the age of live streaming, and Twitch.tv has you covered. No less than four different channels will broadcast various games and panels of PAX East. See the full schedule for the weekend here.

The keynote speaker for PAX East 2017 is game designer Jake Solomon, Lead Designer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 at Firaxis. The keynote speaker is the first panel at every PAX. Solomon will take the stage of the Main Theatre at 10:30 AM EST. You can watch it live on Twitch.

This year’s PAX Arena at PAX East will feature Rocket League and For Honor on Friday, Brawlhalla on Saturday, and close out with Super Smash Bros. 4 on Sunday. Live stream begins at Noon Eastern today.

More than 100 publishers will have booths on the massive show floor this year, from the big guys like Bethesda and Nintendo to the Indie Megabooth. Stay tuned for any major announcements and reveals.

PAX Australia 2017 Tickets Will Go On Sale in March

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The Penny Arcade Expo is returning to Australia for the fifth year in a row. PAX Australia will take place from October 27-29, 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets will go on sale beginning March 14, 2017 (just after PAX East ends).

“Australia’s gaming community has given PAX such an incredible home here,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of PAX and Penny Arcade. “This year will see the fifth PAX Aus erupt in Melbourne, and there’s every indication it will be the best one yet.”

The date was moved up a few weeks from last year to avoid being so close to the Melbourne Cup.

PAX is one of the world’s biggest gaming conventions. With the recent announcement of PAX Unplugged, a total of five PAX conventions (plus a dev-only PAX) are now sprinkled throughout the year. PAX Australia is the only PAX not located in the United States. PAX East is the next upcoming PAX convention, running March 10-12, 2017 in Boston.

Individual day passes cost $65 AUD. Three day passes for the entire weekend run $165 AUD. If you want to bring your own computer to play games, you’ll need a special BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) pass for $45 AUD. If your purchase tickets early you can save $5 AUD on ticket price.

Media registration for PAX Australia begins in July 2017. Game developers who wish to exhibit at PAX Australia can contact the PAX sales team.