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PAX South 2018 Runs this Weekend in San Antonio

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ReedPop and Penny Arcade will kick off their fourth annual PAX South gaming convention this weekend, January 12-14. That’s about two weeks earlier than previous years.

Three day passes have sold out but single day tickets are still available for all three days. PAX South is hosted at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Like other PAX conventions, PAX South features an expo hall with developers presenting recent and upcoming games, a tabletop hall to check out board games from a massive library, numerous panels from industry veterans, streamers, and academics, nightly concerts, free play arcade, console, VR, and PC areas, and the D&D live adventures of Acquisitions Incorporated. PAX South will also kick off season two of the C Team, Acquisitions Incorporated’s weekly spin-off D&D show.

PAX South is smaller in attendance and scope than big brothers PAX East in Boston and PAX West in Seattle. PAX South was previously known as the board game or Tabletop-focused PAX convention, but last year introduced PAX Unplugged, a tabletop-only PAX convention that took place in Philadelphia in November.

The True Dungeon experience will return to PAX South, greatly expanded from last year’s sample offering. Tickets much be purchased separately for 2-hour time slots to experience the live-action role-playing adventure. This year the models and story will be inspired by best-selling author (and Acquisitions Incorporated member) Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy series (image above). A free 24-minute demo will also be available to provide a sample of the adventure.

PAX South takes place January 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas.

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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.

 

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PAX West Tickets Go On Sale, Begin Selling Out Within Minutes

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Tickets for PAX West 2017 went on sale a few hours ago. Within minutes they began selling out, because it’s PAX West. As of right now (2:15 Pacific) the only remaining tickets are for Monday, and the quantity is listed as “Low.”

PAX West 2017 returns to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. It takes place during Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4. Tickets are only available in Single Day formats for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for $48 each.

“The PAX we’re building for the next Seattle show will have hottest upcoming games, panels with industry luminaries, and all the things you associate with the premiere gaming culture show in this hemisphere,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “I have a soft spot for PAX West, because the show started up here, but also because it’s like fifteen minutes from my house.”

Journalists and media influencers can apply for a Media Badge here.

The Penny Arcade Expos are among the biggest gaming conventions in the world, and PAX West is the original and the biggest of the PAX events. Ticket availability has been a concern for years with different measures being taken to give a fair chance for people to buy tickets. The elimination of bulk weekend passes has helped. But buying tickets remains a stressful first come first serve race every year.

Earlier this year Penny Arcade and ReedPOP announced PAX Unplugged, a new PAX Show that will focus on tabletop gaming. The first PAX Unplugged will take place in Philadelphia this November. Tickets are still on sale, $25 for single day or $60 for 3-day.

 

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.