PAX West 2019 Schedule and Exhibitor List Now Available

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The full schedule of panels, tournaments, and events at PAX West 2019 has been revealed. The mega-popular annual gaming convention takes place later this month, Friday August 30 – Monday, September 2 in Seattle, Washington.

Most tickets are sold out, but you can still grab Friday-only, and Monday-only badges.

PAX West 2019’s schedule includes panels and podcasts from big gaming websites and YouTubers including Giant Bomb, IGN, and Mega64. Event panels include AAA developers on upcoming games, such as Gearbox and Borderlands 3 (Friday, 1pm Pacific) and Square Enix on Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers on Sunday (2:30 pm Pacific). Gaming-themed concerts, tournaments, and other events can be found throughout the weekend.

“I love PAX West because we get to have a one-of-a-kind event that’s focused on our fans, and has so many incredible games and live events in once place” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “Also, we’re the only show where you can see the show organizers get up on stage dressed in fantasy costumes and play Dungeons and Dragons.” The live D&D show Acquisistions Incorporated takes place Friday at 7:30 pm Pacific.

The show floor features booths from the biggest publishers in gaming down to tiny indie developers. Big names in attendance include Nintendo, PlayStation, Ubisoft, and Capcom.

PAX is produced by Penny Arcade in conjunction with event planner ReedPOP. Several PAX conventions are hosted throughout the year around the country, as well as in Australia. PAX West remains the original PAX convention and the most popular, with tickets selling out almost instantly. Many events and panels will be live streamed throughout the weekend via official PAX Twitch and YouTube channels.

PAX West 2019, PAX Unplugged 2019 Dates Revealed

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ReedPOP and Penny Arcade have announced the dates for PAX West 2019 and PAX Unplugged 2019. PAX West will take place August 30 – September 2 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. PAX Unplugged, which will be the 50th PAX convention, has been bumped one week later from last year, running December 6 – 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

“When we came up with all this, I don’t think we could ever have imagined putting on 50 of these events and counting,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, PAX and Penny Arcade. “We can’t wait to welcome the gaming community to our home in Seattle this summer, and to our Winter Lair in Philadelphia this December. We hope you’ll be able to join us.”

PAX West is the most attended gaming convention on the West Coast. It features an exhibition hall, a competitive PAX Arena, industry panels, autographs signings with streamers, concerts, and other attractions.

The third annual PAX Unplugged convention focuses entirely on tabletop games. For 2019 the convention will expand into a larger expo hall to fit even more board games, card games, and tabletop RPGs. PAX Unplugged also features live shows and panels with designers.

PAX Unplugged 2019 badges will go on sale May 9. PAX West 2019 tickets will go on sale later this month.

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God of War Director Will Deliver Keynote for PAX South 2019

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Sony Santa Monica Studios game designer Cory Barlog will deliver the Storytime keynote address at PAX South 2019. PAX South takes place Jan. 18-20, 2019 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Barlog is best known for the God of War series. He was lead animator for the original God of War in 2003, then directed the sequel God of War 2. He left in 2009 to pursue other game design companies, including LucasArts and Crystal Dynamics. He recently returned to Sony in 2013 to direct the God of War reboot that released earlier this year.

God of War (2018) has enjoyed critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best-selling games of the year.

PAX began life as the Penny Arcade Expo. It was launched in part by the gaming webcomic due of Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.

“Doing a sequel to a beloved game is a unique challenge, and so is rebooting a franchise for a modern audience – Cory Barlog has done both,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “We’re overjoyed to have him join us at PAX South. If I get the chance, I’m gonna tell him about this place I know in San Antonio where they make the guacamole with Orange Juice instead of Lime. It sounds crazy, but it works.”

PAX South 2019 will mark the fifth PAX South convention. Like most PAX conventions it features a large expo hall of new and upcoming games, geeky vendors, concerts, tournaments, and gameplay stations.

Tickets are still available. Three day passes are $85. Single day tickets are $42. Special Sunday Kid Badges (ages 7-12) are available for a reduced price of $10.

The next PAX event is in Australia with PAX Aus, which takes place this weekend, Oct 26 – 28 in Melbourne. The next US-based PAX is the board game focused PAX Unplugged, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Pennsylvania, PA.

PAX West 2018 Reveals Dates, Tickets Almost Sold Out

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It’s nearly impossible to write a timely news post on PAX West. Each year tickets sell out within minutes, and this year was no exception. As of right now only single-day tickets for Monday remain available.

PAX West 2018 will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA on Aug. 31 – Sep 3. Single-day badges are $50 each, though only Monday, the final day of the convention, remains.

“PAX West is where it all started, so whenever we have a chance to invite people into our home it’s just a good feeling,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “Purely as a word advice, I would briefly minimize this window and try to get tickets as soon as you can. They tend to go fast.”

PAX West 2018 is the 14th incarnation of the original gaming convention that began in Seattle by webcomic Penny Arcade. Now run by event company ReedPOP, PAX has since spawned multiple annual conventions around the United States, from Boston to Texas, and Australia.

PAX West (once simply called PAX, then PAX Prime) remains the largest of the PAX conventions, and certainly the biggest gaming event in the west coast. It spans eight buildings in downtown Seattle. It features multiple exhibition halls with develoeprs and publishers presenting new and upcoming games. You can also find autograph signings with YouTube and Twitch stars, esports tournaments, professional panels, live concerts, and freeplay areas for consoles, PC, and tabletop games.

The full PAX West 2018 schedule has not yet been revealed. Non-attendees can still watch many of the tournaments and panels at PAX thanks to multiple twitch channels that broadcast the live event.

PAX West 2018 will take place Aug. 31 – Sep 3 in Seattle.

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PAX Unplugged Officially Returns With a New Date

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When PAX Unplugged was announced last year, some where skeptical that it was a one-off event. Put those fears to rest, as Penny Arcade and ReedPOP have officially announced PAX Unplugged 2018. Badges will go on sale May 17.

“I know we’re biased, but we really did have a blast at Unplugged last year and we’re really excited to come back,” states the official announcement. “Not just come back, but we’re growing the scope of the show considerably. Don’t worry, it’ll still be focused on tabletop gaming, but parts of the building will be opening up to us this year and we should have a bit more room to stretch our legs and smooth out some of the wrinkles.

PAX Unplugged 2018 will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Last year it took place the weekend before Thanksgiving, but this year the dates have been shifted two weeks later, taking place Nov 30 – Dec 2. That should hopefully ease the chaos of traveling around the holidays. Not to mention another big board gaming convention, BGG Con, that took place at the same time last year.

Like other PAX shows, PAX Unplugged features an exhibit hall stuffed with vendors, develoeprs, and publishers, discussion panels, musical performances, and tournaments. All other PAX events focus on video games and the gaming industry, with a light sprinkling of tabletop. Unplugged focuses exclusively on tabletop games, board games, and RPGs, from a massive freeplay area with lending library to a dedicated area for painting minatures.

PAX Unplugged also includes a special family room area with kid-friendly games. The final day of the expo, Sunday, is designated Kids Day. Kids Day will provide an extra emphasis on family-friendly games, as well as offering reduced single-day Kids Day Badges for the Under 12 crowd. The Kids Day Badge still provides full access to the event.

PAX Unplugged 2018 badges will go on sale at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern on May 17. You can sign up for Twitter notifications when registration opens.