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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.
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.
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.
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.
Directly in the midst of the third annual Penny Arcade Expo in San Antonio, Texas (PAX South), Penny Arcade announced an all-new PAX show. Together with ReedPOP, the PAX producer, they announced PAX Unplugged, a new annual event that focuses entirely on tabletop gaming.
“With the rise of popularity of board games, we wanted to provide a dedicated space where fans can come together,” said Jerry Holkins, one half of the of the Penny Arcade duo. “We will continue to have tabletop games at every PAX. Unplugged will focus on stepping away from the TV, monitor and phone to foster face-face-face multiplayer experiences.”
PAX Unplugged will include all the features and events of previous PAX conventions – an expo hall fall of new and upcoming games, gaming-inspired concerts, tournaments, and panels with professionals from the board gaming industry.
“PAX Unplugged will be a destination for attendees to share their common passions and socialize over board, card and other tabletop games, which have experienced a renaissance in recent years,” states the press release. “Penny Arcade and ReedPOP are happy to embrace the thriving tabletop scene and provide those around it with a welcoming atmosphere to take this resurgence to even greater heights.”
PAX Unplugged will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from November 17-19, 2017. PAX Unplugged will be the sixth annual PAX show, following PAX Prime, PAX East, PAX AUS, PAX DEV, and PAX South.
Badges for PAX Unplugged will go on sale this Spring. Media and exhibitors can register for a media pass at that time.