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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.
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.