I’ll talk about Saturday and Sunday in the one post since today is Tuesday and I need to get back into uni mode.
So Saturday JB and I took it easy, in the morning I got dressed into my Cosplay I had spent weeks making. We ended up catching the 10am train to the showgrounds. We had kept the black wrist bands we were given on the friday over night, thinking we’d be able to skip the line ride. Nope. Turns out the entrance to PAX was like 2 double doors. At lest this time we were inside, I did think about taking a photo but there wouldn’t have been much to see other than a sea of people.
Once we got in we ducked into the main theatre to see Penny Arcade – Make a Strip! the only seats were second back row, even with my glasses I couldn’t see the screen. I told JB I might walk around and we’d catch up after. So I went to the expo hall.
Walking around alone is somewhat different than walking around with JB. For starters JB often carries my things, however it is easier to do things. While walking though crowds I find it easier on my own. My smallness lets me squish past people easily. While on my own I tried out Just Dance 4 and made 2 other guys dance to “I will survive”. It was fun. I did a loop around the expo hall and bumped into Austin and Bt.
It was approaching 12, bt hadn’t been to the big tent yet so we headed over there. Did a loop around when we decided we should break for lunch. There was so many people at PAX the internet was so slow. I couldn’t get an imessage though to JB and ended up sending a text from bt’s phone. In the end JB grouped up with us.
After lunch, since JB hadn’t been in the expo hall yet we went back there. We stopped at the nintendo booth and saw a Pokémon battle on the big screen. JB and I parted ways from Austin and Bt, who shortly went home.
At 4:30pm there was a animal crossing video being showed in one of the theatre, at 3:30 we went to the theatre and found out the place was already full. There was a line, to get into the line. We signed and went back to the nintendo booth so watch more Pokémon battles until 6. JB and I weren’t impressed with Saturday PAX.
On Sunday I wanted to see the Videogames are Good For You talk, JB and I caught the 9:40 train and bumped into Vince. Once again at the showgrounds there was the line to get into PAX. We stood in line playing our 3DSs while Vince had his iPad. As soon as got though the doors we rushed to skippy theatre. Luckily we were part of the inside room line. However the theatre was very small. After 30mins we were seated. I think we were about 4 seats back row? I couldn’t see much so I played 3DS while I listened to the talk.
After the talk it was 12, we headed to the big top for some lunch and we met up with Jesse. After lunch we showed Jesse around. Had a walk around the big tent, JB and I stopped to play some old school games.
After we regrouped again we headed to the expo hall. There I had a go at Framed, a pretty neat game for the iPad. We did more walking around, gave up on see any talks and just enjoyed what we could. At some stage we went back to the big top to play some board games. We stood around looking for a table to empty and once we saw one I dashed to it.
We had a go at this game called “dungeon run”. While it took use a while to learn the rules it got pretty damn fun, sadly we didn’t get time to finish the game. We’d have to buy a copy of it for ourselves.
I found I had more fun on Sunday than on Saturday, most likely since Saturday we were so upset about missing the Nintendo thing. While on Sunday we walked around and tried demos and enjoyed the little things.
So that’s PAX, overall, too many people, too small area. They need to rent out more rooms next time. Btw, turns out PAX will also be back next year. I’l still go.