– Premise –
Last year I went to PAX East. It was one hell of an experience and this time I was also able to go to PAX South in San Antonio.
It was probably as exhausting than last time but in some way, smoother. PAX South is pretty new so it’s really smaller than East and Prime/West.
Let’s write about this.
– Same but not the same –
I thought I would live the same thing again when I accepted to go to PAX South but luckily enough for me, it was pretty different.
Yes, the booth was the same but a bit better.
The computers were a hassle to plug and making sure everything was working was also pretty annoying every morning because, thanks to computer science, there’s always something that breaks. One day it was an HDMI cable, the other was a USB port, the other day the Ethernet, etc…
This time, since Early Access of the game came out in September, we were showing the campaign instead of the arena mode. I went really smoothly. People were enjoying the character creation and then the main campaign. They had 20 minutes and I’m pretty sure that the appreciation was like 99.9% positive.
Obviously, if you wait one hour to play a game, you’re there because you want to play that game.
I was still pretty surprised by the amount of player who never played the game nor the first one.
Anyway, everybody had a blast.
(Mathiew and me with my poker face)
– Shout out to the volunteers –
This time, there was no Lady Killer (even if Sarah and Kelsey were there <3). Instead, we had five volunteers with us.
Needless to say, they were all amazingly good.
James, Lori, Kyle, Mathew and Shawn. Five people from Texas. Five complete fan of the game. I think if I add all the time they played just the early access I probably bust 600 hours easily.
It was awesome to work with them. They helped us A LOT.
– I played the Switch –
Yes, I’ve played the Switch. When I saw that Nintendo was two booths away from our I was really excited. The first day, Thomas (the video guy) and me waited for 45 minutes before the convention started and we barely made it to play 10-15 minutes of Breath of the Wild.
It felt really good.
The controller, the graphics, the switch itself.
Yeah, day one buy for me!
– Still no time for anything –
Yeah, like last time, everybody start to work at the same time and end at the same time. So I didn’t had the chance to try anything except the Switch because they were open earlier for the press.
There was still a huge part dedicated to board games and table top games which I totally missed. I saw a lot of really interesting games and all but, obviously, had no time to play.
This is seriously some kind of torture. All the great stuff but you can just look when you take a 10 minutes break to walk around.
– Ending notes –
Like last time, it was an exhaustingly amazing experience. I wanted to go to another convention last time and I still want to go to another. Next one is PAX East in one month in Boston. Crossing my fingers so I can go there.
I also really want to go to PAX Prime/West.
There is still a lot of work to do with the game but we’re getting there.