PAX 2009 was:
- not quite what I expected
- going to be attended next year, but with A Plan
- a good time
- definitely worth pre-registering for
PAX was A+; would buy again.
We were at the event for about 6 hours on Saturday before bailing – the lure of a Built Burger BBQ at Doug and Ali’s place was too strong and delicious to resist. It was a very full day though, and even though we were beat after just six hours, I could have easily spent the day there if I had planned things out better. For starters, I had no idea that the passes for the evening’s concerts were handed out to the first several thousand people through the door each morning – so even if I had made plans to see the MC Frontalot and Jonathan Coulton shows, I wouldn’t have been able to. Next time, Gadget, I will make a plan and see the shows and panels that interest me.
We spent most of our time in the Main Exhibition hall, trying out new games and people watching. There were so many strange nerds around – some normal, some unfortunate, some clearly on some sort of day release program. I wished I had a stable internet connection and a computer; I could have just live blogged what I was seeing around me for three days straight it was so surreal.
A third day of PAX seemed a little over the top, but we went for a few hours to do some last minute things – get some more swag, buy new mice, and see John and Scott. We made a quick side trip to Archie McPhee’s so I could stock up on Random Things to give away, and after a couple hours of Sunday PAX we hit the road. We were home by 6pm, and enjoyed a leisurely evening knowing we still had a full day off ahead of us.
In retrospect, staying up until 3am was a bad idea but they were showing a Bones marathon on Showcase and I love that show. I used the time wisely though, going through the huge pile of swag we brought home from PAX. The thing is, I can’t or won’t use most of it – so I did the only logical thing: I made 5 piles of random awesome, and I will give them away via the Fan Page on Facebook. Check there later today for what you’re going to have to do to get a PAX Prize Pack!
Lastly, here are some pictures: