When PAX Aus makes your day better a month early!
So yesterday at work I was having one of those Thursdays. From the moment I rolled out of bed, everything had been full speed ahead into every brick wall in sight, and was like that all day.
But late yesterday I took a break to read my emails, and lo and behold there was one from PAX Australia! I was hoping it was saying my tickets were in the mail, but really next best thing:
I will be sitting down over the weekend and trying to make some choices, but it is always hard at PAX. There are a lot of great panels all through the three days, and as usual, there are so many things that I want to see and do that all overlap.
This year, the opening Storytime is with Rhianna Pratchett. The daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett, many gamers have experience Rhianna’s work for years and probably never realised. And then the choices just get harder.
Gameifying Government, or Mental Health Representation in video games? They may sound niche, but I am interested in both topics and would love to hear what’s happening.
LoadingReadyRun Live is the chance to see some great creators live as I have wanted for years. But at the same time, there is the annual Dungeon Crawl – always a worthy event. But overlapping both events is Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra hosting the first ever PAX Movie night! Another team of creators I love to leave watch to cheer me up, I’m already torn for which to go and see 🙁 Seriously if you enjoy gaming and want a smile, watch Show of the Weekend with Ellen and Luke. Luke’s puns are usually awful, but Ellen just has an infectious exuberance about her that is fun to watch 🙂
Unfortunately, this year Gabe (Mike Krahulik) cannot attend PAX Aus. While for selfish reasons this is disappointing, I am really glad that he can feel comfortable discussing such personal issues with the community as a whole. Even better, it is wonderful seeing such acceptance and support from the community as well. It’s this kind of atmosphere that makes PAX very special to me.
It’s important to note that the schedule is not yet complete. There are still some to be confirmed panels, and there is no tournament information yet. However looking at the filters, there is a VR tourney option – this could be fun 🙂 I need to put the Vive back on now…
The other little surprise I got today is my Enigma Box is finally on its way. I have been waiting eagerly for this for a couple of months now. Partly this was the anticipation of getting a great project and partly fueled by some updates saying things were ready to ship.
Late July and early August, there was information that the boxes were being sent in waves, with the furthest people getting it first as it takes longer to travel. Living in Australia, I was ecstatic as we are normally near the end of the process! So much escape room logic puzzle deductions were being planned it was great 😀
Then I found out basically the US was getting it first. Last time I checked, Australia is further that Spain and the UK than the US is. So much for the geography clues guys :p
Really though the last is just a playful jab – the box is coming, and around when we were told it would be when the shipping was clarified. Very happy John waiting for games night Tuesday to see it in person for the first time!
I got my notification and all going well I will get my box Tuesday next week. This may be the subject of one of those live Facebook videos I talked about yesterday – watch and see!
I hope everyone has a great Friday, and I will catch you later 🙂