Pax 10 2013

Congratulations to my brothers on making the Pax 10 with Rogue Legacy!

Congratulations to my brothers on making the Pax 10 with Rogue Legacy!

It’s been a whirl-wind ride for my brothers since they released their game Rogue Legacy.  This past weekend they were honoured to be part of the Pax 10.  The Pax 10 are 10 indie games chosen from over 100 submissions across the world to display at Pax Prime.

Pax Prime is a major exposition (started by Penny Arcade) and held in Seattle,WA, that features games, boardgames, and gaming peripherals.  This is the first expo of its kind I’ve ever been to.

Meet some of the team!  Kenny (programmer), Teddy (designer), Glauber (artist), Gordon (Musician)

Meet some of the team: Kenny (programmer), Teddy (designer), Glauber (artist), Gordon (musician)

I snapped a pic of almost all the other Pax 10 attendees.  Everyone was really nice and humble.  I wish them the best and mega success:

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For those who’ve never been to one of these conventions, here’s what to expect:

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a) LOTS OF PEOPLE

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b) Cosplay.  Ok, a guy wearing bunny ears is a TERRIBLE/NOT an example of cosplay, but I didn’t take any cosplay pictures. You’ll just have to trust me that the costumes of game figures that people wore were done amazingly well.

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c) Long Lines.

Other things that occurred at Pax was the League of Legends Championships with teams vying to play in the Final World championships, and Halo Tournament of some sort.  There were also lots of tables with people playing boardgames of the more hard-core variety.

Teddy!  You messed up the pano!

The Championship viewing area – long lines to get in to watch the games.  (Teddy! You messed up the pano!)

Benny only played 3 demos and they were for less-desired games.  We didn’t want to wait in line.  There was so much information, lights, lines and people, we stopped after 2 hours.  It was cool to have checked out once, and that’s enough for me 🙂  Interesting experience.  For reference, Medium by far was the most popular t-shirt size, followed by X-Large and then Large.  I would say 75% of the people wanted a Medium.

The gallery will have more pictures than you care to see of Pax, so I’ll move onto other points of interest.  We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel right across from the convention (super handy!).   This pic is a nice feature of their wall:

Kenny, Teddy and Benny

Kenny, Teddy and Benny

Each room had a magnificent window area where we would each take turns to hide out in when we needed some time to ourselves.

Gorgeous large windows and a place to sit

Gorgeous large windows and a place to sit.  It was a rainy day when we took this pic.

"Waterfront" - a huge highway is in the way before you can get to the waterfront.

“Waterfront” – a huge highway is in the way before you can get to the waterfront.

In terms of eateries, whilst Cheesecake Factory offered amazing value for food quality (the wait times can get really long), GameWorks was a close second (for my brothers) with their offer of an hour free play with a meal.

Lola Omelette - kinda pricey at around $15

Lola Omelette – kinda pricey at around $15

Their lunch Pork skewer.  Also around $15.  Meat was fatty but overall very tender.

Their lunch Pork skewer. Also around $15. Meat was fatty but overall very tender.

We also ate at Lola (a nice brunch place, but crazy busy with 40 min wait times).  The food they offer is similar to what you’d get in Portland.  Hipster.

We also had Coconut Cream bites from Dhalia Bakery (they’re famous for it).

Fail on my part not taking any pictures of pizza from Serious Pie – also a standout place to eat.  The crust has a flavour and texture I’ve never had in pizza.  It’s like a Napoli style pizza, but the crust wasn’t just chewy white gluten.  I think it had a different grain/special seasoning.  It had a slight musky taste whilst being airy  and light.

I highly recommend their white truffle and chantrelle mushroom pizza.

All three places I just mentioned are part of the Tom Douglas group of restaurants.  I think he owns the entire block of restaurants @_@

For my birthday lunch, we had Pink Door (by Pike’s place) for pasta.  All these places were within a 15 min walk from the hotel, so the hotel location was very convenient.

The Pink Door is themed.  At night there's supposed to be a trapeze artist.

The Pink Door is cabaret themed. At night there’s supposed to be a trapeze artist that literally hangs over the tables doing trapeze-y things.

Vegetarian pasta option

Vegetarian pasta option

Italian Sausage/Meatball Pasta

Italian Sausage and Meatball

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Creamy Meat Sauce

Despite being a lot of work, it a good trip.  Hanging out with my brothers is always an awesome time 🙂  Congrats again and love you guys!

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