PAX was a blast! I was just there as a fan this year (although Eric from Gamma Ray Games was kind enough to stock my books in the Games on Demand room and even sell a few copies). Video game highlights included discovering a kind of Gauntletesque Adventure Time game which I can't believe I haven't bought yet, and Crypt of the Necrodancer, a roguelike RPG that controls with a... dancepad? YES, YES, 1000x YES. I also swung by and chatted a little with some of the Strip Search folks (and picked up a rad Pineapple Maki T-shirt), which made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
As usual, though, the highlight for me was playing new stuff in the tabletop rooms. I learned to play Kingdom with my friend Ashley and a couple of other hilarious gamers (whose names I don't remember because I am terrible). It's a story game, and ours took place in the Puritan colony of Chastity Rock (but, like a funny Puritan colony? It's hard to explain). I also played another storytelling game with a really cool map-drawing theme called The Quiet Year. We built an undersea community of scientists studying an active volcano who just about managed to completely destroy themselves before the Frost Shepherds even SHOWED UP. We had an amazing time with this one (thanks Ed!), and if you're interested you can either buy the full version or just download the rules and use regular playing cards (you can even pay with good deeds instead of cash, which is possibly the best thing I've ever heard).
I also had the chance to learn how to play 13th Age with Ashley and an awesome, riotously funny GM named Ash. It's kind of an old-school D20 fantasy tabletop rpg with some storytelling elements built in (you might be sensing a pattern here) that really encourages players to take the game in whatever direction they want. (In my second effort I played a dark elf who was raised by a community of Smurf-like fae, with his trusty familiar Smelfbro, the lone male denizen of Smelf Village).
So to sum up, PAX is kind of the best. Extra megathanks to Kevin for hooking me up with a pass, and to everyone we played games with. I'm going to sleep for a year now! Thanks, bye!
(* image above is someone else's PAX experience, since I completely forgot to take any picture, as per usual. Boo, me.)
I'll be at Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, April 20-21, so if you're going to the con come say hi! You can find me in booth 230, promoting Chooseomatic Books as well as my new webcomic, along with a bunch of amazing writers like A.M. Dellamonica and D.D. Barrant.
If you do manage to find me (hint: look for the chainsaw-wielding pink bunny), give the secret password "rhinoceroni" to get a free Conspiracy Friends promo comic.
I repeat: "RHINOCERONI." This blog post will self-destruct in five seconds.
Emerald City Comicon starts tomorrow! Here's a close-up of my table position that might help you find it once you manage to locate Artist Alley. Get your books signed! Pick up a free button! Get a copy of my adorable new mini-book, Tiny Quest!
Also, I've got a SECRET PROJECT to promote, secretly! Give the password "MUFFIN BUFFALO" at the booth, and find out what it is.
I repeat: "MUFFIN BUFFALO."
The crazy-ass cavalcade of conventions continues: this Saturday it's Bellingham Comicon. I'm new to this one too, but it sounds like they put on a pretty great show. So if you're a Bellinghamster I hope to see you there (and maybe some Vancouver folks that I missed at he Mega Con? I guess it's only like an hour away.)
Knowing myself as I do, it seems unlikely that I'll remember to take any photos, but if I do you'll be able to find them here.
I'll be at the Vancouver Mega Comic-Con (that's how they hyphenate it -- I checked) this weekend, so if you're nearby, come by the con and say hi, eh? (See what I did? That's a little CANADIAN for you)
If this YouTube video doesn't get you excited for it, NOTHING WILL.
Seriously, though, this is the first year of this event, and I'm hoping they have a big enough turnout to make it an annual thing. So come help us make it awesome! You can get tickets here.