In an effort to make time for more programming, more demos, and more attendees, PAX Prime expanded to four days this year.
I think it tested everyone's stamina, but it was great to have the extra time for networking and general tomfoolery.
Our recurring Foreplay: Romance in Games panel was Sunday night and sold out our 400+ seat auditorium. We all were pleasantly surprised when the PAX Lines twitter feed started tweeting about our line a half hour before we were scheduled to start. They had to turn a number of people away.
The discussion was lively and fun as expected with our group which consisted of Karin Weekes (lead editor at BioWare), Patrick Weekes (novelist and writer at BioWare), Hilary Heskett Shapiro (writer; event consultant for HP, EA, Princess Cruises, BioWare; and co-host of the Rated NA podcast ), Melissa Kay and Aenne Schumann (co-hosts of the Reset Transmission gaming podcast), myself, and our moderator, Sean Baptiste (Fire Hose Games).
You can hear a recording of this panel which aired as part of the Rated NA Podcast here.
Hilary and I were on the It's Not Too Dangerous to Go Alone panel on Monday morning with Erika Moen (Oh Joy Sex Toy cartoonist), Marian Call (musician), and Kara Helgren (PDX Brownocats), moderated by Kenna Conklin (Geek Portland) participating in a discussion of how to make a good idea a reality. Judging from the direct feedback I received after the panel, I think we helped a few people realize that they, too, could take the risk and do the creative work they wanted.
Shaun and I, along with Hilary, Dallas Taylor (Defacto Sound), Kelly Wallick (Indie MEGABOOTH), and moderated by Ash Sevilla (Nerd Appropriate) did one last panel about marketing and promoting your indie game. We had a great turnout and a lot of wonderful questions from indies who know how to make a game but maybe don't have as much experience in marketing.
Other highlights: We got to see a pretty spectacular preview of Dragon Age: Inquisition (I cannot wait until next November), I won all three Cards Against Humanity expansion packs, goofed off in the BioWare photo booth, and we got to hang with our friends at the Nerd Appropriate party.
In all, it was a great (BUSY) con.