Once again Gorgeous Robot descended upon Boston to do a little business and have a little fun at the PAX East videogame convention.
It's one of our favorite trips - we get to see good friends, play all the new games, and get a glimpse of what's to come in the next six months in the industry.
I did three panels this time: my recurring Foreplay: Romance in Games panel, Writer's Workshop with Tonic Industries, and Wordscapin'.
This was the third time we've done the Foreplay panel, but it's different every time (with a different lineup) and the audience just keeps growing. They put us in the biggest room yet and we filled it - I'd say we had about 500 people. This time the lineup was Sean Baptiste [Community Manager, Fire Hose Games], Hilary Heskett Shapiro [Co-founder, Product Marketing Manager, Tonic Industries, BioWare], Amanda Cosmos [Dating Sim Enthusiast and Blogger, Self],Aenne Schumann [Co-Host, Reset Transmission Podcast, Press2Reset], Mike Laidlaw [Creative Director of the Dragon Age franchise at BioWare], and me. As usual, we had a great time, laughed a lot, and talked about some new subjects we hadn't really covered before, including marriage in video games.
The Writer's Workshop was also well-attended. Hilary and I put that one together and our writer's group partner, David Hulegaard, kindly stopped by to chat. We had a book giveaway and a critique contest. It was fun.
The Wordscapin' panel was put on by our good friend Sean Baptiste from Firehose Games and was all about writing word games. With Sean leading the charge, Max Temkin from Cards Against Humanity, Sharat Bhat - Sean's partner from Let's Quip, Steven Bailey from Billionaire Banshee, Shawn Pierre from These French Fries Are Terrible Hot Dogs, and I all talked about words and how they can work for you or against you. I learned a lot of good stuff and found out about some exciting new games.
I came away inspired and full of ideas for a new game.
As always, one of the highlights of the con was seeing friends - we got to spend some QT eating Mexican food with Hilary, drinking whiskey with our friends at Geek Chic, learning horror stories from Jerry, and I even took a bit of time out to record part of a Rated NA podcast episode with my favorite nerd boys Ash, Scott, and Matt.
The whole experience was wonderful, as usual. If you're into video games and you haven't made it out to one of these cons yet, you should really start making plans. It's a highlight of my year.