I just got back from PAX East and figured I’d give you guys my perspective! Biggest takeaway is that Boston is FREEEEEEEEZING. Weather gripes aside, the show was definitely a blast – PAX always is – and I had a good time hanging in the Nintendo booth. I got a chance to see some old friends and meet some Twitter friends which was super fun for me.
Since I didn’t have as much free time as most, I actually didn’t get a chance to play many games. As you’ve probably noticed, DuckTales was the darling of the show. To be completely honest, I don’t think I played DuckTales. At first I thought I did, but then I realized I was thinking about Darkwing Duck. Hopefully that’ll make a comeback – it was one of my favorites.
I picked up a few games that I’m super pumped about. I got the third expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity and a copy of Betrayal at House on the Hill. I’d been on the fence about Betrayal, but I saw it on the show floor and decided to go for it. I also got a hot tip that someone had a few copies of Pandemic on Amazon and was able to snag a copy.
Another thing I really enjoyed was picking up all the StreetPasses on my 3DS. I got two new states, leaving me with only three that I still need. CURSE YOU ARKANSAS AND THE DAKOTAS! One night at the hotel, several coworkers and I tried out the multiplayer part of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which was super fun. Obvi, my favorite mode is Polterpup.
The first night we went out, we wound up meeting Todd and Michelle at a bar called the Lower Depths (they’re regulars, so they have their own engraved mugs behind the bar!). Steph bonded with them over Plants vs Zombies and they became our unofficial tour guides of Boston. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check out Lower Depths for an awesome beer selection and Drink for amazing cocktails and the best grilled cheese ever.
After the show ended, I was super tired. I grabbed a drink at the hotel bar then went to go to bed for my 5:30 wake up call. Right as I got in bed at about 11, an alarm went off. The hotel had to evacuate because the elevators were smoking. It was SUPER lame. After about an hour and half we were able to take the stairs back up and go to bed. BARF.
GDC’s this week. I won’t be attending any of the learning sessions, but I’m down to party if anyone wants to hang!