Only 7 days until the doors to the Penny Arcade Expo Center in Boston, Massachusettes open to the public, which means only 7 days and 30 minutes until the Grifball Evolved panel. By now, you’ve probably heard about the fantastic panelists that will be discussing Grifball’s evolution: Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth, bs angel of Halo:Waypoint, Green Team Tex representing the AGLA, Kalbelgarion representing the GGL, and Goosechecka, your moderator. The panel will be held on Friday, March 11th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Naga theater on the second floor of the convention center – across the hall from the classic arcade gaming theater.
Where to Go
If this is your first PAX, here are some tips for making the most of your experience. First, familiarize yourself with the theater and vendor locations. You can also download the free smart-phone app “Conventionist“, which will allow you to download all the maps and schedules for PAX East. This will help you navigate directly to the demos you want most and mitigate what might otherwise be an overwhelming and chaotic experience.
What to Do
You’ll also want to check out the panel schedule. It’s near impossible to have the time to see everything, so make a list of your top choices and go from there. Panels in the main theater are the “big” panels and usually have lines starting to build an hour or three beforehand. Panels in the smaller halls typically have lines starting about half an hour to an hour before show time. Keep in mind that once all the seats are taken, that’s it – no standing room.
While at PAX, be prepared to spend a decent chunk of time waiting. Waiting in line for panels. Waiting in line for demos. Waiting in line for food. Many people bring handhelds like the Nintendo DS or playing cards (Pokemon, Magic, or just regular old cards) to help pass the time.
Exhibition Hall Hours:
Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 .m. – 6 p.m.
Keep in mind that just because the exhibitors are closed down for the night doesn’t mean that the party’s over. There are still panels going later into the evening and concerts that routinely go until 2 a.m. For information about the concerts, check out the official PAX East forum.
If you can’t make it to PAX East, you can still feel like you’re there by checking out the GrifballHub PAX page. From here, you’ll be able to follow the Hub staff, as well as other PAX-goers, as they tweet and take pictures from the convention center floor. You can also watch videos that are uploaded on-site, including the film of the Grifball: Evolved panel, which should be posted within hours of the panel itself. Want to see a picture of a specific booth, or a first-hand account of a certain demo? Feel free to tweet your requests to the Hub staff.
See you in Boston!