PAX West gaming convention is (usually) held in summer at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The PAX video and tabletop gaming convention features major game publishers, independent developers, panels by industry experts, competitions, concerts, and parties.
It’s an expensive gig that we don’t usually promote, but for those who are interested in gaming, PAX West is a splurge that we recommend at Greater Seattle on the Cheap. The PAX West one-day ticket (badge) has been $50, although there are volunteer opportunities (PAX West “enforcer”) available, which can allow you to participate by trading some of your time for entry.
(Actually, we promote many Fun ways to volunteer around Puget Sound. It’s a great way to participate in expensive events, plus you get to meet interesting people with interests the same as yours as well as get a behind-the-scenes look at all kinds of events.)
About PAX conventions
In 2004, PAX was founded in Seattle by Washington natives Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, authors of the popular web comic Penny Arcade. The Penny Arcade convention focused exclusively on gaming, following in the footsteps of comic, anime, and other geek hobbies. That first year, a 4,500-person event was held in Bellevue, WA. More info about Penny Arcade: https://www.facebook.com/Penny-Arcade-19103799704/ and https://www.penny-arcade.com/
Subsequent years saw the show double in size until venues reached capacity, prompting the creation of the Boston-based PAX East in 2010. PAX East drew tens of thousands of attendees in its inaugural year and Penny Arcade hasn’t looked back since, quickly expanding to markets around the world while still staying true to the original formula of celebrating all aspects of gaming and game culture.
Since PAX’s inception, millions of attendees have enjoyed the expo floor halls filled with booths from major game publishers and independent developers, panels from video game industry insiders, game culture-inspired concerts, LAN parties, tabletop gaming, competitions and much more.
Like Emerald City Comic Con, PAX West is a fascinating microcosm of pop culture, even if you aren’t into games.
Today, PAX is now a series of gaming conventions held in cities across the country throughout the year, including Seattle (PAX West and PAX Dev), Boston (PAX East), Philadelphia (PAX Unplugged), and San Antonio (PAX South), as well as Melbourne, Australia (PAX Aus). Each PAX show is dedicated to supporting and celebrating video and tabletop gaming. Founding dates of each convention:
- PAX WEST – AUGUST 28, 2004
- PAX EAST – MARCH 26, 2010
- PAX DEV – AUGUST 24, 2011
- PAX AUS – JULY 19, 2013
- PAX SOUTH – JANUARY 23, 2015
- PAX UNPLUGGED – NOVEMBER 17, 2017
More info about PAX conventions: https://www.paxsite.com/
PAX Online 2020
PAX Online is the result of the convention-organizing supergroup made up of the people responsible for PAX West and PAX Australia, as well as new friends at EGX in London to create the new PAX Online to deliver a steady 24/7 stream of content, events, discussions, and gameplay.
The event will include digital adaptations of traditional PAX panels, concerts, competitions, Esports “tournaments, demo games, plus new and exciting stuff as well as a few surprises.
What about merchandise? Got it! PAX University gear for either West or Aus shows’ collections will be available online all summer long in addition to a brand-new collection of exclusive PAX Online goodies. The plan is to replicate the thrill of the Expo hall as much as possible.
- When: The virtual shindig runs for nine straight days, from September 12-20, 2020. Merchandise is available for purchase online all summer long.
- Tickets (badges): You don’t need no stinking badge!* PAX Online will be free and open to the public. If you’ve ever been curious about PAX or gaming, this is a great year to jump in.
*The “badges” reference comes from a widely quoted and paraphrased line from the 1948 movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” starring Humphrey Bogart; the screenplay was adapted from a 1927 book of the same name. The film is about two Americans searching prospecting for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. When confronted by bandits posing as “Federales” (officers of the law), they ask to see their badges. The original lines in the book contained profanity that was re-written in the film as “”Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”
More info about PAX online: https://online.paxsite.com/