Friday, January 30, 2015

PAX South 2015

It's been about a week now since my brother and I went to PAX South but this is about the first time I think I've had a good chance to sit down and write about it.  It was great being back in Texas for awhile, visiting with folk and experiencing weather that changes every few hours (instead of every few weeks).  There was lots of catching up, gaming, and all the good stuff that should come from visits.  There was the occasional awkward moment too, but on the whole the good far out weighed the not-good.

So far as PAX went, it turned out to be a fair bit smaller than I'd been expecting.  On the other hand, I don't imagine PAX Prime was that large when it first started either.  There were only a few of the usual big-name brands running booths (Nintendo, Logitech, Twitch, and a few others) but the flip side was that there was far, far more space for independent and small studios.  There was, of course, tons of tabletop stuff too and I've picked up a bunch of new stuff for D&D and thanks to my brother I've finally been inducted to Magic the Gathering.

There was an almost silly amount of cosplay, especially on Saturday when it seemed like 20-40% of the attendees were sporting some kind of cosplay.  I wound up moving around too quickly myself to really get many pictures, or at least any worth showing but fortunately others with more photography experience than I have stepped up.  There's a decent chance my brother and/or I might be in some of the backgrounds of those shots but I haven't spotted us yet.  Flipping through the images though, I have been surprised by the cosplayers I didn't see while I was at the con.  There were quite a few.

Speaking of cosplay, my own seemed pretty subtle by comparison.  For all the difficulty I had getting a plastic cap gun from Canada to Texas and back I might've hoped for a little more out of it.  I don't really have any complaints though.  It was comfortable to wear for the 8-9 hours we spent at PAX on Friday and aside from a slight incident with a hanging mason jar there weren't any difficulties with it.  Everything turned out to be pretty practical and mobile.  I did take a selfie in it but I think I'll retake a proper photo once everything gets back to me (I shipped most of it from Texas) in some days.


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