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Best PAX past panels

AlloweiAllowei Registered User regular
edited August 2010 in PAX Archive
Hello everyone, I was wondering what were your favorite panels in the past and why? Last year I didn't make it to any of them. Since we're so close to the schdule being released I thought I'd get some tips in case we saw the same or similar ones going on this year :mrgreen:

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  • MortonStromgalMortonStromgal Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    The only one that I can remember the name of that I really enjoyed was Beyond Dungeons and Dragons. There were several great panels but I don't recall the names.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited August 2010
    Outside of the big panels (keynote, q&a, wil wheaton), the only panels I really attend are those related to online community management.

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  • SoularisSoularis Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I personally enjoyed the G4 panel last year.

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  • HeleorHeleor SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    The best panels in my opinion are the ones that have a comedic slant to them.

    The "pitch a game idea" panel was a hit at East, especially once someone suggested a game called "Just the Tip" for the Wii. XD

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  • akjakakjak Thera Spooky GymRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I think the most memorable one for me from last year was An Evening with Scott Kurtz. I guess that's not really a panel, but he was hilarious

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  • SpawnOfCthulhuSpawnOfCthulhu Also that Snifit guy. Gig Harbor, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I had a great time at The Guild season 2 screening.
    Everyone there is totally awesome.

    Also had a magnificent time at the Adam Sessler and Hal Halpin panel.
    Both of those guys are gentlemen, and it was interesting to hear their opinon on a great many things.

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  • ChibipandoraChibipandora Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    My favorite in terms of fun was probably the Code Monkeys panel.

    I also liked the one the had on censorship and video games a couple years ago. It has served me well to this day.

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  • MJPMMJPM Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I loved the Hot Head panel back in 2007, the Red Vs. Blue panels, Scott Kurtz anything (Evening with, Blamimations, Pitch Your Game Idea), and the Musical Guests panel (Anamanaguchi are AWESOME, and crazy. Well, that last part is mostly just Pete.)

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  • GundabadGundabad PAX East & Unplugged Tabletop Manager NJRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    At PAX East, most of my panel time was spent in the main theater watching stuff like the Q&As, the Make a Strip panel, etc. The only smaller theater event I went to was Action Castle! which is more of an interactive text-based RPG that everyone in the room plays, and is amazing.

    The only one that I can remember the name of that I really enjoyed was Beyond Dungeons and Dragons. There were several great panels but I don't recall the names.

    The people who run this panel are the two guys who do the Geeknights podcast. They said on their show recently they have something like 5 or 6 panels lined up for PAX this year. I've never been to one of their panels but from what I hear they are very well thought out. One of their new ones for this year is an in-depth discussion on game theory, which I will try to attend.

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  • NopeNope Frankfort, KYRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    MJPM wrote: »
    I loved the Hot Head panel back in 2007, the Red Vs. Blue panels, Scott Kurtz anything (Evening with, Blamimations, Pitch Your Game Idea), and the Musical Guests panel (Anamanaguchi are AWESOME, and crazy. Well, that last part is mostly just Pete.)

    Pretty much in agreement about Scott Kurtz anything. Both at Prime and at PAX East the Evening with Scott Kurtz panel was hilarious, it always goes over time too cause nobody lets Scott leave :). As much awesome stuff as there is at PAX you have to check out his panel at LEAST ONCE.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    akjak wrote: »
    I think the most memorable one for me from last year was An Evening with Scott Kurtz. I guess that's not really a panel, but he was hilarious

    Man, if Kurtz is talking you really ought to be there. He was fucking awesome. Highlight of the convention last year for me.

    I found the Original Gangsters (tabletop gaming) panel pretty damn interesting last year as well. I missed Wil Wheaton, because fuck that thing filled up instantly. Make a Strip was awesome.

    Definitely open up the program on day one, and figure out what you want to go to. And allow time for line-camping before the ones you're determined to hit, because you'll need it.

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  • Firestorm88Firestorm88 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    In 2009:
    GFW Radio Reunion Live Podcast
    The Medium is the Massage - Storytelling in Games

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    The pitch your game idea panel is always guaranteed fun. The mega64 panels are awesome and fun. The blamimation panel at PAX east was great, hoping for another live blam at prime this year.

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  • Masquerade78Masquerade78 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Heleor wrote: »
    The "pitch a game idea" panel was a hit at East, especially once someone suggested a game called "Just the Tip" for the Wii. XD

    I have never missed a PA Q&A but when it comes to the smaller panels I try never to miss the Pitch Your Game Idea because it is a guaranteed laugh. We missed it at East and now I am very sad because the ^ comment make me giggle.

    I thought I would like the 'women in gaming' panels but I never do. Something about them puts me off for some reason.

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  • AlloweiAllowei Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Sounds like Pitch Your Game Idea is a must, as is Kurtz (if he's there). I'm excited for the schdule to come out! Got my energy drinks and my DS... READY TO GO WOO!

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Also had a magnificent time at the Adam Sessler and Hal Halpin panel.
    Both of those guys are gentlemen, and it was interesting to hear their opinon on a great many things.

    I also loved that panel last year, of course I've been a Sessler fan since the TechTV days (got a chance to chat with him for a couple of minutes as well, he thinks Allen screwed-the-pooch on dropping TechTV), so I may be slightly biased in that reguard. But there were several interesting legal issues discussed there.

    And yes, the Kurtz panels are fukawesome.

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  • LumenadducereLumenadducere Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    This may be silly, but I've never been to a convention before so I have no idea how it works. How does attendance at a panel get determined, and if you're in a room for one event and want in on the next one, do you just stay in the room or do you have to leave and get in line? I ask because AFAIK the keynote and the Q&A both take place in the main theater, and the Q&A is right after the keynote. Will I be able to just stay in the room after the keynote and be able to attend the Q&A? If so, what happens to the people who miss the keynote and want to go to the Q&A, but it's already full?

    And thank you guys for all the recommendations. I'm so excited and I just know that if I don't plan out the main panels I want to go to beforehand then I'm going to be all over the place and I'll miss most of 'em. Keep 'em coming!

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  • HeleorHeleor SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Typically the room is cleared between events, and people start lining up about half an hour before the panel. Some popular ones have lines that are much longer.

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  • qwhackerqwhacker Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I think I'm most excited for Stepto's panel, assuming he does another one. The audiofeed that major nelson has posted of those always seemed awesome

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  • MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Last year's Wil Wheaton panel was awesome. I honestly can listen to him tell stories for hours.

    RvB's pretty sweet, and I'm planning on making it to a Kurtz panel this time if there is one based on the reviews.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Matev wrote: »
    Last year's Wil Wheaton panel was awesome. I honestly can listen to him tell stories for hours.

    RvB's pretty sweet, and I'm planning on making it to a Kurtz panel this time if there is one based on the reviews.

    I will be at Wil Wheaton's panel this year (assuming there is one), regardless of how many people I need to kill to make it happen.

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  • thespiffyneostarthespiffyneostar Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    the Xbox live enforcement panel with Stepto and friends is ALWAYS good.

    I personally enjoyed Mega64, but only because I am a big fan of their work.
    the one with ALL the musicians is also very interesting.

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  • lemongrenadeslemongrenades Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Sorry if this is gonna derail the discussion too much, but I'm just wondering how the "pitch your game idea" panel works. Do people from the audience just get up and pitch to the audience or is it to a panel of people? And if it's a panel, who's usually on it? Is it serious pitches or is it all just a joke?

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  • RayzeRayze Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Sorry if this is gonna derail the discussion too much, but I'm just wondering how the "pitch your game idea" panel works. Do people from the audience just get up and pitch to the audience or is it to a panel of people? And if it's a panel, who's usually on it? Is it serious pitches or is it all just a joke?

    I happened to be at the "Pitch a Game" panel at PAX East (while waiting for the second Q/A, I believe), and it was funnier than I thought it would be. People from the audience lined up to briefly pitch their game ideas to three industry people sitting up on stage (it was Scott Kurtz, I think Jeff from PA, and some other guy) and the judges would determine whose ideas would move on to the next round. How much time you put into your idea didn't seem to affect who moved on as a mix of simple and more thought out ideas were chosen.

    In the second round, the people who were chosen go back up and explain their games a little bit more in-depth, while answering any questions the judges might have. In the end, they pick their top 3 or 5 and I think 1-3 get prizes (I honestly can't remember if that's accurate at all)


    The winner from that panel had the idea of an iPhone drag racing app where you race against other people in your actual car. It was a simple idea compared to some of the others but the prospective hilarity and damage that could ensue won the everyone over

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  • lemongrenadeslemongrenades Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Rayze wrote: »
    Sorry if this is gonna derail the discussion too much, but I'm just wondering how the "pitch your game idea" panel works. Do people from the audience just get up and pitch to the audience or is it to a panel of people? And if it's a panel, who's usually on it? Is it serious pitches or is it all just a joke?

    I happened to be at the "Pitch a Game" panel at PAX East (while waiting for the second Q/A, I believe), and it was funnier than I thought it would be. People from the audience lined up to briefly pitch their game ideas to three industry people sitting up on stage (it was Scott Kurtz, I think Jeff from PA, and some other guy) and the judges would determine whose ideas would move on to the next round. How much time you put into your idea didn't seem to affect who moved on as a mix of simple and more thought out ideas were chosen.

    In the second round, the people who were chosen go back up and explain their games a little bit more in-depth, while answering any questions the judges might have. In the end, they pick their top 3 or 5 and I think 1-3 get prizes (I honestly can't remember if that's accurate at all)


    The winner from that panel had the idea of an iPhone drag racing app where you race against other people in your actual car. It was a simple idea compared to some of the others but the prospective hilarity and damage that could ensue won the everyone over

    So anyone can do it or do you have to like sign up ahead of time?

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    you just walk up to the mic and pitch.

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  • lemongrenadeslemongrenades Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Sounds awesome. I may have to do that.

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  • HicksHicks Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    If you're curious - the 2009 Pitch Your Game Panel can be found its in entirety here: http://pax-tv.blip.tv/file/3108450/

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  • lemongrenadeslemongrenades Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Hicks wrote: »
    If you're curious - the 2009 Pitch Your Game Panel can be found its in entirety here: http://pax-tv.blip.tv/file/3108450/

    Was just about to go looking for that. You rock.

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