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D&D presence at PAX this year?

dm_magicdm_magic Registered User regular
I've been hearing rumors through local Adventurers League organizers here in Portland that PAX will not have a D&D presence this year. Has anyone else hear this? Or maybe someone can refute it?

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  • SkeleVaderSkeleVader Your Friendly Dark Lord of Destruction Registered User regular
    edited August 10
    dm_magic wrote: »
    I've been hearing rumors through local Adventurers League organizers here in Portland that PAX will not have a D&D presence this year. Has anyone else hear this? Or maybe someone can refute it?

    Well, the annual Acquisitions Inc DnD game will be happening that WotC puts on so they will definitely be at Pax. I don't think they have announced if they will be running official games yet, but I would be surprised if they don't with Tomb releasing soon.

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  • TashannocTashannoc Registered User regular
    At this point, there's no organized D&D play at PAX West this year. It would take a miracle at this late stage of the game, I think.

  • SkeleVaderSkeleVader Your Friendly Dark Lord of Destruction Registered User regular
    Tashannoc wrote: »
    At this point, there's no organized D&D play at PAX West this year. It would take a miracle at this late stage of the game, I think.

    Yep, it is surprising that the only presence WotC has this year is the Acquisitions Inc game. With how much they have put into this con in the past, and Tomb coming out, I wonder why they are basically skipping this year.

  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Tashannoc wrote: »
    At this point, there's no organized D&D play at PAX West this year. It would take a miracle at this late stage of the game, I think.

    Yep, it is surprising that the only presence WotC has this year is the Acquisitions Inc game. With how much they have put into this con in the past, and Tomb coming out, I wonder why they are basically skipping this year.

    HasCon is the week after PAX. I think that is why they are thin on the ground this year. The Magic:The Gathering presence seems very light too. A shame, but it makes sense.

  • IncreaseBlueIncreaseBlue Registered User regular
    I think WOTC will bring the big guns to PAX Unplugged instead.

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  • XalaraXalara Registered User regular
    HasCon is where their focus is. The problem is HasCon will consist only of the dedicated fan and not the random passerby, so I don't think it will do much for growing their playerbase.

    In other words, WotC is being stupid again. Surprise. I do know a lot of employees internally have complained so it might change next year.

    On the bright side: Due to wotC effectively abandoning PAX, Cascade Games is back so we will at least have proper MTG events, and since they're not tied so heavily to WotC anymore there will be more focus on other TCGs too.

  • dm_magicdm_magic Registered User regular
    Looks like I'll just have to wander PAX with my travelling DMs kit and run my own AL games.

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  • BekerBeker Child's Play Guy and PAX VR Freeplay Manager SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    dm_magic wrote: »
    Looks like I'll just have to wander PAX with my travelling DMs kit and run my own AL games.

    That is what the freeplay tables are for.

    -Beker/Erick
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  • f33rNapalmf33rNapalm Registered User regular
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Tashannoc wrote: »
    At this point, there's no organized D&D play at PAX West this year. It would take a miracle at this late stage of the game, I think.

    Yep, it is surprising that the only presence WotC has this year is the Acquisitions Inc game. With how much they have put into this con in the past, and Tomb coming out, I wonder why they are basically skipping this year.

    They're also listed as an exhibitor at Pax Unplugged, so could be their con budget went there instead.

  • SkeleVaderSkeleVader Your Friendly Dark Lord of Destruction Registered User regular
    f33rNapalm wrote: »
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Tashannoc wrote: »
    At this point, there's no organized D&D play at PAX West this year. It would take a miracle at this late stage of the game, I think.

    Yep, it is surprising that the only presence WotC has this year is the Acquisitions Inc game. With how much they have put into this con in the past, and Tomb coming out, I wonder why they are basically skipping this year.

    They're also listed as an exhibitor at Pax Unplugged, so could be their con budget went there instead.

    Agreed, but since this is right in their own backyard you would think the cost to benefit ratio would entice them to field something.

  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    edited August 12
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    f33rNapalm wrote: »
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Tashannoc wrote: »
    At this point, there's no organized D&D play at PAX West this year. It would take a miracle at this late stage of the game, I think.

    Yep, it is surprising that the only presence WotC has this year is the Acquisitions Inc game. With how much they have put into this con in the past, and Tomb coming out, I wonder why they are basically skipping this year.

    They're also listed as an exhibitor at Pax Unplugged, so could be their con budget went there instead.

    Agreed, but since this is right in their own backyard you would think the cost to benefit ratio would entice them to field something.

    And in terms of staffing with WotC empoyees, it's a much cheaper prospect to have local people go to West than fly people across the nation.
    Still, I can see how they weren't able to tell Hasbro they couldn't fully support this inaugural con. And they wanted to announce stuff a week before it.

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  • LabRatLabRat Registered User regular
    Absolutely insane...does anyone remember last year? The line for Dnd went down the block, we showed up an hour and a half before open and got on a waiting list, going from that to nothing is crazy. Would be great if someone set up some unofficial games via Twitter or on the forums.

  • kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    I seem to remember a lot of non D&D games running at PAX West last year, but I do not see any sign of this year. This is really strange considering how popular it was.

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  • yutrioyutrio Registered User new member
    LabRat wrote: »
    Absolutely insane...does anyone remember last year? The line for Dnd went down the block, we showed up an hour and a half before open and got on a waiting list, going from that to nothing is crazy. Would be great if someone set up some unofficial games via Twitter or on the forums.

    I think that's what really boggles my mind. The D&D stuff was insanely popular last year and this year it's just... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    It'd be cool if the community comes together to fill the void though. I feel like there's going to be a mighty need for D&D even though WoTC appears to be completely hands-off about it.

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  • RavenHuskyRavenHusky Registered User regular
    WotC doesn't have as big a presence at PAX this year because Hasbro has its own convention the following weekend.

    https://hascon.hasbro.com/

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  • jonathanmichaelsjonathanmichaels Archduke of Levity Registered User regular
    RavenHusky wrote: »
    WotC doesn't have as big a presence at PAX this year because Hasbro has its own convention the following weekend.

    https://hascon.hasbro.com/

    Holy crap, they're charging people to play D&D!

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  • IncreaseBlueIncreaseBlue Registered User regular

    Holy crap, they're charging people to play D&D!

    Holy cow, makes me grateful for the free tabletop game sessions run at PAX. The amount of add-ons for HasCon is ridiculous!

    I'm excited to see the Waffle Crew will be repping at West. Could make for a fun panel. Acquisitions on Sunday will be nice to do again. Fewer things to conflict with for me.

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  • RoundtopRoundtop Pathfinder Vancouver, BCRegistered User regular
    edited August 13
    There will be some d&d, but not in the traditional form.

    Come to the Catalyst games area on WSCC 2nd floor and try out Dragonfire. It is a brand new (debut at Gen con next weekend) coop deck building game in the d&d world. They'll be running demos all con long.

    http://dragonfirethegame.com

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  • acydlordacydlord Registered User regular
    I'll be bringing my dice and a small stack of character sheets in the hope I meet wandering adventurers in a tavern or other random plot hook.

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  • yutrioyutrio Registered User new member
    I'll be doing the same in hopes of finding some folks to adventure with over PAX weekend.

  • vidvid Hot Dog Wizard Registered User regular
    edited August 16
    Hm... in lieu of any official Adventurer's League stuff, I'd be willing to run some of the low-level introductory content for groups who'd like to spend an hour or so learning to play (or just starting up a new AL-legal character!) - I'm always happy to share my sack of dice, and I'll carry some pre-constructed characters with me for folks to pull from as well.

    If this is a thing people are looking for, I could plan to run these a couple of nights after PAX in one of the more comfortable hotel lobbies. Maybe earlier in the day in one of the tabletop areas, depending on scheduling. Thoughts?

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  • vidvid Hot Dog Wizard Registered User regular
    edited August 16
    Double post, my apologies.

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  • dm_magicdm_magic Registered User regular
    I also plan on making myself available to DM some learn-to-plays in the evenings. I'll be bringing 05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard, which is five 1-hour adventures.

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  • LackeyLackey [E] PAX Tabletop Tournaments Registered User regular
    @dm_magic if you and fellow DMs come up with any sort of set time you'll be available, or a Twitter hashtag to use to contact you, let me know, and I'll put the info in my Consolidated Tabletop at West thread.

  • vidvid Hot Dog Wizard Registered User regular
    dm_magic wrote: »
    I also plan on making myself available to DM some learn-to-plays in the evenings. I'll be bringing 05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard, which is five 1-hour adventures.

    Hah, I was also planning to bring 05-01. Perhaps I'll select a different set, for variety.

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  • TimoonTimoon Occupied Canada Registered User regular
    I do find it funny that with PA doing so much with DnD, they are not having any place to play. You would think PA would want something even if WOTC didn't push it

  • LackeyLackey [E] PAX Tabletop Tournaments Registered User regular
    The limited (unofficial) info I heard - I am not Enforcing this PAX - was that they tried, couldn't come to terms, and then PA sold the space to other groups once things fell through. I'm sure an organized presence will return at future West shows, and will definitely be there at PAX Unplugged.

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