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PAX South 2019 Registration

zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
Badges wen't live a handful of minutes ago! Since they were announced, we didn't lock-step the thread here, but here's the link for anyone who needs it!

https://www.showclix.com/event/ml2z850b05/

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  • michaeldemossmichaeldemoss LouisianaRegistered User regular
    Yay!

    Time to grow the beard out - No shave until PAX South 2019

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  • shimwoodshimwood Registered User regular
    I'm still shaving, but I plan to play paxsouthsimulator.com every day until I leave for San Antonio.

    South: 2 East: 0 West: 0 Aus: 0 Unplugged: 0
  • japesterjapester Registered User regular
    I can't believe I'm saying this (since I live in San Antonio), but I think I'm going to pass this year. Video game companies have largely stayed away from South, probably due to the timing. And as soon as we started developing a grassroots identity as a boardgaming convention, Unplugged was announced and completely stole our thunder. Now the tabletop promos, announcements, debuts, and big dev names all go to Unplugged. I'm all for hanging out with other gamers, but a con needs content.

    I sincerely hope everyone who attends has a blast. I'll be eagerly looking for trip reports to see if things improve. :)

    sADDad
  • havok978havok978 Registered User regular
    japester wrote: »
    I can't believe I'm saying this (since I live in San Antonio), but I think I'm going to pass this year. Video game companies have largely stayed away from South, probably due to the timing. And as soon as we started developing a grassroots identity as a boardgaming convention, Unplugged was announced and completely stole our thunder. Now the tabletop promos, announcements, debuts, and big dev names all go to Unplugged. I'm all for hanging out with other gamers, but a con needs content.

    I sincerely hope everyone who attends has a blast. I'll be eagerly looking for trip reports to see if things improve. :)

    Personally, I kinda like the more low key nature of South. I mean, I would love to see more major devs attend of course, and I can't really fault anyone from shying away for lack of content that you would expect at the other PAXes, but at least for me, I like that I can have at least one chill PAX experience in the year without the chaos and people on top of each other that you typically get at East and West.

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  • AirAssault237AirAssault237 Flying Boat boi San AntonioRegistered User regular
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    havok978 wrote: »
    Personally, I kinda like the more low key nature of South. I mean, I would love to see more major devs attend of course, and I can't really fault anyone from shying away for lack of content that you would expect at the other PAXes, but at least for me, I like that I can have at least one chill PAX experience in the year without the chaos and people on top of each other that you typically get at East and West.

    Agreed. PAX South is kinda like a stoner trip: just kick back, relax, put on some Kansas and game.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    havok978 wrote: »
    Personally, I kinda like the more low key nature of South. I mean, I would love to see more major devs attend of course, and I can't really fault anyone from shying away for lack of content that you would expect at the other PAXes, but at least for me, I like that I can have at least one chill PAX experience in the year without the chaos and people on top of each other that you typically get at East and West.

    Agreed. PAX South is kinda like a stoner trip: just kick back, relax, put on some Kansas and game.

    But i go to south to get away from Kansas in January.

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  • AirAssault237AirAssault237 Flying Boat boi San AntonioRegistered User regular
    But i go to south to get away from Kansas in January.

    Then play Queen or somthin', IDC.

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    "There are pilots and there are pilots; with the good ones, it is inborn." - BG Robin Olds

    "Weather today fine but high waves." - ADM Tōgō Heihachirō
  • japesterjapester Registered User regular
    havok978 wrote: »
    Personally, I kinda like the more low key nature of South. I mean, I would love to see more major devs attend of course, and I can't really fault anyone from shying away for lack of content that you would expect at the other PAXes, but at least for me, I like that I can have at least one chill PAX experience in the year without the chaos and people on top of each other that you typically get at East and West.

    Heh. "Low key" is one thing. "Nearly devoid of any major company presence" is another. :P Don't get me wrong. I dug the early vibe of South. I was an attendee and an exhibitor at East and Prime, but I retired and live here so having a local PAX that was more intimate was perfectly fine for me. That's why I was pleased to see the reaction to the early lack of content in the form of more tabletop presence. A lot of us didn't have interesting industry panels to attend or product reveals to catch, so we chilled and gamed with each other in free play. If that had been encouraged, I think it would still be chill but would have a more social, tabletop vibe. Unplugged seemingly took that away. The majority of cool, new stuff for tabletop will appear at Gen Con or Unplugged (or Essen, if we consider world-wide). Having that happen at South would have been awesome, and I don't think it would have resulted in massive crowds or an impersonal crush of content.

    I suppose it's different if you are consistently attending all the stateside PAXen each year. Then the variety might be nice. But as someone limited to South these days, I'd like to see at least a few non-indie games or devs (no disrespect to the indies). If I want to meet up with cool folks and play my own tabletop games, I can do that for free a few times a week at several local shops.

    I guess I'm just talking out loud. I've had a simply unforgettable PAX ride over the years, so having South come here after my traveling days were over was a real treat. I just hope that it doesn't wither due to lack of content, causing them to rethink the location. If it does stay, I am very interested in watching the identity it finally develops.

  • havok978havok978 Registered User regular
    japester wrote: »
    havok978 wrote: »
    Personally, I kinda like the more low key nature of South. I mean, I would love to see more major devs attend of course, and I can't really fault anyone from shying away for lack of content that you would expect at the other PAXes, but at least for me, I like that I can have at least one chill PAX experience in the year without the chaos and people on top of each other that you typically get at East and West.

    Heh. "Low key" is one thing. "Nearly devoid of any major company presence" is another. :P Don't get me wrong. I dug the early vibe of South. I was an attendee and an exhibitor at East and Prime, but I retired and live here so having a local PAX that was more intimate was perfectly fine for me. That's why I was pleased to see the reaction to the early lack of content in the form of more tabletop presence. A lot of us didn't have interesting industry panels to attend or product reveals to catch, so we chilled and gamed with each other in free play. If that had been encouraged, I think it would still be chill but would have a more social, tabletop vibe. Unplugged seemingly took that away. The majority of cool, new stuff for tabletop will appear at Gen Con or Unplugged (or Essen, if we consider world-wide). Having that happen at South would have been awesome, and I don't think it would have resulted in massive crowds or an impersonal crush of content.

    I suppose it's different if you are consistently attending all the stateside PAXen each year. Then the variety might be nice. But as someone limited to South these days, I'd like to see at least a few non-indie games or devs (no disrespect to the indies). If I want to meet up with cool folks and play my own tabletop games, I can do that for free a few times a week at several local shops.

    I guess I'm just talking out loud. I've had a simply unforgettable PAX ride over the years, so having South come here after my traveling days were over was a real treat. I just hope that it doesn't wither due to lack of content, causing them to rethink the location. If it does stay, I am very interested in watching the identity it finally develops.

    No, I get it. I am one of those folks that typically attends at least two PAXen a year. typically West and either South or East, so when I do get back down to South its kinda like a breath of fresh air sometimes. But if I was limited to South, I think I would also be feeling the same way. Like, "Hey, we like content down here too" lol.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I do think to a certain extent it still depends on what sort of atmosphere is being looked for. A fair bit of the folks I PAX with have reduced to only South precisely *because* of not needing to dodge loud flashy booths with huge lines and in your face marketing. If you want those things, and South is your only PAX, I deffo understand, but I kinda hope it doesn't change ;)

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  • japesterjapester Registered User regular
    havok978 wrote: »
    Like, "Hey, we like content down here too" lol.

    Exactly. LOL. Not a lot, but something. :) I suppose it stings because I enjoy tabletop so much, but I can't travel to the big tabletop cons. If Unplugged hadn't been announced, I think we had a very good shot of South becoming the place for that. Now? I'm not sure what South is going to be. East took a couple of years to get on its feet, but South is four years in and still isn't drawing much content.

    I'm curious, xerzhul, what draws your PAX group to South? Is it because it gives you all a chance to meet up, so the content doesn't matter? If so, I get it. It is accurate to say that South doesn't get as in your face, but at the same time the lines can ironically be much longer because there are only a handful of titles to try out. There's a balance to be found, but ultimately its up to the devs and publishers to see South as a good way to spend their time and money. After four years, South is now a known quantity, so if they wanted to attend I guess they would.

    Sorry for any thread derailment. I shocked myself by deciding not to go (a first), saw the registration thread and....
    :?

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  • shimwoodshimwood Registered User regular
    Just keep bringing back Nintendo.

    South: 2 East: 0 West: 0 Aus: 0 Unplugged: 0
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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    I think a lot of it is just with the amount of cons going on each year, 5 of which are PAXen, publishers have to pick and choose which ones give them the most return one their time, money, and energy.

    I can totally understand why don't often make to South, though i definitely wouldn't mind if we got to see the likes Firaxis or Bioware again.

    South is shaping up to have a really strong indie presence and I almost always come across a game I missed every time u pass through the expo hall. And the great thing is the devs usually have time to have real conversations with you.

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  • Animal-_-Animal-_- Registered User regular
    I think a lot of it is just with the amount of cons going on each year, 5 of which are PAXen, publishers have to pick and choose which ones give them the most return one their time, money, and energy.

    I can totally understand why don't often make to South, though i definitely wouldn't mind if we got to see the likes Firaxis or Bioware again.

    South is shaping up to have a really strong indie presence and I almost always come across a game I missed every time u pass through the expo hall. And the great thing is the devs usually have time to have real conversations with you.

    Getting to chat up the people actually developing the games is definitely one of the better parts about the strong indie presence at South.

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  • StinkyTurdStinkyTurd Registered User regular
    i know talking to the dev last year is why i bought just shapes and beats. Also the brawlhalla devs are always a blast.

  • japesterjapester Registered User regular
    Animal-_- wrote: »
    Getting to chat up the people actually developing the games is definitely one of the better parts about the strong indie presence at South.

    Oh, yeah. Indies and getting the chance to chat with devs (both big and small) are both core elements of my PAX experience. I've managed to do it at every Prime, East, and South I've attended. But I'm an old PR guy, so I have no problem striking up conversations with strangers. I can definitely see how challenging/intimidating that would be at a busy booth for the typical attendee.

    Problem is, yet another indie tabletop publisher than I am a fan of just announced they are going to Unplugged. (cue Sad Panda) That could have easily been South, but the comment about lots of con competition is very true. And if they have to pick one, they will choose Unplugged with it's dedicated tabletop theme vs South with it's nebulous, undefined vibe. Even though Unplugged is newer, less predictable, and has lower attendance. (Not a dig against Unplugged, but those kinds of metrics--along with date, and to a lesser extent location--are what usually drive exhibitor decisions.)

    Ah, well. The shock of my decision has worn off, and I'm at peace with it. It's still weird not buying a weekend pass the instant they go on sale. :P

  • Christopher HuffChristopher Huff Registered User regular
    I still haven't decided on whether or not I want to go to South next year. I like chill, but part of me wants to experience where PAX originally started from. Good thing I don't have to worry about passes being sold out. >:)

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  • chubbyninjakttychubbyninjaktty Registered User new member
    I agree with the indecision--I really really would like to go, to the extent that I've reserved a hotel, but I'm waiting for news or events to be posted before i commit to plane tickets and badges. I LOVED pax west, and we made the trip to East this year, but we're not rich and we don't have a lot of PTO to throw around, so before i spend all this money I just want to make sure we won't be disappointed with the investment. If there's a lack of impressive presence, then I would just like to see it made up for elsewhere, like having the biggest retro arcade experiences (maybe even divided into decades)(and here's a Galaga pin and some pop rocks for your trouble), marketplaces, interactive experiences, biggest VR presence, even if it's all indie, biggest D&D areas (although i realize Unplugged is where it's at now). The experiences and showmanship would more than make up for the lack of big names, imo. I LOVE PAX and all they do for their community, and I would gladly see what South is all about for myself instead of rambling anxiously to you poor people, buuuuuut bills.

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