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The Tabletop Gamer's Guide to PAX East 2018

GundabadGundabad PAX East & Unplugged Tabletop ManagerNJRegistered User regular
edited March 2018 in PAX East
It's time again for this PAX's tabletop gaming roundup! Here's all that's good at PAX for those of the cardboard persuasion:

Community Events:
Pre-PAX Game Night: The Westin will again host a Pre-PAX gaming event - now shifted to Wednesday night (yes, remember, PAX starts on Thursday!)
BGG Flea Market: Buy and sell games online, then arrange for in-person exchange at PAX

Tabletop Hall Booths [Hall C - Open until midnight]:
  • Armor Class 10
  • Asmodee
  • Atlas Games
  • Battleground Games & Hobbies
  • Beasts of Balance
  • Blue Orange Games
  • Breaking Games
  • Burning Wheel
  • Button Shy Games
  • Cascade Games
  • Compleat Strategist
  • CritSuccess
  • Czech Games Edition
  • Foam Brain Games
  • GamerMats
  • Gamewright
  • Greater Than Games
  • Japanime Games
  • Jason Anarchy Games
  • Lay Waste Games
  • Leder Games
  • Level Up Dice
  • Lightseekers
  • Lone Shark Games
  • Magic: the Gathering [Learn to play area run by Pastimes]
  • Modern Myths
  • Pandemonium Games and Hobbies
  • Pastimes
  • Q-Workshop
  • Steve Jackson Games
  • Tabletop Bazaar
  • Tectonic Craft Studios
  • The Unpub Network
  • Ultra PRO
  • Wyrmwood Gaming

Click to reveal a map of the Tabletop area:

Tabletop Booths in Main Expo Hall [Halls A&B - Closes at 6PM]:
  • 9th Level Games
  • Ankama Games
  • The Awkward Yeti
  • Beast Clans
  • Broken Archer
  • Carolina Game Tables
  • Chessex
  • CoolStuffInc
  • Cubicle 7 Entertainment
  • Cyanide & Happiness
  • Double Turn Games
  • Eclectic Eccentricities
  • Elderwood Academy
  • Everything Epic Games
  • Fidget Creative
  • Foam Brain Games
  • Gale Force Nine
  • Gaming Etc
  • Geekify
  • GeekNSon
  • Gemhammer & Sons Gaming
  • Golden Bell Studios
  • Hasbro
  • Indie Boards & Cards
  • Indie Tabletop (Part of Indie Megabooth)
  • John Wick Presents
  • Metallic Dice Games
  • North Star Games
  • Quick and Dirty Games
  • Rock Manor Games
  • Table Titans
  • Tabletop Bazaar
  • Thompson Productions
  • Unnamed Method
  • White Wizard Games
  • Wild East Game Co.
  • Zafty Games

Main Expo Hall: Booths showing digital ports of board games:
  • Asmodee Digital
  • Dire Wolf Digital
  • North Star Games
  • Secret Cow Level
  • Studio Wumpus (original digital board game)

Places to Play Games in Tabletop Hall:
  • Tabletop Freeplay: More tables than ever packed into Hall C to host tabletop games. Bring your own, or borrow ours. The contents of the PAX Tabletop Library can be viewed at
  • RPG Zone: One central spot for on-demand RPG play. Come play D&D Adventurer's League (care of The Role Initiative), Pathfinder/Starfinder (care of New England Pathfinder Society), and a wide variety of indie RPGs (care of Games on Demand).
  • UnPub: Playtest tomorrow's hit games
  • First Look: A new area of PAX Tabletop that debuted at PAX Unplugged. First Look is a small area of Tabletop Freeplay with dedicated tables for playing the hottest games, a mix of new releases and pre-release previews. The area is staffed with Enforcers who are happy to help form player groups and teach game rules. Here is a list of the games that will be available for play in First Look.
  • Megagame Zone: We'll be hosting megagames on Thursday and Sunday. For Thursday's "Watch the Skies" game, players can register onsite, or obtain a limited number of online pre-reg tickets now. Note that Watch the Skies is a charity event with a $50 registration fee (UPDATE: The Watch the Skies game has been cancelled, but replaced in this timeslot is a tutorial/walkthrough experience, where players can get an introduction to Megagames free of charge. No registration requried.) Registration for Sunday's "Future Tense" game is free, and will open at 10AM on Thursday at Tabletop HQ.

Tabletop Tournaments:
Tabletop Panels:

  • 2:30PM, Bumblebee Theater: Improvisation in Roleplaying: How to Run a Game in the Now
  • 4:00PM, Bumblebee Theater: Every Day I'm Shuffling: The Making of DropMix
  • 8:00PM, Bobcat Theater: Ink & Blood Dueling Society
  • 9:00PM, Main Theater: Acquisitions, Inc. LIVE!

  • 1:30PM, Dragonfly Theater: RollPlay: Meet the Cast
  • 2:00PM, Cuttlefish Theater: Escape Rooms and Immersive Entertainment
  • 3:30PM, Cuttlefish Theater: Clinical Roll: When a Bunch of Geeky Therapists Play D&D
  • 4:30PM, Arachnid Theater: Two-Headed Giant: Designing Tabletop Games With a Partner
  • 6:00PM, Condor Theater: Mike Selinker and Luke Crane Nuke the Apocalypse

  • 10:30AM, Condor Theater: Beyond the D20
  • 12:00PM, Condor Theater: Crunching the Cardboard: Analytics in Tabletop Gamedev
  • 3:00PM, Dragonfly Theater: Thornwatch Live with Jerry Holkins and Mike Selinker
  • 4:30PM, Dragonfly Theater: Wafflecrew Tea Time Q&A
  • 6:00PM, Dragonfly Theater: Omegathon Round 3: Captain Sonar
  • 6:30PM, Bobcat Theater: Publishing Your Tabletop indie Game Your Way
  • 7:30PM, Dragonfly Theater: Power Word: Rock! The History of D&D and Heavy Metal

  • 10:30AM, Arachnid Theater: The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play
  • 2:00PM, Bobcat Theater: How to Get Your Tabletop Game Signed by a Publisher
  • 3:30PM, Albatross Theater: Tabletop System Wars

Gundabad on


  • ishtraishtra Long IslandRegistered User regular
    this is great - thanks for putting it together like this :D

    Attendee: PAX East 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, Unplugged 2017
  • flasheflashe Craft Beer Aficionado US - East CoastRegistered User regular
    Looking good...hopefully I get drafted to TT....again :)

  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist screaming Registered User regular
    Gundabad wrote: »
    • 10:30AM, Arachnid Theater: The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play

    Ooohhhh, this is exactly what I need.

  • Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    Gundabad wrote: »
    • 10:30AM, Arachnid Theater: The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play

    Ooohhhh, this is exactly what I need.
    Sadly, I am only attending Thurs/Fri this year. Someone will need to fill me in afterwards.

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist screaming Registered User regular
    Yeah, I'm only doing Sunday this year. I'll take notes and share here if people are interested. (Fair warning though, I'm terrible at following up on these things so you might need to remind me in a few weeks.)

  • GundabadGundabad PAX East & Unplugged Tabletop Manager NJRegistered User regular
    The folks running that panel (the GeekNights podcast) are very good about recording their PAX panels for later YouTube posting

  • TetraMasterTetraMaster Registered User new member
    Thank you, very much appreciated

  • FUNCHOMCLALAFUNCHOMCLALA Registered User regular
    This is terrific! Thanks. I'm looking forward to participating as a game demo leader and player!

  • toadflaxtoadflax New HampshireRegistered User new member
    Great to have this info all distilled down to a single list. Thanks

  • Premarital HeadpatsPremarital Headpats Registered User new member
    Anyone know if MtG tends to be popular in the freeplay areas? Definitely gonna check out what Pastimes has on offer -- Commander and Masters 25 Sealed are particularly exciting -- but I was also hoping to take my Pauper deck for a spin, and I don't see any scheduled events for it, so I'd like to try my luck in the freeplay areas.

    Still kicking myself because my hero Daisuke Amaya (Pixel) was at PAX East 2014 the same day as me and I didn't see him
  • BritLeighBritLeigh Registered User new member
    Thank you so much for this, it was very helpful!

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