This is probably going to be a very weird post, so please bear with me.
My best friend is a gamer and we live on opposite sides of the U.S. He's near San Francisco, and I live in Brooklyn. This year, I decided that we should make a plan to meet somewhere to have fun together like we did for my 30th birthday when we went to Vegas, and this year we chose to come to PAX 2009.
I've been a Penny Arcade fan for several years and I like to play some video games from time to time. But the only system I have is a PS2 (which I use more for the DVD player than I do for the games) and I'm often so busy that I don't have time to get into "new" games. (Last new game played: Mass Effect on a former boyfriend's Xbox 360.)
I tried a dungeon delve at NYCC this year and had some fun (also, thanks to Penny Arcade making D&D4E sound so much fun to play), but the time spent wasn't long enough for me to really enjoy myself. I'm more used to comics conventions where I can spend a lot of time hanging out with my friends in the Artist Alley or anime cons where I know almost everyone in the industry, the dealer's room, or working the convention and can hang out with them.
The last time I was at a very large convention was SDCC, back in 2001 or 2002 before they broke the 100K mark, and I spent it being the "booth bunny" for an artist-friend of mine while also getting to run off and attend certain panels. I had a lot of fun doing that, but then again, I think it was because I had a home "base" to come back to.
I know my best friend and I won't be at each other's side all the time, and I'm sure we'll be making plans to do some things together, like jumping into a D&D encounter, or go to the concerts or the Q&A panels, or watch some of the Omegathon. But that will only account for some of the time we spend together, and this is a large convention.
So my questions to you are, what could I do at PAX 2009 that will make things fun for me if I find myself with a chunk of time alone?
I don't want to volunteer to be an Enforcer because I want my first PAX to be as an attendee and I plan on applying for Enforcer membership for the 2010 one. (Also, after 4 years of staffing anime conventions, I want to just be an attendee again for a year.)
I've already applied to be a Cookie Brigade volunteer to bring cookies to the masses for Child's Play, but I don't want to be doing that for the entire convention.
The only handheld game system I have is my GBA Advance.
My laptop is not a gaming laptop, and if I do bring it with me, I'll probably be using it to liveblog. (BTW, how's the wireless in the convention center? NYCC sucked for being able to Tweet.)
...excited to have purchased her registration...
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