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UPDATE [09/06/2016]: 2016 – 2017 dates, locations, pricing, and new names of select conventions. Thanks to your excellent feedback on this article, I’m starting a series of geek convention round-ups. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but a carefully curated one based on my experiences and those of my convention-pro friends.They’re a curated resource to see when the convention is happening and what’s worth seeing there. It’s definitely not a requirement to be a certifiable geek on a topic. Location: Seattle, WA Dates: TBA (likely Labor Day Weekend 2017, September 1-4) Ticket price: – 0 (Registration will likely open Spring 2017.Now the musical genre is becoming mainstream with songs such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop”, and I’d like to think PAX had a big hand in it.Other goodness that’s in store for you: a library full of all the tabletop gaming you can possibly cram into one weekend, massive gaming industry panels, one helluva big exhibit hall, and probably the single most epic gaming tournament ever.But if you want a taste of it, look no further than PAX.
(creative commons) PAX West was such a smashing success for years that the convention set up shop on the East coast.Don’t be deceived by its down-to-earth approach to conventions: this event is supported with very professional underpinnings that will make you feel engaged.Its family-friendly format makes it a big draw for people of all ages.Location: Indianapolis, IN Dates: August 17-20, 2017 Ticket price: – 0 Great for: Tabletop gaming, massive exhibitors’ hall shopping Photo by heath_bar (creative commons) Best be respecting one of the longest-running gaming conventions in North America.Gen Con has been bringing a bevy of gaming to the masses since 1968.
PAX draws in crowds large enough to fill a football stadium – and in record time. And that’s weekend passes doubled from $65 in 2013 to $110 in 2014.) Short for “Penny Arcade Expo”, PAX is known for representing a comprehensive breadth of gamerdom: from retro to next season’s anticipated console release, from tabletop gaming to independent gaming, expect to find it there. I could easily write blog posts for a solid week about PAX, so I should stop while I’m ahead.