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PAX Australia 2013

The Penny Arcade Video Games convention is coming to Melbourne.

It's been running in America for years and is massive ... this is its' first time in Australia.

How is this relevant to us? It also has a "TableTop Games" section (that's what some people call board games)

You may find that it's mostly sold out already. Put yourself down here if you're going.

Info, tickets etc http://aus.paxsite.com

($50 per day, $125 for the weekend)

"TABLETOP

Ranging from as hardcore to D&D to as casual as Bananagrams, the PAX Tabletop area has games for all gamer types and skill levels. With hundreds of freeplay tables and the ability to checkout games like you would books at a library, this area could easily keep you occupied for the entire weekend. Forget all those digimal beep boops - rolling a twenty and looking your opponent in the eye is where it's at!"

See this video of the Tabletop games section at "PAX East 2011". Bigger than Cafe Games Day! I expect it won't get like this first time, but you never know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76xO9A-kcrs

 

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  • Rachel

    Great experience, I was volunteering and lucked out - the table top crew were fantastic. Looking forward to next year :)

    2 · July 23, 2013

    • Christopher

      Sounds like you were *in* luck ;-)

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christopher I'd recommend you get onto the PAX AUS 2013 - Feedback forum thread and leave your comments regards the issues you experienced with the tabletop game lending etc. so we can get better procedures in for next year. And hopefully we can get heaps more space. I wandered over there a few times and could never find a spare table!

    July 26, 2013

  • Chris L.

    Best time I've had in years if ever

    July 22, 2013

  • Michael C.

    What a great time Liam and I had. Two days of demoning games for me and one for Liam. We picked up some new games including Cartoona, Shadowrift(thanks Dann) and Cuba(thanks Sol)

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      Cuba, new, in shrink $15, what a bargain that was. When do we ever get a boardgame at that price ?

      July 22, 2013

  • Solomon M. G.

    Thank you PAX Australia and Penny Arcade for having faith in our town, our country and our people. You gave us an awesome event for which we are counting down the days till PAX Australia 2014 (Melbourne).

    3 · July 22, 2013

  • Justin S

    Sunday PAXers! I've brought along my own copy of Castle Panic (with the Wizards Tower expansion), so if you want to try a really fun, quick to learn co-op game about defending a castle against the onslaught of monsters coming in to destroy it; come and find me in the tabletop area :-)

    (up to 6 players can play, and I'm happy to spectate/help :-) )

    July 21, 2013

  • Justin S

    Not sure if I played with anyone here today, but if you see me around the Big Top over the weekend (I'll be the one in the Commander Keen cosplay) and I'm always up for a nice board game :-)

    July 19, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    Hello everyone,
    Is there anybody going on Sunday?

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me!

      July 19, 2013

  • Michael C.

    looking forward to playing and teaching at Game Salute

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Scott

    Hey Guys, Is anyone going on Friday?

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Christopher

      Ah yes I gather both those are considered American style / Thematic games and are apparently being sourced for the event.

      July 17, 2013

    • Scott

      Thanks guys. Really appreciate your help and advice.

      July 17, 2013

  • MT

    Hello all,

    I will be attending all three days. I will also be helping out at the Game Salute Booth on Friday and Saturday from 5pm onwards, come and say Hi if you like. Hope to see you all there.

    MT.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Solomon M. G.

    Rug up everyone. The Tabletop area, under the big top, is NOT heated and given the impending Arctic blast could be very interesting. For those interested, photos of the tabletop area being setup: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151445214151599&set=a.10151409788936599.1073741842.524811598&type=3

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Solomon M. G.

    Notice from Public Transport Victoria
    See: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/events/public-transport-for-pax-australia-at-the-showgrounds-friday-19-july-sunday-21-july-2013/

    Public transport for PAX Australia at the Showgrounds: Friday 19 July – Sunday, 21 July 2013

    15 May 2013

    Attention all gamers heading to PAX Australia at Melbourne Showgrounds from Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July.

    Special trains will run between Flinders Street Station and the Showgrounds, stopping at Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations.

    Extra trams will also run between Flinders Street and Epsom Road.

    myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne's public transport network. You need to have a valid myki and touch on and off as you travel to ensure that you pay the correct fare. You can buy and top up your myki at close to 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, at Premium Stations and at major tram and bus interchanges. For more information, see buying your myki and topping up your myki.

    July 17, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      From the Showgrounds Special trains will run from the Showgrounds to Flinders Street Station, stopping at North Melbourne and Southern Cross stations.

      On Friday and Saturday, special trains will run:

      every 40 minutes between 6.20pm and 10pm
      every 20 minutes between 10pm and 11pm
      every 10 minutes between 11pm and midnight

      On Sunday, special trains will run:

      every 10 minutes between 5pm and 7pm If you want to leave the precinct before the first train departs Showgrounds Station, catch a Route 57 tram to Newmarket Station and connect with a Craigieburn line train to either Craigieburn or the city.

      July 17, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      Metropolitan trams

      Extra trams will operate as Route 57a between Stop 1: Flinders and Elizabeth streets and Stop 33: Epsom and Union roads via Elizabeth Street, Flemington Road, Racecourse Road and Epsom Road.

      July 17, 2013

  • Christopher

    The only non-boardgame thing I'm looking forward to is the Friday night gig by MC Frontalot, nerdy hiphop rapper who can be seen here singing about text-based computer adventure games like Zork:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nigRT2KmCE

    July 15, 2013

  • Christopher

    There are still lots of tickets on eBay if anyone missed out on places.

    July 15, 2013

    • Luke

      Super expensive though :(

      July 15, 2013

    • Chris L.

      The tickets where $50 a day anyway :-) if U go to the pax sis Facebook page people are selling there day tickets on there also

      July 15, 2013

  • Jon

    Saturday for us

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to be there Saturday and Sunday, hope to bump into some of you there so I'm not sad and lonely all weekend :(

    July 14, 2013

  • Jasmine P

    Had tickets since they went for sell. Looking forward to it all \(^o^)/

    July 13, 2013

  • Rob

    Saturday & Sunday for us

    July 13, 2013

  • Christopher

    List of some of the tournaments and games sessions in the Tabletop area: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/12789310#[masked]

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just been accepted as an Enforcer at PAX (volunteer) for all 3 days, so make sure you all behave yourselves now. ;~)

    Will pop in when I've got free time.

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Alexander T.

    For those who are interested or not already know, the full schedule for PAX Aus is on the smartphone app "Guidebook". iOS, Android and WM7 as a guess. Quite handy to organise your day and to find exhibitors easily without the use of inferior paper maps...

    June 22, 2013

    • Christopher

      The app turns out to be more useful than the website :-)

      July 8, 2013

  • Christopher

    In case people are wondering, the Tabletop section is being run by a guy who has a games club in Brisbane, and the boardgames are being brought down from there as well - would have assumed there would have been easier ways of doing it, but ... hey ... it's their party :-)

    June 14, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      Ian Houlihan, as manager of the PAX Tabletop section is from Brisbane and used his local connections there to start the base for the available library at PAX. Since then. other games libraries from Canberra and Melbourne have also come on board along with contributions from some of the games publishers. By using a diverse source of games, a better representative cross section of games both in print and out of print can be made available to the public attending this event. As such their genre are not restricted by one single groups contributions.

      June 14, 2013

  • Phil M.

    Hey folks! First, I'll be at all three days. Second, a heads-up - I will be running a panel on games in libraries at 3:30 on Sunday. (The topic will come as little surprise to those who know me!) We'll have panellists from public, academic and state libraries, and the panel will be equally open to library people who want to know more about games and gamers who want to know more about what libraries are doing with games (and how gamers can use their local libraries to support game-shaped culture as well as book-shaped culture). No pressure to come along, but if you do, please say come up and say hi before or after, and let me know what you think!

    2 · May 23, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm going on the Saturday.

    January 16, 2013

  • Brian N.

    got my tickets! will see ya guys there!

    January 11, 2013

  • Ben

    Just Saturday for me

    January 11, 2013

  • Ben

    Good heads up ! - have grabbed me a $50 Saturday ticket, should get me the bulk of the PAX experience (without blowing the extra $100, which I'll need to spend on swag whilst there, I imagine !)

    January 11, 2013

  • Mathew U.

    Will probably be bouncing around for the three days depending on the schedule should be dropping in on the tabeltops

    January 11, 2013

  • Alexander T.

    I'm already going for the three days, so I guess I'll see you guys there.

    January 11, 2013

  • Al

    tix LOW for SATURDAY 20th JULY (as at 11/01/2013).

    January 11, 2013

  • Rachel

    $125 for the 3 days is a bit pricey! Im curiousish enough to go one day. Suggestions or thoughts on best day ?

    January 11, 2013

    • Christopher

      Especially as now you have to pay $150 for 3 days!
      (Only the discount pass is sold out)

      January 11, 2013

  • Rachel

    Decided to check it out, looks big! 3day tix sold out so I'm going on Friday.

    January 11, 2013

  • Christopher

    I'm down for 3 days. Figured I should put in an appearance :)

    January 11, 2013

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