Well kids, it’s that time of year again. PAX Prime is a mere nine days away. By now, hopefully, your plans are made, and your hotels are booked – all that’s left is to find your way to the Washington State Convention Center next Friday, and take in all the Convention has to offer. For those of you attending PAX for the very first time (and for those of you not attending for the very first time, actually), I strongly suggest you check out the official PAX Website. The convention schedule was posted at the beginning of the month, and if you’re not sure what’s in store for you, there are few better ways to find out. Are you interested in Panels? Screening blocks? Concerts? Wandering the show floor? Meeting with your favorite internet personalities? The schedule is the place to look to plan your weekend.
Additionally, no matter your preferred flavor of convention experience, LoadingReadyRun should have you covered on nearly every count. The whole of the crew will be in attendance at the con, (with the sole exception of Alex, who’s heading off to Ontario to attend Fan Expo to promote his new project ‘Shards’) so you’ll be sure to see us around. On top of that, we’ll also have a table in Bandland, where we’ll be selling merch and signing autographs (and yes, we do intend to have Season 5 and Crapshots DVDs with us, though that depends on whether or not we receive them on time from the printer). It’s also very likely that we’ll arrange a LRR fan meet-up at some point during the weekend, but as usual we have not planned a time and date in advance. You’ll want to follow the @LoadingReadyRun Twitter account, or check back here during the con for more information. Finally, we’ve also got panels and a screening block! The information for those can be found below:
The LoadingReadyRun Panel
Friday 9:30pm – 10:30pm
LoadingReadyRun, producers of Unskippable, CheckPoint, Feed Dump, ENN & Daily Drop, and organizers of the Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser, will delight and amaze you with new videos and answers to your questions! Come hang out!
LoadingReadyRun Movie Night!
Friday 10:30pm – 11:30pm
Join the whole LRR crew for some of our favourite vids and other fun stuff. We’ll all be there to hang out and answer your questions. If you missed talking to us during our panel, we’d love to see you here.
Escapist Movie Night
Saturday 10:30pm – 11:30pm
Meet the stars of The Escapist’s Loading Ready Run, Extra Credits, Unskippable and more at The Escapist’s Movie Night. You’ll see never-before-seen videos from The Escapist’s most popular web series, including Zero Punctuation and The Big Picture. Plus see favorite episodes from Extra Credits, Unskippable, Daily Drop, Feed Dump, Escape to the Movies, Miracle of Sound, Jimquisition, No Right Answer and more, hosted by Extra Credits’ James Portnow, Loading Ready Run and the staff of The Escapist.
What Women Really Want
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm
Join Trina Schwimmer, founder of GamingAngels.com; Kathleen de Vere, star of LoadingReadyRun; AJ Glasser of Inside Social Games; and Tracey John, regular contributor to The Daily, as they discuss what they embrace in female fictional characters and why these attributes are important. They will identify their favorite characters and how they would like more heroines with similar attributes integrated into Geek culture. This fresh, positive approach to female characters shouldn’t be missed. Moderated by Susan Arendt, Senior Editor of The Escapist.
Panelists include: Susan Arendt [Senior Editor, The Escapist], Christa Carter, Brittany Aubert, Kathleen De Vere [Actor, LoadingReadyRun], AJ Glasser [Journalist, Inside Social Games], Brittany Aubert [Associate Producer, 5th Cell]
Gaming as a Lifestyle
Sunday 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Flying in the face of criticism against video games and their ruination of lives, this panel will address the topic of living a life made richer by playing games. From how to keep your job while supporting a game-playing habit, to making your game-playing habit your job. Graham Stark, Jeff Green, Ian Dorsch and James Portnow will share secrets and personal stories, deflate hype and participate in a detailed Q&A. Moderated by Russ Pitts, Editor-in-Chief of The Escapist.
Panelists include: Russ Pitts [Editor-in-Chief, The Escapist], James Portnow [CEO/Developer, Rainmaker Games], Ian Dorsch [Musician - Zero Punctuation, The Escapist], Jeff Green [Journalist/PR, PopCap], Graham Stark [Writer/Actor, LoadingReadyRun]
We’re really looking forward to the con and to seeing you all there. PAX is always a blast, and we have no doubt that this year will continue that trend. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot a message to our twitter account or to post it in the comments below. Internet access is always a little spotty while we’re in the states, but we’ll try to keep you all as up to date as possible about our various goings on throughout the weekend.
See you soon!
Update: I’ve just been informed that there will be a Magic: The Gathering party hosted by Wizards of the Coast on the evening of Saturday, August 27. It’s a safe bet that most, if not all, of us will be in attendance.
Ascend into Darkness – The Magic Innistrad Party
Seriously, you definitely want to be at this party on the evening of Saturday, August 27. You’ll be able to earn an invitation by participating in PAX Prime. Stop by the Wizards of the Coast booth for details!