PAX is now the convention I have attended most in my life ^_^ (5 years running, previously held by Manifest)
I can sum up the days with 3 hashtags (which coincidentally *all* have to do with boardgaming), and 3 honourable mentions.
Friday : #Sarahwearsthepants
My mates and I spent part of Friday checking out some of the boardgames on offer at the library. We picked two we had not seen before, and one of them was called The Voting Game. Black card has a question or statement, and you have a a hand of coloured number cards, each which correspond to a different person you are playing with. You put down the number of the person you think best fits the card, and for me this was 'Who wears the pants in a relationship?'. It was unanimous, and quite funny, more so in that my fiance was off playing another game while we did this. The joke of 'Sarah wears the pants' followed me with everything we did that day, lol!
Honourable mention : Burnie Burns!
Our goal was to go straight to the main theatre for Burnie's Storytime. It was really well done - great stories, great lessons, and may have teared up a bit when he talked of Monty. Thanks Burnie, Ashley and Ellie for coming all the way out here! I am bummed I did not make time to come and get an autograph or selfie, especially as I wanted to know if Ashley had seen the Stardew Valley pins floating around. I hope the Vlog turns out great!
Saturday : #alwayschooseCatan
Another day, another boardgame. For the record, I was not around when this started. It was a choice - whether to play good-old-faithful Settlers of Catan, or a steampunk-which-shall-not-be-named-themed game. My mates went with the steampunk-themed one, and opened the box to find a piece of paper which said 'And you thought Game of Thrones was complicated - Good luck :('. If you have not played that boardgame before, please note it takes an average of 5 hours, once you have figured out how to play. My mates gave it a good shot, and 3 hours later admitted defeat after getting a whole bunch of rules mixed up and accidentally two players being killed off at once. So the lesson of Saturday became to always choose Catan ^_^
Honourable mention : Pinny Arcade pins
These pins were my Saturday. Think like the Disney-pins, but videogame and Penny Arcade themed. I bought a lot, traded a lot, and enjoyed doing the staff trading which I had not done in the way they had organised it this year. Great experience and even greater community. Cheers to future pin trades!
Sunday : #nosalesuntil5pm
One of the (usually) greatest things about PAXAus is that a lot of the boardgame vendors put on sales on the Sunday afternoon - saves them having to pack up and take back a lot of stock. We must have checked each hour from 12pm to 4pm - only 1 of the 25 or so vendors had a sale on, and that 1 sale started at 2pm. So all our lovely thoughts of buying boardgames just that little bit cheaper went up in smoke, as we all needed to leave by 5pm to get to other happenings. Previous years we had bought games at 20-40% off. Goes to show how popular the boardgame scene is these days if vendours decide not to lower their prices.
Honourable mention : the Indie games
I love the indie pavilion at PAX - I always find a game to look forward to. This year it was a game called Florence. OoOoOoohh myyyyyy gosh is it pretty! I have never been more relaxed while trying to piece together a couples relationship. Other Indie highlights include Grabbity, Ticket to Earth, Necrobarista, Rumu, Dead State Drive and the return of Death Squared (which I did not know had been released for the Switch).
I have other stories of games I tested and fun that I had seeing friends. It always ends up being a very social weekend. I did not cosplay, as I left my cosplay about 48 hours too late (it is currently sitting in the garage waiting to be painted) but that's okay, as it is a highly reusable one.
Hope other attendees at PAXAus had an equally awesome time!
Laughter and Sunshine!