For the past few years I’ve been attending PAX East. It’s getting harder and harder to get passes but a friend of mine had a great plan to alert him and then us once passes went on sale. The plan worked and we were able to get three day passes.
I usually use a free lanyard but this year I decided to make my own.
Rings are 14ga 5/16″ ID anodized aluminum from The Ring Lord. I didn’t have the correct pliers so the rings got a little scratched, but I don’t think anyone but me noticed.
Pattern is the byzantine weave. From what I understand it’s not actually byzantine in origin, but it’s a good beginner pattern and looks pretty for jewelry. The only issue was it was about 10 degrees out so when I was outside the lanyard was a bit unpleasant. And I managed to get it stuck in my hair once.
PAX (as expected) was crowed.
This year was a smidge better as Riot wasn’t there. They had a huge booth near one of the main escalators last year and always had a massive crowd around them. It made entering and exiting the main floor really stressful. I got hit in the head by some stupid bracelet they were throwing to the crowd. I imagine the Riot booth created a lot of head aches for the show organizers.
This year I didn’t see any video games I was too excited about but I saw some a neat looking board games. In the Indie Megabooth there was Mech Deck – it’s a card game that uses a mech building. It reminded me a little of the game Cootie. It’s a game I had as a kid. There was a bug you had to assemble with some sort of dice rolling mechanic. The X Files board game looked fun too, but I don’t think I would be able to find enough people to play it with.