The schedule has been released for PAX West, a 4 day gaming convention held each year in Seattle, Washington. This year's con will run from Friday August 30th to Monday September 2nd and is jam packed with panels, concerts, live events, and hundreds and hundreds of new games.
PAX event organizers describe it as a festival rather than a convention due to the wide variety of activities available to all types of gamers. Unlike similar trade shows and industry conventions, PAX West is all about connecting gamers with the latest and greatest in both video and tabletop gaming.
This year's schedule is absolutely jam packed with tournaments, freeplay areas, panels, and nerdcore concerts. Regular fan-favorite features such as the Penny Arcade Q&A, Aquisitions Incorporated Live, the Gearbox Mainstage Show, and the Omegathon will be making their return to the show, while a collection of new diversity-forward panels such as "Historical & Visual Transgender Representation in RPGs" and "#BlackTwitter Making Social Media Work for You as a Blerd" will be making their PAX West debut.
There are some notable omissions to the schedule as well. The long running Magic: The Gathering panel that has consistently been a big draw for the convention doesn't appear anywhere on the schedule. The Video Game Music Trivia panel has also been left off this year. Aquisitions Incorporated, Live!, a Penny Arcade X Dungeons & Dragons live show, will take place on Friday this year rather than during the weekend as it traditionally has. Luckily, there are still some Friday passes available.
Saturday Night Concerts on the main stage will begin with nerdcore hip-hop artist MC Frontalot and will continue on with a live performance celebrating 10 years of games made by studio Supergiant with music from Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, and Hades.
Finally, the long weekend of fun and games ends with the mysterious Omegathon Final Round. Last year's Omegathon ended with the most heated game of competitive claw machine ever conceived, so expect this year's PAX West to end with a bang.
Four day passes may be sold out, but PAX recently launched an official ticket exchange to help attendees safely buy and sell passes, so there is still time if you'd like to attend and get in on one of the biggest and best game events of the year.