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In Which Mina Invades PAX South! * Overview of PAX SOUTH

Milena Guberinic
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Hi Friends!


I apologize for the absence of a post last week. I was at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas and was unable to complete a post in time. To make up for it, I get to show you a bit of the PAX experience this week! However, this will be a slightly abbreviated post, as I was exhausted and had a lot of work to make up when I returned. Though I played a bunch of games for the first time in the past two weeks, I just didn't have the time or brain power to describe them all in this post, so I'll save that for next week! For now, I will show you PAX South!

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PAX South


If you're a gamer, I'm sure you've heard of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) show. It is a show dedicated exclusively to gaming, including PC, console, and tabletop!

PAX South is held annually in San Antonio, but the largest events take place in Boston (PAX East) and Seattle (PAX West). Each of these shows features a broad array of events, lounges, panels, and activities for attendees to enjoy. From board game tournaments (I REALLY wanted to enter the Terra Mystica one! ) to console and PC free play areas and new console releases (NINTENDO SWITCH!!!!), there is much to do! Though I spent most of my time at the Indie Boards and Cards/Action Phase booth, I did get to experience the energy and excitement of the event outside the exhibit area. LOOK!

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There was a large tabletop area and library!

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This is a Unipegasaurus! He is going to be on Kickstarter soon! I don't know when, but you can find him through Facebook at UNIPEGASAURUS!


Sadly, I did not get to try the Nintendo Switch, which was available for play for the first time EVER at PAX South. The line to try it was incessantly slammed! And CLOSED! The line was actually CLOSED down on regular basis! My friend and Indie booth mate, Tricia, and I tried to get in line before the exhibit hall opened each day, but the line was ALREADY packed with exhibitors long before the hall opened. There was a constant rush for Nintendo Switch! They had Splatoon and Zelda available for demo, but I didn't see the new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is the main draw to the Switch for me! I LOVE MARIO KART! I can't drive, but I kick ass at Mario Kart!

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This area was constantly packed! I took this picture BEFORE the exhibit hall opened!


However, I did get to spend time with some of my favorite people! Tricia and
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Travis invariably makes me laugh

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My favorite!


I helped out at the Indie Boards & Cards booth by demoing Ninja Camp, an adorable "hand-building" game in which you use the cards in your hand to navigate the movement of your 3 ninjas around a board made up of the very same cards. Each time you move a ninja off a card, that card gets added to your hand and each card has a point value and an ability. I adore this game! The rules are simple and the game is easy to teach to even the youngest of players, but the interplay between the spatial movement and point/ability tradeoff of cards generates plenty of depth to keep the gameriest of gamers engaged!

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I also demoed Kodama and Coup. And I learned Coup for the first time there! For anyone in the same position I before last week, Coup is a social deduction game in which you start with two coins and two influence (two face-down character cards) and try to be the last player remaining with a face-down card. Each of the five characters in the game has an ability and there are 3 copies of each character in the 15-card deck. Each turn, you perform an action (taking coins, paying three coins to try to assassinate another player's character, blocking an assassination attempt against yourself, taking two coins from another player, drawing two character cards from the deck and returning two...). The trick is that each of these actions is associated with a character and if you don't have a character whose action you are taking and are called out on that, you lose an influence! The last man standing wins!

I loved playing this game! I don't typically gravitate towards social deduction games because I find them very stressful. I dislike lying and I am very bad at it. Everyone can see right through me. I didn't find myself getting stressed out in this game. I was never put on the spot, I never had to come up with some clever rationale for what I was doing, I never had to tell stories or be amusing to anyone; I just had to take the action I wanted to and be careful about whether and when I took an action I couldn't back up with my cards. I can't wait to play this with my family. I think it's simple enough that even my mom could enjoy it!

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We went to Dave & Buster's and I kicked his ass in Mario Kart! The Dave & Buster's Mario Kart AIs are stupid easy to beat, but Josh and I were well matched ...

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from Artana/Nerd Night, who taught me Tichu, which is a partnership climbing game in which you try to get rid of all the cards in your hand. Each turn, you either play a single card or some variation of a poker hand capable of beating the previously played one or you pass. If you are the last to play a hand in a round, you become the starting player for the next round. The last player out in a game gives all the cards won to the player who ran out of cards first and the last player's unplayed cards are handed to the opposite team. At the end of a game, each team's collected cards are consolidated. Fives, tens and Kings are worth 5, 10 and 10 points and each hand one hundred points, but there are bonuses to be had for calling "Tichu" and "Grand Tichu" prior to playing any card in the game to bet on being the first to run out of cards in a round and the first team to run out of cards respectively. The first team to get to 1000 points wins! So there's a fun racey element!

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J.R., Josh, and I also drafted some Star Trek characters. Can you tell I enjoy drama!?

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, the designer of one of my favorite worker placement games EVER - Argent: The Consortium...

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the always fantastic, Matt Fantastic, who was debuting his Hey Girl, Hey game! It's a hilarious game of consensual stupidity in which you ask questions that will incite laughter. Of course, the questions have to start with "Hey Girl, Hey..."

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And many more! I met so many wonderful people I feel so very fortunate to know.

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For more about PAX South: http://south.paxsite.com/what-is-pax

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1. Coup - I demoed Coup several times at PAX and after I did, I knew I had to have it! See above for more.

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Next Week...


Look forward to full reviews for Dairyman and the Potion Explosion app. My flight was horribly delayed, so I had many hours to kill and the Potion Explosion app came to my rescue! I have become somewhat addicted to it since. Perhaps it's some sort of messed up emotional attachment to my savior or perhaps it's the fact that the app (and the game) really is that fun, but I'm a Potion Explosion app zombie! More on that next week!

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First impressions coming next week! But I will say thumbs up for now!
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