Board Games at PAX East

by theauthorm

PAX East has always been traditionally a convention for digital games. Which is, of course, great, because a game is a game, and who doesn’t love games!

But this year, more than any other year, board games made their presence known. An incursion, one might say, or even perhaps as bold as a invasion.

Cards Against Humanity, claimed a swath of land in the Indie Games section, and brought in about a dozen Indie Board Games.

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There were at least a dozen panels on board games on the schedule, and the ones I went to were packed. Including my own panel, which went off magnificently! We’re going to try and make it an annual tradition.

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To cap off the amazing weekend, there was the incredibly excellent “Watch the Skies” Mega Game, run by the Mega Game Society. An absolute blast, the game combined the best elements of Model United Nations, Risk, and Diplomacy and uses RPG rules concepts to hold the thing together. Seen recently on Shut Up and Sit Down.

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My first year of PAX, I encountered an older, somewhat grizzled tabletop gamer, who imparted his “wisdom” that tabletop gaming was the sideshow of the sideshow of gaming, and that it should be appreciated that tabletop be included at all. That was 5 years ago, and his words never set well with me, so it is incredible feeling to see him so wrong as Tabletop gaming has come so far and shows no signs of stopping. That’s what I’m excited for, the growing future of board games!

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