2010 PAX East Recap

2010 PAX East Recap

By nerds, for nerds, with nerds.

Any good gaming convention will boast plenty of vendors touting products to a captive audience.

Star City Games (home of OTI guest writer and prolific blogger Ferrett Steinmetz) trading Magic cards. M:tG is apparently having something of a renascence, per our most recent podcast.

Red vs. Blue! We love these guys.



Now this was kind of neat. Immerz makes this unit that plugs into the sound port on your console and translates the sound into vibrations. You feel the vibrations through the unit on your left, which you wear over your shoulders. It looks like it’s priced a little high for something that’s essentially a novelty, but it will (supposedly) work with any game. Somebody try it for Sim City on the Wii Virtual Console and report back.


Like True Crime: Streets of LA, but good.

The preview display for All-Points Bulletin, a new MMORPG set in a modern city with Cops and Criminals being the rival factions. Folks were lined up ten deep to play it.


Spartan? Anything but.

Now this caught your correspondent’s eye early. Geek Chic manufactures high-quality gaming furniture that bristles with utilitarian features. This gaming table, in addition to looking great, had fold-out leaves, railings in the side to mount cup- or dice-holders, and several small drawers. Definitely pricey, but it looks like you get what you pay for.


More Geek Chic furniture.

The line to play Red Dead Revolver, the latest from Rockstar Games. The preview videos looked gorgeous, but your correspondent didn’t have that much time to kill.


More ideas on this table than in a year's worth of console releases.

The Compleat Strategist, a franchise of gaming stores local to New York and Boston. I would not have expected them to boast this big a selection of indie RPGs. Burning Empires, Fiasco, Wild Talents, Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies … all gems. Color me pleasantly surprised!

(Note to RPG and video game vendors: Overthinking It is eminently willing to sell out and endorse your product or service. You have no idea how low we’ll stoop for money. Contact us today)

4 Comments on “2010 PAX East Recap”

  1. Bob #

    Total sidebar question – I’m a huge Kris Straub fan. I met him at Comic Con last year and actually shook (Didn’t even do that when I met the great Billy D!). I’ve read everything Chainsawsuit and Starslip and even his shortlived music comic. I got about 5 strips into Checkerboard Nightmare and gave up. Anyone know should I continue? I totally forgot about CN until I saw it on the above picture.

    Thank you!

    Perich – glad you had a good time and appreciate the pics!


  2. Wade #

    Holy crap. Bottom photo, page 2. Those were my college roommates. It figures they’d go to PAX East and not invite me.


  3. Wade #

    UPDATE: Just got in touch with one of my old roommates, and according to him, they were “D&D adventurers, rolling 20s through hordes of chaos and all that good stuff.”

    So, Perich, your assessment was pretty much right on the money.


  4. Coley Blackwaters #

    Hey! I know those guys too. Hey Wade, thanks for showing me this. I just realized with a start that there are actually 4 people in that picture. Oh well, I got about an hour long retelling of the whole experience from the guy in the armor and it sounded awesomely geeky. I wanna go now. The other pics are awesome as well, thanks for sharing!


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