Penny Arcade has announced their newest convention: PAX Unplugged. While their other major conventions, PAX South, East and West focus mainly on video games, PAX Unplugged will take a step away from screens and sit down for some face-to-face interactions around the gaming table.
Their video game focused conventions all do have a tabletop presence, which they say has been growing over the years. As the demand for more and more space devoted to board games and RPGs grew, the creators decided to launch a whole convention just for tabletop.
PAX Unplugged will definitely be a newcomer to an already established board gaming convention circuit, with huge names like Gen Con and Origins dominating the field. But Penny Arcade and PAX are huge names themselves, so this convention will probably have no trouble drawing big crowds.
The team at Penny Arcade has definitely been moving into the tabletop sphere for a while now. The two main creators of Penny Arcade, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have been playing Dungeons & Dragons with their friends in front of a live audience at their PAX conventions since 2010. They also recently ran a very successful Kickstarter for a board game based off of their comic series called Thornwatch.
Even though there’s limited information about what the expect at the convention and badges themselves are not even on sale, hotels are already being scooped up. PAX Unplugged promises to release more information about the convention in the next couple of months.
PAX Unplugged will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center November 17-19, 2017. There’s been no word on how much badges for the convention will cost.