It was the Fall of 2000, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” had been stuck in my head for at least three straight months, and I wanted more. I was about to celebrate my 13th birthday, and little did I know that my mom was about to give me one of the best gifts I’d ever receive, a valuable lesson that she would continue giving me well into my adult life. A lesson about how to give the perfect gift. At that age, I didn’t think that was a lesson to be taught. The perfect gift was obvious; I’d asked for an Eiffel 65 CD, so of course that was what my mom had picked up, right? Imagine my surprise when I opened this:
PAX Unplugged is mere days away so here’s a quick primer to capture my approach to the con as well as some of the events where you might run into me.
Last year, PAXU was my first full con experience and it was an overwhelming weekend. PAX Unplugged illuminates how massive and wide-ranging the tabletop hobby is. I went looking to play some fun indie RPGs like Masks and Monsterhearts 2, and realized that those offerings are a small slice of what’s available among the board games, card games, LARP, mainstream RPGs, panels, and products. It’s easy to get bowled over by the amount of options and not know where to find the games you seek.
I had great luck last year stumbling into games, and by the end of the third day I felt like the spiderweb was finally starting to make sense. Here’s what I learned: