Did anyone get to PAX this past weekend? I’m lucky enough to live within 2 hours from Boston, so I got to drive down for the day on Sunday and check it out. Of course, there was a ton of stuff that I wanted to do, but didn’t have time for; this includes the Classic Arcade room. I’m so, so, sorry, Classic Arcade room. How was I to know you were closing at 4:00? Yes, that was a tough loss for me. However, it does give me extra incentive to trek to the American Classic Arcade Museum in Laconia, New Hampshire, this year. I’ve been before, a couple years ago, but it’s high time I made the trip again. If you live even remotely close to Laconia, please do yourself a favor and go as soon as possible. ACAM are the ones who put together the Classic Arcade room at PAX East, and the machines they have there are a tiny sample of what they have. There are hundreds of games at the Museum in New Hampshire! Dig Dug, various Donkey Kong and Pac-Man iterations, Frogger, Asteroids, Space Invaders… the list goes on and on. There’s also a good amount of pinball machines there as well, though that’s not really my thing (I like playing pinball okay; I just happen to suck). You do have to pay to use the machines, but if you get a big-enough handful of tokens (and of course you will), it costs slightly less than 25 cents to play any game. American Classic Arcade Museum. Laconia, NH. You won’t be sorry.

Back to PAX East… though I didn’t hit any panels this year (no time, unfortunately), I got to spend some quality time in the Expo. There was a respectable amount of cosplay going on… I saw a Khajit!

Tiger style.

And I saw Joffrey get punked by Jon Snow!

Spoiler Alert... Joffrey is a douche.

Jesus was also there. Not cosplay Jesus. If cosplay Jesus was there, I missed him. Or maybe I mistook him for a homeless guy. KIDDING! Jesus is everywhere, that goes without saying, but I mean specifically, Jesus was there in poster form.

His Gamertag is 'N00bslayer420'.

What’s that he’s holding? That’s right! An XBox controller. Could be for PS3, maybe, but I’m going by the color. His headset is pretty fly, too.

Let’s see, what else… oh yeah. Drizzt Do’Urden was there, with his loyal Guenhwyvar. No big deal.

No big deal.

I got a couple killer T-shirts; one at The Behemoth booth for a new game called “Battleblock Theater,” which comes out later this year. And I got a “Binding Of Isaac” shirt at the Team Meat booth! I’m pretty pumped about that one.

Some skeleton totally tore up this guy’s rig…

Dude! Why are you keeping a skeleton in there?

I saw a zombie conga line…

Kind of like the ending of "Beetlejuice."

I wish I would’ve taken a better picture of this…

I kept throwing batarangs at that question mark until an Enforcer told me to move along.

Also there was this…

Need I say more?

But the thing I was happiest about was that I got to go to the Supergiant Games booth! You know… those cool cats behind “Bastion,” the best action RPG in recent memory? They were totally awesome dudes, and I’m really happy for them. I can’t wait to see what they do next. Alas, I was too late to score a T-shirt in my size, but lucky for me (and you) their website still has some.

All told, I had a great time this year, even though I didn’t have a ton of time to spend there. Next year, I think I’ll try to do it right. Take some time off from work, get a 3-day pass, go to some panels, some shows, and next year I swear I’ll check out some of the tabletop games. I told myself I was going to do it this year, but I simply ran out of time.

I leave you with one final picture. It’s me and my pal Greg, hangin’ with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I’m the bald guy on the left, sporting the ill-fitting New California Republic t-shirt. See you next year, PAX!

"What did you do, Ray?!"