PAX Unplugged will put the spotlight on tabletop gaming this November

By Melvyn Tan on Jan 30, 2017

Image source: IGN
Image source: IGN

Most of us have probably heard of PAX, or Penny Arcade Expo, the festival about video games. Now there's PAX Unplugged, which is like PAX but focused on tabletop gaming instead.

The new event was announced by Penny Arcade and ReedPOP at PAX South, and is due to on November 17 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, where it'll run until November 19. With the recent renaissance of tabletop gaming, Penny Arcade and ReedPOP aim to embrace the scene and "provide those around it with a welcoming atmosphere to take this resurgence to even greater heights."

PAX Unplugged will assume a similar format as standard PAX, with the chance for attendees to see game reveals and get hands-on sessions, attend "game-inspired concerts" (I'm really curious about what songs they'll have), join tournaments and "watch panels with industry leaders". 

"With the rise of popularity of board games, we wanted to provide a dedicated space where fans can come together," said Penny Arcade co-founde Jerry Holkins. "We will continue to have tabletop games at every PAX, but Unplugged will focus on stepping away from the TV, monitor and phone to foster face-to-face multiplayer experiences." 

While Holkins' statement only mentions board games, the press release notes that PAX Unplugged will be a "destination for attendees to share their common passions and socialize over board, card and other tabletop games". Fingers crossed that miniature wargames like Warhammer Age of Sigmar/40K or Bolt Action will be there too.

Source: Gamasutra

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