Okay, so PAX Prime!
That and Seattle, 10/10. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
Seattle was a beautiful city full of so much to see and do, even though we spent most of our time at PAX, there was so much character there and I loved all that I saw (asides the gum wall. DAT’S GROSS, SEATTLE!)
We arrived the night before and after breakfast on Friday, Jak and I got changed into our Ni No Kuni costumes and left with Rainey and Amanda to PAX (well, we got stopped for a photo right outside of the hotel!) We ended up only spending about 1/2 an hour in our cosplays before deciding to change. If you want to experience the full fun of PAX (and stay COMFORTABLE) Cosplay is really not the best way to go unless it is something light weight, moves well and without a prop if best. It is hot in there and nothing is worse than trying to move around with worries that you might hurt someone with a prop (or they might break yours!)
So we did a little bit of geek shopping and then traveled around to see and play games. Final Fantasy games were a must so Rainey took GREAT pleasure in playing the demo of Lightning Returns. There was also KH HD 1.5 and Final Fantasy X HD at the Square booth which were all played rather happily (can not wait for both those HD releases!)
The first day is mostly a blur for me due to running around, exploring and grabbing free swag. Day 2, however, was the day I had been looking forward to - Dragon Age Inquisition day! :D
We got to the con pretty early so that we could start doing the LoZ: Wind Waker treasure hunt (how we got the sweet start-of-game Link shirts) and spent over an hour in line waiting to play the demo. After that Jak and I ran back to the hotel to change into our Dragon Age costumes (me with my grey Warden Bethany and her into Sassy Gay Hawke (part 2!)). We then raced over to the main theatre and managed to get seats really close to the front (I’m glad we weren’t too close otherwise seeing the large main screen would have been tough! My neck was sore wearing Bethany’s jacket and looking up at the main screen by the end of it.)
Since there was over an hour to kill, we went to chat with a bunch of the other Dragon Age cosplayers at the front of the theatre until the panel started. I’m so happy that after 2 years of watching Hemisphere on Tumblr (Who also cosplays Bethany and does an amazing job) I finally got to meet her! This time dressed in a fantastic set of Templar armor. She was also there with another girl dressed in a beautiful Orlesian dress and I had NO idea until we got back to Canada (and Jak told me) that it was actually Subitoallegra! Both girls were super sweet and it was so lovely to meet both of them. :) There were several others I got to meet either before or after the panel who were also Dragon Age cosplayers, in a variety of different characters or armours or robes! All the DA cosplayers I know in NZ are all part of my close group of friends, so it was great to meet new people too. We were also given a Dragon Age Inquisition pin from some of the Bioware team, so that’s something to take home as a bonus.
Also got to say a quick hello to meet Mike Laidlaw (Bioware Creative Director) before the panel too and have a short chat. Bioware have a team of lovely staff who were very friendly and talking to all the fans and feeding off the excitement of everyone.
Then the panel. I wasn’t sure what would actually happen since I had not attended a PAX game panel asides the Infamous: Second Son one the day before. There was some interesting talk about the designs of the lead character, before the announcement of Quinari being a playable race (the cheers from the crowd said it all! We are VERY happy fans) And then we were treated to 40 minutes of live gameplay of Dragon Age: Inquisition itself! I know videos have now started going around online and let me tell you, watching that in person was impressive. The crowd was feeding off of one-another’s enthusiasim and I think I might have been shaking a little in excitement! What we saw definitely proved that Bioware have been listening to feedback after 2 and also what people want to see. I can’t wait to play as an Elf Mage again, you have no idea! <3
Once the panel was over, we made our way back to the main Expo of PAX, chatting away to other fans about what we loved from the gameplay (bumping into Jak’s lovely friend Cam and bringing him along for the ride too).
We were at Bioware base for a while and…this is where I need to ask help. Does anyone know the name of the lady from Bioware who recorded us all giving messages to the Dev team who weren’t at PAX? She even remembered me by name, out of costume the next day but as I am not familiar with everyone at Bioware I feel awful that I don’t even know her name. Anyone? I wanted to send her a message on twitter or something to say thanks for everything. :)
We hung outside the Bioware Base at PAX for a while before Jak and I had to go back and get changed to meet up with Rainey and Amanda, so we said our farewells and raced off again.
Once we teamed up, we spend another afternoon cruising the show floor (and finishing off the Wind Waker quest) before we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Delicious days end!
We had a short list of things we wanted to do on day 3, so we were happy we could do all bar going to see ‘The Wold Among Us’ (3-4 hour line wait! Yikes) This made me a tad sad, as I really wanted to try the game out and potentially meet some of the Tell Tale Games Dev team but with all the other great stuff we got to do, I guess only missing out on one thing wouldn’t be so bad.
We played Saints Row 4 and got free shirts from that, then while Jak and Amanda lined up to play Borderlands, The lovely Rainey kept me company as I went to Bioware Base to get a few signatures from some of the dev team on my copy of DA2 (and a few signatures for Sylvie too, since she and I always talk Dragon Age together whenever I see her - plus, fellow Hawke sister and all!)
Once we wee a group again, Jak and Rainey lined up for a good 3+ hours to play Bayonetta 2….yup. they were tired and hungry by the time they reached the front of the line (myself and Amanda browsed around the rest of the con while they were there - getting our Sunday PAX passes signed by the Rooster Teeth guys). When they got to the front just Jak played…and apparently got the best score any of them had ever seen at PAX! :D So good, infact, that the guy gave Jak THREE shirts instead of just 1.
Then it was a 4pm lunch and we decided to call it a day and the end of PAX as we were tired and ready to get home. Leaving Seattle 4 hours earlier than we had originally decided to. this did mean, however, that we missed ALL the traffic! Easy drive back home to Canada.
So overall, it was a fantastic time! I’d love to be able to go back in the future (though only if these awesome girls are there with me again!) PAX was very overwhelming but I got so much out of it and had a fantastic time! Hello again to all the new faces I met (or online faces I got to meet for the first time) and thanks everyone for dealing with perhaps a slightly hyperactive me trying to contain all my excitement. :)
Now it’s time to enjoy another day off resting as I have just under 2 weeks left now to enjoy Canada before I return back to New Zealand!