So here I am sitting at my desk wanting nothing more then to go back home, crawl into bed and go to sleep.
but I cant. I have to work. Its Lame but gotta pay bills n shit.
This past weekend was filled with good times and some meh times.
My and the husband dude started our trip in Thursday. Went through and got to Boston in the early afternoon. I had been a little stressed of this upcoming trip so I was already tired when we arrived. We got to the hotel and were originally going to wait to check in but bag check was full so we checked in and got settled. It wasn’t very long until all of our friends arrived.
Seeing familiar faces again was nice and I finally got to give a friend of mine her Christmas gift that has been sitting in my house since the end of November.
Got up early Friday morning and got ready for the day. Gathered some of the friends and went straight over to the con. One of the things I was concerned about was the bag checks. PAX announced only a week before con that the venue was requiring bag checks. And while completely understandable and reasonable I was worried that they didn’t have enough resources to process the influx of thousands and thousands of attendees trying to get into the front door. The skywalk was only scheduled to open at 11am while the front entrance was 8am and was the only main entrance at 8am. However I was very impressed that they had many stations set up and the process was very very quick. Not only that but after the 11am mark I did see more areas that were not the front door/skywalk to get into the building. I really liked that they had more side doors to help with the influx of people. So good job on getting that coordinated.
Once inside the building nothing started until 10am so it was a decision of wait in the queue line OR go after PAX XP. We quickly decided that we wanted to be first and immediately started gathering the XP. everyone walked the entire building with the exception of a few places not open yet and we gathered most of the codes by mid morning. This led us to the beabag lounge which BTW is amazing. It was pleasantly empty so we were able to rest up a bit until stuff started to open. Some of our group split off shortly after to either go to the queue room or see some panels.
This was the only day I actually got to see panels. I saw the first half of the Blizzard panel as they talked about their MOBA which looks very interesting. I will probably get it. The whole look and feel of the game is very nice and unique. There is certainly a lot more content to do compared to League. On top of it being polished by blizzard. This looks like a solid game and I cant wait to try it. So hopefully I remember today to sign up for the beta/alpha what not.
Afterwords I got to see the end of the Harmonix keynote before the rooster teeth panel. This was because they were not clearing the room from the two events so I was there early to be sure to get a seat. The sneak peaks at some of the stuff they are working on seems great. Especially Fantasia. The screen shots I got to see were very colorful and artistic and I am excited to try it one day. They did mention a bit regarding Chroma however I have been playing the alpha so I already know what to expect from this game.
Rooster Teeth - These guys are quite funny and I forgot about it from losing interest a few years ago. For some reason I stopped watching RVB, Only reason I can think of is that I got a little tired of the halo series and needed a break. However seeing their panel was refreshingly funny and entertaining so I will definitely be picking up on watching their shows again.
After these few panels I didn’t get to see any more for the rest of the weekend. I tried to go to a few but sadly they were full.
Later we and the friends decided to get food then go back and try the expo hall. As much as I loved seeing the hall the weekend had me underwhelmed. With the exception of a few things on the floor that were unique (some of which I didnt try) there was repeats of games that were showcased the year prior and some industry booths that didnt have much to offer. The indie booths seemed very impressive and I wanted to try some of their games. However their booths were almost always crowded. Which is good for them but bad for a 5’1” female who cant get close enough to see.
What made up for the day of aimlessly wondering was seeing Anamanaguchi. I had been interested in this band for a while but never got a chance to see them live. I am so glad I went. Their music was fantastic and I had a lot of fun listening to it.
I already knew what 3 codes I needed for the PAX XP and managed to scan them and get straight into the expo hall for my final codes. Me and the few friends that did this ran right out and straight to the info booth to receive our prize which included a mini rubix cube for beating the puzzle AND a medal for being the fastest. Its a pretty neat piece of swag that was worth all the walking.
Cosplay! Cosplay! Cosplay! Mustache BRO!?
So I wondered the con as the classic piltover customs Heimerdinger. I was pretty comfortable except for the expo hall being too humid and hot. My mustache kept trying to fall off but I managed to keep it together long enough to impress a Rioter. (Riot Games booth dude) We got a picture together with the other Rioter taking the picture on his phone. I left with my free swag only to have to go back later to get the picture. They didn’t recognize me as I went back out of costume but were so nice and texted me the picture. :3
Had some interesting drinks, met a fellow cosplayer from cosplay.com danced. Sadly I never made it to the Asus/PC gamer party. But it was a pretty interesting party with a bank vault. Yup a bank vault.
Wake up, so that happened. A lot of our group made their final rounds of the expo hall but this day didn’t have a whole lot to offer. I spend a lot of my time at the hotel.
A few of us ventured out to get lunch and I wasn’t in the mood to really eat. But I managed to have some pizza… only to no longer have pizza about an hour later. So I did nothing but rest a lot. Got into the pool, went to dinner much later, enjoyed company. And I even got to watch game of thrones before bed.
Day 4 (post day):
Mostly packing and saying goodbyes to friends. One taught me how to download japanese apps from the japanese app store. Because In app purchased could be made after you switch back to the US store. My wallet will never be the same but Its awesome to now have Juebeat and Taiko on my ipad.
The little bit that was left of our group decided to walk over and get some lunch in the 45mph wind. My hair was everywhere in my face. And my brother in law managed to grab a sign that was left over for the con. Which made it in one piece unscathed to lunch. However when my husband took it outside the wind gusts immediately started and it dented the sign. I was getting pushed around from all that wind too.
We got back to the hotel to wait a few hours before heading to the airport. Mostly taking a nap over by some couches while charging all the things.
It was a pretty slow day overall.
We get to the airport and get through TSA which because of how crowded it was some of us got to go through TSA Pre so I didnt have to take my boots off. WIN!
Waiting at TSA for some of our other friends who had to go through the long line we met with some guys who run a podcast. And find out they are local in Michigan. So if you are looking for a post cast try listening to Nerdsynq. They are pretty funny.
Overall my weekend seemed alright. I got to see a few awesome things even though there wasn’t a whole lot I got to do. Next year I will try to get out and line up for more. But for now I will sit at work, listen to some podcasts and when I get home today.. take a nap
Ill stop rambling now. :P