PAX West 2023 @ Seattle Convention Center
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Published August 24, 2023
📆 Friday, September 1st – Monday, September 4th
⏰ 10 am – Midnight (Friday – Sunday)| 10 am – 6 pm (Monday)
📍 Seattle Convention Center: 900 Pine St, Seattle
Born from the humble origins of the Penny Arcade Expo, PAX came to life in 2004 as a gaming industry-specific show. It’s a beast that has grown as large as any video game boss. Catering to all sorts of gamers, from consoles to tabletop to VR, PAX includes numerous components such as free play, tournaments, a “Bring Your Own Computer” (BYOC) party, panels, an exhibit hall with merch—and, famously, the Omegathon, a mega tournament featuring games of all platforms and genres.
PAX badges get you access to almost all content. Unlike many other nerdy cons, there are no added fees for panels, autograph sessions, demos, and workshops.
On the weekend’s schedule is a concert featuring Bit Brigade and OFK, plus the first-ever queer EXP Cosplay Ball, with trophies awarded to winners in categories like “Nerd Fashion Realness” and “Cosplay Couture.” Another event jumping out to me is a panel on amazing Black femmes in gaming. (And a tip: If you want to see a panel, get there early, as space can fill up quickly.) If you need a break from the crowds, stop by the AFK Room. AFK stands for ”Away From Keyboard,” and it’s a staffed room that allows you to reboot.
*These are unofficial parties, but all are directed toward PAX attendees.
THURS, AUG 31st
🎉 “7th Annual ‘Enter The Grid’ Unofficial PAX Party”
🎉 “PokeCrawl @ PAX West!”
FRIDAY, SEPT 1st
🎉“PAX West 2023 Q Kickoff Party”
SATURDAY, SEPT 2nd
🎉 “The Informal, Unofficial PAX 5K: Episode Six”
🎉 “PAX West 2023 Seattle Afterparty Saturday”
SUNDAY, SEPT 3rd
🎉 “POROPALOOZA: PAX AFTER PARTY”
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Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet and Writer (so many Ps) living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she'd do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they're silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.