I think most of you know that hubby and I own a video game business. We come up with ideas for games, make them and sell them. It's a long process that can last several years. Anyway, each year there is an expo called PAX West. PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is a series of gaming culture festivals involving tabletop, arcade, and video gaming. PAX is held annually in Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Antonio in the United States; and Melbourne in Australia. If your a geek this place is heaven! This year almost 100,000 people attended PAX West in Seattle. We were invited to go to PAX West, although no invitation is needed. It's first come first served with tickets you purchase online. This thing is so big that we saw many scalpers that were selling badges to get into PAX. The first day was Friday August 30th. We arrived the evening before and got in at the hotel around 3:30 or 4 pm. After we got things situated in our rooms we went down to the hotel restaurant/bar. In our company, there is hubby and I, Dave (in charge of social media because you need someone to do this and nothing but this) and Troels our musician from Denmark. Troels didn't get in until around 6 or 6:30 pm. By that time he had been up for around 20 hours. After he got settled into the room he shared with Dave he met us downstairs at the restaurant/bar. By that time we had had a couple of drinks and some super yummy seafood.
I told them to act like they were in love!
Trying to stick a fry up Dave's nose (not really)
Troels had a hamburger because he doesn't like fish even though he's from Denmark
Hotel lounge area where you can just sit and talk.
I think we retired to the rooms around 9 or 10 pm. Dave and Randy weren't that tired though so they wandered around downtown for a while. They also went into the 2 story arcade next door.
Don't ask me why they have artwork of Kim Jung Un clapping in the hotel.
Down by the pier and open market
I've never felt so safe wandering around in a big city like Seattle before. There were tons of cops on bicycles and in patrol cars everywhere. I don't know if it's always like that or if it was that way because there were 100,000 people there that don't live there normally.
The next day we got up, got something to eat at Starbucks and headed over to PAX just up the street. I knew Seattle was the capital of Starbucks since that is where the first one was but I had no idea there would be one on every block especially right around the Washington Convention Center!
We had shirts made to give out as free advertisement for our game before we left. We had two pink ones made up. One especially for Troels because we paid for him to come out here. He has tons of connections in the game industry and knew it would be a good idea to bring him out.
Thankfully, he was a good sport about it.
Another good reason to have the super tall dude wear the pink shirt is that you can spot him easily in a crowd!
We just happened to run into a girl from YouTube that Troels knew. She also happened to have had the same cancerous eye disease that my hubby had as a kid. She lost her eye to the cancer as well and had a custom made gemstone for the eye that she lost. The chances of meeting EyeOfOnyx at PAX out of almost 100,000 people and she just happened to have had the same cancerous eye disease as Randy is amazingly high!
Troels and EyeOfOnyx playing our demo at the Italian restaurant we went to after PAX. The Italian food was the best I've ever had.
The next day, Saturday morning, Troels and Randy had been invited to go see Scott Murphy from Sierra Games. Sierra was one of the first video game companies back in the 80's when you had to buy video games in a box. He made the Space Quest adventure games. Troels has a couple of YouTube channels and he has a twitter account where he goes by Space Quest Historian. Dave and I weren't invited because he's a pretty private person. Troels knew him pretty well from online. They'd been talking for years. Randy was invited because he insisted the we fly Troels out here.
Bottom left to top left: Scott Murphy, Dan Avidan (a.k.a. Danny Sexbang), Jeroen Dekkers
Top Right to bottom right: Randy (hubby), Tom King, Troels Pleimert
Randy didn't know that much about Dan at the time but he knew that he had a YouTube channel called GameGrumps. He didn't realize that he had something like 4 other YouTube channels and is the singer of a comedic band (think Weird Al Yankovic) called Ninja Sex Party. Between all of the YouTube channels there is around 11 million subscribers. It's hard to get 1,000 subscribers much less 11 million!! Randy brought him a t-shirt though and he said he'd wear it on GameGrumps but it would probably get ruined because they do some really funny and stupid things on the channel. He also said that when we were finished making our latest game we could come onto the show and demo it for everyone.
Scott Murphy was one of Randy's idols as a kid. He never thought he'd meet him. He was very down to earth though and not pretentious at all. Jeroene has helped Kickstart (crowd fund) many games and Tom King is an artist for games. Dan was really down to earth too even though he gets paid a ton of money!
While Randy and Troels went to see Scott Murphy, I went to the Museum of Pop Culture. (MoPop) Dave was up 'til 3 or 4 in the morning people watching. lol MoPop was probably the coolest museum I've ever been to besides the Titanic museum in Branson, MO.
Original Tron suit from the movie Tron
Between it being dark in the room and the glare from overhead lighting you can't tell but this is the leather jacket, fedora and staff of Ra from Indiana Jones.
Luke Skywalker's hand (prop) and lightsaber from Star Wars
Spok's shirt from Star Trek
Rachael's dress from Blade Runner
Newt's outfit from Aliens
This was an outfit from Dune but can't remember who wore it
Sorting Hat from Harry Potter
Bear from Stanley Kubrick's A.I.
Sword from Lord of the Rings
Mask and outfit from Planet of the Apes
I have a lot more pictures and story to tell but this blog is getting long so I'll stop here for now. To be continued....