The first webcomic to host its own large-scale convention, Penny Arcade’s Penny Arcade Exposition (PAX) opens its doors tomorrow morning. 1,337 gaming aficionados have pre-registered for this massive event taking place in Bellvue, WA. Attendees can expect two days packed to the gills with games! Role-playing, board, card, and of course, video games will be well represented.
Playing games and gaming tournaments will also be supplemented with speakers, panel discussions, musical guests (featuring the likes of The Minibosses and the official Penny Arcade poet laureate MC Frontalot), raffles, and vendor displays. Microsoft (XBOX), Ubisoft, nVidia, and more exhibitors all have a space at PAX. This high-class industry recognition is a telltale sign of what to expect from this weekend’s soiree.
Last year’s runaway success of their Child’s Play donation drive was the stuff of legends. According to a recent Seattle Times article, an estimated $35,000.00 was spent setting up this year’s PAX. A quick peek at the PAX FAQ tells of plans for next year’s convention. The Penny Arcade creators are at the top of their game, and they’re working hard to stay there.