PRESS RELEASE: PAX West 2019 Badges Now Available

Badge Options, New Show Hours Announced
 
SEATTLE, Wash. – May 30, 2019 – Badges for PAX West 2019 are now on sale. Show organizers ReedPOP and Penny Arcade will bring the West Coast’s largest gaming convention back to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019 with a suite of changes and improvements to badge options and show hours.
 
This year’s event will see the return of four-day badges, which are currently available for $220. Meanwhile, individual badges for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are on sale for $55. BYOC add-on badges are also on offer for $45, allowing attendees to bring their personal gaming rigs to the show and reserve a place to enjoy the dedicated PC freeplay area.
 
Exclusive PAX West merchandise is now available for purchase as well. These items include show-branded zipper bags ($15), scarfs ($25), and office stationery sets ($55) that include a pen cup, stapler, tape dispenser, tray, and three pens. Online orders will be available to pick up on site.
 
The show will open its doors earlier than in previous years, providing entry to fans beginning at 9:30 AM each morning Fans have more time to explore PAX West’s multiple massive expo halls teeming with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing new and upcoming games.
 
PAX West also offers attendees opportunities to see and interact with industry luminaries, popular content creators, esports stars, and other exciting personalities across a variety of entertaining panels, tournaments, autograph sessions, concerts, and more.
 
The international lineup of PAX shows (West, East, South, Aus, Dev, and Unplugged), produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world's largest gaming festivals. PAX events connect the industry's greatest creative minds from across the worlds of both video and tabletop gaming, directly to passionate audiences.
 
Working journalists and content creators interested in attending PAX West in order to produce show coverage can apply for media credentials starting in early June.
 
For more updates on PAX West 2019, follow PAX on TwitterFacebook, andInstagram.
 
PAX
 
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world's leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade established PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, held in Philadelphia.
  
ReedPOP
 
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions – the world’s leading event organizer. Launched in 2006, the group has become the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe as well as a full-service digital content provider and media company. Delivering once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences curated specifically for localized audiences, ReedPOP currently features events in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India, Africa, and Australia, including: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), PAX West, East, South, and Australia, Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), MCM Comic Con, BookCon, Oz Comic Con, EGX, Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Comic Con Africa, Star Wars Celebration, and ComplexCon. ReedPOP also runs and operates Gamer Network and its portfolio of leading gaming websites including Eurogamer, RockPaperShotgun, and GamesIndustry.biz. The staff at ReedPOP are a fan-based, globally focused group of professionals that are uniquely qualified to build and serve the communities with whom they share a common passion.
 
Penny Arcade
 
Penny Arcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child's Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple video games based on the brand, and multiple online video series.

PRESS RELEASE: Northstar Games’ Say Anything Celebrates 10 Years

PRESS RELEASE: Northstar Games’ Say Anything Celebrates 10 Years
It’s a Birthday Party…..For a Party Game!
(editor’s note: E.R. Burgess remains a fan of Say Anything even a decade later…)

Kensington, MD (August 3, 2018) – North Star Games’ hit party game Say Anything is celebrating a milestone rarely achieved in the party game market – 10 years of sales!  Since its initial release in 2008, the game has sold almost 1 million copies and won several prestigious Party Game of the Year awards, including those from fans at the Origins Game Fair and the BoardGameGeek.com.

In celebration, North Star Games is partnering with Target to launch a special Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition.  This special edition includes updated components, refreshed graphics, and 180 new questions for you to answer as ridiculously as possible.

When originally released, Say Anything offered a breath of fresh air to the stale party game market.  Many party games came with pre-printed cards that players submitted as answers to questions.  Say Anything broke new ground in the genre by allowing players to answer questions in their own words.

“The game has succeeded because it’s like jet fuel for creativity.  Say Anything is uniquely good at giving players the platform to open up,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games.  “So no matter who you are, you can be funnier or weirder than you imagined you were, and it feels good.  We’re proud of that.”

Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition is now available exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com for $19.99. Through August 11th, customers can get 10% off Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition here, using the promo code: GENCON.

Ages: 13+; Players: 4 – 8; Play Time: 30 minutes; MSRP: $19.99.

About North Star Games
North Star Games is the publisher of award-winning party, family, and strategy games. Wits & Wagers is the most award-winning party game in history, Evolution is used in the Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Oxford, and Happy Salmon has become a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.NorthStarGames.com.

BGB Volume 102 – Q&A with Scott Alden, Lincoln Damerst and Nikki Pontius at Gamex 2013

BGB Volume 102 – Q&A with Scott Alden, Lincoln Damerst and Nikki Pontius

Gamex 2013 came and went earlier this summer. We were happy to host Scott Alden, the man behind Boardgamegeek.com and the convention for its fans, out to hang with us for the weekend. We played many games, enjoyed his company, and were happy to have Lincoln Damerst, one of the main BGG guys these days and host of the hit series of board game videos GameNight! and his lovely wife, Nikki Pontius, a Queen Games representative and producer of many a Kickstarter campaign, join us as well. We talk about many subjects from game cons to game libraries, Spiel, Kickstarters and a whole lot about GameNight!

This is part one of the conversation. Part two will come out next week when I return from San Diego ComicCon.

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Boardgamegeek.con is November 20-24

For many of us who can’t make the trip to Germany each year, BGG.con is our way to get exposure to the latest board games to come out at Spiel. I’ll be there in Dallas this year, as I usually am, to join in the fun. We chat quite a lot about it on the show.

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GameNight! from Boardgamegeektv

GameNight! is a great video series with some local L.A. gamers playing board games and then talking about them. 

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Queen Games

Nikki Pontius is a Queen Games rep responsible for a lot of the content of their Kickstarter campaigns and more. I personally adore the quality of Queen’s products and enjoy a lot of their games. Queen has been a generous supporter of Strategicon conventions and we are happy to have most of their titles in our library.

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Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus seems like the shoo-in for the SDJ this year, if only because of its box-size. The other contenders, including the amazingly fun Hanabi and the reasonably fun Qwixx, are just too small for the traditional prize. They’ve never given the award to a game in such a small box. But Augustus already has the traditional split from the Gamerati – with half of them calling it a lot of fun and the other half saying it is too light and “Gamer Bingo”. I’m trying to acquire a copy for my upcoming Friendcation, where I go to a resort and play games with some of the oldest friends (Hanabi and Qwixx are already packed) so we can get our own assessment. See below to get the opinion of the Grand Poobah of Gaming himself, Mr. Greg Schloesser.

Augustu s from designers Paolo Mori & Vincent Dutrait has quickly gained the moniker “Caesar Bingo,” and it does, indeed, fit. But please don’t let that deter you from playing, as there is much more here than the traditional game of Bingo.

Read on…