Yeah I had a good time. I’ve never been to any PAX period so the whole thing was overwhelming at first but people were genuinely nice and supportive. I entered the Destiny tournament with exactly two games under my belt and someone else’s deck, but my opponents were really gracious and one was helpful when I made a small mistake mid-game. The whole experience was just incredibly positive and accepting, which was refreshing to see in something that is at lest somewhat related to Penny Arcade. At least it seemed that way from what I witnessed, as a white guy I wouldn’t have any of it thrown my way, so other people may have felt differently.
Got to see lots of really interesting stuff. It made me wish I was more into tabletop games or had a group to play with somewhat regularly because with limited knowledge of the lingo or history, I could only grasp so much from things on display. Being told this new game is a lot like X isn’t helpful when you know nothing about X. It’s also hard to get excited about some really awesome looking sprawling campaign game when you know you have absolutely no way of playing it in real life. Obviously these are more my issue than the con’s.
The game library you could rent from was massive, I wish I had more opportunity to dig into it but I was only there for Saturday and part of my group was occupied for large chunks of the day in other tournaments and DMing games. I hope to go next year, maybe bring a few more people and a more set game plan. The whole thing seemed like a massive success with tons of people in attendance, so I imagine next year will learn from this one and draw in even more people. I got a sushi burrito in Chinatown for lunch which was incredible, and made me sad when I saw so many people walking around with Burger King or Taco Bell bags. Reading Terminal market is across the street and Chinatown is a block away, you are footsteps away from incredible local food.
Also, please for the love of god make it a weekend other than the one immediately before Thanksgiving…