The upcoming inaugural PAX Unplugged event is a tabletop convention that will roll out this upcoming November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it will host a special keynote speaker who is due to take to the stage and talk about some of the breakthroughs in the tabletop arena.
According to the press release, Chris Cocks, the president of Wizards of the Coast, will be in attendance at PAX Unplugged. The event will kick off on Friday, November 17th and it will run through the weekend, ending on November 19th.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Chris and Wizards of the Coast, the group is responsible for a number of high profile tabletop gaming experiences, including Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and even handling the Pokemon Company's official Pokemon Trading Card Game here in the good ol' U.S. of A.
Previous to working at Wizards of the Coast, Chris Cocks has a storied career that spans many fronts of both the tabletop genre and the digital interactive entertainment realm, including having a stint at Microsoft where he worked on top-tier brands such as the Halo franchise, Oddworld, and Fable. Chris also contributed his expertise toward the edutainment product, LeapFrog.
The PAX Unplugged event currently has tickets on sale starting with one-day tickets at $25 for either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. You can also pick up three-day tickets for the family starting at $60, which gains you access to the convention across multiple days. If you're strapped for cash, there's also a special Sunday deal for kids aged between six and 12 years of age, where you can grab a ticket for only $10 on that day. Not a bad deal at all if you plan on taking the little ones with you to the Philly event. You can learn more about purchasing the tickets by visiting the official Show Clix website, which is where the PAX Unplugged 2017 tickets are currently being sold.
The event organizers are limiting it to just six badges per household, so if you have a large family... choose wisely (someone's going to also find out real quick whether or not they're a favorite).
Additionally, the expo will be open from morning to 'til dusk, so you will have plenty of time to check out the tabletop exhibitors who will be on hand. Expect both major brands and indie outfits to have their goods on demonstration.
The press release notes that exhibitor space has all been filled up, so expect a jam-packed show where plenty of people will have a variety of board games, card games, and tabletop games on display.
PAX has grown significantly over the years, so it's not surprising to see that the organization is starting to cover more than just traditional and indie gaming, but also branching off and showing some love to the oftentimes overlooked, but equally important, tabletop sector.
If you've already secured tickets then you're good to go. If you haven't, then you may want to act fast because fans are likely going to be lining up to get into PAX Unplugged and experience Chris Cocks' keynote speech for opening the show on November 17th.