A Tale of Two Days
It was not until today that I realized that yesterday at Pax was a bit of a downer. I had a lot of fun playing around with various games that I had media appointments with, and I am so happy I caught moments like “Pax South Plays Pokemon” where a guy in a costume was accepting and mimicking commands just like Twitch Plays Pokemon. The problem is I mostly focused on the four appointments I had, and treated the day like I was working the convention. In theory I guess I was but the biggest thing that lead to this feeling was the fact that more or less I was completely alone. Sure there were people at the convention that knew but since I was so focused on making sure I was on time for the four meetings I didn’t really focus on mingling much other than with the random strangers I stood in line with. That was one of the things I found most interesting is just how comfortable I felt around strangers. I think part of it is that I knew if conversation did happen… it would at least be about something I was probably knowledgeable. It was like the entire weekend was this safe little bubble of geeks and dorks… and we all inherently sense we were among our own kind, and somehow safe.
Today however was a completely different experience. Upon arriving there I got into the line for the Guild Wars 2 expansion reveal, and immediately after that I met up with Ashgar who was also watching the panel but had arrived late. Shortly after that we met up with Rae and her brother and from that point on at least two of us were together at all times. This completely changed the entire dynamic of the show for me. Instead of being about milling around looking for something interesting… it became about having this grand adventure with friends. I of course had to sho them everything I thought was cool from day one, which involved trying to get them a play session of Gigantic. Sure enough the folks were amiable to the idea of having two more members of the podcast playing. While I wasn’t really expecting to play along as well we all ended up on a team opposite Angry Joe of the Angry Joe Show. It seems like the Gigantic Live twitter feed caught us playing, and while it was an extremely hard fought match our team pulled ahead in the end and seized the day. For those playing at home… faces right to left at the machines are Myself, Ashgar, and Rae… with the every awesome Lonrem beside Rae offering words of advice.
Heart of Thorns
The other big announcement for me at least is that they are adding a third heavy armor class to the game. It seems their flagship character Rytlock has gone through a transformation turning him a warrior to the brand new revenant class. It seems the revenant focuses on channeling the mist and gives access to retelling certain legends that give it special abilities. In the video above it shows him summoning a giant dragon spirit, or dashing around the battlefield striking all targets. I have to say both the trailer and the expansion content sounded cool, but at the same time I know my history with Guild Wars 2 in general. I am not sure if the revenant is enough to make me care about the game, but it is at least a step in the right direction since I love me some “shadowknight” style classes. They plan on trickling out information between now and the expansion about what will await players in Maguuma. I had to share the above photo because people were pumped for the show… they gave us these boom stick things and folks were putting them to good use.
AggroChat 41 – AggroChat Game Club
Leading up to this show we each compiled a list of games we wanted to nominate for the inaugural game club game. During the course of this show I made the folks who posted each game defend their title, explaining why they thought it would be a good pick. At the end of the show we arrive at title, but I am not going to spoil what our pick is just quite yet. You can of course skip to the tail end of the show and find out for yourself really quickly, but where would the fun be in that? In any case whatever game we chose… on Saturday February 28th we will record a game descending into the title and picking it clean. From this point on we will figure out a more equitable scheme for picking games, to make sure we also get some “non-consensus” titles but I figured for the first pick it was probably good to grab a game we were all wanting to play. As we play the game I encourage our listeners to play along and then share your comments about the game, but I will give more details on that later. In any case… I am going to close down this evenings post and start packing up. It was a great weekend at pax, but I am amped for life to return to normal, so see you all soon in the regularly scheduled social channels!