After crashing extremely early last night, I ended up getting up fairly early. From about 5 pm onwards I didn’t really get proper sleep, and mostly just laid there quietly until shortly after 6 pm. The result was me getting to PAX and parked at around 8 am. The parking situation was much improved, and that at least took one worry off of my mind. By the time I got through the random bag fondling that they have been doing upon entering this year… Dallian was milling around in the Coffee Shop area. So we sat there for a good while fiddling with street passes while waiting on others to show up. I am not sure why I have been obsessing about street passes, but that has really felt like my overarching goal. I guess part of it is the fact that I realize I will not have access to this many in one place… until I end up going to PAX next year. So I spent pretty much any free time clearing out one batch of streetpasses and playing the picture puzzle and find mii game. I am up to 392 Mii characters on my 3DS which is a significant boost to the 90 or so I had before coming this year. Before coming this year I had completed zero of the slides… and after this year I have seven fully unlocked.
While hanging out there and chatting… and waiting on the rest of the folks to show up we had a random encounter with a couple of awesome folks. The two of us were sitting at a table for four, and a couple came up and asked if we minded them joining us. When you play board games there is a convention of playing with the box lid standing up, to signal you are open to letting other people join your game. I wish there was something like that for tables, because I felt bad commandeering a table…. but I also wanted a nice place to sit while we waited. What followed was an awesome conversation about Destiny and the Division, and a bunch of other console and PC games rolled together. The funny thing is… we had this lengthy conversation all without introducing ourselves, and it took a fifth person joining the conversation to actually make that happen. Now I hope to actually keep tabs on Hatti and Rabbit over twitter, and maybe even interact more between now and next year.
Everyone Must Play
As the day went on we managed to catch up with Tick, Damai, Thalen, Paragon, Ashgar, Rae and her brother John… and eventually Rowan, Sctrz, and Genda and his wife. I believe when we were playing several rousing games of Code Names, we had ten around a table in the gaming area. I believe the game was chosen in part because it scaled nicely regardless of how many people happened to be playing it. While playing a rapidly snuck a few blurry pictures which I am totally using on my blog without talking to the individuals first. However of the several photos I have… I picked the one with the people in it that I didn’t think would actually care. I am also not naming anyone by name…. so hopefully no one gets cross with me. Today was a lot of trying to sort out what to do, after we played a half dozen rounds we ended up breaking up into smaller groups and never quite joining back together. I spent a lot of time circling like a shark trying to decide what to do… and alternately spending time with Exale and Maovis, who were cosplaying Venom Snake and Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China. Lo Pan was an insane hit, and we ended up spending a lot of time stopping so folks could take photos.
I think the highlight of the day was dragging people to the Ultimate Chicken Horse booth just like I had done to me. I cannot adequately elaborate on just how fun that game really is to play. It takes a few rounds to get into it… but before long folks are cheering at the screen or groaning when they fail to complete a level. There is something so deceptively simple about the game… and the iterative gameplay of each person adding a piece to the greater level keeps it fun and engaging. I think the best feature is the fact that there is a fixed number of attempts that everyone can make, and regardless of the outcome someone will be crowned a winner. I am already extremely partial to the chameleon who does this silly rainbow dance when you manage to win with him. I also do not mind at all the Raccoon, and my lanyard now sports a button since they apparently ran out of Chameleons. This is definitely going to be one of those games that I pick up immediately, and probably start buying for all of my friends so that they can join in the multiplayer madness. I forsee us talking about this game a lot on the coming AggroChat.