It seems like we were just at PAX East and E3, and here comes PAX Prime to keep us thinking about games. The bigger brother to PAX East, Prime is now entering its 47th year in Seattle (or, close to it!) and continues to draw record crowds each year.
A major part of PAX’ing is partying, and as is now our custom, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the BIG PAX Prime 2012 Party List, in case you’re looking to booze it up or hang out with great, like-minded peeps.
There are more events being announced all the time. If you know of one, or are hosting one, please let us know and we will add it to the list. Mention it in the comments or contact us.
Follow the fine folks at @paxparties on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information!
[box_dark]Wednesday, August 29th[/box_dark]
2012 Magical Mystery Tour of Seattle!
Who: You! And me. And other PAX peeps. AKA your future friends. (Attendees list on the PAX Forum.)
What: Visit interesting places in and around Seattle.
Where: Full schedule will come in early August.
When: The two days before PAX: Wed 8/29 and Thurs 8/30. Traditionally runs from 9am to 5pm but you don’t have to do the whole thing.
Why: See something of Seattle other than the convention center and your hotel. And do it with cool people!
How: Seattle’s public transit and/or a chartered bus. Still in discussion/research phase.
Info: PAX Forum
You don’t have to participate in the entire tour.
Show up late, leave early, skip things in the middle, whatever. The schedule will be posted here and you’ll be able to follow along via twitter (@PAX_MMT) to see where we are so you can easily join in/drop out as you see fit.
The Magical Mystery Tour is curated by the attendees, and you can vote on where you do and don’t want to go: http://mmt.vthornheart.railsplayground.net/ And please mark which day(s) you plan to attend on the voting site.
[box_dark]Thursday, August 30th[/box_dark]
The Pre-PAX Dinner
INFO – PAX Forum
WHEN – Thursday, August 30th 6:00 – 8:00PM
TICKET PRICE: $24.59 For full buffet access! We inquired about doing the meal pre-order like last year, but the caterer’s initial prices were already discounted for full buffet service and we’d only end up saving maybe a dollar or so. That’s a lotta extra work for not a whole lot less off so have fun going back for seconds and trying whatever you want!
GIVE US YOUR MONEY: https://www.wepay.com/events/pre-pax-dinner
There are 120 tickets so get yours now!
Art of Role Playing Games “Meet the Artists” Mixer
This August Green Ronin Publishing is sponsoring The Art of Roleplaying Games show at Krab Jab Studio in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. It opens on August 11 and runs for a month. Missed the opening? No worries, you can meet many of the artists involved in the show, drink beer from Georgetown Brewery, socialize and check out the amazing original art, displays, and prints available, most for purchase.
Due to the Penny Arcade Expo opening the following day, and the influx of gamers into Seattle that weekend, we need to cap the amount of folks joining this event… therefore, the FIRST TO RSVP ON THIS FACEBOOK EVENT MAY ATTEND.
Confirmed Artists in Attendance (subject to change):
Julie Baroh, Mark Tedin, Daniel Gelon, Brian Snoddy, Lee Moyer, Aaron McConnell, Raven Mimura, RK Post, Randy Gallegos, Rob Alexander, Heather Hudson, Echo Chernik, Jeremy Jarvis, Anthony Waters…[/box_light]
The Fifth Annual Triwizard Drinking Tournament [FULL]
When: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM (PT)
Where: Several Bars in Seattle
What: The Triwizard Drinking Tournament is an annual bar crawl/scavenger hunt that takes place in Seattle and coincides with PAX Prime. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and meet other PAX attendees before the convention begins. Whiskey Wizardry is the quickest way to make new friends.
All sign ups this year will handled through Eventbrite using the following link:
The Fifth Annual Triwizard Drinking Tournament
*** THIS EVENT IS FULL. ***
There are 8 different ticket types representing every possible combination of house and alignment. Registration will open up on Harry Potter’s birthday. This gives everyone several weeks to make sure that they can access the site and register. Your bar code will need to be printed or available on your smart device the night of the crawl so your Heads can check you in.
A $1 donation will still be collected from each participant at the door to cover the cost of buttons and scorecards. Any amount raised past that amount will be donated to Child’s Play.
Joystiq’s Borderlands 2 party with Gearbox, 2K Games, and Amazon
When: Thursday, August 30, from 7pm until 11pm
Come join Joystiq, Gearbox, 2K Games, and Amazon as they give you a chance to play Borderlands 2, meet developers, and have a few drinks (open bar until 9PM)!
Pre-PAX Board Game Night
WHAT: A coordinated meetup the night before PAX for anyone with board games, or anyone who wants to play boardgames.
WHERE: The Sheraton Hotel Lobbies (there are multiple)
WHEN: 4:00 PM until late, late, late
INFO: PAX Forum
The 2nd Annual Pre-PAX Hookah Meetup [NEW LOCATION]
THIS EVENT HAS A NEW LOCATION.
Come join everyone the night before the festivities kick off for some hookah smoking, game playing, and general GREAT times! This is an 18+ event, and if you haven’t been before, make sure you bring your ID. The membership is $5 per year, so past attendee’s will need to make sure they are current (you can that night). Bowls run from $15-$25, and are half off after the first bowl! Drinks are available on-site and food is easily found within 3 blocks.
Also, you do NOT have to smoke if you do not want to. It can be a bit of a smokey environment, but thats to be expected. Just pay your $5 bucks (yes you still have to) and your in for a great night of gaming and fun!
So, bring your games, your friends, and your awesomeness and come join us for a great night!
Avery’s PAX Party 2012
What: A private industry-only event before PAX begins, AveryCloseCall is hosting a shindig to celebrate the many members of the industry that make PAX work. In a surprise twist this year, there will be a livestream component to the show for people who aren’t invited in, covering the musical performances as well as a VIP video chat with developers. An art show curated by x17 will be on display, and SeanBad, Edg3 and DJ Turntablez will all be playing.
When: Thursday, August 30th, 8PM – Late
Where: The event itself is in an undisclosed location, but the livestream will be available for anybody to check out. We’ll get a link up for that as soon as we have one.
Who: As mentioned above, the event is invite-only (and 21+). If you really want in, there are current 5 passes up for purchase on the party’s IndieGoGo at $125 a piece.[/box_light]
Rockage Presents: The Pre-PAX Showcase
Location: The Funhouse 206 5th Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109 206-374-8400
Details: 7pm, 21+ only, $10 TIX: http://is.gd/I2QPUl
www.thefunhouseseattle.com/ (located next to the Space Needle)
rockage is a three-day celebration of indie music and retro gaming in San Jose, CA (Feb 8-10, 2013) http://rockageSJ.com/ . This event, at the Funhouse in Seattle, showcases some of the radical artists that will be performing at rockage2.0. It’s also a pre-PAX party, so come get crazy with us on the Thursday before PAX Prime.
Danimal Cannon (NY): http://danimalcannon.bandcamp.com/
Minusbaby (NY): http://minusbaby.com/
crashfaster (CA): http://crashfaster.com/
The Glowing Stars (CA): http://theglowingstarsband.wordpress.com/
Freaky DNA (Canada): http://www.freakydna.com/
Hello, The Future! (CA): http://www.hello-the-future.net/
Tracer (CA) http://tracervision.com/
DJ Mr. Smith (CA) http://www.djmrsmith.com/ [/box_light][box_light]
UNDERTOW at Contour: PAX-Eve Edition
Time: 10PM – 2AM
Info: Facebook Page
Looking for something to do before the invasion of PAX into our fair city? The club with best sound system in the city invites you to warm up for the biggest convention in Seattle.
Got more costumes than you have days to dress up, or need to test run something before wearing it to the big show? Cosplay encouraged! Show your favorite outfits off on the dance floor with our resident DJs pumping out great dance tracks on the best sound system in the downtown core.
Drink specials all night long, and in celebration of the upcoming AWESOME weekend, no cover charge!Featuring special guest — MIKEY G
10 — Tara LePeligrosa Lee / Mr. Shave
11 — Luther
12 — Mikey G
1 — CPK Charles Kincy[/box_light][box_light]
The Social PAX Pre-Game Party
Help us kick off PAX with some pokemon inspired shots/cocktails, fellow gamers and some gaming:
- Super Smash Bros tournament with cash prize
- Marvel vs Capcom tournament
- Video game cosplay contest
- Board Games
[box_dark]Friday, August 31st[/box_dark]
PAX Prime Pink Party
On Friday, August 31st at 6:00pm, Queer Geek! presents a night of gayming fun at the new Raygun Lounge, the café affiliated with Gamma Ray Games.
This will be right after the “Represent! Gayming’s Past, Present and Future” panel in the Raven Theater at 6:30p put on by Gaymism.com.
Then, afterward, come to the party! You DO NOT need to be a PAX attendee to join in the fun! Party-goers are encouraged to bring your their friends, favorite board games, card games or handhelds.
Don’t miss our official panel at PAX on Saturday “Queers in Gaming”, which those of you attending PAX will not want to miss. For more information on that panel, check out:
Invite your friends! It’s a great way to meet, greet and compete!
More information as it becomes available.[/box_light]
Hawken LAN Party [FULL]
*** This event is at capacity. You can still sign up to join the waitlist. ***
Time: Friday, August 31st / 7:30PM – 12AM
Where: Neumos, 925 E. Pike Street, Seattle WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)
What: Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games, along with sponsors Machinima, Atlas Networks, NVIDIA, and Astro Gaming are all getting together to celebrate the upcoming mech-shooter Hawken. Along with an open bar, there will be gaming stations at the party where people can try out Hawken for themselves. Talent includes:
- Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) will be running a solo DJ set
- DJ Kid Hops
- KiD DJ: Cole Plante
Who: This event is INVITE ONLY. Links for invites will get shared through the Hawken Facebook and Twitter (@playhawken) pages, so keep a sharp eye out for those![/box_light][box_light]
TIPSY: The official League of Legends PAX Prime 2012 Party
MAJOR UPDATE: TIPSY is now the OFFICIAL
“League of Legends” – PAX-Prime After-party venue that night.
LOL developer Riot Games is working with us to make this a night to remember. We want to thank everyone for their support.
We are working on many little details surrounding this and more information to come. This night will be one for the books.
We welcome you to join us at the Social on Capitol Hill for the Seattle Dream Team’s first event at a beautiful new venue. Stay Posted!!
[NO COVER!!! – 21+]
**Msg us for large parties so we can get you priority access**
- Jason Curtis
- DJ Kolody
- DJ Law
– 9 Projectors with full visuals
– Drink Specials
– VIP Booths available
– Go Go Dancers
– Separate heating smoking section outside
– Wonderfully clean bathrooms (15min checks all night)
Time: Starts at 9pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/337446869672989 [/box_light]
Frag Dolls Assassin’s Creed 3 Party
Brought to you by Twitch.TV and Ubisoft
Time: Friday, August 31st / 9PM – 2AM
Facebook Page: CLICK HERE
The Frag Dolls and Assassin’s Creed are having a huge party at PAX Prime 2012!
If you are going to be at PAX Prime this year, we would love for you to RSVP, but first, we need to make sure that you know the following very, VERY important things:
• You must be 21 years or older to attend
• You must RSVP by Monday, August 27th with you name and email address to get on the list
• First come, first served – space is limited, so be sure to arrive early even if you’re on the list!
• Guest list closes at 11pm
• If you’re wearing AC cosplay, you get VIP entrance (again, space is limited, so arrive early!)HOW TO RSVP:
Go here and follow the directions – http://assassinspaxparty.eventbrite.com/We’d like to give a special THANK YOU to TwitchTV for making this event possible![/box_light][box_light]
Turbine’s Player Appreciation Party
When: Friday, August 31st at 8PM
Where: Must RSVP to find out! 21+ only! RSVP@Turbine.com
For fans of DDO and LOTRO.
Aion & Lineage II Pax Player Summit
Must bring the Aion & Lineage II Player Summit Flyer (printed or digital on your phone).
Join the staff of NC Soft, mingle with fellow gamers, enjoy free food and soft drinks, and win some prizes![/box_light][box_light]
Harmonix Top Pot Party
Info: PAX Forum
Where: Top Pot Downtown Seattle – 2124 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98121
Join Harmonix, have some donuts, and sign up for the Big Dumb Game Show! [/box_light]
Curse PAX Prime 2012 After Party
Curse is throwing a MASSIVE party for our fans and community at PAX Prime 2012 in Seattle.
The party will feature open bar, appetizers, DJ, party favors, and a gaming area where you will be able to preview the highly anticipated MMO FPS PlanetSide2!. You won’t want to miss it!
Friday, August 31st from 9 PM to 2 AM
RSVP now for an exclusive pass. You’ll be ‘on the list’ and get into the party right away!
See you in Seattle!![/box_light]
Break From Reality’s Disaster Looms Launch Party
When: Friday, August 31st, 10AM – 4PM
Come try out Break From Reality’s next release: Damage Report!
Also – Kickstarter Backers: Come pick up your loot!
Friday 10AM – 4PM
Saturday 10AM – 10PM[/box_light][box_light]
Destructoid’s Paxxout Party
When: Friday, 8PM – 12AM
Join Destructoid, Interceptor Entertainment and Apogee Software’s Rise of the Triad, and Razer as they celebrate the launch of RotT! Spinning music will be DJ A_Rival as you drink at the open bar (with a PAX Prime badge), win swag, and play games! RSVP via Facebook![/box_light][box_light]
The Doubleclicks, Sarah Donner & Kirby Krackle
This event is possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of online comic store Things From Another World!
This is a -Free! All ages!- nerd-folk/singer-songwriter/nerd-rock show. You don’t need a PAX badge to come, but if you’re going to PAX, it is very conveniently located!
Note: this show is at the El Corazon LOUNGE. That’s a smaller space than the main stage, in the same building. Make sure you’re headed to the right place!The Doubleclicks are a nerd-folk sister band from Portland.
Sarah Donner is a badass lady singer-songwriter from the East Coast, who has worked with the Oatmeal.
And Seattle’s own nerd-rockers Kirby Krackle will open the night with a special acoustic set!
http://kirbykracklemusic.com/Are you going to PAX?
El Corazon is a brief (10 min) walk from the convention center (directions:http://goo.gl/maps/7Y0SG), so please come and join us! Rest your weary convention-going body and enjoy acoustic music and drinks![/box_light]
PAX Afterparty at Volume
Time: Guest list closes at 11PM
Location: Volume, 172 S WASHINGTON ST, Seattle, WA
Main Room: EDM, Club bangers & Party rock
Bar Room: Hip Hop
PHOTOBOOTH:: in house photographer will be TAKING your picture!!!
To reserve a spot on the Volume guestlist click here
VIP reservations =206-486-0805
$10 cover if you’re not on guest list = 21+ to enter
<<< DRESS CODE STRICTLY ENFORCED >>>
for dress code details please read the Rules of Engagement[/box_light][box_light]
Trion Worlds Community Night
Stop by the Trion Worlds booth (#922) on Friday to grab an invite to the party! Expect to hang with developers, fellow gamers, and more![/box_light]
[box_dark]Saturday, September 1st[/box_dark]
.party() 2012 feat. Avicii
What: Notch, creator of Minecraft, is hosting a PAX Party featuring Avicii! That’s…all we know right now, as details are still to come.
Where: Must rsvp at secretblackfedora.com/pax (space is limited!)
Who: Everyone of legal drinking age is welcome! (21+) But MUST RSVP at the link above![/box_light]
Fangamer VERSUS Attract Mode
What: A smorgasbord of things to do, Fangamer and Attract Mode are teaming up to throw a multifaceted celebration of games. Things to do include:
- Super Time Force, Cumulo Nimblers, and the Meta Game will all be playable!
- Danimal Cannon (8-bit Rockstar) will be performing!
- A massive art gallery with artwork from Ashley Davis, Drew Wise, Maré Odomo, Olly Jones, Zac Gorman and many, many more. All of these original or limited pieces will be available for purchase, so bring your wallets!
Where: 1927 Events – 1927 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
When: Saturday, September 1st, 7PM – 11PM
Cost: $5! Admission cost includes complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. A bar will also be on deck, just in case you want to get your drink on.[/box_light]
Zombie Studios Presents: Special Forces: Team X
What: Seattle-based Zombie Studios is hosting a meet-and-greet hangout and presenting their newest game, Special Forces: Team X. Music, swag, and first looks at the game are all on deck, with more details to be announced. They’re calling for “a crazy night”.
Where: The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave (2nd & Blanchard), Seattle, WA
When: Saturday, 7PM-???
Cost?: A PAX badge will get you in the door for free. First come, first serve, but keep in mind that this event is 21+.[/box_light][box_light]
The Magic Return to Ravnica Party
Info: Wizards of the Coast
When: Saturday, Sept 1st
Where: To win entry & get more information, stop by the Magic: The Gathering booth!
Come hang out with M:TG’s crew as they show you the new Return to Ravnica set![/box_light][box_light]
The Ultimate Chiptune PAX After Party
Saturday September 1st (ALL AGES plus Bar W/ID) LOUNGE SHOW
Since PAX will not have a JamSpace this year, this party will be your best opportunity to see your favorite chip acts live during PAX Weekend!
This event is taking place in the lounge portion of El Corazon which has booths, tables, a dance floor and a couple arcade machines. The lounge has a full bar and a concession counter that serves a variety of pub-type snacks (chili fries, nachos, etc). Whether you prefer to sit and chill with drink or dance all night, you will be totally set! Space is limited to 200 attendees, so get your pre-sale tickets ASAP! This show WILL sell out!
Abducted By Sharks
Jonny Nero Action Hero
$13 presale / $15 at the door
As PAX Prime descends upon the mean streets of Seattle, we have put together a one of a kind art show to celebrate the modern era of VIDEO GAMES.
Are you a fan of Portal, Team Fortress, Shadows of Colossus? Are you obsessed with Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Do you secretly wish Snake from Metal Gear Solid was your Uncle? Then this is the art show you have been waiting for.
VALVe artists and guest curators, Andrew Wilson and Eric Kirchmer, rounded up over 30 of todays top video game artist. Hailing from Rockstar, Harmonix, VALVe, Double Fine, and more, these artists will depart from their everyday jobs to create new artwork inspired by their favorite video games of the modern era.-Enjoy complimentary themed beverages, sponsored by JOIA Sodas
-T2 Pinball Machine loaded with free credits
-XBOX 360 with KINECT set up on the TV
-A Live DJ set from FREEDRULL
-GOOGLE+ Local in attendance giving away free Swag!
-snacks courtesy of KIND BARSThis will be an art event you can’t miss.
For a complete list of artists visit our calendar: http://www.ltdartgallery.com/calendar
Guild Wars 2 Launch Party
It’s been a long and exciting journey that you, our community, has taken with us, and we will enjoy launch that much more if we can spend it with you. To that end, members of the Guild Wars 2 team will be traveling around the United States* on September 1st to celebrate launch in New York, Austin, Orlando, Los Angeles, and of course Seattle.
At each event, ArenaNet employees will be on hand to sign your Guild Wars 2 games, books, and posters. We’ll also have giveaways of t-shirts, posters, and an exclusive in-game item. The giveaways are first-come-first-serve as long as our supplies hold out. Finally, we’ll hold a raffle at each GameStop location for one Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition.
**Bring your friends**
We’d love to see as many of you as we can at these events and thank you in person for your support. Since Guild Wars 2 is all about playing with your friends, bring them along to enjoy the festivities–and maybe even introduce someone new to GW2.[/box_light]
[box_dark]Sunday, September 2nd[/box_dark]
Girls’ Meetup [FULL]
Info: PAX Forum
*** This event is considered FULL. Tickets are no longer purchasable. ***
What: Welcome ladies to the third annual PAX Prime Women’s Meetup. What is the women’s meetup? You might ask. Well, it is a fantastic event where the ladies of PAX get together for brunch, morning cocktails and nerdy chatter Sunday morning at 10am.
Where: This year it will once again be held at the Diller Room, located mere blocks from the convention center. Rob, the owner is a fantastic host and the ladies who attended last year can confirm that the food and drinks were fantastic.
When: Sunday morning at 10:00am
Who: The girls of PAX. This is a very inclusive meetup and is open to all ages (sorry youngins, but you WILL NOT be partaking in the morning cocktails) and chromosome arrangement. Are you a girl who attends PAX? You are invited.
Why: Because this is an awesome way to expand your social network and meet some amazing like-minded women who are into the same nerderies as you, eat some good foodz, and drink some fantastic cocktails (as long as you are over 21).
How much: Tickets are
on sale now for $17+WePay charges and will include a buffet of tasty foods, and coffee, tea and juice. Drinks of the alcoholic variety will be extra and will be up to you to pay for. Yes, this is more than you would pay for a cheap breakfast at IHop. However, we are getting the entire Diller Room to ourselves and there will be an extensive buffet of very good food.
on sale until August 27 11:59PM Pacific Time no longer on sale.[/box_light]
The 4th Annual Post-PAX Party at Jillian’s [SOLD OUT]
Info: PAX Forum
When: Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
*** This event is SOLD OUT. No more tickets will be available. ***
[PAX Forum user Arco] I have been throwing this party since 2009, and it’s become PAX tradition for a lot of people. I’m rather humbled by how well it’s been received and how much it’s grown every year. We started as 100 people in one room at the Taphouse, and have since grown to 250 people and a whole floor at Jillian’s. Over the years we’ve added more video games, more pool tables, ping pong, darts, and even musical guests. The Protomen played our stage last year. It was incredible.
This year’s shaping up to be even better. We’re upsizing to 300 people, we’re looking to put together an even more awesome musical lineup, and we’re going to have some really incredible prizes for the raffle.
So if you’re looking for an awesome way to wind down your PAX weekend, or go out with a bang and a hangover the day after, you should join us. Registration is live at the following link:
Cards Against Humanity Post-PAX Hangout
Info: Facebook Page
We’re all probably pretty exhausted from PAX weekend, so why not chill, grab a beer, and play some Cards Against Humanity (CAH) together? Special guest Max Temkin will be there for some meet-and-great and may even have some cool prizes to give out. This event is at a bar, so it is in fact 21+
Please share this event and feel free to invite others!
You do NOT need to attend PAX, know what CAH is, or exclusively drink beer to attend. Requirement: Must have sense of humor and enjoy stuff.
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