It was just Christmas yesterday. CHRISTMAS. And we’re already talking about Playstation Gaikai 4K, Xbox 720 U and another “the most important E3 ever”.
At least we have PAX East — and each other — until then! At the tail end of March, we’ll be making our way to Boston for the annual event. One of the best parts of the event is the nightlife, and by that we mean the parties!
Take a look below at our annual huge list of events, with more being announced all the time. If you have an event planned for PAX, mention it in the comments or contact us.
Follow the fine folks at @paxparties on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information!
Thursday, March 21st
Rock Band Night
Presented by Harmonix and The Brattle
Location: The Brattle Theatre • 40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837
Time: Starts 8PM
Tickets for this event are $20. No Brattle passes.
Join us for a night of rock-and-roll fun with Harmonix, local video game designers and the creators of the fantastic Rock Band. Form your own band or fly solo and enter for a chance to compete live on stage in front of a panel of judges from GiantBomb.com. Plus get your hands on some exclusive merch that Harmonix is cooking up. This event is a prequel of sorts to the absurdly popular PAX East Conventionwhich begins on March 22.
Visit harmonixmusic.com for info on their latest Rock Band games and all your old favorites.
PAX East “Made in MA” Party 2013
Location: Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Tweet it out! @MassTLC #MadeinMA
MassTLC is very grateful to our members and sponsors who help underwrite this awesome party! If your company is not a member or sponsor of MassTLC and plan on sending more than 10 people we ask that you consider joining MassTLC, or donate $50/pp to support the costs of the party.
MassTLC would like to welcome all exhibitors for PAX East and game developers to our 4th annual party to celebrate the local Massachusetts gaming industry and all it has to offer. Join us to see firsthand how Massachusetts has become a leading gaming hub and the amazing community of game developers, gamers, investors, students and enthusiasts that have made it such a success. This networking event will take place the night before PAX East starts, March 22, and we are expecting a packed house with more than 1200 guests! Register now!
The 4th Annual PokeCrawl
More Information: Facebook Event page
Come join us for the fourth annual Pokecrawl to kick off this year’s PAX East!
Get ready to be the very best and drink along with 400 fellow trainers while helping to raise funds for Child’s Play. Will you be able to tame the legendary Pokemon, Lugia and Ho-oh?
Registration will again be handled by eventbrite so keep an eye on the registration page.
See you there!
Mad Catz Unveiled
Location: Guilt – 275 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116
Time: 9:00pm – 1:00am
$50 FREE! Enter to win tickets at the website
Tickets: Buy Here
More Information: Mad Catz
You’re invited to experience Mad Catz Unveiled, an exclusive pre-PAX East event! Get hands-on time with pre-release titles before PAX, one-on-one experience with the Mad Catz gaming team, meet industry insiders, and socialize with the pro gaming ladies of LT3.
We’re bringing in a small army of our best Pro players from around the world to hang out, teach, and challenge your skills!
We’re hooking up with some of the biggest publishers at PAX to bring you a stack of the latest games to play. Don’t wait in line; come play them first at Mad Catz Unveiled!
Want to check out our latest hardware? We’ll have all our new gear for you to test and maybe a few surprises that you haven’t seen before!
With top-notch talent, great games, and a party atmosphere, all that’s missing is you! And no one goes home empty-handed from Mad Catz Unveiled.
The Official Structure Gaming Pre Pax Pub Crawl
Location: Papagayo Boston, 283 Summer St, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Time: 9PM – 1AM
More Information: Facebook Page
Papagayo, Remy’s, Beer Garden and The Whiskey Priest. Structure Gaming is often considered to be a bunch of hooligans. Well, on Thursday March 21, Boston’s Favorite Gamers are stepping out for a night to hang out with our fellow gamers in an attempt to forge a new PAX East tradition. With the absence of Digital Noob’s Gamers Gone Wild. A new tradition must be forged! Enter, Qwicksilv3r and his big mouth. What was a joke, is now to be a yearly tradition.
Join Qwicksilv3r, Rebeccah Ash, Jaa Coops, Jared G 1992, Tj Catch Em All, Handsome Nick and the rest of the Structure Gaming crew from 10 pm-1am for a celebration of Gaming, Community and Beer. Joining us will be members of The Ladies 2 Die 4, The Boston Bastard Brigade, Charisma +2, 2nd Opinion Productions, Game Helmet, Real Otaku Gamer, Grip IT and the one and only Robert “The DCD” Workman.
Special Guests: Nikki Baker and John Dhal (Nikki and John Pranksters in Love and John’s Game Channel)
Guest Hosted By: Robert “The DCD” Workman
A Pub Route is being determined by some of the finest drunks Boston has to offer. This event is 21+ and proper dress is required. A special toast to the memory of THQ will happen as we begin the evening.
Arcade Rave 3
Time: 9PM – 1AM
Dress up like you’re favorite video game character
** Unofficial PAX East Pre-Party **
Electro / Dubstep / Bass / Trap / Moombahton / & more!
Mos Eisley Girls & The Thread Pre-PAX East Bar Crawl
Tickets & Information: EventBrite
Get your Pre-PAX drink on with other PAX Easters. 4 hours, 4 bars. Bars listed below. Prizes to be given away include Steam downloads. a Limited Edition Machinarium Plushee and a NECA Bioshock: Infinite SkyHook Replica. The first 30 people to arrive will also be given a sweet door prize. Sponsored by Boston’s very own The Thread podcast and the Mos Eisley Girls. Only 200 tickets available. Please RSVP today.
We will also be asking for an optional charitable donation to Child’s Play during the event.
7-8pm – The Point
8-9pm – Bell in Hand
9-10pm – Hennessey’s
10-11pm – The Tap
Friday, March 22nd
2013 Twitch PAX East Party
Time: Starts 9PM
Location: Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont Street, Boston
Admission: First 300 people free before 10PM, $15 afterward (Ages 21+ only)
Doors open at 9PM EST. Free entry for VIP, general admission available with PAX badge. First 300 people through the door gain free entry, $15 cover charge thereafter for general admission.
Dress code strictly enforced: no tennis shoes, hoodies or shorts allowed.
Indies Need Booze
Location: The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Time: 6PM – 11PM
Tired of going to the same old PAX East after party. Tired of pushing people aside to just get one horrible drink. Tired of people going crazy for a game that doesn’t need the press. Well come on down to the indie party of the year “Indies Need a Drink”. Come join the Boston local developers, indie gamers, and others as we celebrate PAX East and drink the night away. This event is a chance to meet indie developers in their natural element of drinking beer and having fun with other gamers! This event is free but space is limited! Please make sure to RSVP since we only have so much space plus we will have a set menu of awesome burgers. Don’t worry there will be plenty of booze for you to buy, plus some top secret prizes that we are giving away!
Turbine PAX East party
When: Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 PM to 12:30 PM
Where: Jillian’s Boston, 145 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215
Meet fellow players and members of the AC, DDO, and LOTRO dev teams. The buffet will be loaded up with great munchies, including some vegetarian offerings and of course there will be great swag and raffles for those that attend. You might be lucky enough to walk away with a lifetime subscription to the game of your choice or other great door prizes. Plus, if you’re one of the first 200 people through the door, we’ll buy your first drink (beer, wine, or soft drinks)!
Due to venue requirements you must be 21 or older with proper ID to attend this event. You do not need a PAX East pass to attend, but you must have your invitation/tickets from Turbine to enter the event. You must RSVP to receive your tickets. Send requests to email@example.com
Space is limited; tickets are first come, first served so RSVP today!
Note: Still and video photography will be used during this event and images and video footage may be posted to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others. Tickets do not guarantee entry. Swag, free drinks and other items are limited to the first 200 guests.
The Dirty Nerd Revue
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
NYC’s D20 Burlesque and Boston’s Rogue Burlesque are teaming up to bring wicked smart locals and PAX East attendees a tailor-made striptease show and gaming event. Combining geek powers for good and for evil, D20 and Rogue will bring your favorite nerdy fantasies to life!
Along with audience games, super sweet prize raffles, and all this hot performer goodness, hold onto your dedicated pocket gaming device, ‘cause Jared Sorenson, founder of Memento Mori Theatricks, will be running one of his parser games (chosen by the audience)! The theatre has limited seating, so buy early to guarantee yourself a seat!
QUILTBAG Gamer Meetup
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WHEN: Friday, March 22nd, 2013, starting at 7 pm
WHAT: Food. Soft drinks. Drinks at the bar if you want them. And, most importantly, the opportunity to meet a whole lot of awesome gamers from Boston and beyond.
WHO: You! Are you gay? Bi? Trans? Queer? Questioning? Asexual? An ally? As long as you’re into games and down with the QUILTBAG crowd, you’re more than welcome to attend.
Saturday, March 23rd
Sanshee PAX East Block Party
Location: Vintage Lounge, 72 Broad St, Boston, MA 02110
Join the Sanshee team for a celebration of gaming culture at PAX East 2013.
Party will feature:
-Gaming themed drinks
-Food on toothpicks
-Occasional free drinks
-Not-so-special guest appearances
RSVP to get two drink tickets for 10 dollars and early access.
Event is 21+ and requires an invite or PAX badge and a valid ID.
Come on down for a good time.
No dress code; silly hats optional.
PAX EAST TWEETUP 2013!
WHEN: March 23rd, 2013 at 8PM EST
WHERE: The lobby of the Westin Hotel (the one the convention center is attached to)
WHY: Because we like one another online, and we’ll like one another even more when we’re all drunk!
HOW: If you’re staying at the Westin, just take the elevator! If you’re staying off-site, take the shuttle. No, I will not carry you.
More Information: Levelcapped.com
Curse Wildstar PAX East 2013 After Party
This is going to be the party to check out if you’re going to be in Boston for PAX East. Plan on enjoying live music from a DJ, a premium bar (with 2 drinks on the house), a loot bag for everyone who attends and even a red carpet style photo opportunity. As if all that wasn’t reason enough, we’re also going to have stations set up where you can try out the WildStar beta for yourself!
This will be an amazing opportunity to check out what Carbine Studios is up to in the world of WildStar, their upcoming MMORPG, with your own eyes.
The best part about the Curse WildStar PAX East After Party? It’s completely free! All you have to do is RSVP to receive your free ticket and you’re good to go. Everyone receives two free drinks on the house, as well. Who doesn’t like free drinks?
When: Saturday, March 23rd from 9 PM to 2 AM EDT
Where: Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 385-4000
RSVP now for your pass. You’ll be ‘on the list’ and gain access to this exclusive party!
More Information: Curse.com
See you in Boston!!
The Curse Team
Sponsored by WildStar, Logitech, Digital Storm
Twitch Community Karaoke Night
Admission: Free (Ages 21+ only)
Join members of the Twitch staff, broadcasters and community for a night of song and dance.
CCP Player Gathering
Where: Jillian’s Boston, 145 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215
Time: March 23rd, 8PM – 12AM
CCP will have a big booth at PAX East this year and we’d like to ask EVE pilots and DUST mercs in the Boston area to join us for drinks, snacks and war stories at Jillian’s in Boston on Saturday the 23rd of March. Meet friends, make new ones and chat to the CCP devs.
House capacity is 150 so be there on time to avoid queues.
Age limit is 21.
Devs in attendance include:
CCP Unifex – Executive producer for EVE Online
CCP Guard – EVE Community Developer
CCP Dolan – Community Representative
CCP Frame – DUST Community Representative
CCP Menzo – Director of Corporate Communications
IGN Meet & Greet Party
When: Saturday, March 23 — 5pm-8pm
Where: TBD – At this exact moment, the IGN Party Time Strike Force is securing a location for fun times.
What: Consumption of food and drinks, and delightful conversation. Also, cool people. For clarity, no consuming of cool people will be permitted.
Who: You! Also, IGN’s Daemon Hatfield, Greg Miller, Casey Lynch, Mitch Dyer, and Marty Sliva, as well as Destin Legarie and Mike Aransky. Did we mention super secret special guests will be in attendance? They will be. And they’re awesome. You’re going to want to meet them.
GayGamer.net PAX East Meetup
It’s time once again for the geeks to gather in Boston for PAX East, which naturally means that it’s time once again for the gay geeks to gather at Fritz in Boston for the GayGamer.net PAX East Meetup! Come hang out in a casual gay sports bar and have some drinks with your fellow gay gamers. It’s always a ton of fun, so don’t be the one who missed out!
Irrational Games Cosplay Contest & Secret Party
Time: Saturday Evening
Information: Irrational Blog
Once again, Irrational will be patrolling the PAX East show floor looking for BioShock cosplayers and giving out wristbands to their favorites. These folks will be invited to a super-secret party that evening. Wear your costumes!
Elder Scrolls Online
347th Tamriel Beer garden
Information: Bethesda Blog
As noted last week, we’ll be at hand at PAX East letting fans play The Elder Scrolls Online for the very first time. Additionally, we like to extend you an invite to the 347th Tamriel Beer Garden — taking place Saturday, March 23rd at the Castle Meeting Space in downtown Boston.
Running from 6:00 – 11:00 pm, we encourage fans of The Elder Scrolls to gather for themed food and drinks, music, merchants, cool giveaways, and more. And if you didn’t get your PAX tickets before the event sold out, the event will be your first chance to play The Elder Scrolls Online.
For more details on our PAX East activities, including the latest stop for the ESO Food Truck, visit ElderScrollsOnline.com
Free shuttle from the convention center, Northwest lobby (Level 1)
POST-PAX Party 1.0
MEGA RAN with K-MURDOCK
Time: 8PM – 11:30PM
LeaguePodcast & Rock On! Concerts present:
Active Knowledge (Boston8Bit)
Weird Die Young
21+ Event- Valid ID Required- No Exceptions
POST-PAX After Party Night 2.0
The Protomen, MC Frontalot, Bright Primate, and The World is Square concert
Presented by the League Podcast and Rockon! Concerts
When: Sunday, March 24th at 7PM
Where: Mid East Restaurant, 472-480 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tickets: $15 BUY HERE
LeaguePodcast & Rock On! Concerts Present: The Protomen, MC Frontalot, Br1ght Pr1mate (Chiptune / Chipmusic / Futurepop), The World is Square (SquareSoft/Enix VGM Folk Band) – All Ages $15 *NOTE: 7pm Doors open
Frag Dolls Secret Social
Location: Hard Rock Boston (Cavern Club Room), 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston
Admission: Free (21+, First come first serve)
Information: Facebook (LIKE page)
You’re invited to a special event for fans of the Frag Dolls. Like the Facebook Page for more details.