Entry #170

PAX Prime 2015

2015-09-04 12:44:23 by TomFulp

I once made a habit of documenting all the events and at some point I felt like I was on repeat / overwhelmed and there were just too many events to cover. I'm gonna make an effort to change that and at least blog some pictures after events.

PAX Prime was this past weekend in Seattle and we had the biggest booth ever for the Behemoth; I couldn't even capture it in a single picture. This is just part of it:

 

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To the left is the Pit People demo area and to the right is a wall of arcade cabinets with Castle Crashers, Alien Hominid, BattleBlock Theater and Back Off Barbarian, a new mini-game to be released with Castle Crashers Remastered.

There was some great cosplay, including this Pink Knight:

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And this Red Knight:

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We also saw some cool tattoos:

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If feels pretty amazing when someone has your game tattooed on their body.

Stamper was letting people draw on him so I added this:

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But then I felt bad so I changed it to a badass skull:

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That night I was having dinner with Tommy Refenes and his family and everyone was laughing at a fart joke while I was busy on my phone. Tommy's wife noted how I was the only mature person at the table, so I flipped my phone around and explained to them that I was texting Mike a picture of the dick I drew on Stamper. I'm not sure if this story was worth sharing but I was amused. And I got to name drop Tommy because he's SUPER FAMOUS after Super Meat Boy / Indie Game the Movie!

The complete list of NG people at PAX included @Stamper@RicePirate@Funy-mony@Fungasm,@oryozema@MisterChris@PuffballsUnited@Tommunism@Glaiel-Gamer@BoMToons@Mike@jouste@BerzerkStudio, @TadakuniAmano@DjCUTMAN and @Xerus. It was great seeing everyone!

I also got to meet lots of cool game devs and play lots of exciting new games. The Indie Megabooth and the PAX 10 are always two of my favorite spots to check out.

My typical day at PAX:

1) Wake up @ 6AM, call April back home.

2) Run downstairs for an iced coffee (quicker to consume than hot), yogurt, banana and muffin.

3) Hotel Gym (did a good job this year, 4 of 6 mornings)

4) Shower

5) Wander PAX

6) Bloody Marys for lunch

7) Wander PAX

8) Blood Mary Booster

9) Signings from 4-6 (closing)

10) Moscow Mules and some sort of dinner.

11) Reasonable bedtime between 11pm-1am (trying to get better at not feeling pressure to stay out super late).

The best news is I've been back for a few days and apparently have not gotten sick. Also no hangovers. I'm starting to feel like an unstoppable convention machine but I probably just caught a lucky break.

Here's a picture of RicePirate surprising me during teardown:

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That's all, folks!


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Blue-SilverDragonBlue-SilverDragon

2015-09-04 13:00:19

The cosplays are good. And of course, RicePirate's being RicePirate.


deathinkdeathink

2015-09-04 13:13:36

The size of that booth area is outta control. I have been to conventions smaller than your booth. hahaha

TomFulp responds:

Our booth was the size of Capcom and Minecraft COMBINED.


SeethingSwarmSeethingSwarm

2015-09-04 13:21:30

Wow that booth looks amazing! Thanks for sharing these pics and stories. It's the only way I can vicariously experience the awesomeness :P

TomFulp responds:

I wish we had a LIKE button or even just a view count so I could know more metrics beyond who replies to this post. It means a lot to know people enjoy the pics / stories because it can be hard to keep the motivation going time after time. Need more "people care" data points.


WiesiWiesi

2015-09-04 14:21:22

The expression on your face on the last pic is hilarious! :D

TomFulp responds:

HE GOT ME


MSGheroMSGhero

2015-09-04 14:32:26

What would you recommend for a 1st time convention goer in general?

TomFulp responds:

PAX is a good one.. Seattle and Boston at least, I haven't been to PAX South or Australia.

I also hear RTX (Rooster Teeth Expo) is fun, it's in Austin and you can drink beer on the floor so if that's your thing that would be a good time.


CaptKirkyCaptKirky

2015-09-04 15:11:24

Are you guys ever gonna be in NYC?

TomFulp responds:

We're long overdue for an NYC meetup. I gotta talk to @Luis about that one.


TylerTyler

2015-09-04 15:38:49

very jealous of ricepirate getting to rail you first ;'(

TomFulp responds:

I'm ruined for all future men.


Rees303Rees303

2015-09-04 16:11:27

Oh being an Englishmen so far away! How were the reactions to Pit People?!

TomFulp responds:

Reactions so far are great!


DizzelDizzel

2015-09-04 16:37:50

Well,I see some this was your first time getting laid tommy....


SarkazmSarkazm

2015-09-04 16:43:36

Agreed, that booth size is insane. Wish I could've dropped by.


funymonyfunymony

2015-09-04 17:55:54

That's awesome!

I got a cold. I've been taking it easy since I got home from Pax.
Also, you found time to go to the GYM!? Awesome! I thought walking around Pax would be enough exercise. You're goin the extra mile!

TomFulp responds:

I've evolved to Convention Level 3.


LucidShadowDreamerLucidShadowDreamer

2015-09-04 19:08:22

Awesome! It's great that you're aiming on making more posts like this :3
Now, all you have left to do, is to make a big update to this page, hehhe...

http://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/about-newgrounds/history#wiki_toc_20

TomFulp responds:

Agreed! I actually updated some of my personal bio, just to catalog all the public appearances I've made over the past year. That kinda fits under NG history as well but seemed like it works under my personal story.


YoutubeIsawesomeYoutubeIsawesome

2015-09-04 19:37:37

Will you be there

heh heh you know I won't Tom


BoMToonsBoMToons

2015-09-04 19:45:59

I really wish I had seen that Pink Knight cosplay in person!

TomFulp responds:

Pretty sure it was the best Castle Crashers cosplay I've seen yet! The gems in the shield and the lights in the lollipop were a nice touch.


freakworld10freakworld10

2015-09-05 06:22:38

Why is all cool stuff on the wrong continent? :(

TomFulp responds:

What continent are you on?


TheEnkianTheEnkian

2015-09-05 08:01:13

Looked like a blast! Shame we don't ever get any gaming cons over here, there are two more general ones a year and they're very basic.


LucidShadowDreamerLucidShadowDreamer

2015-09-05 17:32:52

Cool! :D
I didn't even notice you updated it before you mentioned it.
But I've read the new parts now ;)


freakworld10freakworld10

2015-09-06 03:12:24

@TomFulp Europe


RYNOLRYNOL

2015-09-06 11:25:22

Are you more involved in Pit People this time around? It seemed like you sat out on BattleBlock Theatre's development.

TomFulp responds:

I've been working on a different game for the past few years.


LuisLuis

2015-09-07 16:15:59

Good update! Would be nice to do a pop-up type of nyc meet where its like hey go here next weekend! The big formal types of meets are a chore and end up not being as fun I fimd and just being like people stuck in a bowling alley or something. I guess the shipping container place is seasonal and its shutting this weekend

TomFulp responds:

Bummer about the shipping containers... Fall could still be a nice time though. And yeah the bowling alley never felt like the best use of a day in NYC.


NewgateNewgate

2015-09-12 04:28:22

I was away from this site for a long time but im so stoked to see you guys still up and at it! Props to all you guys


GoryBlizzardGoryBlizzard

2015-09-14 17:20:39

Since doing the last big NYC meet in 2013, I've continued hanging out with people here individually and in much smaller groups. I think big major meets work best on either 1) Pico Day or 2) on top of another major event like NYCC. I do agree that in all other cases, they should be more spur of the moment, with little to no advance planning like we once did. A week or two heads up is probably enough time and gives people a chance to request days off and book hotel rooms. I look back now and obviously I gave everyone a 3-4 months heads up. But that's how just about everyone else did things back then. In any case, maybe I should hang outside the defunct ticket counters at the main concourse of Grand Central this Saturday...come say hi if you see me.


JakBaronKingJakBaronKing

2015-09-19 07:39:53

So much love for CC.

Hope you make a PS4 edition soon!


HeroPowerHeroPower

2015-09-22 05:12:00

I missed you at PAX! :( But I did see your guys massive set up there and it was amazing! I should have tried to reach out to you on here or social media so I could track (stalk) you down haha But it was my first time ever going to PAX (or any gaming convention for that matter) and I was overwhelmed! You have to go next year so I can finally meet you!

TomFulp responds:

Sorry I missed you! Reaching out on Twitter works pretty well during PAX, I managed to meet up with a few people that way.


GabrielBarschGabrielBarsch

2015-09-22 09:29:01

HAPPY MADNESS DAY, TOM


Cobra641Cobra641

2015-10-01 20:50:08

Thats cool. Lol your reaction must've been very very creepy since RicePirate came behind you like a rapist. ;P lol


Master-AwesomeMaster-Awesome

2015-10-06 19:28:38

(sigh)


PussySharkPussyShark

2015-10-07 10:32:08

Ohhhh, so THAT's what was wrong with Stamper's arm! :D


VicariousEVicariousE

2015-10-24 01:30:45

Glad I caught this newspost, it's one of your best! I'm glad Stamper was there, hope he had a good time as well!


rhys510rhys510

2015-10-29 09:24:04

ma gawd, this looked like it was loads of work but so fun :p


apocolypse101apocolypse101

2015-10-31 13:11:15

I wish I could have gone, it's just a 1 hour car ride from where I live, but when I tried to obtain tickets, they were already sold out. :_-(


castcast

2015-12-17 22:10:53

lmao. <3

You're looking damn good Tom. Wow. :)

TomFulp responds:

Thanks <3


MuramasasEdgeMuramasasEdge

2015-12-21 21:47:51

I'm still waiting for that GameWatch you said you were giving to me. :<

TomFulp responds:

What GameWatch is this?


MuramasasEdgeMuramasasEdge

2015-12-22 10:58:10

Well Gameband... I looked into last night. It was a part of that giveaway you had going on.
well... You hadn't exactly promised me one. However, it did seem promising.
Of course... I didn't win the giveaway.... this is all just fancy presumption....

Gameband please? :>


KingiOghKingiOgh

2015-12-25 18:08:24

You're so handsome.


ImlunchBoxxImlunchBoxx

2015-12-28 12:39:11

landline on 12th and stark go now


CyberdevilCyberdevil

2015-12-31 19:00:25

Obligatory "people care" data point comment here. :) View counters would definitely be a cool feature!

And ^ looks like an awesome time!


frootzafrootza

2016-01-05 23:39:35

Yoink!! You guys had a blast!!!


YellowisCOOLYellowisCOOL

2016-01-25 04:36:48

The photo with you and RicePirate is priceless lmao


TembelRessamTembelRessam

2016-01-26 11:36:02

I wish I was here it looks so fun by the way thanks for creaing this amazing site and sharing this pics and sometimes I draw some sexual things too then turn them into cool staff but you are doing it better than I can ever do