Last November, Mike and I attended the inaugural PAX Unplugged convention in Philadelphia. The concept is similar to the other PAX conventions, in that it celebrates many types of gaming, but here they exclude video/computer games (hence, “unplugged”). The focus is shifted instead to board games, card games, and tabletop role playing games.
The experience was good for a first-time con, although there were some hiccups. The two biggest issues were having enough activities to keep attendees busy (cutting out video games really decreased the amount of programming and things to do relative to what I’ve seen at PAX East) and traffic control/communication (some of the signage was confusing or missing, and it wasn’t always clear where we were allowed to go or what entrances we could use). Both of these problems can be fixed, so I’m optimistic that the con will improve.
Unfortunately, there was not a ton of cosplay to see. The PAX conventions are never the most cosplay-heavy, but the lack of cosplay at Unplugged was noticeable even relative to PAX East. I also hope that changes, as part of the fun of a convention, even if it’s focused on something specific like gaming, is seeing people express their love of nerd culture through cosplay.
Here I’ll share the photos we took other than the formal shots we got of our costumes. I’ll follow up with another post featuring those.
As I mentioned before, we didn’t see that much cosplay. But what we did see was pretty cool. Here is Anne as Keyleth from Critical Role.
Pretty colors at Level Up Dice