Penny Arcade Expo

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The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a series of conventions held in Seattle, Boston, Melbourne and San Antonio made exclusively for gaming.

Created by the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic (Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik), the convention began in 2004 in Seattle, Washington. In 2010, PAX held its first event in Boston, Massachusetts, PAX East. The Seattle based event became known as PAX Prime. In 2013, PAX held its first event outside of the United States, PAX Australia in Melbourne. The first PAX South was held in South Antonio, Texas in 2015.

Of those held in the United States, Mindcrack has had representation at all PAX conventions since PAX East 2013. Since PAX East 2014, Mindcrack has held a panel, each with varying topics of discussion.

PAX East 2013[edit]

PAX East 2013 was held in Boston, Massachusetts from 22-24 March 2013.

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
BlameTCgenerikbGuudemcgamerNebrispaulsoaresjrPauseUnpause
BlameTCgenerikbGuudemcgamerNebrispaulsoaresjrPauseUnpause
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
22 Mar 2013
  • Nebris' face
Guude, mcgamer, Nebris, PauseUnpause
22 Mar 2013 BlameTC, Guude, Nebris, PauseUnpause
23 Mar 2013
  • Announces meetup at Pokemon lounge
Guude, mcgamer, PauseUnpause
23 Mar 2013
23 Mar 2013
  • GennyB singing
  • Hanging out with Pause at their hotel room
generikb, PauseUnpause
23 Mar 2013 BlameTC, Guude, mcgamer, PauseUnpause, PimpingPanda, Pungence, skyzm, TibTuner04
23 Mar 2013 generikb, mcgamer
24 Mar 2013 Guude
25 Mar 2013 Guude, PauseUnpause
25 Mar 2013 generikb, PauseUnpause
25 Mar 2013 generikb, PauseUnpause
25 Mar 2013 Guude, PauseUnpause, TibTuner04
25 Mar 2013 Pungence
26 Mar 2013 skyzm
26 Mar 2013
  • PAX East FTB challenge
  • Cameraman JustVan
BlameTC, PauseUnpause
26 Mar 2013 generikb
27 Mar 2013
27 Mar 2013 generikb, mcgamer, PauseUnpause
28 Mar 2013 BlameTC, generikb, mcgamer, PauseUnpause, PimpingPanda, Pungence, skyzm, TibTuner04
28 Mar 2013 BlameTC, generikb, mcgamer, Nebris, PauseUnpause
28 Mar 2013 generikb, PauseUnpause
30 Mar 2013
  • Casual Zombie fighting
skyzm
14 Apr 2013
  • Overlooking the expo
  • The Shaft podcast
generikb, Guude, PauseUnpause, skyzm

Images[edit]

PAX Prime 2013[edit]

PAX Prime 2013 was held in Seattle, Washington from 30 August-3 September 2013.

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
Guudejsano19kurtmacPauseUnpause
Guudejsano19kurtmacPauseUnpause
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
1 Sep 2013
  • Meet up details and information
  • Bloopers
JustVan, kurtmac, PauseUnpause, SethBling

PAX East 2014[edit]

Mindcrack and friends
Back row L-R: SethBling, sevadus, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, Zisteau, W92Baj, Direwolf20, Phedran and bisnap (far right)
Front row L-R: CaptainSparklez, Aureylian, BlameTC, jsano19, Mindcrack fan, Guude, WesWilson, BlueBayou

PAX East 2014 was held in Boston, Massachusetts from 11-13 April 2014. Mindcrack hosted a panel on 12 April at 10:30am that was livestreamed to Twitch,[1] and also recorded in the crowd and later uploaded to YouTube. All attending Mindcrackers participated, with WesWilson moderating.[2] Guude says the panel was "pretty well received."[3]

With the exception of Nebris (a Boston resident), all attending Mindcrackers stayed in a rented house, along with Mindcrack's project coordinator WesWilson, and friends OMGchad and sevadus. mcgamer and VintageBeef had intended to attend, but were unable to for various reasons.[3] Episode 69 of the Mindcrack Podcast was recorded live in the house, featuring Guude, jsano19, PauseUnpause, SethBling, W92Baj, Zisteau, WesWilson, OMGchad, and sevadus.

Antics at the convention lead to discussion on how to eat string cheese appropriately. Guude tweeted his "horror" of BTC biting into string cheese, rather than stringing it.[4] After Chad was filmed biting into it, Pause and sevadus also displayed their anger over the eating method.[5] BTC uploaded a video to his channel demonstrating the "proper" way to eat string cheese.[6]

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
BlameTCGuudejsano19NebrisPauseUnpauseSethBlingW92BajZisteau
BlameTCGuudejsano19NebrisPauseUnpauseSethBlingW92BajZisteau
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
10 Apr 2014
  • Tours the rented house
Guude, Zisteau
10 Apr 2014
  • Tours the house
BlameTC, Zisteau
10 Apr 2014
  • In Boston
OMGchad, PauseUnpause
11 Apr 2014
  • Travelling to the airport, on the plane then at the airport
  • Tours the house
  • Eating dinner
BlameTC, Guude, OMGchad, sevadus, WesWilson
11 Apr 2014
  • On the rocks while everyone is still asleep
11 Apr 2014
  • Showing view from the house
11 Apr 2014
  • At PAX East
Guude, WesWilson, Zisteau
12 Apr 2014
  • Footage from day 1
  • Travelling, eating at 5 Guys, Pause's annual drink, navigating
BlameTC, BlueBayou, CaptainSparklez, Guude, jsano19, Nebris, OMGchad, sevadus, W92Baj, WesWilson, Zisteau
12 Apr 2014
  • Showing exhibition hall
13 Apr 2014
  • Showing the line for the panel
Guude, jsano19, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, W92Baj
13 Apr 2014
  • Pause hula hooping
Nebris, PauseUnpause
13 Apr 2014
  • Showing people entering panel room
Bacon_Donut, W92Baj
15 Apr 2014
  • Important UHC question from a fan
20 Apr 2014
  • Footage from day 2 and 3
  • Awake in the morning, preparations for the panel, in the exhibition hall, a guy on the rocks, shenanigans
Aureylian, Bacon_Donut, BlameTC, BlueBayou, CaptainSparklez, Guude, jsano19, Nebris, OMGchad, SethBling, sevadus, W92Baj, WesWilson, Zisteau

PAX Prime 2014[edit]

PAX Prime 2014 was held in Seattle, Washington from 29 August-1 September 2014. Mindcrack hosted a panel on 31 August at 6pm that was livestreamed to Twitch,[7] and also recorded with a fixed camera and later uploaded to YouTube. The topic was "Creating Compelling Group Content",[8] and was initially limited to only 6 panelists,[9][10] but all 9 attending members of Mindcrack participated, with WesWilson again moderating. jsano had lost his voice and said very little during the panel.

The group once again rented a house to stay in, though videos from the location were limited for privacy reasons.[citation needed] This is the first PAX convention (of those held in the US) that marc did not attend since 2009.[11]

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
AureylianCoestarGuudejsano19NebrisPauseUnpauseSethBlingsevadusZisteau
AureylianCoestarGuudejsano19NebrisPauseUnpauseSethBlingsevadusZisteau
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
29 Aug 2014
  • Announcing meetup times, selling shirts, and signing cards
  • Seth doesn't know what to do with his hands
Guude, jsano19, Nebris, OMGchad, SethBling, WesWilson
29 Aug 2014
  • Walking back to the house, talking about being in Seattle
Coestar, jsano19, JustVan, Nebris, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, SethBling, sevadus, Zisteau
31 Aug 2014
  • Backstage at the Twitch signing
Coestar, Guude, JustVan, Nebris, olmok, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, SethBling, sevadus, Zisteau
31 Aug 2014
  • Dinner, checking out everyone's meals
Bacon_Donut, brianmcn, Coestar, Guude, JustVan, Nebris, olmok, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, SethBling, sevadus, Sigils, Zisteau
5 Sep 2014
  • Post-PAX commentary
  • Footage from throughout the convention
  • The food convention, at the Twitch booth, Mindcrack meetup, Twitch signing, Mindcrack panel, sushi
Aureylian, Bacon_Donut, brianmcn, Coestar, Guude, jsano19, JustVan, Nebris, olmok, PauseUnpause, SethBling, sevadus, Sigils, WesWilson, Zisteau
6 Sep 2014
  • Aurey teaches Sev how to Tumblr
Aureylian, CaptainSparklez, Guude, PauseUnpause, SethBling, sevadus, WesWilson, Zisteau

PAX South 2015[edit]

Mindcrack at the GameWisp booth
Back row L-R: Coestar, kurtmac, sevadus, VintageBeef
Front row L-R: WesWilson, jsano19, Aureylian, Guude, BlameTC, OMGchad

PAX South 2015 was held in San Antonio, Texas from 23-25 January 2015. Mindcrack held a panel on 23 January at 5pm,[12] which was not livestreamed due to technical difficulties, but was uploaded to YouTube using Twitch's footage.[13] The topic was "Gaming as a Group", and again listed only 6 panelists,[14] but all 9 attending members of Mindcrack participated in the panel, with WesWilson again moderating.

As with previous conventions, the group rented a house to stay in with friends and family. Zisteau[15] and PauseUnpause[16] had intended to attend, but were unable to for various reasons. Chad released the PAX South edition of his quirky and awkward "Chad on the Street" interview show, featuring Guude, Holly and Liz, lolRenaynay, and Paul and Storm.

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
AureylianBlameTCCoestarGuudejsano19kurtmacOMGchadsevadusVintageBeef
AureylianBlameTCCoestarGuudejsano19kurtmacOMGchadsevadusVintageBeef
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
22 Jan 2015
  • Talking about his drive to San Antonio and the rented house
23 Jan 2015
  • Searching for Guude's shoes, Coestar's #StreamADay 414 and discussing plans for the convention
Coestar, Guude, sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson
23 Jan 2015
  • Showing the Expo Hall and talking about the convention
23 Jan 2015
  • Walking around the Expo Hall, showing some of the booths, talking about PAX and discussing his plans for after the convention
OMGchad
24 Jan 2015
  • Discussing the Mindcrack Panel, meetups and plans for Day 3
24 Jan 2015
  • Discussing Day 1 while showing clips of the Expo Hall, the Mindcrack Panel and the Twitch party
Aureylian, Coestar, Guude, jsano19, kurtmac, sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson
25 Jan 2015
  • Footage of the Mindcrack meetup and signing event, a horse drawn carriage ride and the Mindcrack house party
Aureylian, Coestar, Guude, jsano19, kurtmac, sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson
25 Jan 2015
  • Doing push-ups with a fan at the Operation Supply Drop booth
25 Jan 2015
  • Clips from the meetup, the horse drawn carriage ride and the Mindcrack house party
  • Briefly touring the rented house
Aureylian, BlameTC, Coestar, jsano19, kurtmac, OMGchad, sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson, zueljin
26 Jan 2015
  • Footage from the meetup, leaving the expo hall and attending the Build Guild party
  • Playing Superfight
Aureylian, BlameTC, Coestar, Guude, jsano19, kurtmac, sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson
28 Jan 2015 Aureylian, Guude, jsano19, OMGchad, sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson

PAX East 2015[edit]

Team GOB at the GameWisp booth
L-R: Guude, OMGchad, VintageBeef

PAX East 2015 was held in Boston, Massachusetts from 6-8 March 2015. Mindcrack held a panel on 8 March at 1:30pm[17] that was livestreamed to Twitch, and later uploaded to YouTube using Twitch's footage. With the topic and listed panelists identical to that of PAX South a few months prior,[18] all 7 attending members of Mindcrack participated in the panel, with WesWilson again moderating.

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
AureylianBlameTCGuudeOMGchadSevadusVintageBeefZisteau
AureylianBlameTCGuudeOMGchadSevadusVintageBeefZisteau
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
5 Mar 2015
  • Plans for PAX East
Bacon_Donut, Dansgaming, GiantWaffle, Guude, Sevadus, WesWilson
6 Mar 2015
  • Sharing frustrations with travelling, financial issues, announcing his last convention indefinitely
  • Showing new stickers and jersey
6 Mar 2015
  • Update on the Mindcrack meetup
Guude, Sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson
6 Mar 2015
  • Update on financial sitaution
  • Talking about day 1, running into a fan, checking out games, meeting fans
9 Mar 2015
  • Showing the line for the Mindcrack panel
10 Mar 2015
  • Doing push-ups with Aurey at the Operation Supply Drop booth
Aureylian
16 Mar 2015
  • Footage of the Mindcrack panel and its line, on the bus, in a restaurant for the Mindcrack party, drunk Guude, snoring Guude
Aureylian, Bacon_Donut, BlameTC, Dansgaming, GiantWaffle, Guude, Sevadus, VintageBeef, WesWilson, Zisteau

PAX Prime 2015[edit]

PAX Prime 2015 was held in Seattle, Washington from 28-31 August 2015. Mindcrack held a panel on 30 August at 12pm, which was livestreamed to Twitch, and later uploaded to YouTube using Twitch's footage. The topic was "Creating Group Content", and again listed only 6 panelists,[19] but all 8 attending members of Mindcrack participated in the panel, with Aureylian moderating in WesWilson's absence.

As with previous conventions, the group rented a house to stay in with friends. Episode 120 of the Mindcrack Podcast was recorded live in the house, featuring Guude, kurtmac, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, and Sevadus.

Mindcrack members conducted a number of live interviews with game developers.

While at PAX, Pause and Guude were gifted a Tenga masturbatory egg each from Twitch streamer Richard_Hammer.[20][21] They both uploaded identical videos to their channels showing themselves experimenting with the eggs.[22][23]

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
AureylianGuudeJSano19kurtmacOMGchadPauseUnpauseSethBlingSevadus
AureylianGuudeJSano19kurtmacOMGchadPauseUnpauseSethBlingSevadus
Notable Others

Videos[edit]

Date
published
Perspectives Notable events Featuring
28 Aug 2015
  • Guude has an owl, touring the house
OMGchad, PauseUnpause, SethBling
29 Aug 2015
  • Clips from day 1
  • In the exhibition hall, Telltale booth, Mindcrack signing, Curse mixer, Twitch party
JSano19, OMGchad, PauseUnpause, pliSkiNAKE, SethBling, Sevadus
5 Sep 2015
  • Compilation of pictures and various clips from the convention
  • At the N3RDFUSION offices, Tenga egg, sushi, talking bathroom, Curse mixer, comparing lobsters, Mindcrack panel, 250000 Scoville Vodka
Aureylian, Bacon_Donut, Dansgaming, Guude, JSano19, kurtmac, OMGchad, pliSkiNAKE, SethBling, Sevadus
6 Sep 2015
  • Telltale booth, Mindcrack signing, Twitch party, Soaryn's skinny arms
  • In the exhibition hall, lobsters and seafood, Mindcrack panel and signing, Steve shirt
  • End of PAX, more sushi
Aureylian, C418, CaptainSparklez, Dansgaming, Guude, JSano19, kurtmac, PauseUnpause, pliSkiNAKE, SethBling, Sevadus

PAX South 2016[edit]

PAX East 2016 was held in San Antonio, Texas from 29-31 January 2016. Instead of holding a panel like previous conventions, Mindcrack co-hosted a booth with N3RDFUSION.

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
AureylianGuudeJSano19kurtmacOMGchadSethBlingSevadus
AureylianGuudeJSano19kurtmacOMGchadSethBlingSevadus
Notable Others

PAX East 2016[edit]

PAX East 2016 was held in Boston, Massachusetts from 22-24 April 2016. Like PAX South 2016, Mindcrack co-hosted a booth with N3RDFUSION, which also featured guest appearances from Godiva Gaming and the Build Guild.[24] Guude had originally mentioned that Zisteau would be attending.[25]

Attendees[edit]

Mindcrack
AureylianGuudekurtmacOMGchadSevadusVintageBeef
AureylianGuudekurtmacOMGchadSevadusVintageBeef
Notable Others

References[edit]

  1. GuudeLP (15 February 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/GuudeLP/status/434805591949975552>.
  2. "Mindcrack Group". PAX East. <http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/mindcrack-group>. Archive.
  3. 3.0 3.1 GuudeBoulderfist (17 April 2014). "Minecraft MindCrack - S4E34 - PAX East Recap & UHC Monument Work". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNzn3O5Xn4I&t=9m39s>.
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  6. BlameTheController (15 April 2014). "Proper way to eat string cheese". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W4r-nlVgns>.
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  8. GuudeBoulderfist (25 July 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/2bq1tw/pax_prime_panel_confirmed/cj7yxro?context=1>.
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  21. PauseUnpause (5 September 2015). Reddit reply. Reddit. <https://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/3jpci5/my_fucking_egg_tenga/curooge?context=2>.
  22. GuudeBoulderfist (4 September 2015). "My Fucking Egg (Tenga)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuuE0BQX2u8>.
  23. PauseUnpause (4 September 2015). "Tenga Egg Unboxing/Instructional Video". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlO8Kya7jM8>.
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  25. Mindcrack (9 April 2016). "Golf With Friends 24h Marathon". Twitch. <https://www.twitch.tv/mindcrack/v/64932920?t=36m14s>.