Our PLAN for PAX

Ohohoho! We are about to head off on the road to PAX, through the whistling winds and sleeting rains of New Hampshire! Like migratory birds, we shall seek warmer (ha, ha) climes in Boston, which is a lovely city. I spent a spring living there, Kent spent a summer living there, and we can tell you: Boston is grand. Its chief virtue is that everyone there is ten times nicer than the average New Yorker. Its chief vice is that its streets are only navigable by expert mutant starship navigators who are high on Spice.

But never fear! We shall survive. You may even see us there. I will be wearing my notorious Hat:

Indeed, I wear this hat so often that people here at Dartmouth sometimes refer to me as “Hat Girl.” Kent, on the other hand, will not be wearing a hat. Instead, he will be making the unpleasant face that you can see in the background of my hat photograph. You will know him by this.

Here is a list of the panels we are particularly interested in attending. Perhaps, if you attend them, you will see us there! Unfortunately, we will be attending all the mushy panels about gender and intellect, so you’ll have to deal with that awful shit if you come along. Blargh! I know, right?

Interactive Drama: Dialogue as Gameplay

Cat Theatre
Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Press B to Laugh: Gaming, Jokes and How to Make Players ROFL

Naga Theatre
Friday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

A Brief History of Chip Music

Saturday, 10:00am – 11:00am

Females on Female Characters

Wyvern Theatre
Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Careers in Paper Gaming

Merman Theatre
Saturday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

The “Other” Us: If We’re All Gamers, Does Our Gender Matter?

Naga Theatre
Saturday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Hidden Value of Punching Trees: What Minecraft Reveals About Game Culture

Merman Theatre
Saturday, 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Public Play: The Secret to Making Games that Are Social, Embarrassing, and Fun!

Naga Theatre
Sunday, 11:00am – 12:00pm

(Expect me to mine this for HVZ stuff, zombies fans)

One of Us

IGDA Dev Center
Sunday, 12:00pm – 12:50pm

(This one is also about gender and the stereotypical ‘gamer’ identity! Watch out!)

Ten Games You Need to Play: The Digital Game Canon

IGDA Dev Center
Sunday, 2:00pm – 2:50 pm

It’s not the Length, it’s the Mirth: Game Length Versus Value

Wyvern Theatre
Sunday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

That said, if we manage to attend ALL of these, we are cyborg robots, we are probably digesting other conference-goers for fuel, and we are not to be trusted.

Are any of you guys going? What panels are you particularly interested in?

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  1. Robin

     /  March 8, 2011

    I’m going, and I’ll definitely be going to some panels, at some point during the proceedings.


    (Insert amazing act here) for me while you’re there!

    • lauramichet

       /  March 8, 2011

      We certainly plan on taking as many pictures as possible of ourselves doing stupid things in front of other stupid things

      • Deal.

        I noticed that your avatar lacks that signature hat of yours. Trying to transition to “Mustache Girl”?

      • lauramichet

         /  March 9, 2011

        Actually, this photograph of me with the mustache derives from an era long before I owned my famous hat. We picked it for the site because it allowed me and kent to both be pictured on the About page in mustaches.

      • Holes the play was a very exciting exepcienre. While in the threater I was sucked into the story of Stanley Yelnats and his journey to Camp Green Lake. You could just see while watching the play that the actors worked well together, they were in perfect harmony. Even with how impressed I was with the play there was one thing that bothered me. That was the actor Mauricio Suarez, he was very monotone through-out the whole performance.When it came to set deisgn and props they were amazing. I felt like i was actually there with the characters in the hot desert heat digging holes. The flashbacks were my favorite part because of the lighing at the time, the way it made the dirt looking set apear to be grass. All the fights done in the play were good, but not as good as i would have hoped. When it came to were Stanley got hit by a shovel, it didnt look as well done as some of the other fight scenes. The costumes were excellent, they really gave the appearance that the boys had been out digging in the dirt, hot, and sweaty.The play was almost like the book except for a few things, like how Twitch wasnt there. Twitch was the one who taught Stanley to hotwire cars so he could steal Mr. Sir’s truck. As the play came to a close I was still stuck in my seat wanting more. When they actors came out for the discussion at the end you could tell how well they got along, like with Nick Abeel, and Mauricio Suarez, they seemed to really be good friends on and off set.Everyone from what I can tell on and off screen did a fantastic job on this showing of Holes . I would recommend to anyone I know to come see these actors perform. Great job to all the actors, directors, and all others you did a amazing job on the play. It was an exepcienre that i will never forget.

      • That’s really thinking out of the box. Thanks!

  3. Dao Jones

     /  March 8, 2011

    Of course some idiot (me!) forgot to buy his three day pass before they sold out. :(

    Next year! Maybe…

  4. I’m only posting to tell you that “SET A COURSE FOR BOYLSTON” made me laugh out loud while at work, and I was lucky to be near enough the back of the office that nobody heard me.

  5. Vykromond

     /  March 12, 2011

    Just saw you all on the Silver Line but wasn’t 100% sure if it was the right hat so I didn’t say hi. Love the blog!

    • lauramichet

       /  March 13, 2011

      We actually think we saw you on the bus! If that was you using the iphone/android or whatever it was.

      Hope you had a great time at PAX!

  6. Hey, it was nice to meet you guys!

    I’m glad we got a chance to say hi before everyone packed up and left. I had just enough time to go play Bastion after that before I had to run to the airport.


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