My PAX East plans

Totally psyched for PAX East, and even MORE psyched with the advent of their new webpage – MUCH nicer looking than the old one!

I’m only going on Friday, because the bulk of what I’m interested in is on that day. I’ve been working on formalizing my schedule, and this is what I’ve decided on.

Gamers With Jobs Presents: Gaming For Grown-ups, 12-1 pm
Who said this was a young man’s game? The gaming industry is getting older and so are its players. How have we changed as gamers as we become parents, responsible employees, business owners and *horror* adults? Do we spend more to play less? Do we wax nostalgic for an era that never really existed?
Join us as we delve into what gaming means to us in our 30s, 40s and *gasp* 50s as we stumble ever closer to the grim reaper’s dark embrace.

Gaming and Mental Health, 1-2 pm
Is gaming a threat to your mental health?  What constitutes healthy use, and what do psychologists think of as obsession and even addiction?  What questions do gamers have about the psychological impact of the hobby?  Mark Kline, PsyD is Clinical Director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA and has responded to questions about gaming and mental health through his column at The Escapist, AskDrMark. He will discuss his work with gamers and their families and his own experiences in gaming.


BioWare and Dragon Age, 3-4 pm
Join the developers and creative minds behind Dragon Age: Origins & Dragon Age II as they discuss a behind-the-scenes look at the series. They’ll also detail exciting projects outside the main game such as the comic series from Dark Horse and anime film from FUNimation as well as the latest book “Dragon Age: Asunder”. Fans attending in Dragon Age costumes will be given special recognition during the panel. For Ferelden! [Insert my own little fan girl squee! here.]

Educating Through Play:  The Future of American Education, 4-5 pm
Our educational system is broken.  It is based on a model that was designed for a time before the combustion engine, much less the personal computer or the Internet.
Games inherently challenge us to use the skills children will need in the 21st century: Teamwork, Lateral Thinking, Systemic Problem Solving, Creativity.  They’re also a solution that scales (it costs as much to build a game for 1 user as for 10,000,000) which is important in our cash starved educational system.  So how do we build better games?  How do we get them into schools?  And if we succeed, how do we stop people from thinking that games alone can be the answer?
This panel of experts will address these questions and will also be putting out an open call for suggestions from the audience to help them as they tackle these problems in their daily work.

Why Socially Enabled Games are Important to Gamers With Disabilities, 6-7 pm
We will explore the needs of the 33 million gamers with disabilities in the United States, and how they play games. We will focus on gaming that has a social component, from the true “Social Games” found on Facebook, to the power of the MMO’s on building meaningful friendships and sense of belonging.

Design a Dungeon, 7:30-8:30 pm
Create a whole adventure in an hour! Even if you’ve never DMed or played D&D, you can still participate in mass-brainstorming with your fellow gamers. We’ll take suggestions from the crowd for colorful non-player characters, terrifying monsters, as well as the big bad guy and weave them all into a complete dungeon-delving adventure. Join experienced RPG designers from Wizards of the Coast, Margaret Weis Productions, White Wolf and more as they help pick ideas for the adventure we design together.

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, 9-11 pm
In a land where battles are fought with swords and magic, a young heroine rises to glory as Templars, mages, and dragons clash. Cassandra, a brash and beautiful warrior, must stop a conspiracy that threatens the realm’s most powerful religious order. Accused of treasonous crimes and hunted by friend and foe, Cassandra must clear her name and overcome her rage in order to save the day and take her place in legend.” [Insert another fan girl squee! here.]

So, whaddaya think? Anyone interested in notes of any of the above mentioned topics?


4 thoughts on “My PAX East plans

  1. I’d love notes on the education and games panel; I’ll probably be lining up for DA REALLY early (and can save your place), but that sounds interesting! And extra fangirl squee about Dawn of the Seeker!!

  2. […] And you’re probably wondering what exactly I’m planning to go to. If you want to see my schedule, you can read it here. […]

  3. bearonthecouch

    Man, I REALLY wanna go to that Educating Through Play thing!

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