PAX Prime 2014: a Gathering of Nerds

Seattle is an interesting city. Hop on the 545 and ride it straight over Puget Sound and you’re in for a city that’s large, tall and full of interesting characters. Even more interesting is how many hipsters in denim actually exist here. (And I say that knowing full well I own two denim shirts, but that’s beside the point.)

This past weekend Seattle hosted something even bigger: PAX Prime. PAX is a gathering of nerds: gaming card games to tabletops to video games. Gaming cover bands come to perform. Famous, professional players come to meet their fans and like-minded gamers. League of Legends members compete for the big titles. Gaming companies–big-time and indie–showcase their big titles coming soon. Fans from all around come to gawk, cosplay and participate.

Usually, convention ticket prices are too rich for my blood (and by that, I mean, I was always too poor to even afford a good DragonCon ticket), but PAX came at the right time and we managed to snag passes this past weekend so that I could go Saturday, the husband and I could go together Sunday and he could go Monday (today) while I worked. It was an amazing time, and I went wearing my Animal Crossing swag both days. We definitely did a ton that I didn’t photograph, but the first day I just enjoyed the convention and the second day I bought merch and tried to take pictures when I thought of it.

 


A booth that sold tons of old game discs and cartridges going as far back as the NES. I also managed to get two figurine sets for Animal Crossing here.

I bought this AMAZING Joker wallet from The Killing Joke at a booth near the tabletop games, and I am so happy. I was just saying I needed a new, smaller wallet. 

One round of the League of Legends final spots for the world tournament.

This was an awesome, very in-character, Iron Man, and I considered running away with him. By the way, I can’t stop laughing at how huge my hips look here. 

My Portal tank top! 


An awesome Isabelle (from “Animal Crossing: New Leaf”) cosplayer, who was a sweetheart. 

Riot’s League of Legends character Annie with Tibbers her teddy bear.

Yeah, it was fun!

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