Penny Arcade Expo

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The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a multi-annual gamer festival held in Seattle, Boston, and San Antonio in the United States and Melbourne in Australia. PAX was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show that gave equal attention to console gamers, computer gamers, and tabletop gamers.

Created in 2004, PAX has been hailed as a weekend-long celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics include an insider keynote speech, game-inspired concerts, panels on game industry topics, exhibitor booths from independent and major game developers and publishers, after-hours parties, tournaments, and freeplay areas. Every PAX also features the Omegathon, a weekend long tournament of randomly selected attendees competing for a grand prize. The final round makes up the show's closing ceremony; past games for the final round have included Tetris, Pong, Halo 3, and Skee ball.

After many successful years of PAX, in 2010 the first PAX East was held in Boston, MA, with attendance levels that rivaled those of PAX 2009. From then on, the Washington conventions were referred to as PAX Prime in order to avoid confusion between the two.

At PAX Prime 2012, two major changes to PAX were announced. PAX Prime would be 4 days starting in 2013, and the first international PAX, PAX Aus, would premiere in 2013.

At PAX East 2014, a 4th PAX, the 3rd in the USA, was announced. PAX South will debut in 2015.

Not long before PAX East 2016 badges went on sale, PAX Prime was quietly renamed to PAX West, and will be PAX West starting in 2016.

At PAX South 2017, a 5th PAX, the 4th in the USA, was announced. Focusing on tabletop games, PAX Unplugged makes it's debut in late 2017.

At PAX West 2017, Gabe & Tycho announced that PAX East will turn into a 4-day event (previously 3). Unlike PAX West (which runs from Friday-Monday), it will run from Thursday-Sunday.

Dates

PAX Unplugged

November 17-18-19, 2017

PAX South

January 12-13-14, 2018
January 27-28-29, 2017
January 29-30-31, 2016
January 23-24-25, 2015

PAX East

April 5-6-7-8, 2018
March 10-11-12, 2017
April 22-23-24, 2016
March 6-7-8, 2015
April 11-12-13, 2014
March 22-23-24, 2013
April 6-7-8, 2012
March 11-12-13, 2011
March 26-27-28, 2010

PAX West

September 1-2-3-4, 2017
September 2-3-4-5, 2016
August 28-29-30-31, 2015
August 29-30-31 & September 1, 2014
August 30-31 & September 1-2, 2013
August 31 & September 1-2, 2012
August 26-27-28, 2011
September 3-4-5, 2010
September 4-5-6, 2009
August 29-30-31, 2008
August 24-25-26, 2007
August 25-26-27, 2006
August 26-27-28, 2005
August 28-29, 2004

PAX Aus

October 27-28-29, 2017
November 4-5-6, 2016
October 30-31 & November 1, 2015
October 31 & November 1-2, 2014
July 19-20-21, 2013

PAX Dev

August 29-30, 2017
August 31 & September 1, 2016
August 26-27, 2015
August 27-28, 2014
August 28-29, 2013
August 29-30, 2012
August 24-25, 2011