So a few weeks ago now, PAX Aus hit Melbourne. Riccardo and I were lucky enough to have snagged ourselves tickets (they had sold out in 24 hours a whole YEAR before the event!), and we were so excited for it! As you have probably read from some of my previous posts by now (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ), I had previously been in Wellington for a dancing event. I had organised to fly into Melbourne around about the same time as Mr Tardo so we could meet up and then go and find the hotel together. We were lucky enough to snag an apartment in the Key west building just down the road from the convention centre, as Mr tardo’s dad owns an apartment in there. So we did what most people would do – filled it full of our friends 😛 There was 8 of us staying there all up and it was so lovely.
Getting into the convention the first day was just crazy. There was people everywhere! They had big holding pens (for lack of a better word) where they got everyone lining up before doors opened. I particularly liked the goals that they had hanging over the heads of the crowd, especially since there was heaps of balls that were being tossed around. I found this one a little bit later on, and it made me have a bit of a giggle since this is Mr Tardo’s message tone. ( It is so damn annoying)
Honestly, everything from then on kinda became a bit of a blur, and I couldn’t tell you which days we did what on. So I thought I would just share a few highlights. I wore Lolita every day (yes, that’s 3 different co-ords, that were carted to NZ and back again first 😉 ), but me being the dopey person I am, I was so excited each day that I completely forgot to take outfit shots! *sigh*
So back to the first day of PAX. When we were finally let in we were all completely in awe of everything. It was huge and there was just stuff to look at everywhere. I think my brain almost exploded from wanting to play all the things RIGHT NOW but not being able to choose what to do first. I was particularly impressed by the indie games section! It was huge, and all the games were super awesome and amazingly created. Mr Tardo and I spent so much time in there playing through all of them. No surprises that my favorite one was a 3D zombie game where you are literally stuck in an alleyway with zombies coming for you… and then someone hands you a chainsaw. I think I actually yelled a little bit when I cut the first one in half and the chainsaw moved as if I had actually hit something. It was great.
Mr Tardo is quite into his board games, so we spent a lot of time in the table top section testing out games we hadn’t played before. We came home with quite a few new ones to add to the collection as well 🙂 My friend Katey and I decided we needed to learn how to play the My Little Pony game, and we enjoyed it so much we both ended up buying it.
They had a big Jousting area as well, and by some fluke we turned up there at one point only to run into every single other swing dancer at the con. It was pretty funny.
They were holding a photo competition to win this life-size Assassins creed Arno statue. I was going for a “oh darling, don’t leave me” kind of pose, until one of my brothers friends Anthony decided to dive in last-minute and ruin the photo. I wonder who won it in the end… because it wasn’t me 😛
We stayed until the end every night playing board games until they kicked us out, and on the last night we even had a heap of our other friends over to the apartment for more games because none of us were ready for it to be over yet. I loved how chilled out the whole convention was. Unlike other cons like AVcon or Comic con, PAX didn’t feel super rushed. There was plenty of time to sit back, relax, play a heap of games and still not miss too much. I loved that. Our first ever PAX weekend was such a memorable one that we were first in line to buy tickets again for next year as soon as they came out.
I can’t wait for next year!