Crunch time just jumped on me. Last week I was bringing my Kindle to work, reading some books, and browsing Twitter during classes while students diligently drafted. Then today I have a lot to do.
The most interesting and exciting of those is preparing for PAX. I’m going for my fourth year (out of five East Coast possibilities), and I’m really excited about all the different panels and events. Since several bloggers (myself included) will be out of town this Friday, Snozell of Be MOP suggested we swap some posts on PAX. I’m cooking up a good one for his site, so make sure to check here for his post and there for mine this Friday!
I will say that I get tired of hearing all the complaints about PAX that circulate (now) three times a year. It’s a convention. Like any large gathering of people, there’ll be some jerks there, some of whom will be attendees and some workers, most likely. I’ve had some mild confrontations with some of the PAX workers, myself, so sure, it’s not all just a bed of roses. However, the idea that it’s somehow tainted at its core is ludicrous, and I often see it touted by people who’ve never been, which is just ignorance stacked on ignorance. I got used to that sort of thing dealing with attacks on books used in the classroom; it’s shocking how many people want a book banned who’ve never read it. I suspect that many PAX attackers wouldn’t want to be compared to book banners, but there it is: ignorance stacked on ignorance.
If you don’t like Penny Arcade for its politics, that’s fine; I’m not insisting anyone GO to PAX, but don’t let your politics color the actual event that’s now only tangentially hosted by those two specific individuals. I’ve been to PAX four times along with my wife and buddies (not my NWN buddy, for clarity), and my wife has been off on her own plenty. She’s a beautiful woman, but has never had a complaint about how she was treated, with me or alone. What I’ve seen of PAX is a friendly community doing things together and building one another up. Does everyone conform to this? I’m sure they don’t, but I’ve yet to have a run in like that.
Beyond that, I’ve still been working on my druid, Stubbornly. I’ve got a “full” healing set now, (though two of the pieces are pretty sub-par). I’ve got both professions up to MOP levels, and I’m getting primed to heal my first real heroic dungeon. I say “real” because my NWN buddy, a priest, took me and another guildy (along with two strangers) through three whirlwind heroics in which he did the tanking, a vast majority of the dps, and probably a majority of the healing (though I didn’t check). My other buddy said, “He must be Mr. Universe, to be carrying 4 other people on his shoulders.” Yeah, pretty much.
I also dove back into some UGC for Shadowrun Returns. There’s so many good modules, but so many of them are only 1 chapter long, so just as you get into it, it ends. The only “full” adventure I’ve played was Nightmare Harvest, which was excellent. I just started the Shadowrun Unlimited “open world” campaign, and I have high hopes about that. I’ve played 4 or 5 other “part 1’s,” and they were all good, but like I said, I’m looking to play through, not stop and have to download more parts in a month when I’ve moved to another game.
So that’s what I’m up to. Anyone else going to PAX East this year?
Stubborn (and prepping to travel – ugh)