So, PAX was a blast!
We ended up going Saturday and Sunday. Yay swag!
We got Dragon Age: Origins posters, t-shirts and tattoo sleeves, stickers and hotel cards. Sadly, we didn't win the signed shield. The demonstration was awesome; they showed some new areas and a new character, as well as the trailer. The booth was set up like a tavern. In one of the demos the party wiped, which was pretty hilarious. Needless to say, I was super excited. Spring 2009. Bioware is the bomb. We also went to another presentation where they unveiled the Dragon Age toolset. Looks pretty sweet, and easy to use. I look forward to playing with it. A lot.
As for Warhammer Online, the response to their panel was a little overwhelming, so instead of getting an hour presentation and Q&A we only got 30 minutes. It was fun, but a little bit of a bummer. They didn't really cover anything important - it was more of a pep rally of sorts and some humor. Fun, but I was hoping for some actual news. Like, oh perhaps just maybe, WHEN IS HEADSTART?!? We did find the headstart date online when we got home, however. If the source is reliable and nothing changes, I'll be grinding away, without impending deletion, on September 14th. Let there be WAAAGGHHH!!
Wizards of the Coast had their Character Creator software up for demo, and we picked up a D&D beanie hat and Magic: The Gathering mouse pads.
I tried Avion (and got a slap bracelet) which appears to be a new MMO by NCsoft. The cool factor was the ability to fly with your own wings, but otherwise same old same old. Oh, and I got a Dungeon Runners blinky necklace.
We watched the Spore presentation. It was hilarious. Looks like it's going to be a fun game, and you can play through it pretty quick. I'm looking forward to evolving through a puddle of primordial ooze.
Also, We tested out some Sacred 2, which I was unimpressed with. Might have been simply because it wasn't really working. Items weren't functioning correctly, NPC's had no dialogue and I couldn't map and use most abilities. I enjoyed the original Sacred, but personally I think Titan Quest was a lot cooler for a hackie-slashie. And who thought giving a Dryad a blowgun was a cool idea? Really? Meh.
Overall, very fun and well organized event. I had a blast! Unfortunately, we tried to have Cheesecake Factory twice, and failed. Too long of a wait for sore feet after walking around all day long.