Category PAX East

PAX East Recap: Ascension News, New Games, and Serious Exhaustion.

After three long days, another PAX East has come to a close. We’re recovering, slowly… very, very slowly.

Here are some of the highlights we had from our three days of non-stop gaming.

Ascension: Rise of Vigil debuted at PAX East and the newest expansion is very interesting, especially the energy mechanic. After a handful of games, Tom and I are still debating whether or not it’s unbalanced, but one thing is true: energy denial is a ruthless way to win – which explains why Tom placed 3rd in the Rise of Vigil prerelease! [Tom’s Note: Jesse is a bit annoyed that I beat him heads up.]

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PAX East for D&D Players: What Should I Play?

Last week, we posted about Wizards of the Coast schedule for D&D events at PAX East. Aside from gaming sessions there are also a few panels that might interest players from veteran to novice. If this is your first time at PAX, here’s a little more of a breakdown about what to expect at the various events so you can have the best experience possible.

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Dungeons & Dragons schedule announced for PAX East!

Wizards has just released their schedule for PAX East including all the events planned for Dungeons & Dragons (I can’t wait to play some more real life D&D and deflect to the opposing side mid-game). But I think everyone is excited to play test D&D Next.

PAX East is taking place April 6 – 8 in Boston and is a fantastic convention about all kinds of gaming. Tom and I will be there too! But enough about us, here is the schedule:

New to D&D

Event Runs Description
D&D Learn-to-Play Friday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm;Saturday 11 am, 1 pm,
3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm;

Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

Want to learn how to play D&D 4th Edition? We’ll teach you all the basics, and send you out on your first adventure! Everything is provided for you, and you can even keep your character.Length: 2 hours
D&D Board Game
Open Play
Friday & Saturday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm;Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Want to play a D&D game without a DM? Do you like cooperative games? How about head-to-head Euro-style games? Or strategic wargames? Come with your friends to play any of our D&D-themed board games all weekend long! Choose from Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, The Legend of Drizzt, Conquest of Nerath or the all-new Lords of Waterdeep!Length: 2 hours

New and Experienced D&D Players

Event Runs Description
Rise of the Underdark:
The Sun Never Rises
Friday & Saturday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm;Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Her Radiance Dareen Travaskyr has led the Temple of Lathander’s Light for many years, making it a source of good and civilization in the otherwise wild Daggerdale. When the priestess received a vision urging her to create a powerful icon against an impending darkness, she employed a group of adventurers to complete her divinely inspired tasks. But evil has spies everywhere. Now, the party of heroes might be the only thing standing between forces bent on a grisly fate for the temple’s inhabitants. This short adventure is designed to introduce the players to the threat presented in the War of the Spider Queen D&D Encounters season. Players who complete this adventure have a chance to gain some benefits that they can carry over to the characters they play in the new D&D Encountersseason.Length: 2 hours
D&D Convention Delve:
Lair of the Dread Witch
Friday 11 am – 11 pm;Saturday 11 am – 11 pm;

Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

In the deep forest, a place of dark power lies, its corruptive influence seeping into the lands beyond its borders. Can you contain the threat of the Dread Witch, and stop her rituals before all falls into darkness? A 1st-level D&D convention delve with characters provided. Play as often as you like and earn tokens that can be redeemed for prizes!Length: 1 hour per adventure

Some D&D Experience Recommended

Event Runs Description
Playtest Special:
D&D Next
Friday 7 pm Join in a public playtest of the next iteration of the Dungeons & Dragonsgame at PAX East. Play in an adventure with characters provided, and give us your feedback to help guide the future of the D&D game! Players of any editions of the game are welcome to participate. All participants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.Length: 4 hours
D&D DM’s Challenge:
The Elemental Chaos
Saturday 7 pm What stirs in realms beyond the world awakens, and adventurers are needed to combat the agents of chaos and destruction! The DM’s Challenge is a special one-time event running only at PAX Prime. DMs bring their best and most dangerous 7th-level Elemental Chaos-themed adventures for you to conquer; rate your play experience to determine the best adventure of the evening! 7th-level characters are provided.Length: 4 hours
Lords of Waterdeep Tournament Sunday 11 am Come try out the newest offering in the D&D board game line with Lords of Waterdeep! This Euro-style resource game casts the players as the Masked Lords of Waterdeep, each recruiting adventurers to complete various quests and achieve their own ends. The tournament consists of a 2-hour entry round, with each table’s winner advancing to a 2-hour final round to determine the PAX East champion! Winner and finalists receive prizes. 4 hours total for players reaching the final round.Length: 2 hours/round

Ask the Dungeon Master

Friday 4/6, 6 pm – 7 pm – Wyvern Theatre

Being a great Dungeon Master requires a variety of skills. Part referee, part storyteller, and part actor; the art of the Dungeon Master is in combining these talents to become a superhuman, D&D-propelling package. Join D&D staff members Mike Mearls, Chris Lindsay, and Chris Youngs as they discuss various tips and tricks to bring the best adventure to your players, as well as ways to make them equal participants in the story. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

The Future of Dungeons & Dragons

Saturday 4/7 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Wyvern Theatre

The next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is on its way! Join D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls in a Q&A about the next D&D, and how the open playtest is using fan feedback to help shape the future of the game.

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