PAX East is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. Taking place March 22-24 in Boston, PAX East hosts dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas as well as nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers.

You can find out more at the official PAX East site.

Gaming Events

New to D&D

Event Runs Description
D&D Next: Danger at Darkshelf Quarry Friday & Saturday 11 am,
1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7pm, 9pm;

Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
By Skip Williams

Play the D&D Next adaptation of a new adventure that serves as a prequel to the classic Slave Lords series! Whispered rumors abound that Darkshelf Quarry’s dwarf overseer isn’t really a dwarf at all, and that he makes most of his money selling slaves, not stone. Investigation is the only way to learn the truth, but the quarry is well defended, and danger lurks within! Play this adventure multiple times for a different experience each time. This D&D Next adventure is 2 hours long and designed for 2nd-level characters. Characters are provided and rules will be taught as you play.

Length: 2 hours
D&D Board Game
Open Play
Friday & Saturday 11 am -- 11 pm,

Sunday 11 am -- 5 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

Some Experience Recommended

Event Runs Description
D&D Next DM’s Challenge:
Mines of Madness
Friday & Saturday 7pm By Scott Kurtz & Chris Perkins

Are you as cool as the characters in PvP? Are you a Table Titans wannabe? Scott Kurtz's Mines of Madness await! Hurl yourself into a deadly dungeon in search of the fabled Forever Stone, but beware the outhouse! This special D&D Next adventure is 4 hours long and designed for 3rd-level characters. In addition, you’ll be rating your Dungeon Masters to determine the best DM of PAX East 2013! Characters are provided.

Length: 4 hours
Dungeon Command
Constructed Tournament
Sunday 11 am Bring your best Dungeon Command warband to compete in a four-round tournament, with the winner crowned PAX East champion! Build your warband containing a minimum of 12 Creatures with appropriate cards and miniatures, at least 30 Order cards (no more than 4 of any one Order card or Creature Card allowed), a Commander, and 4 battlefield tiles. The tournament is 4-5 hours long, free to enter, and prizes abound!

Length: 4-5 hours
Seminars

R.A. Salvatore: Dorks and Sports Panel

Friday 3/22, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Eastern Time) Wyvern Theatre

Many who call themselves dorks want a high wall around their culture keeping everyone out. Jocks or athletically-minded individuals in school might have terrorized those who played Magic or Mario, but some nerds have responded by heaping just as much abuse upon those among us who happen to enjoy a sports contest or two. And that’s just wrong. It’s perfectly normal for a guy or a girl who likes playing with elves and orcs to also enjoy a baseball game or, Cthulhu forbid, the Olympics. In this discussion of individuals who happen to be both geeks AND sports fanatics, we’ll talk about the similarities between sports and nerd culture -- from the dedicated cosplayers to the unholy obsession with stats -- and how we nerds should embrace sports fans as kindred spirits, not shun them as enemies.

Panelists include R. A. Salvatore, Greg Tito (Senior Editor, The Escapist), Jason Schreier (Kotaku), Rob Zacny (Freelance Journalist), Sean Sands (Gamers With Jobs).

The Future of D&D

Saturday 3/23, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time) Cat Theatre

D&D Next is coming! Hoards of fans have already signed up for this monumental playtest and are helping to shape the next iteration of the Dungeons & Dragons game. Don’t miss this chance to hear how fan feedback is impacting the tabletop roleplaying game and where we’re at in the design process. In addition, you’ll get the download on D&D’s digital future including exciting new games like Neverwinter—the free, action MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition by Beamdog. And maybe, just maybe, a very enticing new D&D offering coming soon to the digital space will be revealed.

Panelists include Mike Mearls, Senior Manager, D&D R&D and Chris Perkins, D&D Senior Producer.

The Art of the Dungeon Master

Sunday 3/24 4 pm – 5 pm (Eastern Time) Sphynx Theatre

Dungeon Mastering, like wine tasting and equestrianism, is a fine art. It takes a variety of skills—story-weaver, actor, lawyer, arbitrator—to sit behind the screen with confidence, style and aplomb. But fear not. These skills can all be learned and our expert Dungeon Masters plucked straight from the D&D R&D department will be on hand to answer your questions. Need tips for DM’ing with D&D Next rules? Have some rules that need adjudication? Want help building encounters and campaigns? A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion. All levels of Dungeon Masters welcome.

Panelists include Chris Perkins, D&D Senior Producer & “Dungeon Master to the Stars," Mike Mearls, Senior Manager, D&D R&D, and Scott Kurtz of Table Titans.

Author Signings

R.A. Salvatore

Friday 3/22, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) Booth #624

Saturday 3/23, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) Booth #624

Join R.A. Salvatore with the release of The Last Threshold. The final book in the Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do’Urden forges a new road north—toward Icewind Dale.

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