Updated August 29: Two new panels — Gears of War 4: For The Watch on Friday, PAXAMANIA on Sunday!

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PAX West 2016 is around the corner, and if you’re there, grab a shovel or a cricket bat. Anything with a broad, flat surface, because the Washington State Convention Center is full of rats. Brown in color, though some have seen a few grays. Primarily brown.

These rats are big and getting out of hand. We need everyone to just take an hour or two out of their day to kill some of these rats. They’re supposed to be very smart, but they’re not hiding or anything. Could be that they’re nearly blind from all the poison.

What’s new at the booth?!

You can find me in Bandland, on Level 6 of the WSCC — take the North Lobby Level 4 escalators all the way up! I’ll be joined by 28 Plays Later co-host Paul Verhoeven in a rare North America appearance! If you’re lucky you’ll catch Mikey Neumann, Chief Creative Chainsawsuit Original Overlord Officer (CCCOOO).

I’ll have some new items on hand this year!

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Friday, September 2

Gears of War 4: For The Watch
6:30 PM PAX Arena
PAX Founders Tycho and Gabe, Along with Their Hand-Picked Allies, Battle to the Death for the Ultimate Prize: The near Mythical Watch.

Saturday, September 3

28 Plays Later LIVE with Kris Straub and Paul Verhoeven
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Wyvern Theatre
The comedy gaming podcast hits PAX West! Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit, Broodhollow) and Paul Verhoeven (The Project, Triple J) talk games, improv skits, and wander off on bizarre tangents — all while speaking to each other in wildly differing accents.

Pitch Your Game Idea
3:30 – 4:30 PM Chicken Theatre
You’ve got 45 seconds to deliver your idea to our panel of experts. The top three pitches will be picked for prizes and swag! (Please note this is an open forum – there’s nothing keeping anyone, judges and attendees alike, from stealing your ideas! If you aren’t comfortable with this, please don’t pitch your game.)

AppJunkies Live: The Worst Games Ever Made
5:00 – 6:00 PM Sasquatch Theatre
Join the AppJunkies as they highlight the best of the worst games, straight from the seedy side of the app store. It’s an entirely new lineup of horrible app disasters, so prepare to be amazed (and slightly stunned) at this fast-paced journey through the Land of Absurdity. Often dubbed “the MST3K of B-Grade apps,” it’s an hour of your life you won’t get back. Audience heckling encouraged…at least for those not rendered speechless.

Jackbox at PAX … box
7:00 – 8:00 PM Wyvern Theatre
Come check it out as Penny Arcade and friends play Quiplash and Drawful live on stage in what’s sure to be a delightful romp for the sense. Lots of wacky fun, amazing drawings that will bring out the child in all of us – I can guarantee with 100% certainty all of that will happen.

Sunday, September 4

PAX RUMBLE IV: Video Game Wrestling in a League of Heels
10:00AM – 11:30AM Wyvern Theatre
The now historic events of Paxamania II have left the league in even greater disarray than usual. Matches were decided by bribery, hypnotism, and giant monsters. Greg Miller stepped down as commissioner, leaving a power vacuum in the world of video game wrestling. Questions abound! Who is the new mystery owner of this league of heels? Which of the 30 game industry stars will win the PAX Rumble to earn their place in the title match with Samantha Kalman and Alex Navarro? Join us to find out!

Scared Yet? A Discussion of Horror in Media
3:00 – 4:00 PM Wyvern Theatre
Jump scare! Kris Straub (Broodhollow, Candle Cove) and a select panel of horror and video game enthusiasts hold an informal roundtable on where fear works best in gaming and other media, and where it doesn’t make the cut. Come for the frightening… stay for the enlightening.