PAX South 2016

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UPDATED January 29: Jackbox panel has moved to Saturday 4:00pm! No longer on Friday!!

UPDATED January 13: A new Saturday morning panel added, and the ELO meetup venue settled on: On The Rocks Pub!

Hello teen wolves (and others),

I’ll be at PAX South 2016, January 29-31 in San Antonio! Come by my booth in Bandland, commission some art from me and get some books and pins, and possible other objects!!

nice, so where will you be at pax

You’ll be able to see me on the following panels:

Jackbox at PAX … box

  • MAIN THEATRE
  • SATURDAY 1/30 4:00PM – 5:00PM

MOVED TO SATURDAY!!!

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. Secret guest, 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.

AppJunkies Live: The Worst Games Ever Made

  • CACTUS THEATRE
  • FRIDAY 1/29 7:00PM – 8:00PM

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.

SOUTHERN SLAM 2016: Good Ol’ Video Game Wrestling… LIVE!

  • FALCON THEATRE
  • SATURDAY 1/30 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Sure, a Southern Slam may sound like a delicious item off the Denny’s menu, but in reality it is THE premier live video game wrestling event at PAX South 2016. Join us as an assortment of game developers and press face off in the digital squared circle AND on stage for the very first time in the great state of Texas. Will there be spandex? Probably. Will this panel blur the lines between fantasy and reality? Yes, guaranteed. Will there be a fog machine this time? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Pitch Your Game

  • CACTUS THEATRE
  • SATURDAY 1/30 7:00PM – 8:00PM

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.)

Scared Yet: A Discussion of Horror in Games

  • BOBCAT THEATRE
  • SATURDAY 1/30 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Jump scare! Kris Straub (Broodhollow, Candle Cove) and a panel of esteemed horror and video game enthusiasts hold an informal roundtable on where fear works best in gaming, and where it doesn’t make the cut. Come for the frightening… stay for the enlightening! Nope, that was bad. Please delete that.

i’m not going to pax, but can i still find you

And, if you’re not going to PAX, you may want to check out the following informal event outside the convention:

Jeff Lynne’s PAX ELO South Fan Meetup Event Night

  • On The Rocks Pub @ 270 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • FRIDAY 1/29 8:30PM – ???

Location announced! Please let Kris know (here in comments, or on Twitter) if you’re coming, and we’ll up the reservation count. An informal discussion of the music of Electric Light Orchestra. ELO and related acts will be explored.

Saw It For You: Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

Synopsis. Decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new band of Rebels must stop the Empire from doing the same thing again.

Tagline. What Awakens? It is the Force.

Promotional tie-in. Everything looks better from a Kia Sorento. Star Wars in theaters December 18th.

Trivia

  • This is director J.J. Abrams’ third Star Trek film.
  • To prevent plot points from being leaked, each scene in The Force Awakens was completely improvised.
  • Visual effects specialists pored over thousands of hours of footage and reference photos in order to meticulously reconstruct an accurate Harrison Ford.
  • Perhaps overreacting to criticism of his earlier movies, Abrams took extreme precautions to ensure that no light sources would create lens flares on camera. This was achieved by shooting the entirety of The Force Awakens in total darkness with night-vision optics, and then digitally coloring the scenes in post.
  • Director’s trademark. 3D silver letters, in Futura, that permanently hover near all characters and locations displaying their names.
  • Carrie Fisher reprises her role as Metal Bikini Woman, whom faithful Star Wars fans know from being licked by the Crime Worm.

Mistakes

  • The Millennium Falcon changes scale throughout the movie. This is most glaringly noticeable when the Star Destroyer tractors the Falcon into its cargo bay, and the Falcon retaliates by tractoring the Star Destroyer into its own cargo bay.
  • Han Solo refers to this as a “Mexican tractor-beam standoff.” Mexico does not exist yet.
  • Rey (Daisy Ridley) is stalked throughout the movie by a metal orange ball that sometimes makes noises. This is never addressed by any character.
  • Continuity. The movie opens with an aged Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill in a single-line cameo) saying “If you guys need anything, I’ll be here next to this tree.” When he motions to give a thumbs-up, his hand is being chopped off by Darth Vader.
  • The planet of Alderaan “finally having recuperated” seems inconsistent with the events of A New Hope. 
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof. When Han shaves Chewbacca’s back, a second Chewbacca face is inexplicably revealed beneath the fur. However, this may just be a previously unknown trait of Wookiee physiology.
  • On set, actor John Boyega couldn’t help but shout “bang” each time he fired a blaster. The production team was forced to make all blaster fire sound like John Boyega saying “bang.”
  • Equipment gaffe. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) can occasionally be seen consulting the back of a Kylo Ren action figure box before delivering dialogue.
  • No explanation is given for Finn and Kylo to lightsaber-fight using just the tips.
  • During the First Order assembly, George Lucas can be clearly seen wandering forlornly through the rows of stormtroopers.

Memorable Quotes

Rey. Garbage! Garbage for sale.
Garbago. I’ll buy some of your garbage. This garbage is very good.
Rey. I wish I had a bigger destiny to fulfill.

Han Solo. We’re all getting old, pal.
Chewbacca. Raaaawr.
Han Solo. It’s not the years, Chewie… it’s the parsecs. (five-second-long wry smile directly into camera) (fade to slow panning closeup of Solo’s face as he grins and knowingly nods) (faint overlay of fedora and coiled whip) (music swells as John Williams’ Han and Leia theme gently incorporates Raiders March)

Kylo Ren. We Sith will rebuild and take what is ours. Soon the galaxy will know the power of the Dark Side once more. Senator Bimbambanoonoo, ready the Trade Federation gleepgheeps.

C-3PO. Oh my! It is so good to see you again, my friend!
R2-D2. (beeps and whistles)
C-3PO. My databanks may be faulty, but I will never forget that night.
R2-D2. (oohs)
C-3PO. R2, you’re incorrigable! Not here during General Leia’s briefing!
R2-D2. (beeps and whistles)
C-3PO. (servo motor noises)
R2-D2. (servo motor noises)

Finn. It doesn’t make any sense for me to be here. Stormtroopers are supposed to be white. Just more SJW bullshit.

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