PAX Aus 2016!


I’m going to be on the Real Hemisphere for PAX Australia 2016, November 4-6! You can find me at my Bandland table, where I will have an assortment of delights, including the out-of-print Broodhollow books 1 and 2 (!!!), Pinny Arcade pins, and some new items not even in my shop yet!!

Plus I’ll be joined by podsman Paul Verhoeven where we’ll be signing 28 Plays Later posters and CDs!

but kris, what panels will you be on

Let me talk about merch for chrissakes! I need to make a living! My child is hungry!!

me no no give money, me me see panels

You monsters! All right! Fine! Here!

Friday 4/11

Nanojam 2.0: Live Game Design

  • FRIDAY 4/11 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Game design is usually a lengthy, iterative process. Experts spend countless hours massaging ideas into viable games. But what if we wanted to design over the course of, say, a PAX panel? What if we wanted to design a whole bunch of games?

Nanojam is a game design fracas featuring a panel of designers producing game ideas based on audience suggestions, with an artist and a composer frantically sketching and composing live on stage.

It’s a mess. A big, wonderful, hilarious mess. Join us!

Jackbox at PAX … box

  • FRIDAY 4/11 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Do you like Quiplash 2? Of course you do!

Well you should check out this panel and watch Penny Arcade and friends play this awesome game. If you are unfamiliar, it’s just gonna be a bunch of hilarious people making snarky responses to questions while you vote on a winner live from your phone.

Scared Yet: A Discussion of Horror in Media

  • FRIDAY 4/11 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Jump scare! Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit, 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 other media, and where it doesn’t make the cut.

Saturday, 5/11

Pitch Your Game Idea

  • SATURDAY 5/11 6:30PM – 7:30PM

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 that this is an open forum – there’s nothing keeping anyone, judges and attendees alike, from stealing your ideas! If you’re not comfortable with this, please don’t pitch your idea!)

Sunday, 6/11

28 Plays Later: The World Tour! (Mostly Melbourne Edition)

  • SUNDAY 6/11 2:00PM – 3:00PM

The weekly gaming comedy podcast hosted by Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit, Broodhollow) and Paul Verhoeven (Steam Punks, ABC3) has returned! After their live show at last year’s PAX Australia and their live shows at PAX West, Kris and Paul are back! Weird animated shorts, video game banter, sketches and special musical guests, TRIPOD! Note: This show will be recorded! So you’ll be part of show history! By which we mean you’ll hear your sporadic laughter on a future episode!

Kris in Melbourne: PAX Aus and Beyond

Updated 23 October: three additional panels at PAX, a 28 Plays Later show on Friday 30 October, and an MC Frontalot show on Monday 02 November


Hi Melbourne — I will be at PAX Australia in your hemisphere 30 October to 1 November! I’ll have a table in Bandland! Where is that on the show floor? I don’t know exactly. It’s my first time doing PAX there!

I’ll have a selection of Broodhollow books 1 and 2, as well as the most recent Chainsawsuit collection, and a multitude of Pinny Arcade pins from America’s distant shore. You’ll also be able to pick up the 28 Plays Later Yharnam poster, and get it signed by myself and Paul Verhoeven!

kris i don’t care about that. what about panels

You know, I worked really hard on all my books and comics — and I’m a father now, so —

kris! enough! give me panels now!!


Gabe, Tycho, and Friends

  • FRIDAY 30/10 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Watch Gabe, Tycho, Angela & Aubrey from the Doubleclicks, and Kris Straub play Quiplash and Fibbage for your entertainment! We’ve never done this before! It could be super fun, or it could go horribly! But you’ll get to see it happen, live on stage!

Penny Arcade – Make a Strip!

  • SATURDAY 31/10 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Ever wonder what goes into making a Penny Arcade comic? Join Gabe and Tycho in the Main Theatre and take part in creating Monday’s comic!

28 Plays Later with Kris Straub and Paul Verhoeven

  • SATURDAY 31/10 3:30PM – 4:30PM

The comedy gaming podcast comes to PAX Australia! Paul Verhoeven (ABC3’s Steam Punks, The Project, Triple J) and Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit, Broodhollow) bring their hour-long podcast to a live audience for the first time, talking games, improv skits, and bizarre tangents—all while speaking to each other in wildly differing accents.

Child’s Play Charity Live Auction

  • SUNDAY 1/11 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Child’s Play Charity seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity and kindness of the video game industry and the power of play.

Come and take part in the very first PAX Aus Live Auction, with some amazing and exclusive gaming memorabilia up for grabs, where all the proceeds go to a good cause!

Omegathon Final Round

  • SUNDAY 1/11 5:30PM – 6:30PM

A one-on-one winner takes all fight to the (metaphorical) DEATH! Come watch as two combatants (metaphorically) rip each other asunder for your amusement.

what about us non-pax attendees

Even if you can’t make it to PAX Aus, I’m doing two other shows!

Friday 30 October @ 10:00 PM

Catch Paul and me doing 28 Plays Later Live! We’re recording an inebriated version of our gaming podcast live onstage at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne on Friday night. More information and tickets available here!

Monday 02 November @ 7:00 PM

MC Frontalot is doing an after-PAX concert at The Workers Club — and I’m one of his guests! This is an opportunity to see two American Masters together for the first time — one of nerdcore rap, and one of whatever it is that I do. Tickets and information available here!