I personally travel to PAX Prime (Seattle, the original home of PAX) and PAX East (Boston) every year, hoping to scope out the newest, hottest videogames, make new friends and have some fun. I'm also an Enforcer, which means I work for half of or ALL of PAX (depending on where I get assigned).
Last year I traveled to Gamescom 2012 to meet some of the core members of the German ArcheAge community. We weren't able to figure out who was going to publish the game in Europe or America, but we did guess correctly who would publish the game in Russia. That trip was a ton of fun, and I had hoped to maybe make it again this year to support the European ArcheAge community. Unfortunately, Trion Worlds will not have a booth at Gamescom 2013 (according to posts on the official Rift forum).
Photo credit: Mark Wilhelm (me). Shot at PAX Prime 2012.
Most folks assumed this meant Trion Worlds would have a booth at PAX Prime instead, but that also seems to not be happening. According to posts in the shoutbox here on ArcheAge Source by community manager Elrar, it appears that Trion Worlds will not have an independent booth at PAX either. Instead they'll be partnering up with some other companies, hardware companies if I had to guess, to showcase some of their games. I doubt ArcheAge servers will be ready for remote connections during PAX Prime and setting up local servers at the event would probably be very complicated, so I believe Trion will probably be showing off more Rift and Defiance. Warface and End of Nations are also a very remote possibility. If ArcheAge is at PAX Prime and not just a trailer being looped on a TV somewhere, I'll be pleasantly surprised.
In spite of this weird turn of events, I'll still be attending PAX Prime and representing the ArcheAge fan community as best as I can. Some European ArcheAge fans will remember the special pins I produced and gave out at Gamescom 2012. I'll be making a new set of pins for PAX Prime and giving them to anyone who can find me before, during or after the show. I'll also be available to go drinking and dining with every evening after the expo hall closes and if there's no late-night panels I want to sit in on.
Photo credit: Mark Wilhelm (me again). Shot at Gamescom 2012.
I'm not-so-secretly hoping that Trion Worlds has some kind of informal community get-together planned. Some Trion employees are attending an informal community event at a bar in San Mateo this weekend, so why not do the same thing in Seattle? If they don't mention anything within a week or so of the convention, I'll try to organize something.
Really wish we could be there in full force this year, but the reality is we're just super busy & it takes a lot of effort and time just to make an appearance at these shows - little of which has any net benefit on the quality of our games.
Whether it's me or someone else from the team I'll be sure to pass on the details of your festivities
And as mentioned at the end of his post, if anyone is in the San Francisco area on Friday evening and wants to hang out with (mostly RIFT) Devs feel free to stop by our little unofficial soiree - can get all the details on the Facebook page:
I'll be there in the flesh!