My 2010 PAX Prime Schedule

When I was at GenCon last month, I signed autographs and stuff for close to six hours a day. I got to meet a lot of people (and took home about ten pounds of dice!) but I hardly got to see any of the con, and I got to play a grand total of three games while I was there. I’ve been working my ass off for three weeks, and the idea of doing the same thing at PAX this year makes me so sad, I want to curl up in a little ball on the floor and cry.

So this year, I have decided that, instead of spending most of the show signing in Bandland and taking three days to recover when I get home, I’m going to finally attend PAX, enjoy the company of my tribe, and play a ton of games. This means that I have severely curtailed my signing schedule, and it means there is no way I’m going to be able to sign things for everyone who wants things signed. (I’m not saying that in some kind of  “Hey, everyone come and see how good I look!” sort of way, I just know that at every PAX I’ve been to – this is my fifth – people tell me they typically wait 90 minutes or more, and we always turn people away because I run out of time.)

My PAX schedule this year is fundamentally different from every other PAX I’ve attended. I’m afraid that this is going to make a non-zero number of people unhappy with me, but here we go:

Friday:

10am 1pm: Signing in Bandland for about an hour. No lineups before 9:45. 12:45.

Saturday:

10am: Signing in Bandland for about an hour. No lineups before 9:45.

2:30pm-4:30pm – Acquisitions, Incorporated: D&D Live!

Gabe, Tycho, and Scott Kurtz begin an adventure with one goal, find a way to bring back Wil Wheaton’s deceased character, Aeofel. This is unscripted Dungeons & Dragons before a live studio audience… and through the magic of TECHNOLOGY, the audience influences the game! Bring your cell phone and guide Jim Darkmagic, Binwin Bronzebottom, and Omin Dran to riches or ruin.

6:30pm: Hi, I’m Wil Wheaton. AMA (Title shamelessly stolen from Reddit)

I’ve been working so much on secret projects and Eureka, I haven’t had time to write anything new for PAX, and rather than tell the same stories everyone’s heard already, I thought it would be fun to spend an hour together answering questions and talking about things that are interesting to you.

Sunday:

10am 1pm: Signing in Bandland for about an hour. No lineups before 9:45. 12:45.

Like I said, I know this is going to make some people unhappy, and if you’re one of those people, I hope I can appeal to your fundamental humanity for a moment, and ask for some understanding: I’ve been working my ass off for three weeks on a job that’s amazingly wonderful and fun, but is also emotionally exhausting (all creative work is emotional, I’ve realized, which is a subject that deserves its own post when I’m not as exhausted as I am now) and I’m just plain out of HP and Mana. I have a choice: I can skip PAX entirely, or I can attend PAX in a way that will still be fun for me. I chose the latter, because I think I’ve earned it, and as I said in my PAX East keynote:

We are all here today because we love playing games. Some of the happiest days of our lives would not exist without games and gaming. Games are important. Games matter. PAX is where we come together to celebrate that.

I can’t think of a better place to refill my HP and Mana than PAX, and I'm incredibly excited to finally attend this con that I've come to love so much. See you in about 56 hours!

59 thoughts on “My 2010 PAX Prime Schedule”

  1. Good to know you’ll be ENJOYING PAX this year! It’s meant for enjoyment not stress, and with how dedicated you are to your fans, it’s only fair that we understand your need for gettin’ your geek on.
    Are you selling any special things at the booth this year, like shirts or anything? I seem to be lacking in things to get signed.
    Looking forward (hopefully) to seeing you :)

  2. It makes me happier to think that you’re enjoying PAX this year than it would to get another signature from you. I do hope I get a chance to give you a button, though.
    Also, knowing that you’re out there “in the mix” as it were is cooler than standing in line to blurt out a random compliment. I mean I’m sure you appreciate the compliments, but organic conversations are better and more memorable.

  3. Wil Wheaton gets busy sometimes
    Wil Wheaton’s got a lot of stuff he’s gotta think about
    Wil Wheaton gets tired sometimes
    Wil Wheaton wishes he was something you could live without
    Cause every Wheaton needs alone time
    To eat bananas in the sunshine
    It’s feast or famine, it’s a fine line
    It doesn’t mean Wil Wheaton doesn’t love you
    [Wil Wheaton butler Wil screwed up again and he’s sorry]
    [Wil Wheaton he loves you Wil Wheaton loves you very much]
    [Wil Wheaton says Wil Wheaton says]
    [Wil Wheaton says he’s sorry he’s a Wheaton but he’s got to be a Wheaton and there’s nothing he can do]
    Wil Wheaton gets frazzled sometimes
    Wil Wheaton has an ulcer and a stressful time at work
    Wil Wheaton gets bitter sometimes
    Wil Wheaton’s not the only one who’s acting like a jerk
    And while he doesn’t like to name names
    And he’s not trying to assign blame
    It’s hard to focus on his own game
    It doesn’t mean Wil Wheaton doesn’t love you
    [Wil Wheaton butler Wil screwed up again and he’s sorry]
    [Wil Wheaton he loves you Wil Wheaton loves you very much]
    [Wil Wheaton says Wil Wheaton says]
    [Wil Wheaton says he’s sorry he’s a Wheaton but he’s got to be a Wheaton and there’s nothing he can do]
    Wil Wheaton gets angry sometimes
    Wil Wheaton says a lot of things he doesn’t really mean
    Wil Wheaton gets lucky sometimes
    Wil Wheaton thinks that you’re the bestest girl he’s ever seen
    He says he’ll stay with you for always
    It doesn’t matter what the job pays
    Cause everybody has their bad days
    It doesn’t mean Wil Wheaton doesn’t love you
    [Wil Wheaton butler Brian Dennehy screwed up again and he’s sorry]
    [Wil Wheaton he loves you Wil Wheaton loves you very much]
    [Wil Wheaton says Wil Wheaton says]
    [Wil Wheaton says he’s sorry he’s a Wheaton but he’s got to be a Wheaton and there’s nothing he can do]
    It doesn’t mean Wil Wheaton doesn’t love you

  4. D&D live sounds sweet! Wish I could watch that…
    There’s also a gamer girl panel, which as a girl that games appeals to me… too bad it’s on the other side of the country.
    have fun!

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