PAX Prime 2012: A Recap

By Mike Rosenberg

PAX Prime 2012 is in the books. What a weekend! Thanks again to everyone who stopped by the Cryptozoic Booth and tried out one of our upcoming games, and to those who picked up a copy!

The big hit for us this weekend was, unsurprisingly, The Lookouts. Which, uh, makes sense since this is the Penny Arcade Expo, and The Lookouts was developed by Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. We were selling the special issue 1 variant with cover art done by Mike Krahulik as well, and it was no surprise to see how popular that was all weekend.

Hot Rod Creeps also sped out of the gates as one of our most popular games this weekend. Game designer Matt Hyra and Cryptozoic's volunteers definitely helped make everyone's demo experiences with games such as this one an immense success. Remember, while we've been selling Hot Rod Creeps and the 3012 Deck-Building Game at PAX Prime and Gen Con this year, neither game has made its way to hobby stores... yet. 3012 is due out later this month, and Hot Rod Creeps will be available in hobby stores on October 2.

One of my favorite displays from the Cryptozoic booth is the Bromance photo display. Because who can pass up an opportunity to become official Bros?

Not these two!

Cryptozoic also had a tournament area in room 310. During the weekend, we were running World of Warcraft Trading Card Game beginner's events, a Spectral Safari, and multiple board game tournaments. On Saturday, the Epic Spell Wars and Penny Arcade The Game tournaments were swept by this guy.

Matthew Hawkins – The Most Epic Battle Wizard of PAX Prime 2012.

Matthew Hawkins, an avid gamer from Portland, has been coming to gaming conventions and Cryptozoic events since the company was founded, and he had quite the weekend. I sat down to talk to him more at the end of the weekend.

How long have you been playing games?

Matthew: I've been playing games since I've been 5 or 6 years old. I loved backgammon, but then I moved into board games until I discovered trading card games. TCGs ended up bringing me back into board games because of conventions, where I saw more board games, and it gave me a chance to meet new friends and talk to more people. It's been a full circle.

Do you play in board game tournaments often?

Matthew: Never, actually. I just started these at Gen Con 2012 because I needed a break from trading card games, so I played in a few events. There happened to be some nice prizing for these, and that motivated me to play in more events. It's not even about the prizing though, it's more passion. I just want to improve my ability to play games. Board games are a nice change of pace for me from TCGs.

Where do you typically play games? What's your "home store"?

Matthew: I usually pick up most of my stuff at Guardian Games in Portland. That's where I pick up most of my games and supplies like card sleeves.

What's your favorite Cryptozoic board game?

Hot Rod Creeps. Definitely. It's way too much fun.

Thanks again Matthew!

PAX Prime 2012 was a lot of fun. We can't wait for more PAX events next year! Our next convention stop will be at Comikaze in Los Angeles September 15-16. We hope to see you there! 

Rosenfloggen's picture Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg has been a long-time trading card game fan and an active freelancer in the hobby game industry since 2004. He wrote, editted, and managed web content for Cryptozoic Entertainment from March 2012 until October 2013.