The Drunken Moogle

PAX East 2013 Parties and Events

PAX East is coming! While the event is officially March 22-24, lots of parties are happening all throughout the week. We’ve gone and rounded up the most info that we could find about events. This list will be added to as new information about parties hits the internet, so keep checking back for more as it gets closer to the con.

If you’re part of an organization that is planning a party or event and would like to be added to the list, please let me know at mitch@thedrunkenmoogle.com.

And if you want to come hang out during the day, make sure to swing by a panel I’ll be taking part in: Blending Games & Life - Showing Your Passion.

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Third Annual Pre-Pre-PAX Gaming Tuesday Night Games & Booze

When:
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 PM
Where: J.J. Foley’s (21 Kingston St., Boston)
Price:
Free entry, bring money for food, drink, and donations to Child’s Play Charity. Please let it be known that you’re coming, for headcount purposes, at the forum link below.

Details:
It’s the third annual pre-pre-PAX East Tuesday night gaming gathering! We will once again be getting together at J. J. Foley’s (21 Kingston St. location - there are 2 locations, so make sure you go to the Kingston St. one, or you’ll be a sad panda) to play games, drink booze, socialize, and nom. A back room in J.J. Foley’s will be reserved. Bring games if you feel inclined, especially portable game devices. This is a 21+ event.

PAX Community Forum Page
PAX Community Calendar Event
Facebook Event 
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Pre-PAX East 2013 Bar Crawl with The Thread Podcast

When:
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Where:
Bars TBD (

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston)

Price: Free. Registration required. See link below.

Details:
 
Get your Pre-PAX drink on with other PAX Easters. 4 hours, 4 bars. Bars TBD. Prizes to be given away include a Limited Edition Machinarium Plushee and a NECA Bioshock: Infinite SkyHook Replica. Sponsored by Boston’s very own The Thread podcast. Only 200 tickets available. Please RSVP today.

Eventbrite Page 
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PAX East “Made in MA” Party 2013 (by the Mass Technology Leadership Council)


When:
 Thursday, March 21, 
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Where:
Microsoft NERD (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA)
Price:
Registration required. $50 per ticket. Free ticket registration codes are available to those who are part of MassTLC and the gaming industry. See link below for registration.

Details:
This is more of an industry party and networking opportunity. 

MassTLC would like to welcome all exhibitors for PAX East and game developers to our 4th annual party to celebrate the local Massachusetts gaming industry and all it has to offer.  

Join us to see firsthand how Massachusetts has become a leading gaming hub and the amazing community of game developers, gamers, investors, students and enthusiasts that have made it such a success.  This networking event will take place the night before PAX East starts, March 22, and we are expecting a packed house with more than 1200 guests!

Eventbrite Page
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Pokecrawl Episode 4: The Power of One!

When:
Thursday, March 21, 7:30 PM - Friday, March 22, 2:00 AM
Where:
Various Bars in Boston
Price:
Free, with the exception of buying drinks (SOLD OUT).
Registration required.

Details:
A Pre-PAX Pokemon themed bar crawl! Participants join teams inspired by the colors of the various Pokemon games and take part in drinking and scavenger hunt type challenges. You’re encouraged to dress in Pokemon themed attire. The event is extremely popular and is a great way to meet new friends before the convention starts. Keep an eye out on the forum for possible openings. 

Eventbrite Page
PAX Community Forum Page 
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Rock Band Night - Presented by Harmonix and The Brattle


When:
Thursday, March 21, 8:00 PM
Where:
Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA)
Price:
$20 tickets (SOLD OUT)

Details:
J
oin us for a night of rock-and-roll fun with Harmonix, local video game designers and the creators of the fantastic Rock Band. Form your own band or fly solo and enter for a chance to compete live on stage in front of a panel of judges from GiantBomb.com. Plus get your hands on some exclusive merch that Harmonix is cooking up. This event is a prequel of sorts to the absurdly popular PAX East Convention which begins on March 22. 

Event Page
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Destroy Boston: The Official Structure Gaming Pre-PAX Pub Crawl

When:
Thursday, March 21, 9:00 PM - Friday, March 22, 1:00 AM
Where:
Papagayo (283 Summer St., Boston), Remy’s, Beer Garden, and The Whiskey Priest
Price:
Free admission. Bring money for drinks.

Details:
Structure Gaming is often considered to be a bunch of hooligans. Well on Thursday March 21, Boston’s Favorite Gamers are stepping out for a night to hang out with our fellow gamers in an attempt to forge a new PAX East tradition. Join Qwicksilv3r, Rebeccah Ash, Jaa Coops, Jared G 1992, Tj Catch Em All, Handsome Nick and the rest of the Structure Gaming crew from 10 pm-1am for a celebration of Gaming, Community and Beer.

Facebook Event Page 
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Mad Catz Unveiled

When:
Thursday, March 21, 9:00 PM - Friday, March 22, 1:00 AM
Where:
Guilt (275 Tremont St., Boston)
Price:
$50 tickets Free - Those who bought tickets were reimbursed. (SOLD OUT). Registration link below.

Details:
 You’re invited to experience Mad Catz Unveiled, an exclusive pre-PAX East event! Get hands-on time with pre-release titles before PAX, one-on-one experience with the Mad Catz gaming team, meet industry insiders, and socialize with the pro gaming ladies of LT3. Pro players, publishes, and the latest hardware will be present at this night of fun. 

Event Page
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Arcade Rave @ Throwed Boston (18+)

When: Thursday, March 21, 9:00 PM - Friday, March 22, 1:00 AM
Where: Tommy Doyle’s (90 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA)
Price: Tickets range from $4.94-$60.

Details: Pre-PAX East 2013 party. Dressing up as your favorite video game character is encouraged. Electro, dubstep, bass, trap, moombathon, and more music to be played. DJ’s Texas Mike, Mobsky, and Bad Magician will be present, as well as guests Crime Pays and Grimecraft. $3 PBRs and Redbulls, $5 mixed drinks. This is an 18+ event. $5 off for 21+.

Ticket Sales Page
Facebook Event Page 
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Indies Need Booze

When:
Friday, March 22, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where:
Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant (350 Massachusettes Ave, Cambrige, MA)
Price:
Free. Must register (SOLD OUT)

Details:
Tired of going to the same old PAX East after party. Tired of pushing people aside to just get one horrible drink. Tired of people going crazy for a game that doesn’t need the press. Well come on down to the indie party of the year “Indies  Need a Drink”. Come join the Boston local developers, indie gamers, and others as we celebrate PAX East and drink the night away. This event is a chance to meet indie developers in their natural element of drinking beer and having fun with other gamers! This event is free but space is limited! Please make sure to RSVP since we only have so much space plus we will have a set menu of awesome burgers. Don’t worry there will be plenty of booze for you to buy, plus some top secret prizes that we are giving away!

Eventbrite Page

Twitter: @indiesneedbooze

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2013 Boston QUILTBAG Gamer Meetup

When: Friday, March 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Uno Chicago Grill (731 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115)
Price: $16.05 for a ticket. See link below. Ticket sales end March 14.

Details: Are you gay, bi, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual or just a staunch ally? Do you love games? Then come one, come all to the second annual Boston GLBTQA Gamer Meetup! Though this event has been organized in connection with PAX East, you do NOT have to be a con attendee to come to this party, and the doors are open wide to everyone from game developers to casual fans! Tickets include food from a select menu of favorite Uno Chicago Grill dishes, a choice of apple pie or a brownie sundae for dessert, and unlimited soda or iced tea. 

Eventbrite Page
Facebook Event Page 
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Turbine Party

When:
 Friday, March 22, 8:30 PM
Where:
 Jillian’s (145 Ipswich St, Boston)
Price:
 Free, must register for tickets. Send registration requests to rsvp@turbine.com.

Details:
 Meet fellow players and members of the Asheron’s Call, Dungeon and Dragons Online, and Lord of the Rings dev teams. The buffet will be loaded up with great munchies, including some vegetarian offerings and of course there will be great swag and raffles for those that attend. You might be lucky enough to walk away with a lifetime subscription to the game of your choice or other great door prizes. Plus, if you’re one of the first 200 people through the door, we’ll buy your first drink (beer, wine, or soft drinks)! Due to venue requirements you must be 21 or older with proper ID to attend this event. 

Event Info 
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2013 Twitch PAX East Party

When: Friday, March 22, 9:00 PM - Saturday, March 23, 2:00 AM
Where: Royale Nightclub (279 Tremont Street, Boston)
Price: Free to the first 300 people, $15 cover charge after that. Dress code enforced.

Details:  Doors open at 9PM EST. Free entry for VIP, general admission available with PAX badge. First 300 people through the door gain free entry, $15 cover charge thereafter for general admission. Dress code strictly enforced: no tennis shoes, hoodies or shorts allowed.

Event Page

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Dirty Nerdy Revue, Presented by D20 Burlesque and Rouge Burlesque

When: Friday, March 22, 11:00 PM
Where: Davis Square Theater (255 Elm St., Somerville, MA 02114)
Price: $15 tickets. Ages 18+. 

Details: A nerdy burlesque show. D20 Burlesque and Rogue Burlesque are teaming up to bring all you Boston based nerds and PAX East attendees a very special burlesque show and gaming event on Friday, March 22nd. Combining our nerdy powers from NYC and Boston, this show will include your favorite nerdy fantasies brought to life. Along with audience games, super sweet prize raffles and all this burlesque goodness, we are also super excited to have Jared Sorensen, founder of Memento Mori Theatricks, who will be running one of his parsely games (chosen by the audience)! As this is an adult show, age is restricted to 18+.

Tickets and More Information
Facebook Event Page 
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IGN @ PAX East: Please to Party With Us

When: Saturday, March 23, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: TBD - The IGN Party Time Strike Force is now securing a location.
Price: Free admission. Bring money for food and drinks.

Details: Come hang out with the cool IGN staff and guests. Eat, drink, talk about games, and be merry. IGN’s Daemon Hatfield, Greg Miller, Casey Lynch, Mitch Dyer, and Marty Sliva, as well as Destin Legarie and Mike Aransky. Did we mention super secret special guests will be in attendance? They will be. And they’re awesome. You’re going to want to meet them.

Event Page

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PAX East Elder Scrolls Online’s 347th Annual Tamriel Beer Garden Event

When: Saturday, March 23, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Where: The Castle Meeting Place (100 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116)
Price: Free admission. Bring money for food and drinks. Guardian required if under 18 years of age.

Details: Fans of The Elder School series are invited to gather for themed food and drinks, music, merchants, cool giveaways, and more. Regional brews and exotic foods will be served, gameplay sessions will take place, and traveling musicians will be present!

Event Page

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Pachinko for Charity by AbleGamers with ThinkGeek

When: Saturday, March 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: The AbleGamers booth in The Badlands
Price: Prices very with the amount of Pachinko balls purchased

Details: AbleGamers is having a Pachinko for charity event all weekend at their booth at PAX East. Stop by and play a few rounds and help out. ThinkGeek will be hanging out and playing from 7-8 PM Saturday.

Facebook Event Page 
Think Geek Event Page

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Sanshee Block Party

When:
Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM - Sunday, March 24 2:00 AM
Where:
72 Broad St, Boston, MA
Price:
 FREE - If you register early at the link below ($10), you can early access and two drink tickets.

Details:
Sanshee is throwing another party this year that is sure to thrill. Gaming themed drinks, food on toothpicks, the occasional free drink, cool people, guest appearances, music, and apparently chairs are just some of the neat things that will happen. Event is 21+ and requires an invite or PAX badge. IDs will be checked.

Eventbrite Page
Facebook Event Page
Check out some of the themed drinks that will be served!

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LeaguePodcast & Rock On! Concerts

When: Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Where: The Cavern Club at The Hard Rock Cafe (22 Clinton St., Boston, MA 02109)
Price: $10 tickets. See link below.

Details: Post PAX Nerdcore Madness concert featuring MEGARAN, K-Murdock, Louis Logic, Active Knowledge, Shane Hall, Gage, and Weird Die Young. 21+ only, ID required. 

Ticket Page 
Facebook Event Page 

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PAX East Tweetup 2013

When: Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM
Where: The lobby of the Westin Waterfront Hotel
Price: Free, no reservation required.

Details: Have you been getting pumped for PAX East on Twitter? Had any interesting virtual conversations about the event with strangers? Maybe you just want to meet some new people? Join fellow tweeters and Levelcapped.com for a few hours of good company, comfy seats, and drinks from the hotel bar.

Event Page

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CCP Player Gathering

When:
Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM - Sunday, March 24, 12:00AM
Where:
Jillian’s (145 Ipswich St, Boston)
Price:
Free. Must RSVP, 150 tickets available (SOLD OUT).

Details:
 CCP will have a big booth at PAX East this year and we’d like to ask EVE pilots and DUST mercs in the Boston area to join us for drinks, snacks and war stories at Jillian’s in Boston on Saturday the 23rd of March. Meet friends, make new ones and chat to the CCP devs. This is a 21+ event.

Eventbrite Page 
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Twitch Community Karaoke Night

When: Saturday, March 23, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Elephant & Castle (161 Devonshire Street, Boston)
Price: Free admission (21+ only)

Details: Join members of the Twitch staff, broadcasters and community for a night of song and dance.

Event Page

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BioShock Cosplay Contest at PAX East 2013 by Irrational Games

When: Saturday, March 23
Where: Secret!
Price: Free - Invitation only

Details: There’s one thing that we can’t get enough of and that’s cosplayers.  We love them so much, we even hired one to be the official face of BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth. The problem is, that’s still not enough.  We want to see more and that’s why we’re holding another cosplay contest at this year’s PAX East on Saturday, March 23rd.

Here’s how it works: Irrational Games staff will be walking around the show floor of PAX East all day Saturday on the lookout for BioShock- and BioShock Infinite-themed cosplayers. If you get spotted in costume—you’ll receive a wristband with everything you need to know.

This is your chance to finally show off that costume you’ve been working on all winter long. What better way to get a little recognition for it? Keep in mind, there’ll be some stiff competition, so make sure you bring your A game. How else do you expect to win?

Event Info Page
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Curse’s WildStar PAX East 2013 After Party

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:00 PM - Sunday, March 24, 2:00 AM
Where: Seaport Boston Hotel (1 Seaport Lane, Boston)
Price: Free, registration required. See link below.

Details: This is going to be the party to check out if you’re going to be in Boston for PAX East. Plan on enjoying live music from a DJ, a premium bar (with 2 drinks on the house), a loot bag for everyone who attends and even a red carpet style photo opportunity. As if all that wasn’t reason enough, we’re also going to have stations set up where you can try out the WildStar beta for yourself!

This will be an amazing opportunity to check out what Carbine Studios is up to in the world of WildStar, their upcoming MMORPG, with your own eyes. 

Eventbrite Page
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/Dance Party at PAX East 2013, hosted by Vapok

When: Saturday, March 23, 10:30 PM
Where: The Southwest Lobby on Level 1 (next to the Sphinx Theater)
Price: Free

Details: Come dance your bootie off as we smash down the tracks! The /dance party was originally put on out of the love of spontaneous dancing and music and the enjoyment of seeing other people happy. Use hashtag #slashdance to tweet your experience as you dance the night away. Guest DJ P0LARI5 (@PolarisDb) from Los Angelest will be putting together a string of house, electronica, funky, and nerdcore music!

PAX East Forum Page

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The Protomen MC Frontalot, Br1ght Pr1mate, and The World is Square Show at Middle East Downstairs

When: Sunday, March 24, 7:00 PM
Where: Middle East Downstairs (
472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139)
Price: $15 a ticket. See link below.

Details: Come finish your PAX East weekend by watching some of the best gamer musicians the world has ever seen! The Protomen and MC Frontalot will be headlining, with performances from Br1ght Pr1mate and The World is Square. 

Ticket Sales Website
Facebook Event Page

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Frag Dolls Secret Social

When: Sunday, March 24, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Where: The Hard Rock Cafe of Boston, in the Cavern Club Room (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109)
Price: Free admission, open bar. First come, first serve. (21+ event only)

Details: Frag Dolls are holding a social at the tail end of the PAX East weekend. Come hang out and take advantage of the open bar. 

Facebook Event Page (Must ‘like’ to see details)