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PAX East 2012

PAX East is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. Taking place April 6-8 in Boston, PAX East hosts dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas as well as nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers.

You can find out more at the official PAX East site.


Ask the Dungeon Master

Friday 4/6, 6 pm – 7 pm (Eastern Time) Wyvern Theatre

Being a great Dungeon Master requires a variety of skills. Part referee, part storyteller, and part actor; the art of the Dungeon Master is in combining these talents to become a superhuman, D&D-propelling package. Join D&D staff members Mike Mearls, Chris Lindsay, and Jeremy Crawford as they discuss various tips and tricks to bring the best adventure to your players, as well as ways to make them equal participants in the story. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

The Future of Dungeons & Dragons

Saturday 4/7 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern Time) Wyvern Theatre

The next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is on its way! Join D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls and Lead Rules Editor Jeremy Crawford in a Q&A about the next iteration of D&D, and how the open playtest is using fan feedback to help shape the future of the game.

How D&D Saved My Life—and How It Could Save Yours!

Sunday 4/8 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern Time) Wyvern Theatre

In this humorous, self-deprecating and inspirational talk—punctuated by his own 1970s and 1980s-era slides and movies of maps, dungeons and character sheets and snapshots—author Ethan Gilsdorf will take you on a nostalgic trip through his own love affair with D&D and his personal transformation, and show you how to feel good about all those years spent in the dungeon.

Twitter Photo Contest

At PAX East, our fans have the opportunity to Tweet a photo of themselves next to the Lolth statue at the D&D booth for a chance to win Lords of Waterdeep or an iPad! You can read the full rules right here.

How to Enter:

  • Take your photo with the Lolth Statue during the contest period. (The contest begins at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on April 6, 2012 and ends on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 6:00 PM.)

  • You may submit one photo between 10:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT each day during the contest period to enter for that day’s consideration.

  • Tweet your photo of you posing with the Lolth statue using your Twitter account to #lolthdnd.

Gaming Events

New to D&D

Event Runs Description
D&D Learn-to-Play Friday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm;

Saturday 11 am, 1 pm,
3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm;

Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
Want to learn how to play D&D 4th Edition? We’ll teach you all the basics, and send you out on your first adventure! Everything is provided for you, and you can even keep your character.

Length: 2 hours
D&D Board Game
Open Play
Friday & Saturday 11 am,
1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm;

Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
Want to play a D&D game without a DM? Do you like cooperative games? How about head-to-head Euro-style games? Or strategic wargames? Come with your friends to play any of our D&D-themed board games all weekend long! Choose from Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, The Legend of Drizzt, Conquest of Nerath or the all-new Lords of Waterdeep!

Length: 2 hours

New and Experienced D&D Players

Event Runs Description
Rise of the Underdark:
The Sun Never Rises
Friday & Saturday 11 am,
1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm;

Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
Her Radiance Dareen Travaskyr has led the Temple of Lathander’s Light for many years, making it a source of good and civilization in the otherwise wild Daggerdale. When the priestess received a vision urging her to create a powerful icon against an impending darkness, she employed a group of adventurers to complete her divinely inspired tasks. But evil has spies everywhere. Now, the party of heroes might be the only thing standing between forces bent on a grisly fate for the temple's inhabitants. This short adventure is designed to introduce the players to the threat presented in the Web of the Spider Queen D&D Encounters season. Players who complete this adventure have a chance to gain some benefits that they can carry over to the characters they play in the new D&D Encounters season.

Length: 2 hours
D&D Convention Delve:
Lair of the Dread Witch
Friday 11 am – 11 pm;

Saturday 11 am – 11 pm;

Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
In the deep forest, a place of dark power lies, its corruptive influence seeping into the lands beyond its borders. Can you contain the threat of the Dread Witch, and stop her rituals before all falls into darkness? A 1st-level D&D convention delve with characters provided. Play as often as you like and earn tokens that can be redeemed for prizes!

Length: 1 hour per adventure

Some D&D Experience Recommended

Event Runs Description
Playtest Special:
D&D Next
Friday 7 pm Join in a public playtest of the next iteration of the Dungeons & Dragons game at PAX East. Play in an adventure with characters provided, and give us your feedback to help guide the future of the D&D game! Players of any editions of the game are welcome to participate. All participants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Length: 4 hours
D&D DM’s Challenge:
The Elemental Chaos
Saturday 7 pm What stirs in realms beyond the world awakens, and adventurers are needed to combat the agents of chaos and destruction! The DM’s Challenge is a special one-time event running only at PAX Prime. DMs bring their best and most dangerous 7th-level Elemental Chaos-themed adventures for you to conquer; rate your play experience to determine the best adventure of the evening! 7th-level characters are provided.

Length: 4 hours
Lords of Waterdeep Tournament Sunday 11 am Come try out the newest offering in the D&D board game line with Lords of Waterdeep! This Euro-style resource game casts the players as the Masked Lords of Waterdeep, each recruiting adventurers to complete various quests and achieve their own ends. The tournament consists of a 2-hour entry round, with each table’s winner advancing to a 2-hour final round to determine the PAX East champion! Winner and finalists receive prizes. 4 hours total for players reaching the final round.

Length: 2 hours/round

Rise of the Underdark

Step Into Shadow

Ages ago, my children descended into the depths of the earth. This wasn’t exile… Nor was it an escape. But the Underdark was never meant to be a home for the drow. It was their crucible. A harsh and unforgiving existence filled with pain and death where only the swift, strong, and sly dare to survive. And as steel sharpens steel, the dark elves have become mighty. And now…they are ready.

Learn more about the Rise of the Underdark.

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