Live D&D Game: Acquisitions Incorporated

Saturday, September 1st

Start: 3:30 PM (Pacific)
End: 5:30 PM (Pacific)
Location: The Main Theater

Acquisitions Inc. (Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz, Wil Wheaton) along with Dungeon Master Chris Perkins play two hours of the next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons. Come check out the next chapter in the saga of Jim Darkmagic and the Acquisition Inc. crew!

Please be advised: this live game may contain strong language. In fact, knowing the participants, it almost assuredly will contain strong language.

For those of you who watched the D&D Live Game (livestreamed on the Official Live Stream Channel of Penny Arcade Expo, we certainly hoped you enjoyed the experience! In the coming days, we will have an edited version of the game posted to the D&D YouTube channel.

Until then, you might also listen to the most recent Acquisitions Inc. podcasts:

Seminar Coverage

Submitting For Success: Develop an Illustration Career

Saturday, September 1st

Start: 2:30 PM (Pacific)
End: 3:30 PM (Pacific)

This panel, led by Wizards of the Coast Art Directors, will cover portfolio building, soliciting your work, what do when you get the job, and a Q&A with the panel members.

The Future of D&D

Saturday, September 1st

Start: 1:00 PM (Pacific)
End: 2:00 PM (Pacific)
Location: Raven Theater

Hosts: Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson

The next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is on its way! Join D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls and others 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.

Ask The Dungeon Master

Friday, August 31st

Start: 4:30 PM (Pacific)
End: 5:30 PM (Pacific)
Location: Raven Theater

Hosts: Chris Perkins, Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson

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 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.

Rise of the Underdark

A 2012 Pax Prime D&D Experience

Awaken the darkness and become a drow as you delve into the D&D Experience at Pax Prime 2012. Follow a network of treacherous Underdark tunnels to the subterranean city of Menzoberranzan, and face deadly monsters and cunning villains.

Dungeons & Dragons activities can be found in one of four locations at PAX:

The Main Theater: Come Saturday to watch the Acquisitions Inc. team (Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz, Wil Wheaton) with Dungeon Master Chris Perkins play two hours of the next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons! Remember, space is limited for this event and usually fills up fast!

Raven Theater: Join members of the D&D research and design team in two panels at this location, Ask the DM on Friday and The Future of D&D on Saturday. See “Seminars” below for times.

The Dungeon (Conference Center LL1 - LL5): The chamber beneath the Pike Street Conference Center is host to an array of D&D activities including seminars,panels, and numerous play opportunities for D&D, such as D&D Encounters, the DM’s Challenge, the Lords of Waterdeep board game, and the new miniatures skirmish game Dungeon Command.

D&D Booth: Here, attendees can purchase D&D products and see the latest D&D video games.. You’ll also get an inside glimpse at the drow plot to seize the Forgotten Realms and have the opportunity to receive a free button based on your drow house and get your photo with Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders or the most famous drow of all-time Drizzt Do’Urden. Also, find out how you can acquire the ultimate Underdark accessory—an LED light-up beanie!

Choose Your House

Visit the Dungeons & Dragons booth in the exhibit hall to take the “What’s Your Drow House” quiz that shows your allegiance to one of the drow houses of Menzoberranzan. Then, keep an eye out for D&D staff members in Underdark beanies. At certain times throughout the convention, you can receive treasure* from these envoys of Lolth, which you can keep for yourself to improve the glory of your house. Follow Wizards_DnD on Twitter and #DNDPAX for information on where/when to locate these representatives.

*Any treasure offered is one per person, and only while supplies last.

Gaming

All D&D gaming takes place in the lowest level of the Conference Center on 8th & Pike (aka The Dungeon).


D&D Learn-to-Play (2 Hours)

Time Slots: Fri: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sat: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sun: 11am and 1pm

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.


D&D Encounters: Council of Spiders (2 Hours)

Time Slots: Fri: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sat: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sun: 11am and 1pm

Play the first encounter in the latest D&D Encounters season. For the first time in a season, play the bad guys – drow and their allies! Create your own character or a character can be provided.


D&D Special: The Dawn of Night (2 Hours)

Time Slots: Fri: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sat: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sun: 11am and 1pm

Lead the assault on the Temple of Lathander in Dagger Falls as you play drow looking to further Lolth’s aims to dominate the surface world and strike a blow for darkness! Characters are provided.


D&D Next Playtest (4 Hours)

Time Slot: Fri 7 pm only

Playtest the next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons at PAX Prime. Play in an adventure with characters provided, and see a glimpse of future of the D&D game! Players of any editions of the game are welcome to participate. All participants are required to opt-in to the Wizards of the Coast playtest agreement.


DM’s Challenge: Vault of the Drow (4 Hours)

Time Slot: Sat 7 pm only

The drow houses vie for power, maneuvering to gain Lolth’s favor and position themselves in control of Menzoberranzan. You are one of their agents! This DM’s Challenge is a special one-time event running only at PAX Prime. DMs create an adventure in which players take the roles of drow and their allies in a 9th-level D&D 4th Edition adventure. Rate your play experience to determine the best adventure of the evening! Characters are provided.


D&D Board Game Open Play (1 - 2 Hours)

Time Slots: Fri: 11am-11pm / Sat: 11am-11pm / Sun: 11am-3pm

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 The Legend of Drizzt, Conquest of Nerath or Lords of Waterdeep!


Dungeon Command Open Play (1 Hour)

Time Slots: Fri: 11am-11pm / Sat: 11am-11pm / Sun: 11am-3pm

Choose between drow, goblins, and hero factions and learn to play the new D&D miniatures skirmish game! Rules will be taught if necessary.


Lords of Waterdeep Tournament (2 Hours/Round)

Time Slots:
Entry Rounds – Fri: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm / Sat: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm
Semi-Finals – Sun 11 am
Finals – Sun 1 pm

Come try out the newest D&D board game, 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 the top 25 scoring players advancing to a 2-hour final round to determine the PAX Prime champion! Winner and finalists receive prizes.

Seminars

Join members of the D&D Research and Design team to discuss the future of D&D and the next iteration of the game. The events are completely free, and each panel includes a Q&A. Most seminars take place in the lowest level of the Conference Center on 8th & Pike (aka The Dungeon). A few are located in the main convention center.

Friday, August 31st

Start End Title Description
10:30 AM 11:30 PM D&D Digital Location: The Dungeon (D&D Gaming Area)
Panelists: John Feil and Jon Schindehette (WotC), Andy Velasquez (Cryptic Studios: Neverwinter), Erik Boyer (Turbine Entertainment: Dungeons and Dragons Online) and Coriander Dickinson (Beamdog: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition) come together to discuss the past, present, and future of D&D Video Games.
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Creating the Core: The Next Dungeons & Dragons Location: The Dungeon (D&D Gaming Area)
Panelists: Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson
Join the team working on the next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons as they talk about their approach to designing the system’s core rules and classes. They’ll discuss the playtesting process and the challenges in developing a game to unify the editions of D&D. Seminar to be followed by Q&A.
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Ask the DM Location: The Raven Theater
Panelists: Chris Perkins, Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson
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 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.

Saturday, September 1st

Start End Title Description
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Designing for Dungeon Masters: Monsters, Magic Items, and DM Mischief Location: The Dungeon (D&D Gaming Area)
Panelists: Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson, Chris Perkins
Curious what the new Dungeons & Dragons rules system will offer if you’re a Dungeon Master? Come join the team members as they discuss plans for monsters, magic items, adventures, and more. Seminar to be followed by Q&A.
1:00 PM 2:00 PM The Future of D&D Location: The Raven Theater
Panelists: Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson
The next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is on its way! Join D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls and others 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.
3:30 PM 5:30 PM D&D Live with Acquisitions Inc. Location: The Main Theater
Participants: Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz, Chris Perkins, Wil Wheaton
Come check out the next chapter in the saga of Jim Darkmagic and the Acquisition Inc. crew.
R&D Attendees

Jeremy Crawford is the lead rules editor for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. His design and development credits include the Rules Compendium, all the other books in the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials line, and Player’s Handbook 1–3. Jeremy also co-hosts the official Dungeons & Dragons podcast.

Mike Mearls is the senior manager for Dungeons & Dragons R&D. He has also worked as a designer and columnist for the weekly Legends & Lore column. His recent D&D credits include Player’s Handbook 3, Hammerfast, Monster Manual 3, and the Castle Ravenloft board game.

Chris Perkins has been working for Wizards of the Coast for 15 years. He was involved in work on 3rd and 4th edition, as well as the upcoming iteration of Dungeons & Dragons. He is also the editor-in-chief of Dragon magazine and Dungeon magazine.

Rodney Thompson is an advanced designer for Dungeons & Dragons R&D at Wizards of the Coast, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. His credits for the D&D game include the Dark Sun Campaign Setting and the Dark Sun Creature Catalog, Monster Vault, Player’s Option: Heroes of the Feywild, and Lords of Waterdeep.

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