PAX lays out full schedule

Penny Arcade Expo 2009 lineup set in stone, from Ron Gilbert keynote address to Star Wars: The Old Republic live demo.

From Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6, the Penny Arcade Expo will take over the Washington State Trade and Convention Center, potentially bringing in 60,000 or more gamers of all stripes. That's a lot of people, and the event's organizers this week have revealed a full slate of activities to keep them busy.

You'd be panicked too if you were organizing a show for 60,000 and still had to make three comic strips a week.

Like previous PAX shows, this year's event will feature an Omegathon multigame tournament, a show floor with exhibitors allowing gamers to try out upcoming releases, and appearances by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, the creators of the Penny Arcade Web comic that spawned PAX.

Also similar to years past, PAX will feature a full array of panels, lectures, and unveilings, kicking off in earnest Friday afternoon with a keynote address from Secret of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert. Other notable developers will also make appearances, including Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack, BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka, and Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schaefer.

However, the Penny Arcade Expo is about more than video games. The show will also see appearances by a variety of gaming culture icons, including Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield, Star Trek: The Next Generation cast member Wil Wheaton, and Fox Trot author Bill Amend. Meanwhile, the show's Friday and Saturday nights will close with "nerdcore" concerts featuring gamer-friendly acts like MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, and Freezepop.

Sunday's show won't have a concert capper, but it will have the first live public demo of BioWare's hotly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Organizers advise attendees to line up for that session early, as "there will be exclusives galore for attendees only."

For a full list of the weekend's events, check out the official PAX 2009 site.

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13 comments
NuKkU
NuKkU

lol the caption for the pic is pretty funny cant wait thru

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

SWTOR makes this event, when they say "demo" they better mean "demo" on not some stupid stage event like they did at E3 lol

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Most exciting news out of this is the Live Demo of Old Republic. This will be huge in giving me an insight as to whether I am going to want to try to get into this game or not. -- What do you think Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack is going to do? Do you think he'll apologize for Too Human or continue to put the blame on Epic? He'll probably try to avoid Too Human talk. -- _

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

How come freezepop is gamer friendly?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I was never a big fan of PAX but maybe they will change my mind this year

Apocolypse_Cow
Apocolypse_Cow

Ordered my ticket months ago; seriously pumped! :D

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

nice - can't wait. here in seattle already so no worries for travel, etc! :-)

Auricom-R
Auricom-R

Can't wait for the Giant Bomb Re-Reunion Tour panel Seeing the GB crew (Jeff, Ryan, Brad, and Vinny) back together with Rich Gallup, Alex Navarro, and Matt Rorie is always great. The good old days of days of Gamespot can't be matched.

ThaElementz
ThaElementz

Nice, finally a live demo of the Old Republic. I Wonder how this one is going to turn out.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm excited, already ordered my pass months ago, and I live just a few blocks away.

naval
naval

Cool .. personally waiting for more info of Deathspank :D

jazilla
jazilla

I really want to get up to the northwest to check this out in the next few years. It looks like a blast and they have really cool stuff there.