Top 10 Parties for PAX Prime 2015

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When I’m not making recipe and putting sprinkles on everything, I’m running the @paxparties twitter handle. I keep everyone at PAX informed of the hot parties happening each night, and this year there are more than ever! Not sure which ones to head to? These are my top 10 choices (in chronological order). I look at cost, exclusivity, people/companies putting on the event, and location to make my decision. These will be the parties with the big lines outside of them, I guarantee it! (But if you can get in, it’s worth it! Show up EARLY!)

Giant Bomb: Live, In Person, and Fully Clothed: Thursday August 27th, 9pm

Giant Bomb has rented out The Parlor to do a show, and with a swanky space and a promise of entertainment, how can you go wrong? They’ll also debut some new merch!

Free, 21+, cash bar.

Trion PAX Party: Friday August 28th, 7-10pm

If you’re a fan of Trion’s games, you’ve GOT to be at the W Hotel right at 7pm. There’s free food and drink, free t-shirts, free LED devil horns, free game codes, and tons of other swag, but it’s all while supplies last! Plus, they’ve hinted that there will be some new reveals at the party. What are you waiting for? There’s probably already a line forming.

Free, all ages (but 21+ with ID to drink!), free food and drink while it lasts.

Lara Croft GO Launch Party: Friday August 28th, 7pm-2am

This party is promising to have Lara Croft GO, poutine, free stuff, and live snakes. It’s an intriguing combo and I want to learn more. Plus, it’s at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is walking distance from the convention center and a great party venue. Come party and pet snakes and stuff!

Free, 21+, poutine! (Not sure if poutine is free or not. Bring money for additional food/drinks).

Amazon Game Studios Presents: Twitch PAX Party: Friday August 28th, 9pm-2am

Twitch parties are the place to be, and this year is no exception. They’ve rented out Garage Billiards, which means there will be 20 bowling lanes, 25 pool tables, 6 bars, a photobooth, a karaoke room, and lounge space. Get in line EARLY to make it in. Grab your dinner to go and eat it while standing in line. I’m serious. Get there EARLY.

Free, 21+.

Super League Gameplay Party Hosted By Captain Sparklez: Saturday August 29th, 2-4pm

This party’s a bit different than the other ones you’ll see on the list. It’s during the day and it’s an all ages/family event. But hey, you’ve gotta start the gamers young, right? The whole family will LOVE this party. They’re putting Minecraft up on a movie theater screen at the Regal Meridian and letting you play it! Plus there will be a free collectible and a meet and greet with popular YouTube gamers. It’s a great excuse to get out of PAX during the busiest day/time.

Free, all ages.

Dungeon Boss Rooftop Bash: Saturday August 29th, 6:30-9pm

Here is another fun all ages event to end your day! Demo Dungeon Boss before it comes out, enjoy free snacks, and check out their guest DJ. Frolik is also a beautiful venue and has a great rooftop deck (if the weather shapes up)!

Free, all ages, free snacks while supplies last.

A Most Excellent Double Fine Fan Meetup: Sunday August 30th, 5:30-9:30pm

Double Fine will be showing their new, unannounced game for the first time publicly. Plus there will be live music! It’s at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is a popular post-PAX spot. Plus, it starts early enough you can still hit up some of the later parties on the same night!

I believe this is free and all ages, but don’t quote me on it!

After 6 – 2015 Party Edition: Sunday August 30th, 6-10pm

I’ve got a soft spot for indie games, and a softer spot for indie game parties. The Seattle Indies Expo is throwing this party in their space at Melrose Market Studios. You can meet some indie devs and try out their games while noshing on some free food and drink. Win-win!

Free, all ages, free food/beer while it lasts.

PAX Prime Karaoke Time 2015 with Mike & Tifa: Sunday August 30th, 9pm

Come sing geeky songs with some really awesome people at The Mercury @ MachineWerks! Mike and Tifa are both incredible and throw some great Karaoke parties. Baby Ketten Karaoke will be there, meaning they’ll have all your fave nerdy, pop culture, and video game songs to sing. Seriously, this is gonna be a blast. Grab your free ticket here. There will also be a bus giving free round trips to and from the convention center and the venue. You have no excuse.

Free, 21+, Eventbrite ticket required for entry, bar is cash only.

RockBand After Party II: Monday August 31st, 7pm-1:30am

PAX is over but you’re not ready to stop? Head to The Unicorn to join the Seattle RockBand Group for their end of PAX party. There will be a RockBand competition and casual play, and Harmonix will be hosting a Twitch stream of the party. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Free, 21+

Tara’s at Emerald City Comicon!

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Emerald City Comicon‘s coming up this weekend, and I can’t wait to see folks, roam the exhibit hall, and attend/be on some panels! This is where I’ll be:

Friday: I won’t be at the convention itself, but I’ll be in the area and will most likely be hitting up some parties or shows in the evening! (Out of town friends: Let me know if you want to meet up for a drink or meal in the area!)

Saturday: Saturday is my day of panels! I’ll be on the following:

3pm: Makeup For Geeks (Room 2B)

The OneUpMakeup ladies will be joining forces with Espionage Cosmetics and Atomic Cosmetics to talk makeup! I’ll be moderating the panel and I’ll be providing some of my Geeky Hostess Espionage Cosmetics Collections for giveaways!!! (There are going to be a lot of great giveaways, so make sure you get to this panel on time!)

5pm: The Couple The Games Together… (GAMING – Sheraton Issaquah Room)

Mr. Geek and I will be joining other awesome couples to chat about what it’s like to be a couple that games together. I’m hoping to get to share some of my fave two-player board games as well as some “gaming with your sig. other” etiquette tips!

6:20pm: Building  Events the Geeky Way (Hall C – Room 610)

I’ll be talking about planning events–both Geeky Hostess-style parties and Dammit Liz-style larger events. If you want to know anything about any type of event planning in the Geek World (from dinner parties to conventions), you’ll want to be at this panel!

Sunday: I’ll be wandering around the exhibit hall, trying to say “Hi” to folks, and possibly catching some panels! I’ll also be at the one below…

1pm: Job Hunters Screening (TCC LL2)

Get ready for Season 2 by doing a re-watch of Job Hunters Season 1 with some members of the cast and crew. We’ll also show the teaser trailer for Season 2. We won’t have a chance to do an official Q&A, but grab us after the screening and we’ll be happy to answer your spoiler-free questions!

 

Emerald City Comicon is already sold out, but I’m guessing some of you already have your tickets! Will I see any of you there? What panels/guests/exhibitors are you looking forward to seeing?

How To Geek Out at BlogHer

This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend BlogHer. Now, the idea of spending a weekend with 3500+ women bloggers seemed a bit daunting, but I’m so happy I went. I have never been surrounded by so many intelligent, interesting, passionate, and welcoming women in my life–I learned a lot and made some great connections. But enough about that, let’s get to a few quick recaps!

My roommate, Hilary, has the sweetest blog and cutest kid you’ll ever see. She and I got along fabulously, and she introduced me to the world of the mommy blogger. There are some incredible moms out there!

Favorite party? Sparklecorn. As in a dance party named after a sparkly unicorn. The cake was created by Charm City Cakes, and was THE COOLEST unicorn cake in the world.

(Pic by The Shoppin Queen)

We mingled, ate the cake, and danced the night away with cardboard cutouts of the Harry Potter kids and Darth Vader. When the party ended, the young wizards needed a place to sleep. I was generous enough to let them share my bed.

(Pic by Hilary)

And one more geeky and embarrassing thing for you. My fantastic performance as Wolverine, courtesy of Fox:

Thanks to BlogHer, I have some fun new things to share with you, AND some awesome giveaways! Be on the lookout for the first next week.