Still alive after two days of PAX, one more to go!
Today there was a line from the instant the show floor opened to the public, until closing time! I feel bad people have to wait to play, but the line has turned out to be a blessing, actually, because it gives people a chance to read the Four Page Instruction Manual and observe the game in progress, so it seems like people are needing less instruction by the irreplaceable and awesome Tom Bui and Ian Hetu.
Highlights of the day include:
- Anthony Burch brought fiance (or did they get married already, I’ve heard conflicting reports?) Ashley Davis over to play. Of course, because he’s a mean person, he put her against somebody who had already played. So, to get him back I had him play Ian. Anthony played a lot of SpyParty and got pretty good at GDC earlier this year, but that was a long time ago: Ian: 2, Anthony: 0. Video of the final moments of their match is below. It was great, kind of like an exhibition match of two pros, and everybody in the crowd was paying close attention! They’re both cold as ice while playing…Anthony doesn’t move anything except his lip when he shoots.
- Apparently we were nominated by machinima.com for Best of PAX 2010, since somebody came by and gave me a sticker to put on the booth! I haven’t found anything about it online yet, though, post a comment if you find something.
- Listening to people in line telling their friends about it. It seemed like the lines today were from word-of-mouth, which is the best kind of attention you can get! The idea of a spy game about subtle behavior is really sinking in and making people take notice, which feels great.
- We’ve had enough repeat players that we’re going to run an “experts tournament” Sunday at PAX at 3pm. If you’ve played more than a couple times, you can enter. Depending on how people do, we might use some of the more advanced rules, like “subsetting” the missions, so the Spy picks 3 out of 4 missions, which means the Sniper can’t camp. I think we’ll have the winners play Tom and Ian. Ian can be kind of like Goro in this tournament.
- Justin McElroy from Joystiq played this morning and wrote up a great piece on SpyParty.
- The awesome repro of a bug by a player, so helpful!