As one famous pig frequently says: “That’s all folks!” PAX South 2017 is in the bag, and with it, my participation!
I got to see some great games on Day Three: Light Fall, Mr Shifty, and Dreadnought are each absolute standouts in their own ways.
PAX South also featured some great cosplay this year, including lots of Overwatch fans, Mario, and a Deadpool version of the inflatable dinosaur costume!
Then there’s the Omegathon Final Round. This is another one of those events that I highly recommend finding the replays for if possible. For those unfamiliar, the Omegathon is a PAX tradition stretching back to the first PAX in 2004, where twenty randomly selected players battle each other in a variety of games and genres, culminating in the Final Round, the capstone of every PAX, where the game is a surprise to both the players and the audience. The winner, receives a free trip to any PAX of their choosing. The loser, gets the chance to come back next year.
This year’s PAX South saw two-time runner-up Rugpisser (Editor’s Note: I don’t pick these names, people) versus Mants. For those keeping score at home, since PAX South was established in 2015, this means that Rugpisser has come in second in both previous PAX South Omegathon events, and had once again battled through every round to make it to the championship stage for a third year running.
HOCKEY! But not just any hockey, hockey played on… Air! That’s right, the final round of the Omegathon, and the chance to go to any other PAX Australia (technically you can choose any PAX event you wish, including the newly announced PAX TableTop in Philadelphia, but let’s be honest, who in America isn’t going to choose an all expenses paid trip to Australia?) was to be determined by a best two out of three in Air Hockey, with the winner in each round being the first to seven points.
Round One was a tense affair, reaching at tie of six to six before Mants made the go ahead goal. From there, Rugpisser was battling from behind, finding himself down four to one before staging a rally. At five to four versus Mants, it looked like Rugpisser had a chance to at least push it to a Game Three, but it was not to be. Mants pushed the final two goals across in a brutal fashion, leaving Rugpisser as the bridesmaid for a third year running.
And with that bombshell, PAX South was over. If you asked me, I’d say it was a great convention, and I’m looking forward to the 2018 version!