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[ PAX EAST 2013Welcome to our PAX East 2013 coverage, which has so far included such incredible highlights as: the bus we took to get there. ]

The expo floor has closed for the day (it’s only open until 5PM), and since we arrived in Boston after 1PM, that didn’t give us much time to do much other than case the place and make note of interesting things to check out tomorrow. Some of the highlights include: Super Time Force (it has a skateboarding dinosaur), Blizzard’s surprise free-to-play collectible-card-game Hearthstone (however that’s going to work), and a truck-ton of indie titles spread out all over.

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PAX is a pretty varied event, with an open expo floor (that actually sells stuff, unlike E3), lots of panel discussions, extra events, and several areas set up for people to just play games. There’s a free play console room, where you pick the game you want to play off a shelf and wait for an open console. There’s a handheld game room, full of beanbags (since that’s what handhelds are best played in), and even a room with nothing but Steel Battalion controllers hooked up to Xboxes. It is a scary room of serious people.

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Pictured above is not the scary room, just a random panel discussion about online gaming communities. For the competitive types, there are plenty of tournaments, console and PC, where anyone can sign up to play. And of course, the ever-living tabletop RPG sector and CCG sidemarkets are fully represented, with freeplay areas, lesson areas for those new to pretending they’re an elf princess of +2 princess. We hope to bring you much more on all this, tomorrow.