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Nerdarchy Pax Unplugged 2022 Experience

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Welcome once again to the weekly newsletter. This week’s topic is the Nerdarchy Pax Unplugged 2022 Experience, We hangout every Monday evening at 8 p.m. EST at Nerdarchy the YouTube channel talk about D&D, RPGs, gaming, life and whatever nerdy stuff comes up. Speaking of on the fly some unexpected circumstances kept us away from the usual weekly live chat so this week it’s anything goes! That anything is how we spent our Pax Unplugged.


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Delving Dave’s Dungeon

No live chat to go with this week’s topic. We were busy having fun at Pax Unplugged. Nerdarchist Ted and I talk about our experiences at what passes for Nerdarchy’s local con. Ted focuses mostly on the Con itself where I’ll be sharing my experiences after hours at various restaurants and bars. Most of the Con goers end up over at the Marriott bar after the Con.

For me Cons are all about networking for Nerdarchy, but more importantly connecting with people. I love going out to eat with people I haven’t been able to meet in person before. There is truly something special about breaking bread with other humans. I know for many going to Cons is all about playing as many games as possible. We are fortunate to get to play lots of games both online and in person. So I use them as an opportunity to hang out with my internet friends.

Thursday night before the Con started I met up with Professor Dungeon Master and his entourage for dinner at Maggiano’s. After dinner we commandeered an empty ballroom at the Marriott to play some Zoo Mafia RPG (Click for the FREE Quick Start Rules). Well until we got kicked out, but it was the very end of the Job and we finished in the hallway.

Professor Dungeon Master played Joey the Koala Bear Grifter. Maria played Sammi the Sloth Driver. Bill played a Button Person Gorilla named Mr. Wolf. Carlos was an Elephant Goon named Trunks. Finally Michelle played Tammy the Tamarin Safecracker.

Friday night we crashed the Backerkit and Frosthaven party at Kick Axe after dinner at Cuba Libras. So axe throwing might be a hidden talent of mine we discovered.

Saturday I grabbed some random Nerdarchy fans, Brandon and family plus Marc for a One Shot game of Zoo Mafia.

I got to hangout with Mike from Unmade Gaming, Professor Dungeon Master, and Runehammer at a Beer Garden Frankford Hall Saturday night. They were doing a Patreon get together and invited us to come hang out.

The Evidence

Somehow the Professor talked me into arm wrestling. Runehammer, who absolutely smoked me. That guy is a BEAST of a man.

Sunday night I ran into Monty from the Dungeon Dudes and Ginny Di among many others. Sadly no pictures. I also got to chat with Ted from Nerd Immersion nightly at the Marriott.

Places we ate all of which I recommend if you find yourself in Philadelphia the City of Brotherly Love:

Maggiano’s (Italian)

Cuba Libras (Cuban)

Strange Love (American)

Frankford Hall (German)

Prohibition Taproom (American)

From Ted’s Head

Greetings fellow Nerds. We have recovered from some fun antics and con fun at the recent Pax Unplugged in Philly this past weekend. For Nerdarchy, this is our home con. It is actually close enough for me to go home every night which makes the con something special for me. It has a lot of great attendees both as vendors and normal attendees so I feel it is even more special. When we go to GenCon, which is cool, there are times when there are just too many people, too much to see and do and it can be overwhelming. But Pax Unplugged feels like the perfect size to occupy my three days.

Con Highlights:

I always enjoy going to the cons and seeing fans and fellow creators. To those of you I met at the con, not going to call you out, but thanks for being there and coming up and saying hi. I keep a leather journal with me that if you talk with me enough, or just ask me to sign your book, I will ask you to sign mine. It is a nice keepsake that I am building and I love all the stories you all share with me.So thank you all who added to my memories.

Pax had some great things that I found out too late in my con attendance to fully take part, but If Nerdarchy Con should be a thing I will certainly want to have some people doing stuff like this. The awesome people over at Kickstarter made a game. You could go to their booth and get a few cards. Thereafter you could go around to the other 40 vendors who had a goose in their booth and get the card that they had. It sounded like an amazing scavenger hunt that wound up getting you a fun card game that makes you think. I hope they do it again next year for those who missed out.

If that was not enough running around, Late in the hours of the Vendor Hall on Saturday I saw a person dressed like Greg the Garlic Farmer. In true VLDL (Viva La Dirt League) fashion she had a floating Exclamation point over her head. I had to talk to her. While she had no affiliation with the fine folks of VLDL, she in fact had quests. It started with simply locating her counterpart, who had a Question Mark floating over his head. Following proceeded to be a series of quests. Running back and forth with a task in the middle between these fine Con Goers was a blast before time ran out. I think we did about 5 quests before we had to move on, so I am not sure whether it was an endless quest with no real goal or if there was a true prize that could be acquired. But it certainly gets me thinking that I hope to find them again at the next con.

I bought some new dice and did some holiday shopping. I ran one game of Zoo Mafia with some new players including a couple of friends from 3 Black Halflings and Roll for Mischief. So if you are looking for a con to attend, I cannot recommend Pax Unplugged highly enough.

But if you are looking for another way to hang out and game with Nerdarchy and potentially others in the industry, check out DnD in a Castle. This July Dave and I will be running some amazing games. 6 Sessions over 3 days with time for more fun and more gaming besides. There is even the chance that Dave and/or I run some Zoo Mafia while there. As we get closer to 2023, thanks for hanging out with Nerdarchy in whatever manner you choose to do so.

Join the Zoo Mafia RPG Family! We’ll be releasing our FREE Quick Start Rules in the next few weeks. Be one of the first people to get your paws on them. Go Wild, Do Crime — and Don’t Let the Humans Catch You! Find out more here.

Nerdarchy staff

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