Post-PAX sadness

Twitch signTwitch sign at 2016 PAX South, by Daniel Benavides from Austin, TX

It’s been a week since PAX Aus 2017 started and I’ve settled back in to normal life, mostly. There’s always a sense of melancholy after PAX (and other exciting events) and on the way home from Melbourne, I jotted down some thoughts.

I think it’s good to analyse this sadness and work out what it was about PAX you loved so much to now feel like this. Was there a particular element to the weekend that you could explored in your day-to-day life? For me, it is a bit of “FOMO” (fear of missing out) in regards to all these people doing amazing gaming things such as making games, studying games, setting up game companies, and yes, being rich and famous for game-related activities.

What can we do to change things in our daily lives to grab back some of that excitement that PAX gives us? Is there something we can try or learn – such as making a game, writing reviews, or streaming on Twitch?

This year I came away with the desire to try my hand at streaming. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, and haven’t done anything about – and really, there’s no excuse. It has a relatively low barrier to entry, and you already have the skills needed (enjoyment of playing games!) – sure, if you want to be a high profile streamer who makes money, that requires more work, but this seems like something I can at least have a crack at.

I also just want to play more games – tabletop included. So I’ve jotted down ideas about scheduling more D&D sessions, and trying new techniques (thanks to inspiration from the Acquisitions Inc,, and Prepping for Tabletop RPG panels I went to).

What about you? What do you want to capture from your PAX experience? Once you’ve identified something, make a plan to keep up the momentum, and don’t let normal life get in the way of capitalising on this feeling of inspiration – because it is fleeting and can disappear very quickly once you are back at work or school. Hold on to it!

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