Over Labor Day weekend I spent fours days at PAX Prime, gaming with dozens of incredibly talented improvisational storytellers. All around me groups of complete strangers were gathering at tables to make up compelling scenarios of greed, betrayal, revenge and redemption. We were playing tabletop roleplaying games–a type of game whose mass popularity peaked in […]
For the second year, Weber Shandwick Seattle had the distinct pleasure of serving as the engagement partner for the Washington Technology Industry Association’s TechNW event – an event that brings together local tech players to learn from each other, network and grow their businesses. This year, TechNW 2012 focused on start-ups and the entrepreneurial spirit […]
Our resident gaming expert, Wade Rockett, participated in a panel discussing gamification sponsored by Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) last week. Fellow panelists included Scott Dodson of Bobber Interactive and Jeff Malek of BigDoor, and the discussion was moderated by Kraig Baker of Davis Wright Tremaine. If you’re not familiar with the term, gamification is the […]
Erik Mona is the publisher of Paizo Publishing, creators of the popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Planet Stories line of pulp fantasy novels. What many people don’t know is that Erik—who has won more than a dozen major game industry awards—first entered the job market at Weber Shandwick, as an Assistant Account Executive in […]
Dedicated mobile gaming devices were all-the-rage when I was growing up. My friends and I would race to the playground after school to link our devices (via cable) so we could engage in virtual battles. It looks like those days may be coming to an end. Instead of linking dedicated mobile gaming devices to each […]
Fifteen years ago, in 1996, I was an ex-gamer.
When I went away to college in the late 1980s I left behind the group of friends with whom I’d spent countless hours at the table playing pen-and-paper role-playing games like Champions and Call of Cthulhu. I also left behind the Commodore 64 that brought me captivating PC games such as Zork, Six-Gun Shootout, Mail Order Monsters, and the groundbreaking Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, in which the ethical choices you made were as important as the items in your inventory.
This past weekend, three intrepid PR professionals from the Weber Seattle Office headed a few blocks over to the Seattle Convention Center for the 2011 PAX Conference to join up with 69,500 intense gaming fans. The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a semi-annual gamer festival held in Seattle (PAX Prime) and Boston (PAX East). The […]