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Published October 6, 2013

Escaping at Escapist Expo

The second annual Escapist Expo, hosted by Escapist Magazine, took place this weekend in Durham, NC at the Durham Convention Center.

It was another weekend of video games, table top games, card games, and all round nerdiness with the Escapist personalities holding panels and other fun events for gamers. Guests included the infamous Yahtzee Croshaw, Gavin Dunne, Cliff Bleszinski, Mike Capps, Lisa Foiles, and many more. The late hours of the con also featured musical guest ‘Random Encounter’ and the antics of ‘The Warp Zone.’ Carolina Games Summit held an open console area for console and PC gamers to enjoy and watch live WCG coverage.

There was also the amusing Joust game going on using Playstation motion controllers. There were a few vendors there selling some awesome video game merchandise like t-shirts, figures, plushies, artwork, ect. Of course, the hallways and exhibit rooms were filled with fantastic cosplayers as well as a cosplay contest being hosted by the lovely Carolina D20 Girls Project. Outside of the convention center, battles between humans and zombies with the Humans vs. Zombies game, similar to those held at college campuses around the country, raged on in deadly Nerf gun battles. These were just a few of the fun events going on at Escapist this weekend.

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While I only attended Saturday this year, I did attend the full weekend last year and I was happy to see several improvements had been made for this year’s event. The con floor in general was much better organized and it made the expo feel bigger and easier to get around. The VIP passes were gone, which I had a bit of a debacle with last year. The badges themselves were significantly improved and beautiful. They appeared to have a couple more vendors this year, along with more variety in goods to buy.

The open console area also had more variety in games to play, mostly fighting games but more choices in titles. And Joust was a lot of fun to both play and watch.

Escapist Expo has quickly become a must go to event for Carolina gamers and has lots of potential for and exciting expansions and events in the future. I look forward to visiting Escapist again next year. And now for what you’ve all been waiting for: CON PICTURES!

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  • Jack Campbell

    Gaming Nomad

  • I review various video games, sometimes movies, and other nerdly things. I'm just some guy on the internet but take into consideration my opinion as I am trying to find out if these forms of entertainment are worth your time and money. I'm also the head editor for the gaming section of the site. The primary consoles I cover are Playstation 3, 3DS, and (hopefully soon) Playstation 4. All my articles.

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