My First Convention – PAX East 2015
Everyone thinks it’s absolutely ludicrous that someone who runs a website like mine has never been to a convention. Before PAX east 2015, I’d never known the joy of being in a place where everyone was like minded, was there to express love for games, costuming, and general nerding out. I won’t bore you with the details, but there has always been some kind of obstacle in my way, so after a few times of trying, I gave up.
So you can only imagine my excitement when I was able to make it to PAX. I had the opportunity to meet up with Senior Communications and Community Manager Meagan Marie and Cosplay Veteran Jenn Croft, and i was not about to let it pass me by.
During the convention, every day from 10am to 2pm, Xbox hosted an event in honor of the brand new game Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Altogether, they gave out around 600 Limited edition (PAX exclusive) posters, to anyone who snapped a photo with Jenn Croft in her costume. The outfit looked like it was extracted directly from the concept art Game Informer published last month.
Saturday afternoon, we had a Tomb Raider Cosplay meet-up, it was so lovely to see so many Laras from all different incarnations. We even had two cosplayers dressed as Alex Weiss.
The Tomb Raider Cosplay Meetup
Annie Roig was able to make it to the cosplay meet up too! She is the one in the Classic Tomb Raider costume. It was such an awesome thing to have the first and latest Lara there.
She was very well received during and after the meet-up and had dozens of people take her photo. It is truly awesome to have her come back to us after such a long break!
Meeting Meagan Marie
Meagan, as you may know, is our community manager at Crystal Dynamics and a darn fine one at that. I had the pleasure of hanging out with her and I have to say, as lovely as she is online, you won’t truly know how phenomenal she is, until you are in her presence.
She exuded beauty, intellect, elegance and grace. She was so kind to everyone at the convention and I can honestly say that my life is now complete for meeting her.
Meeting Jenn Croft
Jenn has been a Lara Croft cosplayer for 15 years. She’s a pillar in the Tomb Raider community and the Cosplay Community. We first met about 7 years ago, and have been close friends ever since. I really would not be where I am without her constant support. I was so thrilled to finally meet her in person.
She embodies Lara in looks and essence. So for me, there wouldn’t have been anybody better for the ROTTR Event. She maintained unfaltering professionalism that can only be admired , because of this, in many ways Jenn Croft is far more than your average cosplayer.
Although I did walk around with the girls and saw lots of booths, I didn’t really check out any other games in the event, I wanted to spend as much time as humanly possible with Meagan and Jenn, since this was the first time I met them. I also did not vlog because I wanted to enjoy myself and not worry about documenting everything and miss out on a lot in the process.
I still am digesting everything that happened that weekend, I had a lot of fun and I feel very lucky to have seen and done the things I mentioned. I am also very grateful that my first experience was very positive and I am forever thankful for the beautiful memories.