THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN PLAYING GAMES IS PLAYING GAMES TOGETHER.
That’s what the PAX Game Club is all about. Each month we pick one game to play through, and ask the community open-ended, thought provoking questions each week as the month progresses. At the end of the month, we cap things off with a streamed discussion from a rotating cast of some of the game scene’s most prominent players providing their own hot takes on what we’ve heard from the community over the course of the month.
HOW WE CHOOSE GAMES
If we choose a game, it’s because we believe it’s a game worth not just playing, but thinking and talking about. We can’t promise each game we choose will appeal to everyone, but we do aim to make sure each game we select moves the medium forward in some way. Finally, this program is ultimately about the community, so we’d like to ensure that the games can be played by as many people on multiple platforms as possible. You can expect a lot of PC games, but most games featured will probably also have some level of cross-platform support.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Join: Sign up for our newsletter for weekly updates and prompts from the PAX Game Club. Sign up for the newsletter here.
Play: Stay tuned at the beginning of each month and pick up the game to play along. Don’t own the game already? You can pick it up anywhere you like! We’ll be sharing some convenient links to stores too. Note, if you click on a link and make a purchase, we may make a small commission.
- Discuss: Follow the conversation via our weekly prompts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The best part: there’s no cost to join and participate in the social discussions. Be sure to follow us and wherever you’re talking about the game, use #PAXGameClub to share with the community!
- Watch: At the end of month catch the livestream on our Twitch account to see a discussion between gaming community members and more!
THIS MONTH'S GAME:
Genre: Board Game, Card Game, Turn-Based, Strategy
Developer: Monster Couch
Publisher: Monster Couch
Wingspan is a relaxing, award-winning strategy card game about birds for 1 to 5 players. Each bird you play extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your three habitats. Your goal is to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves.
ENTER TO WIN A FREE COPY OF THIS MONTH'S GAME
We're picking 10 lucky winners to win a free PC copy of Wingspan this month! Sign ups end 12/12/21.
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ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Since this is a community endeavor, we’d love to hear your questions and suggestions! For all of the above, you can email [email protected].
Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you in game soon!
PAST GAME CLUB GAMES:
Genre: Card battler, roguelite, strategy
Developer: Shiny Shoe
Publisher: Good Shepard Entertainment
Monster Train is a strategic roguelike deck building game with a twist. Set on a train to hell, you’ll use tactical decision making to defend multiple vertical battlegrounds. With real time competitive multiplayer and endless replayability, Monster Train is always on time.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Genre: Action, Rhythm, Adventure
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
A Pop Album Video Game: Sayonara Wild Hearts is a dreamy arcade game about riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph.
Genre: Story, Indie, Adventure
Developer/Publisher: Night School Studio
Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. You are Alex, and you’ve just brought your new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight island party gone horribly wrong.
Genre: Indie, Adventure
Developer: Studio Koba
Publisher: Team 17
Become symphonic in Narita Boy! A radical action-adventure as a legendary pixel hero trapped as a mere echo within the Digital Kingdom. Flashback to the 80s. The Creator, a genius of his time, creates a video game console called Narita One with its flagship title being a game called Narita Boy.
Genre: Action, Indie, Adventure
Developer: Extremely Ok Games
Publisher: Matt Makes Games
Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.
Genre: Adventure, RPG, Co-Op
Developer/Publisher: The Game Bakers
Two lovers gave up everything and escaped to a lost planet to be together. Glide through a mysterious landscape, explore a fragmented world and fight against what’s trying to tear them apart in this RPG adventure about love, rebellion, and freedom.
Genre: Action, Adventure, 3D Platformer
Developer: Robi Studios
Publisher: Graffiti Games
Embark on an extraordinary adventure through the perished world of Penumbra to explore unique temples filled with increasingly difficult 3D platforming challenges, diverse enemies, quests, collectibles, and more. Slash daunting adversaries, leap through deadly traps and master the art of movement.
Genre: Action Adventure
Developer: Skeleton Crew Studios
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Olija is a game about Faraday's quest, a man shipwrecked then trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage. Armed with a legendary harpoon, he and other castaways try to leave this hostile country to return to their homelands.