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RPS@PAX 2022: The best (and most cursed) things we saw on the show floor

Someone get an exorcist to Chernobylite's stand, stat

We're still putting the finishing touches to our big PAX East show floor tour video, but while we wait, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at some of the best (and worst) things we saw on our travels round the Boston convention centre. In the latter category, first prize definitely goes to the trio of highly cursed doll babies scattered around the stand for Chernobylite, the post-apocalyptic survival horror roguelite that came out last year. They were also accompanied by two gas masks, casually strewn across the corners of TV screens, but nothing compared to the truly haunted look of these semi-melted plastic husks.

In fairness, there was a big Lego man repping Thunderful's Lego Bricktales that came a very close second to the Chernobylite babies, but the true horror of it can only be conveyed in audio visual form. He had a big red voice button, you see, and... well, you'll have to watch our daily round-up video to see it for yourself.

On a lighter note, TinyBuild had a truly wonderful stand for Alice Bee favourite Potion Craft, the crinkly herb mix 'em up alchemist simulator that launched into early access last year. I mean, just look at it.

The level of detail in this little hut is just absolutely insane. Alice Bee might have also squeaked in delight when I showed these to her earlier on today. Top notch stuff, truly.

Larian, the makers of Baldur's Gate 3, also pulled out all the stops with their PAX East stand, building an entire fort to house their new demo. We'll be doing a more in-depth tour of this stand in the coming days, but here's a sneak peek at what's to come.

Finally, Devolver decked out their stand with some very snazzy arcade-style cabinets, and the Terra Nil one was particularly excellent. Since this is a reverse citybulider that sees you restore a barren wasteland to its lush, green, former glory, this cabinet had the air of an upright electronic hedge. It was overflowing with vines and leaves, and it even had a wind turbine perched on top with a fully rotating blade. Just lovely.

That's all for now, but check back later on for our full-blown show floor tour, as well as our first batch of indie developer interviews and more. There's a lot of stuff coming down those video pipes...

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Katharine Castle

Former Editor-in-chief

Katharine used to be editor-in-chief for RPS. After joining the team in 2017, she spent four years in the RPS hardware mines. Now she leads the RPS editorial team and plays pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She's very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests, but also loves strategy and turn-based tactics games and will never say no to a good Metroidvania.