Better known as PAX, the Bellevue, Washington-based Penny Arcade Expo is the brainchild of influential and irreverent gaming luminaries Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, creators of Penny-Arcade.com. We were there. We're just now recovering. If you couldn't attend, you missed a hell of a party - but we're happy to share our experiences with you.
Above: Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center was filled with over 19,000 fans during 2006's Penny Arcade Expo
Having grown from a webcomic that poked fun at the gaming industry, Gabe and Tycho have expanded their franchise into a card game, illustrated books and a yearly charity drive called Child's Play. This, in addition to a newly-announced episodic game called Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. Look for that next year.