Each of the PAXs appears to be finding its own unique touch. PAX Prime has the PAX 10. PAX East has the Indie Mega Booth. If what we saw at the inaugural PAX South is any indication, it looks like the San Antonio based convention will have more of a tabletop gaming presence, with a spotlight on the PAX South Tabletop Indie Showcase.
Of the games that were a part of that showcase, one truly stood out. Chris “Lefty” Brown of The Married Gamers was saying he was going to give it his game of the show, and after I got a chance to try it out, I can see why. The game is called Bring Your Own Book, and it is kind of like Apples to Apples played with books that the players bring to the game. I had a chance to interview Matthew Moore of Do Better Games about Bring Your Own Book, and he explained just how versatile the game can be.
After listening to that interview, you might be wondering just how well the game actually plays. Having played it myself, I can say Bring Your Own Book is extremely fun to play. I played two rounds with four players with a diverse set of books: a romance novel, a cyber-puck style sci-fi, a fantasy novel and Michael Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead, which is what the movie The 13th Warrior is based upon. At the end of the two rounds, we each had been awarded two cards, and time permitting, we would have played more.