Hidden Gems: Discovering the Undiscovered of PAX is Ward Games' PAX panel series where we invite friends and colleagues from across the games industry to join us in scouring the show floor to find an assortment of small and overlooked games and experiences to showcase.

Previous Hidden Gems Panels

Hidden Gems of PAX East IV

We deploy a parachute full of pants to land squarely in the Bobcat Theatre to celebrate the tenth Hidden Gems panel! Joining Dylan for this momentous occasion is producer Felix Kramer, community developer Jenny Windom, and League of Heels announcer Pat Baer. Listen in as we uncover the secrets and surprises from PAX East 2020, and follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX South III

For our third year at PAX South, we’ve brought together some Hidden Gems veterans to retake the stage at the Cactus Theatre. Joining Dylan Ilvento are compatriots Harris Foster, Rami Ismail, Anya Combs, and Victoria Caña. Follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX Unplugged

We take a break from our Best Games Played discussions to take a brief voyage to the City of Brotherly Love, where PAX Unplugged resides! Dylan and Alex are joined by Victoria Caña and Adriel Wilson to showcase a lovely selection of tabletop experiences from the convention. You can follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX West II

Hidden Gems returns with Dylan Ilvento, Dante Douglas, Kevin Snow, and Mike Williams in the Emerald City to talk about what goodies PAX has to offer, from some crankin’ games to some typing games to a plethora of other delectable digital daydreams! Follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX East III

Hidden Gems returns home to PAX East to showcase the latest and greatest gems on the show floor. Join Dylan Ilvento, Nelson Johnson, Felix Kramer, and Sarah Elmaleh as they highlight games both obscure and overlooked at PAX. Follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX South II

For the second year running, Hidden Gems is back to showcase games and more from PAX South! Dylan is joined by Harris Foster, Anya Combs, and Rami Ismail to talk about hidden MAME ROMs, secret bathrooms, and finding out what color the sky truly is. You can follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX West

At the Cat Theatre, Dylan Ilvento, Kahlief Adams, Austin Walker, and Felix Kramer convene the first ever Hidden Gems of PAX West. We talk about pizza mechs, dancing reapers, and a whole lotta golf — follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX East II

Mason, Dylan, Felix Kramer, and Mike Futter ascend the stage at the Bumblebee Theatre to talk about all the hidden gems at PAX East 2018. Follow along with the panel slides here.

Hidden Gems of PAX South

Making its triumphant return, the Hidden Gems panel is back to showcase more awesome games and experiences from the PAX show floor. This time, Dylan took the panel to PAX South with our friends Nick Nundahl and Joe Wetmore of Instant Replay Live. We talk about all the cool stuff that we saw and played. If you’re interested in following along with the panel slides, we’ve uploaded them for your viewing pleasure.

Hidden Gems of PAX East

From their panel at PAX East, Dan, Alex, Mason, and Dylan return to talk about all of the latest, greatest undiscovered games and experiences they found on the show floor.

Recent Hidden Gems Blog Posts

It's Time for the Tenth Hidden Gems Panel!
It's Time for the Tenth Hidden Gems Panel!
The Hidden Gems South Crew Reunites
The Hidden Gems South Crew Reunites
Join Us for Hidden Gems at PAX Unplugged!
Join Us for Hidden Gems at PAX Unplugged!