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Sid Meier’s Civilization. Doom. Quake. Age of Empires. Sandy Petersen’s game design resumé is an impressive collection of some of the biggest, most important computer games of the ‘90s and early 2000s. Yet in 2012, he turned down a lucrative video game design job in India after his board game side project, Cthulhu Wars, began raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter.
“It was so big that I founded Petersen Games,” says Petersen. “Now I have a [board] game company.”
Tucked away in a second floor conference room at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas was an experimental section of PAX South 2020. The Latinx Lounge was a new area of the gaming convention hosted by the Latinx in Gaming community, and dedicated to providing games, panels and events featuring latinx creators, developers, and personalities.
The Latinx Lounge was a fantastic idea, and the organizers did a great job stuffing as many events as possible over the three-day convention, including panels with notable developers and streamers (some entirely in Spanish), a one-shot D&D live show in a world inspired by Latin America, and even Friday night Salsa dancing lessons.