Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert to open PAX Australia


Tuesday 12 February, 2013 – The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is coming to Australia in July 2013, and celebrated videogame designer Ron Gilbert (creator of the Monkey Island series) will be providing the opening ‘storytime’ keynote on the Friday morning.

Ron created many of the iconic LucasArts adventure games, such as Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, and is responsible for the iconic  scripting language SCUMM which was used in subsequent games. He currently works alongside fellow LucasArts alumni Tim Schafer at Double Fine Productions, and created and designed the recently released game – The Cave.

Ron joins other international guests confirmed for PAX Australia including musical acts The Protomen and MC Frontalot, the guys from RoosterTeeth, and of course everyone from Penny Arcade.

PAX Australia will be the largest gaming festival to be held in Australia, and has already sold out of 3 day and Saturday passes. Held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 19-21 July, 2013, the show is being run by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade.

For further information visit or follow PAX Australia updates via official Twitter and Facebook.




Penny Arcade (  is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child’s Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle and Boston, multiple videogames based on the brand, and multiple online video series.


PAX or Penny Arcade Expo ( is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2012 selling out of tickets in a matter of days. Connecting the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and is now the largest & second largest gaming show in the U.S.




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