Take note, gentle gamers: once again, Emerald City Comicon has a whole nested world of gaming within it—with the return of personalities like Jennifer Hale (the storied voice of FemShep) and Felicia Day (i.e., Felicia Day) and gaming-flavored events like "How to Become as Fit as Your Avatar" and "The Critical Hit Show: A Live Dungeons and Dragons Comedy Experience."
Scheduled programming aside, there's a veritable mini-PAX of casual and organized play, too—just across Pike and down in the basement, open until midnight both Friday and Saturday. You can play not one, not two, but three kinds of D&D (13th Age, D&D Next, and Pathfinder), all available in not-too-long, novice-friendly demo form. Story Games Seattle is also running and teaching games, like Fiasco and Microscope (whose creator was even there today), and Munchkin has a couple tables going, too.
If you're just ducking out of the show floor for a bit, the Game Library is back, where you can borrow a game to play with friends—everything from Bananagrams to RoboRally, Cosmic Encounter, and the crazy Order of the Stick game (which we've never found a way to play in under 13 hours, so okay maybe that's not a good option this weekend). Serious players no doubt already know that there's a whole slew of HeroClix and Magic tournaments going on, too.
The Stranger Testing Department is Rob Lightner and Paul Hughes.