Did you hear? The panel schedule for PAX East 2012 has been posted. The show isn't happening until April, but it's never too early to start planning.
A few talks jumped out at me: "From Pixels to Props: Creating Realistic Gaming Replicas," "Giant Bomb Easter Weekend Safe and Sane Family Funfest 2012," "Irrational Games: Making a Monster," "Harmonix and the Evolution of Beatmatch Gameplay," and "Stuff Your Criticism, I Want A Review!"
Every time they post one of these schedules, I tell myself which sessions I want (and need) to attend.