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PAX Prime 2010 Info and FAQ Thread (ASK QUESTIONS HERE)

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edited September 2010 in PAX Archive
So here it is, the big new FAQ Thread. If you guys still have suggestions for things to put in here, please post them. If you're just somebody with a question to ask, please ask it here.
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When: September 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2010

Where: Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Downtown Seattle, WA

What:
Wikipedia wrote:
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is an annual gamer festival held in Washington. PAX was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show that gave equal attention to video gamers, computer gamers, and tabletop gamers. No such show existed, so PAX was born.

Created in 2004, PAX has doubled in size each successive year and has been hailed as a weekend-long celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics include game-inspired concerts, panels on game industry topics, exhibitor booths, after-hours parties, tournaments, and freeplay areas.
Theros wrote:
PAX is awesome
ashridah wrote:
PAX is not your personal army
Liger wrote:
unless your name is Robert Khoo
HotSake wrote:
PAX is 50,000 friends you never knew you had.
In 2008 PAX had over 58,000 attendees.
In 2009, ticket sales were capped at 75,000 and sold out
This year, PAX East sold out at over 52,000 in its first year.

Links: Penny Arcade, PAX Website, PAX topic at Wikipedia

What this forum is: This forum is for the discussion of PAX, finding people to carpool or caravan with, finding people to split the cost of a hotel room, and general questions and information about PAX as well as community events and gatherings.

What this thread is: This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom).

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for the Official PAX Page FAQ
Here's a community-based FAQ for those of you who don't want to comb through this thread to see if your question has been answered already.

  • General Stuff
    When will x be announced?
    Soon. Don't expect any definite announcements any sooner than 4-6 weeks before PAX. Don't expect a final schedule and show map until about two weeks before PAX. If you're curious if your favorite game developer, journalist, internet personality is going to be there, shoot them an e-mail and ask, because if it hasn't been announced, we don't know either.

    How do I register for PAX?
    You can register online at http://www.paxsite.com/paxprime/registration.php

    Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
    No.

    It's after August 6, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
    In the Will Call line (location to be disclosed)

    Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
    If they open up enrollment, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the main PA site. There will also be a thread here in this forum.

    What are the hours of PAX?
    EVENT HOURS
    Friday, Sept 4th, 2009 - 10am to 2am
    Saturday, Sept 5th, 2009 - 10am to 2am
    Sunday, Sept 6th, 2009 - 10am to 7pm
    EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
    Friday, Sept 4th, 2009 - 10am to 7pm
    Saturday, Sept 5th, 2009 - 10am to 6pm
    Sunday, Sept 6th, 2009 - 10am to 6pm

    BYOC Check-in is Friday starting at 8am

    What does BYOC stand for?
    Bring Your Own Computer, more information will be forthcoming soon. Watch for a BYOC Thread here in the forum.

    What is the exhibit floor like?
    The exhibition hall is full of awesome. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies.

    Why is PAX Labor Day weekend instead of the last weekend in August like it used to be?
    The decision to hold PAX on Labor Day weekend going forward is threefold:

    1. Given 70% of attendees are coming in from out of town, it allows for 1 extra day of travel as opposed to rushing back on Friday night.
    2. Seattle (despite Bumbershoot being that same weekend) is actually dead in terms of out-of-town travel on Labor Day Weekend. What this means is we're able to negotiate hotel room rates at much more aggressive rate than the week before - we're literally talking a difference of hundreds of dollars for the weekend for attendees.
    3. Because most conferences/trade shows are business-to-business, we're actually able to get the space we need as opposed to being crammed in with another large show.

    I live outside the United States. How do I fill in my phone number on the registration form? It doesn't fit.
    You just have to split it up the way US numbers are split (###-###-####). It's a 10 digit number if I'm not mistaken. If you've got more than 10 digits, I don't know.

    The ticket says the Exhibit Hall closes at 6pm/7pm but the Event stays open until 2AM. Does this mean there will be actual things happening and things to look at until 2AM or does it just mean people are allowed to co-mingle in the building until they close the doors at 2AM?
    Once you hit the later hours, the Expo Hall and most of the panels will be shut down. However, you'll still have the Concerts, Console/PC Freeplay, Handheld Lounge, Tabletop Lounge, etc. In previous years, there have also been movie/webisode screenings fairly late as well. Basically, it's "Make your own fun with people time!"

    How do we transfer tickets? I bought a registration and BYOC pass, but recently found out I won't be going, and have a friend who wants to buy my tickets from me, but neither of us have any idea how to get the ticket to be transferred.
    BYOC ticket registration is done differently than the 3-day pass. For the 3-day pass you just have to mail it to the guy when they are shipped out. If you would like to transfer the ticket it's a little more involved. If you have or are buying tickets that must be picked up at will call, e-mail Cathy Glickstein, she is the senior registrations manager over at Reed. She can also handle address changes and the like, so if you sell your tickets before packets go out, you should be able to have mailed tickets transferred as well.

    I have moved since buying my PAX passes. How do I change my address information to ensure that my passes get mailed to my current address and not my previous address?
    First, you should submit a change of address through the USPS. This will ensure all mail sent to your previous address is sent to your current address. As far as changing your registration, e-mail the updated information to:Cathy Glickstein, Senior Registration Manager, Reed Exhibitions, cglickstein@reedexpo.com

    Will there be WiFi accessable at PAX?
    Yes, but with the number of people using it, it will be slow and difficult to connect.

    Are there going to be a ton of people this year?
    There's going to be a ton of people.

    Will just one day will be enough PAX?
    No matter who you ask on this forum, we're all going to say no. If you don't want to believe us, that's fine, but when you get to PAX for that one day and realize you could have had three days of that, you're going to regret not buying a three day pass.

    I'm wearing a costume that has plastic weapons that look like real weapons. Will I have any problems with security/police?
    Yes. Do yourself a favor and leave anything that resembles a weapon at home.

    How early should I get in line each day?
    Getting in line is something that should be decided by YOU, so many of us can't tell you exactly when you should show up.
    However, I would recommend getting in line fairly shortly after the doors open, if you want a concert wristband. If not, then feel free to show up whenever you wake up.
    If you are the more social geek, I would highly recommend getting in line as soon as you can.
    The people are what make PAX, and there is no better way to meet/converse/trade pokemans with these people than being in line. Remember, you are all there showing your love for games in some way, shape or form, so feel free to strike up a conversation with the person next to you!
    However, if you end up befriending these people, I would highly suggest getting their contact info, as I have lost many potential friends this way, watching the people I just spent 3 hours with in line fade off into the crowd of gamers.

    My Gods! The Lines! The Crowded Crowded Lines! What do I do about the Lines?

    Whichever venue PAX is in, on Whatever coast in Whosoever dimension, Crowding is almost omnipresent. Recent PAXes have sold out weeks in advance, and The various convention centers have been unable to contain their awesomeness in a roomy manner. There are lines for almost everything, including lines in order to get into lines (I'm talking to you, Merch line PAX East). Short of becoming an Omeganaut, there is little you can do to avoid them.

    Neither is there a hard and fast rule for when you need to get in line for a panel or event, as it depends on demand for the individual panel, as well as what day of the Con it's on, what's going on at the same time, and whether Wil Wheaton is involved in any way. For most Panels an hour beforehand is quite sufficient, and you might be able to get away with 30 minutes, if you're lucky. The Make A Strip Panel, any Wil Wheaton Panel, and Scott Kurtz are likely to require a little more time. If you want to get into the keynote on Friday, you'll need to arrive at the convention center when it opens at 8:00am, and go straight to the queue room.

    Advice for surviving the lines
    • Relax - Lines happen. Getting angry, impatient or upset will not make them go away. Before you line up, decide whether spending this time is worth it, and then simply go with it. Take the time to plan the rest of your day, read the forums or, better yet, refer to the bottom entry in this list.
    • Plan Ahead and Prioritise - Unfortunately there is no chance that any one person can experience everything PAX has to offer, and any five people would have their work cut out for them. When you're looking at which panels or events to go to, choose a few select things you absolutely can't miss and spend the time in line to make sure you get in. When looking at the timetable try to mentally add queue times to the beginning of each session, to get a more realistic idea of what you can and can't see.
    • Queue Responsibly - Don't impede walkways. If an enforcer asks you to move, he's not taking away your place in line, just trying to consolidate it into something more manageable and less in the way.
    • Get comfortable - If sitting on a hard surface or standing for extended periods of time causes you discomfort, you might want to consider bringing a cushion or a collapsible chair to sit on == is this actually allowed? ==. Unfortunately, chairs or beanbags can't be provided because they would hamper evacuation in the event of fire.
    • I need to pee - That's not a problem. Just ask your friendly line neighbor to hold your place, and go. Try not to leave it until the doors open, and DO NOT open your DS or check your Facebook whilst enthroned. If you want to be super prepared, check to see where the nearest restroom is before you get in line, and visit it before you settle down to wait. Also, don't dehydrate yourself just in order to hold your place in line.
    • Enjoy the lines - Seriously. There are few places in the world where the next random person standing next to you is likely to be friendly, and instantly grok your rim-shot Monty Python reference, Trade you that last Pokemon, or finally explain THAC0 to your satisfaction. Take your Magic deck, DS, Zombie Dice, Travel Catan and a bottle of water, and hang out with some interesting people for a while.

    There are of course some people who find it impossible to wait in line for any reason. If you have a medical condition which precludes lines, talk to the enforcers, who may well be able to accommodate you. If you are simply temperamentally unsuited to waiting, or don't want to take the time to do so, there are ways to enjoy yourself at PAX without waiting around. Many freeplay areas, especially Tabletop, can easily be navigated without having to wait at all, or with a simple sign-up sheet. Large portions of the expo halls also, and the Concerts have generally been accessible 20 minutes or so after the line has gone in. Playtests for the major developers are essentially impossible to get intoYou may need to sit or stand nearer to the back of the hall, but if you hate lines you probably aren't all that fond of mosh pits either. Not all the sessions fill up to capacity, especially later in the con. As long as you avoid the big ticket sessions, and are prepared for disappointment, you may simply be able to ask the enforcers on the door if there is any space inside.

    What is the music in the PAX commercial on PATV?
    Anamanaguchi - Helix Nebula
  • Concerts
    I heard the concerts were loud. Is this true?
    Yes, and maybe. It's all relative, but the concerts can get pretty loud. It's a big space, with a lot of people, and everyone wants to be able to hear, right?

    Can you turn the volume down? It's hurting my ears!
    No, unfortunately, the volume cannot be turned down; the knobs on all the amps were taken off by sneaky Rock Gremlins. If you think that volume might be an issue, we suggest this time-tested concert junkie trick: bring a set of earplugs to help muffle the sound. Convenient personal sound dampening, available in several fun colors!

    How do the concerts work?
    whypick1 wrote: »
    Bracelets are distributed by Enforcers, and having one will make sure you get in first, but I don't recall hearing the theaters filling up to the point where they had to turn people away. If you don't get one, you should still be able to get in, you just won't be able to get in super early. Also, if you BYOC, you're given a bracelet.

    How do you get a concert wristband/what is a concert wristband?
    The concert wristband allows you into the concerts first. All BYOC attendees and the first x people into PAX on Friday and Saturday will be given a concert wristband. They are not required to get into the concert, but if you don't have one, you won't be able to get in until all of the wristbanded people are inside.
  • Merch Booth
    The PA merch booth has ITEM X that I really really really want. When should I get it?
    As soon as you can. Typically this means Friday morning on your way to the queue line. If what you want is guaranteed to be in limited supply (like the PAX East scarves, merch hats, or uncommonly sized tee shirts) get it first.

    What will be for sale at the official merch booth?
    The PA booth generally stocks a healthy supply of the books (Splendid Magic and comic Volumes 1-5), the most popular tee shirts from the website in sizes S-4XL for men and S-2XL for babydoll, some other items limited items such as merch hats and select hoodies (hats are one size, hoodies are unisex sizes S-3XL), and of course the coveted, limited PAX-specific goodies such as tee shirts and/or scarves.

    Will there be scarves at Prime?
    Maybe. Maybe Prime will have something else equally awesome. The Official PAX twitter gave sneak peaks this year of what the item was at East. They may do the same for Prime.

    The merch line is longer than longcat! When will it die down?
    There may be a lull on Sunday afternoon, when much of the stock is depleted. Don't worry! The line moves quick and it's a good way to meet other people with pokewalkers/magic cards/beach balls/THAT THING YOU LIKE.

    Why is ITEM X sold out?! I really wanted it!
    A lot of other people wanted it too. Brian the Awesome Merch Master Guy does his best to estimate demand, but he is a genuine meat human. If you really want ITEM X, buy it early and don't wait until the end of the show. If it is not PAX-specific, you can probably find it on the PA Merch website.

    I waited in line for a half hour and NOW you're telling me you don't have ITEM X? Sad Boosh.
    This happens sometimes. It could be it sold out while you were waiting in line. It might have been the guy in front of you. It might have been 10 minutes after opening on Friday (in which case there will hopefully be a sign posted). Don't fret. There is plenty of other stuff for you to get. Think ahead and have a Plan B of How To Spend Your Money.
  • Tournaments
    When do I sign up for tournaments?
    Tournament registration is day-of. Get there early, most tournaments fill up within an hour or two of PAX opening.

    Will x tournament or event be happening at PAX?
    Possibly, announcements will be made 4-6 weeks prior to PAX.

    How do I become and Omeganaut?
    Just check the button that says, "I want to be considered to be an Omeganaut" when you pre-register. Then you just have to hope you are one of the lucky people to get the call.
  • Handicap/Limited Mobility/Children
    I'm disabled/ have a mobility impairment/ use a wheelchair, how easy will it be to get around PAX?
    No problem, apply for a medical pass, it will give you early access to the venue, you won't have to queue up to get in to panels. You can apply for a pass for yourself and a +1 so you can have someone help you. A medical pass can be acquired at the registration/will-call desk.

    Should I Bring my Children to PAX?

    PAX is open to all ages, and many parents choose to bring their children and infants, but before you haul little Timmy and Amanda down to the showfloor, a few things to consider:

    - PAX is LOUD. Little ears tend to be sensitive, so take this into consideration if your child doesn't like noisy environments.

    - PAX is CROWDED. People don't tend to look down; be prepared to keep the little ones from being stepped on if they're on the shorter side. This is true of any crowd situation, not just PAX. You will need to be aware of all people at all times. Also, per the preregistration site (Interactive Ticketing), "Strollers are not permitted on the show floor at any time". Perhaps try a front pack?

    - PAX breeds GERMS. Again, true of all crowded/convention situations. PAX Prime '09 saw a fairly large outbreak of H1N1 and other flu strains; keep this in mind before exposing any little ones that might be in concern catagories for illness.

    - PAX is full of SWEARING. The typical demographic of PAX, while fairly diverse, does contain a large number of younger people with a tendency swear. Profusely. About everything. If language is a concern for you, be aware that epithets are a time-honored PAX tradition, and will be overheard everywhere.

    - PAX is FREE for kids 6 and Under. Conversely, PAX is FULL PRICE for kids 7 and older. So, budget accordingly.

    Now, taking everything into consideration, it's up to you! A little planning ahead and your kids can have just as much fun at PAX as everyone else! Just be aware what hurdles there may be, and prepare appropriately!

    I'm under 18. Will I be able to get into a panel for/play the demo of <insert M-Rated game here>?
    It is convention wide policy to follow the ESRB ratings, even if your parents are present.
  • Travel
    What should I bring with me to PAX?
    CatBoy wrote: »
    I better get this in just so everyone is kinda prepared and in the know of what to bring to PAX or any con that may come their way. (I'm sorry for the huge post, but a lot of people don't know what to bring.)
    The Top Twenty Items Forgotten by Convention Attendees Checklist

    1. Personal Towel (We know the hotel provides them, but if you're sharing a room with several people, this guarantees you your very own towel. Also, if you plan on using a lot of makeup for a costume or dying your hair *and* use hotel towels, you will be charged a hefty fee for damaging hotel property. Please bring your own towels if you plan to do this.) You may also dip the ends in liquid vitamins and suck on the corners when needed.

    * A pretty cool tip involving this is bringing a small clothespin with your name on it to attach to your towel so people can differentiate between yours and theirs. In fact, bring a couple, so you can share with people.

    2. Shampoo and Conditioner (Again, the hotel provides these, but the bottles are quite small. Bringing your own ensures you will have some, especially if you use a lot of shampoo or have long hair.)

    3. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (You'd be amazed at what going three days without brushing tastes like. Gross.)

    4. Deodorant (If you don't bring and use this, don't be surprised when people start edging away from you in packed rooms and theaters. Don't forget the strange looks and cringed noses you'll begin to see.)

    5. Razor and Shaving Cream/Gel

    6. Comb and/or Hairbrush (some people do use both. You'd be surprised.)

    7. One shirt for each day of the convention, plus an extra. (3 days = 4 shirts)

    8. Pants (Same number as shirts.)

    9. Underwear (3 sets, plus an extra.)

    10. Socks (One pair per day plus an extra pair.)

    11. Swimsuit (You never know.)

    12. Jacket or warm sweater

    13. Shoes (If you plan on spending a lot of time dancing or on your feet, make sure you have comfortable shoes with you. Your feet will hurt if you don't have comfy shoes to at least change into.)

    14. Any prescribed medication (Make sure to tell your traveling companions/roommates about any medical needs you may have.)

    15. Tylenol/Aspirin/etc

    16. Photo ID / Driver's License / Checkbook / Car keys

    17. A phone card (Not only is this cheaper than having calls charged to your hotel room, but having several people using one phone can lead to billing confusion with long distance calls. Bring a phone card so you can let your parents/significant other know you made it to the con safely.)

    18. An extra pillow and blanket if several people are staying in your room.

    19. Some non-perishable food from a supermarket (Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels and bottled water or juice. While there are a lot of restaurants close by, this is an easy way to save money. In addition, you'll be able to have your midnight snack without leaving your room.)

    20. Your best public manners. (You'd be surprised how many people forget to bring these along.)
    The exhibition hall is full of awesome. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies *cough*nVidia*cough*
    the spoiler is for the REALLY well prepared
    A List For The Well Prepared

    * Small tube of super glue
    * 3 straight pins
    * 3 safety pins: 1 small and 2 medium
    * Hair pins: 3 medium and 3 heavy
    * Small sewing kit (small enough to fit into the palm of your hand)
    * Safety matches (1 pack)
    * Disposable plastic razor
    * Small emery board
    * Tylenol/Aspirin (travel sized container)
    * 6 chewable Vitamin C tablets (at least 500 mg each)
    * 2 Vitamin B complex tabs, stress formula
    * 1 pack Tums/Rolaids
    * 6 bandaids (or a travel sized pack)
    * 6 antihistamine tablets
    * 1 travel pack of tissues
    * Tube of chapstick or other lip balm
    * 6 cough drops or throat lozenges
    * Smallest size of tiger balm or camphophenique oil
    * Travel size tube of spot remover
    * Spare car and house keys
    * Breath freshener
    * 6 moist towelettes (for cleaning hands)
    * Small pencil sharpener
    * Small pen
    * 1 small pack of post-it-notes (the square ones work fine)
    * Clear nail polish
    * Small amount of masking tape wrapped around a short pencil
    * 6 rubber bands
    * 3 unlubricated condoms
    * Small penknife
    * Small tube of neosporin
    * 3 garbage bag twist ties
    * Mustache scissors (small pair of scissors will work as well)
    * Styptic pencil or qwik stop
    * Hand lotion (travel size)
    * Aloe vera gel (travel size)
    * 3 nail polish remover pad
    * Tampons or pads if you are the type to bleed occasionally

    I'm flying to PAX, how soon should I book my flight?
    As soon as you can. Airline tickets cost more the closer you get to the date of travel.

    Is it safe to put your DESKTOP PC into an airplane? Can you check it with your airline carrier and see it in once piece at it's destination? Can you ship it to your hotel safely and timely? What other alternatives are there?
    The safest way is driving it and bringing it with you. The next safest is taking it and having it professionally packed, lots of styrofoam and bubble wrap and shipping it one of the quicker (2-3 day) options as opposed to the 6 day or so ground transport. The absolute worst way is on an airplane. First, it's going to cost you since just about everyone is charging for bags now, second, chances are TSA is going to open whatever you have it carefully packaged in and third, baggage handlers hate you.
  • Hotels
    What, other than the convention center and hotels, is in the area around PAX? Places to eat, shop, etc?
    Check out the other threads on the forum for ideas of what there is to eat and in the area of PAX. There will eventually be a Seattle Area Map and Info Thread. Until that time, feel free to peruse last year's Seattle Area Map and Info Thread for details on the surrounding PAX area.

    How do I get the PAX discount on my hotel room?
    All information on hotels offering a PAX discount is available at http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/hotels.php
    All pricing given is per night


    What days can you book for at the discounted rate?

    Thursday Check-in - Monday Check-Out (note: thursday night and sunday night discount rooms are more limited)

    Do they charge my credit card when I reserve my room?
    It depends on the hotel, most only use your credit card to hold the room. When you check in, they put a hold on the card you present them at that time for the amount of your stay and when you check out they charge that, plus any billable charges (phone calls, pay per view, room service) to your card at that time. Some hotels have started requiring a deposit equal to one night's stay. If this is the case, it should be clearly noted on the hotel's website.

    How far away are the hotels from the convention center?
    The Sheraton and Hyatt are about 100 feet from the WSCTC. The Roosevelt is one block away. The Crowne Plaza is less than a quarter-mile away. Other hotels' distances are notated on the PAX Travel Desk website.

    How many people can stay in one hotel room?
    Most hotels allow four, however be aware when you reserve a room with four people per room, they tack on an additional charge. The Sheraton will charge for every key over 2 per room that you ask for.

    When/where should I book my hotel
    Right now!

    X Hotel's website says the PAX rate is sold out for date x. What does this mean?
    This means that the hotel will not honor the PAX rate for date x. If you're having trouble with the website, call the hotel.

    What time is check in at these hotels?
    Most hotels have check in at around 3pm. If you're going to be arriving in town later in the evening or at night, be sure to let the hotel know when you make your reservation. If you are arriving early, most hotels will hold your luggage if you want to see the city before check-in time
  • Downtown Seattle
    Oh God, I can't leave! I might miss something important! But, what is this land you call... this land?!

    Everybody coming to Seattle may not necessarily be a resident. Don't be afraid to take time away from the convention with your newfound friends, check out a restaurant or two, poke down to whatever sites of local interest there are - look into joining one of the community gatherings, it may take you into the city to find things you wouldn't know about otherwise.

    What's the weather like in Seattle during PAX?
    The weather's been great for every single PAX. (subject to interpretation)
    In the beginning of September, expect temperatures of mid-to-high 50's (only late at night of course) to the mid 70's.

    Is there any free parking downtown?
    No, parking costs money downtown.

    How much does it cost to park?
    Parking is $25+ per day. If you're flying in, take the light rail from the airport, don't bother renting a car. You won't need it unless you want to leave downtown. If you want to avoid valet parking (and limited access to your vehicle), the WSCTC parking lot is right across the street from the Sheraton.

    Where can I get something to eat in downtown Seattle?
    Practically everywhere, there are two malls and Pike Place Market all within walking distance of the Convention Center and Hotels. Keep your eyes to the forum too, as there are typically a restaurant guide thread and a Seattle area info thread.

    I hear there's a Gameworks near the WSCTC, what's a Gameworks?
    Liger wrote: »
    Gameworks is a 2-story arcade with full restaurant and bar on the upper floor. Arcade games from all eras, including a section to win tickets and redeem them for cheezy prizes. The food is pretty good, but the service can suck sometimes. The bar is a bar. It has booze. It's also in a more separate section of the upper floor that's roped off for 21+, but still has a kickass view of the whole facility.

    Where do the parties happen?
    Hotel Rooms (and a few industry sponsored parties at local establishments)

    Is there an age limit on the parties?
    21+ unless there's no alcohol involved

    How hard is it to get around downtown Seattle? Will I need a car?
    Most of anything you will need is located within walking distance of the PAX hotels and convention center. You will only need a car if you plan on traveling outside of downtown (so probably not at all)

    What are some good places to drink beer with lots of people in Seattle that are near the Convention Center?

    Pike Place Brewery (Great beer, lots of space, good snacks), Taphouse Grill (Huge selection, decent space, interesting snacks), Rock Bottom (decent beer, decent space, decent snacks)
  • Social
    I'm above the average age of 26 by a decade or more. Will I be the oldest person there?
    No, plenty of the older gaming crowd come out to enjoy PAX as well. You are not alone. PAX is geeks reveling in geekery. Age wasn't much of a concern.

    PAX was awesome! I want to see everything next year! Should I apply to be an Enforcer?
    - Even if an open call for Enforcers for Prime '10 does happen, Enforcing means that you are likely to see less, not more, of PAX. When considering becoming an Enforcer it's very important to remember that you go from attending PAX for fun to attending PAX for work, and that has certain implications. Rule #2 of Enforcing is: PAX Is Not For Us - it's for Attendees. (Rule #1, of course, is 'Don't be a Dick'.) If you want to see the maximum number of things at PAX, you should consider returning as an Attendee instead of applying to be an Enforcer.

    Should I buy a Nintendo DS/bring my DS to PAX?
    YES

    Is anybody going to be doing anything before PAX opens/after PAX closes or ends?
    Yes, there will be tons of stuff going on, keep an eye on threads in this forum to find awesome stuff to do with other PAX-goers.

    A bunch of people are getting together at an area bar, but I'm under 21. Will I still be able to go and hang out if I'm not drinking?
    No, bars in Seattle are pretty strict. If you're not 21+, it's a safe bet they won't let you in.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE HAVE/NEED PASSES THREAD
    Typically 3-4 weeks before PAX, we allow a thread to allow people seeking passes after sellout from people who bought tickets, but can no longer attend. This will still be allowed to happen with one exception: From here forward, all passes must be made available at face value (at current that is $55 for 3-day passes and $35 for single day passes). Anybody who wishes to sell their passes for more than face value must do so off site (i.e. ebay, craigslist, etc).

    If somebody tries to sell you a pass through this thread above face value: Either PM Moe Fwacky or report his/her post or private message. Appropriate action will be taken to preserve this rule.

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  • heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Whats PAX?

    /troll

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    PAX is 75,000 friends I know I have <3.

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited April 2010
    heels wrote: »
    Whats PAX?

    /troll

    Your mother.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    parabola wrote: »
    PAX is 75,000 friends I know I have <3.

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  • VapokVapok Just a Guy. BostonRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    heels wrote: »
    Whats PAX?

    /troll

    Your mother.

    Is that the best you can do? Besides PAX is much more cool than her. =)

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Vapok wrote: »
    heels wrote: »
    Whats PAX?

    /troll

    Your mother.

    Is that the best you can do? Besides PAX is much more cool than her. =)

    Half-assed trollings deserve half-assed responses.

    However, PAX is like my father and mother.

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  • philbertdephilbertde Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The Presale ticket page seems to indicate there will be paper tickets for PAX Prime rather than the badges that were used at PAX East. Is that an accurate assessment?

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  • heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    philbertde wrote: »
    The Presale ticket page seems to indicate there will be paper tickets for PAX Prime rather than the badges that were used at PAX East. Is that an accurate assessment?

    Nope! That one always confuses people. The paper that you may or may not print out is your ticket confirmation for PAX East, you will still get a plastic badge mailed to you.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    PAX > Your Mom

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  • NickieroonieNickieroonie Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    There's an unused [/quote] in the concerts section, and a paste in the list for the well-prepared that shouldn't be there, just fyi!

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  • Gene ParmesanGene Parmesan Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    If a meet up takes place in a bar, can people under 21 go?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    There's an unused
    in the concerts section, and a paste in the list for the well-prepared that shouldn't be there, just fyi![/QUOTE]

    I have no idea what this means

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    If a meet up takes place in a bar, can people under 21 go?

    No, bars in seattle will not let the under 21 in 99% of the time. If a meet up is at a bar, and you're under 21, it's a safe bet that they won't let you in.

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  • Gene ParmesanGene Parmesan Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    If a meet up takes place in a bar, can people under 21 go?

    No, bars in seattle will not let the under 21 in 99% of the time. If a meet up is at a bar, and you're under 21, it's a safe bet that they won't let you in.

    Crap, alot of the meetups i wanna go to go to bars. For gods sake, the city of heroes panel met at a bar. Why? Are there meetups that dont meet at bars?

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  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    If a meet up takes place in a bar, can people under 21 go?

    No, bars in seattle will not let the under 21 in 99% of the time. If a meet up is at a bar, and you're under 21, it's a safe bet that they won't let you in.

    Crap, alot of the meetups i wanna go to go to bars. For gods sake, the city of heroes panel met at a bar. Why? Are there meetups that dont meet at bars?

    The best meetup of the weekend takes place in the WSCTC. That one's all ages :)

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  • StupidStupid Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    There's an unused /quote in the concerts section, and a paste in the list for the well-prepared that shouldn't be there, just fyi!

    I have no idea what this means

    He means that if you read the section on concerts, there is a /QUOTE tag just floating at the end of the text. As if you had intended to quote something, or did quote something but then later removed it, but left the tag.

    For example: this is an example of a floating quote tag [/QUOTE] <- right there

    EDIT: apparantly you fixed it.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    I meant that I didn't understand the part in bold.

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  • GeeCeeGeeCee Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    BYOC deets! When will registration for that open? :mrgreen:

    Also if I have a mobility issue and get a medical badge, will it be possible to use the loading dock or some such? I tried to hoof it from the WCSTC parking garage a few years ago and my gear and I didn't quite make the trip..

    Additionally PAX FUCK YEAH

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  • NickieroonieNickieroonie Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    I have no idea what this means
    Yeah sorry, that was kind of unclear -- I meant to say that there is an erroneous copy+paste within "Travel: A list for the well-prepared"! It's located at the Tylenol bullet point.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    Oh wow, didn't even see that. A lot of the FAQ is copypasta from previous years, especially that list. Makes me wonder how long that's been in there now.

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Ever since we have been Copy/Pasting it.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Oh wow, didn't even see that. A lot of the FAQ is copypasta from previous years, especially that list. Makes me wonder how long that's been in there now.

    Is Copypasta delicious?

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  • NillyNilly Registered User
    edited April 2010
    of course it is!

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  • nervenerve Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Is it OK if I bring febreze and spray it around people who smell like silly gooses or will I get yelled at by security? Maybe Enforcers can carry some on their utility belts.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    No, this is not okay. This will likely get you thrown out of the convention center.

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  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    nerve wrote: »
    Is it OK if I bring febreze and spray it around people who smell like silly gooses or will I get yelled at by security? Maybe Enforcers can carry some on their utility belts.
    Spraying anything on anyone else is always a bad idea at PAX. We do use Febreze (and we try to only use the anti-allergen Febreze), but we do so before we arrive, or when we get to our storage areas during the day.

    Fun idea, but besides pissing people off, it can definitely cause other forms of unexpected irritation.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    PAX Prime has never smelt bad to me...except in certain pockets of bottle necking

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  • MrDoctorProfessorMrDoctorProfessor Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    How easy is it to refund the 3 day passes? I just found out I may be going to Afghanistan before PAX:( Im going to keep them until I know for sure

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  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Hit the help button on the registration page and send them a message. Did this for East when I got accepted as an Enforcer, 'twas not a problem.

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  • gerfiglmacgerfiglmac Registered User
    edited April 2010
    So if I plan on applying to be a volunteer, should I just go ahead and buy a three day pass anyways if I don't get the opportunity?
    I haven't volunteered at PAX before, just attended, so I don't really know the system other than what is in that description.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    Yeah, better to be safe. If you do get accepted as an enforcer, you will have an opportunity to get a refund for the three day pass.

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  • ThranxThranx Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    So, there was no "inform me of the BYOC LAN" checkbox in the PAX Prime ticket registration.

    Please tell me is in error or new design... no BYOC = Sad Thranx.

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  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Probably an oversight, like with the lack of Enforcer applications earlier on. Might want to shoot a PM to heels about that.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff regular
    edited April 2010
    We found that the vast majority of people who signed up wanted to know about BYOC, so we just decided to send it off to everyone and save everyone the extra prompt.

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  • nervenerve Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    dyaballikl wrote: »
    nerve wrote: »
    Is it OK if I bring febreze and spray it around people who smell like silly gooses or will I get yelled at by security? Maybe Enforcers can carry some on their utility belts.
    Spraying anything on anyone else is always a bad idea at PAX. We do use Febreze (and we try to only use the anti-allergen Febreze), but we do so before we arrive, or when we get to our storage areas during the day.

    Fun idea, but besides pissing people off, it can definitely cause other forms of unexpected irritation.

    I didn't mean to actually spray it on people, just in the area. But, yea, I figured it wouldn't be allowed ;/

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    nerve wrote: »
    dyaballikl wrote: »
    nerve wrote: »
    Is it OK if I bring febreze and spray it around people who smell like silly gooses or will I get yelled at by security? Maybe Enforcers can carry some on their utility belts.
    Spraying anything on anyone else is always a bad idea at PAX. We do use Febreze (and we try to only use the anti-allergen Febreze), but we do so before we arrive, or when we get to our storage areas during the day.

    Fun idea, but besides pissing people off, it can definitely cause other forms of unexpected irritation.

    I didn't mean to actually spray it on people, just in the area. But, yea, I figured it wouldn't be allowed ;/

    People have allergies and such so doing that is just as much of a nono

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  • oxfroggyoxfroggy Registered User
    edited April 2010
    So how am I going to be miserable? I'm quiet and shy and normally make a silly goose out of myself in social situations. I went once, but I had my husband and friend with me, and let them do the introducing while I had fun in the background. This year it's just my husband and me and strangers in the hotel room and I'm nervous that I'm going to be awkward and lonely :(

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    no way. There are going to be tonnes of people at pax who feel just like you. try playing some board games in line and invite the people around you to play, or sit down at a random tabletop or console free play game and say hello.


    We're all pretty nice people. You'll have a great time!

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  • Hammer24Hammer24 Registered User new member
    edited April 2010
    How does one go about apply for a enforcer role for Pax West in Seattle when it comes around?

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    BigRed wrote: »
    If (big IF) theres public applications this year (theres a lot of east enforcers coming over, its unknown at this point) the application thing will be on the front page of Penny-Arcade.

    Just buy a badge, if theres enforcer applications and you get accepted you can get a refund.

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