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PAX PRIME 2011 Information and FAQ (READ THIS FIRST, THEN ASK ALL QUESTIONS HERE)

SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
edited August 2011 in PAX Archive
I didn’t receive my PAX Badges in the Mail!! What do I do?

If you live outside of the US, or you purchased your pass after the cut off date for badges to be mailed, you will need to pick up your badge at Will Call using your paper ticket with the Bar Code on it AND a valid piece of photo ID. If your badge really is lost in the mail, email pax_questions@paxsite.com


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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.

*Note: and yes, we mean any sort of question, especially if it's not covered by the FAQ. Please do NOT make a new thread to ask your question, just post it here. I promise it will be answered promptly.
Moe Fwacky wrote: »
Since people seem to be having trouble understanding that this is a serious thread, any further joke questions will be responded to with infractions.

Have a nice day.

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When: August 26,27,28 2011

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, PAX had 60,750 attendees!!!
In 2010, PAX East sold out at over 52,000 in its first year.
Also in 2010, PAX Prime sold out at 67,600
and just a short few weeks ago, PAX East 2011 Sold out with 69,500 attendees.


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 favourite 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?
Registration is now Live!!! 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 1st, 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, Aug 26th, 2011 - 10am to 2am
Saturday, Aug 27th, 2011 - 10am to 2am
Sunday, Aug 28th, 2011 - 10am to 7pm
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, Aug 26th, 2011 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, Aug 27th, 2011 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, Aug 28th, 2011 - 10am to 6pm


BYOC Check-in is Friday starting at 8am

What does BYOC stand for?
Bring Your Own Computer, You can find more information here.
Hint! Follow @Prime_BYOC for updates on the BYOC room

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 are tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies.

Are the theatres cleared in-between panels / concerts?
YES! Except for a few back to back panels in the main theatre (ie, the Keynotes goes right into the first PA Q&A) all theatres are cleared out between panels.

I live outside the United States. How do I fill in my phone number on the registration form?

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 will be shut down. However, you'll still have the Concerts, Panels, 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, look to the BYOC thread for your answer. 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 you can log back into your registration page using your confirmation number. Once you've logged in you will be able to edit your address.


I didn’t receive my PAX Badges in the Mail!! What do I do?


If you live outside of the US, or you purchased your pass after the cut off date for badges to be mailed, you will need to pick up your badge at Will Call using your paper ticket with the Bar Code on it AND a valid piece of photo ID. If your badge really is lost in the mail, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

I have my badge; do I need the paper ticket with the bar-code on it?
Nope! You’re good to go.


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 iphone/android apps for pax?

Yes!

Official App:

Coming Soon!

Unofficial Apps:
GuideBook From the creators of the Conventionist. Now live for PAX Prime
PAX Assistant was an android app for last PAX East. It had many great reviews, but as it's made by somebody in the PAX community, I'm not sure if one will be made for PAX Prime 2011





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.
See This Thread for details.

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, and you get special accommodation getting into panels and the like. You can apply for a pass for yourself and a +1 so you can have someone help you. To register, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?

if you just have an idea email pax_panels@paxsite.com with your pitch! If you actually want to run your own panel head over to panels.paxsite.com with your proposal. If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for PAX Prime 2011. Good luck!

I’m an Indy Developer! I want to submit my game for the PAX 10!! What do I do?

Submit your game proposal to pax_10@penny-arcade.com Make it good, the competition is FIERCE!


Just how BIG is PAX?

excellent question! this may be of interest to you.

Thanks to Dya for the graphic!



I choose fedEx shipping and there has been an error/exception! Will I get my pass?

Yes, the shipping error has been dealt with and all badges should be on their way. If you still do not receive yours by the week before PAX, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

Where is will call?

This year, Will Call will be located at the WSCC at the ticket windows on the first floor next to the Convention Place Entrance. These windows are OUTSIDE.

How do I keep my badge from falling of when I snag it on something?

A: Forget that cheap ring clip. Use the strong fabric of the lanyard itself to keep your badge secure via a cow-hitch knot. See the links for an example, or come by Info Booth and we will help with the securing.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8890063/badge-cowhitch1.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8890063/badge-cowhitch2.jpg

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    LINES

    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 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.

    NOTE: doors to the building don't open until 8am!

    Where do I line up for x?

    If you want to go to expo or anything in the main building, line up in the main queue room. If you want to see one of the early panels at one of the Sheraton theatres, you may line up there. If you wish to see the Keynote/Q&A/Make a Strip or anything else in the Main Theatre, you can line up at the Paramount.

    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). 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.
    • Follow @PAX_Lines on twitter!! This feed updates constantly about how full lines are around the convention.
    • 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 neighbour 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. Play tests for the major developers are essentially impossible to get into You 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.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    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! Make sure you get "musician's earplugs" or "high-fidelity earplugs". These are earplugs with channels in them that attenuate all frequencies equally. Basically, they just make everything you hear quieter, without changing how it sounds. These can be found on Amazon for about $10.

    How do the concerts work?

    Much like everything else at PAX, concerts are first come, first served. However, please don't attempt to line up for them more than a reasonable time prior to the start of the concerts. Ask an enforcer in the area where the concerts will be taking place and they can tell you when you will be allowed to start lining up.

    What happened to concert wristbands?

    Wristbands have been done away with in favour of the new first come first serve system.

    How Late do the concerts go?

    the concerts are scheduled to end around 2am, though sometimes they can run late.

    Where will the concerts be?!?

    This year, the Main Theatre will be located around the corner from the WSTCC at the Paramount Theater which is a fantastic location!

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    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 , 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 a PAX exclusive item?

    Maybe. Follow @Official_PAX twitter and they may give sneak peeks!

    What brand are the PA Merch shrits? I want to make sure I get the right size

    PA Men's merch shirts are mostly Gildan brand
    Women's cuts are a mix of Bella shirts & American apparel

    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. Last PAX East, when the merch booth ran out of scarves, they implemented an online order system on site. The same MIGHT happen again, but no guarantees.

    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.

    SmallLady on
    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Tournaments


    When do I sign up for tournaments?

    Tournament registration is Friday or Day of. Look out for each departments Tournament thread for specific information. Get there early, most tournaments fill up within an hour or two of PAX opening.
    Hint! Follow @PAX_tourney for more tournament information!

    Will x tournament or event be happening at PAX?

    Possibly, announcements will be made about 4 weeks prior to PAX. Keep an eye on the forums for details! each department that does tournaments will make it's own post.

    What is the Omegathon?

    The Omegathon is a grueling test of "skill" in which 20 randomly selected pre-registered attendees will battle for an amazing prize, in past years, this prize has been an all expenses paid trip to the Tokyo Game Show. We mostly make them play crazy games like Mario Kart, Bananagrams, and Operation for our and your own amusement. If you are not selected to be an Omeganaut, it's still a lot of fun watching and enjoying their torment!

    How do I become an 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. Please NOTE: if you do not get a phone call from Mike or Jerry asking you to be an Omeganaut, then you are not an Omeganaut. There are only 20 for PAX Prime!

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    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. Be aware that some exhibitors may ask you for your ID.

    SmallLady on
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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    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
    Spoiler:

    I'm flying to PAX, how soon should I book my flight?

    6-8 weeks before your date of travel seem to be the "sweet spot" of prices. However, keep an eye on prices with sites like http://www.kayak.com/ and you can figure out the best price for your flight from there.

    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.

    Flight Discounts! What?

    IGDA has secured a 5% discount via Virgin America for travel to and from PAX. Use Promo Code VXPAXPRIME for these PAX Travel Dates
    • To SEA: 8/29 - 9/1
    • From SEA: 9/5 - 9/9

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    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 PAX Hotel Site
    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


    As soon as at PAX hotel site opens registration. Sooner the Better! Watch the forums & @offical_pax for when this happens.

    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

    I want to find people to share my hotel room, or find people to room with! what should I do?

    Click here for the Room Share Thread

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    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 late August, 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)

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    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 '11 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. That being said, the below picture is 100% true.
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    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. However, places like the Cheesecake factory, Gameworks and several other restaurants in the area have full bars and are all ages. so perhaps try and steer your group in that direction.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE HAVE 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 $60 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).
    Posts will only be allowed from people who HAVE a pass they are selling, there will be NO MORE posts asking for passes.

    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.

    When will the have a pass thread be going up?

    Now! you can find this thread here.

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  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    SmallLady, you're a machine. A super helpful, friendly, lovable machine :D

    If I may, along the lines of PAXes past, here's a scale set of maps from the history of PAX. Enjoy!

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  • contrefaitcontrefait Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    That is a very interesting comparison. I didn't realize that Meydinabuer was that small.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    dyaballikl wrote: »
    SmallLady, you're a machine. A super helpful, friendly, lovable machine :D

    If I may, along the lines of PAXes past, here's a scale set of maps from the history of PAX. Enjoy!

    <3

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  • MelesMelesMelesMeles Registered User
    edited March 2011
    dyaballikl wrote: »
    SmallLady, you're a machine. A super helpful, friendly, lovable machine :D

    Quoted for truth. Also out of fear.

  • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Holy crapface that's a lot of information packed in 10 posts... should publish a book: How to PAX, Prime 2011 Edition. Any news on Benaroya's return or an alt main theatre location? Or is it going back onsite?

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  • blAAAm!!!blAAAm!!! Cleveland, OhioRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    thanks for all the info!!!!

  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Holy crapface that's a lot of information packed in 10 posts... should publish a book: How to PAX, Prime 2011 Edition. Any news on Benaroya's return or an alt main theatre location? Or is it going back onsite?

    no clue! we'll find out when PA makes an announcement sometime closer to pax!

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  • Twitch008Twitch008 Registered User
    edited March 2011
    So, this PAX East was the first time my friends and I were ever at PAX. We had an awesome time and I kind of wish I could exist in a time loop centered around those three days. In any case we were all thinking of applying to become enforcers next year to kind of help out and have some fun doing it. I was just wondering what are the pros and cons about being an enforcer? Can anyone put me in a time loop where I only exist at PAX?

  • whypick1whypick1 [E] ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Pros: Get to give back to PAX, some of the coolest people I know are Enforcers, tight-knit community
    Cons: Still have to actually volunteer, which means possibly missing out on fun stuff (for East I worked mid/late shift, and had panels I wanted to see each day, so I had no chance to wait for long to play any of the AAA titles in expo hall or go to the concerts; aforementioned cool people may accidentally drink you to death if you're not prepared.

    As for your second question, that is not possible, but there is one way to alleviate the pain that comes from having to wait almost a year for East to come around again: go to Prime.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Note: being an Enforcer is kinda like being in a time loop centered around PAX, since most of us communicate on a daily basis year around.

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  • ZeAceOfSpadesZeAceOfSpades Registered User
    edited March 2011
    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. Be aware that some exhibitors may ask you for your ID.

    Isn't the ESRB rating for mature games 17+? So, if you're 17, you're good for everything, except for the drinking parties.

  • cabsycabsy oh it's a boat Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Twitch008 wrote: »
    So, this PAX East was the first time my friends and I were ever at PAX. We had an awesome time and I kind of wish I could exist in a time loop centered around those three days. In any case we were all thinking of applying to become enforcers next year to kind of help out and have some fun doing it. I was just wondering what are the pros and cons about being an enforcer? Can anyone put me in a time loop where I only exist at PAX?

    Feel free to join the #paforums_pax IRC on slashnet as well, where we all hang out and act derpy but you don't have to be an [e] :D We also have lots of enforcers, ranging from OG to did it once and are trying to decide if they want to go back, so it's a decent place to ask questions that might get plowed under in this thread.

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  • hml151hml151 Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    You should be fine on most of all the games but there have been a few in the past that have age restrictions. Duke Nukem was one last PAX Prime, that they ID everyone and only 18 and above could go in. For the most part not an issue.

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  • ptriz21_teamkillptriz21_teamkill Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmPAX

    A couple of my friends are Enforcers. They encouraged me and my group to apply when the opportunity came. 2009 we did 1/2 days, 2010 we did all 3 days. I would say you might want to be an attendee for a couple of PAXii. That way you get 2 years of pure joy and an understanding of how PAX works, before seriously thinking of becoming an Enforcer. I'm still torn about what I want to do if they need more Enforcers this year :/. This being my 3rd year, I expect nothing but the best because now my group and I are streamlined PAX machines. But being part of an exclusive group of super friends would be equally as cool.

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  • TangoTango Registered User
    edited March 2011
    But being part of an exclusive group of super friends would be equally as cool.
    You already are, mate: PAX Attendees. ;-)

  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Tango wrote: »
    But being part of an exclusive group of super friends would be equally as cool.
    You already are, mate: PAX Attendees. ;-)

    :D

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  • qwhackerqwhacker Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    small lady, i know you watch us do terrible things (see '10 prime button)... how did you possibly find the time to write all this up on the side? well done!

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    qwhacker wrote: »
    small lady, i know you watch us do terrible things (see '10 prime button)... how did you possibly find the time to write all this up on the side? well done!

    She has a special magic that invents additional hours in the day! That's how she was such an amazing Omegatech for East this year :)

    The FAQ has been passed from PAX to PAX and is an evolving beast. SmallLady used her time-invention spell to improve it for this year, doing a great job along the way.

  • TheBubba987TheBubba987 Registered User
    edited March 2011
    When do badges usually go for sale?

  • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    April.
    PAX Prime tix will go up in april. We need sleep. Please... Let us... Sleeeeep.

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  • That_Spoony_BardThat_Spoony_Bard Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    When is there going to be a PAX-Midwest? PAX Canada? Can we go back to the 24H format?

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    edited March 2011
  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    When is there going to be a PAX-Midwest? PAX Canada? Can we go back to the 24H format?

    No.

    However, I support the notion of the 24 hour clock.

  • whypick1whypick1 [E] ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    As an Enforcer, let me clear about my stance on a 24 hour PAX:

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
  • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    whypick1 wrote: »
    As an Enforcer, let me clear about my stance on a 24 hour PAX:

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

    Did they mean the military type clock? 0400 (4 AM), 1600 (4 PM), etc?

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  • bubblegumnexbubblegumnex Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Anybody know the hastags for the various area around PAX? (console freeplay, BYOIC etc. ) If so, please post them.

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  • DeciusDecius Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    See that's the reason you'll never have a PAX Canada. Converting everything to metric time would be the death knell of Khoo.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    Spoiler:

    Did they mean the military type clock? 0400 (4 AM), 1600 (4 PM), etc?

    Yes, military clock, not a 24 hour pax, lol.

  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Anybody know the hastags for the various area around PAX? (console freeplay, BYOIC etc. ) If so, please post them.

    BYOIC? You mean BYOC?

    Theres an account for that... @Prime_BYOC :)

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • Chick BowdrieChick Bowdrie Registered User
    edited March 2011
    We can haz giant big red buttons again at PAX Prime???

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