Okay, we ironed out the details and were good to go this time
What we do:
MAKE CHALLENGE COINS FOR PAX. GOOD ONES.
It even goes with your other PAX stuff, see? As is evident from the image above, these fit right in with the rest of your PAX swag.
See, we even made some threads so we could all come together and make this happen!
The PAX East 2011 challenge coin forum thread:
PAX Prime 2010 challenge coin thread:
Well guess what? We're gonna do it again. Right here! Right in this thread. US!
So, traditionally speaking, this is how we've done it:
1.) Discuss possible designs for a period of time.
2.) Draft a design after a set period of time has passed.
3.) Finalize the design after a period of critiquing, then send to die maker for a die quote.
4.) Create a chip-in fund to... uhm, fund the production of the die. This usually comes out to $300+ (handled by PappaPrinny)
5.) Mint produces truckloads of them to feed our ravenous desire for soft, round pieces of metal.
6.) You buy them.
7.) Profit! For the coin makers, not for us.
Last time, we went with US Challenge Coins. Aside from being delayed by the Chinese new year, we ended up getting great service from these folks. So we're going to go with them again. If you have any doubts, just have a gander at their options:
For Prime 2010 it was antique brass. For East 2011 it was antique nickel.
Additional options (especially the 3D):
The best part: These guys will handle all the orders. They've dealt with us before, so they know we're a big customer when we decide to place an order! Odds are you'll be able to order the coin via their online store. Otherwise you'll just pester one of their sales reps.
Okay then! That pretty much covers all the basics. We need to DISCUSS THE DESIGN. In the past we have been plagued with timing problems, so we're not going to let it happen again this year. From this very day, we have a little less than ONE MONTH. By mid-July, we will need to have a design to send off to USCC. But we are the PAX community, so no worries! We've got this.
So far we have used landmarks on one side of the coin which represent whatever city PAX is being held in. On the other side, we tend to depict some element of the PAX experience. For Prime 2010 we chose the Space Needle/downtown Seattle and a hand holding a DS in the air as we all do during the concerts in place of a lighter. For East 2011 we chose a statue of Paul Revere with the Old North Church in the background, and the other side showcased different kinds of dice and some face-down cards for tabletop gaming. The challenge is thus: To change it up a little bit. Unless we can find anything else that represents Seattle as much as the Space Needle (ugh), we will probably want to go with that again. But we would like for it to be depicted differently than it was last year. And since we've covered the DS and tabletop dice/cards, we should probably go for some different imagery that is invocative of the PAX experience.
So! As a conversation starter, does anyone have any imagery of the Space Needle that would look good on a coin face? How about some other Seattle landmark? Also, what kind of stuff makes PAX what it is for you? What defines your PAX experience? What did you see/experience at PAX last year that you can't experience anywhere else?
PappaPrinny will be handing the art design again this year, but we still need input! this is YOUR COIN.
The ball is in our court, guys! Let's talk about coins!