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PAX EAST 2012 FAQ AND INFORMATION THREAD. (PLEASE ASK ALL QUESTIONS HERE)

SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
edited March 2012 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







So here it is, the big new FAQ Thread. If you guys still have suggestions for things to put in here, please PM me. If you're just somebody with a question to ask, please ask it here.

What this thread IS
This thread is a question and answer thread. If you have a question, ask it here, and it will be answered promptly. 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.

What this thread is NOT is a discussion or suggestion thread. If you would like to have a discussion about any aspect of PAX, please start a new thread if one does not already exist.

Please note, that most of the information contained in this FAQ also lives on our Wiki

The Suggestions for first time PAX Attendees thread can be found here:
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/149061/east-first-time-to-pax-east-stuff-you-may-want-to-know-lies-within/p1


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When: April 6-7-8 2012

Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA
http://advantageboston.com/bcec.aspx


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
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 East 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


Why is PAX East 2012 on Easter Weekend?? This conflicts with my faith, work & anime boston!! Can it be changed?

Unfortunately not. The reality is, no matter which date is picked, it will conflict with some peoples schedules and obligations. Below is the official word from @Robert Khoo on what goes into choosing dates for PAX.

There are a number of factors playing into the decision to choose Easter Weekend, including:

1. Actually having dates where the entirety of the convention center is open, and that's not just for show days. It takes us five full days to setup and two full days to strike.
2. Not overlapping the Boston Marathon
3. Not being close to any large event/conferences within boston that would hurt our ability to negotiate for lower hotel room rates for attendees.
4. Not overlapping with GDC (since many developers and publishers go to both)
5. Not overlapping with Anime Boston
6. Not overlapping with SXSW
7. As far away from PAX Prime the previous year (so not too early) so we can plan the show.
8. As far away from PAX Prime, E3 and SDCC the next year (so not too late).

So, that said, when looking at that list, I came to the realization a long time ago fulfilling all of those is an impossibility. One of two of those gives every year. (same with prime, only with different criteria/shows) For instance, this year we needed to overlap with SXSW, and tons of speakers and guests couldn't make it because they were booked for that. It's just a reality of the show.

That list is pretty much in order of importance. Tough decisions need to get made because of it, and to get #s 1-3 in alignment, #s 4, 5 or 6 had be compromised. It's unfortunate, but it had to happen.
For any show this big (or even much, much smaller), the dates are contracted at least 12 months before the show and sometimes as many as 8 years out (as evidenced by the show that pushed this last Prime to the weekend before Labor Day). The dates are made public as late as reasonable in the off chance that something goes wrong in such a way that they need to change. They probably have the dates set for PAX East 2013 already (maybe even 2014), but we won't be allowed to know the 2013 dates until at least February 2012 (probably more like April).

PAX will always be held on the best weekend for PAX. Sometimes that will be a bad weekend for you; I'm sorry.

Can PAX East be in New York, Chicago, or [Insert your little town here]

Nope! Penny Arcade has contracted the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center until 2023! So while we understand it would be awesome if PAX came to you, you're just going to have to come to PAX instead.

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?


Right here!! http://east.paxsite.com
3 Day passes: $65
1 Day pass: $35

Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately no.



Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
No.
It's after March 1st, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
I’m from outside of the US and I did not choose the FedEx shipping option, where do I pick up my pass?
Will call will be located at the registration desk, which will be located near the front entrance of the BCEC. (Based on PAX East 2011)
Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
If they open up enrolment, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the main PA site.

What are the hours of PAX?
EVENT HOURS
Friday, April 6th 2012 - 10am to 2am
Saturday, April 7th 2012 - 10am to 2am
Sunday, April 8th 2012 - 10am to 7pm
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, April 6th 2012 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 7th 2012 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 8th 2012 - 10am to 6pm

What does BYOC stand for?
Bring Your Own Computer, You can find more information here.
Hint! Follow @East_BYOC for updates on the BYOC room AND for updates when passes go on sale! These sell out quick!

What is the EXPO 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.
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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 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, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

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 accessible at PAX?
Yes. BCEC has an impressive free WiFi infrastructure. It could get a little slow at times, however last PAX east it was fairly consistent.

Are there iphone/android apps for pax?


Unofficial Apps:
GuideBook From the creators of the Conventionist. 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 East 2012

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 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 East 2012. Good luck!

Just how BIG is PAX?

Excellent question! this may be of interest to you. (Credit goes to @”dyaballikl”)

Where is will call?

It will likely be located at the giant registration desk inside the front doors to the BCEC

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

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

I bought a badge, but am now attending as Media or I can no longer attend. What now?

email pax_questions@paxsite.com

(Please note, if now attending as an Enforcer, please enquirer via enforcer channels as to the protocol.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 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!

    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 2010). 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.

    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.

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

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    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?

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

    Where will the concerts be?!?

    At PAX East 2011 the Main Theatre was located in the Grand Ballroom of the BCEC, and likely will be located there again this year.

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


    How true to size are the shirts and hoodies?

    The Men's shirts fit very true to size. They are Gildan brand. The Women's shirts are a mix of American Apparel and Bella babydolls, and run small. The unisex hoodies fit a little big. Don't hesitate to ask the Merch Enforcers about sizing! They are all wearing various items for sale and will help you find the right size.

    What will be for sale at the official merch booth?

    The PA booth generally stocks a healthy supply of the standard fare. The books - Splendid Magic and volumes 1-7 - are available, as well as posters, prints, shirts and hoodies. Other items such as hats and scarves sometimes appear as PAX-exclusive items. Men's shirts are available in sizes S-4XL, women's shirts in S-2XL babydolls, and hoodies in unisex S-3XL. Each year there is a shirt available with that year's PAX logo. The rest of the shirts are a limited selection of standard online store supply along with some limited and/or exclusive goodies. If there is something you want specifically for collecting autographs (ex: a Little Puppy poster), get it sooner rather than later. Often those items move more quickly as the Gabe & Tycho signing approaches.

    Will there be a PAX exclusive item?

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

    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 October 2011
    Console Free play, PC Free play & Table Tops.. OH MY!

    Coming Soon to an FAQ near you!


    Console Freeplay

    What is Console Freeplay?
    Console Freeplay (often abbreviated CFP) is a dedicated area of PAX where current-generation consoles are set out, free for all attendees to use! A simple checkout system is used for the majority of the consoles available, as well as for the extensive library of games and controllers so you don’t have to bring your own. Currently, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii consoles are available for checkout,

    I want to play [insert title here]! How do I check it out?
    Near the checkout table in CFP there is a take-a-number dispenser, just like the deli at your local grocery store. If it’s fairly busy, you’ll hear the Enforcers at the checkout stations yelling out numbers. Take one, and you’ll be called soon -- it’s just that easy! You’ll be asked to provide a photo ID as collateral, so having something ready when your number is called is a big help to us. If you don’t have a photo ID when you arrive, take a number anyway! We can also take cellphones, ipods, or other items of some value as collateral, though we’d prefer that ID if you have it!

    Whoa, the library is HUGE! I don’t know what I want to play! Can you help?
    Of course! Near the checkout stations as well as near the take-a-number, full library lists are available for your convenience. Have a look at them and see what’s there. If you’re still not sure, feel free to ask your checkout enforcer -- they’re happy to make recommendations!

    Is there a time limit?
    If we’re busy, we ask that you limit your time to 30 minutes so that we can give everyone a chance to sit down and play. We may come around and ask you to finish up when your time expires. Don’t worry, though -- you’re welcome to check your game and accessories back in, then go and get another number right away!

    Where do all the games come from?
    Well, about 50% are purchased by Penny Arcade and kept just for your use at PAX. The other 50% are loaned for the length of the show by the Enforcers! Many times -- especially with popular or new titles -- you’re playing a game that belongs to someone else; please treat it gently!

    Oh no -- all the stations are checked out! Do I have other options?
    A couple of areas around CFP will have dedicated stations -- stations with controllers already attached that are used for playing only one game. These stations can be used without checkout at any time -- just step in and play! Games set up in this manner vary from PAX to PAX. All we ask is that you limit your play to 30 minutes or so if someone is waiting.

    How do I find people to play games with?
    The dedicated stations are a great place to meet people and play a causal group game. Alternatively, Console Tournament is a whole section of PAX dedicated to group play at all levels of ability. They’d love to have you come over and sign up for something!

    SmallLady on
    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 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 28 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 Gamescom in Germany. 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 28 for PAX East!

    SmallLady on
    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 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-honoured 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
    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 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.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Hotels
    What Hotels are available for booking?
    Lots! check out the PAX Hotel Travel
    http://tinyurl.com/PAXEast2012Hotels

    How do I get the PAX discount on my hotel room?
    All information on hotels offering a PAX discount will be 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?
    *To be updated once hotel list goes live*

    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?

    Once hotel registration goes live, we will post a ROOM SHARE thread for you to find awesome people to stay with. :D

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    BOSTON

    Oh God, I can't leave! I might miss something important! But, what is this land you call... this land?!

    Everybody coming to Boston 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 Boston during PAX?


    Expect anything. In early April, you can get the full spectrum from a blizzard to 75f (23c) degrees and sunny to 50f (10c) degrees and pouring rain.

    Having said that, however, it tends towards 40-60f (4.5c -15c) degrees during daylight hours, and is usually either overcast or drizzling. Since you'll be inside most of the time, it won't be too bad if there's a blizzard or a hurricane. The public transportation keeps going throughout all weather.

    Is there any free parking near the BCEC?


    No. Any parking that doesn't have any obvious signs is probably for patrons of the local businesses; you run a large risk of getting towed if you park in unmarked spots. (This part of Boston is unusually good at parking signs, so this shouldn't be a problem.)

    How much does it cost to park?

    Parking in the BCEC event parking (highly recommended if you're driving) is $10 a day. There is extensive and official parking information located [url=”http://advantageboston.com/bcec/getting-to-the-bcec.aspx#Parking”] here[/url]. However, if you're flying in, don't bother renting a car: the public transportation in Boston (usually called the T) is extensive and much more reliable than the traffic.

    Where can I get something to eat near the BCEC?

    Short answer: inside the BCEC. There's a built in food court, and there will likely be other sources of (admittedly overprices) snacks around.

    Long answer: If you are really adventurous, and feel like walking more than 10 minutes away, there are some good options. Cheap food is rare: there's a 7-11 down by the Seaport World Trade Center (see directions below); there's also a takeout pizza place called Sal's -- there's also a restaurant, but you want the take-out pizza place that's attached to it. If you want a slightly more expensive taste of Boston, one of Legal Sea Foods test kitchens (LTK) is nearby - this is slightly less expensive than the full-blooded Legal (it costs $$$ instead of $$$$), and the food is just as good.

    (Directions for all three: walk across the bridge that faces the BCEC - past the T station, over the street, go down the stairs to your right, exit the doors to your left. For the 7-11: It's directly on your right. For Sal's and LTK, cross the street directly in front of you - under the overpass you just crossed. Turn left, walk a few blocks. The LTK is on a corner, has big black awnings that say "LTK" on them. Sal's is just past that - the takeout place is a glass door with a retractable awning. If you've reached the large light-up "Salvatore's" sign, that's the restaurant entrance; you've gone too far.)

    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 Boston? Is driving really as horrible as I hear?


    Boston is easy, as long as you take the T. (And have a good idea of where you're going -- see the next section.)

    Driving is a different story. In Boston, we say that our roads were planned by cows - they're narrow, winding, and seemingly randomly placed. If you're coming in via interstate (I-90 aka the Mass Pike or I-93) and going straight to the convention center, you'll be fine. However, don't plan on driving around downtown Boston and not getting lost. Those of us who have lived there all our lives get lost. Even with a GPS; Boston is famous for having closed roads with no detour signs. Many streets are one way, and there are almost no streets that go in straight lines. It could be fun to go on a driving adventure, but if you want to be somewhere on time, it's not a good idea. (Especially if the Red Sox are in town -- then the whole city is one giant parking lot.) Also, the drivers in Boston really are as horrible as you hear. Drive with caution. Let the crazy guy cut you off.

    What is this "T" thing? (RGB's guide to Boston's Public Transit System)


    TL;DR
    BCEC's stop is "World Trade Center" on the Silver Lines SL1/SL2/Silver Line Way (leaving from South Station)
    Tickets are called "Charlie Tickets" - stored value cards, a la NYC's MetroCard or Seattle’s Orca Card
    A one-way fare is $2.00
    The airport is on the Silver Line SL1. The bus stops at all 4 terminals.
    Official website is http://mbta.com - it has maps, schedules, and fare information.

    T is short for MBTA - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It runs all the public transportation in the city, including busses and high speed boats to Cape Cod. Usually, however, it stands for the infamous underground rapid transit system (known in New York as the Subway, in Paris as the Metro, and in London as the Underground). If you ask a Bostonian where the Subway is, you'll get directed to a sandwich shop. The busses are referred to as "T busses" - the trains are simply called "the T". The logo looks like a T in a circle.

    From the airport to the BCEC (and the nearby hotels): Take the Silver Line SL1 from the airport. Buy your ticket (called a Charlie Ticket) at the machines at the airport - a one way ticket is $2.00. Get on the bus and validate your ticket at the stand next to the driver. There are luggage racks on the airport busses, and the aisles are wide. After you leave the airport (the bus visits terminals ABCE in that order), get off at the second stop - "World Trade Center, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center". Go up the escalators to the top level. Look around - see that giant hulking building (most likely to your left)? That's the BCEC.

    From the airport to your hotel somewhere else: take a look at the hotel's website. Many of them have courtesy shuttles to and from the airport, and they also have public transit directions.

    From the BCEC to South Station (how you get to everywhere else): Walk out the main entrance (off the North Lobby) and walk straight across the bridge ahead of you. Halfway down, there's a T station called World Trade Center. Go down to ground level and buy a ticket if you don't already have one - $2.00 one way (if you're planning on coming back, put $4.00 on your Charlie Ticket - they're stored value cards akin to NYC's MetroCard). You can transfer to other lines and trains going the same direction, as well as busses, for free. (After a certain amount of time, it charges you another fare - more than an hour at least.) Head inbound on any bus, and get off at South Station (the terminal stop for these busses). South Station is in the middle of the Financial District.

    From South Station to the BCEC: Follow the signs to Silver Line SL1/SL2/Airport. Get on any bus (SL1, SL2, Silver Line Way) and get off at the second stop - "World Trade Center, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center". Go up the escalators to the top level. Look around - see that giant hulking building (most likely to your left)? That's the BCEC.

    From South Station to Park Street (the hub station below the Boston Common): Hop on any inbound Red Line train. Get off at the second stop (Park Street).

    Hey, I got here early/am staying late, and I want to see some cool things in Boston! Where should I go and how do I get there?

    First, if possible, join the magical mystery tour with some of your fellow paxers. Keep a look out for that thread about 4-6 weeks before PAX. It’s run by awesome fourmers people who will show you a whole bunch of amazing sites

    However, if you want to set out on your own adventure, some highlights include: the Boston Common (a large public park) -- follow the directions to get to Park Street Station above. Duck tours (a land/water motorized tour bus Boston is famous for) leave from the science museum and the Prudential Center. (To Museum of Science Boston: from Park Street, take a Green Line train towards Lechmere to the Science Park stop. To the Prudential Center: from Park Street take a Green Line E train towards Heath Street to the "Prudential" stop.) The Mapparium (http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/exhibits/mapparium) is a giant globe made of glass you walk through - directions are easily found at the above site.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 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 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 Boston are pretty strict. If you're not 21+, it's a safe bet they won't let you in.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Security & CosPlay Weapons Policy

    Tango wrote:
    Hi, I'm @Tango, one of the Enforcers' security specialists at PAXes Prime and East, as well as PAX Dev. I'm posting this thread to help raise awareness of some refinements to PAX security policy that will be 'live' effective Prime 2011.

    Be aware that the content of this post has been given the nod by PA, and so can be considered official. As such, only the most basic and definite information is presented here.

    First off, the main change:

    NEW PAX ATTENDEE COSTUME WEAPON POLICY
    While PAX is mainly intended to facilitate gaming, we recognize that many Attendees will want to dress in awesome costumes. These awesome costumes often come with prop 'weapons,' and the question: "can I bring this to PAX?" Needless to say, real weapons are NOT permitted, but what about props?

    Well, there are some informal rules that we've been using to decide this for the last few PAXes. As of now, they have become official, and are as follows:

    A COSTUME WEAPON IS NOT PERMITTED AT PAX IF:
    - It fires or can fire any sort of projectile.
    (Yes, even Nerf.)
    - It looks like a real firearm at "second glance." (Yes, even if it's a kid's toy.)
    - It's sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. (Yes, even if it's not made of metal.)
    - It's weighty enough to bludgeon someone with a moderate-force swing. (Yes, even if you're a TF2 Scout.)

    If you bring something in that's not allowed you will be politely required to leave, stow the offending item in your vehicle/hotel room/etc, and then return. If you have any doubt as to whether your prop weapon falls under these restrictions - it probably does. Err on the side of caution!

    OTHER CLARIFICATIONS

    THERE'S A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR FIRE! WHAT SHOULD I DO?
    You should definitely alert an Enforcer or a member of venue staff. Particularly in the big con centers, they can often get the venue's own emergency responders on the way for the fastest possible response.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE A THEFT / FIGHT / FAKE PASS / (INSERT INCIDENT HERE)?
    You probably won't, as PAX is pretty laid-back. But the answer is always "alert an Enforcer or member of venue staff." Do NOT take matters into your own hands!

    WHO DOES SECURITY AT PAX, ANYWAY?
    Enforcers, venue/event staff, and a few police officers. Enforcers are generally the first contact point for Attendees, and things get escalated from there if necessary. Enforcers and event staff both have security specialists who are in charge of ensuring those groups implement their security policies. The police are there for emergencies, and to prevent any lines that spill out onto public streets from causing problems.

    WHAT CAN I, AS AN ATTENDEE, DO TO HELP KEEP PAX SAFE AND SECURE?
    1. Obey the above costume weapons policy.
    2. Obey Wheaton's Law.
    3. Be excellent to each other!
    4. Let an Enforcer know if you have any issues.

    Thanks for reading, and have an awesome PAX!

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BUYING PASSES FROM SECONDARY SOURCES


    I just bought a pass on craigslist / ebay, how do I know if it's legit?

    This really won't apply until after PAX East passes sell out, but I wanted to put this out there anyways. If you purchase your pass from a second hand source, you are putting yourself at risk of purchasing a counterfeit pass. Second hand sources also include this forum, which is why there will no longer any pass selling or buying here.

    Please be aware that there may/will be repercussions for attempting to sell or buy badges on the forums.

    Please remember, buying a pass from anybody except Penny-Arcade means you are potentially buying a counterfeit pass which can be confiscated and you will be asked to leave the show.


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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Ok Guys, new thread because the last one was broken.

    If you see any errors or ommisions or things you think should be in the FAQ, post here or PM me. otherwise, lets keep this thread to a straight up Q&A.

    If you want to discuss things like where the best places to get food are, please start a foodie thread or something like that.

    Other than that, welcome to 169 days till pax!

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  • devieeedevieee Registered User
    Just found out that Shuttle service between my hotel and PAX is NOT provided.
    Any idea where these shuttles will be?
    Hopefully a hotel near us would be provided with one and we can just hitch a ride from that.

    Any information about shuttles yet??

  • heelsheels Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, PAX Staff mod
    devieee wrote:

    Any information about shuttles yet??

    Not yet! We will release shuttle information as we get closer to the show.

    < devious1> heels: you are worst idea person ever

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  • AnawayAnaway Registered User
    I'm waiting for hotel discounts to come out. Lol.

  • whypick1whypick1 [E] ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    You mean these?

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
  • Kiki_louKiki_lou Registered User regular
    Anaway wrote:
    I'm waiting for hotel discounts to come out. Lol.

    they already are! take a look at the hotel thread a little bit futhur down in the forum. move quick because the westin is almost (if not already) all booked up!

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  • hjm978hjm978 Registered User
    This is my first year of going to PAX, and I was wondering what events that are there every year should I absolutly must see? I'll be ariving in town at around noon.

  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    hjm978 wrote:
    This is my first year of going to PAX, and I was wondering what events that are there every year should I absolutly must see? I'll be ariving in town at around noon.

    As a hint...
    SmallLady wrote:
    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.

    Personally speaking... Try to catch any one of the two Make a Strip panels, though you will have to check the schedule considering the time of your arrival. I would also recommend checking out one of the concerts. I'm sure other people will have some suggestions.

    However, don't worry too much. PAX is a lot more than just a few key events.

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  • hjm978hjm978 Registered User
    Frugus wrote:
    hjm978 wrote:
    This is my first year of going to PAX, and I was wondering what events that are there every year should I absolutly must see? I'll be ariving in town at around noon.

    As a hint...
    SmallLady wrote:
    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.

    Personally speaking... Try to catch any one of the two Make a Strip panels, though you will have to check the schedule considering the time of your arrival. I would also recommend checking out one of the concerts. I'm sure other people will have some suggestions.

    However, don't worry too much. PAX is a lot more than just a few key events.

    Thanks. I'll probably be going to the saturday concert. Other than that, I'll be in the expo hall and the Console Freeplay.

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    Merged from so will the website be updated at all?
    Limond wrote:
    So it seems everything is being done on the forums this year. The hotel reservation stuff wasn't updated on the PAXEast and since people don't check the forums every day I assume some people are still waiting to book hotel deals. I for one am super disappointed about this. Sure I am a bit bummed about not getting into the connected hotel but I am more concerned about the lack of any information available at all.

  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    Merged from so will the website be updated at all?
    Limond wrote:
    So it seems everything is being done on the forums this year. The hotel reservation stuff wasn't updated on the PAXEast and since people don't check the forums every day I assume some people are still waiting to book hotel deals. I for one am super disappointed about this. Sure I am a bit bummed about not getting into the connected hotel but I am more concerned about the lack of any information available at all.

    the hotel info often goes out in stages. In this case, people who are regulars on the forums and who follow the twitter account got advanced notice. A "leg up" so to speak.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • CyantCyant Registered User regular
    I booked my rooms in July. At 125$ a night :)

  • LimondLimond Registered User regular
    SmallLady wrote:
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    Merged from so will the website be updated at all?
    Limond wrote:
    So it seems everything is being done on the forums this year. The hotel reservation stuff wasn't updated on the PAXEast and since people don't check the forums every day I assume some people are still waiting to book hotel deals. I for one am super disappointed about this. Sure I am a bit bummed about not getting into the connected hotel but I am more concerned about the lack of any information available at all.

    the hotel info often goes out in stages. In this case, people who are regulars on the forums and who follow the twitter account got advanced notice. A "leg up" so to speak.

    I follow them on twitter never seen it. So sad. But still doesn't account for the website containing no information at all.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited October 2011
    Limond wrote:
    SmallLady wrote:
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    Merged from so will the website be updated at all?
    Limond wrote:
    So it seems everything is being done on the forums this year. The hotel reservation stuff wasn't updated on the PAXEast and since people don't check the forums every day I assume some people are still waiting to book hotel deals. I for one am super disappointed about this. Sure I am a bit bummed about not getting into the connected hotel but I am more concerned about the lack of any information available at all.

    the hotel info often goes out in stages. In this case, people who are regulars on the forums and who follow the twitter account got advanced notice. A "leg up" so to speak.

    I follow them on twitter never seen it. So sad. But still doesn't account for the website containing no information at all.

    Hotel information went out on twitter on October 19 (wednesday of last week):

    As for the website, because of the work involved in updating the site for the upcoming PAX East, it will likely gain hotel reservation info at the same time pass registration info goes live. Again, though, the forums and twitter have historically gotten advance notice of these things. This is nothing new.

    Moe Fwacky on
  • TrandescentTrandescent Registered User regular
    As far as a DS goes, bring any handheld operating system you have as well as games that support Multiplayer with it. The majority of PAX attendees will be running around with DS's that contain the more popular titles for the DS. Regardless, I even saw a large majority of gameboy color players around. Its great if you're waiting in lines for extensions in a game series (For example, the brink booth had a 1 or 2 hour wait time). I played Mario Kart with another guy for most of the waiting line in the Portal 2 booth.

    Drinks are a must! Carry around water bottles! Food and drinks can get pricy at PAX and having something to nom on while you're in a 1 hour wait line helps. Alot. After exhibition hours, there are game tourneys at the freeplay PC room. They're incredibly fun and get noisy. Go to that. They also have a bunch of bean bag chairs to relax on and a wonderful free arcade to play in.

    Last but not least, be nice to everyone you meet and dont be afraid to start random conversation with those you see at PAX and those on the twitter newsfeed for PAX. I met a really good friend of mine in last years newsfeed, and we're going to be spending the majority of this years 3-day together.

    Have fun!

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    SmallLady wrote:

    What this thread IS
    This thread is a question and answer thread. If you have a question, ask it here, and it will be answered promptly. 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.

    What this thread is NOT is a discussion or suggestion thread. If you would like to have a discussion about any aspect of PAX, please start a new thread if one does not already exist.

    The Suggestions for first time PAX Attendees thread can be found here:
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/149061/east-first-time-to-pax-east-stuff-you-may-want-to-know-lies-within/p1

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    Ricin wrote:
    I was wondering if there is a group discount for badges? My friends are very interested in going and we may have ten or so people in total.

    Just was wondering

    Ricin

    You can email pax_questions@paxsite.com for an answer to that sort of question.

  • nevermore13nevermore13 Registered User regular
    Didn't see this in the FAQ, do we know if/when an open call for Enforcers would go out?

  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Didn't see this in the FAQ, do we know if/when an open call for Enforcers would go out?

    That information unknown to us. But if the call does go out, you'll see it posted on the main Penny-Arcade page and likely on the forums as well

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • EmpharaEmphara Registered User regular
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but PAX East 2012 will be my first PAX so I haven't bought tickets for PAX before. I'm wondering if there will be a thread on here when registration goes up announcing that tickets went on sale like there was for the hotels. I've been watching the forums, the official PAX twitter, and the paxsite and I'm just wondering where would be likely announced first. I'm assuming either the twitter or here but I figured I'd ask since a lot of you have been to multiple PAXes and know how this works better than I do :P Thanks for any responses :) Just trying to figure out which site to stalk most :P

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    Emphara wrote:
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but PAX East 2012 will be my first PAX so I haven't bought tickets for PAX before. I'm wondering if there will be a thread on here when registration goes up announcing that tickets went on sale like there was for the hotels. I've been watching the forums, the official PAX twitter, and the paxsite and I'm just wondering where would be likely announced first. I'm assuming either the twitter or here but I figured I'd ask since a lot of you have been to multiple PAXes and know how this works better than I do :P Thanks for any responses :) Just trying to figure out which site to stalk most :P

    It's likely that it will be posted on the forums as soon as it is available. The twitter account would be the next best place. Then the website.

  • RicinRicin Registered User regular
    Will the food court or Bus/Trolley service be expanded in 2012?

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    Ricin wrote:
    Will the food court or Bus/Trolley service be expanded in 2012?

    I think the food trolley was a BCEC provided service. You can probably find out more by hitting up the BCEC website. http://advantageboston.com/BCEC/BCEC-Dining/In-the-Neighborhood.aspx

  • SchmulkiSchmulki Registered User regular
    Why were those the only potential dates for PAX East? I understand the parameters for avoiding certain other things and needing the convention center to be available, but on top of Easter and Anime Boston, it's also the weekend of Passover, so even more people (myself included) who will not be able to make the con and this is really the con I look forward to every year.

    If the bigger issue is finding a weekend when the convention center is available, has any thought been given to moving to another area? I know that's about the largest convention center in Boston, so what about moving to the NY area (still quite east) or anywhere between with a large enough convention center?

    It seems to me that moving the venue to another major city is a much better option than having it at the same time as 2 major holidays and a con in the same city which got just about 20k people last year.

  • finkledinklefinkledinkle Registered User
    Adding on to the "bring your DS" topic earlier.

    Last year I found very limited people who actually brought their DS while waiting in lin, seems to me most multiplayer gaming in lines consisted of Iphones/Ipads.

    It will be interesting to see this year with the vita launching in February if the Apple products or the Vita will be the primary "kill time in line" resource.

  • whypick1whypick1 [E] ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Schmulki wrote:
    Why were those the only potential dates for PAX East? I understand the parameters for avoiding certain other things and needing the convention center to be available, but on top of Easter and Anime Boston, it's also the weekend of Passover, so even more people (myself included) who will not be able to make the con and this is really the con I look forward to every year.

    If the bigger issue is finding a weekend when the convention center is available, has any thought been given to moving to another area? I know that's about the largest convention center in Boston, so what about moving to the NY area (still quite east) or anywhere between with a large enough convention center?

    It seems to me that moving the venue to another major city is a much better option than having it at the same time as 2 major holidays and a con in the same city which got just about 20k people last year.

    Besides all the reasons Khoo posted that are in the OP, there's a commitment for PAX East to be in Boston for at least this year. I'm sure this is a one-time thing, kind of like how Prime was the weekend before Labor Day this year (although that's a once-every-7-or-8-years thing, but still not a common occurrence).

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  • SchmulkiSchmulki Registered User regular
    whypick1 wrote:
    Besides all the reasons Khoo posted that are in the OP, there's a commitment for PAX East to be in Boston for at least this year. I'm sure this is a one-time thing, kind of like how Prime was the weekend before Labor Day this year (although that's a once-every-7-or-8-years thing, but still not a common occurrence).

    I didn't realize there was already a commitment to be in Boston for this year, that wasn't mentioned above (at least in the quote where the priority of what was required for a date was listed). So do we know if there is a plan for future years to either have a better weekend locked down with the convention center or to be open to moving to another area?

  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Schmulki wrote:
    whypick1 wrote:
    Besides all the reasons Khoo posted that are in the OP, there's a commitment for PAX East to be in Boston for at least this year. I'm sure this is a one-time thing, kind of like how Prime was the weekend before Labor Day this year (although that's a once-every-7-or-8-years thing, but still not a common occurrence).

    I didn't realize there was already a commitment to be in Boston for this year, that wasn't mentioned above (at least in the quote where the priority of what was required for a date was listed). So do we know if there is a plan for future years to either have a better weekend locked down with the convention center or to be open to moving to another area?


    we aren't really privy to those kinds of details. sorry! :P

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