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[PRIME] Buttoneering 2012: Events Schedule Updated!

jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security DeputyRegistered User regular
edited September 2012 in PAX West
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Events Schedule!
Here's what we're doing this year...

Fri,Sat - Come by the desk outside of BYOC, and drop off one of your buttons for the yearly collection presented to Mike and Jerry. Additionally, pick up the official button seen above. Find me (JonXP) or leave it with another Enforcer, I'll brief the folks at the desk on what's going on.

Sat 8:45am - Official Picture Meetup at Juicy/the Rock Band stage. Before you line up for the expo hall, come by and we'll try to get a group picture at a time that doesn't conflict with most Enforcer schedules. This is new and we'll see how it goes!

Sun 11am - Presentation of the buttons to Mike and Jerry in the Queue Room. It'll be a small ceremony, with only about three marching bands and twelve elephants. It'll be right before their autograph signing that starts at that time.

Sun after the Omegathon - Traditional Meetup outside of the convention center doors. Get the buttons you're missing, and get rid of the rest of yours. It's like being on the stock market floor, without the pressure of ruining the world's economy!


It's that time of year again, so let's get our designs rolling!

What is Buttoneering?

Buttoneering is a meta-game that takes place every year at PAX Prime (and to a lesser extent PAX East and other events). You play by printing up a large number of buttons with a picture that represents you, and then find other people at your event to trade with you. It is remarkably easy to do, and it's a great way to meet people. Additionally, you come away with a huge number of buttons that are a unique souvenir of your time.

What are the rules?

Well, there are only a couple. First, if you get a button you should give a button, and vice versa. This applies to the "avatar" button, which is the one that represents you personally. If you have made other buttons representing a group, game, or are just something special, you can set your own rules for what people need to do to get them. As usual, follow Wheaton's Law for maximum fun.

How did Buttoneering start?

It started out as a problem at PAX 2008 for members of the Pax Forum Community. They wanted a way to be able to pick each other out of the crowd of more than 55,000 gamers. The initial idea was for t-shirts with everyone's avatars printed on them. Once someone pointed out the added benefit of being able to smell fellow forum members coming, other ideas were proposed.

Finally, everyone settled on making buttons with their avatars on them. After some initial research, it was discovered that one could get bulk amounts of these created for relatively cheaply, and the idea of PAX Button Exchange was born!

Where can I get buttons?

We recommended PureButtons because of their excellent customer service, good prices, and being all-around cool folks. No, we don't get paid to say that. If you're not in the U.S., feel free to ask in the thread to find info on providers closer to home, or if you're the trusting type, ask if you can ship the buttons to someone who is, to save yourself some shipping costs.

How do I participate?

There are four steps for participating in Buttoneering:
  • Choose your button size and shape, and make your artwork. 1.5 inch round buttons are by far the most popular, and are a good compromise between price and size.
  • Order your buttons. 100 buttons is a good base amount, but feel free to go with more. Be sure to use our discount code Buttoneers2012 if you're using PureButtons!
  • Upload your artwork to BUTTONEERING!, our official Buttoneering site. This is totally optional, but it provides a great way to keep track of your collection. Yes, it asks for an email, but I promise I will only use them for site communication (which has never happened, yet).
  • At PAX, trade with other Buttoneers. It's MUCH easier than you would think.

Other frequently asked questions:
Q. Why do you only list Purebuttons.com as a source of buttons? Are you banging the owner?
You are free to have your buttons made by anyone, make them your self if you'd like. Our prior experience shopping around last year has shown that you really can't beat the price Purebuttons offers for buttons in bulk. If you can, let us know your insider info.

Q. How do I get a button? What are these "bonus buttons"?
The buttons fall in to two categories, the "avatar" or "main" buttons, and the "bonus" variety. While there are no set rules for trading them, these general guidelines are encouraged:
- Avatar buttons should be traded for other Avatar buttons, with no challenges or criteria expected to be fulfilled other than you are both Buttoneers.
- Bonus buttons may (or may not!) have special criteria for receiving them, and may go to people outside the button game who fulfill the criteria. This could be a challenge ("What is the flightspeed of an unladen swallow?"), a requirement ("You must be a member of the CEOs of America Club"), or one may just ask for one (remember to say "Please").

Q. I want to make people stand on their head, nude, while singing "Yankee Doodle" to receive my buttons! Can't I do that?
It is perfectly within your rights, but don't expect many people to trade their buttons back with you.

Q. Do I have to purchase hundreds of buttons to participate?
Purchase as many or as little as you want. As they say the more the merrier, more than likely you will only be able to recieve as many buttons as you have to give. Last year a somewhat active person could easily go through 100+ buttons.

Q. With 55,000+ people, how will I find you all to get my trade on?
Many if not most of us will be attending various community ran events. Feel free to stop by the Pre-PAX Dinner, the Pre-PAX Movie, Pre-PAX Pubcrawl, or the Pre-PAX Breakfast. We'll be there in droves. No one had any problems finding buttons last year. We stand out pretty hard.

Q. I want to make sure I get EVERY SINGLE BUTTON I can, will there be a Buttoneer meetup?
YES. The tentative plan is to meetup right after PAX lets out on Sunday in front of the WTCC. We'll be easy to find, there's gonna be a lot of buttons around. We can finish off our trade lists, and say our goodbyes.

Q. You said this is a game! How do we know who won?
Everyone is a winner! Especially you! You're so special, you know that?

Q. Will I be able to fly with my buttons. Are they considered an instrument of death?
As confirmed by the US TSA and experiance from last year, 1' -1.5' buttons are not classified as an instrument of death even if you have a 100, and can be carried on or checked (they did say that depending on the TSA Agent you may be asked [forced at gun point] to check the buttons).
But remember this only applies to people whose flight originates in the US. If you are flying into the US with buttons make sure you check with your TSA equivalent before bringing them on a plane. The TSA people here also highly suggested that you check with US Customs (contact via your local embassy) before you try and bring them into the country (they indicated that the problem isn't with the button it's with what you could be hiding in the button). Recap: If you’re in the US you can fly w/ buttons, if you’re not your probably better off mailing.


The Great Buttoneering Meetup(s):

We are planning to have TWO meetups this year. One for a group picture (and optional trading) Saturday morning before the show (time and location TBA). The timing is to make it as easy as possible to get a picture done, and to have as few scheduling conflicts as possible.

The second will be the usual one on Sunday after the closing of the Omegathon, just outside of the front doors of the convention center. It'll be a "come as you are, stay as long as you want, leave whenever" kind of thing that'll mostly consist of trading until you run out of buttons!


About BUTTONEERING!.org

As of 2011, our official Buttoneering website is http://buttoneering.org. Usage is completely optional, but it does provide a number of benefits that make it worth the 60 seconds or so that it takes to sign up...
  • Upload your buttons and see everyone else's
  • Easily track the ones you've collected
  • Lots of cool filters and sorting to help you find the button you're looking for
  • Hosting for your finished button designs with the code to embed it in the forums
  • Keep up with your collection from year to year, event to event, so you can see just how much awesome you've seen

This way, we have a very convenient way for everyone to see the buttons and hopefully build upon it with buttoneering apps and the like!

So sign up, (make sure to use your forum name from here!), check your email for the confirmation, and then upload your artwork.


Before clicking on any of the links below, be aware that there are some NSFW buttons.

This year's designs (will be updated until it no longer fits!): Too many! See the link below for the official list.

Click here for the list of this year's buttons!
Click here for last year's buttons.

Are you not on the list? Then you didn't sign up at http://buttoneering.org, so do it right away!

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    WOO! Thanks for getting this rolling @JonXP :)

  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    I will be doing this, with great enthusiasm.

  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    muhahaha

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • redhaloredhalo Registered User
  • adias.angeladias.angel Tech-Savvy Wife Kalamazoo, MIRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    *happy dance* I can't tell you how disappointed I was to find out there was no buttoneering at East.

    So I have to ask, what do people typically do with their button collections after PAX? Right now I have all my Indie booth East ones displayed hanging on my lanyard with my badge but I am thinking that isn't going to work for this. ;)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Deputy Registered User regular
    Timely info, so not included in the OP:

    The website will be getting a major redesign, but it's not ready yet. It's not going to change how it works or anything, just going to try to make the UI more manageable.

    The Android app is being redone from scratch. I never liked the old one, but I wrote it in one night, so it deserves to be awful. The new one will have some nifty features like using Beam (the NFC thing) to allow you to tap phones with someone else when you trade buttons to bring their buttons up for easy marking. I'll keep the same offline functionality of the old one so that it will sync when it can, but you can still do collecting with the terrible internet connections at PAX.

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  • BrennaCeDriaBrennaCeDria Registered User
    Signed up for the site, will upload images as soon as I decide which design to use!

  • redhaloredhalo Registered User
    edited April 2012
    So I have to ask, what do people typically do with their button collections after PAX? Right now I have all my Indie booth East ones hanging on my lanyard with my badge but I am thinking that isn't going to work for this. ;)
    Assuming you're not shy/hiding all through PAX, you will accumulate a lot more than your lanyard will hold. I've been planning on pinning mine on a banner to get framed, but right now they sit in bags seperated out by year.
    I will be doing this, with great enthusiasm.
    May I suggest bonus buttons to those whom test drive the Light Weight Role Playing Game?

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Deputy Registered User regular
    We got our discount code from PureButtons. It's in the OP.

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    Oh goodie. I already have my Button and Bonus Button readied to be purchased. This year will be taken back to Old-School in the normal button. Because I am an old fool who is so cool.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO buttons! I'll be re-hashing my atavar, and I may do some extra special ones as well. Thanks jonxp!

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  • YuritauYuritau CanadaRegistered User regular
    BigRed wrote: »
    muhahaha

    Is anyone else slightly worried by this? I remember someone joking last year that he should have done something the size of captain america's shield, and he thought it was a good idea! :p

  • BrennaCeDriaBrennaCeDria Registered User
    *happy dance* I can't tell you how disappointed I was to find out there was no buttoneering at East.

    So I have to ask, what do people typically do with their button collections after PAX? Right now I have all my Indie booth East ones hanging on my lanyard with my badge but I am thinking that isn't going to work for this. ;)

    I put all mine from 2010 on the "42" towel from ThinkGeek, since I got it as a gift from tehnakki for the TSer Secret Santa the year before. I can't remember who, but someone else did the same last year with their buttons, too. (The second collection can be seen on the same page as my own.)

    As for this year's buttons, I don't know what I'll do with them yet when I get back from PAX. I do know I'll have my leftovers from 2010 in addition to my new ones this year for variety. I may or may not have a bonus button on its own, I haven't decided yet.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    redhalo wrote: »
    So I have to ask, what do people typically do with their button collections after PAX? Right now I have all my Indie booth East ones hanging on my lanyard with my badge but I am thinking that isn't going to work for this. ;)
    Assuming you're not shy/hiding all through PAX, you will accumulate a lot more than your lanyard will hold. I've been planning on pinning mine on a banner to get framed, but right now they sit in bags seperated out by year.

    After PAX I will create a shadowbox for the collection. I haven't done so yet for prime 2011 yet, but it's planned :)

    As far as DURING pax goes, cover your bag, lanyard, hat, what have you :) Make sure they're secure though, wouldn't want one falling off.

  • Knight_Knight_ Try Everything Registered User regular
    Yay! I was wondering when the buttoneering post was going to pop up. Now I just have to think of an idea for my main button, already have my bonus button sorted. (Hint: It's Rainbow Dash :D)

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  • CovetCovet Registered User regular
    I'd also like to add that a great way to be spotted as a buttoneer is to wear several of your buttons on your lanyard, bag, hat, whatever. It makes you stand out from those only wearing buttons that are passed out by exhibitors.

  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Yuritau wrote: »
    BigRed wrote: »
    muhahaha

    Is anyone else slightly worried by this? I remember someone joking last year that he should have done something the size of captain america's shield, and he thought it was a good idea! :p

    I FORGOT ABOUT THAT!

    THANKS FOR THE REMINDER!

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
  • courtneyjcourtneyj Registered User regular
    The thread I've been waiting for! I guess this means I have to come up with something now.

  • Jenny_SpaghettiJenny_Spaghetti Moving shit with the power of Zen. Registered User regular
    YAY! I've had my button ready for a while. I was just waiting for the discount code. :) It will coordinate with my avatar, if and when the Forum Gods decide I should be allowed to have one. :P

  • MokanaMokana Registered User regular
    I have been waiting for this! I had a blast trading buttons last year, now I just have to come up with something.

  • beta_angelbeta_angel ColoradoRegistered User regular
    I will most likely be involved...because Boner Alert.

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  • TOGSolidTOGSolid I don my top hat, and adjust my monocle, Like a god damn sir.Registered User regular
    I'm contemplating doing this, I'm just not sure what sort of buttons I'd make up. Decisions yo.

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  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    Cookie Brigade Represent!

    ... now to track down the button design from VT....

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    Knight_ wrote: »
    ...I already have my bonus button sorted. (Hint: It's Rainbow Dash :D)

    My Bonus Button is Daring Do!

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  • Knight_Knight_ Try Everything Registered User regular
    Knight_ wrote: »
    ...I already have my bonus button sorted. (Hint: It's Rainbow Dash :D)

    My Bonus Button is Daring Do!

    I must have it.

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  • PRDPRD Kristin Lindsay I am a meat popsicle.Registered User, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff regular
    I hereby proclaim myself a Buttonista.

  • DannicusDannicus [E] Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    PRD wrote: »
    I hereby proclaim myself a Buttonista.

    Sooooo excited to see what you came up with PRD....


    As for myself. Definitely in again. I've been debating a few different ideas to continue my retro cartoon buttons (though I still have a stash of Danger Mouse and Penfolds I intend to dump on people).

    The current front runners are:
    1) Dudley Do Right and Snidely Whiplash
    2) Mr Peabody and Sherman
    3) Allstar Seaworthy and Casey Kelp from the Snorks
    4)Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (or some other pair from GI Joe)
    5)Cringer and Battle Cat

    Oooh oooh ohh...can't wait to see what people come up with

  • KellyShepard087KellyShepard087 Registered User regular
    I was a virgin buttoneer last year, so I didn't register my button. But I bought 150 and gave away every last one. I managed to collect two and a half lanyards of buttons. I gotta find a way to incorporate them into my cosplay.
    <<<<<<<

    Also, once I figure out what design I want. Can someone help me make them? I have absolutely zero graphic design/photshop skillz. :)

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  • SaldekSaldek Registered User regular
    Looking forward to this! Now to settle on a design or two....

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    I am in for buttons again!

    I already have my design! :D :D

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Deputy Registered User regular
    Oh, and PLEASE let me know about any issues you're having with the site or the upcoming version of the Android app. I want to make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible.

    Also, if you think anything should be added to the FAQ or OP, feel free to say something.

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  • contrefaitcontrefait Registered User regular
    I'm totally in once more.. no idea what I'm doing though.

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  • OptimusbryOptimusbry Trade show booth designer Long Beach CARegistered User regular
    I've never done this before but I think this will be my year, now to make something snappy

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  • adias.angeladias.angel Tech-Savvy Wife Kalamazoo, MIRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    If we upload one image and decide later we are going to use a different one can we over write it on the buttoneering site?

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Deputy Registered User regular
    If we upload one image and decide later we are going to use a different one can we over write it on the buttoneering site?

    Yep. Simply edit the button by clicking the little pencil icon on it. It's easiest to find this in the "My Buttons" view. This will also update it if you have it linked anywhere, like this forum.

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  • KellyShepard087KellyShepard087 Registered User regular
    I've got a few pics I'd like to use, but I have zero photoshop/graphic art skillz. Could anyone help me with them?
    Here's links to the pics.
    N7 option 1

    N7 option2

    N7 option 3

    I like options 2 and 3 best. but whichever translates to a button best is fine with me.

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  • UriainUriain Frantically reloading Toronto, CanadaRegistered User regular
    @KellyShepard087 - I think option 3 could look pretty sharp on a button.. its very crisp.

    This will be my first Prime, and thus my first buttoning event.. looking forward to it..

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  • KellyShepard087KellyShepard087 Registered User regular
    Me too. I like the little shine it has off the corner of the N.

    This is my second prime and my semi-second buttoneering.

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  • SnipethewolfSnipethewolf Registered User regular
    Buttons woooo!!! I shall be bringing the last of my last years ones as well as one maybe two more designs! Hmm maybe from gameboy last year to a little bigger one with a NES?

  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Deputy Registered User regular
    Added designs to the OP.


    PROTIP! If you're using the website, I'm providing you with a free image host for your designs! Go to "My Buttons" and click the pencil icon on the button you would like to share. Down at the bottom of that screen is the code to paste into the forums to show your button design here.

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