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[PRIME] The 6th Annual West Coast Train Trip

TimeCruiserMikeTimeCruiserMike Registered User regular
edited September 2012 in PAX West
The 6th annual
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What it is

The Successor to the West Coast Super Trip (the nerdy caravan that started it all) The West Coast Train Trip, or "PAXTrain" for short, is a coordinated effort for PAX-goers to ride the same train at the same time going up the western coast of the United States - both as an alternative to driving or flying, and to enjoy an intimate "mini-convention".

Why the train?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaAN6Rng0o0

How to get on the PAXTrain
We are riding Train #14 - Coast Starlight departing August 29th, 2012 from Los Angeles California. If you are in Chico, CA or any stop further north you’ll be boarding on August 30th, 2012. We'll be returning on Train #11 - Coast Starlight departing September 3rd. Everyone from Eugene and all points north should be sure to select the Coast Starlight and not the Cascades when buying your tickets. After you purchase your train ticket, please fill out this form.

The following is a courtesy list of standard coach prices for a round trip, but they won’t stay like that. You should buy now because the prices go up as we near our departure date.

DEPARTS AUG 29th
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX) - $299 Departs 10:25 am, Returns 9:00 pm
  • Van Nuys, CA (VNC) - $299 Departs 10:55 am, Returns 8:22pm
  • Simi Valley, CA (SIM) - $299 Departs 11:19 am, Returns 7:48 pm No ticket office (has a credit card kiosk), No checked baggage
  • Oxnard, CA (OXN) - $299 Departs 11:52 am, Returns 7:05 pm
  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) - $299 Departs 12:48 pm, Returns 6:02 pm
  • San Luis Obispo, CA (SLO) - $295 Departs 3:43 pm, Returns 3:07 pm
  • Paso Robles, CA (PRB) - $295 Departs 4:45 pm, Returns 1:38 pm No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Salinas, CA (SNS) - $295 Departs 6:36 pm, Returns 11:48 am
  • San Jose, CA (SJC) - $291 Departs 8:39 pm, Returns 9:55 am
  • Oakland - Jack London Square, CA (OKJ) - $282 Departs 9:42 pm, Returns 8:40 am
  • Emeryville, CA (EMY) - $282 Departs 10:07 pm, Returns 8:15 am
  • Martinez, CA (MTZ) - $272 Departs 10:54 pm, Returns 7:34 am
  • Davis, CA (DAV) - $261 Departs 11:33 pm, Returns 6:50 am
  • Sacramento, CA (SAC) - $256 Departs 11:59 pm, Returns 6:15 am
STATIONS BELOW DEPART AUG 30th
  • Chico, CA (CIC) - $200 Departs 1:55 am, Returns 3:50 am No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Redding, CA (RDD) - $188 Departs 3:14 am, Returns 2:21 am No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Dunsmuir, CA (DUN) - $170 Departs 5:04 am, Returns 12:35 am No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Klamath Falls, OR (KFS) - $144 Departs 8:25 am, Returns 9:50 pm
  • Chemult, OR (CMO) - $130 Departs 9:40 am, Returns 8:08 pm No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Eugene, OR (EUG) - $139 Departs 12:44 pm, Returns 5:03 pm
  • Albany, OR (ALY) - $126 Departs 1:30 pm, Returns 4:10 pm
  • Salem, OR (SLM) - $113 Departs 2:03 pm, Returns 3:37 pm
  • Portland, OR (PDX) - $85 Departs 4:20pm, Returns 1:50 pm
  • Vancouver, WA (VAN) - $85 Departs 4:36 pm, Returns 1:08 pm
  • Kelso, WA (KEL) - $72 Departs 5:14 pm, Returns 12:29 pm No ticket office (has a credit card kiosk), No checked baggage
  • Centralia, WA (CTL) - $58 Departs 5:57 pm, Returns 11:45 am No checked baggage for trip up, you can check bags for return trip.
  • Olympia-Lacey, WA (OLW) - $43 Departs 6:22 pm, Returns 11:21 am No ticket office (has a credit card kiosk), No checked baggage
  • Tacoma, WA (TAC) - $37 Departs 7:11 pm, Returns 10:31 am
We should Arrive in Seattle around 8:45 pm on Thursday.

Stuff You Need
You'll need to be prepared to survive on PAXTrain. Following is a list of stuff you probably should bring if you want to have a livable experience on the rails.
  • You are allowed to carry on two bags, and check three (if you board at a station that allows checked baggage). We suggest checking a suitcase for your PAX supplies and packing a separate carryon bag / backpack. This pack should contain personal effects and clothing, as well as everything else you think you'll need on the train.
  • Earplugs and an eye mask. It is considered PAXTrain courtesy to be quiet in all coach areas, where people may be sleeping - but still, be prepared. If you're upstairs people will be walking through at all hours.
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, a comb, and if you need them, shaving razors and cream. No showers are provided for coach passengers, so if you're on the train for two days bring wipes or a sponge or something to wash the stank off in the bathroom sink the second day. Ignoring basic hygene highlights a disregard for your fellow gamers, who are great people who don't need to know what you smell like after two days without cleaning yourself in a cramped environment.
  • Snacks. There is a snack cart and a dining car, but it's not cheap. You can save some money if you bring some food and water with you.
  • Your meds. Nobody needs to see you off them.

We also recommend the following items:
  • A power strip. We plan on bringing power squids and some power strips, but there are never enough outlets.
  • A handheld system - a Nintendo DS or 3DS is the preferred item for wireless gaming. A PSP is welcome but has more of a personal role rather than multiplaying with the cool kids.
  • A book for pleasure reading. We advise everyone to take a break from train festivities to "regroup", and read a book or listen to music.
  • Headphones, preferably a pair of ear buds rather than studio headphones, but to each his own. It is considered rude to subject others to the noise of your personal entertainment device
  • Cash. Dining with fellow PAXtrain goers is a good way to relax and get to know some people. Expect about one breakfast (from the snack cart), two lunches and two dinners with each trip (either from the snack cart or the dining car), each meal running about 10-20 dollars. The food in the private dining car isn't bad. Apart from that, bring spare cash for snacks or bring your own in your travel backpack.

PAXtrain Gear
People's willingness to bring their expensive toys to share is part of what makes PAXtrain such an awesome experience. Please understand that if you are joining up any later than San Jose, it may not be "worth it" for the train trip. We need supplies on the front as early as possible. If you are not sure what to bring here are some things we need.
  • Power strips and extension cords. Power management becomes a problem on the train. If you can, grab something from home before you go, or go buy a cheapie power strip for 15-20 bucks. This seems small and unimportant, but it's the foundation of all of our operations!
  • 2 15 Amp Twist-lock Adapters (1 for arcade, one for obs car) There are some outlets on the train that are very different and would be more convenient for us to use if we had the proper adapters. (Not every train has these outlets)
  • Card games. Bring your Magic deck, your Fluxx deck, your Curses deck, your WoWTCG deck, your Pokemon deck, or shit, even a Sailor Moon TCG deck, I don't care. Bring it. If you have a silly game that's easy to learn, bring it. “We didn't Play test This” was a big train hit in the past.
  • Fans. We are going to need at least two. An electric fan can reduce the temperature of a room by up to 10 degrees; the arcade cars will need them.
  • Television sets (optional). Small, lightweight affairs. Don't bring anything you can't afford to replace if it breaks, but don't bring some ancient monolith because you were planning on giving it to Goodwill anyways. If you're BYOC and have a big monitor that can double as a TV, we'd appreciate you offering its use for the good of the Party. The arcade car has a (small) television if we need it. Extra TVs and monitors are optional, not a necessity.
  • A Rock Band Setup. We need one or more people to supply a full set of Rockband controllers: 2 Guitars, Drums, Keyboard(if Rockband 3), up to 3 Microphones, an Xbox 360(preferably with a hard-drive that contains a large collection of songs), a TV(would be nice), and of course a copy of Rockband(preferably 2 or 3).
  • A Wii with Super Smash bros Brawl and 4 gamecube controllers. other games are welcome, but people tend to just play Smash.
  • You win 10,000 internets if you bring snacks to share with everyone during the trip. Whatever it is, we don't care, as long as it isn't hilariously messy or unsafe. Please do not bring home-cooked goods - we have no way of knowing what's in your killer brownies, duuuuuude. (Cookie Brigade excluded of course. People selling cookies for charity are surely trustworthy)
  • Tape! We like to try and keep our power cables away from where other passengers can trip on them; which tends to mean taping them to the ceiling.

This is all the essentials - if you want to burden yourself with bringing more, that's fine, but it's also window dressing. If you're thinking about bringing more shit and saying "I'll hook it up in my hotel later after PAX closes", you're so wrong - you should either be sleeping or heading to a bar or party, not going back to the hotel to play some video games. You just did that all day.

The PAXTrain Staff

I know that a small percentage of people have issue with an organized "PAXTrain Staff." There was some drama in 2008. "You are on a power trip and need to settle down." Please understand that to keep good relations with Amtrak and not have a bunch of people booted off the train in the middle of butte valley, we present the Amtrak Staff with a Face (or faces) who represents us as a group. This helps keep the staff more at ease and provides everyone on both sides with a go to guy(or go to people) with whom they can speak if there is a problem. If any of the PAXTrain staff seems at any time to be rude or power tripping, please know that it is because we don't like being yelled at by Amtrak Staff, and yes Amtrak staff has on occasion asked PAXTrain staff to quell some problems that have come up. (Noise, crowding the isle, hogging the obs. deck, etc.)

The Rules
We have some rules on PAXTrain. They're simple. Don't sweat it. But if you break them we will be miffed and we'll find appropriate punishment for you. These rules mainly apply in Headquarters (the Arcade car or obs deck) as that's where most of the magic happens.
  • Don't be a dick. Just don't. Play nice, children. And if you don't like someone, don't start shit stirring and backtalk.
  • Don't be an asshole to the Amtrak staff.
  • Train staffers are generally pretty cool and will let us do what we want with little explanation. Be nice to them, and if they tell you to do something, do it.
  • Don't be a loud prick. Other people may be sleeping in other cars. Or whatever. We usually sack the arcade car and half of the observation car as our Headquarters and keep it there - that muffles the sound pretty well, it’s been tested, even when shouting. Still, noise discipline. Be quiet in the coach areas and sleeper cars, be polite in the dining cars and don't try to overrun the observation deck during the day if other people are using it.
  • Don't be a freak to kids. When kids are around, mind your tongue. Pretend Mommy's right behind you. Don't give anyone a reason to complain about PAXTrain.
  • Don't get too hammered.
WE HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THIS SO FAR AND WOULD TO KEEP IT THIS WAY. I'M NOT POINTING FINGERS, THERE'S NOBODY TO POINT THEM AT! Let's just keep it that way.
We've never had any real problems, but vigilance and diligence will be what keeps it that way. These rules are also loose guidelines more than anything, so don't flaunt them or play the legalist. If you play the rules lawyer, we'll treat you like a rules lawyer. Anyone in gross violation of the rules or common decency won't be welcome at group festivities - you're now persona non grata and everyone hates your guts, and you're banned from PAXTrain events.

Again, we've never actually had to do that! Everyone's been cool and has watched each other's back, kept everyone else in check and been real champions, doing their duty to assist their fellow gamers when they are falling out of line. We work better as a loosely organized motley band than as a full regiment. We've done terrific! Just keep diligent - we have a legacy to consider, and we want to keep good relations with Amtrak.

Booze
Amtrak has a policy against outside alcohol on the train. They probably just want to sell more of the overpriced stuff in the snack bar. We won't tell you what to bring or not bring, but know that the risks / consequences of bringing alcohol are your own, as we aren't condoning private stashes. Openly drinking your own stuff in public areas is discouraged. If you choose to do so please do it discretely. If keeping it out of sight is a problem for you I would suggest that you check out these links

These sites offer a variety of inconspicuous covers for your beer cans
http://thebeermall.com/beercancovers.html
http://www.ezcom.com/hideabeer.htm

or if you would rather make a cover yourself
http://www.instructables.com/id/Sneaky-Drink-a-Beer-Anywhere/?ALLSTEPS

or . . . you could bring the brand of beer they sell on the train.

As for the other variety of beverage (aka hard stuff), just premix your drink of choice into a inconspicuous container before you board and you're set. We’re still not condoning it though. Think of it as teaching 6th graders about condoms. You don’t want them to need them, but if they’re going to do it, at least they know how to protect themselves.

The PAXTrain "staff" will be assessing the situation and reacting appropriately. We got some rookie drinkers on PAXTrain '07 (the only year Amtrak allowed outside booze). If you're new to drinking, we have some info for you right here to help you get in the swing of things - most vets already have some sort of system on how they handle the booze. Here are the four levels of inebriation as we will ID them:
  • Not Drunk - You've had one, maybe two. You're not feeling it. Drink a little more, if you want, or not. Maybe you're just not a beer (or liquor) guy. You don't need to be drunk to enjoy PAXTrain. Most people weren't drunk at all in previous years. It's overblown how drunk we were. (Or I am cleaning our images up and rewriting history.)
  • Buzzed - You've had a few and you're feeling pretty good. Bit of a headrush. Congrats - you're buzzed! Now slow down and enjoy it. Drink a bit after an hour to keep the buzz going. Don't feel like you need to drink a lot to look like a big man.
  • Drunk - Congrats, you're drunk. Now sit your ass down. Being drunk is not a good thing. Lay off the booze and get some chips. A pro alcoholic can "maintain", cutting through his drunkenness and working with his lack of motor skills to help him calm down and get it out. Be careful - we'll try to help keep you quiet and unseen, but if the train guys spot you drunk, they can call the cops at the next stop and have you hauled off to the drunk tank. That means no Paxy Pax for you.
  • Wasted - What the fuck is wrong with you? If you're clearly wasted we're throwing you out of PAXTrain events and the word will spread you're persona non grata. Go to the bathroom quietly and puke before the train personnel eject you from the train - and into the arms of the police, who will arrest you for being drunk in public.
Anyone who is really wasted will be asked to leave the festivities - sit in your coach seat for a while and maintain. You wanna drink on the PAXTrain? Fine. Just don't be a little newb about it.

Also remember:
  • "You just want to be with that ugly bitch WHO ISN'T PRETTIER THAN ME!!!" (New Years party reference, this chick was a horrible drunk) If you've battled with depression before, you might wind up being an overemotional drunk. So unless you're certain you can maintain, if you feel weird about it then don't get drunk so you don't embarrass yourself.
  • Don't feel pressured to drink more to seem hardcore. A pro alcoholic will tell you that a low alcohol tolerance is actually very good thing, and look back to the time when a few beers would buzz them as their salad days.
  • Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer? You're in the clear. Be sure that you remember this rhyme, or else you'll wind up doing time - puking up your guts all over the stall, in the bathroom straight down the hall.
  • Since we won't have a PAXtrain alcohol stash we can't exactly cut you off. Just remember if you're out of hand you'll be asked to go somewhere else until you can maintain.

The Hot Spots - I'm Going off the Rails on this Crazy PAXTrain
The majority of all PAXTrain activities happen in two locations: The coach car with the arcade room (which will likely be the home of Rock Band), and the Observation Deck (which will be designated as the Obs Deck or simply as Obs). These areas are beehives of activity and the "home" of most of our console systems. We'll have to play it by ear, balancing the use of the arcade cars and observation car between PAX goers and the rest of the passengers can take a little doing sometimes.
  • The Arcade Car(s): These are private rooms, allowing us to speak freely with no cause for the concerns of other passengers and are fairly soundproof, allowing us to get a little loud (not too loud). Here you can find our primary console setups. It is on the first story of a coach car, with no other passengers to heed, and has a luggage rack for storing our critical gear, a water dispenser for more drinkable cold water, and doors to exit in case of a smoke break. When the door opens to the arcade car, get quiet for a second until it closes; otherwise, speak away. Amtrak closes the arcade cars at 11pm though sometimes we can convince them to let us spend the night there.
  • The Obs Deck: Obs is a public area for all passengers. We have to be conscious of the other passengers during the day, but we pretty much have it to ourselves at night. Obs has a large, spacious observation deck on the top floor with a number of private tables, benches and seats to view the countryside, use a laptop, play cards or do whatever, but due to the furniture it is not a good place to hold a mass congregation unless everyone sits down. The first floor of the obs deck has a commissary for buying snacks, drinks, booze and small meals. The prices are a little high, but not complete robbery - still, it's advisable to bring your own foodstuffs. Also on the first floor are more tables and furniture and more observation areas, we try to leave this area open while the snack bar is operational as we pretty much take up all the tables upstairs. Wireless connections (assuming we have the equipment we need) will be set up and administrated from a table on the upper floor, you can take advantage of it from the whole obs car. At night, we appropriate obs for PAX-y uses, but it is still a public area, so don't be a total boor or drunkard. This is when we typically chill and watch movies.
  • The Dining Car: The onboard restaurant of the train is pretty good. Or, at least it has been. Be sure to bring cash as the magic plastic cards seem to confound the servers here.

Events
We will be having the following events on PAXTrain:
  • RPGs : TBA: Thirty-two hours is a lot of time to spend on a train. Many people like to spend a good portion of that time playing Pen and Paper or Table top RPGs. We need Game Masters to run scheduled and/or spur of the moment Campaigns. Post details if you plan on running a game or two on the train.
  • Tournaments: TBD. At the very least there will be Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and Rock Band going on.
  • Meals: Amtrak takes Lunch and Dinner reservations before meals happen. Find some people and make a reservation for four. It's a great way to commiserate with people in a more relaxed environment than the public areas.
  • Movie Night: CURRENT FILM LIST: TBD. Do you have something you want to watch at night in the observation car? Bring it with you and / or let us know. Dr. Horrible was a big hit.
  • Mystery Gift: I have a set of patched Pokemon Distribution roms on a flash card which I'll be using periodically to send out Nintendo Special Event Pokemon. So be sure to bring your DS Pokemon Games.
  • Train Twister: This was arguably a success in 09. How do we feel about it making a return?
  • Donkey Kong Trainga: It's Jenga! On a Train! Now with Donkey Kong


T-Shirts
Weenog42 wrote: »
T-SHIRT PRE-ORDERS OPEN!

THE LAST DAY TO ORDER IS Mon, 8/13 !

DESIGN:
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PRICES:

Men's Sizes:
S-XL, $8
XXL $9
XXXL $10

PRE-ORDER INFO
To be guaranteed a shirt, you must sign up!
To pre-order a shirt, add yourself to this google doc:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am6HbqjF0u93dEktWE9LRkd2a2s2THB6S04yUURENkE
Anyone can edit, so please be careful not to accidentally delete or overwrite someone else's entry.

PREPAY INFO
You can send payment via paypal to Weenog42@yahoo.com. INCLUDE YOUR HANDLE NAME or I won't know who's paying me!
You can always pay by cash on the train, but prepaying helps distribution, and makes it easier on my wallet when I place the order.

FAQs
Q: Is there a ladies cut tee?
A: Not this year. There simply isn't enough demand.
Q: Can I get a shirt shipped to me?
A: Not this year. Make arrangements for someone on the train to meet you at PAX.
Q: Can I get a shirt if my plans change and I'm not on the train this year?
A: If you've ever been on the train, you can get a shirt. Make arrangements with someone on the train.



Feel free to PM me if I left anything out or need to make any changes.

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    Hmmm ... seriously considering that the $126 and $50 worth of gas is worth the drive to Eugene, leave truck in friend's care, drive it back home after PAX. Damn the train for not coming through Grants Pass.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    I'll be taking Train #1 - Sunset Limited to get to Union Station from AZ this year.

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  • awyldknghtawyldknght Registered User regular
    Bah, the PaxTrain is coming through after I'm looking of catching the train. I am looking at catching it earlier in the day so I have time to relax & scope out the hotel & area in the evening.

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  • CrogothCrogoth Registered User regular
    YES! been waiting for this thread to start up!

    so far, one of the few people from the PAX attendees thread that are heading up VIA train.

    First PAX
    First PAXTrain
    Let's do this!

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    Here's a question; considering the phenomenal success of Cards Against Humanity at PAX East 2012, will you allow it to be played during the WCTT? I ask this because the game is somewhat offensive, which is why it's so popular. But it can get rather loud as players read out the cards, hence the query. The last thing you want is AMTRAK throwing you off the train because you were playing the game.

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  • DakeglerDakegler Registered User regular
    Tix Purchased, I've got about 225 RB DLC songs on my Xbox at this point that I can bring, along with Mics,Keys, and guitars.

  • millislimmillislim Registered User
    I'm trying to ride the train for the first time and was interested in buying a sleeper car (just the two bed one) and since it would only be me going up is there anyone interested in splitting that cost? I'm getting on in Sacramento. I just can't believe how expensive that car is! $200+ for one way!?!?! Before I buy one, those who have experience...would you have liked one or are they unnecessary?

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  • DhutchDhutch Registered User regular
    @kropotkin - Card Against Humanity was played on the PAXTrain 2011, before East had even heard of it! It was either played waaay late at night or close to the end of the trip- I was too delirious by that point to remember. I've bought a deck since then, I'll bring it. Don't have the expansion though.

    ANYWAY- I'm planning on taking the train all the way, starting in LA!

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  • Adonus76Adonus76 Registered User regular
    I had a sleeper car a couple years back and I will say as much as I did enjoy sleeping horizontal and taking a shower, the price was definitely not worth it. The bed was tiny and the room is incredibly small. If you can survive one night sleeping in a chair I'd say save the extra cash and spend it on gaming.

    Also I plan on having another rousing game of Aye Dark Overlord and hope it's as enjoyable as last year!

  • millislimmillislim Registered User
    Adonus76 wrote: »
    I had a sleeper car a couple years back and I will say as much as I did enjoy sleeping horizontal and taking a shower, the price was definitely not worth it. The bed was tiny and the room is incredibly small. If you can survive one night sleeping in a chair I'd say save the extra cash and spend it on gaming.

    Also I plan on having another rousing game of Aye Dark Overlord and hope it's as enjoyable as last year!

    oh man that game is fantastic! Count me in! Guess you're right about the sleeper car...but laying down just sounds sooooo good...but whatever...I am looking forward to having my costumes travel without baggage fees and in a much more safe manner than the planes

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  • polaris314polaris314 Registered User regular
    I will be along for the ride again this year, bringing Tales of Shit That Happened at East (for those interested) and reconnecting with friends made on the trip last year. I will also be bringing a friend for whom it will be his first PAX. Tempted to start the trip in LA but I will most likely be picking it up in Simi again (about 65 miles into the route). Can't wait!

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  • lachericelacherice Registered User regular
    I purchased a ticket. Are seats first come, first served?

  • polaris314polaris314 Registered User regular
    lacherice wrote: »
    I purchased a ticket. Are seats first come, first served?

    If you just bought the "default" ticket (i.e. no Sleeper or Lower car request), you will be assigned a seat in the upper level of one of the coach cars.

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    Does the return train depart Sunday or Monday? Guessing Monday, any approx. time.

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  • awyldknghtawyldknght Registered User regular
    Train departs on Monday Sept 3rd at 945am.

    This is judging by the return time for PDX which would be my groups return stop.
    Portland, OR (PDX) - Departs 4:20pm, Returns 1:50 pm

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  • lachericelacherice Registered User regular
    Do people usually take taxis from the train station to their hotels? If so, how much does that usually run?

  • JHawkJHawk Registered User regular
    Depends on where your hotel is. The Sheraton and other nearby hotels are only about 15 blocks away from King street station, so either taxi, bus/lightrail, or, if you're up for it and don't have too much baggage, walking :)

  • AcubedAcubed Registered User regular
    I heard last year that Amtrak can "easily" attach an observation car to the back of the train too, so as not to disturb the rest of the train when moving from the very back (where the LAX-departing people are). Has anyone asked about that?

  • ChazzonChazzon Registered User regular
    Adonus76 wrote: »
    I had a sleeper car a couple years back and I will say as much as I did enjoy sleeping horizontal and taking a shower, the price was definitely not worth it. The bed was tiny and the room is incredibly small. If you can survive one night sleeping in a chair I'd say save the extra cash and spend it on gaming.

    Also I plan on having another rousing game of Aye Dark Overlord and hope it's as enjoyable as last year!

    Oh overlord,

    I cannot wait to once again be your humble minion for hours on end!

    That was the best time I had in a while! I'll be back again!

    Anyways, I need to know the current trend of Handheld crap to bring...I see a PSP assault in the description..And that was totally aimed at the only dude who brought one....(Me) Haha!

    I'll be bringing RISK!

    Also will be bringing my laptop and a 23' screen and 2.5TB of Anime goodness! If anyone can secure a projector, we can use the arcade area and screen off the back wall?

  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Well if it isn't my 2nd family.

    On dis here train once again.

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  • millislimmillislim Registered User
    I want to help design a pax shirt! Throwing my hat in nao!

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  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    lacherice wrote: »
    Do people usually take taxis from the train station to their hotels? If so, how much does that usually run?

    $10 or thereabouts for a cab with 4 people last time.

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  • Adonus76Adonus76 Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Chazzon wrote: »
    Adonus76 wrote: »
    I had a sleeper car a couple years back and I will say as much as I did enjoy sleeping horizontal and taking a shower, the price was definitely not worth it. The bed was tiny and the room is incredibly small. If you can survive one night sleeping in a chair I'd say save the extra cash and spend it on gaming.

    Also I plan on having another rousing game of Aye Dark Overlord and hope it's as enjoyable as last year!

    Oh overlord,

    I cannot wait to once again be your humble minion for hours on end!

    That was the best time I had in a while! I'll be back again!

    Anyways, I need to know the current trend of Handheld crap to bring...I see a PSP assault in the description..And that was totally aimed at the only dude who brought one....(Me) Haha!

    I'll be bringing RISK!

    Also will be bringing my laptop and a 23' screen and 2.5TB of Anime goodness! If anyone can secure a projector, we can use the arcade area and screen off the back wall?

    The overlord is pleased and looks forward to once again humiliating you in new and exciting ways! Also I plan on bringing my 3ds with plenty of multiplayer party games (starfox,mariokart kid icarus etc.)

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  • polaris314polaris314 Registered User regular
    Acubed wrote: »
    I heard last year that Amtrak can "easily" attach an observation car to the back of the train too, so as not to disturb the rest of the train when moving from the very back (where the LAX-departing people are). Has anyone asked about that?

    Several of us had a discussion with one of the conductors on the return trip last year about this (and the ability to designate it as a private car). My takeaway was that it would require a bit of extra coordination on our part, since we would be responsible for the cost of adding the extra car. Not sure how much lead-in time Amtrak would need to make it happen, either. Someone else may better remember the conversation.

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  • ChazzonChazzon Registered User regular
    Arikado wrote: »
    lacherice wrote: »
    Do people usually take taxis from the train station to their hotels? If so, how much does that usually run?

    $10 or thereabouts for a cab with 4 people last time.

    Alrighty, I'll have to try and get those..haha!

    Looking forward to the train trip again!

  • Weenog42Weenog42 Registered User regular
    Regarding Sleeper Cars: the other consideration is that the sleeper car includes meals in the dining car, which are pretty expensive a la carte, to the tune of $15-$20. The snack car food is an outright rip off, imo. Packing your own food is the most cost-effective option, but if you don't want the hassle, a sleeper is well worth it. And you can access the shower, too. I find it worthwhile to be rested and fed so that I can arrive at the con feeling like a human being.

    Regarding T-Shirts: I can talk to Amanda, who made previous years' shirts, but she won't be coming this year (not to get into details, but we're no longer together). So if another qualified person wants to throw their hat in the ring, let me know. I was pretty happy with the place we got to produce them the last two years, so I'm still happy to handle the production and distribution. I was not planning on offering the Ladies cut this year. Even at a couple bucks extra they drive up the price for everyone, and it's hard to accurately estimate how many to make.

  • MrDoctorProfessorMrDoctorProfessor Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    I will be taking the train up from Sac! Lookin forward to it! Ill have my 3DS, PSP, MTG, and hopefully a few little games like zombie dice and such.

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  • smerksmerk Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Getting on at Emeryville this year. Merryville as i choose to call it.

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  • LordFizzlebeefLordFizzlebeef Registered User regular
    Getting on in Chico again this year. I was so happy with Cards Against Humanity that I bought my own set and will have them on the ride up and the ride back. Also, will have my 3DS and some games.

  • SkeleVaderSkeleVader Your Friendly Dark Lord of Destruction Registered User regular
    My group decided to take the train up from Olympia area this year, but unfortunately the "Pax Train" would get in much later then we want to leave. So we are taking an earlier, boring normal train.
    We will however be on the return train, even if it is only for a hour and a half.

  • QuintiousQuintious Registered User regular
    I live in Seattle, but this sounds like fun. I might very well fly down there just to ride the damn train back up.

  • gidgetsgidgets Registered User regular
    I am not making the same mistake as PAX East train...freaking out because they were sold out. I bought train tickets!!

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    Which station: Emeryville (EMY) to Seattle (SEA)
    Tickets Purchased: Yes

  • ChazzonChazzon Registered User regular
    Quintious wrote: »
    I live in Seattle, but this sounds like fun. I might very well fly down there just to ride the damn train back up.

    I thought it was worth it. I flew from Tokyo to seattle, then flew back down a few days later to LA to catch the train back upto seattle. Was well worth it to me as I met some amazing folks last year.

  • ChazzonChazzon Registered User regular
    I know some said walking is pretty easy. But last year me and 3 others I met on the train took a Cab. Came out to like $5 a person and saved us some much needed energy after the long train trip..haha (Only slept like 3 hours from LA)

  • LordFizzlebeefLordFizzlebeef Registered User regular
    Yeah, cab ride for me last year was $6. Waiting for an empty cab on the other hand took about half an hour. Still, would cab ride again.

  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    Alright ticket get. I'll be on LA as usual.

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  • elilasolelilasol Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Ticket bought. I will be on this train. Getting on in Portland.

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  • zephusdragonzephusdragon Registered User
    Quintious wrote: »
    I live in Seattle, but this sounds like fun. I might very well fly down there just to ride the damn train back up.

    I know right?!

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  • CrogothCrogoth Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    tickets for return train have hopped up to $166

    Ticket purchased, doing the whole train from L.A.!

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  • millislimmillislim Registered User
    quick question...how do you guys handle the food issue? I've seen that Amtrak food is crazy expensive and people recommend bringing stuff to snack but what resources do we have access to? Microwaves? Can we bring icechests as long as they're small enough? How have you guys dealt with this in the past?

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