THIS IS IT GUYS, WE’RE GOING TO STRAYA!
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PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR NOW EVERYTHING IN THIS FAQ IS TENTATIVE. FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND WE WILL ANSWER AS BEST AS WE CAN.
When: July 19th - 21st 2013
Where: Australia. Duh. Specifically Melbourne, VIC
Ascot Vale, VIC 3032
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.
PAX is awesome
PAX is not your personal army
unless your name is Robert Khoo
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.
And frankly, after that we’ve stopped counting. PAX Is huge.
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
for the Official PAX AUS 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.
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 can I register for PAX Aus?
On the PAX AUS website
When do Passes go on sale?
Sometime! (We don’t know yet, but will update when we do!)
Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
It's after June 15th, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
If they open up enrollment, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the main PA site. Please be Patient
What are the hours of PAX?
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.
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 Post. 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 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?
Are there iphone/android apps for pax?
From the creators of the Conventionist.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?
if you just have an idea go to auspanels.paxsite.com/
with your your proposal! If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for PAX AUS 2013. Good luck!