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PAX East 2014 Information & FAQ. READ THIS FIRST THEN ASK QUESTIONS HERE.

SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
edited March 16 in PAX East
PAX EAST 2014 Information and FAQ (READ THIS FIRST, THEN ASK ALL QUESTIONS HERE)

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

*Note: 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.
zerzhul wrote:
This is very specifically a Q&A thread, random posts that have nothing to do with someone's question, are not asking a question, or are not suggesting an addition to the FAQ are not within the remit of this thread.

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When: April 11th - 13th

Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA
BCEC


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 an attendance of over 58,000.
In 2009, PAX had 60,750 attendance.
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 attendance.
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
Click here for the Official PAX 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


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 buy passes for PAX?
Soon, ticket sales will be open on the PAX East website.

When do passes go on sale?
Sometime after PAX Prime.


When will I get my passes in the mail?

Passes will start getting mailed out 2 to 3 weeks before the show.

Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
No.

It's after Feb 15th, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
TBA

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, 10am to midnight
Saturday, 10am to midnight
Sunday, 10am to 7pm
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, 10am to 6pm
Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Sunday, 10am to 6pm

Please make the following updates to the BYOC Section. Note Link and Twitter feed have changed.

What does BYOC stand for?
Bring Your Own Computer, the PAX LAN. You can find more information here.

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?

Yes!

GuideBook From the creators of the Conventionist.


Are there going to be a ton of people this year?

There are 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?

You can get a special medical badge in two easy steps!

1) Pre-PAX, please email pax_questions@paxsite.com and inquire about applying for a medical pass.

2) On site, please go to the Registration desk to apply for a medical pass. A doctor's note is not required.


I'm lost, alone and terribly scared! What Do?

Help is never far! Marley cast your gaze upon the crowd and look for awesome people wearing these sweet red shirts. They can direct you to where to go and provide any help you need.

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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”)

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    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). 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 Main Theatre line.

    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.

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    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    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, 2012 & 2013 the Main Theatre was located in the Grand Ballroom of the BCEC, and likely will be located there again this year.

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

    What will be for sale at the official merch booth?
    The PA booth generally stocks a healthy supply of the books , the most popular tee shirts from the website in sizes S-4XL for men and S-2XL for babydoll, some other items limited items such as merch hats and select hoodies (hats are one size, hoodies are unisex sizes S-3XL), and of course the coveted, limited PAX-specific goodies such as tee shirts and/or scarves.

    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. The Merch booth outside the expo hall tends to stay open fairly late as well.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    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
    Spoiler:

    A List For The Well Prepared
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    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.


    Hotels
    What Hotels are available for booking?
    At this time, Unknown! Once hotel registration is live, this will be updated


    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?

    Click here for the Room Share Thread (This Thread will go live once hotels have gone up)

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    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 $2.50
    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.
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    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
    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.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    Safety, Security & CosPlay Weapons Policy
    **all info has been taken from PAX Safety on September 20th**

    PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS.

    Safety & Security
    Since the early beginnings of the show, PAX has been proactive about creating and implementing policies that ensure a safe and fun environment for attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and Enforcers alike. Many of you have seen the condensed “Six Rules of PAX” circulated each and every show, but this page is dedicated to explaining each of them in their intent and use as well as our other safety and security policies, including our Booth Babe Policy, our Weapons Check policy, and our policies specific to the Expo Hall.

    If at any point you feel unsafe at PAX or that any of the rules have been broken, we ask that you inform an Enforcer or member of PAX staff immediately. Your safety is our primary concern, and if you feel that safety has been compromised, we will do everything in our power to rectify the issue. Issues of violence and harassment are addressed immediately, with guarded “Safe Areas” being designated in case any incidents do arise.

    If you feel any concerns about your safety prior to the show, please email us at safety@paxsite.com.


    Weapons Check Policies
    All prop weapons brought to the show MUST be approved at the Info Booth as soon as you arrive. We will be looking for the following criteria:

    It cannot fire any sort of projectile. (Nerf guns are only allowed if they have been deactivated and cannot fire.)
    It cannot be an airsoft weapon. (Yes, even if it’s deactivated.)
    It cannot be sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. This includes all real swords, daggers and knives. It also includes ceramic blades, needles, syringes and anything that can pierce (for example, a Little Sister syringe made of wood would not be allowed)
    Upon approval, your weapon and badge will be tagged and cataloged.

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

    Can I buy or sell a badge on the PAX Forums?

    No.


    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 be 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.

    Last PAX East, there was a Badge Checking Station so you could check the badge before purchasing while AT PAX. However, this won't help you much if you've already paid for the badge and it is counterfeit.


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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    The Flu and You


    PAX not only brings people from around the world together, but brings them into very close proximity.

    This increases everyone's risk of the flu.

    The flu is a serious matter and can be deadly for some. Please consider getting a flu shot to not only minimize your own risk, but the risk to others as well.

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/09/dph-18-dead-from-flu-in-massachusetts/

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Here it is, our shiny new PAX East FAQ Thread.

    As always, if you see any errors, or think some information should be added or edited please let me know! :) I am only human and am prone to making mistakes.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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  • CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    Suggestion: under the phone apps, where guidebook is not available for Windows Phone (i'm not counting mobile website as a valid option), would it be possible to promote the two existing PAX apps made by forum members with the tag they are unofficial?

    As a WP user, both worked exceedingly well, with a few minor differences where one was slightly better over the other. I can dig up links to both if required/requested.

    I'm not sure what BB10 users are stuck with, but i'm sure someone will come up with something for next year, the community does seem to do a good job of providing for our own.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Coan wrote: »
    Suggestion: under the phone apps, where guidebook is not available for Windows Phone (i'm not counting mobile website as a valid option), would it be possible to promote the two existing PAX apps made by forum members with the tag they are unofficial?

    As a WP user, both worked exceedingly well, with a few minor differences where one was slightly better over the other. I can dig up links to both if required/requested.

    I'm not sure what BB10 users are stuck with, but i'm sure someone will come up with something for next year, the community does seem to do a good job of providing for our own.

    Ya!

    Can you provide links?

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • QuantumShaddowQuantumShaddow Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Are these dates official????

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  • whypick1whypick1 [E] ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Yes.

    And you didn't have to quote the whole post.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Are these dates official????

    You heard it here first! :P

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • TraitoriousTraitorious Registered User regular
    I'm waiting for the day the new FAQ goes up the day after that current PAX ends.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    :D That could have happened this time actually, we knew the dates by then. SmallLady does WORK at PAX though :P

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  • KoalaBro2KoalaBro2 Registered User regular
    I know a lot of the data gets copied/pasted from previous FAQs, but I'd say this one is probably out of date:
    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.

    I know that last year, the ideal flights (at least for those with jobs, i.e., Thursday evening and Sunday night) were largely sold out by 2 months out. As PAX has grown, it's begun to have a much more substantial effect on air travel.

    LordBraska1999
  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    KoalaBro2 wrote: »
    I know a lot of the data gets copied/pasted from previous FAQs, but I'd say this one is probably out of date:
    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.

    I know that last year, the ideal flights (at least for those with jobs, i.e., Thursday evening and Sunday night) were largely sold out by 2 months out. As PAX has grown, it's begun to have a much more substantial effect on air travel.

    Do you have any data on that I can link to?

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  • xSeaworthyxSeaworthy Registered User new member
    I know it will be hard but I'm going to try to get the Westin Hotel for Pax 2014. I was just wondering by using Onpeak (I think that's the name) and getting the Pax discount, do I have to pay for the entire thing when I reserve the room or is it just one night down payment and pay the rest when you check out? Thank you, I appreciate your help!

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    xSeaworthy wrote: »
    I know it will be hard but I'm going to try to get the Westin Hotel for Pax 2014. I was just wondering by using Onpeak (I think that's the name) and getting the Pax discount, do I have to pay for the entire thing when I reserve the room or is it just one night down payment and pay the rest when you check out? Thank you, I appreciate your help!
    You generally pay when you check out, if reserving with a credit card.

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  • KilonumKilonum [E] West of Boston, East of WorcesterRegistered User regular
    They will put a hold on your card (basically tying up the funds but not actually charging it) for the cost of the room + an extra night for incidentals (minibar, hotel restaurant, damage, etc.) that may occur. This hold is only temporary and is done when you check in (my friend and I didn't know this in 2011 and it led to a bit of a headache).

    If you pay by check, they will ask for the incidentals deposit as a separate check.

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  • rascrushrascrush Registered User regular
    Just wondering when do the tickets generally go on sale and when can we genereally start booking hotels

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    Late September to Early October. Last year it all started on October 8th.

  • rascrushrascrush Registered User regular
    great thanks very much I look foward to getting in on this this will be my 1st ever pax

  • neveenneveen Registered User new member
    Hey:) I was hoping to get some information on the tickets for PAX 2014. My boyfriends birthday is sept 18th, and i was hoping to get two tickets before then so i could visually give him something on the day. I know i read that it goes on sale in oct., is that official? I hope to hear back soon! Thanks!

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    neveen wrote: »
    Hey:) I was hoping to get some information on the tickets for PAX 2014. My boyfriends birthday is sept 18th, and i was hoping to get two tickets before then so i could visually give him something on the day. I know i read that it goes on sale in oct., is that official? I hope to hear back soon! Thanks!
    No, nothing is official yet. I would not *expect* tickets to go on sale before September 18th, but there is absolutely nothing official out about it yet. The only thing I am comfortable saying is for certain is that they will not go on sale before PAX Prime 2013 happens.

  • neveenneveen Registered User new member
    zerzhul wrote: »
    neveen wrote: »
    Hey:) I was hoping to get some information on the tickets for PAX 2014. My boyfriends birthday is sept 18th, and i was hoping to get two tickets before then so i could visually give him something on the day. I know i read that it goes on sale in oct., is that official? I hope to hear back soon! Thanks!
    No, nothing is official yet. I would not *expect* tickets to go on sale before September 18th, but there is absolutely nothing official out about it yet. The only thing I am comfortable saying is for certain is that they will not go on sale before PAX Prime 2013 happens.

    Oh, alright! Fair enough:)Thanks, I didn't know there was still one that didn't take place in Washington yet. I'll just make fake tickets. Which brings me to my last question, how much do the 3-day passes go for?

  • neveenneveen Registered User new member
    hopefully they dont sell as fast as the blizzcon tickets, so i still have a chance the time they go on sale...

    bobbery18
  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2013
    neveen wrote: »
    hopefully they dont sell as fast as the blizzcon tickets, so i still have a chance the time they go on sale...
    PAX East tickets have never sold anywhere near as fast as PAX Prime or blizzcon. That being said, you should still stay on top of it just in case. It gets faster every year. Last year I think 3-days were $70 each? something around that.

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  • GreenizdabestGreenizdabest Southeast CT - USARegistered User regular
    I don't recall, but how long did it take for 3-day passes to sell out this year? I feel like it was over 24 hours, but I can't be certain.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2013
    I don't recall, but how long did it take for 3-day passes to sell out this year? I feel like it was over 24 hours, but I can't be certain.
    For 2013 they sold out in just under 24 hours, but Saturdays didn't sell out until much later.

    There's actually a thread about this in the general section. @SkeleVader has taken it upon himself to track all this delicious data.

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  • orchidorchid Registered User new member
    My two siblings and I were thinking about attending PAX East 2014, and I was wondering if casual gamers are just as welcome as experienced ones? Not to mention teens? (Two of us would be minors, 15)

    My siblings know quite a bit when it comes to games. While I enjoy playing/learning about them (mostly card games/tabletop), I'm not as into it as them, so I was wondering if I would still enjoy myself.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    All types of gamers are welcome at PAX, that's sort of the point!

  • rascrushrascrush Registered User regular
    jesus I will have to stay on top of this and start checking every day I guess. under 24 hours for the 3 day passes that crazy. Seems like prices have gone up to last time I was thinking about doing this is was like 50 for a 3 day pass or something like that.

  • rascrushrascrush Registered User regular
    I see on that spreadsheet there is a (4) next to the 3 on last years just wondering what that means. Crazy that it went from 2 months sell out 2 1 day sell out in one year. Correct me if I am wrong but even if I miss out on a "3 day pass" I can still buy a single pass for each day which would really be like having a 3 day pass right. I mean it in the end is the same thing just maybe a lil more expensive correct

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