PAX EAST 2014 Information and FAQ (READ THIS FIRST, THEN ASK ALL QUESTIONS HERE)
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When: April 11th - 13th
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA
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 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
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.
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?
It's after Feb 15th, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
I’m from outside of the US and I did not choose the FedEx shipping option, where do I pick up my pass?
Will call will be located at the registration desk, which will be located near the front entrance of the BCEC. (Based on PAX East 2011)
Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
If they open up enrolment, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the main PA site.
What are the hours of PAX?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?
if you just have an idea email email@example.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”)