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PAX South 2017 Information, FAQ, and Q&A Thread (Ask Questions Here!)

zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
edited May 2016 in PAX South
*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. It will be answered. If there's another thread that is topical to your question already, that might be a good place to ask it as well, but this is a catch-all for the many many questions that don't need their own multi-page thread for a topic.

This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom). Please keep focused on the Q&A nature of this thread.

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When: January 27th-29th, 2017

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

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 until it started taking over the Cites of Seattle, Boston, Melbourne and now San Antonio.

PREPARE YOUR ALAMO!

All of the information found in this FAQ plus many more interesting tidbits and guides can be found on our PAX Community Wiki (currently having some technical issues)

Links:
Penny Arcade
PAX South Website

What this forum is: This forum is for the discussion of PAX South and for interacting with the PAX South community. Many folks use it for 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.

Click here for the Official PAX South FAQ

Without further ado, here's the community-based FAQ

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    General Stuff (top)

    HOW DO I FIND ANYTHING IN THIS FAQ?!? give me the tl;dr!
    Use the Table of Contents! Use search! If you still can't find the answer to your question, ask it in the thread!

    When will <this thing I need to know about> be announced?
    Don't expect any definite announcements any sooner than 3-4 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 register for PAX?
    Registration will be open on the PAX South website. Follow http://twitter.com/official_pax for the announcement of when registration goes up!

    What types of passes will be available?
    Likely a 3-day weekend pass, and individual day passes.

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

    It's after January 1st, if somehow I managed to order my ticket this late and it wasn't sold out, where do I pick it up?
    Head to Will Call/Registration at PAX to pick them up!

    I’m from outside of the US and I did not choose a shipping option, where do I pick up my pass?
    Head to Will Call/Registration at PAX to pick them up!

    Can I apply to be an Enforcer and help out at PAX?
    If more enforcers are needed, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the PAX South site.

    What are the hours of PAX?
    EVENT HOURS
    Friday, January 27th - 10am - 12am
    Saturday, January 28th - 10am - 12am
    Sunday, January 29th - 10am - 7pm
    EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
    Friday, January 27th - 10am - 6pm
    Saturday, January 28th - 10am - 6pm
    Sunday, January 29th - 10am - 6pm

    What does BYOC stand for?
    Bring Your Own Computer. This is a large LAN party within PAX! You can purchase a BYOC badge in addition to your admission badges in order to bring your gaming computer and get playing!
    Hint! Follow http://twitter.com/official_pax for updates on the BYOC room AND for updates when BYOC passes go on sale!

    I bought a BYOC pass but now I don't want it! Where can I sell it??
    You have two choices. BYOC passes are being mailed out along with regular passes. You can either give it to a friend or you can ask for a refund, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

    What is the EXPO floor like?
    The exhibition hall is full of all sorts of exhibitors and vendors. 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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    The ticket says the Exhibit Hall closes at 6pm but the Event stays open until 12AM. Does this mean there will be actual things happening and things to look at until 12AM or does it just mean people are allowed to co-mingle in the building until they close the doors at 12AM?
    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 main pax passes, look to the eventual BYOC thread for your answer. For general admission passes you just have to mail it to the person 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. Once you've done that, log in to My Tickets at Showclix. If you didn't already have an account, one was created for you using the email address you used during registration. Use the forgot password link to get your password and then log in. Once you've logged in you will be able to edit your address as long as it's before the address cut-off deadline. The deadline is usually around a month prior to PAX. Email pax_questions@paxsite.com for the exact address cut-off date.

    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 confirmation number AND a valid piece of photo ID. If your badge really is lost in the mail, email pax_questions@paxsite.com and they will take care of you. Generally they will tell you to keep waiting unless it's within a week prior to the actual PAX dates.

    I have my badge; do I need the paper ticket with the bar-code on it?
    Nope! You’re good to go.

    I really don't want to lose my badge! Any tips?
    YES! use this style loop with the provided lanyards for extra security if the clip seems weak or ineffectual
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    Will there be WiFi accessible at PAX?
    Maybe? HBGCC may have free wifi available; however it’s been spotty at best in years past. We don’t recommended relying on HBGCC wifi being available.

    Are there iphone/android apps for pax?
    Yes! The official Guidebook app will be linked via http://south.paxsite.com once the schedule is released.

    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 the whole weekend.

    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 pax_questions@paxsite.com

    I'm lost, alone and terribly scared! What Do?
    Help is never far! Cast your gaze upon the crowd and look for awesome people wearing shirts that say ENFORCER on the back. 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 south.panels.paxsite.com with your proposal. If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for PAX South 2017. Good luck!

    Just how BIG is PAX?
    It's HUGE!!

    I was expecting to get my badge in the mail and all I received is this bobcat? Wut??
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    Bobcat is working as intended.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    LINES (top)

    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 PAXen 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/storytime 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 up.

    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 http://twitter.com/PAX_Lines !! 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 potentially applying for a medical badge. 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 (also make sure to get a medical badge). 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/Storytime goes right into the first PA Q&A) all theatres are cleared out between panels.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Concerts (top)

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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.

    Also I believe enforcers now carry earplugs to give to attendees during concerts if needed. Don't RELY on this, but it's probably a good backup.

    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 2330-midnight though sometimes they can run a tad late.

    Where will the concerts be?!?
    Likely the Lila Cockrell Theatre

    What is the schedule for bands performing?
    To be determined. This will be updated as soon as this information becomes available.

    When should I show up to see performance X?
    The Main Theatre has a very high capacity during concerts, as well as a higher turnover than during panels. More often than not, you can simply walk right in. However, to be safer, for any given band, you should attempt to show up around a half an hour to an hour before they are scheduled to start (earlier if you want to be toward the front).

    What happens if the theatre fills up?
    Enforcers do take count of attendance, and new admission will be temporarily denied if the theatre is full. However, concerts tend to have high turnover, and new people will be allowed in on a roughly 25-out, 25-in schedule.

    Are there medical badge accommodations for concerts?
    Absolutely! Just like with any other panel, if you show up before the line is capped, anyone with a medical badge will be allowed in early to find a seat.

    What is the policy on moshing?
    Please don’t do it. PAX concerts are intended to be a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone. Moshing is not fun for everyone, and puts people at risk. If any violent or aggressive behavior is witnessed in the crowd, you will be asked to stop by an Enforcer. Repeated action will result in a minimum of removal from the concerts. We simply ask that you control yourself and allow EVERYONE around you to have a good time!

    Is food allowed in the concerts?
    This is venue determined I believe. I would guess that the general policy is no, but ask an enforcer at the concerts to find out for sure!

    What if I see something potentially hazardous or have other questions/concerns?
    This is the same at concerts as with anywhere else in PAX: talk to an Enforcer! Enforcers are friendly, and they are there to help and to do their best to make sure you have a great PAX experience.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Merch Booth (top)

    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 exclusive pins, 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.

    This info could be out of date, however. Email merch@penny-arcade.com for up to date information on the next pax if you can't wait till we get there to find out.

    Will there be a PAX exclusive item?
    Maybe. Follow Official_PAX on 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.

    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.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Tournaments (top)

    When do I sign up for tournaments?
    Tournament registration is Friday or Day of. Look out for each departments Tournament thread for specific information when it gets close to PAX. If there's no thread for the tournament type you are interested in, head to that department asap when you get to pax to get the information! Get there early, most tournaments fill up within an hour or two of PAX opening.
    Hint! Follow http://twitter.com/PAX_tourney for more tournament information!

    Will x tournament or event be happening at PAX?
    Possibly, announcements will be made about 3-4 weeks prior to PAX. Keep an eye on the forums for details! each department that does tournaments will usually make its own post about said tournaments and their rules.

    What is the Omegathon?
    The Omegathon is a grueling test of "skill" in which 20 randomly selected pre-registered attendees will battle for an amazing prize, last year, this prize was a trip to a PAX of their choice. They mostly make them play crazy games like Mario Kart, Bananagrams, and Operation for their 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?
    As of the last couple paxes, those who are eligible to opt-in for the Omegathon get an email with opt-in instructions. Then you just have to hope you are one of the lucky people to get a call from Penny Arcade saying you are in. Please NOTE: if you do not get a phone call from a Penny Arcade employee asking you to be an Omeganaut, then you are not an Omeganaut. There are only 20 for PAX South!

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Should I Bring my Children to PAX? (top)

    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 show floor, 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, strollers are not permitted on the show floor at any time.

    - 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 categories 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/guardians are present. Be aware that some exhibitors may ask you for your ID.
    It should also be noted that there is no way for a minor's guardian to allow the minor to play/view M-Rated content without the guardian physically present for the content; there is no "permission form" or similar thing available. Also, some exhibitors might still not allow minors to view their M-Rated content with the guardian present.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Travel (top)

    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.

    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
    1. Personal Towel (We know the hotel provides them, but if you're sharing a room with several people, this guarantees you your very own towel. Also, if you plan on using a lot of makeup for a costume or dying your hair *and* use hotel towels, you will be charged a hefty fee for damaging hotel property. Please bring your own towels if you plan to do this.) You may also dip the ends in liquid vitamins and suck on the corners when needed.

    * A pretty cool tip involving this is bringing a small clothespin with your name on it to attach to your towel so people can differentiate between yours and theirs. In fact, bring a couple, so you can share with people.

    2. Shampoo and Conditioner (Again, the hotel provides these, but the bottles are quite small. Bringing your own ensures you will have some, especially if you use a lot of shampoo or have long hair.)

    3. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (You'd be amazed at what going three days without brushing tastes like. Gross.)

    4. Deodorant (If you don't bring and use this, don't be surprised when people start edging away from you in packed rooms and theaters. Don't forget the strange looks and cringed noses you'll begin to see.)

    5. Razor and Shaving Cream/Gel

    6. Comb and/or Hairbrush (some people do use both. You'd be surprised.)

    7. One shirt for each day of the convention, plus an extra. (3 days = 4 shirts)

    8. Pants (Same number as shirts.)

    9. Underwear (3 sets, plus an extra.)

    10. Socks (One pair per day plus an extra pair.)

    11. Swimsuit (You never know.)

    12. Jacket or warm sweater

    13. Shoes (If you plan on spending a lot of time dancing or on your feet, make sure you have comfortable shoes with you. Your feet will hurt if you don't have comfy shoes to at least change into.)

    14. Any prescribed medication (Make sure to tell your traveling companions/roommates about any medical needs you may have.)

    15. Tylenol/Aspirin/etc

    16. Photo ID / Driver's License / Checkbook / Car keys

    17. A phone card (Not only is this cheaper than having calls charged to your hotel room, but having several people using one phone can lead to billing confusion with long distance calls. Bring a phone card so you can let your parents/significant other know you made it to the con safely.)

    18. An extra pillow and blanket if several people are staying in your room.

    19. Some non-perishable food from a supermarket (Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels and bottled water or juice. While there are a lot of restaurants close by, this is an easy way to save money. In addition, you'll be able to have your midnight snack without leaving your room.)

    20. Your best public manners. (You'd be surprised how many people forget to bring these along.)

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Hotels (top)

    What Hotels are available for booking?
    Check out the OnPeak Reservation System for South 2017 when it is released!

    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

    How much do the hotels cost?
    In the past hotel prices have ranged from $120-$210 per night. If you are driving to San Antonio, be aware that hotels will charge you for parking. This ranges from $20-$50 a night.

    What days can you book for at the discounted rate?
    Depends on the hotel! Some have from Tuesday Check-in - the following Wednesday Check-Out (note: There are more rooms available for Fri-Mon than other days)

    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?
    This information can be found when booking through the OnPeak pax hotel site!

    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. You choose the expected occupancy of the room when you book.

    When/where should I book my hotel
    As soon as at PAX hotel site opens registration. Sooner the Better! Watch the forums & http://twitter.com/official_pax for when this happens.

    What time is check in at these hotels?
    Most hotels have check in at around 3-4pm. 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?
    Once Hotel Registration goes live, a “Room Share” Thread will be posted.

    Is there any way for me to confirm that the Hotel got my booking and it’s correct?
    Yes! About 2 weeks before PAX, the hotel booking service On Peak will transfer its bookings to the Hotels. Once that’s done you can call the hotel directly and confirm your reservation. This is highly recommended as sometimes OnPeak makes mistakes and it’s better to correct these a couple weeks before PAX vs the day you try to check in.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    San Antonio River Walk (top)

    Much thanks to paxer @Wickersham for this detailed write up!

    Oh God, I can't leave! I might miss something important! But, what is this land you call... this land?!

    Before the big announcement, when people speculated about a PAX in Texas, San Antonio rarely came up. But it really is the perfect choice. It’s bigger than Austin, meaning it can better accommodate a large number of guests; it’s cheaper than Dallas for organizers and guests alike; and the weather is more pleasant than in Houston. It’s very tourist-friendly, tourism being one of the city’s biggest industries, and the convention center is undergoing a major expansion that will make a lot of brand new exhibition space available. San Antonio has attractions for those interested in history, music, art, cuisine and sports, as well as a uniquely multicultural character found in few other cities.

    What's the weather like in San Antonio during PAX?

    I wish I could tell you! The truth is the weather in much of Texas is extremely hard to predict. Temperatures at the end of January can fall as low as the mid twenties; on the other hand, highs in the seventies are not out of the question. Maybe it will be rainy, maybe not. I’d lean on the local forecast in the days immediately prior to your departure, and plan accordingly. Be sure you bring at least one set of winter clothes and one set of spring clothes no matter what, because the weather can change incredibly quickly.

    Is there any free parking downtown?

    Alas, free parking will be extremely hard to come by. My plan, even as a resident, is to get a hotel room within walking distance of the convention and forego the car altogether.

    How much does it cost to park?

    There are a large number of lots and garages in close proximity to the convention center, and on weekends they typically run $5 to $10 for all-day parking. That said, depending on how many people attend PAX South, parking purveyors may increase their prices. The highest I have ever seen charged for parking was $25 for the day, though that was during Fiesta, when attendance reaches the hundreds of thousands.

    Where can I get something to eat in San Antonio?

    The following are all within a short walk or cab ride of the con:
    Fast and cheap: Taco Haven, Whataburger
    Budget Conscious but Willing to Spend: Mi Tierra, La Gloria, Alamo Street Eat Bar
    Willing to Splurge: The Boiler House, Stella Public House, The Monterey, The Granary
    Just Won a Huge Cash Prize at the Omegathon: Restaurant Gwendolyn, Bohanan's

    If I want to leave the River Walk, how do I find my way around on the Transit System?

    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    What are some good places to drink beer with lots of people in San Antonio that are near the Convention Center?

    Again, all within foot or affordable cab range:
    For a cheap-ass beer: Leapin Lizard Pub, Durty Nelly's, Bar America
    For a good glass of wine: The Monterey, Zinc Bistro, the Boiler House
    For a good microbrew: Stella Public house, The Monterey
    For a kickass cocktail: 1919, The Brooklynite, The Esquire Tavern, TBA (that is not a placeholder, TBA is actually the name of the bar)
    Best happy hours: Luke, Liberty Bar, Cured
    Best Ice Houses: The Friendly Spot, La Tuna Ice House

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Social (top)

    I'm above the average age of 26 by a decade or more. Will I be the oldest person there?
    No, plenty of the post-20s gaming crowd come out to enjoy PAX as well. You are not alone. PAX is geeks reveling in geekery. Age isn'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 for South 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 Enforcers - 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.

    Should I bring a Nintendo 3DS (or other handheld gaming device) to PAX?
    YES! PAX is a HAVEN for multiplayer handheld gaming, and has near infinite potential for things like Nintendo's Streetpass.

    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?
    Maybe? It depends on the bar! Call them to find out.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    PAX Costume Policies (top)

    All Costume Weapons MUST adhere to the official policy described on the pax south website
    http://south.paxsite.com/safety-and-security#weapons-check-policies

    What kind of restrictions on clothing are there?
    Cosplaying attendees may be asked to alter or modify their costume if it is considered overtly sexual. As to what is considered overtly sexual, that's a good question to ask PAX Staff or the pax questions email pax_questions@paxsite.com.

    What about booth babe policies?
    These apply only to staff used by exhibitors to promote their products at PAX. The official policy can be found here: south.paxsite.com/safety-and-security#booth-babe-policies

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
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    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BUYING PASSES FROM SECONDARY SOURCES

    I just bought a pass on craigslist / ebay, how do I know if it's legit?
    This really won't apply until after PAX SOUTH passes go on sale and subsequently sell out. 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 is no buy/sell/trade of pax passes on this forum.

    AT PAX you can have badges verified by badge-checking enforcers outside the show. There is no way to verify a second-hand badge prior to being at PAX.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    And thus concludes the posting of the PAX South 2017 FAQ.

    Please read it and let me know of any mistakes or suggestions for improvements.

    The rest of this thread is for PAX South 2017 Q&A!

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  • KcCrystalMGKcCrystalMG Registered User regular
    It say;s wheelchairs are okay, what about the wheeled walkers with seats? I have back issues and I'm not to the point of needing a wheelchair, but I do need some help getting around, and a place to sit when I need it. Thanks for any info :)

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I would assume that would fall under the same category as a wheelchair, but that's a good question. To be certain, email pax_questions@paxsite.com for an answer from the show staff.

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  • Farside87Farside87 Registered User new member
    edited May 2016
    Will there ever be a schedule posting before ticket sales?
    Just wondering cause I really hate wasting money :(. At this point I want to say 3rd times a charm but I R SCARED!!!!!

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2016
    Farside87 wrote: »
    Will there ever be a schedule posting before ticket sales?
    Just wondering cause I really hate wasting money :(. At this point I want to say 3rd times a charm but I R SCARED!!!!!
    No.

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  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Consider that there hasn't been a call for panelists yet nor had any exhibitor (to my knowledge) declared that they'll be attending this show. Hard to generate anything resembling a schedule without either of those.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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  • sarysary 100% pure awesomesauce manchester, nhRegistered User regular
    edited May 2016
    It say;s wheelchairs are okay, what about the wheeled walkers with seats? I have back issues and I'm not to the point of needing a wheelchair, but I do need some help getting around, and a place to sit when I need it. Thanks for any info :)

    They have always been fine, speaking from personal experience. And given that it is a mobility aid, I can not possibly believe that that will change.

    Of course, I am not any sort of official PAX person, so you may want to verify with pax_questions if you're still concerned.

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Farside87 wrote: »
    Will there ever be a schedule posting before ticket sales?
    Just wondering cause I really hate wasting money :(. At this point I want to say 3rd times a charm but I R SCARED!!!!!

    Ticket sales are a big driver for what goes into a schedule. Exhibitors are more likely to come with more people are signed up. It's something South and Aus still have trouble with. Since they don't sell out (or do so very late) exhibitors are harder to get signed up. Parts of PAXen get better or worse on any given year (like swag bags for example). But the general trend is upward for all of them. It's a pretty safe bet that the next one will rock.

  • ignition365ignition365 Registered User new member
    Hi I bought 2 weekend passes, for me and my wife, but we've decided to get a pass for her sister, is there any way to buy a 3rd pass without having to pay a second shipping charge? Or is it possible to cancel the 2 weekend passes and reorder 3?

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Hi I bought 2 weekend passes, for me and my wife, but we've decided to get a pass for her sister, is there any way to buy a 3rd pass without having to pay a second shipping charge? Or is it possible to cancel the 2 weekend passes and reorder 3?
    You'd have to email pax_questions@paxsite.com for that sort of thing. I do not know if it is possible or not to do the first one, but since there are no refunds on orders the second option would probably be more difficult.

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  • shdwcastershdwcaster West Dakota?Registered User regular
    As the show gets closer, will there be an official thread for ride sharing? I'm planning on driving down from South Dakota and even with BYOC gear, I should have room for a passenger or two.

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  • shimwoodshimwood Registered User regular
    I don't know about an official thread, but last year a forum member shared a Google map that listed the location of anyone who was willing to volunteer it. You can always use that thread to find people or offer your services if it gets posted again.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    You can start a thread for ride sharing if you wish. We've never had enough interest in ride sharing to make a sticky or a yearly thread out of it though.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    shdwcaster wrote: »
    As the show gets closer, will there be an official thread for ride sharing? I'm planning on driving down from South Dakota and even with BYOC gear, I should have room for a passenger or two.

    Whew, and I thought driving from Wichita was daunting.

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  • shdwcastershdwcaster West Dakota?Registered User regular
    edited June 2016
    shdwcaster wrote: »
    As the show gets closer, will there be an official thread for ride sharing? I'm planning on driving down from South Dakota and even with BYOC gear, I should have room for a passenger or two.

    Whew, and I thought driving from Wichita was daunting.

    I won't do it this year, but I'm seriously thinking of upping the difficulty level even more at some point. San Antonio is just about 1,000 miles from me, and for motorcycle riders, there's this thing called the Iron Butt, wherein you ride 1k miles in under 24 hours. A certified Iron Butt run to PAX South seems like a really cool thing to do.

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  • GiZzmoGiZzmo Registered User new member
    My wife and I plan to attend Pax south 2017, but we don't know if we will need to get a pass for our daughter. She is 1 year old and according to my wife, Not bringing her and leaving her with the grandparents is not an option. Do I need to buy a pass for her even though she is only 1

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  • Josh5890Josh5890 ChicagoRegistered User regular
    GiZzmo wrote: »
    My wife and I plan to attend Pax south 2017, but we don't know if we will need to get a pass for our daughter. She is 1 year old and according to my wife, Not bringing her and leaving her with the grandparents is not an option. Do I need to buy a pass for her even though she is only 1

    From the FAQ "- PAX is FREE for kids 6 and Under. Conversely, PAX is FULL PRICE for kids 7 and older. So, budget accordingly."

    Bring her along and dress her up as a baby Nintendo character :)

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  • StarDragonJPStarDragonJP Registered User new member
    If the tickets don't sell well, is the convention going to move after this year? Since I live in San Antonio I kinda want it to stay here

  • The AviatrixThe Aviatrix Registered User regular
    If the tickets don't sell well, is the convention going to move after this year? Since I live in San Antonio I kinda want it to stay here

    I believe I heard they signed something for X amount of years.

    But also keep in mind the convention center expansion. Last year we did not utilize the brand new space. According to the earlier tweet by Khoo, ticket sales appear strong. The first 3 hours this year had as many sales as the first 3 hours last. And I feel like there was a similar figure the previous year. South is still growing.
    (And even its first year was the strongest first year for a new PAX.)
    So I wouldn't be too worried. San Antonio was chosen for the growth potential.

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  • sammyHD1sammyHD1 Registered User regular
    It say;s wheelchairs are okay, what about the wheeled walkers with seats? I have back issues and I'm not to the point of needing a wheelchair, but I do need some help getting around, and a place to sit when I need it. Thanks for any info :)

    At PAX South 2016 they had chairs at the different "conference rooms" for people with Medical passes

  • ZaBanpaiaNekoZaBanpaiaNeko Registered User new member
    edited June 2016
    Well, I have a few questions. I plan on attending Pax in Texas in 2017. However, this is my first time at a convention, let alone Pax. What should I expect? What should I look for? Does anyone have advice for me for attending my first Pax? What are some things you can do there? And I have a desktop, but I worry about bringing it all the way out there. Can I still participate in games without a computer with me? Those are just some of the questions I can think of right now. I'm new tonit all, and so I just want to know what to look forward to.

    Oh, and what are swag bags?

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  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Most of those questions are rather vague and can probably be covered by reading the first few posts of this thread and watching Welcome to PAX!.

    As for your more specific questions:
    And I have a desktop, but I worry about bringing it all the way out there. Can I still participate in games without a computer with me?

    There is a Bring Your Own Computer area, which requires a separate badge and that you be attending the entire weekend.

    If you wish to forego BYOC, there is still the PC Freeplay area, where the only thing you need to bring is you!
    Oh, and what are swag bags?

    Small plastic bags with advertisements/coupons/other inserts from sponsors. They are typically handed out after the show has opened for the day.

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  • MagthidonMagthidon Registered User new member
    How were most people getting internet access at PAX South 2016? My friends and I couldn't find anything other than shady hotspots set up by attendees. I understand there isn't a public wifi for the event, but everybody was asking for people to tweet things and apparently a lot was going on on Twitter, but we had no way to access that stuff.

    Also, we'd be interested in some game jams, which we think would go perfect with the atmosphere of PAX South, especially if the game jam results were publicized and showcased.

  • shimwoodshimwood Registered User regular
    Most likely using mobile data. Despite the mass amount of people there, the towers handled mobile connections quite nicely.

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  • KetarKetar Lacks the basic intelligence required for pretty much everythingRegistered User regular
    shimwood wrote: »
    Most likely using mobile data. Despite the mass amount of people there, the towers handled mobile connections quite nicely.

    That depends a lot on your provider. My signal was usually so bad that I had to keep my phone in airplane mode so that the battery wouldn't drain too fast while constantly searching for signal. Made it extremely difficult to coordinate with friends since I would have to periodically exit the convention center and check messages, respond, and then head back in and do it again later.

    Then again, I'm with T-Mobile. They've been great for normal day to day use, but their network just gets overwhelmed at major events. At Lollapalooza last week I could go hours without being able to send or receive email or check a website. At Gen Con right now things are similarly bad during peak hours, but by late night I'll have perfect signal and zero transmission issues in the exact same place I couldn't even load Google earlier.

  • shimwoodshimwood Registered User regular
    edited August 2016
    Weird. I use Ting which piggybacks off of T-Mobile and I had no problems at Lollapalooza. I didn't try to connect to any sites, but I was able to load Twitter, Facebook, send texts, play Pokemon Go and use the Lolla app without issue. In fact, this year was probably the best year for mobile connections of any of the Lollapaloozas I've been to. Similarly, at this year's PAX South I had no issues playing Quiplash in the convention center (other than not being fast enough to type in the code).

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  • Drunk_SteelDrunk_Steel Registered User new member
    I host a weekly trivia night in Lake Charles, LA and was wondering if there was any way we could apply to participate at PAX. Who do I need to talk to/where do I need to go?

  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited August 2016
    zerzhul wrote: »
    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 south.panels.paxsite.com with your proposal. If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for PAX South 2017. Good luck!

    I would not expect the panel submissions to go live for South '17 until after West is done. When it does open up, it will be announced on @PAX_Official

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