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PAX 2008 Button Exchange! Updated OP 8/9

redhaloredhalo Registered User
edited August 2008 in PAX Archive
For those new to this thread, if you haven't ordered your buttons yet, then you most likely not recieve them in time for PAX. Sorry, try again next year, we'll still be friends. Also, the cuttoff for adding your buttons to the upcoming official checkoff list will be 8/10/08. Please get on it before then.

The concept:

Alright, here's the idea guys. We need a form of identification for forumers at PAX. As Moe has suggested, custom made buttons with our name/avatar or whatever would be a great option, but to extend this idea and make it more Penny Arcade-ish I suggest that each get a bunch of buttons and trade one for one when we meet each other. Thus making it a game of "gotta catch them all".

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Frequently asked questions:

Q. How will I know if I've gotten all the buttons?
There will be a document made containing all the artwork and forum names so you know who you're trading with, and who you have left.

Q. Cool! How do I get my stuff on it?
Easy, fill this form out. Include either the original artwork or a picture of the finished button (I suggest original artwork only, because we can crop it down, but this is up to whoever will be doing the printable checklist. Please let me know, and I'll change it!).

Q. I don't see my name/pic in the OP list. Oh noes, what do I do!
If you think you've been overlooked then send a PM to redhalo. He's slow to update and smells funny, but he will get you added.

Q. How do I get a button? What are these "bonus buttons"?
The buttons fall in to two categories, the avatar or "main" buttons, and the "bonus" variety. While there are no set rules for trading them, these general guidelines are encouraged:
- Avatar buttons should be traded for other Avatar buttons, with no challenges or criteria expected to be fulfilled other than you are both Buttoneers.
- Bonus buttons may (or may not!) have special criteria for receiving them, and may go to people outside the button game who fulfill the criteria. This could be a challenge ("What is the flightspeed of an unladen swallow?"), a requirement ("You must be a member of the CEOs of America Club"), or one may just ask for one (remember to say "Please").

Q. I want to make people stand on their head, nude, while singing "Yankee Doodle" to receive my buttons! Can't I do that?
It is perfectly within your rights, but don't expect many people to trade their buttons back with you.

Q. I want to make sure I get EVERY SINGLE BUTTON I can, will there be a Buttoneer meetup?
YES. We plan to meet immediately following the closing of PAX in the Sheraton Hotel's Lobby. We'll be easy to find, there's gonna be a lot of buttons around. We can finish off our trade lists, and say our goodbyes.

Q. You said this is a game! How do we know who won?
Everyone is a winner! Especially you! You're so special, you know that?

Q. I heard about some secret button project that would be for...
HUSH! That is not to be spoken of here. See BigRed at the start of PAX (he'll be near/in the BYOC area) and he'll take care of you. Bring your buttons. Please do give him time to check all of the BYOCers in before you storm his location.

Q. Will I be able to fly with my buttons. Are they considered instrument of death?
Strife23 wrote: »
I finally stopped by the airport here and talked to the TSA. 1' -1.5' buttons are not classified as an instrument of death even if you have a 100, and can be carried on or checked (they did say that depending on the TSA Agent you may be asked [forced at gun point] to check the buttons).
But remember this only applies to people whose flight originates in the US. If you are flying into the US with buttons make sure you check with your TSA equivalent before bringing them on a plane. The TSA people here also highly suggested that you check with US Customs (contact via your local embassy) before you try and bring them into the country (they indicated that the problem isn't with the button it's with what you could be hiding in the button).

Recap: If you’re in the US you can fly w/ buttons, if you’re not your probably better off mailing.


Participants to look out for:

I will add button pics as people post them. After, and only after, you've ordered your buttons go here to add yourself to the upcoming printable check off list.

Invested players! [64]
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Have design, buttons are in the future. [68]
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All talk. [23]
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Bonus round buttons:

These buttons are extra buttons that represent a shared interest, community or blatant site whoring. There may be special prerequisites to getting these.
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  • AydrAydr Registered User
    edited May 2008
    This could be pretty awesome. I can see how many different ways people pronounce Aydr!

    DeMoN wrote: »
    I DIED IN THE ARMS OF A TOASTER WITH BREASTS
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Just in case everyone didn't know, Purebuttons.com provides the ability to make 100,000 2.25 inch buttons for the low price of $20,900. I'm surprised they even let you select that online. =) (Note to self, don't accidentally select that quantity when you go to purchase it...)

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Whohoo! badges and cards! Hmm, not sure how to attach the badges to my tiara, though.

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  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Whohoo! badges and cards! Hmm, not sure how to attach the badges to my tiara, though.

    You could wear a sash?

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Hey! We could use the buttons for a rousing game of putpocket! ;)

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  • Mustard TigerMustard Tiger Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    put me down tentatively but i'll probably do it

  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    put me down tentatively but i'll probably do it

  • HotSakeHotSake Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Hey! We could use the buttons for a rousing game of putpocket! ;)
    WIN

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2008
    enough already with the putpocket

  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Putpocket should be played with something suitably creepy, like Barbie heads.

    I mean, if you're gonna cross that line, cross it sprinting.

  • AydrAydr Registered User
    edited May 2008
    HotSake wrote: »
    Hey! We could use the buttons for a rousing game of putpocket! ;)
    WIN

    Awesome. Putpocket + pointy things. Awesome.

    Also I am so in for this. Tentatively. If I end up getting the buttons.

    DeMoN wrote: »
    I DIED IN THE ARMS OF A TOASTER WITH BREASTS
  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Whohoo! badges and cards!
    Hey! We could use the buttons for a rousing game of putpocket! ;)

    *sigh*

    That's what I meant!

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  • chaosisorderchaosisorder Cupcake Princess OregonRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Hmmm, doesn't the 'gotta catch 'em all' imply we have to win the forumer buttons?

    I demand mortal combat before giving up my buttons. Defeat in pictochat. Rock, paper, scissors.

    My buttons shall not go quietly into the night.

  • redhaloredhalo Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Hmmm, doesn't the 'gotta catch 'em all' imply we have to win the forumer buttons?

    I demand mortal combat before giving up my buttons. Defeat in pictochat. Rock, paper, scissors.

    My buttons shall not go quietly into the night.

    That's a great idea. I say, if you want to challenge someone for a button, go for it. A DS mini game or something equally simple.

  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I might make a couple badges; one is just a give-away and the other needs to be earned in a Tetris bout.

  • BrokenAngelBrokenAngel Registered User
    edited May 2008
    I am so in <3

    k9mk2carn.pngeleventhdoc2carn.png *Proud Head Girl of Slytherin & Team Red*
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Ooh, tetris? It, my friend, is on.

    Also chaosisorder, I'll gladly Paper Rock Scissors for it. Consider yourself challenged! =)

    Ahh! LPM (LewieP's Mom... do you mind if I call you LPM? =) ), I didn't realize you were making a reference to the same joke! lol! At least our minds were in the same place, for better or worse. =)

    Imperfect: Your "I mean, if you're gonna cross that line, cross it sprinting." quote is officially going into my sig. =) I'm at work, and I chuckled so loud when I read it that I had to close the window because my boss came by to see what the hell I was doing.

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  • Squirminator2kSquirminator2k Check out those ports! Sunland, CARegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Oh, I'm definitely in. I have two options, though - make a set of Jump Leads badges, or making a set with my old Worms avatar on them.

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  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Kind of a motto of mine. Along with:

    "I prefer an interesting vice to a boring virtue."

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Kind of a motto of mine. Along with:

    "I prefer an interesting vice to a boring virtue."

    lol, awesome! =) You should put one of those on your badges along with your screen name. =)

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Yeah I'm in for this. I'm going to make some special Penny Arcade TF2 buttons to hand out.

    Every time you write parallel fifths, Bach kills a kitten.
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  • Qs23Qs23 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    This would be so easy for me, since ya know... I only have to do my avatar.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    lol, true =)

    The PA TF2 buttons sound like a great idea too jon! =) This'll be fun.

    If I can make it to PAX and have money to do so, maybe I'll make a few different FF VI scenes for my buttons. Collect 'em all! =)

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Such a good idea, themed badges, I could do ones of Lewie from old photos, just so he can contribute more to the strange and embarrassing moments thread ... "I went to PAX, and met loads of people wearing badges of me aged 6" I can just hear him going *sigh*

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  • MonoxideMonoxide Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2008
    Such a good idea, themed badges, I could do ones of Lewie from old photos, just so he can contribute more to the strange and embarrassing moments thread ... "I went to PAX, and met loads of people wearing badges of me aged 6" I can just hear him going *sigh*

    You know, I wasn't really interested in this whole button trading thing until right now.

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2008
    I wonder how much Lewie will pay to get those buttons back

  • Kwisatz HaderachKwisatz Haderach Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    I wonder how much Lewie will pay to get those buttons back

    I imagine it'll probably be along the lines of "Go to College" vs. "Buy Back Embarrassing PAX Buttons" - I wonder which he'll choose...

    On a side note, when I first saw this thread I thought it was a prep thread for the # badges we'll all scramble for from the nVidia booth. I like this "Pokebadges" idea better, though - sign me up!

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2008
    God, I hope nVidia doesn't do that again. I know nVidia loves to give shit away, but can't they do it in a way that doesn't involve people clogging up the standing areas with makeshift cardboard signs?

  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    The idea of a load of people wearing badges with me at vaious stages of my childhood is weird as hell.

    Not embarrassing at all, but certainly weird.

    Feel free to do it I guess.

  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I want the one of LewieP covered in spaghetti!

    I swear to god, every male child has one of those tucked away somewhere in his mother's collection.

  • NorthNorth Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    It's a conspiracy. They throw spaghetti on you and take a picture. They must be stopped.

  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    My only baby picture is my avatar. My parents took me to a big sit down portrait session, and this is the one they picked. My friends say this explains a lot about me.

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  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    You were BURPING spaghetti.

  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I was actually sneezing, but it made me look like I was roaring at the camera.

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium I'm fine, just tired. Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I totally want to do this even though nobody knows who I am. I guess I'll use this avatar even though I use a different one on 360 arcadians (which is where I am more often). I've used this one there before too so it works.

    I imagine even if we don't get 50 people to participate we'll still probably run into people who think the button thing is cool and will want one. I like the idea of winning them too.

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  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I should pick a DS game with download play to get really really good at.

  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium I'm fine, just tired. Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    So the copyright thing...I mean how is that going to work? My avatar is a picture I took of a game (EBA if you don't know). So...am I not allowed to make buttons with it? Do I have to get my own button-maker?

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  • NorthNorth Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    As long as you aren't trying to sell them and only print a small number like 50 you should be alright. I'm not a lawyer though. Someone call Speezy.

  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Here, I looked into it pretty deeply in the "New to PAX" thread:
    Imperfect wrote:
    After looking up Fair Dealing and Fair Use on the wiki (the Canadian and American equivalents of the same law, essentially), I'm convinced this wouldn't be a problem. Now, IANAL, but there's four considerations under which Fair Use is evaluated:
    1. Purpose and Character: "A key consideration is the extent to which the use is interpreted as transformative, as opposed to merely derivative." In our cases, we're transforming popular icons into forum avatars and personalities. For some, we'd have to take more creative liberties with the images we use, perhaps getting one of the forum artists to create a "non-copyrighted equivalent of the work" first.
    2. Nature of the copied work: I found nothing useful regarding this in either direction.
    3. Amount and substantiality: "Likewise, see Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corporation,where the Ninth Circuit held that copying an entire photo to use as a thumbnail in online search results did not weigh against fair use, "if the secondary user only copies as much as is necessary for his or her intended use." Still frame images used as forum avatars seem to fall under this category.
    4. Effect upon work's value: This is where parody comes in: "Courts recognize that certain kinds of market harm do not oppose fair use, such as when a parody or negative review impairs the market of the original work." But ultimately, I think you'd have to really work at it to ensure that your forum avatar reprinted on some buttons with your name on it significantly affects the market for the original media on which your image is based.

    So a) it doesn't look like it's illegal, and b) even if it were, it doesn't look like it's wrong. I know, I know, that doesn't make it right, but there's a whole category of situations where people don't follow the letter of the law, but are okay because without them we'd live in an anal hellhole.

    Anyone else want to weight in and let me know where I've seriously misread things, though?

    Again, though: not a lawyer. Never even took an interest in it. This is inexpert opinion only.

    But in my opinion, I wouldn't worry about it.

  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Imperfect wrote: »
    I want the one of LewieP covered in spaghetti!

    Nah, it was mushy peas (he's a true Northern Lad!)

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