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First Year PAX

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  • ZerhackermanZerhackerman Registered User
    edited August 2010
    The reason I looked in this thread was to get an idea of the necessary prep. and I do appreciate the folks who have taken the time to offer their advice

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    Being a member of the Local Scum, I can offer a bit of advice: if you arent arriving at the airport and your hotel has you staying a bit further away than downtown - look for park n ride lots. If you can get to one of those, it is almost certain you can get a bus to the convention center within the hour.

  • mspencermspencer Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Coolcat wrote: »
    This will be my first time going to PAX, i will only be able to attend on the 5th (sunday). I'm looking for suggestions on what to do there, what you wish you had done your first time there, or any sort of tips on how to make this experience a good one. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I understand people are different and like to do different things just try to think back on what you had wished you'd done.
    This is a tough question but I'll take a stab at it:
    1. Understand that there is too much PAX for any one person to enjoy all of. You will want to come back next year.
    2. The only "regret" I can think of is with regard to Expo hall unreleased game stuff. It's awesome to stand in line and play a game that isn't out yet, to discuss that game with others at the show, and to return home and briefly have a unique position among your peer group, since you've played a game and everybody else has just read about it. But that is extremely dated information. A year from now the game will have been released and played to death, and people will be bored of it. It'll be useful to remember how something that initially seemed so amazing now seems fully explored, consumed, and boring.
    3. To me, PAX is more about social interactions than content. Frequently it's about social interactions created or enabled by that content, though.
    4. All that said, trust your own interests. If you think it sounds interesting, it probably will be.

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  • akjakakjak Spooky GymRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    mspencer wrote: »
    It's "awesome" to stand in line and play a game that isn't out yet, to discuss that game with others at the show, and to return home and briefly have a unique position among your peer group, since you've played a game and everybody else has just read about it.

    Fix'd.

    I didn't stand in a single demo line last year. I learned just as much about upcoming games standing back and watching other folks play the demos. Some amount of line-sitting is required for PAX, but those lines seemed like the BIGGEST waste of my time.

    Why would I want to stand in a line for [x] hours, to play 5 minutes of a demo? I could have spent those [x] hours actually *playing* other things (BYOC, Handheld Lounge, board games, etc etc etc), or at least have a nice hour+ panel to enjoy at the end of the line-sit.

    My time at PAX is precious and limited, and I intend to make the best use of it possible ;)

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  • mspencermspencer Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I agree with the scare-quotes-enhanced version of my advice. I also didn't stand in any lines except the one for Forza 3, and the brief race I had with 3 last year didn't really inform any decisions about anything. I had far more fun doing part of a lap of the Ring in Forza 2 with the 3-monitor setup they had in Console Freeplay.

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  • BelgandBelgand Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    RaajTM wrote: »
    I forgot to ask in a previous post.

    What is the weather like this time of year? Just curious if I should bring more of one type of clothing instead of all long pants. I know it gets misty and rainy so I am brining clothes for those conditions but I am from California and its pretty much been shorts and t-shirts, would it be alright to pack some shorts or should I just stick to long pants and a sweatshirt/jacket?

    Bah! Southern California. Up here in the North it's been yet another year in the low 60s with the fog blocking out the sun for weeks at a time. It's actually been colder than usual this year. My shorts are a distant memory that hide in the bottom of my dresser hoping for a rare chance to visit someplace else that has actual summer. Once my favorite season and now a grim, cruel joke.

  • TheInt3rsectTheInt3rsect Registered User
    edited August 2010
    In regard to the panels, how early should I be at the theaters to assure a good seat or even a seat at all?

    The community here seems great and friendly! I'm looking forward to running in to you guys during the expo!

  • MarySueMarySue Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Belgand wrote: »
    Bah! Southern California. Up here in the North it's been yet another year in the low 60s with the fog blocking out the sun for weeks at a time. It's actually been colder than usual this year. My shorts are a distant memory that hide in the bottom of my dresser hoping for a rare chance to visit someplace else that has actual summer.

    Ah, yes, I remember that place from when I lived in Napa. That mythical summery place we called "Sacramento".

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  • B for BusinessB for Business Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:

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  • RICEKING212RICEKING212 Registered User
    edited August 2010
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:

    Whoa! Where did you get the Stephen Colbert cardboard cutout? Now I want one really bad!

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  • B for BusinessB for Business Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:

    Whoa! Where did you get the Stephen Colbert cardboard cutout? Now I want one really bad!

    i got it when i worked for Borders. it was when his book came out, and we didn't have enough room to put up the cutout with the books. so i took it home!

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  • disabledgamerj2disabledgamerj2 Kirkland, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    This will be my first time going to PAX. Does anybody have any advice for a Newbie on how to survive the day??? One question in particular. Are there any places I won't be able to access given that I am in a wheelchair.

  • GrapesodaGrapesoda Registered User
    edited August 2010
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:


    I see your Stephen Colbert cutout, and raise you ARTHAS! THE LICH KING!!!!!!! (cutout)

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  • wiitifftiffwiitifftiff Registered User
    edited August 2010
    first time going to pax and dressing in cosplay. Any excuse to dress like a kick ass female video game character I'm in!

  • karmacappakarmacappa Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Grapesoda wrote: »
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:


    I see your Stephen Colbert cutout, and raise you ARTHAS! THE LICH KING!!!!!!! (cutout)
    Spoiler:


    Stephen Colbert is much funnier than Arthas. Just sayin....

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  • TOGSolidTOGSolid I don my top hat, and adjust my monocle, Like a god damn sir.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    karmacappa wrote: »
    Grapesoda wrote: »
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:


    I see your Stephen Colbert cutout, and raise you ARTHAS! THE LICH KING!!!!!!! (cutout)
    Spoiler:


    Stephen Colbert is much funnier than Arthas. Just sayin....

    Yeah, you could say Arthas tends to give people

    *puts on sunglasses*

    the cold shoulder.

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Crom laughs at your four winds....

    Wait wrong quote.

    Pfffttttt.... meds.

    Anyway, if I can pull 3 flu seasons working in a high volume ER and not get sick, PAX doesn't worry me.

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  • TOGSolidTOGSolid I don my top hat, and adjust my monocle, Like a god damn sir.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    MyDcmbr wrote: »
    Crom laughs at your four winds....

    Wait wrong quote.

    Pfffttttt.... meds.

    Anyway, if I can pull 3 flu seasons working in a high volume ER and not get sick, PAX doesn't worry me.

    Yeah, PAX doesn't bother me at all, but I live in Ketchikan, Alaska and work on a passenger ferry so I'm pretty much immune to the crap that crops up. Seems that people these days have crappy immune systems though, so I figured a med list couldn't hurt.

    I didn't earn the nickname Doctor TOGSolid last year for nothing. :lol:

  • GrapesodaGrapesoda Registered User
    edited August 2010
    karmacappa wrote: »
    Grapesoda wrote: »
    i just got my badge for my first PAX! and i got a good friend to model it for me!
    Spoiler:


    I see your Stephen Colbert cutout, and raise you ARTHAS! THE LICH KING!!!!!!! (cutout)
    Spoiler:


    Stephen Colbert is much funnier than Arthas. Just sayin....

    Unless Colbert could make Arthas laugh to death...Arthas wins.

  • SaraidSaraid Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Grapesoda wrote: »
    Unless Colbert could make Arthas laugh to death...Arthas wins.
    Sorry, going to have to disagree:

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  • karmacappakarmacappa Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Grapesoda wrote: »
    Unless Colbert could make Arthas laugh to death...Arthas wins.

    I'm afraid that cardboard Arthas does not trump cardboard Colbert, unless you're at Blizzcon.

    *double checks*

    Nope, still not Blizzcon.

    For these forums, you need cardboard Dudefella to trump cardboard Colbert.

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  • savagehartsavagehart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    TOGSolid wrote: »
    MyDcmbr wrote: »
    Crom laughs at your four winds....

    Wait wrong quote.

    Pfffttttt.... meds.

    Anyway, if I can pull 3 flu seasons working in a high volume ER and not get sick, PAX doesn't worry me.

    Yeah, PAX doesn't bother me at all, but I live in Ketchikan, Alaska and work on a passenger ferry so I'm pretty much immune to the crap that crops up. Seems that people these days have crappy immune systems though, so I figured a med list couldn't hurt.

    I didn't earn the nickname Doctor TOGSolid last year for nothing. :lol:

    I have two 4 year olds in pre-school, if I can survive the bugs they bring home from their classmates, I'm not too worried.

    but, just in case, is sudefed available w/o a prescription in Washington? (note: it requires a script here in oregon. Dern meth labs.)

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  • disabledgamerj2disabledgamerj2 Kirkland, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    It looks like there will be a ton to explore. I'm in a wheelchair. could anyone tell me if there any areas I will not be able to access or what will be the high traffic areas so I can prepare myself.

  • mspencermspencer Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    From what I understand nothing should be inaccessible. We're going to work harder on learning where the escalators and ramps are, so you should be able to get help from any Enforcer.

    Beyond that, I think all of PAX is a high traffic area, but none more so than the expo hall.

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  • karmacappakarmacappa Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    It looks like there will be a ton to explore. I'm in a wheelchair. could anyone tell me if there any areas I will not be able to access or what will be the high traffic areas so I can prepare myself.

    Speaking for people like myself at things like E3, considerate people will probably go out of their way to yield to a wheelchair. Standing a couple of feet closer to the TV or whatever you're looking at isn't worth making someone look at the back of your shirt.

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    savagehart wrote: »
    I have two 4 year olds in pre-school, if I can survive the bugs they bring home from their classmates, I'm not too worried.

    but, just in case, is sudefed available w/o a prescription in Washington? (note: it requires a script here in oregon. Dern meth labs.)
    The "light" version is avaiable on store shelves. You can get the full thing without a prescription, you just have to go to the pharmacy counter, show them your ID and fill out your name (you can only purchase a certain amount each month).

  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    It looks like there will be a ton to explore. I'm in a wheelchair. could anyone tell me if there any areas I will not be able to access or what will be the high traffic areas so I can prepare myself.
    There may be some inaccessible (or inconveniently accessible) areas in the expo hall - I seem to remember one company using an RV, for example, as their booth, that you had to step up and into, and I'm not sure if there was a ramp up onto the Rockband Beatles stage last year. But that's the exception to the rule.

  • piinksharpiiepiinksharpiie Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Hello all.

    I just had a question about the Magic tournaments going on. Do any of you know if you can bring your own decks, and if there is a regulation on them? Like a specific number of cards or if you have to have tournament legal decks (like only having the last 3 sets that just recently came out)?

    Thanks!

  • karmacappakarmacappa Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Hello all.

    I just had a question about the Magic tournaments going on. Do any of you know if you can bring your own decks, and if there is a regulation on them? Like a specific number of cards or if you have to have tournament legal decks (like only having the last 3 sets that just recently came out)?

    Thanks!

    You should really check the WotC schedule referred to by www.paxsite.com

    It links up to this list:
    http://www.cascadegames.com/events/819

    If you have any questions about these events, you'd have to talk to the people at Cascade Games.

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  • PascualPascual Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    It's my first PAX and have a few quest questions mostly about the panels.

    .How early should I start queueing for panels? and should I get there extra early for the panels in the main theatre?

    .Is it ok to be slightly late for panels/leave slightly early?

    Can't wait :mrgreen:

  • savagehartsavagehart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    savagehart wrote: »
    I have two 4 year olds in pre-school, if I can survive the bugs they bring home from their classmates, I'm not too worried.

    but, just in case, is sudefed available w/o a prescription in Washington? (note: it requires a script here in oregon. Dern meth labs.)
    The "light" version is avaiable on store shelves. You can get the full thing without a prescription, you just have to go to the pharmacy counter, show them your ID and fill out your name (you can only purchase a certain amount each month).

    AH, sounds like the same as California. I can work with that. Thanks!

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  • LackeyLackey [E] PAX TT Tournaments Co-coordinator Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    karmacappa wrote: »
    Hello all.

    I just had a question about the Magic tournaments going on. Do any of you know if you can bring your own decks, and if there is a regulation on them? Like a specific number of cards or if you have to have tournament legal decks (like only having the last 3 sets that just recently came out)?

    Thanks!

    You should really check the WotC schedule referred to by www.paxsite.com

    It links up to this list:
    http://www.cascadegames.com/events/819

    If you have any questions about these events, you'd have to talk to the people at Cascade Games.

    All of the tournaments appear to be either Booster Drafts, where they will provide you with the packs for the cards, or Standard tournaments. (The one exception is the Archenemy event -- you'll have to ask Cascade Games what their specific requirements are for that one)

    The current Standard format allows for cards from the following sets:

    Shard of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Magic 2010, Zendikar, Worldwake, Rise of Eldrazi, Magic 2011

    This will remain the format until October 1. At that point, Shards, Conflux, Alara Reborn and Magic 2010 will no longer be allowed, and Scars of Mirrodin will be added to the available sets. So consider PAX one of the last tournaments you'll have a chance to use cards from the Shards block in Standard tournaments.

    Standard deck construction is: Minimum 60 cards, no more than 4 of any one card, and you can have a 15 card Sideboard.

  • DragoneaDragonea Registered User
    edited August 2010
    This will be my first year at PAX and I am getting more excited with each day! I'll be there with my fiance and two close friends.

    I don't have any questions right now, I just wanted to proclaim my excitedness! :D

  • TeletheusTeletheus Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Pascual wrote: »
    It's my first PAX and have a few quest questions mostly about the panels.

    .How early should I start queueing for panels? and should I get there extra early for the panels in the main theatre?

    .Is it ok to be slightly late for panels/leave slightly early?

    Can't wait :mrgreen:

    It's been said elsewhere in this thread, but it bears repeating: If Mike (Gabe), Jerry (Tycho), Wil Wheaton, or Scott Kurtz is involved (or any combination thereof), you want to be in line at least an hour before the panel starts (and probably more). Those tend to fill up pretty quickly, and if you're not there early, you probably won't get a seat for the panel. The X-Play panel filled up last year, too, but I don't think you have to wait quite as long for those. The Star Wars panel in the main theatre will probably be well-attended this year, as well.

    Outside of those, there will be lines for just about every panel, but most of them don't fill up and you can walk in whenever you like and leave whenever you like.

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  • KnifeySpoonyKnifeySpoony Registered User
    edited August 2010
    GFW and Giant Bomb filled up last year as well.

    My advice is, if there's a panel you can't miss, set aside 45-60 minutes so you can get a seat/get in at all. :)

    edit: Bigger panels, PA, main theatre stuff, etc. should be 60-90 minutes.

  • ZerhackermanZerhackerman Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Dragonea wrote: »
    This will be my first year at PAX and I am getting more excited with each day! I'll be there with my fiance and two close friends.

    I don't have any questions right now, I just wanted to proclaim my excitedness! :D

    Proclaim, declaim and quitclaim as you like dear. you are in good company :D

  • ImsoradImsorad This guy I know United StatesRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    After seeing the convention map I was wondering, will there be stuff for me to spend money on?

    The halls are full of companies that will be showing their latest and greatest, which is awesome. But will there be vendors selling junk I can load my vehicle up with?

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    There's a number of booths that sell stuff. First off the Penny Arcade merchandise - all their t-shirts and books and posters and stuff, plus they generally have some special Penny Arcade branded electronic device just for PAX, such as a Razer gaming mouse. Then Pink Gorilla is a regular - they sell vintage video games and systems. There's generally some booths selling anime posters and stuff, and Sweet Kitty has Japanese candy. And some D&D/boardgame selling booths. I read that a company is going to be selling a limited-edition Chun-Li tournament Street Fighter joystick at PAX.

    Most of the show floor are game developers/publishers, but there are booths you can buy stuff at, spread around.

  • ImsoradImsorad This guy I know United StatesRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Thanks. Hopefully I can find some vendors selling heroclix singles too. And Any word on any PAX exclusive merchandise?

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  • RaajTMRaajTM CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    One last question from me, least I think.

    Where exactly do I go for registration/obtaining the lanyard, final part for access? I'm sorry, it probably has been asked a billion times but I am trekking alone and I won't have a means of mobile internet (txt only) with me for on site help. I am just trying to be sure as I see a few places listed and there is a few places off site I don't want to be mixed up in by mistaking it for the line for registration.

    I am having to take the monorail from the Seattle Center to Westlake Center and I am wondering if I'll be able to find my way quite easily to where I need to go, plus the registration site. I have just about every map I could find printed out to take with me and I've routed my walking plus monorail course, it is just that this stuff is on paper so hopefully I'll be able to notice things that are quite obvious when I get closer to the convention.

  • SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User
    edited August 2010
    RaajTM wrote: »
    One last question from me, least I think.

    Where exactly do I go for registration/obtaining the lanyard, final part for access? I'm sorry, it probably has been asked a billion times but I am trekking alone and I won't have a means of mobile internet (txt only) with me for on site help. I am just trying to be sure as I see a few places listed and there is a few places off site I don't want to be mixed up in by mistaking it for the line for registration.

    Do you have your badge already? If so, you're done with registration. You'll get your lanyard and con book at either of the lines at entry.
    RaajTM wrote: »
    I am having to take the monorail from the Seattle Center to Westlake Center and I am wondering if I'll be able to find my way quite easily to where I need to go, plus the registration site. I have just about every map I could find printed out to take with me and I've routed my walking plus monorail course, it is just that this stuff is on paper so hopefully I'll be able to notice things that are quite obvious when I get closer to the convention.

    Westlake to the con center is a super easy walk. Like 4 blocks. The part of Seattle the con is in is pretty straightforward, you'd have a hard time getting lost.

    Houn wrote: »
    This is Penny Motherfuckin' Arcade. It's a better class of forum, and you know it.
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