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PAX East 2011 Information and FAQ Thread (QUESTIONS GO HERE!)

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  • DjnarduDjnardu Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Anyone going to the irrational panel to see bioshock infinite?

    I have a feeling this is going to be one of the busiest panels and im trying to gauge how early I should head there and line up

  • TGSeanTGSean Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Hi guys! I skimmed through and didn't find anything on this, so if it was answered already then I apologize.

    Does anyone have a backpack they would recommend bringing to PAX as far as primary luggage goes? I'm looking for the best space I can get while staying within $100-ish.

  • JedirauJedirau Registered User
    edited March 2011
    My printer died printing my tickets. I have no barcode but have the little numbers visible below them. Am I good or should I scrap my first trip? PLease help

  • pilferkpilferk Master of Unlocking CTRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Haven't seen this asked:

    On the food court: Will the vendors take debit/credit cards...or will it be cash only?

  • undeadundead Registered User
    edited March 2011
    There is a thread on essentials to bring where backpacks have been discussed at great length. Alas, I do not remember the title of the thread off the top of my head.

    There was an article in the globe about Pax East. Alas, it puts it in a bad light:

    www.boston.com/business/ticker/2011/03/convention_cent_5.html?plckfiFindCommentKey=CommentKey:71cba0ad-3890-4599-9ec0-7ab482857856

    The main issue of the article is that the BCEC apparently announced (and this a rare thing at best) traffic jam concerns due to the fact that Pax East will be the largest convention ever held in the convention center.
    That particular side of the article, I find hilarious. If there's a traffic jam to get into the convention center, it's a minor thing compared to the living hell one must go through to get to the convention center on a Friday morning in the first place :evil:

    All I have to do to get there is get on 93S, take the South St. exit, and hang a left, yet I'll be leaving my house by 8am to get there by 10am on Friday morning. Never mind that if there's no traffic, I can make that run in less than 20 minutes.

    The not so funny side of the article, though, is the tone they put on the fact that the Hynes was simply too small for Pax East. I say live and learn. You had to find out how big a space you needed, and I don't know about the rest of you reading this, but I had a great time last year despite the space issues.
    This year; more space, more stuff, more roof to raise, more hell to raise.
    They're saying that people had a bad time at Pax last year. I say we make them jealous this year.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    edited March 2011
    Jedirau wrote: »
    My printer died printing my tickets. I have no barcode but have the little numbers visible below them. Am I good or should I scrap my first trip? PLease help

    you should find another printer.

  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The best part of that article:
    "the conference is projected to draw 63,000 attendees, said a spokesman for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority."

    So many awesome people :D

    Spectre-x wrote: »
    You are objectively wrong in this case. You are the silliest goose in the history of everything ever, everywhere, including all possible and impossible alternate realities, timelines, parallel universes, pocket universes and theoretical dream-worlds. You are a nexus of super-wrong, radiating your silly gooseness out over the internet with the force of a trillion supernovas of hyper-incorrectness.
  • Ice CrackerIce Cracker Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I just went to print out my confirmation letter ticket and it says SCANNED all over it. I never got my packet in the mail (again), what do I do? My train leaves for Boston in two hours!

  • Cultural Geek GirlCultural Geek Girl Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    If I were you I'd find a copy/print center nearby. They have computers where you can download your ticket images and print them.

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  • SepiothSepioth Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    @pilferk
    Last year if my memory servers me correctly the food court in the main entrance area took cash/credit but the food that was being sold near/in the expo area was cash only.

    Either way I will make sure I have like 40-50 bucks on me to cover such a thing.

    Thanks for the article undead. I love the comments on it...

    first they complain the convention sucked cause the venue was too small with one guy saying PAX was an epic fail .. small it may have been but the show was AWESOME ....

    then they complain about an article titled "Convention center issues PAX East traffic advisory
    " did not cover more about the convention ... it covered what it was meant to cover :)

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    I just went to print out my confirmation letter ticket and it says SCANNED all over it. I never got my packet in the mail (again), what do I do? My train leaves for Boston in two hours!
    If you purchased your badge on 2/17 or earlier, your badge has been mailed. However, as we have learned many many times before, the postal service is not 100% and when mailing tens of thousands of these things, sometimes stuff doesn't arrive.

    No worries - please email your confirmation to pax_questions@paxsite.com and we'll get you all sorted out. Thanks.

  • MJPMMJPM Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yeah, just take the pdf to a Kinko's or something, but if you don't have your badge yet due to ordering late or mailing difficulties, you need to get your ticket printed at the very least.

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  • JedirauJedirau Registered User
    edited March 2011
    My ticket is printed the bar code just didn't print very well. Also where can I find the pdf? Looks like my wife deleted my email confirmation with it on.

  • superjoesuperjoe Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Drop a message to pax_questions@paxsite.com

    They should be able to help you out.

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  • SepiothSepioth Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    yeah put the PDF on a thumb drive .. they may even be able to print them at will call for you who knows .. if not like someone suggested take it to Kinko's they cam do it for you.

    Here are teh nearest to the convention

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=kinko's+boston+ma&aq=&sll=42.343435,-71.048455&sspn=0.00268,0.006947&ie=UTF8&hq=kinko's&hnear=Boston,+Suffolk,+Massachusetts&ll=42.356007,-71.047897&spn=0.041291,0.111151&t=h&z=14

  • KhadourKhadour Dinosaur Cupcake Boston, MARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Most hotels will also have a business center that you can use to print things . . .

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  • HaikonHaikon Registered User
    edited March 2011
    pilferk wrote: »
    Haven't seen this asked:

    On the food court: Will the vendors take debit/credit cards...or will it be cash only?

    This will depend on the vendor.

    -Haikon / PAX East 2011 Info

  • HaikonHaikon Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I just went to print out my confirmation letter ticket and it says SCANNED all over it. I never got my packet in the mail (again), what do I do? My train leaves for Boston in two hours!

    Bring it and visit registration!

    -Haikon / PAX East 2011 Info

  • BoneriotBoneriot Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Khadour wrote: »
    Most hotels will also have a business center that you can use to print things . . .

    i'm in the same boat and this is what i'm relying on. 95% of hotels these days have loby computers for their visitors and more and more have printers available, especially one in a downtown city.

    though i doubt they'll be as okay with me printing out 10 4e character sheets......

  • Got Haggis?Got Haggis? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    wait, are there tickets in addition to the badge? I have a badge...but I need to print out a ticket as well?

  • BoneriotBoneriot Registered User
    edited March 2011
    the printable tickets are for those who ordered their badges too late for them to be shipped out and must pick them up at will call
    if you have you're badges already you're golden

  • ShadowfireShadowfire Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Staples prints from PDF for like 10 cents a page.

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  • Cultural Geek GirlCultural Geek Girl Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    wait, are there tickets in addition to the badge? I have a badge...but I need to print out a ticket as well?

    Badge is all you need.

    (people who don't live in the US don't have badges automatically mailed to them. Same for people who order after the mail-by date. Only people without physical badges need to bring paper printout tickets.)

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  • MJPMMJPM Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Jedirau wrote: »
    My ticket is printed the bar code just didn't print very well. Also where can I find the pdf? Looks like my wife deleted my email confirmation with it on.

    Yeah, get with pax_questions ASAP!

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  • NatsirtNatsirt Registered User
    edited March 2011
    TGSean wrote: »
    Hi guys! I skimmed through and didn't find anything on this, so if it was answered already then I apologize.

    Does anyone have a backpack they would recommend bringing to PAX as far as primary luggage goes? I'm looking for the best space I can get while staying within $100-ish.

    I'm partial to the Swiss Gear Synergy. Nice padded laptop sleeve, large space for clothes, quality stitching and zippers. I have big clothes (6'2, 210 lbs) and can fit a weekends worth in there plus my laptop.

    The only downside is it is quite deep, even when empty. I always feel a bit like the high schooler who toted all his books around at once.

  • It's not a tumorIt's not a tumor Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Why not just print it out at the airport? Most airports should have a kiosk where you just type in your code and it'll print off a new pass.

  • It's not a tumorIt's not a tumor Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Natsirt wrote: »
    TGSean wrote: »
    Hi guys! I skimmed through and didn't find anything on this, so if it was answered already then I apologize.

    Does anyone have a backpack they would recommend bringing to PAX as far as primary luggage goes? I'm looking for the best space I can get while staying within $100-ish.

    I'm partial to the Swiss Gear Synergy. Nice padded laptop sleeve, large space for clothes, quality stitching and zippers. I have big clothes (6'2, 210 lbs) and can fit a weekends worth in there plus my laptop.

    The only downside is it is quite deep, even when empty. I always feel a bit like the high schooler who toted all his books around at once.

    Swiss backpacks are a bit on the small side. I've got a huge 18" laptop myself, and the only brand I found that was able to accommodate it thanks to its shape for under $100 was an Ogio.

  • SingolloSingollo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Jedirau wrote: »
    My printer died printing my tickets. I have no barcode but have the little numbers visible below them. Am I good or should I scrap my first trip? PLease help

    it has the info may not be perfect but if its legiable you will be fine

  • UEAKCrashUEAKCrash heh Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Did I read right that the will call/ registration desk is open tonight, 2 to 8? We had one person in our group that didn't get their tickets in the mail like the rest of us and we were hoping to be able to stick together tomorrow morning.

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    Will call is open right now until 8pm today, then opens up tomorrow at 8am.

  • UEAKCrashUEAKCrash heh Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Is there usually a long line for it?

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    Lines will probably be longer tomorrow, but I didn't see to much of a line today.

  • xHidden MemoriesxHidden Memories Registered User
    edited March 2011
    HEYYYY COSPLAYERSSS????????? I'm ganna be wearing my fluffy fox tail and my bell with a gold bow in my hair!!!!!!! Try and find meee :)
    AND....I have a Keyblade... I was wondering... are we allowed to bring stuff like that to the convention? If I could manage to fit it in the Van Im going in with some other guys who are going with me :P
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  • KevanYKevanY Registered User
    edited March 2011
    what should i be packing?

    i'm a florida boy but i've had experiences with cold weather, my question mainly circles around whether it's going to be cold INSIDE the convention as opposed to outside, should i pack heavy duty weather clothing? or light weather clothing that i can remove once inside the actual convention?

  • lillblillb Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Inside should be fairly warm. There will be thousands of bodies warming it up. If you can bear the cold (40-50 degrees) weather outside with a light jacket/hoody I'd suggest that since that's less bulky and you'll likely not get overly warm inside.

  • Phoenix_C4Phoenix_C4 Registered User
    edited March 2011
    zerzhul wrote: »
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Queue room isn't necessary for waiting in line for panels AFTER pax is open. Theaters have their own line-up area outside the theater.

    Yeah I think the uncertainty lies around the first panel question since the tweet talked about a 10:30AM panel. Would that person need to wait in the Expo Hall Q room prior to 10AM? or could they meander about the convention center before pax is truly "open" and just line up outside the theater in question?


    I'm assuming the exhibition hall will be open well before the panels? I know the doors for Will Call will open at 8, but I wasnt sure how much of PAX will be available right away...
    whypick1 wrote: »
    Expect most of PAX to be YouTube'd, and there's the PAX Forum Unofficial DVD Project, which, if what you want doesn't get YouTube'd, should make it there.

    That's good news if we can miss a panel and still see it later...


    Are we allowed bring folding chairs? I thought I read that bringing your own beanbags wasnt allowed due to fire hazards/obstructions, etc, but what about chairs for long line waits?

  • thorshaukthorshauk Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I keep trying to find it on the forums but I can't.

    We're on our way up and my friend left his badge home. He can just print out of the confirmation barcode with his id and bring it to will-call and get a new one, right?

  • MangoProjectsMangoProjects Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I am about to leave for Boston and I read "The venue is in the middle of nowhere and finding places to eat will be tough," will we be force to pay $15 hamburger at the PAX food court?? I am worry.

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  • lillblillb Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I am about to leave for Boston and I read "The venue is in the middle of nowhere and finding places to eat will be tough," will we be force to pay $15 hamburger at the PAX food court?? I am worry.

    Don't expect to find a McDonald's anywhere close. I did a google search on the area and there wasn't much for fast food very close by the convention center. I'm hoping the food court is somewhat reasonable, I wouldn't want to pay a ridiculous amount for "cheap" food or waste an hour to leave the venue in search of cheap food for lunch.

    Last year at the Hynes we just walked to the mall food court and got some food there.

  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    lillb wrote: »
    I am about to leave for Boston and I read "The venue is in the middle of nowhere and finding places to eat will be tough," will we be force to pay $15 hamburger at the PAX food court?? I am worry.

    Don't expect to find a McDonald's anywhere close. I did a google search on the area and there wasn't much for fast food very close by the convention center. I'm hoping the food court is somewhat reasonable, I wouldn't want to pay a ridiculous amount for "cheap" food or waste an hour to leave the venue in search of cheap food for lunch.

    Last year at the Hynes we just walked to the mall food court and got some food there.

    depends on what you consider close. south station is about a 15 min walk and has a food court (mcdonalds included) with a few other places in the surrounding area. a little more time/effort, but if you really want to save cash the option is there.

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