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UPDATE: 3/27: -Added times to itinerary -updated list of peeps -***I would like to collect everyone's phone numbers and e-mail address so I can let you know about important info and also so you can call me if you have questions/get lost/anything else...!Please PM me and I will make sure that you have mine as well! UPDATE 3/15: Thanks! to those who filled out the food survey! It seems the majority who voted would prefer to  eat Local Goodies,  hit up a bar(I'm going to go ahead and say we are going to an 18+ bar because I know a couple people under 21 who will be joining and would not want to be left all alone!), and then  hang out and play some games(we will have Munchkin, Penny Arcade Gamers vs. Evil, Dominion, Catan, and more to enjoy =D ) rather than go to Westport/PnL and hit the bar scene more heavily.
[The survey is now closed. If you have comments, post them here.]
With the results in mind, I have decided that it would be most comfortable for the group to avoid the downtown confusion/traffic/etc to save us some time and frustration! So, we will be meeting up in Overland Park, KS (My, as well as a few other KC Pre-PAXers', home sweet home!) OP is a fun and safe suburb in the south-western region of the KC area(Don't worry! Directions to the meetup will be posted here soon!)
I am waiting for confirmation of our reservation at  The Blue Moose Restaurant & Bar (with our back-up being Talk of the Town Bar & Grill, which has a less diverse, but similar, menu) sometime between ***5:00-8:00CST (Does anyone planning on attending have a specific constraint/preference? Post/PM!). Afterwards,  we will head to one of the 18+ bars in town (which include Talk of the Town, Johnny's Tavern, Tanner's[if they allow 18+, I'm not 100%], etc). A note on transportation: because it looks like there will hopefully be around 15+ with us in our party, carpooling may be the most practical option once in town! We have numerous PAXer homes nearby at which you can rendez-vous after dinner to park your cars safely, if you wish to do so! Once we are ready to quit having fun at the bars, we will head to a PAX-Gaming House(one of the local's homes =D ) nearby (T.B.D. options include: my home, chibi_emily's home, britishseal's home, ...anyone else wish to add their name?) for board/card games, DnD*(If there is interest Creamsteak has offered his GM expertise), and other fun shenanigans!!!!
So! Here is what the current plan looks like for the gathering on Wednesday, April 4th! [EXACT TIMES TBD, waiting on reservation] [7:00] Blue Moose Restaurant & Bar for delicious food! Blue Moose has a very wide menu and everyone should be able to find something they will eat! (Here's Blue Moose's Website!) [~8:30/9:00] Talk of the Town for drinks, visiting, and getting to know one another! (Here's TotT's website. We will be going to the Overland Park location!) [...whenever we want!] PAX-Gaming-House for games, fun, and all the other escapades!!! (location TBD)
...Please continue to post here/PM me if you haven't already to let me know you will be joining us for the first ever.....
THE 4th IS OUR OFFICIAL-TENTATIVE-PERMANENT--PROBABLY DECLARED DAY FOR THE 2012 KC PRE-PAX MEET-UP!
Help me determine what we will be consuming and post below if you are interested, so I can add you to the list!
A few restaurants that are fun in KC:
The always traditional KC BBQ is an option if we want: Oklahoma Joe's, Gates, Arthur Bryant's, KC Masterpiece, etc.
If you like pizza: Spin!, Waldo, D'Bronx are some options Steakhouses/Japanese Steakhouse: Houston's, J. Alexander's, Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, Kokoro Maki Other fun places to eat: Blue Moose, North, Buca di Bepo, Fogo de Chão, Jalapenos
The places that are everywhere: On the Border, Applebees, Chilis, Old Chicago, etc.
ORGINAL POST 12/30/2011:
Hey folks! I know some of the people from Kansas City that will be attending PAX East 2012 (or other nerds who wish they were going but would like to hang out anyway!!!), but I'd love to meet more! I would like to start gauging interest now, so if meeting up around KC somewhere for dinner/games/drinks/fun sounds like something you would be interested in, post here!
Got ideas? Post them below, and I will sort them into the categories, and I will make a survey soon to decide which we will pursue!
(Keep in mind, I want to make our dinner location somewhere that friends under-21 are welcome)
Drinks: Power & Light, Westport(Ernie Bigg's Piano Bar), Talk of the Town(18+ option)
Other fun options.....: Board/Card Games(Munchkin, Arkham Horror...), Video Games(3DS, PS3, DS....), DND, anything you can possibly think of!