So here it is, the big new FAQ Thread. If you guys still have suggestions for things to put in here, please post them. If you're just somebody with a question to ask, please ask it here.
*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. I promise it will be answered promptly.
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.
August 30-September 2, 2013
Washington State Convention Centre
LINK: PAX Community Wiki & FAQ
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 City of Seattle. Last year, PAX Prime had venue space not only in the WSCC, but in the Paramount Theatre and in most of the ballrooms in the Sheraton Hotel across the street. Who know’s what part of Seattle PAX will take over next!!
All of the information found in this FAQ plus many more interesting tidbits and guides can be found on our PAX Community wiki http://wiki.paxcommunity.net/paxwiki/Main_Page
What this forum is: This forum is for the discussion of PAX, 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.
for the Official PAX Page FAQ
(Please note: Soon this website will be updated to match PAX East’s)
Here's a community-based FAQ for those of you who don't want to comb through this thread to see if your question has been answered already.
HOW DO I FIND ANYTHING IN THIS FAQ?!? give me the tl;dr!
Well... that's kinda hard. But you can search for the topic you are looking for using ctrl +f or using this fancy shamcy index provided by SkeleVader
*please note however that as questions get added to the FAQ, the index will become out of date.
When will x be announced?
Soon. Don't expect any definite announcements any sooner than 4-6 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?
Soon. Registration will be open on the PAX Prime
Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
It's after August 1st, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
Will call will be located at the Ticket Booth windows outside of the WSCC. (Based on PAX Prime 2011)
I’m from outside of the US and I did not choose the FedEx shipping option, where do I pick up my pass?
TBA, however, will call was located at the Ticket Booth windows outside of the WSCC last PAX Prime.
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 main PA site.
What are the hours of PAX?
Friday, Aug 30th -
Saturday, Aug 31st -
Sunday, Sep 1st -
Monday, Sep 2nd -
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, Aug 30th -
Saturday, Aug 31st -
Sunday, Sep 1st -
Monday, Sep 2nd -
What does BYOC stand for?
Bring Your Own Computer. This is a large LAN party within PAX! So bring your gaming computer and get playing!
Hint! Follow @Prime_BYOC
for updates on the BYOC room AND for updates when passes go on sale! These sell out quick!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the EXPO floor like?
The exhibition hall is full of awesome. 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.
I live outside the United States. How do I fill in my phone number on the registration form?
You just have to split it up the way US numbers are split (###-###-####). It's a 10 digit number if I'm not mistaken. If you've got more than 10 digits, I don't know.
The ticket says the Exhibit Hall closes at 6pm but the Event stays open until 2AM. Does this mean there will be actual things happening and things to look at until 2AM or does it just mean people are allowed to co-mingle in the building until they close the doors at 2AM?
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 3-day pass, look to the BYOC thread for your answer. For the 3-day pass you just have to mail it to the guy 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 email@example.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. As far as changing your registration you can log back into your registration page using your confirmation number. Once you've logged in you will be able to edit your address.
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 paper ticket with the Bar Code on it AND a valid piece of photo ID. If your badge really is lost in the mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have my badge; do I need the paper ticket with the bar-code on it?
Nope! You’re good to go.
Will there be WiFi accessible at PAX?
Maybe? WSCC may have free wifi available; however it’s been spotty at best in years past. We don’t recommended relying on WSCC wifi being available.
Are there iphone/android apps for pax?
Yes! There will be an official app announced a week or two before PAX. There are also many unofficial ones that pop up as well. Keep an eye on the forums for an App discussion thread.
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 a three day pass.
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 email@example.com
I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?
if you just have an idea email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your pitch! If you actually want to run your own panel head over to panels.paxsite.com
with your proposal. If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for PAX Prime 2012. Good luck!
Just how BIG is PAX?
Excellent question! this may be of interest to you
. (Credit goes to @”dyaballikl”)
I was expecting to get my badge in the mail and all I received is this bobcat? Wut??
Bobcat is working as intended.