For those new to this, 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.
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".
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?
[STRIKE]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!).[/STRIKE] The form for the check off list is closed. If you didn't add your name then you are too late.
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. I ordered my buttons, move me to the "Invested Players" list now!
Pics or it didn't happen. Seriously. With the number of people playing and the ease of anonymity it is likely and known for people to want to be moved on word alone when nothing was done on their part. Also, this is to motivate people into participating more thoroughly since the idea is to bring us together socially.
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. With 55,000+ people, how will I find you all to get my trade on?
Many if not most of us will be attending various community ran events. Feel free to stop by the Pre-PAX Dinner, the Pre-PAX Movie, Pre-PAX Pubcrawl, or the Pre-PAX Breakfast. We'll be there in droves.
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 an instrument of death?
Participants to look out for:
I will add button pics as people post them in this thread
Button pictures 
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 youâ€™re in the US you can fly w/ buttons, if youâ€™re not your probably better off mailing.
Design pictures 
Soups *is unable to make it, but CaptainTapole will be trading buttons on his behalf.
Captain Cactus And The Water Preservation Squad
Royale Wih Cheese
Officer (Recruit, whatever)
Teh Madd Hatter
Havn't posted any pictures. 
Had an image, where did it go?
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.
PAX 2008 Forums - redhalo
TWEWY player pin - redhalo
Cross Country Super Trip 2008
- Moe Fwaky
PA Team Fortress 2 Server
PA Expo 2008 Forums
Random Access Podcast
- lordthanda & Qs23
Epic Default Productions
PAX 2008 Assassins Game
WASD vs. Arrows - Pat McRotch
Lyanth Heterosexual Harem! - CaptainTapole
Random assortment of awesome - Petesalzl
Twisp & Catsby
The Grand Galactic Inquisitor - Houn & Snickers
Team Fortress - Solid_Steve
Cake is a Lie - chaosisorder
Why so serious? - LTAcosta
Halo Headshot - LTAcosta
Zerowing - LTAcosta
Rare Button - LTAcosta
Canadian Super Trip - Tr0sky
Gabe & Tycho - Houn
Piracy, Yarr! - LTAcosta
Aperture Science - Captain Cactus And The Water Preservation Squad
Companion Cube - Captain Cactus And The Water Preservation Squad
Chainsaw McNuggets - Gravy Robber
Dr. Horrible - hottopicreject
Fruit Fucker - skarso
Professor Layton - sum10fishy
Bbble Bobble - SlickShughes
Warhammer - parabola
PA Ventrillo - PikaPuff
Pre-PAX Drunkard @ Shorty's - Misterioso
PAX West Coast Train Trip - DStalefish
Doctor Who - Officer
Phalla - MrBlarney
Captain Hammer - proXimity
Green Tortoise - nephthys
Questgiver Loot - Kimog
Keebler Revolution/Corporate Tyrants (lolwut?) - Belisius