PAX East Train Alliance 2011 (PAXTrain East!) - Metal Gear Train SOLD OUT!

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    SpyPoet wrote: »
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Woo, another Cleveland boarder!

    Yupyup. Is it true that all the other lines are getting on the Metal Gear unlimited, cause I'm worried I might not bring enough chocolate for everyone.

    All of the Eastbound trains converge in Chicago and transfer to the Metal Gear line. Hard to say how many people there will be this far out. Keep checking the OP of this thread as we get closer to March to get a better gauge of how many people will be on the train.

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  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Star Fox and Metroid join up with the Sonic Line in DC and never touch the Metal Gear line.
    All the other lines join up with Metal Gear.

    edit: beat'd by Moe

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  • SpyPoetSpyPoet Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Right, so I'm just going to bring a hat that says PAX on it so the appropriate people can steal me.

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Yo bitches, I did the train last year alone and it was boring but efficient, so this year I shall join the PAX train. I also found a group of gamers in VA and I may convince some of them to come with me.

    Name: ElectricTurtle and Astayonix (and possibly others)
    Location: Fredericksburg, VA (probably take the VRE to DC)
    Boarding Stop: Washington D.C
    Ticket Purchased: No, but given the way Amtrak jacks prices as time passes, really soon.

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  • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    OK, official update as fares have been purchasified

    Line: Sonic-ish (NE 176)
    Name: flatline + friend(s) [2 of us so far]
    Location: Bawlmore, MD
    Boarding Stop: BWI
    Ticket Purchased: YES

    We live and work up near BWI, and we will be flying back Sunday night on the 8:30 JetBlue flight from Boston to BWI, so we are boarding there. Hopefully we won't have any trouble spotting you guys on the 176 and there will be plenty of space for us. I will have Smallworld (on my iPad), Munchkin, probably D&D4E, and possibly a few other portable games. Most likely have some Magic decks on us as well, though not sure how early we want to start down that dark path. We don't really have DS's though, so hopefully we won't be the only non-gameboy PAXers on board.


    ITINERARY
    There:
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    Amtrak 176 Northeast Regional
    Baltimore, MD (BWI) to Boston, MA (BOS)
    10-MAR-11 12:32 pm - 10-MAR-11 7:53 pm
    ============================================================

    And Back Again:
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    JetBlue Flight 1329
    Boston, MA (BOS) to Baltimore, MD (BWI)
    13-MAR-11 8:30 pm - 13-MAR-11 10:01 pm
    ============================================================

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  • xHidden MemoriesxHidden Memories Registered User
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name: Joelle
    Location: Mt. Pocono, PA
    Boarding Stop: Philadelphia, PA
    Ticket Purchased:Not yet..we need at least possibly 40 or so tickets..class of 34 students including chaperons are going. :)

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name: Joelle
    Location: Mt. Pocono, PA
    Boarding Stop: Philadelphia, PA
    Ticket Purchased:Not yet..we need at least possibly 40 or so tickets..class of 34 students including chaperons are going. :)

    o_O :shock: O_o

    D:

    :?

    I'm honestly not sure how to feel about that.

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  • BigSassyBigSassy Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name: Joelle
    Location: Mt. Pocono, PA
    Boarding Stop: Philadelphia, PA
    Ticket Purchased:Not yet..we need at least possibly 40 or so tickets..class of 34 students including chaperons are going. :)

    Wow, is your school paying for hotel accommodations too?

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  • SpyPoetSpyPoet Registered User
    edited November 2010
    For people that are on the metal gear line, when do you transfer to that train/do you know when the stops are in Ohio specifically?

    I ask because the specific 448 I'm taking out departs Cleveland at 5:50/6 AM on Thursday.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    All the times and locations for every stop along each line is in the spoiler for that line in the 2nd post.

    Also, the 448 only runs once per day. As long as you're departing on the same day listed in the 2nd post, you're on the same train.

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  • SpyPoetSpyPoet Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    All the times and locations for every stop along each line is in the spoiler for that line in the 2nd post.

    Also, the 448 only runs once per day. As long as you're departing on the same day listed in the 2nd post, you're on the same train.

    I completely derped and missed that.

    This is why I shouldn't ask questions at 3 am.

    Whoops. :3

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  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Huh, more people in Cleveland taking the train than I thought. I'm now tempted to cancel my flight and jump on here instead, though it would mean getting up stupidly early.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    You should do it, it will rock.

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  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I don't live up there, so I'm looking for some help with getting around before I can change my plans.

    If I leave my car in long-term parking at the Amtrak station and then fly back to Hopkins on Monday night, what's the best way to get back to my car? I had been looking at using the RTA but then found that the waterfront section doesn't run on weekdays. I'm open to alternative suggestions, but I'll be driving myself to the city regardless.

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  • ezicklezickl Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear
    Name: Adam Hurd, Whoever Else I can Convince To Go Esq. III
    Location: Watertown, NY
    Boarding Stop: Syracuse, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Not Yet

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  • IndyDaveIndyDave Registered User
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear Line
    Name: David
    Location: Kalamazoo, MI
    Boarding Stop: South Bend, IN
    Ticket Purchased: Very soon

    The wins here just keep piling up..

    1. I'm going to my first PAX

    2. My brother lives in Boston, so free place to stay.

    3. I've only seen my brother once in the last 3 or 4 years and I've convinced him to come to PAX with me.

    Last time I took the train to Boston is was a horrid experience, this will be SO much better. I love this idea, thank you so much for organizing it. Can't wait to see everyone in the lounge!

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  • [H]olyGeekboy[H]olyGeekboy PAX dad and PC builder ClevelandRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    That wasn't weather problems. That was rail repairs. Since they already repaired them last year, they shouldn't have to do it again (right... right?).

    Gotta call out once again that my wife's trip on Amtrak a few years back was delayed 12 hours in one direction, and 13 hours on the return trip. Rail repairs, weather, traffic on the line, missed connection in Chicago, who knows what else.

    Enjoy your trip, but if you're taking the train from Washington, I'd be prepared with extra supplies in case of "minor delays." :)

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  • mountainblademountainblade Registered User
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Ryan
    Location: Hamilton, ON
    Boarding Stop: Buffalo, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Not Yet (Just waiting to confirm travel arrangements to Buffalo) Oh and this will be my first PAX

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  • DeliciousTacosDeliciousTacos Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Awesome -- almost missed this thread and was about to book a flight. This is going to be cheaper and way more fun

    Line: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Rick
    Location: Dayton, OH
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

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  • jabrazellejabrazelle Registered User
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Star Fox to Sonic
    Name: Jay + Eliza
    Location: Richmond Va
    Boarding Stop: Staples Mill Station, Richmond Va
    Ticket Purchased: Will be doing so after this post

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  • gyrosashgyrosash Registered User new member
    edited November 2010
    What line you will be on: Star Fox
    Name: Dan, Sean, Kyle, and MYSTERY GUEST
    Location: Orlando FL
    Boarding Stop: Orlando FL
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet, but soon!

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  • SpyPoetSpyPoet Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Hey, Moe/anyone that might know;

    I may be leaving for PAX in Florida instead of Ohio like previously planned. The Amtrak plan has me on the 98 Silver Meteor from the scheduled 13:57 Orlando departure. However, the transfer in Washington Station has me going on the 174 Northeast Regional instead of the 176 Northeast Regional -- is this a typo or have I missed something?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    You have to select Multi-city trip when booking and choose each train. There are multiple Northeast Regional trains. If your ticket doesn't say 98 Silver Meter/176 Northeast Regional, you're not on the same train(s).

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  • SpyPoetSpyPoet Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    You have to select Multi-city trip when booking and choose each train. There are multiple Northeast Regional trains. If your ticket doesn't say 98 Silver Meter/176 Northeast Regional, you're not on the same train(s).

    ... I really hope I'm coming out of Ohio and not Florida now.

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  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Is anyone taking the Metal Gear Line *home* on Monday? I'm considering doing that instead of flying back, which will also solve my previous dilemma of getting from the airport to the Amtrak station.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    I'm sure a number of people will be (there were last year). I can't say myself for sure, because I'm still in the process of finalizing plans and all, but it's likely.

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  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Durinthal wrote: »
    Is anyone taking the Metal Gear Line *home* on Monday? I'm considering doing that instead of flying back, which will also solve my previous dilemma of getting from the airport to the Amtrak station.

    I'm taking Metal Gear back on Monday, for similar reasons.

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  • mountainblademountainblade Registered User
    edited November 2010
    My friend and I will be taking the Metal Gear line back on Monday as well. You'll have company for the first 12 or so hours at least.

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  • XirycXiryc Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Yeah, coming back Monday worked for me last time. I plan on doing it again.

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  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Awesome! Looks like I'll be joining you folks then.

    Line: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Durinthal
    Location: Wooster, OH
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, OH
    Ticket Purchased: N

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  • mountainblademountainblade Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Well I realize there is still months to go before Boston but I was wondering what games I should bring or learn before PAXTrain. I'm asking for good multiplayer games for DS or PSP as well as any card games, board games, etc. Both of my handhelds have not been used in months so any suggestions would be very welcome.
    I'm planing on bringing Munchkin (I have various types), Chez Geek, Flux (Regular, Zombie or Monty Python), Bang and travel Catan among others. I also plan on bringing a few D&D 4E and Gamma World character sheets (Some created at a few set levels and a bunch blank).

    I figure it might be a good idea to start talking about it now, so that we can all know a few things we can try to have handy to join in on the fun. Another reason to suggest a few now is that it gives those without copies of games months to buy games that they wish to play with the group. I will be getting on the Metal Gear Line only for the last 12 or so hours until Boston, and I know for conventions in general you end up planing more things then you end up doing but would like to have some idea of what we'll play.

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  • gidgetsgidgets Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    smerk wrote: »
    Smerk: I may consider flying to San Fransisco if it doesn't cost any extra money and there's more people on that line than this one. I won't take a train from the west coast though unless i can afford a room again, which I'd be willing to share with somebody to cut costs.

    I wasn't particularly serious about the fly to SF thing, but that would be awesome if you could make it. Now we just have to convince <Gidgets> and <IRL Names Redacted> to train the whole way. I shall poke and harass them :P

    Yes. We are going to be forcing you to stay before we fly to chicago. Their handles are Zedarius, Bitstream, and qapf, btw. Zedarius doesn't post on forums. And we probably won't train the entire way cuz we has jobs.

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  • gidgetsgidgets Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Line: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Jo! :D
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    PAX East Ticket Purchased: Yes
    Train Ticket Purchased: Not yet. Me and two to three friends are likely flying to Chicago, staying at my friend's place, then taking the train like last year. Smerk is likely going to try to convince us to board from Emeryville instead and then fail.
    Plane Ticket from Boston to San Francisco: 14-Mar-2011 Flight 357 7:50 PM Virgin Airlines -- Feel free to join us

    I've been on every PAX Train every year except for last year's PAX Prime (damn you Burningman!) so of course I'm taking it again! Don't forget the Magic Gatorade and "Train Water"! :D

    I'll be bringing my camera + tripod again to photographize the event.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gidgets/4481005614/in/set-72157623745155620/
    (I'm the really post-Tahoe burnt dark one on the ground.)

    Thanks for organizing this yet again, Moe! (Which line are you taking btw? I can't find it.)

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  • BigShoesPleaseBigShoesPlease Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Line: The Sonic Line
    Name: BigShoesPlease (John Abbott) + 3 friends
    Location: Lynchburg, VA
    Boarding Stop: Lynchburg, VA
    Ticket Purchased: YES!

    I'm curious as to why the 176 Northeast Regional is listed as originating from D.C. here, because Amtrak has that listed as our train, and we will be boarding the train before it reaches D.C.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    It's listed that way as the common point for that train. Technically the Star Fox line goes all the way to NYC, but I set this up for them to transfer in DC because it's a more central layover point.

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  • BigShoesPleaseBigShoesPlease Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Fair enough. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't going crazy.
    Last year I drove my 2 friends and I all the way from VA to Boston. Very excited to take the train this year instead. Besides my DS and my Magic decks I'm planning on bringing along at least one copy of Forbidden Island. If you havent played it yet, or have and dig it as much as I do make sure to look for me as I have yet to assemble a perfect enough team to win on the highest difficulty.

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  • SpyPoetSpyPoet Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Moe, can you move me to the Star Fox line? I'm boarding in Orlando, FL now.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    SpyPoet wrote: »
    Moe, can you move me to the Star Fox line? I'm boarding in Orlando, FL now.

    Done!

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  • ExorExor Registered User new member
    edited December 2010
    I'm posting for both my cousin and myself. We are boarding at different stops. I'll be bringing my DS and lots of snacks!

    Line: Metal Gear
    Name: Exor
    Location: Cleveland, OH
    Boarding: Cleveland, OH
    Purchased Ticket: Yes


    Line: Metal Gear
    Name: Pibbs
    Location: Bryan, OH
    Boarding: Bryan, OH
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

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  • Prof. PanglossProf. Pangloss Registered User
    edited December 2010
    What line you will be on: Donkey Kong + Metal Gear
    Name: Prof. Pangloss
    Location: San Leandro, CA
    Boarding Stop: Davis, CA (DAV)
    Departing Stop: Rochester, NY (ROC)
    Ticket Purchased: No

    70 hour train ride? I get to stop in Chicago and get a pizza? I get to hang out with my friends in Rochester? I get to see the east coast for the first time? This is going to be awesome. Even if I'm the only PAXer on that line I'll still see about running around-the-clock Zendo or other games for the other train goers.

    EDIT: I am going to try and come early which means I'll almost certainly be the only PAXer on the train, unfortunately. However I will be coming back on time so I'm sure I'll see many of you then. I also think I'm getting off at Rochester to meet up with some friends and drive down with them.

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