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

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  • TOGSolidTOGSolid Drunk sailor Seattle, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    So we've got the pax trains to Boston, how about organized trains home? Or does everyone just sorta do whatever for the ride home? It'd be nice have a set line to ride home to hang out with fellow paxers on.

    What line you will be on: Megaman -> Metal Gear
    Name: Tom "TOGSolid" Loughead
    Location: Ketchikan, AK
    Boarding Stop: Seattle, WA
    Ticket Purchased: N (Waiting for an east coast buddy to verify that he has a hotel booked. I payed for it last time damnit.)

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    People do their own thing for the way home, because different people spend different amounts of time in Boston after PAX. Some leave the next day, and other stay for an extra day or four. It's impossible to have a set line to ride home because of this. There are, however, only so many trains home (depending on which way you're going), so the chances to be riding home with other PAXers is high, especially if you leave the day after.

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  • punk7688punk7688 Registered User
    edited December 2010
    Name: Brian Depaul
    Location: Union City, NJ
    Boarding Stop: New York City, NY
    Ticket Purchased: N

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  • Lady AmaltheaLady Amalthea Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Line: Sonic
    Name: Lady Amalthea (aka. Tara) and four others
    Location: Rockville, MD
    Boarding: Washington, DC
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    We are all really excited to go! This will be our first Pax trip. Quick Question: Everyone says to bring a DS, what games should we have with us?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    Line: Sonic
    Name: Lady Amalthea (aka. Tara) and four others
    Location: Rockville, MD
    Boarding: Washington, DC
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    We are all really excited to go! This will be our first Pax trip. Quick Question: Everyone says to bring a DS, what games should we have with us?

    Though I won't be on the train, I'm guessing Mario Kart and Dragon Quest IX will likely be popular.

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  • BigSassyBigSassy Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Line: Sonic
    Name: Lady Amalthea (aka. Tara) and four others
    Location: Rockville, MD
    Boarding: Washington, DC
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    We are all really excited to go! This will be our first Pax trip. Quick Question: Everyone says to bring a DS, what games should we have with us?

    I'm from Rockville too :)

    Last time we played a TON of mario kart, so that's essential. After that bring any multi-player game that allows downloading for people without the game.

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  • TOGSolidTOGSolid Drunk sailor Seattle, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    My East Coast buddies have all bailed on going to PAX and decided to go to MAGFest instead. Due to this, I will not be attending PAX East so scratch my name off the train list.

    Besides, I need to save my duckets so that I can move to a different city (not for work, mostly just to party more).

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  • kevindockevindoc Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Name: kevindoc
    Location: Deptford, NJ
    Boarding: Philly, PA
    Purchased Ticket: Not Yet

    Haven't bought tickets yet. Since I'm going solo this year, I'm waiting on a room share and someone, or a group, to make the trip with. Also posted in the toom share thread, send me a message if you have an opening! Thanks!

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  • smerksmerk Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    gidgets wrote: »
    smerk wrote: »

    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.

    but... US Domestic air travel is scary. There's porno scanning and cavity searches and invasive groping and... Wait... I've just shot my argument in the feetz haven't I?

    <ahem>, think of poor lonely prof. pangloss, alone in the train without any company, mustache (cos in my head all professors have a big white mustache) drooping in despair. Can you live with that on your conscience?

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  • smerksmerk Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I think it may be time to call the donkey kong line dead. I'm about to book metal gear, but I'll buy a DK ticket later if things perk up.

    I think almost 3000 more Kilometers is simply a bridge too far at amtrak speeds for most people, which is a great shame.

    <sad smerk wipes tear>

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  • NullzoneNullzone Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Guess I'll throw my name in here, I'm a forum lurker mostly but would love to hang out with some fellow PAXers on my way up :)

    What line you will be on: Sonic
    Name: Nullzone
    Location: Manassas, VA
    Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet. Soon!

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  • NullzoneNullzone Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    My ticket is purchased, if you care to update it. Just thinking about it gets me psyched, can't wait!

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  • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Moe, you might as well remove me from the list. As much as I want to do this again, it's going to cost way too much. A sleeper room from Seattle-Chicago went up at least $100 since last March and there's no way I'm sitting in coach the whole time.

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  • Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    The PAXTrain going from NY has to arrive in boston at 8pm?

    I think I'll be missing out again.

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  • MTSonic11MTSonic11 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Goose! wrote: »
    The PAXTrain going from NY has to arrive in boston at 8pm?

    I think I'll be missing out again.

    This is exactly how I feel. I was debating taking the train since I flew in for East 2010. I just don't want to arrive at 8pm. Too many things can go wrong with the train/hotel/etc and I don't think I want to deal with that the night before PAX.

    Still debating though because it seems really fun. I'd love to be more social at 2011. However it looks like I'll probably fly again or possibly drive up if my other half is here. I don't see the point of taking one of the earlier trains if no one else from here is on it.

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  • phantomofnightphantomofnight Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Alright, this is my first PAX East, and first major train trip. My family took the Amtrak to Chicago, the Blue Water Line, which I don't think counts. I'm also a Rail Fan, so this trip is right up my ally. Anyhow, I don't get the format, so I'm going to kind of do my own thing. I promise it will be readable. Just a couple questions though. Are the line names for group discounts? Also, what day are you all planning to be in Boston? I'm looking at Thursday night. In addition, which station?

    Tickets Purchased: No.
    Line: Blue Water 365
    Name: Phantom of Night
    Location: East Lansing, MI
    Boarding: East Lansing, MI on Thursday morning

    Layover in Chicago

    Line: Metal Gear (48 Lake Shore Limited)
    Location: Chicago Union Station
    Boarding: Wednesday Night

    Layover at Albany-Rensselaer

    Line: Metal Gear (448 Lake Shore Limited)
    Location: Albany-Rensselaer
    Boarding: Thursday Afternoon

    Thanks in advance for the help. I will bring Fluxx, and I think I still have some Fluxx Blanx. That ought to make things interesting. I look forward to seeing you on the train!

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  • lxg5810lxg5810 Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Line: Metal Gear (448 Lake Shore Limited)
    Name: Luigi
    Location: Rochester, NY
    Boarding Stop: Rochester, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Once I get my room situation all sorted out.

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  • Squill2k4Squill2k4 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name: Squill2k4 + 3 others (girlfriend, her friend, and SidiousX)
    Location: Richmond, VA
    Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet, will be doing so soon.

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  • Lugh LamfhadaLugh Lamfhada Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Line: Sonic
    Name: Lugh Lamfhada
    Location: Fairfield, VA
    Boarding: Charlottesville, VA
    Ticket: Yes

    And I am now joining the traveling circus. I shall be the sad clown.

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  • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Moe, or someone in the know - is it OK to start a separate thread for each train line, or should we keep any/all posts related to ETA in here?

    I'm thinking of posting a thread for the Sonic line to figure out who is planning on bringing what games. I have Mad Scientist University, Munchkin (+Need for Steed), Fiasco, maybe a few others. I could bring my D&D books, but I have a ton of them and they start to get heavy real quick. REALLY wish they had pdf versions I could put on my iPad (like Shadowrun).

    I also have a DS Lite, with Dragon Warrior (haven't started yet) and Pokemon SS (although I stopped playing about halfway through). I could bring some magic cards but I only have a few of the duel-decks, I stopped buying boosters and whatnot around the time Mirage came out.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    Please keep all ETA related posts in this thread.

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Just bring all of the games you want. If you double up on the train, you still have them for the event itself.

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  • Squill2k4Squill2k4 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Ugh, it looks like the price for the 176 Northeast Regional (Sonic Line) just increased :-(

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Squill2k4 wrote: »
    Ugh, it looks like the price for the 176 Northeast Regional (Sonic Line) just increased :-(

    Not for me it hasn't. It's still saying 49 dollars for Newark to Boston, which is what it was a few months ago.

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  • Lady AmaltheaLady Amalthea Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    @zerzhul and @bigsassy - Thanks for the recommendations! I'll be sure to look for a cheap Dragon Quest (I already have Mario Cart). See you on the train!

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  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    If anyone's on the Metal Gear line, I noticed when I was going in to book the return trip that the price actually decreased from what it was a few months ago when I bought my ticket. Might be worth checking again. You can cancel and rebook (probably in the other order) and get your money back within a few days.

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  • dmoffittdmoffitt Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Brand new here, excited to be going to my first PAX. Long time train rider though... it should be quite fun w/ this many like-minded people!!

    What line you will be on: Metal Gear
    Name: David Moffitt (Dave is fine)
    Location: Rochester, NY
    Boarding Stop: Rochester, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Today! W00t

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  • ProprietyPropriety Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Listen up, Sonic Liners! I don't know why it's not on the advertised specials page, but apparently, there's a 20% off promotion for all Northeast Regional, Downeaster, and Lake Shore Limited trains going to Massachusetts.

    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Content_C/1246042714351/1237405732514

    That's the link. Hit the "Book It Now" button on the right to get the discount.

    It only works for the train TO Boston... but for me, the return train was much cheaper anyway. :/ Hope that helps!

    ANYWAY. I have purchased my train tickets! So I am an official YES for the Sonic line! :D

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Propriety wrote: »
    Listen up, Sonic Liners! I don't know why it's not on the advertised specials page, but apparently, there's a 20% off promotion for all Northeast Regional, Downeaster, and Lake Shore Limited trains going to Massachusetts.

    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Content_C/1246042714351/1237405732514

    That's the link. Hit the "Book It Now" button on the right to get the discount.

    It only works for the train TO Boston... but for me, the return train was much cheaper anyway. :/ Hope that helps!

    ANYWAY. I have purchased my train tickets! So I am an official YES for the Sonic line! :D

    Thanks - I've been trying this discount unfortunately on the Downeaster it seems to not be working on the days I'd need for PAX.

    It makes me jealous that my Maine to Mass railroad adventure doesn't have a swanky videogame themed nickname.

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  • Squill2k4Squill2k4 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Squill2k4 wrote: »
    Ugh, it looks like the price for the 176 Northeast Regional (Sonic Line) just increased :-(

    Not for me it hasn't. It's still saying 49 dollars for Newark to Boston, which is what it was a few months ago.


    It went up if you're coming out of Washington DC, went from $70 to $93. Blah, I had to skip out and switch to a plane ticket, it's cheaper. I didn't want to but the people coming with me couldn't afford the $23 price increase.

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  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Bought my tickets! And for less than if I had gotten them earlier. Now I just need to figure out what to use my leftover plane tickets on.. maybe the next Prime in the fall.

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  • LcheeseboyLcheeseboy Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Propriety wrote: »
    Listen up, Sonic Liners! I don't know why it's not on the advertised specials page, but apparently, there's a 20% off promotion for all Northeast Regional, Downeaster, and Lake Shore Limited trains going to Massachusetts.

    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Content_C/1246042714351/1237405732514

    That's the link. Hit the "Book It Now" button on the right to get the discount.

    It only works for the train TO Boston... but for me, the return train was much cheaper anyway. :/ Hope that helps!

    ANYWAY. I have purchased my train tickets! So I am an official YES for the Sonic line! :D

    I'm getting higher price quotes when using this deal then I do otherwise. I get the feeling that the 20% MA discount is overriding the 25% Early Booking discount, which seems to be applied automatically otherwise.

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    CRAAAAAAAAP. It went up for me too. This sucks.

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  • ProprietyPropriety Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Lcheeseboy wrote: »
    Propriety wrote: »
    Listen up, Sonic Liners! I don't know why it's not on the advertised specials page, but apparently, there's a 20% off promotion for all Northeast Regional, Downeaster, and Lake Shore Limited trains going to Massachusetts.

    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Content_C/1246042714351/1237405732514

    That's the link. Hit the "Book It Now" button on the right to get the discount.

    It only works for the train TO Boston... but for me, the return train was much cheaper anyway. :/ Hope that helps!

    ANYWAY. I have purchased my train tickets! So I am an official YES for the Sonic line! :D

    I'm getting higher price quotes when using this deal then I do otherwise. I get the feeling that the 20% MA discount is overriding the 25% Early Booking discount, which seems to be applied automatically otherwise.

    Except, for some reason, I don't get this when I choose Philly to BOS.... I get $85, instead of the $59 it says it should be. What's curious is the RETURN trip was indeed $59 dollars.

    There's something seriously shitty about the Amtrak website... the fact that they don't give you the lowest price of all available promotions is some serious stupid. I might have to call in and check. If they're advertising a rate, they'd best honor it... we could probably get the difference charged back to our cards.

    EDIT: there's also this bullshit: "Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all trains at all times." Which means because we're all booking on the 176 Northeast Regional, we may be reducing the number of seats and driving the price higher automatically.

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Hey,

    I live in Allentown, PA and I'd love to hit up the PAX Train. However transport to philly is an issue. IF anyone is going by Allentown on the way down there, or past A-Town to NYC, and is willing to pick me up, let me know and I'll pick up a ticket. Otherwise... I fly alone.

    Thanks,

    ZHH

    P.S. Send me a PM because I'll notice it faster.

    P.P.S. Also: If a philly resident would be willing to pick me up either wednesday or thursday morning, or if anyone picks me up, I'll be willing to throw in gas money for the trouble.

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  • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    My apologies to those who waited too long to buy their tickets...

    That said, for those of us who are going to be on the train, is there a plan for food yet? I will probably have some snacks on the way up, but we are getting in too late to participate in the Pre-PAX Dinner on Thursday night. Anyone up for our own semi-organized dinner+drinks?

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  • Dgeorge318Dgeorge318 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    My ticket has been purchased.

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  • BurtranBurtran Registered User
    edited January 2011
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear
    Name: Daniel Frueh
    Location: Schenectady, NY
    Boarding Stop: Schenectady, NY
    Ticket Purchased: No

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  • Lugh LamfhadaLugh Lamfhada Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Out of curiousity are we going to try and get the rides back scheduled this year? We never got around to it last year, and I for one would like to have one last bit of gaming goodness for the trip home.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    We don't do that because different people have different schedules coming back. Some stay an extra day or more, some fly back, etc. Scheduling people rides back would be logistically impossible.

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