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 [email protected]
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When: August 26,27,28 2011
Where: Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Downtown Seattle, WA
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 and has been hailed as a weekend-long celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics include game-inspired concerts, panels on game industry topics, exhibitor booths, after-hours parties, tournaments, and freeplay areas.
PAX is awesome
PAX is not your personal army
unless your name is Robert Khoo
PAX is 50,000 friends you never knew you had.
In 2008 PAX had over 58,000 attendees.
In 2009, PAX had 60,750 attendees!!!
In 2010, PAX East sold out at over 52,000 in its first year.
Also in 2010, PAX Prime sold out at 67,600
and just a short few weeks ago, PAX East 2011 Sold out with 69,500 attendees.
Links: Penny Arcade, PAX Website, PAX Topic at Wikipedia
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.
What this thread is: This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom).Frequently Asked QuestionsClick here
for the Official PAX Page FAQ
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.General Stuff
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?
Registration is now Live!!! You can register online at http://www.paxsite.com/paxprime/registration.phpDo the PAX passes have my name on them?
No.It's after August 1st, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
In the Will Call line (location to be disclosed)
Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
If they open up enrollment, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the main PA site. There will also be a thread here in this forum.What are the hours of PAX?
Friday, Aug 26th, 2011 - 10am to 2am
Saturday, Aug 27th, 2011 - 10am to 2am
Sunday, Aug 28th, 2011 - 10am to 7pm
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, Aug 26th, 2011 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, Aug 27th, 2011 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, Aug 28th, 2011 - 10am to 6pm
BYOC Check-in is Friday starting at 8amWhat does BYOC stand for?
Bring Your Own Computer, You can find more information here
Hint! Follow @Prime_BYOC
for updates on the BYOC roomWhat is the exhibit 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.Are the theatres cleared in-between panels / concerts?
YES! Except for a few back to back panels in the main theatre (ie, the Keynotes goes right into the first PA Q&A) all theatres are cleared out between panels.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/7pm 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, e-mail Cathy Glickstein, she is the senior registrations manager over at Reed. She can also handle address changes and the like, so if you sell your tickets before packets go out, you should be able to have mailed tickets transferred as well.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 [email protected]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 accessable at PAX?
Yes, but with the number of people using it, it will be slow and difficult to connect.Are there iphone/android apps for pax?
From the creators of the Conventionist. Now live for PAX PrimePAX Assistant
was an android app for last PAX East. It had many great reviews, but as it's made by somebody in the PAX community, I'm not sure if one will be made for PAX Prime 2011
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 wearing a costume that has plastic weapons that look like real weapons. Will I have any problems with security/police?
See This Thread
for details.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 protected]I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?
if you just have an idea email [email protected]
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 2011. Good luck!I’m an Indy Developer! I want to submit my game for the PAX 10!! What do I do?
Submit your game proposal to [email protected]
Make it good, the competition is FIERCE!Just how BIG is PAX?
excellent question! this may be of interest to you
Thanks to Dya for the graphic!I choose fedEx shipping and there has been an error/exception! Will I get my pass?
Yes, the shipping error has been dealt with and all badges should be on their way. If you still do not receive yours by the week before PAX, email [email protected]Where is will call?
This year, Will Call will be located at the WSCC at the ticket windows on the first floor next to the Convention Place Entrance. These windows are OUTSIDE.How do I keep my badge from falling of when I snag it on something?
A: Forget that cheap ring clip. Use the strong fabric of the lanyard itself to keep your badge secure via a cow-hitch knot. See the links for an example, or come by Info Booth and we will help with the securing.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8890063/badge-cowhitch1.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/8890063/badge-cowhitch2.jpg