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[EAST] PAX East Train Alliance 2012

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  • SirCandleSirCandle Registered User
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Danny + Taylor
    Location: Fort Wayne, IN
    Boarding Stop: Waterloo (AT 1:15AM BABY AKA PARTY TIME)
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet

  • MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    Looks like this got added to the wrong line (Sonic instead of Metal Gear)
    SirCandle wrote:
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Danny + Taylor
    Location: Fort Wayne, IN
    Boarding Stop: Waterloo (AT 1:15AM BABY AKA PARTY TIME)
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    fixed

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name: Tim
    Location: Stroudsburg/Tannersville, PA
    Boarding Stop: EITHER Philly or Newark
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet

    The train was so kickass last year, I want to do it again, but this time, I'll try to get into the train car WITH everyone, as opposed to the one 6 cars away.

  • BrimstarBrimstar Registered User regular
    flatline wrote:
    Playing Munchkin and Pandemic in the galley car last year was all kinds of win (Sonic Line). We need to make sure we get at least one or two tables in there as early on as possible. It would be nice if we could just take over the whole car; just remember there are lots of non-PAX people on the train as well, and obey Wheaton's Law.
    I'm getting on all the way back in Lynchburg and planning on grabbing a table for games on Sonic Line. Was thinking about bringing the one shots with pregenerated characters that Evil Hat has put together and running a little Dresden Files RPG. Any interest?

    Haven't run it much so I'm a little shaky as a game master, but I've had a blast every time I've played so far. All I'll be looking for is players. I'll have the rest. I think they've got three of them at this point designed to run 3-4 hours.

  • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
    So, considering the fact that round-trip plane tickets are going to be around 100-200 bucks cheaper then taking a train there and flying back, I'm officially backing out of this. Hopefully next year I'll be able to do it again, but considering I'm flying to DC for MAGFest in January I'm not sure I'd be able to save the extra money for the train.

    If Amtrak didn't raise the price of the small room over $100 from a couple years ago this probably wouldn't be an issue... Curse them!

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Coldbrew wrote:
    So, considering the fact that round-trip plane tickets are going to be around 100-200 bucks cheaper then taking a train there and flying back, I'm officially backing out of this. Hopefully next year I'll be able to do it again, but considering I'm flying to DC for MAGFest in January I'm not sure I'd be able to save the extra money for the train.

    If Amtrak didn't raise the price of the small room over $100 from a couple years ago this probably wouldn't be an issue... Curse them!

    The Mega Man Line does take some serious desire and $$ to make happen. I don't think anyone will look down upon you ;)

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    That is why it's called the Mega Man Line.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    it makes perfect sense

  • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
    Indeed. Went once with one other person, now I still have the time and desire to do it again, but since the price for a room nearly doubled, it's not going to happen this time.

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  • XirycXiryc Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    What line you will be on: Metal Gear Line
    Name: Tony Bucchioni
    Location: Middleburg Hts, OH
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Not yet

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  • PraxisLokiPraxisLoki Registered User regular
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name: Fil
    Location: Washington, DC
    Boarding Stop: Union Station, DC
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

    See you all in five months.

  • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    Total win! I fully expect you guys to stream video, update the forums and be on IRC the whole ride now.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    Total win! I fully expect you guys to stream video, update the forums and be on IRC the whole ride now.

    If they do this for Metal Gear as well, they can do some sort of meta-game between the trains.

  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    Total win! I fully expect you guys to stream video, update the forums and be on IRC the whole ride now.
    Amtrak wrote:
    Due to limited bandwidth onboard the trains, our Wi-Fi does not support high-bandwidth actions such as streaming music, streaming video or downloading large files.
    :(

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    I guess IRC it is then.

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  • MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    That's what 4g hotspots are for anyways. I'm sure with the PAX crowd at least, there will be plenty of bandwidth to go around.

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  • TopherRocksTopherRocks Rockstar Beard Grower Kent, OH or Long Island, NYRegistered User regular
    So happy to see this thread again. Last year was a great introduction to PAX and the ride up from Penn Station on the Sonic line was an incredible start to the weekend.

    I'm not sure if I'll be joining the train again this year, mostly due to potentially having a party of 8+ who are almost entirely in favor of driving instead. I'll be pushing to get us all to join you guys as hard as I can!

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  • jabrazellejabrazelle Registered User
    edited November 2011
    The wife and I will be joining the Sonic Line again this year!

    What line you will be on: Sonic
    Name: Jay Brazelle, Eliza Brazelle
    Location: Richmond VA
    Boarding Stop: DC Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: YES!

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  • jabrazellejabrazelle Registered User
    NE Regional looks to be on sale at the moment, $70 one way from DC to BOS.

  • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
    Man, I feel like I should join the group and venture down from Howard Co to DC to pick up the Sonic Line.... but BWI is 10 minutes from my house, and my buddy and I are flying back so we can get to work on Monday.... *sigh*

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  • devslashnulldevslashnull Registered User
    What line you will be on: Sonic
    Name: Gabriel Preston
    Location: Philadelphia
    Boarding Stop: Philadelphia
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

  • MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    edited November 2011
    flatline wrote:
    Man, I feel like I should join the group and venture down from Howard Co to DC to pick up the Sonic Line.... but BWI is 10 minutes from my house, and my buddy and I are flying back so we can get to work on Monday.... *sigh*

    Why not just hop on the Sonic line at the BWI station?

    BWI Thurgood Marsh Air, MD - April 5, 12:30 EDT

    That doesn't stop you from flying back.

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  • cyntheticcynthetic Registered User regular
    So... No one is on the Pac Man line but my husband and I, but when I just got on to book the trains, I found that the 22 Texas Eagle is entirely sold out. We're taking a 322 Texas Eagle that leaves at exactly the same time, instead. So I guess that changes our line to Metal Gear, and our boarding location to Chicago, since the Pac Man line is not available. :(

    I've only booked our Metal Gear tickets as of now, though, just in case I've missed something obvious.

  • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
    gespo89 wrote:
    flatline wrote:
    Man, I feel like I should join the group and venture down from Howard Co to DC to pick up the Sonic Line.... but BWI is 10 minutes from my house, and my buddy and I are flying back so we can get to work on Monday.... *sigh*

    Why not just hop on the Sonic line at the BWI station?

    We are planning on getting on at BWI (that's what we did last year). It just seems that the majority of the riders will be getting on in DC.

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  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    edited November 2011
    cynthetic wrote:
    So... No one is on the Pac Man line but my husband and I, but when I just got on to book the trains, I found that the 22 Texas Eagle is entirely sold out. We're taking a 322 Texas Eagle that leaves at exactly the same time, instead. So I guess that changes our line to Metal Gear, and our boarding location to Chicago, since the Pac Man line is not available. :(

    I've only booked our Metal Gear tickets as of now, though, just in case I've missed something obvious.

    The 22, 322, and 422 are all the same train at that point. I believe in this case, the 322 is an extra car added in St. Louis. Several of Amtrak's lines work this way (for instance, for part of the Metal Gear trip, it is both the 48 and 448, and then the 48 splits off in Albany.) Fear not. It's the same route. If you have to board on a different coach, they warn you when you get there, as well as if a coach is going to split off. At least that was my experience on the Metal Gear last year.
    flatline wrote:
    We are planning on getting on at BWI (that's what we did last year). It just seems that the majority of the riders will be getting on in DC.

    Again, this is just my experience, but it was not a big deal at all to join the fun mid-route. The best part of the train is it keeps picking up new people on the way!

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  • MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    flatline wrote:
    gespo89 wrote:
    flatline wrote:
    Man, I feel like I should join the group and venture down from Howard Co to DC to pick up the Sonic Line.... but BWI is 10 minutes from my house, and my buddy and I are flying back so we can get to work on Monday.... *sigh*

    Why not just hop on the Sonic line at the BWI station?

    We are planning on getting on at BWI (that's what we did last year). It just seems that the majority of the riders will be getting on in DC.

    True, but BWI is only 28 minutes down the line, and you still have a 7.5 hour ride to Boston from there. There will be plenty of fun left to be had.

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  • UEAKCrashUEAKCrash heh Registered User regular
    So does this tend to get booked fast? I'm trying to figure out how to spread out my spending as long as possible, and that includes Tickets, Hotel, and Train ride. I'll end up getting on from Chicago on the Metal Gear line, if all works to plan (Kalamazoo MI to Chicago, I believe). Is the PAX Train Alliance something big enough that it could sell that specific train out?

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    I believe we sold out the Metal Gear Line last year, but I forget when exactly that happened.

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  • UEAKCrashUEAKCrash heh Registered User regular
    Also, while I'm asking, do you know if there is a pay-early deal with Amtrak? Does booking and paying now end up being cheaper than later down the road?

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    Prices are subject to change, much in the same manner as airlines, but not to the same extremes. Also, Amtrak tends to run sales here and there, so poke around and see if they're running any sales on the Lakeshore Limited. You also might qualify for discounts, such as AAA, so check and see what kind of discounts they offer as well.

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  • TetakeoTetakeo Registered User new member
    What line you will be on: Sonic Line
    Name(s): Stephen, Colby, Mike, Dylan, Fergy (Robert), and FoFo (Stephanie)
    Location: Winchester, VA
    Boarding Stop: Union Station, DC
    Ticket Purchased: Yes, all six.

    I'm posting this because the rest of them don't have an account on the forum. The first four of us went to PAX East 2011 and we are all psyched to come again and hang out on the train! See you all then!

  • TabooPhantasyTabooPhantasy Registered User regular
    Dag, the Sonic Line is gonna be a fuckin' party. I want to book some sort of party car! With nothing BUT tables and outlets. We'll just sit on our bags.

    ~Taboo
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  • HuskyDorkHuskyDork Registered User regular
    Dag, the Sonic Line is gonna be a fuckin' party. I want to book some sort of party car! With nothing BUT tables and outlets. We'll just sit on our bags.

    The last car on the Sonic Line last year became a PAX car by the time we got to NYC. Here's hoping we can do the same this year.

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  • xenardxenard Registered User regular
    Getting my ticket for the Sonic Line Friday.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    I priced out a ride on the train vs a plane.

    Round trip for train is about $350 for me according to the nice lady at Amtrak. It would only be 200 to fly. I wish the prices were a little more competitive or I would join you guys. It has been my "dream" to take the train to PAX one of these days, but I just can not justify the extra time and cost. Maybe if I live a little closer next year.

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  • cyntheticcynthetic Registered User regular
    Got our tickets. Also got a roomette from CHI to BOS so we can sleep overnight (we're lame). I know we wont get much sleep during PAX, so getting a full night before is essential for non-cranky interactions with other PAXers.

  • TarranonTarranon Registered User regular
    edited November 2011
    Moe, did you mean to have the Metroid line depart on the 4th? That'll have it pulling into Boston early Thursday morning

    If that's working as intended, I might be able to manage it, I just don't remember arriving Thursday last year

    (also the one that leaves on the fifth and arrives early friday morning is like $35 cheaper <_<)

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    The Metroid line does leave on the 4th, but arrives in DC on Thursday morning, not Boston. From there it catches the Sonic Line to Boston.

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