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My Pax Experience

MithrasMithras Registered User
edited April 2012 in PAX Archive
Hi all, first time poster (I think, I made this account 2 years ago). I drove down in a crew of 9 from Ottawa; it was my second PAX, but for most it was their first.

The Downs:

- Waiting in the line Friday morning, the swag bag organization was a little... unorganized. Following the "do not be a dick" rule, my group kept passing the bags along to the far end of the line. However, we saw that a bunch of people ahead of us were just keeping bags instead of passing them on. This resulted in the middle of the line not getting a bag. We spoke with 3 enforcers who passed through, all of whom said "uh, sorry, don't really know whats going on, but I'll let someone know." This resulted in us not getting a bag. We were told to drop by any time that day to pick it up, but when we returned there was a line 4 rows long. (story continues in the "The Ups" section)

- The BCEC security guards. I have no doubt that their jobs must be tough; I know I wouldn't want to be responsible for the safety of tens of thousands of people. That said, every single one that I encountered was gruff, short-tempered, and wielding their authority like mace.

- Waiting in a Queue room for the "Gaming and Education" panel. The doors open for us to leave and walk over to the panel room, and they decide to let the people sitting around the edge of the room to go first. The logic was to create a bit of space so that the line could snake out after. However, no Enforcers stayed in the room to ensure this was followed, so the back of the line decided to attached itself to the outside group, so that we ended up snaking out back to front. As the front realized what was happening, everyone decided to just walk to the door, resulting in a mass of people trying to get out. (story continues in the "Ups" section)

- Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Friday night they kicked everyone out of the lobby gaming area so that they could do maintenance. Saturday night 2 false fire alarms went off at 3 am. The house-cleaning staff would regularly knock on your door at 8:30 am to clean (We had the Do Not Disturb signs up, but their were pretty loud in the halls). $12.50 per device for 24 hours of slow internet? Maybe I've been lucky with my prices up til now, but that was excessive.

The Ups:

- Continuing from the Swag Bag story, a friend and I went up to one of the Enforcers who was organizing the Swag line. We explained our story, and he immediately went and grabbed 2 bags for us. Simple stuff like that really goes a long way

- Continuing from the Queue story, one of the enforcers who had been outside the room saw what had happened, and proceeded to ensure the rest of the queues went out in an orderly fashion. I didn't get his name, but I did shake his hand as we were filing out, so if you post on here then take your due, the line leaving that room was the most orderly I saw all weekend :P

- The small game developers. I usually avoid the Exhibit floor, as I don't like waiting 2 hours in line to play a 5 minute demo. However, the sheer number of small games booths was amazing, and each one had its own flavour and intrigue. I could have spent another day or two checking them all out

- The Table top/CCG area was great. It was always full but rarely too full, which meant it was a great opportunity to try new games with strangers, rent a board game we'd never seen before, and generally bask in the glory that is the table top game

- The Exhibitors on Sunday. I don't know how you manage to go three very full days and still manage to be energetic, upbeat and helpful, but almost every exhibitor I came across on Sunday was a pleasure to interact with. Special shoutouts go to the WotC booth, the DDO booth, the Intel booth, and the DM who ran our session on Sunday

- PA Staff. I know I got a picture with Jerry while he was playing some Yu-Gi-Oh, it was the only time I had seen him all weekend and I really wanted a picture, but I also knew that he was in the middle of a game and must have been approached over 9000 times that weekend. After standing and deliberating for about 3 minutes, I finally walked over and apologetically asked for a picture with him. He was nothing but gracious, and made it seem like this wasn't the nth time he had been interupted by a stranger. My hat is off to those guys.

The Left-Overs:

- Was there a Child's Play booth? If not, has there been any discussion in setting one up for information as well as donations? I imagine you could raise a good amount of money at PAX

- The Boston Aquarium is pretty awesome.

- I had no idea basketball tickets were so expensive ($72 for the absolute highest row in the arena), but my first basketball game was pretty awesome. KG is a monster

- My friends and I started an acheivement game for this PAX. Badges included things like: The Howard Hughes Award: Do not go outdoors for 12 hours straight, The J. Jonah Jameson Award: Get a photo with yourself and Gabe and/or Tycho, and The Khaaaaaaan Award: Yell "Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!" in a public place. Has anyone else set up something like this for the PA readers at large to follow (so we can get some more ideas for next year). If not, would there be any interest in us setting up a page so that people could claim their own badges?

- The Cos-play has improved immensely over the years (as in it was very good, and now it is amazing), I`m considering one for 2013

- Have any other RPG groups applied to have a station at PAX? It would be neat to see White Wolf there

If you`ve read this far, I appreciate the stick-to-it-iveness!

Mithras on

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  • ransimransim Registered User regular
    There wasn't a Child's Play booth, they did a panel though on Saturday.

    The Cookie Brigade does guerrilla fund raising at PAX for Child's Play and raised $13,020.28 this year.

  • MithrasMithras Registered User
    Yeah, I saw them around, bought a $5 cookie :P

  • Tal!nTal!n San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    Mithras, I think I was running that line (or at least, I was definitely enforcing that theatre at that talk) — my apologies for dropping the ball; I don't think any of us expected that that specific talk would fill up quite like that and so we weren't too strict about the line at the beginning (mostly because the people that had gotten in early (like ~40 minutes before the panel) seemed to prefer wall outlets, and we didn't want to chase them away unnecessarily. If I remember, I might have been doing seating when the line actually started moving, but one of us definitely should have stayed inside the room to make sure everyone got out in an orderly manner.

    Someone said something to me about it afterwards (or maybe it was before another talk), and we did (I think) have someone making sure everyone left in an orderly fashion for all the talks after.

  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    Mithras wrote: »
    Yeah, I saw them around, bought a $5 cookie :P

    Correction: You were given a cookie and donated $5 :P

    The Cookie Brigade does not sell cookies.

    The pirate hat riding bobcat compels you...

    Relevant info: #PAX East: 3 Coin Lunch organizer. 2012 Trading card available. Pokecrawl Assistant 2012. Pokecrawl attendee 2011. Cult of the Leaf attendee 2012.
  • tr0tskytr0tsky Registered User regular
    Mithras wrote:
    - The Boston Aquarium is pretty awesome.

    What kind of aquarium doesn't have otters? This was a travesty!

    tr0tsky is correct.
  • DangeresquetooDangeresquetoo Registered User regular
    tr0tsky wrote: »
    What kind of aquarium doesn't have otters? This was a travesty!


    But...but...there were sea lions...

  • BekerBeker Child's Play Program Director SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    Child's Play generally likes to keep itself a little separate from Penny Arcade. The two organizations have very different public images. I would love to see a booth and have offered to help staff it, but I'm not sure it will happen any time soon.

    -Beker/Erick
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  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    tr0tsky wrote: »
    Mithras wrote:
    - The Boston Aquarium is pretty awesome.

    What kind of aquarium doesn't have otters? This was a travesty!

    Yeah, they otter get some.

    Happily on Sabbatical. Don't bug me.
  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    tr0tsky wrote: »
    Mithras wrote:
    - The Boston Aquarium is pretty awesome.

    What kind of aquarium doesn't have otters? This was a travesty!

    Yeah, they otter get some.

    They have a veritable ARMY of penguins. Give them some credit.

    The pirate hat riding bobcat compels you...

    Relevant info: #PAX East: 3 Coin Lunch organizer. 2012 Trading card available. Pokecrawl Assistant 2012. Pokecrawl attendee 2011. Cult of the Leaf attendee 2012.
  • DapperDaveDapperDave Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    I bumped into a fellow in a hurry in the tabletop gaming area. I turned to my friend and said "I think that was Jeremy Holkins". It was. He was very fast.

    DapperDave on
  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    DapperDave wrote: »
    I bumped into a fellow in a hurry in the tabletop gaming area. I turned to my friend and said "I think that was Jeremy Holkins". It was. He was very fast.

    You mean Jerry Holkins?

    If that was some time Friday afternoon, he may have been avoiding the guys in white lab coats trying to give him a potato.

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  • DapperDaveDapperDave Registered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    DapperDave wrote: »
    I bumped into a fellow in a hurry in the tabletop gaming area. I turned to my friend and said "I think that was Jeremy Holkins". It was. He was very fast.

    You mean Jerry Holkins?

    If that was some time Friday afternoon, he may have been avoiding the guys in white lab coats trying to give him a potato.


    Jerry? Okay, so I run into the guy AND I get his name wrong. He and I shall definitely be best pals! Maybe I should also try giving him a potato.

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