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*Note: and yes, we mean any sort of question, especially if it's not covered by the FAQ. Please do NOT make a new thread to ask your question, just post it here. I promise it will be answered promptly.

This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom). Please keep focused on the Q&A nature of this thread.


When: August 30-September 2, 2013

Where: Washington State Convention Centre
LINK: PAX Community Wiki & FAQ

Wikipedia wrote:
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 until it started taking over the City of Seattle. Last year, PAX Prime had venue space not only in the WSCC, but in the Paramount Theatre and in most of the ballrooms in the Sheraton Hotel across the street. Who know’s what part of Seattle PAX will take over next!!

All of the information found in this FAQ plus many more interesting tidbits and guides can be found on our PAX Community wiki http://wiki.paxcommunity.net/paxwiki/Main_Page

Penny Arcade,
PAX Website

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.

Click here for the Official PAX Page FAQ
(Please note: Soon this website will be updated to match PAX East’s)

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

HOW DO I FIND ANYTHING IN THIS FAQ?!? give me the tl;dr!

Well... that's kinda hard. But you can search for the topic you are looking for using ctrl +f or using this fancy shamcy index provided by SkeleVader

*please note however that as questions get added to the FAQ, the index will become out of date.

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?
Soon. Registration will be open on the PAX Prime website.

What types of passes will be available?
There will be 4 day passes and 1 day passes.

Do the PAX passes have my name on them?

It's after August 1st, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?

Will call will be located at the Ticket Booth windows outside of the WSCC. (Based on PAX Prime 2011)

I’m from outside of the US and I did not choose the FedEx shipping option, where do I pick up my pass?

TBA, however, will call was located at the Ticket Booth windows outside of the WSCC last PAX Prime.

Can I apply to be an Enforcer and help out at PAX?
If more enforcers are needed, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the main PA site.

What are the hours of PAX?

Friday, Aug 30th - 10am - 12am
Saturday, Aug 31st - 10am - 12am
Sunday, Sep 1st - 10am - 12am
Monday, Sep 2nd - 10am - 6pm
Friday, Aug 30th - 10am - 6pm
Saturday, Aug 31st - 10am - 6pm
Sunday, Sep 1st - 10am - 6pm
Monday, Sep 2nd -10am - 6pm

What does BYOC stand for?
Bring Your Own Computer. This is a large LAN party within PAX! So bring your gaming computer and get playing!
Hint! Follow @Prime_BYOC for updates on the BYOC room AND for updates when passes go on sale! These sell out quick!

I bought a BYOC pass but now I don't want it! Where can I sell it??

You have two choices. BYOC passes are being mailed out along with regular passes. You can either give it to a friend or you can ask for a refund, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

What is the EXPO 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.

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 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, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

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 pax_questions@paxsite.com

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 accessible at PAX?
Maybe? WSCC may have free wifi available; however it’s been spotty at best in years past. We don’t recommended relying on WSCC wifi being available.

Are there iphone/android apps for pax?

Yes! There will be an official app announced a week or two before PAX. There are also many unofficial ones that pop up as well. Keep an eye on the forums for an App discussion thread.

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 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 pax_questions@paxsite.com

I'm lost, alone and terribly scared! What Do?

Help is never far! Marley cast your gaze upon the crowd and look for awesome people wearing these sweet blue shirts (They say ENFORCER on the back). They can direct you to where to go and provide any help you need.


I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?

if you just have an idea email pax_panels@paxsite.com 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 2012. Good luck!

Just how BIG is PAX?

Excellent question! this may be of interest to you. (Credit goes to @”dyaballikl”)

I was expecting to get my badge in the mail and all I received is this bobcat? Wut??


Bobcat is working as intended.

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    How early should I get in line each day?

    Getting in line is something that should be decided by YOU, so many of us can't tell you exactly when you should show up.
    However, I would recommend getting in line fairly shortly after the doors open. If not, then feel free to show up whenever you wake up.
    If you are the more social geek, I would highly recommend getting in line as soon as you can.
    The people are what make PAX, and there is no better way to meet/converse/trade pokemans with these people than being in line. Remember, you are all there showing your love for games in some way, shape or form, so feel free to strike up a conversation with the person next to you!
    However, if you end up befriending these people, I would highly suggest getting their contact info, as I have lost many potential friends this way, watching the people I just spent 3 hours with in line fade off into the crowd of gamers.

    NOTE: doors to the building don't open until 8am!

    My Gods! The Lines! The Crowded Crowded Lines! What do I do about the Lines?

    Whichever venue PAX is in, on whatever coast in whosoever dimension, Crowding is almost omnipresent. Recent PAXes have sold out weeks in advance, and the various convention centers have been unable to contain their awesomeness in a roomy manner. There are lines for almost everything, including lines in order to get into lines (I'm talking to you, Merch line PAX East). There is little you can do to avoid them.

    Neither is there a hard and fast rule for when you need to get in line for a panel or event, as it depends on demand for the individual panel, as well as what day of the Con it's on, what's going on at the same time, and whether Wil Wheaton is involved in any way. For most Panels an hour beforehand is quite sufficient, and you might be able to get away with 30 minutes, if you're lucky. The Make A Strip Panel, any Wil Wheaton Panel, and Scott Kurtz are likely to require a little more time. If you want to get into the keynote on Friday, you'll need to arrive at the convention center when it opens at 8:00am, and go straight to the Main Theatre line up.

    Advice for surviving the lines
    • Relax - Lines happen. Getting angry, impatient or upset will not make them go away. Before you line up, decide whether spending this time is worth it, and then simply go with it. Take the time to plan the rest of your day, read the forums or, better yet, refer to the bottom entry in this list.
    • Follow @PAX_Lines on twitter!! This feed updates constantly about how full lines are around the convention.
    • Plan Ahead and Prioritise - Unfortunately there is no chance that any one person can experience everything PAX has to offer, and any five people would have their work cut out for them. When you're looking at which panels or events to go to, choose a few select things you absolutely can't miss and spend the time in line to make sure you get in. When looking at the timetable try to mentally add queue times to the beginning of each session, to get a more realistic idea of what you can and can't see.
    • Queue Responsibly - Don't impede walkways. If an enforcer asks you to move, he's not taking away your place in line, just trying to consolidate it into something more manageable and less in the way.
    • Get comfortable - If sitting on a hard surface or standing for extended periods of time causes you discomfort, you might want to consider bringing a cushion or a collapsible chair to sit on == is this actually allowed? ==. Unfortunately, chairs or beanbags can't be provided because they would hamper evacuation in the event of fire.
    • I need to pee - That's not a problem. Just ask your friendly line neighbour to hold your place, and go. Try not to leave it until the doors open, and DO NOT open your DS or check your Facebook whilst enthroned. If you want to be super prepared, check to see where the nearest restroom is before you get in line, and visit it before you settle down to wait. Also, don't dehydrate yourself just in order to hold your place in line.
    • Enjoy the lines - Seriously. There are few places in the world where the next random person standing next to you is likely to be friendly, and instantly grok your rim-shot Monty Python reference, Trade you that last Pokemon, or finally explain THAC0 to your satisfaction. Take your Magic deck, DS, Zombie Dice, Travel Catan and a bottle of water, and hang out with some interesting people for a while.

    There are of course some people who find it impossible to wait in line for any reason. If you have a medical condition which precludes lines, talk to the enforcers, who may well be able to accommodate you. If you are simply temperamentally unsuited to waiting, or don't want to take the time to do so, there are ways to enjoy yourself at PAX without waiting around. Many freeplay areas, especially Tabletop, can easily be navigated without having to wait at all, or with a simple sign-up sheet. Large portions of the expo halls also, and the Concerts have generally been accessible 20 minutes or so after the line has gone in. Play tests for the major developers are essentially impossible to get into You may need to sit or stand nearer to the back of the hall, but if you hate lines you probably aren't all that fond of mosh pits either. Not all the sessions fill up to capacity, especially later in the con. As long as you avoid the big ticket sessions, and are prepared for disappointment, you may simply be able to ask the enforcers on the door if there is any space inside.

    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.

    Is it true that PAX Prime is SO BIG now that some lines are OUTSIDE??!?

    Yes. Last Prime had the Paramount theatre as its main theatre and had to use the road beside the theatres as it’s queue “room.” This means there is the potential for waiting outside for a couple hours to see anything in the Main Theatre.
    Please PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Bring sun protection and rain protection. It may be summer, but this is Seattle. You never know what you’re going to get.

    I’m a nerd!! I don’t want to wait outside in the elements to see awesome things!! How can I see these things without going outside?

    Last PAX East and Prime, there was a satellite theatre inside the WSCC dedicated to streaming the events happening in the Main Theatre. You can always head over there!

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    I heard the concerts were loud. Is this true?

    Yes, and maybe. It's all relative, but the concerts can get pretty loud. It's a big space, with a lot of people, and everyone wants to be able to hear, right?

    Can you turn the volume down? It's hurting my ears!

    No, unfortunately, the volume cannot be turned down; the knobs on all the amps were taken off by sneaky Rock Gremlins. If you think that volume might be an issue, we suggest this time-tested concert junkie trick: bring a set of earplugs to help muffle the sound. Convenient personal sound dampening, available in several fun colors! Make sure you get "musician's earplugs" or "high-fidelity earplugs". These are earplugs with channels in them that attenuate all frequencies equally. Basically, they just make everything you hear quieter, without changing how it sounds. These can be found on Amazon for about $10.

    How do the concerts work?

    Much like everything else at PAX, concerts are first come, first served. However, please don't attempt to line up for them more than a reasonable time prior to the start of the concerts. Ask an enforcer in the area where the concerts will be taking place and they can tell you when you will be allowed to start lining up.

    What happened to concert wristbands?

    Wristbands have been done away with in favour of the new first come first serve system.

    How Late do the concerts go?

    Concerts are scheduled to end around 2am, though sometimes they can run late.

    Where will the concerts be?!?

    At PAX Prime 2011 the Main Theatre was located in the Paramount Theatre, and likely will be located there again this year.
    Paramount Theatre Website

    What is the schedule for bands performing?

    To be determined. This will be updated as soon as this information becomes available.

    When should I show up to see performance X?

    The Main Theatre has a very high capacity during concerts, as well as a higher turnover than during panels. More often than not, you can simply walk right in. However, to be safer, for any given band, you should attempt to show up around a half an hour to an hour before they are scheduled to start (earlier if you want to be toward the front).

    What happens if the theatre fills up?

    We do take count of attendance, and new admission will be temporarily denied if the theatre is full. However, concerts tend to have high turnover, and new people will be allowed in on a roughly 25-out, 25-in schedule.

    Are there medical badge accommodations for concerts?

    Absolutely! Just like with any other panel, if you show up by around 15 minutes before the doors open, anyone with a medical badge will be allowed in early to find a seat.

    What is the policy on moshing?

    Please don’t do it. PAX concerts are intended to be a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone. Moshing is not fun for everyone, and puts people at risk. If any violent or aggressive behavior is witnessed in the crowd, you will be asked to stop by an Enforcer. Repeated action will result in a minimum of removal from the concerts. We simply ask that you control yourself and allow EVERYONE around you to have a good time!

    Is food allowed in the concerts?

    While food is not expressly prohibited, we ask that you use good sense and do not bring it into the crowded parts of the concert. Drinks (soda, water, etc.) are allowed, and are ok in the crowd, but please, if you bring food or drinks, do not leave them on the ground, especially in crowded areas. This often results in people tripping or slipping on them and potentially getting injured. As with anywhere else in PAX, alcohol is not permitted.

    What if I see something potentially hazardous or have other questions/concerns?

    This is the same at concerts as with anywhere else in PAX: talk to an Enforcer! Enforcers are friendly, and they are there to help and to do their best to make sure you have a great PAX experience.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    Merch Booth
    The PA merch booth has ITEM X that I really really really want. When should I get it?

    As soon as you can. Typically this means Friday morning on your way to the queue line. If what you want is guaranteed to be in limited supply (like the PAX East scarves, merch hats, or uncommonly sized tee shirts) get it first.

    What will be for sale at the official merch booth?
    The PA booth generally stocks a healthy supply of the books , the most popular tee shirts from the website in sizes S-4XL for men and S-2XL for babydoll, some other items limited items such as merch hats and select hoodies (hats are one size, hoodies are unisex sizes S-3XL), and of course the coveted, limited PAX-specific goodies such as tee shirts and/or scarves.

    Will there be a PAX exclusive item?

    Maybe. Follow @Official_PAX twitter and they may give sneak peeks!

    The merch line is longer than longcat! When will it die down?

    There may be a lull on Sunday afternoon, when much of the stock is depleted. Don't worry! The line moves quick and it's a good way to meet other people with pokewalkers/magic cards/beach balls/THAT THING YOU LIKE.

    Why is ITEM X sold out?! I really wanted it!

    A lot of other people wanted it too. Brian the Awesome Merch Master Guy does his best to estimate demand, but he is a genuine meat human. If you really want ITEM X, buy it early and don't wait until the end of the show. If it is not PAX-specific, you can probably find it on the PA Merch website. Last PAX East, when the merch booth ran out of scarves, they implemented an online order system on site. The same MIGHT happen again, but no guarantees.

    I waited in line for a half hour and NOW you're telling me you don't have ITEM X? Sad Boosh.

    This happens sometimes. It could be it sold out while you were waiting in line. It might have been the guy in front of you. It might have been 10 minutes after opening on Friday (in which case there will hopefully be a sign posted). Don't fret. There is plenty of other stuff for you to get. Think ahead and have a Plan B of How To Spend Your Money.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    When do I sign up for tournaments?

    Tournament registration is Friday or Day of. Look out for each departments Tournament thread for specific information. Get there early, most tournaments fill up within an hour or two of PAX opening.
    Hint! Follow @PAX_tourney for more tournament information!

    Will x tournament or event be happening at PAX?

    Possibly, announcements will be made about 4 weeks prior to PAX. Keep an eye on the forums for details! each department that does tournaments will make it's own post.

    What is the Omegathon?

    The Omegathon is a grueling test of "skill" in which 20 randomly selected pre-registered attendees will battle for an amazing prize, in past years, this prize has been an all expenses paid trip to the Tokyo Games Show in JAPAN. They mostly make them play crazy games like Mario Kart, Bananagrams, and Operation for your own amusement. If you are not selected to be an Omeganaut, it's still a lot of fun watching and enjoying their torment!

    How do I become an Omeganaut?

    Just check the button that says, "I want to be considered to be an Omeganaut" when you pre-register. Then you just have to hope you are one of the lucky people to get the call. Please NOTE: if you do not get a phone call from Mike or Jerry asking you to be an Omeganaut, then you are not an Omeganaut. There are only 20 for PAX Prime!

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    Should I Bring my Children to PAX?

    PAX is open to all ages, and many parents choose to bring their children and infants, but before you haul little Timmy and Amanda down to the showfloor, a few things to consider:

    - PAX is LOUD. Little ears tend to be sensitive, so take this into consideration if your child doesn't like noisy environments.

    - PAX is CROWDED. People don't tend to look down; be prepared to keep the little ones from being stepped on if they're on the shorter side. This is true of any crowd situation, not just PAX. You will need to be aware of all people at all times. Also, per the preregistration site (Interactive Ticketing), "Strollers are not permitted on the show floor at any time". Perhaps try a front pack?

    - PAX breeds GERMS. Again, true of all crowded/convention situations. PAX Prime '09 saw a fairly large outbreak of H1N1 and other flu strains; keep this in mind before exposing any little ones that might be in concern catagories for illness.

    - PAX is full of SWEARING. The typical demographic of PAX, while fairly diverse, does contain a large number of younger people with a tendency swear. Profusely. About everything. If language is a concern for you, be aware that epithets are a time-honoured PAX tradition, and will be overheard everywhere.

    - PAX is FREE for kids 6 and Under. Conversely, PAX is FULL PRICE for kids 7 and older. So, budget accordingly.

    Now, taking everything into consideration, it's up to you! A little planning ahead and your kids can have just as much fun at PAX as everyone else! Just be aware what hurdles there may be, and prepare appropriately!

    I'm under 18. Will I be able to get into a panel for/play the demo of <insert M-Rated game here>?

    It is convention wide policy to follow the ESRB ratings, even if your parents are present. Be aware that some exhibitors may ask you for your ID.
    It should also be noted that there is no way for a minor's guardian to allow the minor to play/view M-Rated content without the guardian physically present for the content; there is no "permission form" or similar thing available. Also, some exhibitors might still not allow minors to view their M-Rated content with the guardian present.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    What should I bring with me to PAX?
    CatBoy wrote:
    I better get this in just so everyone is kinda prepared and in the know of what to bring to PAX or any con that may come their way. (I'm sorry for the huge post, but a lot of people don't know what to bring.)

    The Top Twenty Items Forgotten by Convention Attendees Checklist

    1. Personal Towel (We know the hotel provides them, but if you're sharing a room with several people, this guarantees you your very own towel. Also, if you plan on using a lot of makeup for a costume or dying your hair *and* use hotel towels, you will be charged a hefty fee for damaging hotel property. Please bring your own towels if you plan to do this.) You may also dip the ends in liquid vitamins and suck on the corners when needed.

    * A pretty cool tip involving this is bringing a small clothespin with your name on it to attach to your towel so people can differentiate between yours and theirs. In fact, bring a couple, so you can share with people.

    2. Shampoo and Conditioner (Again, the hotel provides these, but the bottles are quite small. Bringing your own ensures you will have some, especially if you use a lot of shampoo or have long hair.)

    3. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (You'd be amazed at what going three days without brushing tastes like. Gross.)

    4. Deodorant (If you don't bring and use this, don't be surprised when people start edging away from you in packed rooms and theaters. Don't forget the strange looks and cringed noses you'll begin to see.)

    5. Razor and Shaving Cream/Gel

    6. Comb and/or Hairbrush (some people do use both. You'd be surprised.)

    7. One shirt for each day of the convention, plus an extra. (3 days = 4 shirts)

    8. Pants (Same number as shirts.)

    9. Underwear (3 sets, plus an extra.)

    10. Socks (One pair per day plus an extra pair.)

    11. Swimsuit (You never know.)

    12. Jacket or warm sweater

    13. Shoes (If you plan on spending a lot of time dancing or on your feet, make sure you have comfortable shoes with you. Your feet will hurt if you don't have comfy shoes to at least change into.)

    14. Any prescribed medication (Make sure to tell your traveling companions/roommates about any medical needs you may have.)

    15. Tylenol/Aspirin/etc

    16. Photo ID / Driver's License / Checkbook / Car keys

    17. A phone card (Not only is this cheaper than having calls charged to your hotel room, but having several people using one phone can lead to billing confusion with long distance calls. Bring a phone card so you can let your parents/significant other know you made it to the con safely.)

    18. An extra pillow and blanket if several people are staying in your room.

    19. Some non-perishable food from a supermarket (Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels and bottled water or juice. While there are a lot of restaurants close by, this is an easy way to save money. In addition, you'll be able to have your midnight snack without leaving your room.)

    20. Your best public manners. (You'd be surprised how many people forget to bring these along.)

    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's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies *cough*nVidia*cough*

    I'm flying to PAX, how soon should I book my flight?

    6-8 weeks before your date of travel seem to be the "sweet spot" of prices. However, keep an eye on prices with sites like http://www.kayak.com/ and you can figure out the best price for your flight from there.

    Is it safe to put your DESKTOP PC into an airplane? Can you check it with your airline carrier and see it in once piece at it's destination? Can you ship it to your hotel safely and timely? What other alternatives are there?

    The safest way is driving it and bringing it with you. The next safest is taking it and having it professionally packed, lots of Styrofoam and bubble wrap and shipping it one of the quicker (2-3 day) options as opposed to the 6 day or so ground transport. The absolute worst way is on an airplane. First, it's going to cost you since just about everyone is charging for bags now, second, chances are TSA is going to open whatever you have it carefully packaged in and third, baggage handlers hate you.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    What Hotels are available for booking?
    At this time, Unknown! Once hotel registration is live, this will be updated

    How do I get the PAX discount on my hotel room?
    All information on hotels offering a PAX discount will be available at PAX Hotel Site
    All pricing given is per night

    How much do the hotels cost?
    Until the hotel website goes live, we don't know. However in the past hotel prices have ranged from $150-$200 per night. If you are driving to Seattle, be aware that hotels will charge you for parking. This ranges from $30-$50 a night.

    What days can you book for at the discounted rate?
    Thursday Check-in - Monday Check-Out (note: Thursday night and Sunday night discount rooms are more limited)

    Do they charge my credit card when I reserve my room?

    It depends on the hotel; most only use your credit card to hold the room. When you check in, they put a hold on the card you present them at that time for the amount of your stay and when you check out they charge that, plus any billable charges (phone calls, pay per view, room service) to your card at that time. Some hotels have started requiring a deposit equal to one night's stay. If this is the case, it should be clearly noted on the hotel's website.

    How far away are the hotels from the convention center?
    *To be updated once hotel list goes live*

    How many people can stay in one hotel room?

    Most hotels allow four, however be aware when you reserve a room with four people per room, they tack on an additional charge. The Sheraton will charge for every key over 2 per room that you ask for.

    When/where should I book my hotel

    As soon as at PAX hotel site opens registration. Sooner the Better! Watch the forums & @offical_pax for when this happens.

    X Hotel's website says the PAX rate is sold out for date x. What does this mean?

    This means that the hotel will not honour the PAX rate for date x. If you're having trouble with the website, call the hotel.

    What time is check in at these hotels?

    Most hotels have check in at around 3pm. If you're going to be arriving in town later in the evening or at night, be sure to let the hotel know when you make your reservation. If you are arriving early, most hotels will hold your luggage if you want to see the city before check-in time

    I want to find people to share my hotel room, or find people to room with! what should I do?

    Once Hotel Registration goes live, a “Room Share” Thread will be posted.

    Is there any way for me to confirm that the Hotel got my booking and it’s correct?

    Yes! About 2 weeks before PAX, the hotel booking service On Peak will transfer its bookings to the Hotels. Once that’s done you can call the hotel directly and confirm your reservation. This is highly recommended as sometimes OnPeak makes mistakes and it’s better to correct these a couple weeks before PAX vs the day you try to check in.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    Downtown Seattle

    Oh God, I can't leave! I might miss something important! But, what is this land you call... this land?!

    Everybody coming to Seattle may not necessarily be a resident. Don't be afraid to take time away from the convention with your newfound friends, check out a restaurant or two, poke down to whatever sites of local interest there are - look into joining one of the community gatherings, it may take you into the city to find things you wouldn't know about otherwise.

    What's the weather like in Seattle during PAX?

    The weather's been great for every single PAX. (subject to interpretation)
    In late August, expect temperatures of mid-to-high 50's (only late at night of course) to the mid 70's.
    or, 10C to 28C for the rest of the world. :P

    Is there any free parking downtown?

    No, parking costs money downtown.

    How much does it cost to park?
    Parking is $25+ per day. If you're flying in, take the light rail from the airport, don't bother renting a car. You won't need it unless you want to leave downtown. If you want to avoid valet parking (and limited access to your vehicle), the WSCTC parking lot is right across the street from the Sheraton.

    Where can I get something to eat in downtown Seattle?

    Practically everywhere, there are two malls and Pike Place Market all within walking distance of the Convention Center and Hotels. Keep your eyes to the forum too, as there are typically a restaurant guide thread and a Seattle area info thread.

    I hear there's a Gameworks near the WSCTC, what's a Gameworks?

    Gameworks is a 2-story arcade with full restaurant and bar on the upper floor. Arcade games from all eras, including a section to win tickets and redeem them for cheezy prizes. The food is pretty good, but the service can suck sometimes. The bar is a bar. It has booze. It's also in a more separate section of the upper floor that's roped off for 21+, but still has a kickass view of the whole facility.

    Where do the parties happen?

    Hotel Rooms (and a few industry sponsored parties at local establishments)

    Is there an age limit on the parties?
    21+ unless there's no alcohol involved

    How hard is it to get around downtown Seattle? Will I need a car?

    Most of anything you will need is located within walking distance of the PAX hotels and convention center. You will only need a car if you plan on traveling outside of downtown (so probably not at all)

    If I want to leave downtown, how do I find my way around on the Transit System?

    One Bus Away is a fancy multi platform tool that can help you choose the best way to get from where you are to where you want to go. Check it out!

    What are some good places to drink beer with lots of people in Seattle that are near the Convention Center?

    Pike Place Brewery (Great beer, lots of space, good snacks), Taphouse Grill (Huge selection, decent space, interesting snacks), Rock Bottom (decent beer, decent space, decent snacks)

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular

    I'm above the average age of 26 by a decade or more. Will I be the oldest person there?

    No, plenty of the older gaming crowd come out to enjoy PAX as well. You are not alone. PAX is geeks reveling in geekery. Age wasn't much of a concern.

    PAX was awesome! I want to see everything next year! Should I apply to be an Enforcer?

    Even if an open call for Enforcers for Prime '12 does happen, Enforcing means that you are likely to see less, not more, of PAX. When considering becoming an Enforcer it's very important to remember that you go from attending PAX for fun to attending PAX for work, and that has certain implications. Rule #2 of Enforcing is: PAX Is Not For Us - it's for Attendees. (Rule #1, of course, is 'Don't be a Dick'.) If you want to see the maximum number of things at PAX, you should consider returning as an Attendee instead of applying to be an Enforcer. That being said, the below picture is 100% true.

    Should I buy a Nintendo DS/bring my DS to PAX?

    Is anybody going to be doing anything before PAX opens/after PAX closes or ends?

    Yes, there will be tons of stuff going on, keep an eye on threads in this forum to find awesome stuff to do with other PAX-goers.

    A bunch of people are getting together at an area bar, but I'm under 21. Will I still be able to go and hang out if I'm not drinking?
    No, bars in Seattle are pretty strict. If you're not 21+, it's a safe bet they won't let you in.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    PAX Costume Weapons policy
    AaronC wrote: »
    Hello everyone, AirWolf (aka AaronC) here with an update to the PAX Costume Weapons policy and information on how to get your costume weapons checked at Prime 2012

    The TL:DR version of the weapons policy is that bats, wooden swords and other objects that can be used to bludgeon are no longer restricted. Things that shoot, airsoft and things that are sharp or pierce are not allowed.

    Simply put, we trust that people aren't going to be intentionally hitting each other and that a ban on those items didn't serve its purpose.

    The official policy is (and will eventually be posted on the FAQ):


    - It fires or can fire any sort of projectile. {Nerf guns are only allowed if they have been deactivated and can not fire)

    - It is airsoft, even if deactivated

    - It looks like a real firearm at "second glance." (Yes, even if it's a kid's toy.)

    - It's sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. This includes all real swords, daggers and knives. It also includes ceramic blades, needles, syringes and anything that can pierce such as a Little Sister syringe made of wood.

    Please note the last, Little Sister syringes that are made of wood are not allowed because you can accidentally poke someone, especially in the Expo hall. If the syringe part is made of rubber instead it would be totally acceptable.

    The method of checking will be a booth (location TBA) which will be staffed by from 1 hour prior to the show to the close of Expo Hall. All attendees who have costume weapons will directed there. The Security Management Team will also be checking the exterior line and the expo line before the doors open to alleviate any delay for people who show up before the show opens.

    Anyone who has a costume weapon needs to be verified even if its an allowed costume weapon.

    Attendees who weapons are allowed will have one or two methods to show that they have been checked and Ok'd. Any Enforcer can check to see if the costume weapons have been checked.

    If an attendee's weapon is ok they will either get a zip tie (color TBA) placed on the weapon and/or a sticker on the back of their badge with a short description of the item and the name of the Enforcer who checked it.

    If there are any questions, please feel free to ask them here.


    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular

    I just bought a pass on craigslist / ebay, how do I know if it's legit?

    This really won't apply until after PAX PRIME passes sell out, but I wanted to put this out there anyways. If you purchase your pass from a second hand source, you are putting yourself at risk of purchasing a counterfeit pass. Second hand sources also include this forum, which is why there will no longer be any pass selling or buying here.

    Please be aware that there may/will be repercussions for attempting to sell or buy badges on the forums.

    Please remember, buying a pass from anybody except Penny-Arcade means you are potentially buying a counterfeit pass which can be confiscated and you will be asked to leave the show.

    Last PAX East, there was a Badge Checking Station so you could check the badge before purchasing while AT PAX. However, this won't help you much if you've already paid for the badge and it is counterfeit.


    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
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    ramen215ramen215 Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    I'd like to be the first to say that I'm pumped for next year already :D

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    jadester343jadester343 Registered User regular
    edited October 2012
    anyone have a rough estimate of when it will be next year? Around the same time? End of august till sept? just planning ahead for the event, i also heard from Gabe and Tyco it might be 4 days long !? anyone got anything for meh?

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    vidvid Hot Dog Wizard PDXRegistered User regular
    edited October 2012
    Yep, PAX Prime is officially a four day long event! And if they hold to the schedule that's been going since 2004, the event will occur on the last weekend of August or the first weekend of September. It's not too early to start making plans and counting the days!

    Edit: Did some research, it seems like the dates are August 30th through September 2nd.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    anyone have a rough estimate of when it will be next year? Around the same time? End of august till sept? just planning ahead for the event, i also heard from Gabe and Tyco it might be 4 days long !? anyone got anything for meh?

    I merged your thread into the FAQ, which has the dates in the OP... Also it was confirmed that it would be 4 days, that wasn't a rumor.

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    ZurgettiZurgetti Librarian WARegistered User regular
    Why bring a computer to con? Why bring a DS or similar hand held?

    How significant are the hotel discounts on average?

    How close do the hotels tend to be to the convention center? Does the convention center itself have any rooms for guests to check out for this event, instead of going to a hotel?

    About how much should the average person budget for con, not counting travel expenses required to get to con? (Badge costs, hotels, food [will there be free food included in the badge cost?] fees, etc.) What is a good target amount of money to aim for?

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Computer - Well, there's a pretty good sized BYOC room, so it's like having a giant LAN party on top of your PAX
    Handheld - Kill time in lines, play with random folks
    Hotels - Expect ~$200/night after taxes for a quad-occupancy room. Almost all of the PAX hotels are within a half mile of the convention center. 2 are literally a block away. The convention center doesn't have any lodging.
    Budget - Expect $40/day for badges (no clue what the fee structure for badges will be shifting to a 4-day PAX), $30/day for food, hotel depends entirely on what size room and how many people you're splitting with.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    There is no food included in the badge cost, and I think that the $30/day for food is cutting it pretty short. I guess it depends on whether you're planning on eating the minimum amount to sustain your body or if you plan on having one or two decent meals during the day.

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Yeah, my food budget might be skewed a bit by my Enforcer committments and the fact that I usually don't eat breakfast. Point is, food is another line item you need to account for.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    There is no food included in the badge cost, and I think that the $30/day for food is cutting it pretty short. I guess it depends on whether you're planning on eating the minimum amount to sustain your body or if you plan on having one or two decent meals during the day.

    $30 a day is pretty doable, if you're thrifty. $40 is perhaps safer. There are plenty of places nearby that don't cost $texas for a decent meal. Hell, you can get a full roll (which is to say two half-rolls), edamame, and a beer at Blue C for like $10 if you hit happy hour, provided you're old enough to sit at the bar. Lunch up at Pac Place (top floor sit-down restaurants) should run less than $20, with tip...$15 if you don't get a drink. Figure breakfast can be something from Starbuck's or Subway or whatever. I got a pretty decent gyro and salad up at the Westlake (on Than's recommendation) food court for like $10. There are just so many options across the price spectrum that what you spend to eat is largely a function of your personal preference.

    But yes, it has to be part of your budget. But the thing to remember is that you'd have been eating those days anyway, so the additional expense may not need to be that much.

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    byakuenbyakuen Somewhere in SeattleRegistered User regular
    For the most part, people will be staying within the Downtown area during Pax's activities. Walking about town to visit the Seattle Art Museum or to Seattle Center and checking out the Space Needle and the EMP or hitting up the ferries (around sunset is awesome) to check out other towns such as Bainbridge Island or Bremerton.

    Reminder: the Free Ride Area within Downtown Seattle is no longer available. So if you wish to use the bus system, be sure to have cash on hand or an Orca Card.

    Now, if you are planning to visit places such as Mt Rainier or Mt Saint Helen, you may want to rent a vehicle for the day (since it's far south of the city).

    My suggestion would be to rent from the airport's hub of rental companies and not in the city. You just need to hop on the Central Link Light Rail ($2.75) from Westlake Station or University Station to Seatac Airport. This way, you don't have to fight down traffic (which really blows).

    ALSO!!! If you plan to rent a car..... BEWARE of additional insurance they try to get you to buy. Check with your personal insurance company before buying to see if they have you covered.

    ♥ Properly Pleased Participant of Past PAX PrimeWest: '10, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16
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    CuvisTheConquerorCuvisTheConqueror They always say "yee haw" but they never ask "haw yee?" Registered User regular
    edited October 2012
    I found $30/day to be very doable for food last year. Then again, I pretty much lived on Subway, Tacos Del Mar, and egg sandwiches from the Sheraton's grab-and-go. The crepe place in front of the convention center is good and relatively inexpensive too, as is Cyber Dogs (which is on the way from the convention center to the theater -- also highly recommended for the fact that they have a Ms. Pac Man cocktail cabinet). But yeah, probably safer to budget $40/day to account for possible snacks and beverages.

    Also remember to budget for incidentals. Always better to have a few bucks for emergency needs than to find that, for example, you destroyed your throat screaming for an Amazon gift card at Capcom's booth and need to skip lunch to buy throat lozenges. (On the plus side, the Capcom rep was very impressed with my throaty roar -- sadly, I didn't end up winning the gift card)

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    mr.Dobalinamr.Dobalina Give me your Metal Gear Solid things, please. SeattleRegistered User new member
    So, I'm totally new to this...and I'm bummed as hell I missed Hideo Kojima last year...so I'm gonna try and be active and hopefully see him this year if he is even coming...can anyone tell me if they met him or what it is like to even try and meet someone that famous? And when do they typically announce the tickets? I know this stuff sells out insanely fast, so I gotta be on top of it. Thanks for any information.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Passes usually go on sale about a month after PAX East.

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    mr.Dobalinamr.Dobalina Give me your Metal Gear Solid things, please. SeattleRegistered User new member
    zerzhul wrote: »
    Passes usually go on sale about a month after PAX East.

    Awesome! Thanks for the general time frame. I'll definitely be checking obsessively.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    zerzhul wrote: »
    Passes usually go on sale about a month after PAX East.

    Awesome! Thanks for the general time frame. I'll definitely be checking obsessively.

    To know 100% for sure, follow http://twitter.com/official_pax

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    IncrediblestanIncrediblestan Tacoma, WashingtonRegistered User new member
    What type of games do they play at the BYOC?

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    deidara_senpaideidara_senpai Registered User new member
    Ok well i have a question .-.
    Soooo, for my birthday 13th my older brother (16) wanted to take me to PAX in seattle. So i was just wondering is he old enough to be my guardian and take me without my parents going. I mean he has a drivers licence and could drive me there with him, he also wanted to bring his friend (also 16) so all i was wondering is would he be old enough to go alone and take me with him as my guardian? And also is he old enough to rent a hotel there? Cuz he wants to do that too also.

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    deidara_senpaideidara_senpai Registered User new member
    Ok, so dont bash on me ok? Im a noob when it comes to this whole website. So i was checking out the PAX prime seattle website (http://prime.paxsite.com/) and it said that the Seattle con had already past... so i was wondering is there gonna be one in 2013??! I really hope so because my older brother was all hyped to take me D:

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Labor Day weekend, just like it's always been (except for '11 because another con has a standing reservation for the WSCC every 7 years).

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    The only age-restrictions at PAX are vendor demos, and those should be clearly marked before you waste too much time in line.

    Renting a hotel though you're probably SOL, as minimum age for check-in is either 18 (Sheraton) or 21 (Hyatt).

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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    TopWargamerTopWargamer Registered User regular
    For PAX Prime 2013 i'm going to bring my camera with me to record the panels I attend. I want to keep the camera steady and have a good view...a tripod would easily provide both.

    So are tripods allowed at PAX?

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    For PAX Prime 2013 i'm going to bring my camera with me to record the panels I attend. I want to keep the camera steady and have a good view...a tripod would easily provide both.

    So are tripods allowed at PAX?

    I have seen folks using tripods at PAX, however I am not sure if, during panels, they are allowed for "non-media"

    This might be a good thing to poke pax_questions@paxsite.com about. I think for outside of panels, they're likely fine as long as you aren't blocking anything or creating a hazard.

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    TehSpectreTehSpectre Registered User regular
    edited January 2013
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    CuvisTheConquerorCuvisTheConqueror They always say "yee haw" but they never ask "haw yee?" Registered User regular
    The anticipation is killing me. I keep wanting to buy my badge now now now, especially since I didn't get it last year...

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    hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Issaquah, WARegistered User regular
    Will there be a 4-day badge?

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Will there be a 4-day badge?

    It is unknown at this time what the new badge structure will be like for prime.

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    CodeMonkey76CodeMonkey76 Software Developer Orem, UTRegistered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    For PAX Prime 2013 i'm going to bring my camera with me to record the panels I attend. I want to keep the camera steady and have a good view...a tripod would easily provide both.

    So are tripods allowed at PAX?

    I have seen folks using tripods at PAX, however I am not sure if, during panels, they are allowed for "non-media"

    This might be a good thing to poke pax_questions@paxsite.com about. I think for outside of panels, they're likely fine as long as you aren't blocking anything or creating a hazard.
    One year I took a camera. I found a monopod easier to manage, as it folds up smaller and can be used just about anywhere without needing the extra floor space a tripod needs.

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    VianethVianeth Registered User regular
    Im researching hotels for Prime 2013, some of the hotels a block away don't have dates available for online reservations. Should I wait until 'pax hotel' registration goes live, or reserve my hotel before all the good hotels sell out?

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Wait for the PAX hotel registration. You're seeing rooms blocked because PA already reserved them for this.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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