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Pinny Arcade

ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
seeing as this Pax East will probably be the debut of pinny arcade outside of the Merch pin from the Xmas sale, is anyone here planing any Pinny meet-ups?

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  • miker525miker525 New YorkRegistered User regular
    woah woah woah what in the world is pinny arcade!?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    It's "pin" trading. Apparently it's a "thing" at disney or whatever. PA will be producing some custom pins and pax specific pins to get. I honestly don't understand how it works or what the interest is, but that's what I know.

  • ishtraishtra Long IslandRegistered User regular
    Ooh i love this! We collect pins from places we go and I was sad that I'd have to modify a ginormous patch to stick with our theme. Yay!

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    It's "pin" trading. Apparently it's a "thing" at disney or whatever. PA will be producing some custom pins and pax specific pins to get. I honestly don't understand how it works or what the interest is, but that's what I know.


    A "thing" is putting it lightly. And it works just like anything else you might collect. Come on now.

    Anyone get the Merch pin during the holiday sale? I did. I can't wait to get more at PAX.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    redfield85 wrote: »
    zerzhul wrote: »
    It's "pin" trading. Apparently it's a "thing" at disney or whatever. PA will be producing some custom pins and pax specific pins to get. I honestly don't understand how it works or what the interest is, but that's what I know.


    A "thing" is putting it lightly. And it works just like anything else you might collect. Come on now.

    Anyone get the Merch pin during the holiday sale? I did. I can't wait to get more at PAX.

    I wasn't being coy, I honestly have no clue what it's about. I've heard it's a "thing" but I had never seen or heard of it before the PA posts about it.

  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    what it is is that PA will make collectors pins that you can only get in limited number, at a limited time, in a limited place, and then they will never be sold/given away again, so the only way you can get them is by trading with other people. over time there maybe 100s or 1000s made and some will become super rare. its for people who like collecting and trading things. think of it like trading cards or anything else. the first one was released as a bonus if you spent 90 bucks or more on the xmas sale this year. i am excited about this idea, but not 90 bucks for one pin excited so i didnt get it lol

    im thinking of making a sash to go with my lookouts cosplay to start collecting the pins on. im trusting PA not to make all the pins cost a ton. if thats the case i will probably not bother playing along.

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  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    also, for those who dont know what it is, this is the post about it.

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/2012/10/23/pinny-arcade

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  • KhaytorKhaytor MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    I just placed my order for 200 custom pins that read "I Impressed a Random Guy at PAX East 2013". Myself and 2 or 3 other people will be at PAX East all 3 days and will be handing these out to people who impress us! We may offer you a pin because of your cosplay or some other random reason, or you can approach us and impress us with something, weather it's a random fact, some kind of "thing you do" (i.e. magic trick or something), or just make something up and if we believe you, you get a pin! Ourselves and the pins are in no way associated with any official PAX endeavor. We're doing this for fun and making no money (actually losing money because we paid out of pocket for these). See you at PAX!
    -K

  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    Am I the only one who thinks that Pinny Arcade sounds like it's just buttoneering at the PA level?

    @Khaytor, check out this thread.

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  • miker525miker525 New YorkRegistered User regular
    what it is is that PA will make collectors pins that you can only get in limited number, at a limited time, in a limited place, and then they will never be sold/given away again, so the only way you can get them is by trading with other people. over time there maybe 100s or 1000s made and some will become super rare. its for people who like collecting and trading things. think of it like trading cards or anything else. the first one was released as a bonus if you spent 90 bucks or more on the xmas sale this year. i am excited about this idea, but not 90 bucks for one pin excited so i didnt get it lol

    im thinking of making a sash to go with my lookouts cosplay to start collecting the pins on. im trusting PA not to make all the pins cost a ton. if thats the case i will probably not bother playing along.

    sounds pretty sweet....i do love collecting things...

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  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    Am I the only one who thinks that Pinny Arcade sounds like it's just buttoneering at the PA level?

    Mike got the idea for this quite a while ago and hinted at it for a long time before posting and making it official. its based on the thing they do at disney, thats all i know. that and it totally hits me in my collector heart.

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  • JarretttheguyJarretttheguy Registered User regular
    oh I love pin trading. . .

    damn you Penny Arcade! Knowing my weakness!!

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  • AngrypastaAngrypasta Registered User regular
    I might buy one if they are reasonably priced. I wasn't really willing to spend the 90 dollars on merch for the Merch pin during Christmas time, hopefully the ones at PAX will require less of a financial commitment.

  • macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    How PA will handle it remains to be seen. The way the disney pin thing works, is there are certain pins you can buy a merch booths. Some are common, some are special event pins or seasonal ones or limited releases. To get started you usually buy a pack of 8 common ones with a lanyard to pin them to. Then you wear them to the park and trade them with the staff and other pin collectors. Some folks go with themes or specific characters, or try to complete sets. The staff at the park are obligated to trade with you at least 1x a day if you offer any official pin that they don't already have on their lanyard. The staff are issued pins that aren't available for sale...so to get them, you have to trade with a staffer or a collector who got them from a staffer.

  • jdixon1972jdixon1972 Registered User regular
    Yeh, this does sound good. I'd like to get in on this since I never did the cards at the previous pax easts. As stated above, however, please try to make obtaining the pins resonable. $90 at xmas time is a bit much.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    jdixon1972 wrote: »
    Yeh, this does sound good. I'd like to get in on this since I never did the cards at the previous pax easts. As stated above, however, please try to make obtaining the pins resonable. $90 at xmas time is a bit much.

    To be clear, this is not related to the forumer buttoneering in any way. The pins are Official Penny Arcade Merchandise. Nobody here can control the cost of any official PA merch item.

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    macrogeek wrote: »
    The staff at the park are obligated to trade with you at least 1x a day if you offer any official pin that they don't already have on their lanyard. The staff are issued pins that aren't available for sale...so to get them, you have to trade with a staffer or a collector who got them from a staffer.

    You can typically trade more than once with the same cast member. As long as you aren't hogging all their time or interfering with others who want to trade. All the pins on the cast member lanyards aren't special edition pins that you can't get anywhere else. Typically, it is filled with random ones that you can buy from anywhere. There is usually a "mystery pin" on the reverse side of the lanyard that no one can see (it might be common, it might be special). Sometimes you can get lucky and there will be some rare ones that either cast members or managers put on from their own personal stash.

    Pins at Disney range from like $5-6 for a regular single pin to $15 for limited edition/special occasion pins. Too bad I can't get a huge discount at Penny Arcade like I can for pins at Disney. Heh.

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  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    I think the merch pin was super expensive because it was meant to be a reward for spending so much. the guys at PA seem to be really stubborn when it comes to the idea that some people give you the money just for the reward (just look at the kickstarter rewards) so i'm betting buying a pin will be a lot cheaper. also, they probably wanted the merch pin to be super rare.

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Registered User regular
    Am I the only one who thinks that Pinny Arcade sounds like it's just buttoneering at the PA level?

    Mike got the idea for this quite a while ago and hinted at it for a long time before posting and making it official. its based on the thing they do at disney, thats all i know. that and it totally hits me in my collector heart.

    You should totally check out Buttoneering as well, since it's a community based collecting game. This is starting the sixth year doing it (first time at PAX East!) and it's been a lot of fun. I am so passionate about it because I love pin trading at Disney and during the Olympics.

    That being said, I don't think Pinny Arcade is necessarily stepping on the toes of Buttoneering because if it's anything like Disney trading, it's only for trading "official" pins, purchasable from PA, not for community made pins. It should still be a ton of fun, and with a much lower barrier to entry than Buttoneering, it'll likely be quite popular. There's actually been almost no info about it (including to us Enforcers), so I look forward to seeing how they're going to do it!

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Registered User regular
    And I took advantage of the AMA today to ask: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/17l0tx/i_am_mike_krahulik_i_draw_penny_arcade/c86hv8b

    Khoo chimed in with a little extra info, but basically it's "more info in March".

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  • AboutLastNightAboutLastNight Whitney Registered User regular
    jonxp wrote: »
    And I took advantage of the AMA today to ask: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/17l0tx/i_am_mike_krahulik_i_draw_penny_arcade/c86hv8b

    Khoo chimed in with a little extra info, but basically it's "more info in March".

    Ohhh this makes me very excited. Collecting pins sounds like a very fun hobby.

  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    i asked in that AMA how big Pinny Arcade would be at Pax East but he didnt answer. all i saw was him say it was debuting at Pax. I hope he didnt mean that nothing is happening with it at East and its only going to be at Prime.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Considering early March will be before PAX East, I think you can rest assured that it will happen at East. Usually when they just say "pax" they're talking about the next one.

  • TheAggroCraigTheAggroCraig Ultimate Lucky Douchebag MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    I'm wondering if this will be a PAX wide thing, where different developers can get pins and whatnot as well... god damn you Penny Arcade, I'll start prepping my money for this shit.

  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    Considering early March will be before PAX East, I think you can rest assured that it will happen at East. Usually when they just say "pax" they're talking about the next one.

    i will take your word on it and start prepping my lookouts style merit badge sash.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    If nothing else, you can use it for buttoneering :)

  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    i was considering using it for all kinds of PAX related swag. pins, buttons, patches. whatever u can attach to it.

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  • N13N13 Registered User regular
    i will take your word on it and start prepping my lookouts style merit badge sash.
    That's a really good idea. I'd love to see pics, if you don't mind sharing.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    One thing that makes a really amazing button/pin sash is the traditional PAX East Scarf.

  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    N13 wrote: »
    i will take your word on it and start prepping my lookouts style merit badge sash.
    That's a really good idea. I'd love to see pics, if you don't mind sharing.

    of course. it will be part of my Lookouts Cosplay so there will be many pictures. although idk how much stuff will be on it. it may take a few Paxes to collect enough stuff.

    zerzhul wrote: »
    One thing that makes a really amazing button/pin sash is the traditional PAX East Scarf.

    that is a good idea. I have my 2012 scarf but i want the sash to go with my cosplay so i will probably just buy an actual sash or make one. so far the ones i've found are far too small. probably because they are meant for children. :P

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  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    after doing some research into sashes and the actual boy scouts of america, it seems that the sash is seen as only a youth thing and adults are actually not allowed to wear them by scout rules. now i don't really care about those rules, specially since the Lookouts are imaginary scouts, but it explains why i cant find an adult sized sash. now if only i could sew.

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  • KiashienKiashien Medford, MARegistered User regular
    I'm not sure I like this...

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Kiashien wrote: »
    I'm not sure I like this...

    Why do you hate awesome things?!

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  • Crippl3Crippl3 oh noRegistered User regular
    Kiashien wrote: »
    I'm not sure I like this...

    Why not? It's pins. Everyone likes pins.

  • ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    i trust that the guys wouldn't exploit this the way it could be.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    I have the Merch one. It is quality stuff.

    If they have blind box sets at PAX I will lose my mind.

    Anyone have a good way to display pins in general? Like, around the house that is. I know there are pin boxes out there.

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  • KiashienKiashien Medford, MARegistered User regular
    Crippl3 wrote: »
    Kiashien wrote: »
    I'm not sure I like this...

    Why not? It's pins. Everyone likes pins.

    I do not generally like pins, actually. They put holes in clothing, or require specific clothing (Scarf, sash) that I am willing to sacrifice to holes.

    On top of that, it just doesn't seem the spirit of the whole thing... Have fun with fellow gamers.. or burn time trying to get pins.

    I dunno. I like the pins. I don't like that I have to give up actual gaming to go "earn" them by standing in line, or by constantly harassing people for them.

    I'm going to Disneyland in two weeks, maybe I'll change my mind from that experience. But generally... I don't think I like this. I'll withhold judgement until I actually experience it at East, but I don't see any logical reason that I'd like it.

    It isn't like I don't already have my cup runneth over at PAX- there's infinite things for me to do, and adding an arbitrary random thing doesn't really seem to help with that.

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  • KiashienKiashien Medford, MARegistered User regular
    redfield85 wrote: »
    Kiashien wrote: »
    I'm not sure I like this...

    Why do you hate awesome things?!


    I'd gladly love every last one of those either for free, or for a reasonable fee- I just don't want to burn time that could be used for gaming with awesome PAX people getting them. There's few situations that I can find a game of any kind any time for anything and love it. Or just talk about games to anyone I walk into.

    I don't hate the things. I hate the effort spent during what should be a vacation for me- Money is cheap. Time is not.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Well, the fact that these aren't free and you can probably just outright buy them puts a huge hole in your hate for them. You don't seem to understand the concept that is in place at Disney, but that isn't anyone's fault.

    Collecting pins is the same as collecting anything else. There is usually common stuff that you can buy, some blind boxes to take a chance on, and then some that are only available on/at certain events. You aren't going to be walking around, waiting in a line for them. That isn't what pins are all about.

    The fact that Mike grasped this whole concept from his trip to Disney just means that they are more than likely doing it in a similar fashion.

    And I don't understand "generally" not liking pins because they put holes in your clothes. You stated yourself that people typically get special things to put them on. Lanyards are what is typically used unless you get a pin book to put them in.

    There is no effort in collecting or trading pins besides what you put into it via money. Penny Arcade has seemingly taken a good concept from Disney and applied it to their own brand.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    There is zero reason to argue about this. Let's not.

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