This is for the METAL GEAR LINE!
Feel free to copy this code for your line (thanks to Lady Amalthea
The Metal Gear Line is the Gold doodle along the great lakes on the map below and services PAXers on the following route and those jumping on from the Mega Man, Donkey Kong, Lemmings, Pac-Man, Luigi Lines:
Note: Please let me know if you have a different time or station. Thanks!
The Metal Gear Line
Train: 448 Lake Shore Limited
: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI) - Boston, MA - South Station (BOS)
Departure Time/Date: Departs: 9:30 PM CST(10:30 EDT) Wed Mar 20 2013
Travel Time: 7h58m
South Bend, IN - March 20, 11:59P EDT
Elkhart, IN - March 21, 12:22A EDT
Waterloo, IN - March 21, 1:15A EDT
Bryan, OH - March 21, 1:40A EDT
Toledo, OH - March 21, 2:50A - 3:20A EDT
Sandusky, OH - March 21, 4:12A EDT
Elyria, OH - March 21, 4:51A EDT
Cleveland, OH - March 21, 5:35A-5:50A EDT
Erie, PA - March 21, 7:22A EDT
Buffalo-Depew, NY - March 21, 8:58A-9:08A EDT
Rochester, NY - March 21, 10:08A EDT
Syracuse, NY - March 21, 11:38A EDT
Utica, NY - March 21, 12:42P EDT
Schenectady, NY - March 21, 2:00P EDT
Albany-Rensselaer, NY - March 21, 2:50P EDT
Pittsfield, MA - March 21, 4:29P EDT
Springfield, MA - March 21, 5:48P-5:53P EDT
Worcester, MA - March 21, 6:57P EDT
Framingham, MA - March 21, 7:35P EDT
Boston, MA (Back Bay) - March 21, 9:03P EDT
: Boston, MA - South Station (BOS)
Arrival Date/Time: March 21, 9:10P EDT
What it is
For those of you just joining us, the PAX East Train Alliance (PAX ETA), or "PAXTrain" for short, is a coordinated effort for PAX-goers to ride the same train at the same time going to Boston for PAX East- both as an alternative to driving or flying, and to enjoy an intimate "mini-convention" while en-route. Obviously, it is impossible for EVERYBODY to be on the same train, so this is a coordinated effort to get as many people together as possible.
: When booking at amtrak.com, you may have to book each of your trains separately to get on the train that you want. Please take note of this when booking to ensure you end up on the same train as everybody else.
Why the train?
Why not? It's a blast. Spend some time getting to know fellow PAX attendees before the show. We don't care if you're new - this ain't no private party, and all people going to PAX are welcome. We invite you to join us! After taking the train, you'll have a bunch of friendly faces in the crowd at PAX.
How to get on the PAXTrain
Check the map and schedule below to find out what train is closes to you and when you should be on it. Then, buy your tickets through amtrak.com for the appropriate train on the appropriate time/day.
Stuff You Need
You'll need to be prepared to survive on PAXTrain. Following is a list of stuff you probably should bring if you want to have a liveable experience on the rails.
You are allowed to carry on two bags, and check three (if you board at a station that allows checked baggage). We suggest checking a suitcase for your PAX supplies and packing a separate carry on bag / backpack. This pack should contain personal effects and clothing, as well as everything else you think you'll need on the train.
Ear plugs and an eye mask. It is considered PAXTrain courtesy to be quiet in all coach areas, where people may be sleeping - but still, be prepared.
A toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, a comb, and if you need them, shaving razors and cream. No showers are provided for coach passengers, so if you're on the train for two days bring wipes or a sponge or something to wash the stank off in the bathroom sink the second day. Ignoring basic hygene highlights a disregard for your fellow gamers, who are great people who don't need to know what you smell like after two days without cleaning yourself in a cramped environment.
Snacks. There is a snack cart and a dining car, but it's not cheap. You can save some money if you bring some food and water with you.
Your meds. Nobody needs to see you off them.
We also recommend the following items:
A power strip. We plan on bringing power squids and some power strips, but there are never enough outlets.
A handheld system - a Nintendo DS is the preferred item for wireless gaming. A PSP is welcome but has more of a personal role rather than multiplaying with the cool kids.
Card games. Bring your Magic deck, your Fluxx deck, your Curses deck, your WoWTCG deck, your Pokemon deck, or shit, even a Sailor Moon TCG deck, I don't care. Bring it. If you have a silly game that's easy to learn bring it, We didn't Playtest This was a big train hit.
A book for pleasure reading. We advise everyone to take a break from train festivities to "regroup", and read a book or listen to music.
Headphones, preferably a pair of earbuds rather than studio headphones, but to each his own.
Cash. Dining with fellow PAXtrain goers is a good way to relax and get to know some people. Expect about one breakfast (from the snack cart), two lunches and two dinners with each trip (either from the snack cart or the dining car), each meal running about 10 dollars. Apart from that, bring spare cash for snacks or bring your own in your travel backpack.
Don't be a dick
Just don't. Play nice, children. And if you don't like someone, don't start shit.
Don't be an ass to the Amtrak staff
Train staffers are generally pretty cool and will let us do what we want with little explanation. Be nice to them, and if they tell you to do something, do it.
Don't be a loud prick
Other people may be sleeping in other cars. Or whatever. Noise discipline: Be quiet in the coach areas and sleeper cars, be polite in the dining cars and don't try to overrun areas during the day if other people are using it.
Don't be a freak to kids
When kids are around, mind your tongue. Pretend Mommy's right behind you. Don't give anyone a reason to complain about PAXTrain.
Don't get too hammered.
Public intoxication laws apply, even on a train.
To be added to the list copy/paste the text below and add in your info:
[B]Games You're Bringing:[/B]
Pax Prime 2014 checklist: Accommodations[x] Travel [x] Time Off [x] BYOC [not attending
Pax South 2015 checklist: Accommodations[x] Travel [x] Time Off [ ] BYOC [x]
Pax East 2015 checklist: Accommodations[ ] Travel [ ] Time Off [ ] BYOC [ ]