Sitting in a hotel, with PAX AUS 2013 now over, I have a chance to say something that really should be said.
Thank you to the coordinators who showed their expertise in convention management in ensuring a well-run convention. I've seen a fair few non-PAX cons before, but the organisation for PAX was outstanding above any other I've been to, a sentiment which I overheard many other attendees echhoing.
Thank you to the Enforcers who gave their time to provide helpful, friendly advice and guidance. You guys rocked. The crowds were managed very well, especially given the unique situation with inclement weather at times, a largely outdoor venue, and large flows of people. Also, those berets looked really cool. As did the kilts.
Thank you Gabe and Tycho for PAX. Without you guys, this wouldn't have existed. It's been a wild ride, and it was great to see you guys are as funny and likable in person as you are online.
And finally, thank you to the attendees. You guys were fantastic. The atmosphere was welcoming unlike almost any other con I've been to. It was like having thousands of friends, right there enjoying games with you.
Bring on PAX AUS 2014.
But unfortunately for me, I now have an obsession for collecting pins (which then lead to me being introduced to (and getting very interested in) Magic the gathering)
Special mention to the enforcers; every single one of them I encountered was friendly and efficient. The number of them that were around probably helped; I don't think I have ever seen any con here with so many staff on hand. You were all a delight and thank you for making PAX run smoothly, despite weather and encroaching masses of tired gamers.
The exact same thing has happened to me.
I went alone as my wife isn't much of a gamer but that didn't matter as I met some people in the line ups in and even in the mech store queue in the Big Tent on Friday morning. I had a ball!
Loved the Saturday crowds ball over the sign game while we all waited for the doors to open - Wonderful how good everyone was in the queuing rooms in the mornings
The Big Top seemed to be the better of all the venues onsite from my POV- was spaced out soo nicely.
The Expo hall was fun - Was it me or did a few more booths and a slight configuration change happen over night in there from Friday to Saturday?!?
Ok the only negative I have is the queuing for panels issue and the small theater setups but I think they'll know next year to fix this.
Kudos to all the Enforcers and PA Staff that made this happen in Melbourne and making it fun and enjoyable ..
I've only ever been to two conventions this and Supernova and I'm planning to return to PAX AU in 2014 for sure! I'm making the PAX AU site my homepage at work so I don't miss tickets when they get released
..Robert Khoo twitted: "For all you first timers at #paxaus, let me be the first to warn you: Tomorrow you will begin to suffer post pax depression. Sorry." this afternoon I have to say the post PAX blues have already hit me
next year I've going pin hunting and the QRing ...along the way - might be going solo again but with the people there I don't think I'm gonna be too lonely
I went with my son and best mate and spent the 3 days wandering around from hall to hall taking in everything. It was an experience that I wont be forgetting very quickly and one i know which will return next year in 2014.
I know there have been alot of gripes from people about venue size, queues, missing out on panels and the like, but i got to say as a whole it was very well run and and organised for the first time. Yes, there were some teething problems, but as its the inaugral first PAX Aus, it can only get better.
PAX Aus opened up a whole new word for gaming culture, bar maybe 1 or 2 incidents with disrespectful individuals, the people i met there were just incredible. I could be having a random conversation reliving the good old days gaming, or someone taking the time out to happily explain the finer points of MTG for this first timer, to hearty debates on which developer was coming out with the groundbreaking titles this year. The people made PAX what it was imo.
To our international visitors, i met a few and was happy to share somethig that spanned somthing over our wide shores. Your presence there not only made the event more cheerful but definitely feel more like a world wide community.
I look forward to how much more PAX will grow and become the event not to be missed in Australia.
After watching the many cosplayers at PAX, I'm hoping to indulge and come prepared next year.
Thank you so much to the organisers, exhibitors and panelists that made the event possible.
Now .. ONWARD to 2014!
P.S Big shoutout to the enforcers, your work was tireless, your enthusiasim was infectious and some just made my day by how much fun they were having being a part of it and helping were they could. BIG BIG KUDOS !
'till next yeah eh?
Wow, what an incredible weekend! It wasn't the games or the exhibitions that made it so great, it was just the vibe of the place. I met so many genuinely awesome people, so thank you everyone for making my first PAX so special, I'll definitely be back next year.
I was the guy at the Make A Strip Panel who said that I make a webcomic with my wife about the lighter side of parenting, and that Wind Waker has been my daughter's first game.
It was great to see so many parents at the event (a shout out to Katie, who came and played Munchkin with us while her awesome husband watched her baby) and such a big focus on parenting in general (there were more parenting panels than any other topic). It really drove home the focus that games are not just for kids, and that Generation Penny Arcade has grown up together.
If you're an Aussie webcomic creator, no matter the subject matter, I want to hear from you! PAX AUS was just the catalyst we needed to really get the Aussie webcomic community boiling. So start sharing your work with other creators, and let's see if we can build something here.
Take care, and we'll see you all next year!
Explore the hilarious highs and lows of parenthood in this blog and webcomic by these first time parents.
Thank you to all involved in making it happen - I went in with absurdly high expectations and PAX-AU delivered.
It was an amazing prototype. It's like someone just prototyped a flying car, and sure, maybe the radio and upholstery can use some tweaks, but goddam it's a FLYING CAR!
It will be great to see PAX AUS "production model" next year!
Hats off to Jerry and Mike, for putting their bodies on the line trying Vegemite! Next year try it in Bolognese, and a melted cheese sandwich and prepare to be blown away.
It makes more sense when you consider it a bit like a bitter soy-sauce in condiment form!
though i still think being an attendee is the best ticket.
Previous PAXs: PAX Prime 2011, PAX AUS 2013
Previous PAXs: PAX Prime 2011, PAX AUS 2013
But to echo the @Surika, I had a great time as well and just how friendly people were - it was amazing. Great to see the australian gaming community really band together.
And the Enforcers! What a lively and happy bunch! Lots of respect for all of you, you went well and above what many people have thought as normal care for anything from helping out in the lines, moving us along when we dawdle around the Riot booth etc.