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October 31st - November 2nd 2014
Australia. Duh. Specifically Melbourne, VIC
Venue: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
Also known locally as “Jeff’s Shed”
2 Clarendon St
South Wharf 3006
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 and has been hailed as a weekend-long celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics include game-inspired concerts, panels on game industry topics, exhibitor booths, after-hours parties, tournaments, and freeplay areas.
PAX is awesome
PAX is not your personal army
unless your name is Robert Khoo
PAX is 50,000 friends you never knew you had.
In 2008 PAX had over 58,000 attendees.
In 2009, PAX had 60,750 attendees!!!
In 2010, PAX East sold out at over 52,000 in its first year.
Also in 2010, PAX Prime sold out at 67,600
PAX East 2011 sold out with 69,500 attendees.
And frankly, after that we’ve stopped counting. PAX Is huge.
The first ever PAX outside of the US, PAX Aus, sold out and packed a wet, cold and windy Melbourne Showgrounds with over 50,000 Aussie gamers. Proving that gamers in Australia can bring it just as big.
So this year, they tripled the size of PAX Aus.
Links: Penny Arcade
, PAX Aus Website
, PAX Topic at Wikipedia
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.
What this thread is:
This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom).
Frequently Asked Questions
for the Official PAX AUS FAQ
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.
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 can I register for PAX Aus?
On the PAX Aus website
When do Passes go on sale?
Passes are available NOW. Go get them! PAX sells out yo. (3 Days have already sold out)
When can I register for a Media badge?
Media registration will not be open until July 2014, the same requirements apply for them as 2013. If you're super paranoid, remember that if you purchase tickets to the show now, and are approved for a media badge later, the tickets you purchased will be refunded. If you require more information, contact [email protected]
Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
It's after October 1st, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
The Registration desk will be available for pass pickups at PAX. It’s location will be confirmed on the site closer to the date.
Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
The PAX volunteers, known as the Enforcers, are always after awesome, hard working and enthusiastic people to join their ranks! To apply to be an Enforcer, you need to be 18 years of age by the time of the show, be at the show (travel and accomodation confirmed) and be willing to work one five-hour shift per day of the show. Applications open when an announcement is made with a link to the application on the main Penny Arcade site or via the @Official_PAX Twitter account.
Applications for new Australian Enforcers are now open! Apply here
! Please be Patient.
What are the hours of PAX?
FRIDAY - 10am-midnight
SATURDAY - 10am-midnight
SUNDAY - 10am-6pm
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. Some awesome companies even give out free swag and prizes, from lanyards and buttons to amazing gaming PCs.
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 Post. This will ensure all mail sent to your previous address is sent to your current address. As far as changing your registration you can email [email protected]
to request your information be updated.
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?
This will be known closer to the day.
Are there iphone/android apps for pax?
from the creators of the Conventionist. The app is a free download and the PAX Aus 2014 guide will be available around the same time as the schedule and maps and can be downloaded before the event. The Guidebook app is also used for other PAX content, including PAX XP and some competitions!
Are there going to be a ton of people this year?
There's going to be a ton of people. We're not even kidding.
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 [email protected]
I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?
(NOTE: Panel submissions for 2014 are not yet open, please wait until they are open)
If you just have an idea go to PAX Aus Panels
site with your your proposal! If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for duration PAX Aus 2014. Good luck!