PAX Prime 2014 BYOC General Info

DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room DeputyRegistered User regular
edited August 2014 in PAX West
Hello all!

PAX is approaching quickly and I just wanted to let all of the BYOC attendees know that group seating will be going up in the next few weeks. SOOOO start thinking about who you would like to group up with for some primo seating in the BYOC area.

NOTE! YOU MUST HAVE A 4-DAY PASS OR 4 INDIVIDUAL DAY PASSES! BYOC WILL SUCK FOR YOU OR BE NON-EXISTENT IF YOU SCREW THIS UP.

Group Seating Details:
GROUP SEATING OPEN DATE: (I am shooting for around July 1)
GROUP SEATING CLOSE DATE: August 15 at midnight
Group Seating Requirements:
  • Your party is considered a group if you have SIX or more people.
  • Your group must check-in to BYOC on Friday together. No longer a requirement
  • Groups must pre-register seating assignments prior to PAX, or else seats will be based on first come first serve availability.
  • Requests are taken on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Passes for ALL 4 days of PAX! (recommended to maximize fun, but not a hard requirement)

To request group seating, use the seating chart below to choose your seats and email pax_pc at paxsite dot com
Include the following information when requesting:
  • Group Name
  • Number of People (include handles too)
  • Desired Location
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  • hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Sammamish, WARegistered User regular
    Is the minimum size going to be 6 again?

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  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    Is the minimum size going to be 6 again?

    Yessir.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • JackDavionJackDavion Registered User regular
    Do you want a list of names or handles for the group?

  • LeoWashingtonLeoWashington Registered User new member
    I have a group of 4 people, is there any chance we might not be able to sit together?

  • celycely Registered User regular
    I have a group of 4 people, is there any chance we might not be able to sit together?
    You won't qualify for group seating because you don't have the minimum of 6 people. You have two options:

    1) Everyone in your party gets in line at the same time so you can all choose seats next to each other when you check in at BYOC.
    2) Find another group of people that you can group up with to get you to 6 or more people.

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  • strttrknstrttrkn Registered User regular
    I have a dumb general BYOC question (forgive me if I should put it somewhere else), but are they going to let us into the convention center early again to get our gear setup? I know last year the convention center personnel wouldn't let the BYOC folks in early like we've done every other year. A ton of us got there early like normal & had to stand outside for 2 hours until 10am. I know that the amazing Enforcers were working hard to resolve this (you guys rock!), but it was a bit of a mess since the "guys in green" wouldn't let us in. I'm not trying to complain, I'm just a planner and am the organizer of our group, so I like to be prepared as much as possible beforehand to organize my guys. Thanks!

    "So, she's added cussing and hurling about of things to her repertoire. She really is a prodigy."
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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited June 2014
    Dreggor wrote: »
    Please note that the WSCC has a strict policy on weapons this year. Please do not bring any of the following with you into the center or it will be confiscated:

    Knives
    Leathermen or other multi-tools
    Weapons (duh)
    Cutters of any kind.

    Uhhhh... this isnt boston. Id like to see where on the WSCC site this is posted, or a confirmation from them on why this has changed.

    Edit: also I see nothing about this in the FAQ on the site or elsewhere.

    BigRed on
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  • celycely Registered User regular
    strttrkn wrote: »
    I have a dumb general BYOC question (forgive me if I should put it somewhere else), but are they going to let us into the convention center early again to get our gear setup? I know last year the convention center personnel wouldn't let the BYOC folks in early like we've done every other year. A ton of us got there early like normal & had to stand outside for 2 hours until 10am. I know that the amazing Enforcers were working hard to resolve this (you guys rock!), but it was a bit of a mess since the "guys in green" wouldn't let us in. I'm not trying to complain, I'm just a planner and am the organizer of our group, so I like to be prepared as much as possible beforehand to organize my guys. Thanks!

    IIRC they let us in early around 8am on Friday morning like normal. You just can't get in early Sat-Mon. Were you setting up on Saturday morning?

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    BigRed wrote: »
    Dreggor wrote: »
    Please note that the WSCC has a strict policy on weapons this year. Please do not bring any of the following with you into the center or it will be confiscated:

    Knives
    Leathermen or other multi-tools
    Weapons (duh)
    Cutters of any kind.

    Uhhhh... this isnt boston. Id like to see where on the WSCC site this is posted, or a confirmation from them on why this has changed.

    Edit: also I see nothing about this in the FAQ on the site or elsewhere.

    I will just leave this here.
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    If its a new PAX rule that no multi-tools are allowed, don't cite WSCC and their new "Weapons policy" that doesn't exist. Also if its a PAX rule it needs to be on the FAQ on paxsite.

    <MoeFwacky> besides, BigRed-Worky is right
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  • strttrknstrttrkn Registered User regular
    cely wrote: »
    strttrkn wrote: »
    I have a dumb general BYOC question (forgive me if I should put it somewhere else), but are they going to let us into the convention center early again to get our gear setup? I know last year the convention center personnel wouldn't let the BYOC folks in early like we've done every other year. A ton of us got there early like normal & had to stand outside for 2 hours until 10am. I know that the amazing Enforcers were working hard to resolve this (you guys rock!), but it was a bit of a mess since the "guys in green" wouldn't let us in. I'm not trying to complain, I'm just a planner and am the organizer of our group, so I like to be prepared as much as possible beforehand to organize my guys. Thanks!

    IIRC they let us in early around 8am on Friday morning like normal. You just can't get in early Sat-Mon. Were you setting up on Saturday morning?

    Nope. They usually do let us in at 8am on Friday, but last year the convention center people wouldn't let them let us in on that Friday. Not sure what happened there, but I just want to plan for the correct time to be there.

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  • zByrdzByrd Registered User regular
    Will group seating registration be announced on any of the official twitter accounts? I have a pretty big group who'd like to sit together so I'd like to know when registration goes live ASAP.

  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    I am going to try to catch everyone up in one post:
    JackDavion wrote: »
    Do you want a list of names or handles for the group?
    Required info will be:
    Group Name:
    Number of People:
    Desired Location:
    Handles:

    cely wrote: »
    I have a group of 4 people, is there any chance we might not be able to sit together?
    You won't qualify for group seating because you don't have the minimum of 6 people. You have two options:

    1) Everyone in your party gets in line at the same time so you can all choose seats next to each other when you check in at BYOC.
    2) Find another group of people that you can group up with to get you to 6 or more people.
    All correct.

    strttrkn wrote: »
    I have a dumb general BYOC question (forgive me if I should put it somewhere else), but are they going to let us into the convention center early again to get our gear setup? I know last year the convention center personnel wouldn't let the BYOC folks in early like we've done every other year. A ton of us got there early like normal & had to stand outside for 2 hours until 10am. I know that the amazing Enforcers were working hard to resolve this (you guys rock!), but it was a bit of a mess since the "guys in green" wouldn't let us in. I'm not trying to complain, I'm just a planner and am the organizer of our group, so I like to be prepared as much as possible beforehand to organize my guys. Thanks!
    Stay tuned for more info on this topic. This always seems to turn into a debacle but we are trying.

    BigRed wrote: »
    Dreggor wrote: »
    Please note that the WSCC has a strict policy on weapons this year. Please do not bring any of the following with you into the center or it will be confiscated:

    Knives
    Leathermen or other multi-tools
    Weapons (duh)
    Cutters of any kind.

    Uhhhh... this isnt boston. Id like to see where on the WSCC site this is posted, or a confirmation from them on why this has changed.

    Edit: also I see nothing about this in the FAQ on the site or elsewhere.
    Put in the oh so eloquent way that only BigRed can deliver, however he is correct. I did copy a bit too much from the East thread, I will confirm these issues and be sure to keep everyone posted. I am unsure if this is something PAX is going to adopt accross all the shows or not.


    zByrd wrote: »
    Will group seating registration be announced on any of the official twitter accounts? I have a pretty big group who'd like to sit together so I'd like to know when registration goes live ASAP.
    I will attempt to get this tweeted out once I get confirmation on the seating arrangement.


    I think I am caught up but if I missed something feel free to tag me ( @Dreggor ) or drop me a PM and I will check in.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • RavengerRavenger Trolololo Registered User regular
    Dreggor wrote: »
    Hello all!

    We have a few basic tools in BYOC we can lend out so the rule is "if in doubt, leave it out"

    NOTE! YOU MUST HAVE A 4-DAY PASS OR 4 INDIVIDUAL DAY PASSES! BYOC WILL SUCK FOR YOU OR BE NON-EXISTENT IF YOU SCREW THIS UP.

    So I can't do BYOC period without 4 days of passes?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I was under the impression that you could BYOC as long as you have at least one single day pass, but you can only BYOC on the days for which you have passes. Hopefully someone can address that question in an official capacity.

  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    I was under the impression that you could BYOC as long as you have at least one single day pass, but you can only BYOC on the days for which you have passes. Hopefully someone can address that question in an official capacity.
    @Ravenger‌ @zerzhul‌
    We have just confirmed with PA that the rule that was in place for East was not intended and has been struck from the initial post.

    If you have 3 days of passes (or two for that matter or even one) and have a BYOC badge you may come into BYOC for the day(s) you have PAX passes for.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
    Ravenger
  • hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Sammamish, WARegistered User regular
    edited July 2014
    Dreggor wrote: »
    Is the minimum size going to be 6 again?

    Yessir.

    Awesome, thanks.

    hobbseltoff on
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  • AlphonsisAlphonsis Registered User regular
    Just for clarity, the line about need a 4day or four 1day passes was struck out, but in the lower portion of the OP under group seating requirements it still says passes for all 4 days of pax. This is a bit confusing.

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  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    Alphonsis wrote: »
    Just for clarity, the line about need a 4day or four 1day passes was struck out, but in the lower portion of the OP under group seating requirements it still says passes for all 4 days of pax. This is a bit confusing.

    OP updated.

    Group seating will go live later today. Have a great holiday everyone!

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    Group Seating is live!!! Be gentle... :smiley:

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • celycely Registered User regular
    edited July 2014
    Please delete this post @zerzhul

    cely on
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  • celycely Registered User regular
    edited July 2014
    Please delete this post too @zerzhul thanks!

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  • zByrdzByrd Registered User regular
    Any word on when we'll know if our group was approved or not?

  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    Seating chart updated and all requests I have so far are included.

    I will update the chart as often as I can, but it will usually be at least a few days between.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • sprootiesprootie Registered User new member
    Thanks, Dreggor - we all appreciate your work organizing this!

    Dreggor
  • AlphonsisAlphonsis Registered User regular
    haha, I totally missed the reply that seating was going up that day. Oh well, sent my request today.

    Thanks Dreggor. ^_^

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  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    All requests are processed and reflected in the new chart. If you do not see your request in there AND do not have an email from me please resend your request.

    There have been very few conflicts this year, you guys are taking it easy on me. :smiley:

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • zByrdzByrd Registered User regular
    I know this doesn't really matter, but could you please fix the typo in the word "coffee" in our group name? It's bugging me more than it should.

    Dreggor
  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    zByrd wrote: »
    I know this doesn't really matter, but could you please fix the typo in the word "coffee" in our group name? It's bugging me more than it should.

    Lol, no worries. It's all set and will be reflected in the next update.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    Chart updated.

    Please contact me if your group or change is not reflected in the new seating chart.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • JackDavionJackDavion Registered User regular
    Are we going to do a poll for BYOC tournys at some point?

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  • celycely Registered User regular
    Dreggor wrote: »
    strttrkn wrote: »
    I have a dumb general BYOC question (forgive me if I should put it somewhere else), but are they going to let us into the convention center early again to get our gear setup? I know last year the convention center personnel wouldn't let the BYOC folks in early like we've done every other year. A ton of us got there early like normal & had to stand outside for 2 hours until 10am. I know that the amazing Enforcers were working hard to resolve this (you guys rock!), but it was a bit of a mess since the "guys in green" wouldn't let us in. I'm not trying to complain, I'm just a planner and am the organizer of our group, so I like to be prepared as much as possible beforehand to organize my guys. Thanks!
    Stay tuned for more info on this topic. This always seems to turn into a debacle but we are trying.
    Any news on this @Dreggor‌ ?

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  • S2000GanS2000Gan Bellevue, WARegistered User regular
    they should also only let byoc into the expo hall from the annex for like 20-30 mins after the hall opens imo.

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  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    cely wrote: »
    Dreggor wrote: »
    strttrkn wrote: »
    I have a dumb general BYOC question (forgive me if I should put it somewhere else), but are they going to let us into the convention center early again to get our gear setup? I know last year the convention center personnel wouldn't let the BYOC folks in early like we've done every other year. A ton of us got there early like normal & had to stand outside for 2 hours until 10am. I know that the amazing Enforcers were working hard to resolve this (you guys rock!), but it was a bit of a mess since the "guys in green" wouldn't let us in. I'm not trying to complain, I'm just a planner and am the organizer of our group, so I like to be prepared as much as possible beforehand to organize my guys. Thanks!
    Stay tuned for more info on this topic. This always seems to turn into a debacle but we are trying.
    Any news on this @Dreggor‌ ?

    We are waiting to hear back from the WSCC and PA on the confirmation, but generally BYOC badge holders are allowed into the PC room / BYOC area at 8:00am on Friday from the street directly into the annex. However, it is still fuzzy about how / when you will be allowed into Expo. There is an escalator from PC into Expo but there is mixed info as to if they will let BYOC'ers directly into expo at opening time or if they must wait until Queue Room is finished emptying.

    Seating chart has the final update, if there are any issues please contact me but no new requests will be accepted at this time.

    I know that the BYOC events team is working on a bunch of communications out to you guys, so I would stay tuned for that.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • DreamwishDreamwish Registered User regular
    edited August 2014
    Hey all,

    PAX is fast approaching (nearly 10 days!), and hopefully I can answer some of your questions about what'll be happening during PAX. But first, some general information (which may answer some of your questions)

    The usual stuff:

    BYOC runs the length of the show. For those of you that may be new this year, the BYOC staff will be running official contests and competitions throughout the show, but of course you are free to participate as you like. Nothing is mandatory, though hopefully everything is fun. There will be a mix of games and non video game activities, just like years past.

    A list of games that you may want to have installed is below. This isn't exhaustively comprehensive (we like spontaneity too), and this isn't a guarantee that all of these games will be used in tournaments, but merely a list of suggestions.
    Spelunky
    Warsow
    TF2 Blind Frag
    Goat Simulator
    Monaco
    Age of Empires 2 HD
    Battlefield 4
    Payday 2
    NeoTokyo
    Natural Selection 2
    Chivalry
    Trackmania Nations Forever
    XCOM
    Kerbal Space Program
    CS:GO
    Hearthstone
    DayZ
    7 Days to Die


    The new stuff:

    The BYOC Cup (working title)

    An idea we're trying this year is to run a competition that encompasses everything the BYOC team puts on. Sort of like a decathlon, but with games (and more than 10 events). There will be an intentional wide variety of competitions encompassing several different genres. From platformers to musical chairs to strategy to scavenger hunting. We may even play QWOP.

    The goal here is to bring a level of connectivity to the tournaments that already happen in BYOC. Placing well in a tournament will award you a number of Cup points, and at the end of the show the individual (maybe individuals) with the highest point totals will awarded something from the high end of the BYOC prize pool.


    Hopefully that gives you all a little information about what's coming. I'll try to check in on this thread and answer questions that you may have. Cheers!

    Dreamwish on
    shdwcaster
  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    BTW: Dreamwish is the Master of BYOC events. I get you guys in seats and he FORCES you to have fun! :)

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • bitterfunbitterfun Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Why is it I never find these threads until it's after the said date. :( I did, however, accept the twitter feed before the event this time!

  • DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    Hello again all!! We are only a few days from PAX and I have some exciting news to share.

    I have added a section to the main post about a Monitor Loaner program for BYOC attendees. These are not some used hunks of junk, these are top of the line BenQ brand spanking new 24" LED monitors. Check the original post for more info. We realize that monitors are the awkward thing to haul into PAX and we were able to strike a deal with BenQ to save all of you some frustration.

    I will also update the seating chart with it's final iteration later this evening and start entering all of the info into the LanFest system. You guys are amazingly organized, almost half the room is pre-assigned! In the next few days I will try to get everyone confirmation on the Load-In process, I don't think it has changed but I am trying my hardest to make sure that PAX staff and the Green-Coats are all on the same page.

    We are so close to PAX and I have not even had to change my avatar to BadCop, you guys/gals have been great!

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
  • RowejobRowejob Registered User regular
    On the BYOC tickets can I return one to go back for resale or do I have to sell them myself?

  • DreamwishDreamwish Registered User regular
    edited August 2014
    The schedule of BYOC events (albeit subject to change if problems / things come up):

    Friday:
    Start of yet unannounced weekend long event (conclusion TBA) (11:00 am) - BYOC Cup event
    Trackmania Nations Forever (12:00 pm)
    Spelunky (2:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    Battlefield 4 (5:00 pm)
    Warsow (7:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    Hard Drive Shuffleboard (9:30 pm) - BYOC Cup event

    Saturday:
    Start of Scavenger Hunt (10:00 am) - BYOC Cup event
    Payday 2 (11:00 am)
    TF2 Blind Frag (2:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    Soundboard Musical Chairs (4:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    QWOP (7:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    NeoTokyo (9:00 pm)
    Scavenger Hunt Conclusion (11:00 pm)

    Sunday:
    Age of Empires 2 HD (11:30 am) - BYOC Cup event
    Start of MS Paint Contest (2:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    Chivalry (3:00 pm)
    Monaco (7:00 pm) - BYOC Cup event
    Natural Selection 2
    MS Paint Contest Conclusion and Judging

    Monday:
    Yet to be announced game (10:30 am)
    Goat Simulator (11:30 am) - BYOC Cup event
    BYOC Cup Award Ceremony (2:30 pm)
    Raffle (3:00 pm)

    Dreamwish on
    Gethshdwcasterzerzhul
  • shdwcastershdwcaster West Dakota?Registered User regular
    Question about the loaner monitors (which is an awesome thing to have, BTW!). For us 4-day die-hards showing up around 8am Friday and not wanting to tear down until after the final Omegathon event has ended on Monday, will those monitors be available the whole time?

    Mostly I'm concerned that someone's going to be tapping me on the shoulder at 3:30 Monday afternoon saying "Time to give up that monitor", but admittedly I'd also like to not be waiting to power up my rig Friday morning.

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