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BYOC - I have a pass but what did I sign up for

Doc BaconDoc Bacon Registered User new member
Howdy All

I realise that this is probably a stupid question, but better to beg forgiveness now before I pack up my laptop to come to Melbourne

So I bought a BYOC pass when I bought my 3 day pass way back when and now I'm not sure what the deal is (and I can't seem to find much to help me).

What games are mostly played in BYOC area?
Other than my laptop what else should I bring?

any other clues for a new guy (who is way out of practice on LANs)


Doc Bacon


  • feralmasterferalmaster melbourneRegistered User regular
    Network cable is a must,

    Here's a useful wiki

    posted by a carbon flavoured beer based life form
  • PDP11PDP11 Registered User regular
    Having looked at that Wiki there may need to be some clarifications for PAX Aus.

    An Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certified power strip is meaningless in Australia. Last year they were tagging and testing onsite so a defective power board should not get past the electrician. I don't know if power boards are acceptable at PAX Aus.

    The Wiki article states the power budget is 3.5A which would mean at 230V each station could use 805W if we ignore power factor, or three seats per 10A circuit. In other words well on the way to a one bar radiator per person or sufficient power for a small minicomputer like a MicroVAX, etc. Therefore 3.5A seems too generous for Australia while it would be appropriate for the USA running at a lower 110V.

    Last year UPS power supplies were not allowed although there were so few people that they could have been used without any issues. Paranoia won out on that one. Think there were negative noises made about 240V phones charges as well. Best to ask for clarification.

  • PDP11PDP11 Registered User regular
    Doc Bacon wrote: »
    Howdy All
    What games are mostly played in BYOC area?

    Last year the only open competitions I saw in the BYOC area were:
    Rock, Paper, Scissors
    Microsoft Minesweeper
    High speed button pressing
    I wasn't in the area all the time so there would have been other games

    Hopefully there will be more this year.

    Each person played whatever games they brought to the venue.

  • Doc BaconDoc Bacon Registered User new member
    fair enough - was just curious in case I needed to pick something up from Steam before I came to make it a little more enjoyable.


  • El Barto 227El Barto 227 Registered User regular
    edited October 2014
    Well, I'll be trying to start spontaneous Left 4 Dead 2 co-op funtime

    El Barto 227 on
  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited October 2014
    Yeah, sorry, that wiki page was definitely written before PAX Aus and while some of it has been updated, it has not been updated with Aus specs for electronics. The major thing is that you will likely still get 2 outlets, and bringing your computer and a network cable is still a must. If you ignore things that look US specific, it's still pretty damned accurate.

    Also as of the most recent BYOCs, power strips were not allowed, period.

    I just made a few edits to hopefully at least make things less confusing for the areas where we don't have complete information.

    zerzhul on
  • KevralynKevralyn Registered User regular
    Yea, your laptop will be tested. One thing that they focused on was that your cable is appropriately shielded, which most will be by default. (Mine did not look that way, but passed their tests). Because there is a lot of valuable kit there, your machine can't have dodgy electronics that could endanger other peoples devices.

    Of course there are other things to expect like security and such. If you have people with you who do not have BYOC badges, do not expect them to get in.

  • El Barto 227El Barto 227 Registered User regular
    IS it still possible to get a BYOC badge on the day? A friend of mine has one that eshe only plans to use for one day, but since we probably can't transfer it to me for the other two, what are my options?

  • KaneskiKaneski Registered User regular

    The badges aren't labeled or named.

  • feralmasterferalmaster melbourneRegistered User regular
    Last year the net connection was blisteringly quick. Getting stuff off steam was not a problem... I'd suggest this year since BYOC is an addon badge rather than the entire ticket that the area will be better utilised and close to capacity. - When the 3 day badges ran out last year people bought up the 3 day BYOC option and just didn't BYOC..

    Last year there were a bunch of people playing League of legends, Dota 2. Team fortress 2, BF3, left 4 dead and world of tanks. I kind of spent close to an entire day playing kerbal space program aided by passing engineers... I guess you can call that multiplayer. ;)

    posted by a carbon flavoured beer based life form
  • El Barto 227El Barto 227 Registered User regular
    Kaneski wrote: »

    The badges aren't labeled or named.
    But the computers, and equipment you bring in are

  • JazzyJazzy Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    I'm excited for BYOC after not being part of it last year. I have no idea how much time I'll have, I was half keen for some old networked RTS games as well. (C&C / RA etc)

    I'll reinstall L4D2 - any other suggestions?

    Moon Wizard.
  • UltraJayUltraJay Registered User new member
    I have another question and I guess this thread is a good as any now for general questions.

    I'll be bringing a Surface Pro 1 (I'll have to run many games at potato quality levels) but I was also thinking of bringing my Wii U. Has anyone brought consoles to play at PAX BYOC? Smash won't be out but if anyone was interested there could be some Mario Kart or another game to play. The problem is that I imported an America Wii U and use a travel adaptor to plug it in. This works fine at the power pack is universal but I was wondering if that would be a problem? There's also the problem of it taking too much space and blocking mine or others' power ports. I really wish I could find an Australian power adaptor to use, though. If any of this was a problem I might as well not bother bringing it.

    Hopefully I can get my Surface set up to play some games, but there's so many panels and other stuff to check out I'm not sure I'd be there all that often (I'll basically be following Chris Roberts to his panels!). If I do find time to spend there I'd like to play Borderlands with people (ANY of the three games, but my preference would be the Pre-Sequel). Anyone up for some Borderlands?

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I am not entirely sure that anyone has ever brought a console to BYOC. Maybe @Yug‌ can track down some info on that?

  • KevralynKevralyn Registered User regular
    My friend and I brought power adapters for our devices, though I can see what you mean about blocking space. There are of course tiny US-Aus adapters you could buy/borrow. I doubt it'd be a problem as one screen/one console is.... no real different to one screen/one desktop... But yea, get some actual official input :p

  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    The BYOC area is specifically for computers, sorry! But the good news is, I'd be shocked and appalled if you couldn't find anyone up for some Borderlands!

  • UltraJayUltraJay Registered User new member
    The BYOC area is specifically for computers, sorry! But the good news is, I'd be shocked and appalled if you couldn't find anyone up for some Borderlands!

    Thanks for the input! I was thinking about it and I'm glad to know that I won't bring all that for nothing. It's actually nice knowing that all I will need to bring is my laptop/tablet hybrid. When I bought the BYOC badge I was trying to figure out the logistics of bringing my desktop and there is no way I'm risking my brand new rig for that! So it's low-res, ~30 fps for me!

    Is there much swag at an event like this? I don't know if there is or not outside of Pinny Arcade. I'm just concerned that my messenger bag might not be able to take it! If there is, do people tend to store their swag at their seat in the BYOC so they don't have to lug it around?

  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    There's often a lot of swag to be found, but by all means, feel free to store it at your BYOC seat. Obviously you should use care in leaving anything valuable there, but for most swag you should be fine. =)

  • PDP11PDP11 Registered User regular
    IS it still possible to get a BYOC badge on the day? A friend of mine has one that eshe only plans to use for one day, but since we probably can't transfer it to me for the other two, what are my options?
    They track equipment by a bar code label which is sighted when moving items into and out of the BYOC area. You should be able to bring different equipment into the area on different days.

  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    edited October 2014
    My experience last year was most people seemed to be playing either DoTA or WOW.
    It pretty much felt like your general dedicated LAN cafe, and so, outside of signing up for the competitions, there was no real directed play.
    So I wound up mainly socialising with the guys sitting next to me, and using the internet for my own devices the entire weekend.

    I'll have to walk past this year and see whether it's improved.

    discrider on
  • KaneskiKaneski Registered User regular
    So... Beyond Earth comes out 5 days before PAX. Traditionally, Firaxis multiplayer modes are slow, desynching pieces of crap until about 2 years of patching, but damn it, they are fun games! Can't imagine BE will be less fun. Kinda wish the BYOC was overnight - totally would play that shit MP all night.

  • feralmasterferalmaster melbourneRegistered User regular
    Thought the content of the BYOC email might be useful for those that dont read their emails, like me, usually.

    If you're getting this, that means you have purchased a BYOC spot at PAX Aus to bring your computer and play on our dedicated network alongside a couple hundred friends you haven't met yet. To help make sure your BYOC festivities go smoothly, we've put together this little information packet for you. If you ever have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected] or to help ensure others benefit from your question, post in our forums at

    --- Getting There ---

    Complete instructions for arriving and departing are available at:

    We strongly recommend printing that out and bringing it with you as a reference.

    --- Basic LAN Party Information ---

    If you've never been to a LAN party, be sure to bring the following:

    BYOC Badge (in addition to your normal PAX badge)
    Monitor (Please no bigger than 27" LCD)
    Mouse (we recommend wired, just to avoid any potential interference)
    Mouse pad
    Ethernet cable (6 meters should be sufficient, but longer is always better)
    Power cables
    Games CDs/DVDs, Windows CD, and backups for other programs you may need to install/reinstall.

    Please update/patch your games before coming to PAX. This includes updating Steam, Impulse, Origin, and such. You will have access to the Internet, but bandwidth is limited!

    Please be sure to enable virus protection on your computer before connecting it to our network. Any computers that are found with a virus will be immediately disconnected from the network until the matter is resolved.

    --- PAX Aus Badge Registration ---

    Your PAX Aus BYOC badges should be mailed to you shortly if you haven't received them already. Should you have questions or issues with this, please contact [email protected]

    --- PAX Aus BYOC Schedule ---

    The PAX Aus BYOC schedule is as follows:

    Friday: 9:00am - 11:30pm*
    Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 5:30pm

    * Early Access is provided to BYOC Attendees exclusively on Friday to offer time to setup your rig while still having the ability to storm the expo hall as it opens. Please be aware that access to the rest of the show is not permitted until 10:00am, and no attendee access to BYOC will be offered until 10:00am on Saturday or Sunday.

    --- BYOC Contests ---

    The BYOC staff will be running organized games throughout each day in the games on the list. Some of the activities will have signups ahead of time while others you can just jump in game and join us. Scheduled times will be available on site starting at check-in.

    --- Security Information ---

    There's a lot more to do at PAX than just play PC games, and we want you to be able to go do all of these things secure in the knowledge that your computer and peripherals are safe and sound. To that end, we probably put a much higher emphasis on security than most other LAN parties. Before you enter the PAX BYOC area, you will have to quickly register your computer and any monitor you're bringing into the computer area. We've gone to great lengths to keep the security processes in check, and as such, please keep your BYOC badge as visible as possible when entering the room.

    While we will make every attempt to keep all equipment in the room safe, be aware that there is little we can do to prevent iPods, tablets, portable game consoles, CD's, big wads of cash, and other small items from walking off. We strongly suggest you keep such items out of plain view and use some common sense when it comes to your own security. If you're coming with a laptop, we also STRONGLY recommend you invest in a laptop lock. Seriously.

    --- Voice Chat Information ---

    We will have Ventrilo servers available for tournaments and public gaming. While we will have the client available on our file server, it is recommended that you download and install Ventrilo before you come to the event. You can download the client at

    If you have any PC related questions at all during PAX, please see the BYOC Help Desk (near the entrance of BYOC). If they're not able to provide a solution, they'll be able to direct you to the right people to get your problem solved.

    See ya'll at PAX!

    posted by a carbon flavoured beer based life form
  • JazzyJazzy Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2014
    As long as we mandate showers. Or at least some kind of daily hosing down.

    A pdf of 'how to get your computer in the building' info has been sent to the BYOC folk so if you haven't got it might want to follow up with someone.

    Jazzy on
    Moon Wizard.
  • PDP11PDP11 Registered User regular
    edited October 2014

    Looking at the MCEC web site it says:

    1060 undercover parking spaces available, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance and exit off Normanby Road. Open 24 hours, seven days a week

    Fees (weekdays including public holidays):
    0.0 - 1.0 hour $12.00
    1.0 - 2.0 hour $24.00
    2.0 - 3.0 hour $36.00
    3.0 - 4.0 hour $48.00
    4.0 + hours $48.00 max
    Lost ticket $50.00

    Evening rate
    Monday to Thursday: $14.00, entry from 6.00pm and exit before 6.00am the next day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.
    Friday: $18.00, entry from 6.00pm and exit before 6.00am the next day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

    Weekend rate
    $18.00, per exit, per day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

    Earlybird rate
    Monday to Friday: $15.00 entry between 6.00 – 9.00am and exit between 3.00pm - midnight. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

    Please note - All MCEC car park patrons will be directed to car park Door 1 during overnight closure (8.00pm – 6.00am), to access the external areas of South Wharf Promenade.

    Edited.... Moved my questions to PAX Aus 2014 questions thread.

    PDP11 on
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