Leaving the post in-tact for reference and such. See page 4 for details.
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The annual Post-PAX Party is an event held every year on the final evening of PAX Prime, after PAX has closed its doors for good. We sell tickets (because we have to pay for reserving a venue, having live music, providing complimentary food and drink tickets, etc.) to a couple hundred people or whatever amount the venue allows us. We provide a location and atmosphere for people to come hang out with their friends and meet other fellow nerds, geeks and PAX-goers, and just have fun, party it up or kick back and unwind. It's always been an increasingly popular event and definitely worth bringing back in whatever capacity we can.Here is a link to the thread for the last big party we did in 2013.
Our venue this year is the Parlor Live Comedy Club
. Unlike our previous location, the Parlor is hardly a single block away from the convention center; right next to The Taphouse on 6th Ave. We are reserving the entire downstairs section, which includes a full service bar, multiple pool tables, plenty of TV's fully capable of having consoles connected to them, plenty of tables and chairs for seating and tabletop games, stage and DJ booth for live music, etc..
This will be an all-ages event, though there will also be a full service bar for anybody over 21 who wants to get their drink on. As for food, we have decided on a snack bar including chips and giant pretzels. These will be provided in an unlimited capacity during 8-11pm and is included in the ticket cost. If that's not enough or just not your thing, the kitchen will be open for full orders as well if you'd like. The party will begin around 7pm, so that will give you some time to unwind a little bit after PAX closes its doors before heading over. We will go until at least midnight.
The ticket cost will provide some snack food and otherwise pay for renting the venue and having some musical guests. Otherwise, any extra entertainment will be up to you! We have had professionally-hosted Rock Band in the past, and I would love to set that up again, but I honestly don't know who to talk to about that. If anybody has the connections, or can even bring their own setup, please feel free to step on up and let us know! Same with anything else, if anybody wants to bring consoles or tabletop games to play, feel free! I personally might bring a WiiU with Smash Bros. and a Gamecube controller adapter, but we'll see. We have plenty of TV's and projectors at our disposal, so let's make use of them!
As for the musical guests, I have been in contact with two people so far, and they're a couple of big names! It will all be music you can dance to, stuff that is fitting for a party, so no worries about serious vocals or any kind of concert setup. I can't say who they are yet though, as they're both tentative at the moment.
Here are a few photos of the space we will be reserving. I am planning to do an on-site visit some time, and I'll try to take some of my own.
Straight-forward list of details:
Date and Time: Monday, August 31st, 7pm - midnight
Location: The Parlor Live Comedy Club downstairs, 1522 6th Ave.
Ticket Cost: $30 (plus possible PayPal fees) Get your tickets here!
Snack Bar (included in ticket cost): Giant Pretzels [with stone ground mustard] - House Fried Potato Chips [served with sea salt and malt vinegar] - Churros - (snack bar provides an 'unlimited' supply during 8-11pm)
All Ages?: Yes! You must bring a photo ID with you so you can be provided with an appropriate wrist-band. This is to ensure that minors are not allowed at the bar. This is normally a strict 21+ venue so we're lucky to be able to do this.
Dress Code (including cosplay which IS allowed):
All costume weapons must be peace bonded. Masks will not be allowed to be worn. In accordance with Washington State Liquor Laws, all “private” body parts must be covered. Weapons not peace bonded will not be allowed in the venue.
What You Need: Yourself and your photo ID! Print your tickets if you can, otherwise we should be able to check you off the list.
Original post is under here, probably not very relevant anymore.
As many of you know, the Post-PAX Party didn't really happen last year. Or, it kinda did, but it wasn't the same. Well I for one really missed it and would love to bring it back this year. However I can't do this on my own, so I'll be asking for help. We'll go over venues below, but I also want some volunteers to help manage this thing. We're talking about on-site help (get there semi-early with me, help set things up, etc.) as well as help scope out (if necessary) and contact venues when the time comes. I will take care of contacting and booking musical guests, but feel free to make suggestions.
First thing's first, we need a venue. Jillian's / World Sports Grille is out, there's a note on that below, so we'll need to find something that can still suit the needs that Jillian's always filled. Games, TV's for consoles & Rock Band, tables, bar, some food that can hopefully be covered in ticket cost, live music (solo artists and DJ's are fine), capacity for at least 200-300 people, etc. Doing a raffle of some kind is always an option too but I would prefer that somebody else handle it.
Now let's look at some venue options. I'm going to list a few that I know of, though I won't be able to speak for how viable they may be for this. I'm just listing some to get us talking about what would be good or bad, what would work and what can't work, etc. I will list pros and cons as we discuss them. Also please suggest any other venues that I haven't listed that you think could work.
My venue of choice at the moment, provided they can accommodate us properly, is Gameworks. But this is a community-run event, so let's get discussion going.Palace Ballroom
Pro's - All ages - open space meant for events like this, close enough to WSCTC, capacity around 300 people, will provide their own catered food service, stage and in-house audio/video setup for live music and whatever else, cost to rent is much cheaper than a restaurant/bar like we normally use which means ticket prices will be significantly lower
Con's - Unsure if they could/would provide a bar for us, no in-house games or entertainment of any kind though I doubt they wouldn't have a problem with us setting up our own stuff (plus we could look into using this service
Pro's - All ages - kitty-corner to the WSCTC, bar + food, tons of games to play, we can work out a deal to give everybody time cards or something
Hard Rock Cafe
Con's - Not sure how they would feel about outside games, especially consoles or things like Rock Band. Live music may also be out of the question but I can't say for sure
Pro's - Close location that's easily within walking distance of the WSCTC, three-story venue that is frequently reserved for parties, multiple bars that can do special themed drinks, food, can easily handle live music
Con's - May be 21+, doubt it but we would need to find out - unsure of TV/console situation. I have seen industry parties bring in multiple computers to demo games before, so I'm sure we could work things out, I'm just not entirely sure what they have in-house
Pro's - 'Should' be all ages - very close proximity to WSCTC, bar + food, they have separate rooms that can be reserved for events, I believe we used this place for one of the PPP's though I wasn't there for it
Con's - The rooms mentioned are fairly small and likely wouldn't accommodate the amount of people that usually attend this, unless we can reserve more of the space. I'm not sure how that works. Also not sure if we could do any kind of live music. Plus I have a feeling the cost is going to be high.
Pro's - All Ages - Fairly close walking distance (on 2nd and Blanchard) - Large open area in front of a stage which means full bands are possible - Capacity is apparently over 500 - In-house pizzeria for catering pizza, sandwiches, salads, etc. or they will accept outside catering - They are able to take some of the workload off of us in terms of planning, booking live acts and such (though we would just do it ourselves) - Three full service bars
Parlor Live Comedy Club
Con's - The venue is made for concerts, so that's what most of it is. There is a pizzeria inside that is part of it all, which has booths and such, but it's fairly small, and very likely would not accommodate even close to as many people as we would need. I'm personally all for the live music as I'm sure some of you know, but this party demands much more than that, and I don't think this venue is suitable. Open to discussion.
Pro's - Very close, less than two blocks from the convention center (next to the Taphouse) - The downstairs lounge (which we would likely be reserving) is quite nice, has a bar, plenty of tables and chairs, pool tables, TV's, etc. - Small stage with build in sound system that is meant for comedy acts but can probably suit solo musicians pretty well -
Con's - They schedule a lot of acts, so it might be difficult to reserve the place for a night, also seems like it could be fairly pricey. However I can't really get a lot of information from their website, but they do have a nice form that I can fill out that is meant for setting up special events, so I will probably do that and see what I can find out. Open to discussion, if anybody has any info about the place or has anything good or bad to say about it, please speak up.
(ruling this one out now)
Pro's - Close walking distance from WSCTC, though it is up-hill on the way there, arcade/pinball
Art Marble 21
Con's - Honestly I've never been and know very little about this place, so I'll leave it up to some of you to help inform the rest of us. Also I believe it is 21+ which I would like to avoid if possible
(formerly World Sports Grille) (formerly Jillian's)
EDIT 3: Learned that this place is again under new ownership, called Art Marble 21. It is now more of a restaurant than a sports bar, but it could still very well support this party as far as I can tell. Maybe next year we can look into revisiting this place if we want to.
EDIT 2: Let's just look past this place and move on.
EDIT: I've seen some reports that this place is closed. It also has pretty terrible reviews just about everywhere so maybe we should just move on. Also their website just forwards to Gameworks. Anybody know what's up with this place right now though just for clarification?
Pro's - Good venue for the party, have used it a few times, they have everything we want/need, distance from WSCTC isn't great but manageable
Con's - New owners apparently made things more difficult for us, possibly raised cost (I don't remember), somebody at the last party in 2013 put a giant hole in one of their walls so it's hard to say if they would even want us back
What other options are there? Anything up on the hill?
I'll edit and clean up this post when things start coming together, sorry I know it's kind of a mess.