WHAT THIS IS
It was the year 2014 and the four houses of the Tri-Wizard Drinking Tournament battled one last time to see who was the mightiest pack of wizards of Seattle. The fighting was intense with spells of all types being slung across Capitol Hill with impunity. There were many casualties but even until the bitter end no one backed down from the onslaught of magic. The Slytherin Death Eaters, seeing no end to the conflict and desperate to not let anyone else usurp their obvious superiority, brought forth the most powerful and forbidden spell of all, Berylifors Apocalypto. In unison they drew their wands and let loose with the spell, unleashing a green wave of destruction across Seattle. Where once stood bars and streets there now remained blasted out wrecks and green glittering sand. Shops, homes, civilization itself was devastated. Team Slytherin may have defeated their rivals but the cost was great and the pure destructive force of their actions shattered the very ley lines they depended on for their power and magic was now nothing but a memory. Stripped of their power, the Slytherins found themselves at the mercy of the "mere muggles" they once lorded over and just like their former foes, were soon no more.
But, humanity is tenacious. Even in the face of total destruction their stalwart resilience and stubbornness allows them to push on, to rebuild with whatever is at hand, and quickly assemble ramshackle new outposts and settlements.
Resources are scarce, survival is a daily struggle, and roaming gangs are a constant threat.Welcome one and all to the Emerald Wasteland.
Welcome to“Where must we go... we who wander this wasteland, in search of our drunker selves?”
-The First History of PAX
Mad PAX is the follow up to the Tri-Wizard drinking tournament! It is a charity bar crawl in which eight teams of fifty people overrun Capitol Hill with drunken shenanigans and copious donations to Child's Play. Last year we raised $4836.85 in just a few short hours. Participants are encouraged to show up in costume and meet other PAX attendees before the convention begins because nothing brings people together like trying to survive that much alcohol.WHEN THIS HAPPENS
Thursday, August 27th, at 2030 (8:30 PM).HOW TO PARTICIPATEhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/mad-pax-blurry-road-tickets-17579532856
- PASSWORD - shinychrome
As the years before, you are allowed a +1 when you order your ticket. PLEASE DO NOT ADD A +1 IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO USE IT! Suspicious orders or orders abusing the system will be cancelled at our discretion. Each attendee will be asked for a $5 donation for their scorecard and gang badge. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Child's Play so donating more is encouraged and depending on your faction there will be more opportunities to donate throughout the night.SCORECARDS
IN PRODUCTIONTHE TEAMS
The teams will follow the same structure as before, just with some fun title changes. Heads of House are now Imperators. The House Boy and House Girl are now the Road Captain and Sergeant at Arms. Finally, the House Elf is now the Doof Warrior, keeping our War Parties on track & on pace. If you create a Facebook page or some other hangout for your team let us know and we'll list it as your headquarters!The Valiant
- a group of uncorrupted wizards
- SOLD OUT
After discovering old texts referencing the world that was inside the remnants of one of the oldest wizarding schools, these Hogwarts loyalists work to restore that power without succumbing to the temptations of the dark rituals that have cost their former compatriots their humanity and sanity.
Quidditch Captain: @eskalatorkid
House Elf: @namelessbanana
8:30 - Barca - vs Broken Wands
9:30 - Unicorn - vs Gigahorse
10:30 - Grim's - vs War Riggers
11:30 - Linda's - vs Bullet Club
12:30 - Barca - HOMEThe Broken Wands
- a group of nefarious wizards
- SOLD OUT
Having found refuge in the remnants of a once enchanted train station, The Broken Wands seek to use any means possible to restore the world they once knew. They will stop at nothing to reactivate the ley lines that have faded from this world & regain their power.
Road Sorcerer: @Optimusbry
Doof Wizard: @ferioritycomplex
8:30 - Barca - vs Valiant
9:30 - Linda's - vs Interceptors
10:30 - Unicorn - vs Nightriders
11:30 - Grim's - vs Boppas
12:30 - Barca - HOMEThe Bullet Club
- SOLD OUT
Sitting on top of a supply of lead and gunpowder these Luchadors are some of the best armed warriors of the Emerald Wasteland and aren't afraid to let anyone who wanders into their territory know it.
The Phenomenal One: @RidleyDragon
The Real Rock'n'Rolla: @The_Reflection
The Machine Gun: @faroffpug
8:30 - Unicorn - vs Boppas
9:30 - Grim's - vs Nightriders
10:30 - Barca - vs Interceptors
11:30 - Linda's - vs Valiant
12:30 - Unicorn - HOMEThe Interceptors
- SOLD OUT
One of the few groups trying to help bring some semblance of order to the insanity of the Emerald Wasteland, the Interceptors are always ready to charge into battle to help those who need it. The police station they now reside in is a bulwark against the madness of the wastes.
Road Captain: @AKReign
Sergeant at Arms: @thegh0st
Doof Warrior: @bubblegumnex
8:30 - Grim's - vs Gigahorse
9:30 - Linda's - vs Broken Wands
10:30 - Barca - vs Bullet Club
11:30 - Unicorn - vs War Riggers
12:30 - Grim's - HOMEThe Big Boppas
- SOLD OUT
A group dwelling in an abandoned underground bank vault, these warriors always bring a level of cool to their operations with their bent eight stormin' machines. They can be your best friend or worst enemy, as long as you don't lose your cool with them.
Sergeant at Arms:
8:30 - Unicorn - vs Bullet Club
9:30 - Barca - vs War Riggers
10:30 - Linda's vs Gigahorse
11:30 - Grim's vs Broken Wands
12:30 - Unicorn - HOMEThe Nightriders
- SOLD OUT
Raiders operating of a former suburb, their insanity is only matched by their ferocity. Their whims lack rhyme or reason but you can rest assured it's never a good thing when something catches their eye.
Road Captain: @ChildlikeEmpress
Sergeant at Arms: @Baka Al
Doof Warrior: @zeromyst
8:30 - Linda's - vs War Riggers
9:30 - Grim's - vs Bullet Club
10:30 - Unicorn - vs Broken Wands
11:30 - Barca - vs Gigahorse
12:30 - Linda's - HOMEThe War Riggers
- SOLD OUT
Having commandeered a wrecked motor pool, these talented mechanics operate a convoy of tankers converted into mobile battle stations. When the thunderous roar of their engines herald their arrival, you know trouble is coming.
Road Captain: @industrialgirl
Sergeant at Arms: @Nullthread
8:30 - Linda's - vs Nightriders
9:30 - Barca - vs Boppas
10:30 - Grim's - vs Valiant
11:30 - Unicorn - vs Interceptors
12:30 - Linda's - HOMEThe Gigahorse Jockeys
- SOLD OUT
A gang of talented metalworkers, their vehicles may not be the most efficient designs, but they never fail to leave an impression as they run their opponents down. Their hunger for scrap metal is has become infamous in the Emerald Wastes.
Road Captain: @grandmaesterzark
Sergeant at Arms:
8:30 - Grim's - vs Interceptors
9:30 - Unicorn - vs Valiant
10:30 - Linda's - vs Boppas
11:30 - Barca - vs Nightriders
12:30 - Grim's - HOMEHERE IS A MAP
, choose which team & it'll give the route.THE CHALLENGES
There are reports of a new potential source of fuel discovered within the Emerald Wastes. The descriptions of its location are vague at best but any chance at getting a new source of energy are worth investigating. Roll out and embark upon the Blurry Road and may the best team control the precious Guzzoline!
You have a long journey ahead and it's important to stay well stocked on the Blurry Road. Get your convoy fueled up and prepared for battle!
CHALLENGE 1: Order a tank of high octane Guzzoline (light colored beer) or high grade Diesel (dark colored beer).
The Emerald Wastes are expansive but there never fails to be opponents getting in the way of the fabled prize. Employ your best weapons to defeat the challengers that have gotten on your tail!
CHALLENGE 2: You pick a beer and your partner picks a shot and you each order both and combine them for the ultimate car bomb!
When weapons fail speed prevails! Supercharge your engines with shots of straight nitro and outrun your foes!
CHALLENGE 3: You and your partner each pick a shot and combine them into one super drink. Split the nitro drink into two glasses!
The road has been long and hard and oft times the true danger of the Emerald Wastes isn't everyone else but your own psyche. Is it a mirage that lays before you? Is it the rumored fuel supply, or is it just more unforgiving wasteland?
CHALLENGE 4: You and your partner each order the first drink you think of and then trade drinks.
You have arrived! Or have you? This could be the rumored fuel source or it could just be a patch of radioactive, glittering dirt. Nevertheless the enemy is tenacious and you have only your instinct for survival to guide you to victory!
CHALLENGE 5: You and your partner keep buying each other drinks until the other begs for mercy!
Fuel is power but water is survival. In the heat scorched Emerald Wastelands it's important to stay hydrated or you'll soon find yourself as nothing more than scavenger fodder. Drink a glass of water at each stop to ensure your ability to carry on and check in with one of your leaders to complete this challenge.
SPECIAL CHALLENGE 2!
Show your allegiance to the road and the rig that you drive by taking a shot of straight fuel vodka!
How do I win?
Safely survive the night and help stuff your team's donation bag full! If you complete your scorecard you'll get a snazzy Mad PAX button at the end! The team that donates the most is the team that actually finds the fuel and secures its fortunes for future battles!
The Professional Alcoholic's Guide to Mad PAX
Don't be an asshole
Greetings one and all! I am TOGSolid, drunkard extraordinaire, and I'm here to provide you with some helpful tips about having a fun, safe, booze filled night and a not horrible morning!
: We're all friends here (or soon to be friends!) so treat each other with respect. Also, the bars of Capitol Hill love having us around and we want to ensure that we're welcome every year. Treat the establishment better than you treat your own home. We're all going to be getting sauced up and nobody likes a dickhead drunk. Don't make us Gulag your ass. Double cool person points if you bring your glasses back to the bar when you're done and clean up after yourself! (There are no actual cool person points but seriously, other teams are going to be swarming the bar when you're done and it helps the bar staff a lot.)Know your limits
: We're all here to have fun, drink tons of booze, and help throw copious amounts of money to Child's Play but nobody likes a sloppy drunk. If you feel yourself getting to the point of no return there's a good chance you've actually already hit it. Alcohol takes time to work so be aware of yourself, doubly so if you're new to this sort of thing. If you're stumbling into things you should probably just start chugging water and take it easy.No Road Warriors left behind
: We're all in this together. We arrive as a group, we leave as a group. If someone gets so shitfaced that they start trying to siphon actual fuel from cars or pointing at a cop and screaming "CAPTAIN WALKER HAS COME TO SAVE US" then it's the responsibility of all of us to make sure that person gets home safely. Nobody will be left to throw up all over themselves alone in an alley.Listen to your team leaders
: They're not just the people that check your scorecard and help you get to the next bar. They're here to make sure everyone is having fun and being safe. If they're asking you to stop being a dick or trying to help you get home safely, it's a good idea to pay attention.Drink your water
: Yes, I know it's a scorecard challenge, but I am stressing this one again because this is what helps to ensure you have a fun night and a less than awful morning. Sure, you'll have to pee more but it'll help keep you lubed up and partying throughout the night and help curb any hangover you may have.Eat before you come to the crawl
: Seriously. Do not drink on an empty stomach. That is a sure fire way to end up with a bad drunk and a worse morning. Eating helps keep your system running strong, lets you drink more, and will let you recover faster. [ShamelessPlug]Conveniently, there's a wonderful little thing called the Pre-PAX Dinner that occurs right before the crawl and happens at one of the bars we'll visit! Buy your tickets HERE!!
[/ShamelessPlug]Eat after the crawl
: Want to be able to show up to PAX the next day not feeling like shit? Then repeat after me: Greasy, cheesy, bready, meaty. I live by this mantra and it has never failed me. (I've got nothing for you vegetarians, sorry.) There are a few late night places open after PAX and there's always a pack of us that get together to go eat. Dicks is nearby and a big back of Dicks with a Coke is a great way to ensure a not terrible morning. There are also hotdog vendors open nearby that make some pretty killer dogs (cream cheese on a hotdog is super good and you should totally try it if you haven't.) Alternatively, stash a pizza in your room before you come to the crawl or something like that.
The Emerald Wasteland Code of Honor
Don't feed each other Emulsified Fuel
AKA The Road Warrior's Guide to Not Being a Total Asshole
This guide will clarify the does and don'ts of completing the challenges.
Us experienced drinkers may be able to handle drinks so radioactive they'd break a geiger counter but we want to keep things fun for those of us whose livers aren't half-hardened already.
: All drinks must contain only a mix of alcohol. No fruit, hot sauce, actual gasoline, fire, bits of glass, or whatever nutty crap your heat scorched minds can conjure up.The challenger buys the drink
: This keeps things fair and prevents anyone from breaking their opponent's bank by ordering them Dom Perignon mixed with Patron and topped off with Crystal Skull vodka.Choose your partner outside
: Each bar is going to be assaulted by 100 people at a time. In order to ensure everyone gets their drink and the bartenders don't have an aneurysm, find your partner outside and then go in together and order.Don't mess with the non-combatants
: That respect thing goes for the people not involved with the crawl too. There will be bar regulars hanging out at these locations and people just wandering Capitol Hill doing their own thing. Treat them just as well as you'd treat your fellow PAXers. Who knows, you may get some extra donations along the way!
Post-Apoc Costume Guide!
Post-Apoc costumes have the wonderful advantage of being as cheap as you want them to be. You can wander around in ripped up surplus military gear or you can raid thrift stores for clothes and create the identity you want for the low low price of tens of dollars. In this business any damage on the stuff you buy is added value! Worn out motorcycle clothing is another great source of cool jackets, boots, and pants!
Used sports gear makes for awesome armor! The armor you see in Mad Max is almost entirely made out of used football pads. Lacrosse armor is also really awesome stuff.(TOG used it to make some STALKER Clear Sky costume shoulder armor
) and you can do some neat things with old motocross gear.
Also, while this crawl is definitely Mad Max themed, other post-apoc games have tons of cool costume potential. Fallout, STALKER, Metro 2033, and Wasteland are all wonderful game franchises with striking designs to draw from. There's even a Mad Max game coming out! Then there are all of the other many varied post-apoc movies and tv shows including The Walking Dead, Desert Punk, Tri-Gun, The Book of Eli, The Postman, The Road, and more
There are also two big events that have TONS of images to pour through for futher inspiration: Wasteland Weekend and Burning Man. Wasteland Weekend in particular is a veritable gold mine of fantastic post-apoc costumes.
The best resources found so far are:http://madmaxcostumes.com/
(The best resource ever for Mad Max costume design featuring tons of research on the movie costumes and guides to how to make and/or find the parts.)http://www.therpf.com/
(Just search for Mad Max on there.)http://www.southbeachleather.net/
(Cheap leather jackets, pants, and...other things. They've been very quick to respond and pretty helpful!)http://www.Etsy.com
(Tons of propmakers and costume makers here!)http://www.ebay.com
(There is SO MUCH old ratty stuff on here perfect for this. Keyword - "Vintage" is your friend.)http://www.tandyleather.com
(A great supply of raw leather, buckles, and other leather related stuff.)http://wastelandweekend.com/
Abbyshot has their [url="http://www.abbyshot.com/products/max-jacket?variant=1246455660
"]Mad Max 1 Jacket[/url] available! Food-grade chrome spray!
- For all your witnessing needs!
And of course, there's good ole Google Image Search.IMPORTANT NOTICE
: We will be following slightly stricter general costume guidelines as PAX. This means everyone needs to have their respective bits covered. If you think you could be arrested for what you're wearing, don't wear it. Remember that most of these places have a general "no shoes, no shirt, no service" policy. Most importantly though: NO WEAPONS
. We're going to be out in public, dressed like crazy people, and drinking. We don't want anyone freaking out the locals or giving the cops reason to show up.
Thanks to those who wrote prior TWDT threads! I swiped a few things here and there and based this OP on yours!
Also thanks to the Maddest of PAXers, @Optimusbry
, and @TOGSolid
for organizing this!