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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    I haven't received an email either. It is mon morning and west coast hasn't hit starting time yet. So give it a bit longer. Honestly, worst case if you have your info, go to will call thurs and they can handle it. I tend to bring copies of credit card statements with charge, confirmation email and current showclix print out. In a little type a though. In person usually is easier anyway.
    If it helps, our group is in the same boat. Got all our entrance passes and not our byoc passes. Three different accounts of passes and byoc, all the same.

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    MrFett21MrFett21 Registered User regular
    MrFett21 wrote: »
    I already messaged Dreggor, but if anyone has any further insight into this problem we are having please share any solutions. We have not received our BYOC badges yet (Group House LAN-ister) I am not sure what to do if we do not receive them, the email has had no response and its only a few days away. I want to be able to check in around 8 at the BYOC entrance and not have to worry about lugging PC stuff around trying to figure out if we need to see customer service desk or something if we dont have a response... WAT DO?!

    So I got someone on the phone regarding this issue and I think we have a contingency plan if we do not receive badges in the mail. I hope this shit works out, I need to start playing games asap at pax haha

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    email pax_questions@paxsite.com again.

    Print out whatever emails you have sent them and bring them to the registration desk at PAX if they don't get back to you and you still don't get your badges.

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    hendusoonehendusoone Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    So... what games do you think will be popular in BYOC this year? I'm getting everything set up on my laptop over the next couple of days!

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    macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    At South, Counter Strike: GO, Rocket League, League of Legends, Minecraft all got a lot of play.

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2016
    Battlefield had a tourney too right?

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    DrogithDrogith She who runneth the BYOC Pittsfield, NHRegistered User regular
    This is the current list of tournaments being thrown in BYOC... and yes... some of them are silly LAN games:
    Friday -
    Counter Strike GO tournament - 7pm
    Mountain Dew Chugging Contest - 2pm

    Saturday -
    League of Legends tournament - 7pm
    HDD Shuffleboard - 2pm

    Sunday -
    Nidhogg Tournament - 11am

    When you are at PAX, let the guys running the BYOC know how everything is going.

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Those are some late tournys lol
    When do we eat?

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    PAX is open till midnight, sooooo.... midnight? ;)

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    I know. They just are usually like 11- 4 type times. It'll work however you guys make it.

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    DrogithDrogith She who runneth the BYOC Pittsfield, NHRegistered User regular
    The guy setting up the time wanted to make sure there were tournaments happening after the main hall closes, that way everyone has a chance to check out panels and whatnot during the day.

    Constructive feedback is welcome at and during the event... Just find the 7ft tall viking in BYOC... :P

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    rainismrainism Registered User regular
    Hello, I've never been to a big BYOC event and was wondering if it's normal to just bring a nice laptop to setup.

    If I bought a BYOC pass now to pickup at Will Call, will I be able to pick this up early and setup at 8am?

    Also wondering if there are any groups that have a open spot. Play CS:GO/Dota2/WoW/Hearthstone/SC2/D3/CivV.

    Thanks.

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Some people have fancy rigs. Most of us bring a solid laptop to game on. My best friend brings her crappy MacBook. It's what ya got. You will see a combination of it all.

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    mSWAEmSWAE Registered User regular
    Last year, since they started doing security checks on bags, it has been harder to get across the Westin Bridge even if you are BYOC before the show floor actually opens. Is this something that there will be someone up there who knows what they are talking about to let us through or do I have to go down to the main queue? If not, what magic words should I utter to the enforcers ("BYOC" doesn't seem to work by itself) who are telling me I shall not pass.

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    mSWAE wrote: »
    Last year, since they started doing security checks on bags, it has been harder to get across the Westin Bridge even if you are BYOC before the show floor actually opens. Is this something that there will be someone up there who knows what they are talking about to let us through or do I have to go down to the main queue? If not, what magic words should I utter to the enforcers ("BYOC" doesn't seem to work by itself) who are telling me I shall not pass.
    I was just thinking about this. At south the byoc were allowed to cross past the queue line to our area. Is this going to be allowed? And at what time? Also, will we be allowed to enter the exhibit hall from the byoc at opening like in past years?

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    sigma8sigma8 Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    What's the current information for "stuff allowed"?

    Also, @rainism : I brought my "nice laptop" a few times, and never had any problems. Of course, I took care to bring a laptop lock with me. Most of the security around BYOC is to keep non-BYOC folks out. I think they'd need serious psychic skills to detect a theft perpetrated by one BYOC'er upon another. They do tag computers (including laptops) on entry, but they don't bag-check everyone entering and leaving BYOC. Anyone could walk out with a laptop tucked into a backpack or (if small enough) a swag bag and no one would be the wiser.

    So, if you plan on leaving your laptop unattended on the BYOC table, I'd be sure to have some kind of anti-theft thing for it (like a Kensington lock or something). Otherwise, I'd take it with you whenever you leave BYOC.. I'm pretty sure 99.9% of the folks at PAX East are good apples. Given an attendance of 80K, that means there'll be 80 bad apples...and I'm sure they'll be watching and hanging around vulnerable stuffs, so you still need to be careful.

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    Gamer860Gamer860 Windsor, CTRegistered User regular
    Uh I can't find the link to register for BYOC. Is it already too late??

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    Gamer860Gamer860 Windsor, CTRegistered User regular
    Never mind...found it and just registered. I guess I now join the long list of people waiting for that e-mail? : p

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    rainismrainism Registered User regular
    Does a BYOC seat reservation last for all 3 days?

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    TrandescentTrandescent Registered User regular
    rainism wrote: »
    Does a BYOC seat reservation last for all 3 days?
    Yes, however, Advanced group seating reservation is now closed.

    When you go to check in on Friday morning you will be assigned a seat which will last you for the entirety of PAX.

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    PAX East 2018 4-Day Pass [X] BYOC Pass [X] Hotel Reservation [X]

    See y'all at PAX East 2018!
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    KilonumKilonum [E] Somewhere near BostonRegistered User regular
    edited April 2016
    rainism wrote: »
    If I bought a BYOC pass now to pickup at Will Call, will I be able to pick this up early and setup at 8am?

    You can pick up will-call passes at the registration desk on Thursday between 1pm and 7pm. I highly suggest this as there should be less of a line, and you will have to wait less to get in on Friday morning.

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    DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    The BYOC informational mailer is going out tonight or tomorrow morning for registered badge purchasers and I will post the copy of the email on here in the original thread.

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
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    DrogithDrogith She who runneth the BYOC Pittsfield, NHRegistered User regular
    No matter where you bring your own system, a Kensington lock for laptops or even something as simple as tie wraps is always suggested for your system. The Enforcer staff does an amazing job of making sure only BYOC and specific staff are able to enter the BYOC area. But with any type of security there is only so much we can do.

    I really do suggest a tie wrap or two though. Seeing as the only people that should have tools inside the convention center are staff, there should be nobody capable of cutting free your peripherals. Your items will be safe if you take proper precautions :)

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    I honestly have never locked my comp up in all my years of byoc. I've also never been able to leave without people asking me who's stuff is that. Maybe I'm naive, but it's a pretty secure place.

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    sigma8sigma8 Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    @mayapple I'd agree 100% with a desktop or SFF (or even an SFF-sized bag), but I've left the BYOC area with standard backpacks/messenger bag sized bags and nobody has ever asked me for a bag check. You can easily put a laptop in such a bag. I also know one year, someone had something stolen. I forget what it was. I don't think it was a computer. I think it was something like a fancy gaming keyboard. It's just a reminder that stuff can happen, and it'll generally happen to the easiest pickings. Don't be the easy pickings.

    If I was showing up with an old clunker laptop that I was thinking about replacing soon and maybe selling for cheapz or scavenging for parts, I probably wouldn't worry. But if I was going to set up something valuable, I would certainly take some easy precautions. Just think of it like fastening your seat belt. Hopefully you'll never need it, but just make it a habit and you'll be fine.

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    CuylerTechCuylerTech Registered User new member
    Kilonum wrote: »
    rainism wrote: »
    If I bought a BYOC pass now to pickup at Will Call, will I be able to pick this up early and setup at 8am?

    You can pick up will-call passes at the registration desk on Thursday between 1pm and 7pm. I highly suggest this as there should be less of a line, and you will have to wait less to get in on Friday morning.

    Where exactly is the registration desk? my BYOC pass is at will call and I would rather not have to deal with that friday morning.

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    MechcondridMechcondrid CT, USARegistered User regular
    CuylerTech wrote: »
    Kilonum wrote: »
    rainism wrote: »
    If I bought a BYOC pass now to pickup at Will Call, will I be able to pick this up early and setup at 8am?

    You can pick up will-call passes at the registration desk on Thursday between 1pm and 7pm. I highly suggest this as there should be less of a line, and you will have to wait less to get in on Friday morning.

    Where exactly is the registration desk? my BYOC pass is at will call and I would rather not have to deal with that friday morning.

    ya this ^

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    DreggorDreggor [E] PAX East PC Room Deputy Registered User regular
    In the past it has been to the right as you come in the north lobby (Main Entrance)

    -=Dreggor
    PAX Prime PC Room Deputy
    PAX East PC Room Deputy
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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    In the BCEC main Lobby.

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    TrandescentTrandescent Registered User regular
    Here's the mailer that went out (posting as it isnt in the OP yet)
    ****UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE****

    If you're getting this, that means you have purchased a BYOC spot at PAX East 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 a little information packet for you. If you ever have any questions, feel free to email us at pax_pc@paxsite.com or to help ensure others benefit from your question, post in our forums at: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/categories/pax-east

    --- Getting There ---

    If you're travelling by car, pull into the Westin/BCEC area at the base of the giant media wall. Follow this road (West Side Drive) all the way past the building, and down and back up the ramp. Keep following the road until you get to Level 1 Southwest. This will be the first glass vestibule you come to on your right hand side.

    We will have signs posted where the load-in area will be and there will be Enforcers inside the building manning a security station that can hold your equipment for you while you park your car.

    For those of you staying at the Westin, you've got a bit of a walk...sorry about that! Go straight from the skybridge connecting the Westin and the BCEC and down the escalator. Keep going the same direction through North Lobby and around the Northwest corner of the building. Keep following the hallway until you get to "Southwest Lobby B2". This will be the second lobby you come to, just past the food court. From there you can make use of either the RIGHT escalator or the elevator down to the PC Room level (Level 0 / Hall Southwest C1).

    Note that BYOC opens at 8:30am on Friday, 90 minutes earlier than the rest of the show. Obviously that's pending our ability to make sure things are totally ready for you, but our goal is for you to be able to set up your rig with plenty of time to hop in the Expo Hall line.

    --- Basic LAN Party Information ---

    ****UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE****

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

    3-Day (or other) PAX Pass
    BYOC Pass
    Computer
    Monitor (Please no bigger than 27" LCD) and connecting cable
    Keyboard
    Mouse (we recommend wired, just to avoid any potential interference)
    Mouse pad
    Ethernet cable (25 feet should be sufficient, but longer is always better)
    Power cables (but no extension cords or power strips. Maximum of two power connected devices)
    Headphones
    Games CDs/DVDs, Windows CD, and backups for other programs you may need to install/reinstall.

    We suggest printing off this list checking each item as you pack it. If you end up forgetting something, talk to an Enforcer and we might be able to help out.

    ****UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE****

    --- Pre-PAX Prep---

    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 extremely limited...you'll almost certainly get faster downloads at home.

    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 East Badge Registration ---

    Your PAX East 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 registration@paxsite.com.

    --- PAX East Schedule ---

    The PAX East BYOC schedule is as follows:
    Friday: 8:30am - 12:00am
    Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am
    Sunday: 10:00am - 7:00pm

    --- Tournament Schedule ---

    The PC Tournament Schedule will be found on our forums right here when it announced. Note this does not account for the various BYOC contests we'll be peer pressuring you into.

    --- BYOC Contests ---

    The BYOC and LANFest 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. Extended descriptions for each of the organized events will be posted on the PAX Forums. 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 and Discord 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 or Discord before you come to the event. You can download the clients at http://www.ventrilo.com and https://discordapp.com/.

    Thanks everyone, and we'll see you very soon!

    ****DID I MENTION YOU SHOULD UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE?****

    ****COOL JUST CHECKING****
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    See y'all at PAX East 2018!
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    Merlin_KMMerlin_KM The Gentleman Wookie Western MARegistered User regular
    (First BYOC) You folks think it's worth it to bring an M-ATX rig and monitor? That's what I had been planning to do, but it occurred to me my XPS 15 may be enough. Looking through this thread at the games people are talking about, most of the games doesn't look too demanding. (BF4 excluded and goddamn do I love me some BF4)

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    rainismrainism Registered User regular
    Are 2 people able to share 1 pass if only one person is using it in the BYOC area at any given time?

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    [H]olyGeekboy[H]olyGeekboy PAX dad and PC builder ClevelandRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2016
    rainism wrote: »
    Are 2 people able to share 1 pass if only one person is using it in the BYOC area at any given time?

    That's a no. Badges and equipment are locked to names at checkin and it's 1 badge = 1 person.

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    [H]olyGeekboy[H]olyGeekboy PAX dad and PC builder ClevelandRegistered User, ClubPA regular
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    dmosineedmosinee Davenport, IARegistered User regular
    I made some PCs...

    I love the look of these, very clean. I know there's no practical need for it, but please tell me the slot loading drive on the front is functional!

    Digital Lanyard, I love trades - https://www.pinnypals.com/pals/dmosinee
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    macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    I bring a laptop lock and typically leave the laptop there a lot of the time. If I don't need it in the hotel room, I don't carry it across town.
    The first year I brought a MATX cube and 19" LCD. Last 3 BYOC's I bring a 15.6" laptop.

    You can come to the early checkin via the side door (off the ramp). We used Uber from the hotel and had us dropped off there.
    In the past if you come on foot, go in the front door once they start loading in the queue room you can go over to PC area and come down the escalator on that side.

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    hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Issaquah, WARegistered User regular
    Drogith wrote: »
    Mountain Dew Chugging Contest - 2pm

    Do we get to choose the flavor of Mountain Dew?

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    mayapplemayapple TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Drogith wrote: »
    Mountain Dew Chugging Contest - 2pm

    Do we get to choose the flavor of Mountain Dew?
    Could we have a non caffeinated option for pregnant people?? Lol or a non carbonated option for our one friend who can't (medically) drink bubbles??

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    legolego Registered User regular
    I know the Skybridge is closed for general entry, but will they allow BYOC folks to move their stuff through there?

    Also, are carts available/acceptable? Again, the hauling of the computers seems a bit tricky from the Westin. Maybe I should just take my keyboard/mouse and a laptop...

    PAX East since 2013, PAX West since 2016
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    hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Issaquah, WARegistered User regular
    lego wrote: »
    Also, are carts available/acceptable? Again, the hauling of the computers seems a bit tricky from the Westin. Maybe I should just take my keyboard/mouse and a laptop...

    Previously, carts with 4 wheels have been prohibited due to the union rules of the company that the BCEC uses to set things up. I haven't heard anything different so I would assume that is still the case.

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