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East 2016 Recap & New Member Welcome

surettesurette kill the switchBoston, MARegistered User regular
In keeping with the South recap thread, share your stories and pictures from East here; we want to see them!

If you're new to Pinny Arcade, welcome! Be sure to check out the list of resources here, and join the Slack group if you'd like to be part of the chat!

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    thx42thx42 SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2016
    Day One

    To start things off, I decided to wait in the expo hall line, so that I could get to the Bethesda booth as quickly as possible. At Prime 2015, Bethesda's Vault Boy pin proved to be very difficult to obtain, so it seemed reasonable to expect the same for the new Fallout pins at this PAX. While waiting in line, we learned of 2 pleasant surprises: Bethesda had reduced the price of their pins from $15 to $10 and the two Fallout pins had much larger print runs (2500 for Dogmeat and 5000 for Vault Girl). Once the expo hall opened, I was able to get to the Bethesda booth pretty quickly and the line was pretty reasonable. These pins were limited to 2 of each pin per person, but it wasn't too difficult to get back in line if you really wanted to.

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    Next stop for me was The Riftwalk. This line wasn't too bad early Friday, but I heard that it got progressively worse as time went on. The Riftwalk was a museum of sorts for League of Legends, with artwork, cosplayers, and photo opportunities. They gave you an RFID wrist band to track your progress and they made a custom smartphone app with quests you could complete to try and win prizes. The Teemo pin was given to people as they exited the Riftwalk. Pre-PAX I expected I might do this several times, but I only ended up doing it once.

    After that, it was back to the expo hall to pick up some purchasable pins. The Think Geek booth had the Half-Life Lambda and Flaming d20 pins. Some people said they were limiting the amount you could purchase, but I was able to get three of each without any problem.

    Versus Evil said on Twitter that they would be selling their Bolverk pin for $20, but it wound up only being $15. On the other hand, Runic Games said their Hob pin would be $10, but it wound up being $15 + tax.

    Some other booths were selling pins from previous PAXes. I bought the Death Squared Red and Blue pins from SMG Studios (they were $20 each or both for $35 with Steam Code) and Supergiant Games had both their Red and Bastion pins for $15 each.

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    The last thing I did in the expo hall on Friday was go to The Behemoth's booth. I got ten tokens for the capsule machines. The machines were split up by series - the three new pins (Hair Troll, Gnome, and Wraith), Series Five from Prime 15, and Series Four from East 15. The machines seemed to jam a little more for me than usual, but eventually I wound up with 6 Wraiths, 3 Gnomes, and 1 Hair Troll.

    At 3:00, it was time for the Pinny Arcade panel, To Pinfinity and Beyond. The panel seemed well attended. Many topics were discussed and lots of raffle prizes were given out, but probably the most interesting thing for me was the surprise news. About halfway through the panel, Kiko came in and handed over a flash drive with an image teasing an upcoming Acquisitions Inc. blind box set. Another surprise was that the wifi network at the BCEC was very good, which meant that I was able to stream the panel to a half dozen people through a Google Hangout.

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    With a small window of time, I picked up a few more purchasable pins, including Troll Revere from Scott Kurtz, Hockey Spoop from Loading Ready Run, Cadavre form Kris Straub, and What, Ho! from the Cards Against Humanity booth in the Kickstarter room.

    At 5:30 we had the first community pin trading event. The space was pretty good and there were a lot of people. I'm sure I made a lot of trades, but for the life of me I can't remember any of them.

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    Throughout the day, there was one other pin I was trying to get. De-Evolution Studios had a very nice non-Pinny Arcade pin for their game Lil' Cthulhu. Unfortunately, they didn't have a booth, so I had to follow them on Twiiter and find them to get the pin.

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    Day Two

    Once again, I decided to wait in line for the expo hall to go to the Bethesda booth. Even though there were considerably more Vault Girls and Dogmeats than expected, I still felt like I wanted a few more.

    Not too far away was the Harmonix booth, so I waited a short while to give Amplitude a try. I really like the Amplitude pin, but I totally don't understand how the game works. I didn't demo Rock Band 4, but instead purchased a couple of Rock Band Laurel pins from Able Gamers.

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    At this point, it was starting to get close to panel-pocalypse. Due to an unfortunate series of events, there were three different panels on Saturday that had a pin giveaway (Mafia 3, Gwent, and Masters of Orion). In addition, the staff trading event also conflicted with two of the panels. The first panel, about Mafia 3, was at noon. For the Mafia 3 panel, they had placed pins on most of the seats. The room was close to full, but some of the seats didn't have pins, so Enforcers had to go around and hand more out.

    After some indecision, I decided to wait for the Masters of Orion panel. Even though I thought that the Witcher pin form the Gwent panel might be more popular that the MoO pin, I was more interested in seeing the panel with Alan Tudyk, Dwight Schultz, and Nolan North. As it turns out, the MoO panel did not fill up, so people who went to the Gwent panel could have caught the last half of the MoO panel if they wanted. From what I heard, the pins for the Gwent panel were handed out to people as they entered the theater, while the pins for the MoO panel were handed out as people exited the theater. Handing out pins at the beginning of a panel has the predictable outcome of people just taking the pin and leaving, especially if there's somewhere else important to go to at the same time.

    After the MoO panel, I went down to the queue room to see if I could still get into the staff trading event. Luckily, it was still going on, and there weren't that many people there. I was able to get all of the new staff pins, plus a few other interesting things, like some extra Merch 4.0s, show set pins, and a Professor Pigglesworth. Right next door to the staff trading event, the guests from the MoO panel were doing a signing. The line was short, so I decided to do that. Unexpectedly, the Enforcer manning the line was handing out more Masters of Orion pins to people in line.

    There was another community trading event at 5:30. Again, I don't remember the trades I made, but the highlight of Saturday's event had to be when @lazorz traded a DLC away from @dmosinee. I don't have the exact details of the trade, but it was a lot of pins.

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    Day Three

    By Sunday, I was starting to get tired of waiting in line early for the expo hall, so instead I got a good breakfast, arrived at around 8:00 and finally got in line at Merch Lite. The downside to waiting until the last day to buy merch is that some things might be sold out. I was kind of on the fence about whether or not I wanted a PAX East hoodie, but they wound up selling out on Friday, so my decision was made for me. The line for Merch Lite wasn't too long, and I was able to get the show set and limited edition pins easily.

    On Sunday, instead of going to the expo hall through the queue room, I decide to just wait until they let people in through the other entrances. At about 10:30, I was able to get onto the expo hall floor and get a few more pins from Bethesda.

    A little later, I got in line to demo LawBreakers. This endeavor took nearly three hours. They had enough computers to run 20 people through at a time, but each match took quite a while. Even though I was pretty bad at the game, I wound up with a cool t-shirt, a Cronos pin, plus two more Cronos pins that I traded for from the staff.

    Sunday's trading event was a little earlier, from 3:30 to 4:30. It seemed like the only thing people cared about was the Witcher pin. One again, I don't remember most of the trades I did, except for a few big ones. I traded an Aus 13 set for a Leeroy Jenkins and a Gold Overwatch. Probably less than an hour later, I had traded both away.

    Conclusion

    PAX time is the best time. It was great to see familiar faces and meet new ones. Thanks to everyone that traded with me, thanks to all the exhibitors with pins, and thanks to Penny Arcade for another great PAX. I'm still not sure I got enough pins though...

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    TL;DR: Does anyone have a Witcher pin they want to trade?

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    RenfamousRenfamous Weeb, Unexceptional Cosplayer Houston, TexasRegistered User regular
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    dontdowditdontdowdit Registered User regular
    Alright. To say my first ever Pax was great would be the understatement of the year. My friend Liam and I bought badges back when they went on sale back in November. Shortly after, when I went on the forums with a few questions regarding pins and trading, @TheAggroCraig invited me to slack to ask my questions there.

    That one turn of events is what led me to really enjoy Pax. Sure, I would have enjoyed myself chasing after youtubers and playing the few games I recognized, but no way I would have ever known anything about pins, or really Penny Arcade in general. I would have just went, and been done. Having a community of people I interact with, and having friends I knew beforehand to meet up with made the whole expeience even more amazing.

    This is one big amazing dysfunctional family and I'll never thank you all enough for what you have done for me, both this weekend and the months upcoming. To the future, till next time.

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    XenigmaXenigma Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    This was my sixth year at PAX East, and as a fairly casual Pinny Arcade fan a very successful one! You may have seen me wandering around the show with my pin-covered Amplitude messenger bag, shown below (mostly PA with six non-PA on the left/ride sides). Was able to get everything I was interested in, including the show set plus LE, new Gabe/Tycho, one of my absolute favorite PA comic panels, Harmonix, and Riot. Biggest surprise was easily the Kitten Kemper I got from trading, a big get for this East-only fan. Left the show really feeling excited about pins in general, making me both want to grab a few online I've missed (spoilers: moar cats) as well as find a better storage/trading solution (solutions?) so I don't feel the need to check for loose/fallen pins every other minute anymore. Good thing there seem to be plenty of resources here!

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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    Well I had a great PAX myself. This was my second PAX East and second overall. As I try to recall what I did...I believe I hit Bethesda first and got one of each pin. I also hit Thinkgeek and got a couple pins. As the weekend went on I acquired other pins which you can see in these pics. Any duplicates I received were promptly traded away for pins I didn't have. I traded my regular Overwatch pin for the League of Legenda Riftwalk pin on Sunday cause I stood in line for the walk for about an hr on Sat morning and then gave up. I also lost two pins off my bag, Talent Pipes and Racoon Monster. Really beating myself over the head about that but I guess I'll get over it. I am ordering locking backs first thing at the beginning of the month. And a storage bag for my pins cause I can't fit all of them on my Pinny Pals bag. I also took some videos with my Go Pro. Let me share the links below. All in all I had a friggen blast. This year I really got into the pin trading and collecting and got to meet some totally cool people. Attended the Pinny RCADE PANEL IN Friday and the Sat and Sun community trading gatherings. I already can't wait for next year!vir0d0779560.jpeg
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    D0rkAnglD0rkAngl Lynnwood, WARegistered User regular
    I saw a big DLC trade at Prime last year. There's just something about witnessing a trade that big that's kinda awesome.

    Sometimes I wish we still lived on the east coast so we could easily go to PAX East (among other things), but living over here in Seattle is kinda awesome so I shan't complain.

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    HingoHingo Minneapolis, MNRegistered User regular
    Pins for trade!
    2015 PAX Prime Omeganaut (I will forever hate Katamari)
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    surettesurette kill the switch Boston, MARegistered User regular
    edited April 2016
    Here's my full haul from the weekend: http://i.imgur.com/WjLcUkI.jpg

    Friday morning I did merch lite (which took way longer than anticipated), Saturday morning I did Make-a-Strip, and Sunday morning I did Bethesda's booth. Aside from that, Acq Inc was fantastic as always, and I got to demo PlayStation VR which was really cool as well. Really happy with how I did as far as pins go; the only thing I'm bummed I missed out on is the Witcher pin. It was also awesome to finally meet many of you in person after talking online for eight months now. Love y'all. <3

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    ArcticLancerArcticLancer Best served chilled. Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    I was going to talk about my experience on slack, but at a high level I found my pinny experience this year was lacking. Part of that is on me - I was with my girlfriend and friends and didn't want to drag them into lines or panels for things none of them really cared about. But Friday and Saturday I scarcely saw anyone with lanyards, and the pin trading event was almost depressingly bust. I wound up being one of the first 6 people that missed the first pod, so we were separated from the majority of the most serious and active traders in the commmunity, and then they all got cleared out of the table area before we could go in ourselves, so again ... woosh. And of course at that point the tables were cleared of most things that were's staff pins or show pins unless you got lucky (I stumbled upon an Enfu Girl which was nice as the one I most wanted from the set for my girlfriend to wear). It also helped me better realize that while the games from last year were certainly problematic in their own right, since they prevented outright "first-come-first-take" and actually kept some interesting pins on the table, it made harder to find pins accessible to people like me who maybe have 10 things for trade at any given time.

    I tried to keep things good for the community on my side and made some trades for pins I didn't care about at all to people who were looking for something I already had and didn't care about, but it was really a couple of Sunday finds while I was in line for the Omegathon that redeemed the year at all. I found a girl who was willing to trade her Lookouts Kemper, and a guy on my shuttle back to the hotel had a Rockband Laurel he wasn't attached to. But other than the show set this year being the most amazing thing possible for a Rock Band junkie like myself, I definitely had a lot more going on last year.

    At this point I very much need some more double blind boxes to come along so I can refresh my trading stock. :P
    Oh, and I bought a hoodie Friday morning which is, like, pretty much more collectable than any of the pins from the show, so I guess I won on that front. :D

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    dmosineedmosinee Davenport, IARegistered User regular
    And of course at that point the tables were cleared of most things that were's staff pins or show pins unless you got lucky

    I was in the first pod, but you probably didn't miss out on as much as you think. In previous years the staff trading event was rightfully regarded as the ultimate place to score great finds, but as PA got serious about the blind box program and the community gained enough momentum to sustain itself they have been seeding the tables with less and less premium stuff. I had more or less first crack at a couple of the tables, and I mostly still just traded for the new staff pins. The stuff I did pick up from the spread was on the order of a couple behemoth pins, a Scott Kurtz pin I don't recall, and a Dark Garruk -- nothing earth shattering.

    I don't think this is something to lament however; the daily community trading sessions were very well attended and have become the new go-to thing if you're looking to pick something specific up, or just want to wheel and deal. I have no problem with the staff event becoming only that -- a convenient place to find all the staff in one place for basic trades.

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    ArcticLancerArcticLancer Best served chilled. Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    I'm completely on board with that. I'd honestly like these things to kinda grow apart. When I went up to Mike (the Enfu pin was with him), he commented on the KI pins I had on my lanyard, which I don't think he's used to seeing much of. I absolutely love the set, and would have liked to talk with him more about it and what it was like for him working on it. But there's so much focus on the busy-busy-move-along that's kinda hard to do. For the staff trading event to be more about interacting with the staff and less about pin gold-panning, I think would be a step in the right direction. Otherwise, I had no idea we were having community meetups daily, so that's another thing that may need some more visibility for new and veteran traders alike.
    Thanks for letting me know, @dmosinee ~

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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    Well I had a great PAX myself. This was my second PAX East and second overall. As I try to recall what I did...I believe I hit Bethesda first and got one of each pin. I also hit Thinkgeek and got a couple pins. As the weekend went on I acquired other pins which you can see in these pics. Any duplicates I received were promptly traded away for pins I didn't have. I traded my regular Overwatch pin for the League of Legenda Riftwalk pin on Sunday cause I stood in line for the walk for about an hr on Sat morning and then gave up. I also lost two pins off my bag, Talent Pipes and Racoon Monster. Really beating myself over the head about that but I guess I'll get over it. I am ordering locking backs first thing at the beginning of the month. And a storage bag for my pins cause I can't fit all of them on my Pinny Pals bag. I also took some videos with my Go Pro. Let me share the links below. All in all I had a friggen blast. This year I really got into the pin trading and collecting and got to meet some totally cool people. Attended the Pinny RCADE PANEL IN Friday and the Sat and Sun community trading gatherings. I already can't wait for next year!vir0d0779560.jpeg
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    https://youtu.be/kaqO5EDSoTQ
    https://youtu.be/Lkj9cCpuLlU

    I am sorry those pics showed up so big. I made the post from my iPhone so I'm not sure how to make them smaller. Those pics didn't need to be that damn big. Again, I apologize.

    "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 mph, you're gonna see some serious shit!"
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    PrunciblePruncible Registered User regular
    I am sorry those pics showed up so big. I made the post from my iPhone so I'm not sure how to make them smaller. Those pics didn't need to be that damn big. Again, I apologize.

    Pssst, you can edit your post so you don't quote the giant images so they're not in here twice. =)

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    crowtalescrowtales Registered User regular
    I had a pretty good PaxEast for Pins. I got all of my intended pins, and the stuff for my PinPals. I even managed to introduce a few folks in line at the PinTrade event to the Android Pin Tracker app.

    I think there were a few that I missed out on, but that happens every year. Last year was the Overwatch Gold. Before that, Leeroy and the DnD pin. This year, for me was the Amplitude pin. I got two, but they go to my PinPals first. But I got the Teemo Pin, the CyberDemon Pin, and I got to introduce my family to a bit of pin trading.

    Hell, I even picked up a Polaroid, which completes my Armadeaddon set. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the experience. Oh - and the Pin Trade Event still had some real gems. You just had to be lucky (as usual).

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    SAIKOseanSAIKOsean Seattle, WARegistered User new member
    edited April 2016
    Well, this will be my first official post on this site. Kind of fitting as this was my first PAX east. I live in Seattle and have been to the past 3 primes, I've collected pins my whole life So I guess it was fitting that my first PAX was the year they started pins. My friends and I went to the pinny pals panel last year at prime, and traded with several members during but we never thought to make accounts here or anything like that. Fast forward to East this year and the pinny pals panel (Where I won two Amplitude pins in the raffle and my roommate won the entire twitch set) and trading with you guys at the community trading event all 3 days, I decided to make an account and try to be semi active here.

    As this was my first PAX east I thought it was pretty great. Day one started by being up at 6:30 and in line to get in by 7:10, then in the merch light line for LE pins, a core set, and a hoody (which sold out the first day). Then we decided to head down and check out Bethesda, expecting the pin allotment for the day to be gone since last year I was in line for their booth at 10:03 am and wound up buying the last 2 Vault Boy pins for the day. We were shocked, but pleased to find out that they still had pins. Saturday saw us getting to both the Gwent and Master of Orion panel to get those pins and waiting 3 hours in line to play Law/Breakers. All in all a fantastic experience, but the best parts in my book were the community pin trading events, spending an hour or so each day talking to, admiring, and trading with people was what put me over the edge and made me make an account here. Here's to the next few months passing with haste so that Prime can show up with it's 4 days of wonder, sore feet, thinning wallets... And pins!

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    evanephrineevanephrine ev-an-eff-rinn Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Otherwise, I had no idea we were having community meetups daily, so that's another thing that may need some more visibility for new and veteran traders alike.

    The community events were posted about in This Thread as well as noted on Slack, however having a PinnyPals presence on Twitter is something that is in development since there are a handful of accounts floating around with no real coordination.

    My East was overall super awesome and pin-filled. I'm extremely pleased at how the community events are shaping up and the future of them is looking brighter and brighter as more of us attend. If you did show up and have any suggestions for the planning/execution of the trading events, let me know!

    Anyway I was really happy to see everyone again and meet a ton of new faces. If our Slack group is anything to go by we have a bunch of new interested faces from East so if anyone has any questions, this is the place to ask. I do regret going so hard into pins this PAX since it didn't feel like I got much PAXing done outside of the shineys. I did my traditional Storytime, Q&A, Make-a-Strip, and AI panels of course but I wish I had done more gaming, something I will strive for in future PAXen.

    Keep the stories rolling guys! I'd really like to hear about PAX from the viewpoint of more people who are just joining us.

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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    In response to @thx42: It seems like your attached image day1_expoline.jpg looks exactly like a pic I took at the expo. I'm not accusing you of taking my pic but how did it get attached to your post? It's at the bottom of your post where the attached images go, but it's the only one that didn't show up above in the post itself. It doesn't make any sense. I'm scratching my head here.

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    thx42thx42 SeattleRegistered User regular
    In response to @thx42: It seems like your attached image day1_expoline.jpg looks exactly like a pic I took at the expo. I'm not accusing you of taking my pic but how did it get attached to your post? It's at the bottom of your post where the attached images go, but it's the only one that didn't show up above in the post itself. It doesn't make any sense. I'm scratching my head here.

    There's an "Attach Image/File" button which gives you some bbcode to add an image inline - I guess I must have added some images, then changed my mind about including them and deleted the code, but they stayed at the bottom.

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    fishfishmonkeyhatfishfishmonkeyhat Freelance Pin Man Newcastle, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    BUT Y U STEAL PIC?!

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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    Yeah I didn't wanna accuse people of stealing my pic but it seems that's what you've done. I've looked at both pics over and over again and they are the same pic. I wanted to be absolutely sure before I started pointing fingers. So the question is, like @fishfishmonkeyhat said, why did you steal my pic?

    "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 mph, you're gonna see some serious shit!"
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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
    thx42 wrote: »
    In response to @thx42: It seems like your attached image day1_expoline.jpg looks exactly like a pic I took at the expo. I'm not accusing you of taking my pic but how did it get attached to your post? It's at the bottom of your post where the attached images go, but it's the only one that didn't show up above in the post itself. It doesn't make any sense. I'm scratching my head here.

    There's an "Attach Image/File" button which gives you some bbcode to add an image inline - I guess I must have added some images, then changed my mind about including them and deleted the code, but they stayed at the bottom.

    You changed your mind? Is it because maybe you thought better than to post MY pic? Take a look at my post on Facebook. I posted the pic RIGHT AFTER I took it.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156786790775693&set=a.10151896839730693.875985.649395692&type=3&theater

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    thx42thx42 SeattleRegistered User regular
    Yeah I didn't wanna accuse people of stealing my pic but it seems that's what you've done. I've looked at both pics over and over again and they are the same pic. I wanted to be absolutely sure before I started pointing fingers. So the question is, like @fishfishmonkeyhat said, why did you steal my pic?

    I'm sorry if you're actually upset about this - everything posted to whatsapp gets automatically downloaded to my photos, so it got mixed in with the ones I took.

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    HingoHingo Minneapolis, MNRegistered User regular
    This thread needs more chill.

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    2015 PAX Prime Omeganaut (I will forever hate Katamari)
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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    thx42 wrote: »
    Yeah I didn't wanna accuse people of stealing my pic but it seems that's what you've done. I've looked at both pics over and over again and they are the same pic. I wanted to be absolutely sure before I started pointing fingers. So the question is, like @fishfishmonkeyhat said, why did you steal my pic?

    I'm sorry if you're actually upset about this - everything posted to whatsapp gets automatically downloaded to my photos, so it got mixed in with the ones I took.

    I am in the Whatsapp group as well and I noticed this too. I apologize for the mistake. I see how it can happen. Again I apologize for the mixup.

    "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 mph, you're gonna see some serious shit!"
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    PAX_SkeletorPAX_Skeletor Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Yay, everyone is buds again. Hug it out guys! ;-)

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    imnotalawyerimnotalawyer Registered User regular
    edited April 2016
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    2016 was my first year actively collecting pins and I am thrilled to say I was able to get my mitts on a Leeroy!

    I got the Hearthstone card back in 2014 after waiting in line for the WoW alpha. I didn't think much of it as I didn't collect the pins and didn't play Hearthstone. I started playing HS in 2015 after it was released for mobile and have been hooked ever since. I was kicking myself for not tracking down Leeroy. I started looking around online and was astounded to see what the pin was going for. It seemed like it was out of my reach.

    I ended up making a post on the PAX subreddit back in the fall and lucked out big time! Someone was willing to trade (for the right pins). We coordinated the details shortly before the east and let me say I actually had a lot of fun tracking everything down!

    In the end I traded a Witcher, Teemo, and What Ho! pin for the Leeroy. So happy! If you're out there EngineerBabe thanks again!

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    LXAKA1287LXAKA1287 Freelancer Akron, OHRegistered User regular
    Hello everybody, long time lurker. Met a lot of people at PAX East this year via Pinny discussion. Was a fun way to spend time in the lines this year. If you talked to a guy named Patrick that had about 4-5 lanyards around his neck, that was me.

    I started collecting at PAX East 2014, and tried chasing show pins down last year (mostly the elusive Twitch Glitch, but I think everybody was). Was a bit more relaxed this year, attended several of the pin trading events and traded in lines.

    Was able to get all of my missing LRR (Minus Prof. Pigglesworth) and Camp Weedonwantcha pins in Bandland. Was able to snag a few of the East Poly LE pins on Saturday morning. Saturday was also a good day for the Harmonix pins...walked right up to their booth after the floor opeend and barely had a wait to jam out. Managed to do some trades to fill some Gabe and Tycho holes (trying to collect all of them as possible). Enjoyed the Staff trading event this year. Staging the groups was a nice change of pace. Pretty much was able to get all the show pins that appealed to me, plus a few extras.

    Overall, wasn't able to make any trades at the top of my list, but I'm OK with that. I've been hunting for a Hanna (trying to get all the Lookouts / Eyrewood pins) and a Twitch Glitch primarily. Not really looking to attempt to "collect them all", just the ones that appeal the most to me.

    Biggest thing I learned this year is that I need to try to find a better pin management system. Having 4-5 lanyards around my neck by the end of the weekend was line resistance training!

    Looking forward to being more active in the Pinny community, since I had a lot of fun talking pins at the show this year. I do have a Pin Trader page, and plan to be around the forums more.

    East 14/15/16/17/18/19 - South 17/18/19

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    I swear I'm not a completionist!
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    SennoSenno AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Yay - everyone is buds again. Big congrats on the Leeroy pin. Insane jealous here. Sounds like PAX East was all kinds of awesome.

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    timmywiltimmywil Chattanooga, TNRegistered User regular
    edited May 2016
    Thursday.

    I awoke – or, more accurately, entered a soporific, functional(ish) trance – at 3am. I caught a 5am flight and arrived in Boston around 11am. I went straight to my Airbnb, which was 15 minutes from the convention center. Before I was a software engineer, I fancied myself a chef specializing in traditional breakfast foods and pasta. I hadn't eaten yet and imagined myself a zombie with an ineluctable desire. So I hailed the magical Google Maps, and it presented me with a nearby grocery store. Scrambled eggs and orange juice refueled me. I was so reinvigorated that I felt it accommodated for my lack of breast feeding as a baby. During my mission for food, I received a message from frostbyte. We had previously worked out a deal on some pins. He was bored and available to meet. After I had chomped on nommy brains eaten eggs, I walked over to the Starbucks in the Westin.

    Apart from the Expo Hall, Starbucks has some of my favorite exhibits at PAX. frostbyte will forever be known to me as the first pinny pal that I met in person. maywest also dropped by our table. I recognized the name because I was familiar with her baggage. Literally. Her pinnypal bags are awesome. I then went back to my private abode and took a nap before the pinnypal dinner.

    The dinner.

    The good thing about the dinner was the people. I sat with pdk and jrr, who graciously answered my pin questions, like "what's that pin?" and "does this pin match my eyes?" I was heartened by the kindly welcome I received at their table. thx (which is an acronym or something, and not pronounced "thanks") even came by and told me how handsome I was.

    No.

    Wait.

    He sold me some fodder pins for staff trading.

    Anyway, I immediately felt like I belonged. Meeting everyone there was difficult, though, because of the...clamor coming from the other side of the room. It was a nostalgic amalgamation of 90s top hits including Dave Matthews, Maroon 5, and I think Third Eye Blind once. Fortunately, this did not dampen my spirits. The hype was real. It was PAX day zero.

    The dinner gathering moved to the basement floor of the Westin, where I played Secret Hitler with some fantastic, lying fascists.

    Friday. PAX day one.

    My excitement drove me to get out of bed at 6:15. I took a shower, got dressed, grabbed my bag and an apple, and took off towards Dunkin Donuts. By the way, is it a Boston thing for a single black coffee to take 10 minutes? It takes, what, 10 seconds to pour a coffee and put a top on? I waited for everyone else to get their orders of breakfast sandwiches, donuts, and blended diabetes potions first. DO PEOPLE NOT REALIZE THAT LACK OF COFFEE LEADS TO EXPLOSIONS?

    But once I had my coffee, I could once again appreciate things like sunlight, fresh air, and I did not want to rip the head off a bunny. I still got to the line around 7. It was a pleasant surprise that the line started moving around 7:30 instead of 8. Another line awaited me.

    I brought my camping chair this year due to popping a rip working out the week prior. My muscles are just too awesome for my bones. Having a chair helped me tremendously.

    Like several others, I had chosen to hit Bethesda first. Bethesda pins turned out to be easy to get, but we didn't know that at the time. I got 2 sets to start off my pin quest. I then made my way upstairs to check out the League line. It looked far too long. Since I was right there, I stepped into the diversity lounge to ask about the "auctions" Mike mentioned in his blog post of Hard Rock and Amplitude pins. It turned out they were just selling them for charity at $20 a piece. I went ahead and got 4 of each (they hadn't established a limit yet). This is when I ran into pdk, who had the same idea. Being on the correct floor, we made our way over to the Kickstarter room to pick up our "What Ho!" pins. I'm a huge fan of Pat Rothfuss, and so are some of my friends that didn't attend this year. I needed 5 of them. Unfortunately, the staff at the booth didn't even know about this pin yet and hadn't pulled them out of the boxes in the back. But, I knew that if it was anything like Talent Pipes, there would be plenty. pdk and I then made our way over to Bandland. My completionist brain squirrels were raging. I got a MC Frontalot, 2 Hockey Spoops, 1 LRR Muffins, 1 BBQ Creepy Doll, 1 Creepy Doll, 1 Haunted Beaver, and picked up my Dark Place Brian from Katie. Straub wasn't there yet, but I got 2 Cadavres later.

    During all of this, we saw a tweet from Brian that said there were 150 limited edition pins still available. That was surprising, so pdk and I got in the merch line. We were able to get our LEs, and I bought a case of Armadeaddon pins (which turned out to have a Cinna). I also bought 3 East sets and a sweatshirt. I didn't know it would sell out, but I'm wearing it right now, chumps!

    pdk and I then split up. By this time, the front doors to the Expo Hall were open, so I braved the crowds and made all of the purchase pins my quarries. I had also mapped out every booth that might possibly be selling pins from previous PAXes – I was still playing catchup. I started hitting all the booths that might satiate my pin lust.

    One of these booths was Death Squared. This is where I happened to meet the person I consider the Godfather of pins: darkinferno. He had noticed my pin enthusiasm through my slacking/foruming and decided to take me on as an apprentice of sorts. We set up a contract where I only had to assassinate 1 or 2 people. Basically, we traded a bunch of pins, but he was generous.

    Looking at my watch, I noticed that I still had time to catch the end of the pinny panel, but I didn't arrive in time to get a raffle ticket. It was fine, though. evanephrine's strong, utopian jawline was mesmerizing.

    After the panel, I went back to the Expo Hall and continued persecuting my bank account. All told, I ended up with a total of 6 D20s, 6 Lambdas, 4 Hobs, 7 Hair Trolls, 7 Wraiths, 6 Gnomes, 2 Bolverks, 2 more sets of Bethesda, 2 Troll Reveres, 1 Matriarch, 1 Surprise Attack Ninja, and I traded for 2 Cronos pins from Lawbreaker employees. Back in the Kickstarter room, I bought my 5 What Ho pins. All that was left were the panel pins and Teemo.

    When the Expo Hall closed, I rolled on upstairs to the community trading event. I met a couple more people and filled some holes in my collection. :eggplant:

    Timmy slept.

    Saturday.

    Some things at PAX always have a long line. If you want to fit more in the day, you have to arrive early. Getting close to the front of the queue line, or the merch lite line, or whatever, means you don't waste 2 hours when everything is open. On this day, I chose Merch Lite. I waited in line with frostbyte. I ran into him earlier that morning at Dunkin Disaster™. Since Merch Lite opened early, I got in line for Teemo around 9:15. I still ended up waiting an hour in that line, but it was better than two.

    I walked around the Expo Hall for a bit, traded for another Cronos, and bought some more pins that I thought could be good for trading later, but that didn't last long. The first pin panel was coming up: Mafia 3. Every attendee got one. I needed two, but I just happened to find a person behind me that didn't want their pin. He was either a kind soul or didn't give a shit about pins. Mostly, I suspect both.

    Pinpocalypse.

    Have you ever seen Perfect Storm? It's the story of 3 big storms converging to form a destructive, apocalyptic force that no fisherman – even one played by George Clooney – can survive. This was the scenario I was expecting. 2 pin panels at the same time as the staff trading event. Pin/fish seekers had to choose which one to go to first. Some thought they could sail through all 3 storms, but you had to do it in the right order or your mast would crack in half and the fishes would end up gnawing on your junk. If I was only collecting East pins, I would have played this differently. I chose the staff trading event because I needed not only this year's staff set, but last year's as well – I did end up getting both sets. And, I was still looking for several other more common pins I thought I might find there. I walked from staff trading to the 2nd half of the Orion panel, and this is where I started to remember that there were things besides pins at PAX that I wanted to see.

    I'm a geek. Um. Okay, look who I'm talking to, but let me be more specific. I love Firefly. If you didn't cry when Wash's fate was revealed in Serenity, you have no soul. You suck souls. You're like...soul sucker. And you suck.

    So, you can imagine how much I nerded out when I saw Alan Tudyk on stage. I'm also a big fan of his voice acting, so this panel was right up my alley.

    When I was little, I would go to Publix with my Mom. She'd let me go off by myself sometimes to grab a few things. This was my favorite part because I would find every Publix employee handing out delicious sample treats and visit each one. Sometimes, I could persuade them to give me more than one sample. As if Alan Tudyk himself had sensed my desires, the end of the Master of Orion panel was a lot like Publix. They handed out pins as you walked out, but you could walk right back in. I went out every exit. One guy at the end started handed out the extras to anybody around. There were plenty of pins and not enough attendees. It was like pin Christmas.

    And yet, I quickly learned that it was the Witcher pins that would turn out to be hard to get. My mission had failed. I had plenty of MoO pins, but no Witchers. I didn't care about that too much yet. Maybe I could find someone willing to trade for MoO later. Instead, I walked back to the Queue Room and got in line for Tudyk's autograph session. But after getting his autograph (and a wonderful Con Man sticker), I hit up staff trading again. The line wasn't very long at all.

    And then, something amazing happened. Brian's benevolence made up for my choice of the goblet with shiny jewels on it – I chose poorly, but was not slowly vaporized to dust. He had 10 Witchers for trading, and I got his last one. I was relieved, but still concerned because I wanted to get another one for my pin pal in Australia. Needless to say, I never did. Later at the community trading event, no one would trade their Witchers. They hoarded them like children with lollypops. Seriously. Haddy was one that would not let me have his lollypop and he's a poopyhead. That is all.

    Sunday

    Riftwalk was the first line of the day. I still needed one more Teemo for my pin pal. The League memorabilia wasn't my thing. I never got into League. I would have liked to have seen the Thresh costume they built, but he was at a panel or something. I leisurely made my way through it, looking at everything, but nothing really sparked my interest. I grabbed the pin at the end, and stepped into the diversity lounge and bought more Harmonix pins. I also went to the Expo Hall and picked up 2 more sets of Bethesda. I asked about the Doom pin in the display. The guy at the booth said he had some for those that asked about it. Woo! What a coincidence!

    Then, I went to Acquisitions Incorporated. This was probably my favorite one yet. Both Gabe and Pat took turns in the DM seat, and Jerry dropped some fucking awesome AI rhymes on us to close the session. If you haven't seen it, check it out on their twitch.

    Finally, I just walked around the Expo Hall. This is when I finally appreciated all the different booths. I had been so caught up in the pin quest, I hadn't stopped to notice the beauty around me. I paused and smelled the roses, and there were some pretty rad roses. I even ran into Pat Rothfuss. We fist-bumped.

    In the evening, after some mixups concerning which restaurant we were choosing, many of the pinnypals went to dinner. We talked about our pin quests and ate some excellent non-brain, perfectly normal food.

    By the way, I am not a zombie. If that is the impression you got, it is your fault. If you get close to me, any biting will be consensual.

    - Timmy

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    MarioManiacMarioManiac Registered User regular
    I went to the community trading events on Saturday and Sunday. This was my second PAX (PAX East 2015 was my first) but this was my first where I really got active in the community pin trading events and panels and such. I only wish I had gone to the Master of Orion autograph session after the panel as I hear they gave out extra pins there. I also wish I had gone to the staff trading event too, but I didn't totally know about it. I am not gonna miss it next year though (providing I get badges). Anyway, I had the turquoise hair. "Atomic Turquoise" from Manic Panic to be exact. Did anyone here notice me? I know I chatted with @00Fayt00 briefly at one of the community trading events and I think I traded a pin with him but I can't remember. @00Fayt00 if you remember us trading at all please refresh my memory. Did anyone happen to snap any pic with me in the background by chance? If not that's cool.

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    PAX_SkeletorPAX_Skeletor Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
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    E P I C

    Congrats, you are my pinnypal of the day. That was terrific!

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    Capt WasabiCapt Wasabi AustraliaRegistered User regular
    @timmywil
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    Congrats, you are my pinnypal of the day. That was terrific!

    That is a huge deal!!!! Despite the misleading award name @PAX_Skeletor does not give out this award very often at all!
    Cherish it.

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    Kiki Kiki Lady Moogle Hat Boston, MARegistered User regular
    This is way late but just going to state it here for the record: @Juicesir and I got the What Ho! pin directly from trading with Rothfuss. He was sad because he hadn't had time to trade at all! As a newer pinny this was kind of a rare and sacred moment. It was late on Sunday after the AI panel and the Expo was closed (and PAX was pretty much over), but amongst other memories shines bright... much like all my new pins. :D

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