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PAX West 2016 - It's Prime Time for Buttoneering!

MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17NebraskaRegistered User regular
edited August 2016 in PAX West
Hey Guys,

I saw that the buttoneering thread hasn't returned, so I thought I'd spin one up really fast, so we know who's going to bring some buttons to PAX!

After asking JonXP for permission, I'm going to try to get this event rolling! JonXP can't make it out to Prime this year. Thanks JonXP for all of the hard work!

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PAX PRIME BUTTONEERING 2016!

Pin trading is growing big, but why not also trade some personal buttons and meet up with fellow PAX attendees! We are getting a bit of a late start, but it would be awesome to try to see what we can pull off in a short amount of time.

What is Buttoneering?

Buttoneering is a meta-game that takes place every year at PAX Prime (and to a lesser extent PAX East and other events). You play by printing up a large number of buttons with a picture that represents you, and then find other people at your event to trade with you. It is remarkably easy to do, and it's a great way to meet people. Additionally, you come away with a huge number of buttons that are a unique souvenir of your time.

What are the rules?

Well, there are only a couple. First, if you get a button you should give a button, and vice versa. This applies to the "avatar" button, which is the one that represents you personally. If you have made other buttons representing a group, game, or are just something special, you can set your own rules for what people need to do to get them. As usual, follow Wheaton's Law for maximum fun.

How did Buttoneering start?

It started out as a problem at PAX 2008 for members of the PAX Forum Community. They wanted a way to be able to pick each other out of the crowd of more than 55,000 gamers. The initial idea was for t-shirts with everyone's avatars printed on them. Once someone pointed out the added benefit of being able to smell fellow forum members coming, other ideas were proposed.

Finally, everyone settled on making buttons with their avatars on them. After some initial research, it was discovered that one could get bulk amounts of these created for relatively cheaply, and the idea of PAX Button Exchange was born!

Where can I get buttons?

We recommended PureButtons because of their excellent customer service, good prices, and being all-around cool folks. No, we don't get paid to say that. If you're not in the U.S., feel free to ask in the thread to find info on providers closer to home, or if you're the trusting type, ask if you can ship the buttons to someone who is, to save yourself some shipping costs. PureButtons has also given us a special promo code for us to use to save a few bucks on an order. Please send me a private message here on the forum and I'll respond with the code!

When should I purchase buttons?

As soon as you can. Most button manufacturers need at least 1-3 business days to make your order plus the time to ship to you. This can easily add up to around a week of waiting to get your buttons. If it is around August 13th and you still need to order buttons, you should check with the site to see if they can deliver them to you on time (or to a trusted friend who is closer).

How do I participate?

Here are the steps for participating in Buttoneering:
Choose your button size and shape, and make your artwork. 1.5 inch round buttons are by far the most popular, and are a good compromise between price and size.
Order your buttons. With the late start this year, a small batch of 25-50 may be sufficient for trading. In the past, around 50-100 would be enough for trading throughout the weekend.
Upload your artwork to BUTTONEERING!, our official Buttoneering site. This is totally optional, but it provides a great way to keep track of your collection.
Go to PAX, trade with other Buttoneers, take pictures, have fun, and go home with a giant collection.

How do I make sure I have a chance at collecting all of the things!?
Come to a Buttoneering meetup! It is a great chance to meet fellow PAX goers and collect a lot of buttons! Currently, these are the times/places will be meeting up at.

Meetup Schedule
Saturday Morning, 9AM @ Juicy Cafe
Sunday Morning, 9AM @ Juicy Cafe
Monday Afternoon, After the Omegathon in front of the convention center main entrance

Other frequently asked questions:
Q. Why do you only list Purebuttons.com as a source of buttons? Are you banging the owner?
You are free to have your buttons made by anyone, make them your self if you'd like. Our prior experience shopping around last year has shown that you really can't beat the price Purebuttons offers for buttons in bulk. If you can, let us know your insider info.

Q. How do I get a button? What are these "bonus buttons"?
The buttons fall in to two categories, the "avatar" or "main" buttons, and the "bonus" variety. While there are no set rules for trading them, these general guidelines are encouraged:
- Avatar buttons should be traded for other Avatar buttons, with no challenges or criteria expected to be fulfilled other than you are both Buttoneers.
- Bonus buttons may (or may not!) have special criteria for receiving them, and may go to people outside the button game who fulfill the criteria. This could be a challenge ("What is the flightspeed of an unladen swallow?"), a requirement ("You must be a member of the CEOs of America Club"), or one may just ask for one (remember to say "Please").

Q. I want to make people stand on their head, nude, while singing "Yankee Doodle" to receive my buttons! Can't I do that?
It is perfectly within your rights, but don't expect many people to trade their buttons back with you.

Q. Do I have to purchase hundreds of buttons to participate?
Purchase as many or as little as you want. As they say the more the merrier, more than likely you will only be able to recieve as many buttons as you have to give. Last year a somewhat active person could easily go through 100+ buttons.

Q. With 55,000+ people, how will I find you all to get my trade on?
Many if not most of us will be attending various community ran events. Feel free to stop by the Pre-PAX Dinner, the Pre-PAX Movie, Pre-PAX Pubcrawl, or the Pre-PAX Breakfast. We'll be there in droves. Most people don't have problems finding others in any crowd. We stand out pretty hard.

Q. I want to make sure I get EVERY SINGLE BUTTON I can, will there be a Buttoneer meetup?
YES. See the schedule for the events. The one that is traditionally most attended is always in front of the convention center after the last round of the Omegathon.

Q. You said this is a game! How do we know who won?
Everyone is a winner! Especially you! You're so special, you know that?

Q. Will I be able to fly with my buttons. Are they considered an instrument of death?
As confirmed by the US TSA and experience from past years, 1" -1.5" buttons are not classified as an instrument of death even if you have a 100, and can be carried on or checked (they did say that depending on the TSA Agent you may be asked [forced at gun point] to check the buttons).
But remember this only applies to people whose flight originates in the US. If you are flying into the US with buttons make sure you check with your TSA equivalent before bringing them on a plane. The TSA people here also highly suggested that you check with US Customs (contact via your local embassy) before you try and bring them into the country (they indicated that the problem isn't with the button it's with what you could be hiding in the button). Recap: If you're in the US you can fly w/ buttons, if you're not you're probably better off mailing.

If you want to see an example of past year's buttons, you can see some of them at http://buttoneering.org/events/pax-prime-2014/buttons.
Or take a look at this year's uploaded buttons at http://www.buttoneering.org/events/pax-prime-2015/buttons

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  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2016
    Here's what I have created for this years PAX - (edit: they were huge, so instead, see the item links at the bottom)

    Double edit - I didn't design the OMG pin, credit to Thraxis/Shivin



    Find me at an OMG event to get the Omega-1UP!

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  • EgosEgos Registered User regular
    Are people still doing Buttons? I thought Pins killed it.

  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Pins tried to kill the buttons, but it failed!

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  • windfallwindfall Registered User regular
    I actually still have all my buttons from last year...

  • Hoboking006Hoboking006 Registered User regular
    I have buttons from last year.

    May PAX be upon you.
  • SolelronSolelron Resident MIB Cornelius, ORRegistered User regular
    wow I may bring my extras from the past few years....let me think on this..its always fun..

  • ShivinShivin OregonRegistered User regular
    Mighty wrote: »
    Here's what I have created for this years PAX - (edit: they were huge, so instead, see the item links at the bottom)



    Find me at an OMG event to get the Omega-1UP!

    Hey now...I did create the graphic for one of those :P I worked hard on that!

  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2016
    Shivin wrote: »
    Mighty wrote: »
    Here's what I have created for this years PAX - (edit: they were huge, so instead, see the item links at the bottom)



    Find me at an OMG event to get the Omega-1UP!

    Hey now...I did create the graphic for one of those :P I worked hard on that!

    Yeah, that is true. I only made the 1UP button art.

    I'm a FRAUD!

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  • ShivinShivin OregonRegistered User regular
    Mighty wrote: »
    Shivin wrote: »
    Mighty wrote: »
    Here's what I have created for this years PAX - (edit: they were huge, so instead, see the item links at the bottom)



    Find me at an OMG event to get the Omega-1UP!

    Hey now...I did create the graphic for one of those :P I worked hard on that!

    Yeah, that is true. I only made the 1UP button art.

    I'm a FRAUD!

    lol

  • SanDogWepsSanDogWeps Limerick Monger San DiegoRegistered User regular
    Huh - guess Avatar Gameworks is back in business...

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  • zannahzannah Registered User regular
    I am sad about the lack of buttoneering activity this year. :(

    Mightychop
  • DapperPumpkinDapperPumpkin Registered User regular
    I'd love to participate but it's not in the budget this year :(

  • vidvid Hot Dog Wizard Registered User regular
    I decided to order a few so I can join in on the fun this year. I've always admired the buttoneers and I guess it's time to do my part to keep the lovely tradition going.

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  • alegriaalegria Registered User regular
    I didn't really get any button trading last year, even at the meetups. I wasn't planning on participating much this year, but might bring some older buttons if there's interest.

    If you'd like the button collection bin, I can bring that and pass it off to someone. :)

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I always try to bring my buttons from previous years for anyone who I encounter that wants one, or wants to trade. I think I'm done making new ones for awhile, but I've got a bunch of different designs from years past.

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  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    alegria wrote: »
    I didn't really get any button trading last year, even at the meetups. I wasn't planning on participating much this year, but might bring some older buttons if there's interest.

    If you'd like the button collection bin, I can bring that and pass it off to someone. :)

    Wasn't there normally one at the BYOC so the buttons could be given to Gabe/Tycho?

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  • alegriaalegria Registered User regular
    Mighty wrote: »
    alegria wrote: »
    I didn't really get any button trading last year, even at the meetups. I wasn't planning on participating much this year, but might bring some older buttons if there's interest.

    If you'd like the button collection bin, I can bring that and pass it off to someone. :)

    Wasn't there normally one at the BYOC so the buttons could be given to Gabe/Tycho?

    That would be the one, yes. I made it out of a JT Baker 2.5kg chemical bottle several years ago and just keep bringing it back every year. :)

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  • chopchop Registered User regular
    Don't let the buttoneering die! Outside of meetups and general wanderings, there are usually 1 or 2 people at the PAX Info booth who'll have buttons.

  • vidvid Hot Dog Wizard Registered User regular
    Are there any plans to update the Buttoneering site? Seems like you can't upload designs currently, and PAX West 2016 isn't listed yet.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    vid wrote: »
    Are there any plans to update the Buttoneering site? Seems like you can't upload designs currently, and PAX West 2016 isn't listed yet.
    @jonxp ?

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  • chopchop Registered User regular
    At least today, the "freeship" code is working which saved me $14.

    alegriaMighty
  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    chop wrote: »
    At least today, the "freeship" code is working which saved me $14.

    Yeah, the shipping on the buttons is insane, for some reason.

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  • YamaraYamara Registered User regular
    Shipping is pricey because buttons are made of metal and thus a bit heavy. I'll bring some buttons myself. If I'd been pinged earlier, I would have revamped the usual Buttoneers button for 2016.

    I know Pinny Arcade did steal some very fervent buttoneers.

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  • nerdgaymernerdgaymer Registered User regular
    I will have some buttons for trading, will be sort of a spray paint-y kind of design.

  • Goblin ScrewdriverGoblin Screwdriver Registered User regular
    Well, might be the first year I miss Buttoneering. I just put my order in last night and paid for 2-day shipping so let's see if they arrive in Seattle on time. Here's my art for this year. This time it's Destiny themed.
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  • Crispy262Crispy262 HuffleDRUNK @Hogwarts Castle BasementRegistered User regular
    My wife, daughter and I will each have buttons available plus some extras from prior years.

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  • thx42thx42 SeattleRegistered User regular
    I've never done this before, so I don't know if this is cool or not, but I made a design of what the PAX Prime logo might have looked like, if they hadn't changed the name to West.
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  • Its_PinkIts_Pink Registered User new member
    Hi :) I am so putting this on my scheduled and coming to give you Eon Altar buttons!

  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Well, might be the first year I miss Buttoneering. I just put my order in last night and paid for 2-day shipping so let's see if they arrive in Seattle on time. Here's my art for this year. This time it's Destiny themed.
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    Oooh very nice!

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  • vidvid Hot Dog Wizard Registered User regular
    ...that moment when you realize you've left your buttons across the country.

    Guess I'll have some ready for next year :(

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  • VolkatVolkat Inventor of the letter D. T-town, WARegistered User regular
    Aww, man. I really wanted to participate again, but it just wasn't in the budget this year. Sucks cause buttoneering is one of my favorite parts of PAX...

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  • chopchop Registered User regular
    I went to juicy both days at 9:10, and no one was there. I even called out for buttoneers, nothing. Extremely disappointing

  • Goblin ScrewdriverGoblin Screwdriver Registered User regular
    Yep, it looks like we are facing extinction. There were only myself and three others for the post-PAX meetup outside the convention center. I assumed participation would be low this year but I didn't think it would be this bad.

    I'll keep at it for next year just because I like making buttons and have a enjoy keeping traditions. If anyone wants to do more to try and promote it I'd be happy to help.

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  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Yep, it looks like we are facing extinction. There were only myself and three others for the post-PAX meetup outside the convention center. I assumed participation would be low this year but I didn't think it would be this bad.

    I'll keep at it for next year just because I like making buttons and have a enjoy keeping traditions. If anyone wants to do more to try and promote it I'd be happy to help.

    It seems this may be the case. But I'll keep making buttons at least as long as i'm an OmegaNaut

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  • RILMSRILMS Corpus Christi, TXRegistered User regular
    Mighty, I got your buttons just before the Omegathon. They looked great! Thanks again :)

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  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    RILMS wrote: »
    Mighty, I got your buttons just before the Omegathon. They looked great! Thanks again :)

    No problem dude! I just wish I'd seen you sooner so I could have given you some extra to trade with.

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  • Goblin ScrewdriverGoblin Screwdriver Registered User regular
    Mighty wrote: »
    Yep, it looks like we are facing extinction. There were only myself and three others for the post-PAX meetup outside the convention center. I assumed participation would be low this year but I didn't think it would be this bad.

    I'll keep at it for next year just because I like making buttons and have a enjoy keeping traditions. If anyone wants to do more to try and promote it I'd be happy to help.

    It seems this may be the case. But I'll keep making buttons at least as long as i'm an OmegaNaut
    So as long as they keep making Mario the final round? ;)

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  • RILMSRILMS Corpus Christi, TXRegistered User regular
    Mighty wrote: »
    RILMS wrote: »
    Mighty, I got your buttons just before the Omegathon. They looked great! Thanks again :)

    No problem dude! I just wish I'd seen you sooner so I could have given you some extra to trade with.

    No worries! I hope you get a better final for you next time :D

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  • dragonmammadragonmamma OregonRegistered User regular
    Do we have a 2017 group?

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