PAX West Staff Pin Trading
Schedule is up, this year it is on day one, Friday the 2nd, at 4pm.
I don't like it. During expo hours, on the first day. Gonna be a race to pick up enough pins to be able to trade for all the staff pins. Either that or drop the money on others to trade.
2015 PAX Prime Omeganaut (I will forever hate Katamari)
In any case, the same type of situation happened at East and I actually preferred it that way. You could walk into the staff trading line at any time during the two hours and have a spot. It's a compromise but in my opinion the outcome is way better than the clusterfuck that was Prime 15 staff trading.
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All day Friday it seems like they're trying to get people out of Expo: Twitch panel, Markiplier, Pewdiepie, pin trading, etc. Expo might not be terrible!
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At East I had to miss staff trading and some other panels I wanted to intend. It's the nature of pax.
But don't let pin collecting stop you from going to something that you have top on your list.
You do have 4 days of pax. Sometimes you might get lucky and see staff trading near Main merch in the convention center.
Pinny Pal since PAX Prime 2013
All day every day, their goal is to get people out of the Convention Center. That is the core problem of running PAX. Too many people? Shut down by Fire Marshall.
Staff trading is super fun! The staff sits with a collection of pins in front of them, typically a mixture of a large amount of their own staff pins, a medium amount of "fodder" (common pins you can trade up for), and a couple rarer pins -- though the rare pins do get snatched up very quickly, so keep a sharp eye! Trading here follows the rules of staff trading elsewhere; only two trades per staff member. You can trade with what's on their table in front of them AND what's on their lanyard. Some staff do little games or raffles, though at the busier PAXen we don't see it as much due to time constraints and crowd size.
It's a great way to get to chat with staff, get the staff pins you need, and try to find some non-staff pins you don't have yet. It's also an awesome place to get to know the members of the community (tons of trading in the line!). Arm yourself with a good amount of fodder and get ready to have fun!