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Post PAX West: Welcome New Members and Community Event Feedback!

evanephrineevanephrine ev-an-eff-rinnSeattle, WARegistered User regular
Hi Pinny Pals!

Now that West is over and we're sinking into the throes of Post PAX Depression let's look back on the good 'ol days of last week and rehash our PAX West experiences!

To all the new members joining us from PAX, WELCOME! We are so happy to have you here, and I for one would love to hear your story. How long have you been going to PAX and/or collecting? How did you stumble here? What was your favorite part of West? Hit me!

For everyone, we had many different community events this event: Pre-PAX Dinner, the Game of Pins Panel, and Community Trading Meetups to name some. I'd really like to get some feedback on these events since we as a community, and I as a person, should constantly try to improve them. Did you like them? Were the panel topics interesting? Was the dinner tasty and fun? Are the Trading Meetups any less than perfect? What went well? What went poorly? Did you like the handouts? Please please let us know!

Thank you all in advance for the input, and if you're a new Pinny Pal, welcome to the family.

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    seafaustseafaust Mr MarylandRegistered User new member
    The handouts were fantastic. Used it all weekend. Loved the community trading event, and the table next to Merch. Having the individual tables at the community trading was a huge improvement and made things much easier.

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    CoreyGirlCoreyGirl Vancouver, BCRegistered User regular
    I had a great time! My first PAX Prime was 2009 I think.. and then I didnt attend again until 2015. That year I bought a Tenko Kings pin (not pinny arcade) and the Weedonwantcha Cats pin (because cats, duh). This year, I went to the merch line and saw the Kemper set! Kemper!! Well, that got me started.. I googled Pinny Pals, got on the slack and got to chatting with fancydancymaho. She is/was SO helpful! So really inviting from the start. I went to a community event and made one trade and tried a couple others. Being completely new to trading pins, I had no idea what I was doing or if anything I was asking was insulting or whatever. Everyone was friendly and polite. I was sad to have to run to the AI panel.. I also visited the table next to merch and chatting briefly with other friendly helpful peeps.

    So thanks for being such a fun group to be a new member of! Now I just have to figure out how to keep up with all of the slack channel chats and get to know the people in there!

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    mathismathis Registered User regular
    I've been going to PAX since 2012. This is the first year I actually got into the pin trading. Previous years I just bought the ones from games I played or that I liked. This year I expanded out to some of the other pins. My collection is still pretty small. I didn't do much of the community events because I didn't know about them until after my first day of PAX when I went to the panel and heard about the slack and events. Everyone is really nice and I enjoyed the staff trading and the table next to the merch booth. I look forward to my next PAX where I can attend more of the social aspects of the trading community.

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    karaksindrukaraksindru Registered User new member
    Like @mathis, this was the first PAX I did any trading. I've been aware of the pins for a while, and got a few that looked neat, or were from creators I really liked (Loading Ready Run and others). I've been to most Primes since 2012 or so, but mostly hung out with friends in the board game free play area, realized I could play board games at home with the same people without the hassle of finding tickets and fewer crowds, and stopped trying to go to PAX at all. Then my coworker got in to the pin trading. He offered me passes and I started my life as a pin mule at Prime 2015. East 2016 was my first non-Prime PAX, and going to the pin trading events, and gathering pins, actually made PAX entertaining again. Prime 2016 was the most fun I've had at Prime in years, almost entirely because of the pinny community.

    The handouts were great! I grabbed a small handful from one of the community events and handed them out to people when they asked "What's with all the pins? Why is this knot of people at the end of the merch booth staring at these binders full of pins?"

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    sirensiren Registered User regular
    Even though I couldn't make most of the events, loved it all. I noticed a big uptake in amount of new pin traders this year compared to last year and most of them said they had attended one of the events you listed.

    The Pin Quest handouts that were given to the line at mini-merch on Friday morning rocked. It really helped my wife and friend to figure out what pins they wanted to go for as they are not full collectors.

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    skellerskeller San DiegoRegistered User regular
    I made the panel and two of the community trading events, and loved them both. @Hingo's talk about good displays has inspired me to step my game up a bit on that front (I am one of those "slanted rows on unframed corkboard" peasants at the moment). Katie Rice was really fun and OMG KART AND NINTENDO PINS! Then trading ruled -- I made several trades I'm really happy about and had a blast just looking at everyone's collections. If I'd have known how much fun that was I would've gone to the first two as well.

    And I really liked the handouts. I was pretty aware of the pin quest before the show, but I can never keep all the staff pins straight so having that handout was incredibly helpful.

    I feel like I graduated probably from newbie to intermediate trader (I got my first pins at Prime 15 and spent the last year honing my collection and skills). One interesting thing was people would stop me and look at my pins on my lanyard and remark, "Oh my gosh! You have so many!" And I wanted to say, "No I don't! Not really! Just around 150 or something," and then I realized that is a ton of damn pins! So it was good in that sense, especially at the trading events, to seethat even though I don't stack up against a lot of the more active folks in the forums/slack, I have a pretty decent collection compared to what is probably the majority of people in the hobby.

    Also as a sidenote, I came with three friends all of whom started the weekend making fun of my pins. Then randomly on Friday morning two of them were at Merch Lite with me at 7 am and they were grabbing pins by the handful. My third friend was more reluctant, but he ended up leaving with more than a dozen pins himself. So it's spreading.

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    SolelronSolelron Wandering Gamer Cornelius, ORRegistered User regular
    I've been in Pinny trading since they came to Prime. The panel this year was SO much better. All the details on everything else made me excited to see and enjoy with all my friends.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't make any of the Community events due to other commitments. This being said I have heard nothing but great things. My only feedback would be to attempt to vary the locations so people who are locked into location (or are limited in mobility) and such may be able to better access them. By the time many of the later ones finished, the shuttle had stopped running.

    Next year I am going to attempt to make sure my schedule for booth work has more flexibility! :)

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    Count3DCount3D Count Vancouver, BCRegistered User regular
    I had a good time! My first PAX Prime was in 2007, so I'll be hitting a milestone if I make it next year.

    I collected the PAX Prime set the first year Pinnys were released but didn't expect the community to explode. I took a year off the second year and came back into it last year once I saw how much it had grown.

    I was late to the Pinny community panel this year and apparently missed getting entered into the drawings for the pins at the end- wasn't too concerned but how do I get the "PAX West community panel" stamp on the Pinny Pals site?

    The Pre-PAX Dinner was good, the people I met there I ended up seeing a lot at various pin events throughout the weekend. The little Pin Quest sheets were GREAT not only for me but for the people I ended up chatting to about the various pins that were out there.

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    D0rkAnglD0rkAngl Lynnwood, WARegistered User regular
    @ducktape74 suggested to me that a "So You're New To Pinny Trading" handout might be nice. Something more than just the list of this year's pins, with a bit of history and some of the etiquette behind it all and suggestions for valuing the early trades (1-1 in many cases, pay attention to what's hard to get, etc). I think it would be useful for the newbie that we pick up at every PAX.

    Loved the Pre-PAX dinner, it was awesome. Missed the panel, but staff trading and community trading were both awesome this year.

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    TheAggroCraigTheAggroCraig Ultimate Lucky Douchebag MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    This was definitely one of the better PRIMES I've been to, if not the best. Huge shouts to @merchmistress for putting together the community "staff" trading on Sunday, I really hope to do that again in the future.

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    theoriginalztheoriginalz PhillyRegistered User regular
    Yeah, gotta say the community "staff" trading events were the highlight of the show. Having an early staff trading event on friday was a serious bummer, but having our own thing all weekend was awesome.

    Trade pins with me! Pinny LanyardjlB4Ded.png
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    thefawnnthefawnn Draws pictures and loves Gabe seattle, WARegistered User regular
    @D0rkAngl I love that idea! A quick-hit little FAQ would be awesome for new traders. Ideas for South @evanephrine ! ;)

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    fishfishmonkeyhatfishfishmonkeyhat Freelance Pin Man Newcastle, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2016
    Count3D wrote: »
    I was late to the Pinny community panel this year and apparently missed getting entered into the drawings for the pins at the end- wasn't too concerned but how do I get the "PAX West community panel" stamp on the Pinny Pals site?

    There was probably a code handed out as you entered. If someone can vouch for you being there @grgemonkey can probably hook you up?

    ....and I just remembered I forgot to get my pal to get me one... Hey grge hook a brother up?!

    fishfishmonkeyhat on
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    Count3DCount3D Count Vancouver, BCRegistered User regular
    There was probably a code handed out as you entered. If someone can vouch for you being there @grgemonkey can probably hook you up?

    ....and I just remembered I forgot to get my pal to get me one... Hey grge hook a brother up?!

    I was the first person to ask a question during the Q&A- about which cartoonist/artist they'd like to see next, now that Bill Amend released Quincy. :-)

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    fishfishmonkeyhatfishfishmonkeyhat Freelance Pin Man Newcastle, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Excellent!

    Also @grgemonkey my pal got there late and needs a code as well!

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    grgemonkeygrgemonkey Registered User regular
    Your on your own @fishfishmonkeyhat

    I've already given every one strict instructions not to tell you what to do to get it. I will give you a hint though, there's only one code, it's the same for everyone.

    Good luck.

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    fishfishmonkeyhatfishfishmonkeyhat Freelance Pin Man Newcastle, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Oh good that should be easy then!

    :P

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    merchmistressmerchmistress Registered User regular
    Let me say a huge THANK YOU to the Pin Pals who stepped up, skipped lines and panels to come trade with fans at the Merch table! This was such a crazy busy year for staff and you all stepped up to engage our community and share the pin love! Very much appreciated! ❤️

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    evanephrineevanephrine ev-an-eff-rinn Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Thanks everyone for the input so far! I'm fastidiously taking notes so we can make the next round of community events event better. @merchmistress That was a great time trading as impromptu staff, we definitely should organize that again!

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    SuethesquidSuethesquid Registered User regular
    Hi! I am so excited that this is a thing! I have been attending East every year since 2013. When South opened in 2015, I checked that out too. This year was my first West. I have been collecting pins nonchalantly over the years, basically grabbing whatever called to me. This year at West was different for some reason. I saw the South Park pins and decided that they must be MINE. Standing in line for over an hour made me realize that I really enjoyed the work to get the pins. I went a little overboard purchasing the blind bag Exploding Kittens pins. I ran around like crazy trying to trade for the rest of the set and I loved every minute of it.

    I have always seen the pinny arcade events but figured I wasn't hardcore enough to get involved. Now I can't wait for East to check out the community. I am reading up on all of the stuff in the forum now to try and get caught up. There is a lot of information and different ways to connect, it is a little overwhelming at the moment, but I'll get it sorted.

    ElucidatingElcor (PinnyPals & Slack)
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    D0rkAnglD0rkAngl Lynnwood, WARegistered User regular
    One thing we need to keep in mind is that many of us have varying levels of social anxiety. The first trip into a successful community trading event can be really stressful for some veterans, and I'm willing to bet some potential newbies walk up to room, look in, and turn around and leave. Even for the ones that do make it in the worry about walking up to a table covered in pins and making a "dumb offer" can keep some from ever really getting into it.

    I don't know what (if any) the solution is, but I figured it was worth pointing out just get some gears turning. Maybe some smaller trading events? (The staff tables are great for this I think, 1-1 trades are awesome for newbies! ... but is it enough? I dunno.)

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    thefawnnthefawnn Draws pictures and loves Gabe seattle, WARegistered User regular
    D0rkAngl wrote: »
    One thing we need to keep in mind is that many of us have varying levels of social anxiety. The first trip into a successful community trading event can be really stressful for some veterans, and I'm willing to bet some potential newbies walk up to room, look in, and turn around and leave. Even for the ones that do make it in the worry about walking up to a table covered in pins and making a "dumb offer" can keep some from ever really getting into it.

    I don't know what (if any) the solution is, but I figured it was worth pointing out just get some gears turning. Maybe some smaller trading events? (The staff tables are great for this I think, 1-1 trades are awesome for newbies! ... but is it enough? I dunno.)
    We tried to ease that a bit by having our table set up at the front with info and friendly smiles :P Hopefully it helped somewhat!

    When I was a new trader, the Staff Trading was actually the most stressful for me; I was extremely shy, and trading with PA staff was really intimidating. I think the group trading events would have been a little easier (had I attended them in the past, haha).

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    NodozNodoz Registered User new member
    I've been going to Prime since 07. I never really noticed the whole pin trading scene until this PAX when my friends started talking about going after the Youseeks pin and the South Park pins. Then one of my friends acquired 4 Toejam and Earl pins and gave them away only to later discover he greatly misjudged their value and could have traded it for a few more pins he wanted. After those events I got kind of hooked and bought a few sets and started chasing down a few pins. There's not a whole lot of pins I want, but there's enough to keep me interested and it was pretty fun trying to hunt everything down.

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    CertifiableCertifiable Washougal, WARegistered User new member
    I really loved the the handouts with the Pin Quest. Really saved my bacon. I had printed it out at home, and promptly left it there (with all my notes).
    I'd like to see something that identifies PinnyPals (other than the messenger bags as not everyone has (or can get) one). It's nice to put faces to names.

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    theoriginalztheoriginalz PhillyRegistered User regular
    I'd like to see something that identifies PinnyPals (other than the messenger bags as not everyone has (or can get) one). It's nice to put faces to names.

    @maywest offers bags several months leading up to most PAXen on the forums to any and all who want one. :)

    Trade pins with me! Pinny LanyardjlB4Ded.png
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    SolelronSolelron Wandering Gamer Cornelius, ORRegistered User regular
    I really loved the the handouts with the Pin Quest. Really saved my bacon. I had printed it out at home, and promptly left it there (with all my notes).
    I'd like to see something that identifies PinnyPals (other than the messenger bags as not everyone has (or can get) one). It's nice to put faces to names.

    My wife started working on pics with faces at West. We didn't get them all done though for various reasons. We will try to figure out how to compile them.

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    RenfamousRenfamous Weeb, Unexceptional Cosplayer Houston, TexasRegistered User regular
    Please direct all inquiries regarding use of my likeness to my agent @Hingo

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    SolelronSolelron Wandering Gamer Cornelius, ORRegistered User regular
    Renfamous wrote: »
    Please direct all inquiries regarding use of my likeness to my agent @Hingo

    yeah I don't think you made the photo collection :) they were all done with permission, holding a boogie board :)

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