PAX South is in 2 WEEKS and it's time that we get some good ole seating charts going! I am running a bit behind so please don't kill me... Check out the details below and get those requests in! If you wanna be by your friends and play some awesome games, make sure to reserve a section for your computers!
To request group seating, use the seating chart below to choose your seats and email
If you're getting this, that means you have purchased a BYOC spot at PAX South 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 [email protected]
or to help ensure others benefit from your question, post in our forums at http://forums.penny-arcade.com/categories/pax-south
--- PAX South Badge Registration ---
Your PAX South BYOC badges should already be mailed to you. If you do not have yours please contact [email protected]
or pick them up at WILL CALL.
--- Getting There ---
The BYOC Room is located on the furthest North-West section of the building past the Expo Hall.
You will be allowed to enter the building early, at 8:00am on Friday ONLY, to begin checking in and getting seated. Entry on Saturday, and Sunday begin at 10:00am. If you are driving in, the best way to get in will be through the loading dock which will be open for BYOC Load-in from 8am-noon on Friday. The image below shows how to get there:http://hw1.pa-cdn.com/pax/resources/south/BYOC Map.png
This is an active loading dock so we have to be strict, you'll only have about 5 minutes of unloading time before we'll need you to park your car.
If you haven't received your badge yet for whatever reason, you'll need to pick it up from Will Call at our Registration Desk in Main Lobby. You'll probably want to leave your computer in the car until you get the badge. If that's impossible for whatever reason, then just bring your rig to the load-in entrance and we'll try to prevent you from having to run around while carrying 50lbs of steel.
If you are walking in with your computer, use the Exhibitor/Media/Medical Pass entrance in front of the Main Lobby to avoid having to wait in a huge line with your rig.
--- Basic LAN Party Information ---
If you've never been to a LAN party, be sure to bring the following equipment:
- BYOC Pass
- Monitor (Please no bigger than 27" LCD) and connecting cable
- Mouse (we recommend wired, just to avoid any potential interference)
- Mouse pad
- Ethernet cable (25 feet should be sufficient)
- Power cables (but no extension cords or power strips. Maximum of two power connected devices)
- 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 or BYOC Help Desk and we might be able to help out.
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!
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. We would also like to remind everyone that there is absolutely NO personal network equipment allowed (Switches, routers, WiFi AP’s, etc).
***AGAIN, PATCH YOUR PC BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. WE CANNOT EXPRESS THIS ENOUGH***
The PAX SOUTH BYOC schedule is as follows:
Friday: 8:00am - 11:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
--- Tournament Schedule ---
The PC Tournament Schedule can be found on the PAX South website here: http://south.paxsite.com/schedule/category/pc-s
Note these do not include BYOC exclusive events that we'll be peer pressuring you into.
--- BYOC Contests ---
The BYOC 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 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….it’s for your own protection.
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 phones, tablets, portable game consoles, CD's, 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 Discord and Ventrilo servers available for tournaments and public gaming. While we will have the clients available on our file server, it is recommended that you download and install clients before hand.
See you soon, everyone, and we hope you have a great time!
For Intel LANFest sponsored BYOCs this was not true, they were networked with the PC Freeplay computers. I don't know how the routing worked exactly as I never saw them on BYOC servers but I have definitely played games with people in freeplay in the past. Not sure how it's going to work with the new sponsor though.
Yeah I didn't see it work that way East or Prime this year but whoever sponsors South could potentially do it.
But please don't abandon your 10 year old without minecraft working to go do the expo hall. That was an awkward few hours.
Oh, I wouldn't dream of that! He's 13 now, and even the worst I did last year was leave him in the free play section for about five-minutes so I could run to pee. He's got an anxiety disorder, so I seriously doubt he'd let me abandon him even if I WANTED to. We actually bought my brother a ticket this year so he could accompany him for some of the time to give me a bit of a break AND let my son feel safe wandering with his really cool young uncle instead of his boring old mother! lol!
What is the seat assignment process for groups smaller than six?
Is there someplace to get more information about where we are supposed to bring our computers? I've searched the forums and can't seem to find anything discussing the setup line or any other information about setting up our computers.