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PAX West 2017 Information, FAQ, and Q&A Thread (Ask Questions Here!)

zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
edited April 16 in PAX West
*Note: and yes, we mean any sort of question, especially if it's not covered by the FAQ. Please do NOT make a new thread to ask your question, just post it here. It will be answered. If there's another thread that is topical to your question already, that might be a good place to ask it as well, but this is a catch-all for the many many questions that don't need their own multi-page thread for a topic.

This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom). Please keep focused on the Q&A nature of this thread.

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When: September 1st-4th, 2017

Where: Washington State Convention Centre

What:
Wikipedia wrote:
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is an annual gamer festival held in Washington. PAX was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show that gave equal attention to video gamers, computer gamers, and tabletop gamers. No such show existed, so PAX was born.

Created in 2004, PAX has doubled in size each successive year until it started taking over the City of Seattle. Last year, PAX West had venue space not only in the WSCC, but in the Paramount Theatre, Benaroya Theatre, and in most of the ballrooms in the surrounding hotels. Who know’s what part of Seattle PAX will take over next!!

All of the information found in this FAQ plus many more interesting tidbits and guides can be found on our PAX Community Wiki

Links:
Penny Arcade
PAX West Website

What this forum is: This forum is for the discussion of PAX West and for interacting with the PAX West community. Many folks use it for finding people to carpool or caravan with, finding people to split the cost of a hotel room, and general questions and information about PAX as well as community events and gatherings.

Click here for the Official PAX West FAQ

Without further ado, here's the community-based FAQ

Table of Contents

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    General Stuff (top)

    HOW DO I FIND ANYTHING IN THIS FAQ?!? give me the tl;dr!
    Use the Table of Contents! Use search! If you still can't find the answer to your question, ask it in the thread!

    When will <this thing I need to know about> be announced?
    Soon™! Don't expect any definite announcements any sooner than 3-4 weeks before PAX. Don't expect a final schedule and show map until about two weeks before PAX. If you're curious if your favourite game developer, journalist, internet personality is going to be there, shoot them an e-mail and ask, because if it hasn't been announced, we don't know either.

    How do I register for PAX?
    Registration will be open on the PAX West website. Follow http://twitter.com/official_pax for the announcement of when registration goes up! It has been said on twitter that this won't occur before May!

    What types of passes will be available?
    Single day badges for each of Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

    Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
    No.

    I’m from outside of the US and I did not choose the FedEx shipping option, where do I pick up my pass?
    Will call! This is located at the Ticket Booth windows outside of the WSCC.

    Can I apply to be an Enforcer and help out at PAX?
    If more enforcers are needed, an announcement will be made with a link to the application on the PAX West site.

    What are the hours of PAX?
    EVENT HOURS
    Friday, Sept 1st - 10am - 12am
    Saturday, Sept 2nd - 10am - 12am
    Sunday, Sept 3rd - 10am - 12am
    Monday, Sept 4th - 10am - 6pm
    EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
    Friday, Sept 1st - 10am - 6pm
    Saturday, Sept 2nd - 10am - 6pm
    Sunday, Sept 3rd - 10am - 6pm
    Monday, Sept 4th - 10am - 6pm

    What does BYOC stand for?
    Bring Your Own Computer. This is a large LAN party within PAX! You can purchase a BYOC badge in addition to your admission badges in order to bring your gaming computer and get playing!
    Hint! Follow this forum right here, and http://twitter.com/official_pax for updates on the BYOC room AND for updates when BYOC passes go on sale!

    I bought a BYOC pass but now I don't want it! Where can I sell it??
    You have two choices. BYOC passes are being mailed out similar to regular passes. You can either give it to a friend or you can ask for a refund, email pax_questions@paxsite.com

    What is the EXPO floor like?
    The exhibition hall is full of all sorts of exhibitors and vendors. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there are tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies.
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    The ticket says the Exhibit Hall closes at 6pm but the Event stays open until 12AM. Does this mean there will be actual things happening and things to look at until 12AM or does it just mean people are allowed to co-mingle in the building until they close the doors at 12AM?
    Once you hit the later hours, the Expo Hall will be shut down. However, you'll still have the Concerts, Panels, Console/PC Freeplay, Handheld Lounge, Tabletop Lounge, etc. In previous years, there have also been movie/webisode screenings fairly late as well. Basically, it's "Make your own fun with people" time!

    How do we transfer PAX passes? I recently found out I won't be going, and have a friend who wants to buy my tickets from me, but neither of us have any idea how to get the ticket to be transferred.
    For general admission passes you just have to mail/give it to the person when they are shipped out. There are no guaranteed methods for transferring other than that. If you want to try to explore other options, email pax_questions@paxsite.com. Word to the wise: tickets to be picked up at will call must be picked up by the person who made the purchase, with appropriate ID.

    I have moved since buying my PAX passes. How do I change my address information to ensure that my passes get mailed to my current address and not my previous address?
    First, you should submit a change of address through the USPS. This will ensure all mail sent to your previous address is sent to your current address. Once you've done that, log in to My Tickets at Showclix. If you didn't already have an account, one was created for you using the email address you used during registration. Use the forgot password link to get your password and then log in. Once you've logged in you will be able to edit your address as long as it's before the address cut-off deadline. The deadline is usually around a month prior to PAX. Email pax_questions@paxsite.com for the exact address cut-off date.

    I didn’t receive my PAX Badges in the Mail!! What do I do?
    Be patient! Passes can arrive up to and including just a handful of days before PAX! If your badge really is lost in the mail, email pax_questions@paxsite.com to submit an inquiry.

    I have my badge; do I need anything else in order to get into PAX?
    Nope! You’re good to go.

    I really don't want to lose my badges! Any tips?
    YES! use this style loop with the provided lanyards for extra security if the clip seems weak or ineffectual
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    Will there be WiFi accessible at PAX?
    Maybe? WSCC has had free wifi available in the past; It's been much improved in the last year, but it could still be spotty.

    Are there iphone/android apps for pax?
    Yes! The official Guidebook app will be linked via http://west.paxsite.com once the schedule is released.

    Are there going to be a ton of people this year?
    There's going to be a ton of people.

    Will just one day will be enough PAX?
    No matter who you ask on this forum, we're all going to say no. If you don't want to believe us, that's fine, but when you get to PAX for that one day and realize you could have had four days of that, you're going to regret not buying the whole weekend.

    I'm disabled/ have a mobility impairment/ use a wheelchair, how easy will it be to get around PAX?
    No problem, apply for a medical pass, and you get special accommodation getting into panels and the like. You can apply for a pass for yourself and a +1 so you can have someone help you. To register, email pax_questions@paxsite.com for more information.

    I'm lost, alone and terribly scared! What Do?
    Help is never far! Cast your gaze upon the crowd and look for awesome people wearing these sweet blue shirts (They say ENFORCER on the back). They can direct you to where to go and provide any help you need.
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    I have an amazing idea for a panel!! Who should I contact?!?
    If you just have an idea email pax_panels@paxsite.com with your pitch! If you actually want to run your own panel head over to west.panels.paxsite.com with your proposal. If accepted you and your participants will receive a complimentary Speaker Pass for PAX West 2017. Good luck!

    I was expecting to get my badge in the mail and all I received is this bobcat? Wut??
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    Bobcat is working as intended.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    LINES (top)

    How early should I get in line each day?
    Getting in line is something that should be decided by YOU, so many of us can't tell you exactly when you should show up.
    However, I would recommend getting in line fairly shortly after the doors open. If not, then feel free to show up whenever you wake up.
    If you are the more social geek, I would highly recommend getting in line as soon as you can.
    The people are what make PAX, and there is no better way to meet/converse/trade pokemans with these people than being in line. Remember, you are all there showing your love for games in some way, shape or form, so feel free to strike up a conversation with the person next to you!
    However, if you end up befriending these people, I would highly suggest getting their contact info, as I have lost many potential friends this way, watching the people I just spent 3 hours with in line fade off into the crowd of gamers.

    NOTE: doors to the building don't open until 8am at the very earliest! Also! Major parts of the morning lines are OUTDOORS through the start of the show at 10am!

    My Gods! The Lines! The Crowded Crowded Lines! What do I do about the Lines?
    Whichever venue PAX is in, on whatever coast in whosoever dimension, Crowding is almost omnipresent. Recent PAXen have sold out weeks in advance, and the various convention centers have been unable to contain their awesomeness in a roomy manner. There are lines for almost everything, including lines in order to get into lines (I'm talking to you, Merch line PAX East). There is little you can do to avoid them.

    Neither is there a hard and fast rule for when you need to get in line for a panel or event, as it depends on demand for the individual panel, as well as what day of the Con it's on, what's going on at the same time, and whether a famous streaming personality is involved in any way. For most Panels an hour beforehand is more than sufficient, and you might be able to get away with 30 minutes, if you're lucky. The Make A Strip Panel, any major streamer panel, and Acquisitions Incorporated are likely to require more time.

    Advice for surviving the lines
    • Relax - Lines happen. Getting angry, impatient or upset will not make them go away. Before you line up, decide whether spending this time is worth it, and then simply go with it. Take the time to plan the rest of your day, read the forums or, better yet, refer to the bottom entry in this list.
    • Have the Guidebook App! - There is a line tracker for current events inside!!
    • Follow http://twitter.com.PAX_Lines !! This feed updates constantly about how full lines are around the convention.
    • Plan Ahead and Prioritise - Unfortunately there is no chance that any one person can experience everything PAX has to offer, and any five people would have their work cut out for them. When you're looking at which panels or events to go to, choose a few select things you absolutely can't miss and spend the time in line to make sure you get in. When looking at the timetable try to mentally add queue times to the beginning of each session, to get a more realistic idea of what you can and can't see.
    • Queue Responsibly - Don't impede walkways. If an enforcer asks you to move, he's not taking away your place in line, just trying to consolidate it into something more manageable and less in the way.
    • Get comfortable - If sitting on a hard surface or standing for extended periods of time causes you discomfort, you might want to consider bringing a cushion or potentially applying for a medical badge. Unfortunately, chairs or beanbags can't be provided because they would hamper evacuation in the event of fire.
    • I need to pee - That's not a problem. Just ask your friendly line neighbour to hold your place, and go. Try not to leave it until the doors open, and DO NOT open your DS or check your Facebook whilst enthroned. If you want to be super prepared, check to see where the nearest restroom is before you get in line, and visit it before you settle down to wait. Also, don't dehydrate yourself just in order to hold your place in line.
    • Enjoy the lines - Seriously. There are few places in the world where the next random person standing next to you is likely to be friendly, and instantly grok your rim-shot Monty Python reference, Trade you that last Pokemon, or finally explain THAC0 to your satisfaction. Take your Magic deck, DS, Zombie Dice, Travel Catan and a bottle of water, and hang out with some interesting people for a while.

    There are of course some people who find it impossible to wait in line for any reason. If you have a medical condition which precludes lines, talk to the enforcers, who may well be able to accommodate you (and look into getting a medical badge). If you are simply temperamentally unsuited to waiting, or don't want to take the time to do so, there are ways to enjoy yourself at PAX without waiting around. Many freeplay areas, especially Tabletop, can easily be navigated without having to wait at all, or with a simple sign-up sheet. Large portions of the expo halls also, and the Concerts have generally been accessible 20 minutes or so after the line has gone in. Play tests for the major developers are essentially impossible to get into You may need to sit or stand nearer to the back of the hall, but if you hate lines you probably aren't all that fond of mosh pits either. Not all the sessions fill up to capacity, especially later in the con. As long as you avoid the big ticket sessions, and are prepared for disappointment, you may simply be able to ask the enforcers on the door if there is any space inside.

    Are the theatres cleared in-between panels / concerts?
    YES! Except for a few back to back panels in the main theatre (ie, the Storytime goes right into the first PA Q&A) all theatres are cleared out between panels.

    Is it true that PAX West is SO BIG now that some lines are OUTSIDE??!?
    Yes! It has definitely happened in the past! Please PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Bring sun protection and rain protection. It may be summer, but this is Seattle. You never know what you're going to get.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Concerts (top)

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    I heard the concerts were loud. Is this true?
    Yes, and maybe. It's all relative, but the concerts can get pretty loud. It's a big space, with a lot of people, and everyone wants to be able to hear, right?

    Can you turn the volume down? It's hurting my ears!
    No, unfortunately, the volume cannot be turned down; the knobs on all the amps were taken off by sneaky Rock Gremlins. If you think that volume might be an issue, we suggest this time-tested concert junkie trick: bring a set of earplugs to help muffle the sound. Convenient personal sound dampening, available in several fun colors! Make sure you get "musician's earplugs" or "high-fidelity earplugs". These are earplugs with channels in them that attenuate all frequencies equally. Basically, they just make everything you hear quieter, without changing how it sounds. These can be found on Amazon for about $10.

    How do the concerts work?
    Much like everything else at PAX, concerts are first come, first served. However, please don't attempt to line up for them more than a reasonable time prior to the start of the concerts. Ask an enforcer in the area where the concerts will be taking place and they can tell you when you will be allowed to start lining up.

    How Late do the concerts go?
    Concerts are scheduled to end around 2330-midnight though sometimes they can run a tad late.

    Where will the concerts be?!?
    The Main Theatre has been located in the Benaroya Theatre for the last few PAX Wests. It will likely be that venue again.

    When should I show up to see performance X?
    The Main Theatre has a very high capacity during concerts, as well as a higher turnover than during panels. More often than not, you can simply walk right in. However, to be safer, for any given band, you should attempt to show up around a half an hour to an hour before they are scheduled to start (earlier if you want to be toward the front).

    What happens if the theatre fills up?
    Enforcers do take count of attendance, and new admission will be temporarily denied if the theatre is full. However, concerts tend to have high turnover, and new people will be allowed in on a roughly 25-out, 25-in schedule.

    Are there medical badge accommodations for concerts?
    Absolutely! Just like with any other panel, if you show up before the line is capped, anyone with a medical badge will be allowed in early to find a seat.

    What is the policy on moshing?
    Please don’t do it. PAX concerts are intended to be a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone. Moshing is not fun for everyone, and puts people at risk. If any violent or aggressive behavior is witnessed in the crowd, you will be asked to stop by an Enforcer. Repeated action will result in a minimum of removal from the concerts. We simply ask that you control yourself and allow EVERYONE around you to have a good time!

    Is food allowed in the concerts?
    This is venue determined I believe. I would guess that the general policy is no, but ask an enforcer at the concerts to find out for sure!

    What if I see something potentially hazardous or have other questions/concerns?
    This is the same at concerts as with anywhere else in PAX: talk to an Enforcer! Enforcers are friendly, and they are there to help and to do their best to make sure you have a great PAX experience.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Merch Booth (top)

    The PA merch booth has ITEM X that I really really really want. When should I get it?
    As soon as you can. Typically this means Friday morning on your way to the queue line. If what you want is guaranteed to be in limited supply (like the exclusive pins, merch hats, or uncommonly sized tee shirts) get it first.

    What will be for sale at the official merch booth?
    The PA booth generally stocks a healthy supply of the books , the most popular tee shirts from the website in sizes S-4XL for mens/unisex and S-2XL for women's, some other items limited items such as merch hats and select hoodies (hats are one size, some hoodies are unisex sizes S-3XL), and of course the coveted, limited PAX-specific goodies such as tee shirts and/or scarves.

    This info could be out of date, however. Email merch@penny-arcade.com for up to date information on the next PAX if you can't wait till we get there to find out.

    Will there be a PAX exclusive item?
    Maybe. Follow Official_PAX on twitter and they may give sneak peeks!

    The merch line is longer than longcat! When will it die down?
    There may be a lull on Sunday/Monday afternoons, when much of the stock is depleted. Don't worry! The line moves quick and it's a good way to meet other people with pokemans/magic cards/beach balls/THAT THING YOU LIKE.

    Why is ITEM X sold out?! I really wanted it!
    A lot of other people wanted it too. The Awesome Merch Masters do their best to estimate demand, but they are genuine meat humans. If you really want ITEM X, buy it early and don't wait until the end of the show. If it is not PAX-specific, you can probably find it on the PA Merch website.

    I waited in line for a half hour and NOW you're telling me you don't have ITEM X? Sad Boosh.
    This happens sometimes. It could be it sold out while you were waiting in line. It might have been the guy in front of you. It might have been 10 minutes after opening on Friday (in which case there will hopefully be a sign posted). Don't fret. There is plenty of other stuff for you to get. Think ahead and have a Plan B of How To Spend Your Money.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Tournaments (top)

    When do I sign up for tournaments?
    Tournament registration is Friday or Day of. Look out for each departments Tournament thread for specific information when it gets close to PAX. If there's no thread for the tournament type you are interested in, head to that department asap when you get to PAX to get the information! Get there early, most tournaments fill up within an hour or two of PAX opening.

    Will x tournament or event be happening at PAX?
    Possibly, announcements will be made about 3-4 weeks prior to PAX. Keep an eye on the forums for details! each department that does tournaments will usually make its own post about said tournaments and their rules.

    What is the Omegathon?
    The Omegathon is a grueling test of "skill" in which 20 randomly selected pre-registered attendees will battle for an amazing prize, in past years, this prize has been an all expenses paid trip to the Tokyo Games Show in JAPAN. They mostly make them play crazy games like Mario Kart, Bananagrams, and Operation for their amusement. If you are not selected to be an Omeganaut, it's still a lot of fun watching and enjoying their torment!

    How do I become an Omeganaut?
    As of the last couple PAXen, those who are eligible to opt-in for the Omegathon get an email with opt-in instructions. Then you just have to hope you are one of the lucky people to get a call from Penny Arcade saying you are in. Please NOTE: if you do not get a phone call from a Penny Arcade employee asking you to be an Omeganaut, then you are not an Omeganaut. There are only 20 for PAX West!

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Should I Bring my Children to PAX? (top)

    PAX is open to all ages, and many parents choose to bring their children and infants, but before you haul little Timmy and Amanda down to the show floor, a few things to consider:

    - PAX is LOUD. Little ears tend to be sensitive, so take this into consideration if your child doesn't like noisy environments.

    - PAX is CROWDED. People don't tend to look down; be prepared to keep the little ones from being stepped on if they're on the shorter side. This is true of any crowd situation, not just PAX. You will need to be aware of all people at all times. Also Strollers are not permitted on the expo floor at any time. Perhaps try a front pack?

    - PAX breeds GERMS. Again, true of all crowded/convention situations. PAX 2009 saw a fairly large outbreak of H1N1 and other flu strains; keep this in mind before exposing any little ones that might be in concern categories for illness.

    - PAX is full of SWEARING. The typical demographic of PAX, while fairly diverse, does contain a large number of younger people with a tendency swear. Profusely. About everything. If language is a concern for you, be aware that epithets are a time-honoured PAX tradition, and will be overheard everywhere.

    - PAX is FREE for kids 6 and Under. Conversely, PAX is FULL PRICE for kids 7 and older. So, budget accordingly.

    Now, taking everything into consideration, it's up to you! A little planning ahead and your kids can have just as much fun at PAX as everyone else! Just be aware what hurdles there may be, and prepare appropriately!

    I'm under 18. Will I be able to get into a panel for/play the demo of <insert M-Rated game here>?
    It is convention wide policy to follow the ESRB ratings, even if your parents/guardians are present. Be aware that some exhibitors may ask you for your ID.
    It should also be noted that there is no way for a minor's guardian to allow the minor to play/view M-Rated content without the guardian physically present for the content; there is no "permission form" or similar thing available. Also, some exhibitors might still not allow minors to view their M-Rated content with the guardian present.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Travel (top)

    I'm flying to PAX, how soon should I book my flight?
    6-8 weeks before your date of travel seem to be the "sweet spot" of prices. However, keep an eye on prices with sites like http://www.kayak.com/ and you can figure out the best price for your flight from there.

    Is it safe to put your DESKTOP PC into an airplane? Can you check it with your airline carrier and see it in once piece at it's destination? Can you ship it to your hotel safely and timely? What other alternatives are there?
    The safest way is driving it and bringing it with you. The next safest is taking it and having it professionally packed, lots of Styrofoam and bubble wrap and shipping it one of the quicker (2-3 day) options as opposed to the 6 day or so ground transport. The absolute worst way is on an airplane. First, it's going to cost you since just about everyone is charging for bags now, second, chances are TSA is going to open whatever you have it carefully packaged in and third, baggage handlers hate you.

    What should I bring with me to PAX?
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    I better get this in just so everyone is kinda prepared and in the know of what to bring to PAX or any con that may come their way. (I'm sorry for the huge post, but a lot of people don't know what to bring.)
    The Top Twenty Items Forgotten by Convention Attendees Checklist
    1. Personal Towel (We know the hotel provides them, but if you're sharing a room with several people, this guarantees you your very own towel. Also, if you plan on using a lot of makeup for a costume or dying your hair *and* use hotel towels, you will be charged a hefty fee for damaging hotel property. Please bring your own towels if you plan to do this.) You may also dip the ends in liquid vitamins and suck on the corners when needed.
      • A pretty cool tip involving this is bringing a small clothespin with your name on it to attach to your towel so people can differentiate between yours and theirs. In fact, bring a couple, so you can share with people.
    2. Shampoo and Conditioner (Again, the hotel provides these, but the bottles are quite small. Bringing your own ensures you will have some, especially if you use a lot of shampoo or have long hair.)
    3. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (You'd be amazed at what going three days without brushing tastes like. Gross.)
    4. Deodorant (If you don't bring and use this, don't be surprised when people start edging away from you in packed rooms and theaters. Don't forget the strange looks and cringed noses you'll begin to see.)
    5. Razor and Shaving Cream/Gel
    6. Comb and/or Hairbrush (some people do use both. You'd be surprised.)
    7. One shirt for each day of the convention, plus an extra. (3 days = 4 shirts)
    8. Pants (Same number as shirts.)
    9. Underwear (3 sets, plus an extra.)
    10. Socks (One pair per day plus an extra pair.)
    11. Swimsuit (You never know.)
    12. Jacket or warm sweater
    13. Shoes (If you plan on spending a lot of time dancing or on your feet, make sure you have comfortable shoes with you. Your feet will hurt if you don't have comfy shoes to at least change into.)
    14. Any prescribed medication (Make sure to tell your traveling companions/roommates about any medical needs you may have.)
    15. Tylenol/Aspirin/etc
    16. Photo ID / Driver's License / Checkbook / Car keys
    17. A phone card (Not only is this cheaper than having calls charged to your hotel room, but having several people using one phone can lead to billing confusion with long distance calls. Bring a phone card so you can let your parents/significant other know you made it to the con safely.)
    18. An extra pillow and blanket if several people are staying in your room.
    19. Some non-perishable food from a supermarket (Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels and bottled water or juice. While there are a lot of restaurants close by, this is an easy way to save money. In addition, you'll be able to have your midnight snack without leaving your room.)
    20. Your best public manners. (You'd be surprised how many people forget to bring these along.)

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Hotels (top)

    What Hotels are available for booking?
    How do I get the PAX discount on my hotel room?
    How far away are the hotels from the convention center?
    All information on hotels offering a PAX discount will be available at PAX Hotel Site
    All pricing given is per night

    How much do the hotels cost?
    In the past hotel prices have ranged from $180-$210 per night. If you are driving to Seattle, be aware that hotels will charge you for parking. This ranges from $30-$50 a night.

    What days can you book for at the discounted rate?
    Depends on the hotel! Some have from Tuesday Check-in - the following Wednesday Check-Out (note: There are more rooms available for Fri-Mon than other days)

    Do they charge my credit card when I reserve my room?
    It depends on the hotel; most only use your credit card to hold the room. When you check in, they put a hold on the card you present them at that time for the amount of your stay and when you check out they charge that, plus any billable charges (phone calls, pay per view, room service) to your card at that time. Some hotels have started requiring a deposit equal to one night's stay. If this is the case, it should be clearly noted on the hotel's website.

    How many people can stay in one hotel room?
    Most hotels allow four, however be aware when you reserve a room with four people per room, they tack on an additional charge. You choose the expected occupancy of the room when you book.

    When/where should I book my hotel
    As soon as at PAX hotel site opens registration. Sooner the Better! Watch the forums & http://twitter.com/official_pax for when this happens.

    What time is check in at these hotels?
    Most hotels have check in at around 3-4pm. If you're going to be arriving in town later in the evening or at night, be sure to let the hotel know when you make your reservation. If you are arriving early, most hotels will hold your luggage if you want to see the city before check-in time

    I want to find people to share my hotel room, or find people to room with! what should I do?
    Once Hotel Registration goes live, a “Room Share” Thread will be posted.

    Is there any way for me to confirm that the Hotel got my booking and it’s correct?
    Yes! About 2 weeks before PAX, the hotel booking service OnPeak will transfer its bookings to the Hotels. Once that’s done you can call the hotel directly and confirm your reservation. This is highly recommended as sometimes OnPeak makes mistakes and it’s better to correct these a couple weeks before PAX vs the day you try to check in.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 18
    Downtown Seattle (top)

    Oh God, I can't leave! I might miss something important! But, what is this land you call... this land?!
    Everybody coming to Seattle may not necessarily be a resident. Don't be afraid to take time away from the convention with your new-found friends, check out a restaurant or two, poke down to whatever sites of local interest there are - look into joining one of the community gatherings, it may take you into the city to find things you wouldn't know about otherwise.

    What's the weather like in Seattle during PAX?
    The weather's been great for every single PAX. (subject to interpretation)
    In late August and early September, expect temperatures of mid-to-high 50's (only late at night of course) to the mid 70's.
    or, 10C to 28C for the rest of the world.
    It might be sunny, it might rain, it might be somewhere in between. Come prepared! A small umbrella doesn't take up much space.

    Is there any free parking downtown?
    No, parking costs money downtown.

    How much does it cost to park?
    Parking is $25+ per day. If you're flying in, take the light rail from the airport, don't bother renting a car. You won't need it unless you want to leave downtown. If you want to avoid valet parking (and limited access to your vehicle), the WSCC parking lot is right across the street from the Sheraton.

    Where can I get something to eat in downtown Seattle?
    Practically everywhere, there are two malls and Pike Place Market all within walking distance of the Convention Center and Hotels. Keep your eyes to the forum too, as there are typically a restaurant guide thread and a Seattle area info thread.

    I hear there's a Gameworks near the WSCC, what's a Gameworks?
    Gameworks is a 2-story arcade with full restaurant and bar on the upper floor. Arcade games from all eras, including a section to win tickets and redeem them for cheezy prizes. The food is pretty good, but the service can suck sometimes. The bar is a bar. It has booze. It's also in a more separate section of the upper floor that's roped off for 21+, but still has a kickass view of the whole facility.

    Where do the parties happen?
    Industry companies often sponsor parties at local venues throughout the city! There is usually a community-curated list of parties in a party thread as we get closer to the event.

    Is there an age limit on the parties?
    21+ unless there's no alcohol involved

    How hard is it to get around downtown Seattle? Will I need a car?
    Most of anything you will need is located within walking distance of the PAX hotels and convention center. You will only need a car if you plan on traveling outside of downtown (so probably not at all)

    If I want to leave downtown, how do I find my way around on the Transit System?
    One Bus Away is a fancy multi platform tool that can help you choose the best way to get from where you are to where you want to go. Check it out!

    What are some good places to drink beer with lots of people in Seattle that are near the Convention Center?
    Sort of like parties, there's usually a community curated thread specifically for this information as we get closer to the event.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    Social (top)

    I'm above the average age of 26 by a decade or more. Will I be the oldest person there?
    No, plenty of the post-20s gaming crowd come out to enjoy PAX as well. You are not alone. PAX is geeks reveling in geekery. Age isn't much of a concern.

    PAX was awesome! I want to see everything next year! Should I apply to be an Enforcer?
    Even if an open call for Enforcers for West does happen, Enforcing means that you are likely to see less, not more, of PAX. When considering becoming an Enforcer it's very important to remember that you go from attending PAX for fun to attending PAX for work, and that has certain implications. Rule #2 of Enforcing is: PAX Is Not For Enforcers - it's for Attendees. (Rule #1, of course, is 'Don't be a Dick'.) If you want to see the maximum number of things at PAX, you should consider returning as an Attendee instead of applying to be an Enforcer.

    Should I bring a Nintendo 3DS (or other handheld gaming device) to PAX?
    YES! PAX is a HAVEN for multiplayer handheld gaming, and has near infinite potential for things like Nintendo's Streetpass.

    Is anybody going to be doing anything before PAX opens/after PAX closes or ends?
    Yes, there will be tons of stuff going on, keep an eye on threads in this forum to find awesome stuff to do with other PAX-goers.

    A bunch of people are getting together at an area bar, but I'm under 21. Will I still be able to go and hang out if I'm not drinking?
    No, bars in Seattle are pretty strict. If you're not 21+, it's a safe bet they won't let you in.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
    PAX Costume Policies (top)

    All Costume Weapons MUST adhere to the official policy described on the pax west website
    http://west.paxsite.com/safety-and-security#weapons-check-policies

    What kind of restrictions on clothing are there?
    Cosplaying attendees may be asked to alter or modify their costume if it is considered overtly sexual. As to what is considered overtly sexual, that's a good question to ask PAX Staff or the pax questions email pax_questions@paxsite.com.

    What about booth babe policies?
    These apply only to staff used by exhibitors to promote their products at PAX. The official policy can be found here: west.paxsite.com/safety-and-security#booth-babe-policies

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 16
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    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BUYING PASSES FROM SECONDARY SOURCES

    I just bought a pass on craigslist / ebay, how do I know if it's legit?
    This really won't apply until after PAX WEST passes go on sale and subsequently sell out. If you purchase your pass from a second hand source, you are putting yourself at risk of purchasing a counterfeit pass. Second hand sources also include this forum, which is why there is no buy/sell/trade of pax passes on this forum.

    AT PAX you can have badges verified by badge-checking enforcers outside the show. There is no way to verify a second-hand badge prior to being at PAX.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    The community FAQ presents itself once again!

    Please let me know if there's any mistakes!

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    I seem to remember there being lots of rain last year - may wanna update the weather answer to include suggesting an umbrella.

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  • IncarnadineIncarnadine Registered User regular
    There was at least one day where the hall opened a little early to get everyone inside.

  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Rain at PAX West has definitely not been the norm (since I started going in 2010), but years like 2016 make it a very good idea to be ready for it. We've had chilly years, hot years (for Seattle at any rate), it's all over. Plan for a range of eventualities.

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  • bacon_avengerbacon_avenger Defender of Pork Products Pacific NW, USARegistered User regular
    Addition to the list perhaps? "Why no/what happened to the 3/4 day pass?"

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  • MrBroadstoneMrBroadstone Registered User regular
    "Will I need a car?" should probably mention the light rail over again. Noone arriving at reasonable hours should pay for a taxi when the light rail exists.

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  • ScunosiScunosi WashingtonRegistered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    PAX Costume Policies (top)

    What kind of restrictions on clothing are there?
    Cosplaying attendees may be asked to alter or modify their costume if it is considered overtly sexual. As to what is considered overtly sexual, that's a good question to ask PAX Staff or the pax questions email pax_questions@paxsite.com.
    I'm actually a little curious about this. I feel like in years past the rule was "wear anything as long as you're legal and not a vendor employee." But just last weekend I had friends telling me that PAX probably wouldn't allow certain costumes (we were specifically discussing Ivy from Soul Caliber II) and now I see this. Was I just missing this rule in years past or did something come about to add a couple more restrictions than before? I'm used to seeing plenty of half-naked cosplayers just because that's how most video games like to design their characters, and I'm not sure if I'd necessarily equate "half-naked" with "sexual."

    Obviously I should direct character-specific questions to the email but I'm just curious if I missed a rule change or event that caused the change somewhere.

  • BekerBeker Child's Play Guy and PAX VR Freeplay Manager SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    Scunosi wrote: »
    I'm actually a little curious about this. I feel like in years past the rule was "wear anything as long as you're legal and not a vendor employee." But just last weekend I had friends telling me that PAX probably wouldn't allow certain costumes (we were specifically discussing Ivy from Soul Caliber II) and now I see this. Was I just missing this rule in years past or did something come about to add a couple more restrictions than before? I'm used to seeing plenty of half-naked cosplayers just because that's how most video games like to design their characters, and I'm not sure if I'd necessarily equate "half-naked" with "sexual."

    Obviously I should direct character-specific questions to the email but I'm just curious if I missed a rule change or event that caused the change somewhere.

    We have not changed our cosplay policies in quite a while. Last change was probably 2-3 years ago, and it was around allowed weapons, not clothing. As always the rulings on this kind of thing can vary PAX to PAX, but until it becomes a problem, we will continue to be pretty lenient with attendee cosplay.

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  • lithxelithxe SeattleRegistered User new member
    Sorry if this is asked somewhere, I could not find any related question;

    We are really hoping to nab tickets again this year but can probably only afford 2 days instead of 4. Is there a certain day that Acquisitions Inc is always on? This is the highlight of our trip every time and we really want to make sure we get this day's pass. Or is the schedule released before tickets go on sale? I honestly cannot remember because we usually just buy all 4 days. Thanks so much!

  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    Tickets are on sale months out. Schedule is released only a couple weeks prior.

    Last year it was on Sunday, the year prior Friday, the two years prior Saturday. So about the only thing you can glean from that is "probably not going to be on Monday".

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
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  • PookyAlertPookyAlert Registered User regular
    lithxe wrote: »
    Sorry if this is asked somewhere, I could not find any related question;

    We are really hoping to nab tickets again this year but can probably only afford 2 days instead of 4. Is there a certain day that Acquisitions Inc is always on? This is the highlight of our trip every time and we really want to make sure we get this day's pass. Or is the schedule released before tickets go on sale? I honestly cannot remember because we usually just buy all 4 days. Thanks so much!

    You might want to try going for a Saturday ticket--I daresay you could trade it most easily if it turns out not to be Saturday. The other day would be up to you. ;)

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  • DruidsFlameDruidsFlame Registered User regular
    I remember when the tickets took forever last year to go on sale we were given a couple reasons why. Sort of an order of operations of how they do things and what has to happen before the tickets do go on sale. Unfortunately I can't find this post :(

    If I remember right I think one of them was that the PAX 10 submissions had to be completed. Would that mean that we shouldn't have to worry about that heart stopping tweet until after the 15th?

    I know last year was different for a couple reasons as well though:
    1. East was WAY late.
    2. PAX South tickets went on sale first... (Not sure if that will happen again because the West site says "soon" where as the South site is still showing this year's info and being sold out. Also, South isn't new this time around :) )

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  • I3izzyI3izzy Nonofficial member of the F5 brigade FG, ORRegistered User regular
    I remember when the tickets took forever last year to go on sale we were given a couple reasons why. Sort of an order of operations of how they do things and what has to happen before the tickets do go on sale. Unfortunately I can't find this post :(

    I also remember this. I vaguely remember if being from someone high up. I will keep looking for the post about it.

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited May 8
    I remember when the tickets took forever last year to go on sale we were given a couple reasons why. Sort of an order of operations of how they do things and what has to happen before the tickets do go on sale. Unfortunately I can't find this post :(
    Is this what you were thinking of?

    mod note: the following quote is from 2016
    Our plan is to open PAX West panel submissions and PAX 10 submissions early next week. After that will come PAX South badge registration set for May 17th, and sometime after THAT will be PAX West registration.

    Be strong!
    'Cause if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean that's the normal way they do it, just the way they did it last year.

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  • DruidsFlameDruidsFlame Registered User regular
    edited May 8
    Is this what you were thinking of?

    mod note: the following quote is from 2016
    Our plan is to open PAX West panel submissions and PAX 10 submissions early next week. After that will come PAX South badge registration set for May 17th, and sometime after THAT will be PAX West registration.

    Be strong!
    'Cause if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean that's the normal way they do it, just the way they did it last year.

    No, I remember that one. But the one I was referring to actually had outlined what has to be accomplished in a general flow before PAX West tickets can go on sale.

    Still haven't found it :( But as I3izzy said, it was from a higher up that posted it.

    EDIT:

    Found it!!!!
    OK so it wasn't Last year. Or the year before.... It was from 2014 when it was the first time that tickets had not gone on sale before May. :biggrin:

    And as far as from someone higher up... Well I don't think it got much higher than him at the time LOL!!!! That being said things can (and most likely have definitely) changed since then.

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    Good question. There are a number of "public" milestone dates that we have, many of which need to occur in this order... I know I'm missing a few.

    - Website Update for the new year
    - Space placement for Exhibitors
    - PAX 10 Submissions Open
    - Registration Opening
    - Musical Guest / Storytime announcement
    - Panel Registration Opening
    - PAX 10 Winners Announced
    - Enforcer Roll Call (Internal)
    - Panel Announcement
    - Guidebook release

    But each of these has about 10-20 sub-steps that need to occur before happening. For instance, the PAX 10 Judging itself is a large physical event with industry judges that we run with all the games up and running... and getting those into workable states usually takes a few weeks. The process is ~200-300 man hours easily.

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  • IncreaseBlueIncreaseBlue Registered User regular
    Found it!!!!
    OK so it wasn't Last year. Or the year before.... It was from 2014 when it was the first time that tickets had not gone on sale before May. :biggrin:

    And as far as from someone higher up... Well I don't think it got much higher than him at the time LOL!!!! That being said things can (and most likely have definitely) changed since then.

    By this logic then registration is the next step, but seeing as how dates have shifted and in the last year some events sold super close to others, I'm willing to bet there will be a bit more of a delay in West badges being sold. Especially given how Unplugged just barely went on sale last week.

    Still, I applaud you on your perseverance finding that post!

  • skitch78skitch78 Registered User regular
    Am I missing a West F5'ers thread somewhere? It's well past May 3rd, I was expecting an active thread of numerous "Today???" posts and I'm not seeing it... hoping I'm not missing out on anything!

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  • RiDERiDE the WORST! Hotel CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    skitch78 wrote: »
    Am I missing a West F5'ers thread somewhere? It's well past May 3rd, I was expecting an active thread of numerous "Today???" posts and I'm not seeing it... hoping I'm not missing out on anything!

    It's entirely possible they're all too busy F5'ing to start a thread


    I've already completed my yearly ritual of moving my PC out to the living room, hardwiring it directly into the router for maximum internet speeds.
    (I put it in italics so it would look fast)

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  • anettie76anettie76 OregonRegistered User regular
    Last year, I got a Twitter account just so I can turn on notifications from @Official_Pax when tickets go on sale. It saves a lot of stress and F5 bashing. Last year the Twitter notification and link to tickets came faster than the Pax site showing they were on sale.

  • jthom252jthom252 Registered User regular
    I don't know if many other people shared this experience but I've consistently had issues with the hotel booking on mobile. Seems like it just times out and forces you back to the start, not sure if it's more a limitation of mobile connections or browsers, but it's annoying all the same. I was lucky enough to have someone else handling the booking last year but a heads up for anyone else. I wish they could time these out since the most desirable hotels go nearly as fast as the tickets.

    Also, the PAX Checker application can be really useful, if you have a Google account it can send you an SMS notification that seems semi-reliable.

  • Duder5001Duder5001 Registered User new member
    I have a question about ticket purchase limits.

    In the past there was a limit of 4 tickets/day. That was never a problem because I never need more than 4/day.
    This year my son will be ordering 4 tickets/day as well. He will use his own credit card but his tickets and my tickets will be delivered to the same address (he still lives with dad).
    Will that be a violation of the ticket limit rules?

  • MrBroadstoneMrBroadstone Registered User regular
    Almost certainly, @Duder5001 . Here's some sad stories from PAX Prime 2015: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/198930/pax-badges-cancelled

    I doubt the conditions that caused over-ordering to be flagged has gotten more lax since 2015.
    My subjective feeling is that they're more often forcing will call than outright cancelling, as I've heard more stories of that recently than I did in the past. That is one heck of a gamble, however.

  • SkeleVaderSkeleVader Your Friendly Dark Lord of Destruction Registered User regular
    Duder5001 wrote: »
    I have a question about ticket purchase limits.

    In the past there was a limit of 4 tickets/day. That was never a problem because I never need more than 4/day.
    This year my son will be ordering 4 tickets/day as well. He will use his own credit card but his tickets and my tickets will be delivered to the same address (he still lives with dad).
    Will that be a violation of the ticket limit rules?

    Yes, that will get your tickets canceled. The limit is per household, not per person unfortunately.

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  • Duder5001Duder5001 Registered User new member
    Ugh!

    Thanks for the info SkeleVader

  • krae_mankrae_man Registered User regular
    edited May 15
    You'll just have to tell your kid My house, my tickets. You want PAX tickets? move out!

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  • DruidsFlameDruidsFlame Registered User regular
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Duder5001 wrote: »
    I have a question about ticket purchase limits.

    In the past there was a limit of 4 tickets/day. That was never a problem because I never need more than 4/day.
    This year my son will be ordering 4 tickets/day as well. He will use his own credit card but his tickets and my tickets will be delivered to the same address (he still lives with dad).
    Will that be a violation of the ticket limit rules?

    Yes, that will get your tickets canceled. The limit is per household, not per person unfortunately.

    I'm not sure this is 100% true. Last year I bought 4/day and my significant other got 4/day to cover the rest of our group and our orders didn't get canceled.

    @Duder5001 your best option would be to email pax_questions@paxsite.com and make sure.

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  • PuddlemakerPuddlemaker Honolulu, HIRegistered User regular
    edited May 15
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Duder5001 wrote: »
    I have a question about ticket purchase limits.

    In the past there was a limit of 4 tickets/day. That was never a problem because I never need more than 4/day.
    This year my son will be ordering 4 tickets/day as well. He will use his own credit card but his tickets and my tickets will be delivered to the same address (he still lives with dad).
    Will that be a violation of the ticket limit rules?

    Yes, that will get your tickets canceled. The limit is per household, not per person unfortunately.

    I'm not sure this is 100% true. Last year I bought 4/day and my significant other got 4/day to cover the rest of our group and our orders didn't get canceled.

    @Duder5001 your best option would be to email pax_questions@paxsite.com and make sure.

    I wouldn't take a chance i ordered tickets and my wife did the same last year and got our orders canceled and once its canceled good luck getting them back. All the e-mails and calls didn't change the outcome. So now i just tell my group they need to get the tickets on their own. Better to be safe than sorry.

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    edited May 15
    SkeleVader wrote: »
    Duder5001 wrote: »
    I have a question about ticket purchase limits.

    In the past there was a limit of 4 tickets/day. That was never a problem because I never need more than 4/day.
    This year my son will be ordering 4 tickets/day as well. He will use his own credit card but his tickets and my tickets will be delivered to the same address (he still lives with dad).
    Will that be a violation of the ticket limit rules?

    Yes, that will get your tickets canceled. The limit is per household, not per person unfortunately.

    I'm not sure this is 100% true. Last year I bought 4/day and my significant other got 4/day to cover the rest of our group and our orders didn't get canceled.

    @Duder5001 your best option would be to email pax_questions@paxsite.com and make sure.

    There were definitely stories from 2016 of people in your situation having their orders canceled with no notice. I think you got lucky (or they use some other metrics to decide, like ordering history).

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