How is PAX South as a solo experience?
Hi! I've been to PAX east for the past three years and had a blast at all of them. However, my group of 4 might not be able to make it this year, leaving me solo for the first time. I figured this year, instead of going to East, I might go to South, get some travel in, and do some cool things? So my question is as the title asks; how is South as a solo attendee
The one thing I would think would be not so much fun, but obvious at this point, is things like playing 'vs' matches in games, specifically the retro games. My buddy and I had a f-ing blast last year playing so many retro titles, especially the old fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. I will say this though, at one point my buddy needed a rest (guessing he just got tired and overloaded), so while he chilled out on one of the sofas outside of the arcade, I went in the arcade to play some games, and people immediately joined in on the fun. This also happened to me in the retro area when my buddy wanted to play a different game than I did...I was sitting down playing a game and some random guy came by and asked if he could join in because he loved the game. Again, people are very friendly at PAX in general, and more so at South imho. I think you will be fine.
One more thing, there are several social events that are planned, which are not official events for PAX. Two that come to the top of mind are the pub crawl and the Brazilian steak house dinner. I can't remember if both are the night before PAX starts, or just one is, but either way, you can go to these and meet a ton of people - many of which are also there solo. Make some friends and then enjoy PAX as a group for the next few days.
@StinkyTurd Thanks for the list, all of those sound interesting. I'm always down for a cool little community thing going on. I hate clubbing and loud, flashy nightlife though so as long as those events aren't clubbing/nightlife, it'd definitely be worth a look.
Wandering around Tabletop after expo closes has always provided game opportunities - there's always a group happy to invite more.
I also went to A Shot of Ice and Fire solo this past year, and had a lot of fun. I don't go to bars (or clubs or any nightlife) outside of PAX. But there's something special about being surrounded by nerds. A group of folks on the street wearing black cloaks, kneeling before another guy dressed in black, all taking an oath as member's of the Night's Watch. It's beautiful.
Even flights often have awesome interactions. I met a photogropher I follow on a flight to West. I had like a two hour conversation with a PAX couple during a layover. And when flying with my friend, the third person in our row was also a PAX person and ended up splitting an uber with us (and the uber driver was surprised when we said we met the guy on our flight because of the ease of conversation.)
South happens to be right around my birthday, so I consider it to be my birthday party, and only my friends were invited because everybody at PAX is a friend, even if we haven't met yet. :P
(And btw, outside of PAX I'm often terrified of talking to people.)
Also, best birthday party ever it sounds like :razz:
I tend to bring card games and play with people as we wait in line for things. I've met a lot of cool people that way.
I think making the pax coins helps with meeting people to and that glorious hat
A few years back, I took my shy nephew to Prime for his first PAX. I kid you not, we stepped into our very first line in the expo hall and the guy in front of us turns around with a big smile and says, "Hi! What kind of games do you like?" Put my nephew right at ease. Kind of sums up my PAX experience.
Another thing to consider is that South is still very light on programming and big industry names. It started to morph into the tabletop PAX, but then Unplugged was announced and stole its thunder. So few people are attending specifically to see their favorite company or creator/celeb. That means people are attending to be around other game nerds and just experience the event. Which means the crowds are more inclined to be friendly and sociable.
Have a great PAX!
Always bring your 3DS to get that Streetpass goodness.
I recently had my friend who was going to come have a emergency and he cant make it so I jumped on here and saw this post. If anyone going solo wants to meet up I would be down, I was kind of scared that this situation might happen so I would appreciate all the info from others who have gone solo in the past and anyone who would like to come and hangout this weekend!