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Board Game Tournaments Registration FAQ

LackeyLackey [E] PAX Tabletop TournamentsRegistered User regular
edited November 2017 in PAX Unplugged
Hey everyone!

We're 10 days away from showtime, so it's time for us to release our PAX Unplugged Tabletop Tournaments FAQ for our PAX-run board game tournaments. This list was compiled using questions from this forum, Twitter, Facebook groups, Reddit, inside the Unplugged App, etc. If your question still isn't answered, please ask below, we'll get you squared away before the show.

We're now pleased to present to you the PAX Unplugged 2017 Tabletop Tournaments FAQ

For those of you who just want to know the bare basics of the process to sign up for events:

1) Line up in the Tournament-specific line in the main Queue Room, as early as 8AM each day. Enforcers will be on hand to ensure you're in the right line.
2) Receive a printed Menu of Events for that day. Fill out the check boxes on the menu for events you want to play that day.
3) At 10AM, the main hall opens. The Tourney Line will be guided to the Tourney Registration Desk.
4) At the Reg Desk, you will turn in your menu, and receive your requested event tickets, if remaining.
5) Yes, you can grab tickets for friends -- You will be able to request up to 4 tickets per event.
6) You can now go enjoy PAX Unplugged! Return to the Registration Desk 15 minutes before your event, so we can seat you.

If your question is not answered by these quick bullets, please look through the FAQ for more information, or ask below!

Lackey on
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  • Mark BMark B Registered User regular
    Thank you, this is extremely helpful. I know this is slightly off topic, but is it the same process for signing up for RPGs and Classic Cardboard events? If not, do you know if they will have their own registration FAQs forthcoming?

  • RutgersKevRutgersKev Registered User new member
    Mark B wrote: »
    Thank you, this is extremely helpful. I know this is slightly off topic, but is it the same process for signing up for RPGs and Classic Cardboard events? If not, do you know if they will have their own registration FAQs forthcoming?

    That's in the FAQ:

    Q: Are there multiple event registration areas at PAX Unplugged?
    A: Yes. This FAQ is for events listed as taking place in “Tabletop Tourney.” Other areas of PAX have their own scheduled events, with their own registration areas: Minis, RPGs, The Workshop, Classic Cardboard, and Megagames (located within the names areas on the PAX maps). The reg processes for these areas are nearly identical to what you see here. The only major difference is that there may not be a dedicated queue for these prior to 10AM. Check with the Enforcers managing the line-up process in Queue Room if you arrive prior to 10AM. You will either be directed to a dedicated queue for that area, or a general admission queue (and asked to proceed to the area of your choice when PAX opens at 10AM).

    Mark B
  • Sinjin1124Sinjin1124 Registered User new member
    I'm confused about what exactly PAX means by 'Tournament'. When I think of a tournament I think of multiple rounds, with some sort of pairing system. Is that how it's going to be? Or are they just using the word tournament to mean a more organized play where you are expected to know the rules? If the Tournament is going to be multiple plays of the game, how many? There are many games I would like to play, but don't want to commit to playing the game 3 or 4 times in a row

  • LackeyLackey [E] PAX Tabletop Tournaments Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    Nearly all of the tournaments run by PAX in the tournament area will be single elimination. In 90% or more, this means two rounds. If the event says Max 16 players, that means round one is four games of four players, and the winners play a 2nd game as a Final Round.

    There are some exceptions. Munchkin, Catan, the Friday Night Frenzy and Saturday Night Showdown events will last more than two rounds. There may be a few more, but ask away if you need more info on any specific event.

    Many of the events with entry fees, such as the L5R Grand Kotei or Xwing events will last longer as well.

    Lackey on
  • PowerNeinPowerNein Registered User regular
    Sorry if this was answered elsewhere, but does this process apply for the scheduled events being run by Cascade Games that are listed on their website not on the PAX Unplugged site?

  • LackeyLackey [E] PAX Tabletop Tournaments Registered User regular
    Cascade games event registration is a little different. At 10am, head to their reg desk, far left side of the big hall, behind the pokestop and lightseekers banner. Their events open for reg 1 hour before each event begins.

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