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PAX Opening Night Party 2018 - Games, Live Music, Indie Devs, Celebrities, Drinks, Fun!

PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
edited January 6 in PAX South
We are returning to PAX South 2018 and are looking forward to hosting an opening night party for everyone to enjoy!

Our events have been so successful over the past few years that we had to expand to a larger venue. You might remember our parties at On the Rocks Pub located directly underneath the McDonalds. This year we are happy to be moving to a 25k+ square foot venue and have the entire 2nd floor reserved for our event! NO VIP - NO Reservations - NO Expectations! Just come as you are and have a blast partying your Friday night away with us at Houston Gaymers PAX Party!!!



EVENT DETAILS

Date :
Friday, January 12th

Location :
Bonham Exchange
411 Bonham St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
https://www.facebook.com/bonhamexchange/

Time:
8pm-2am

Click "going" and share with friends:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1914289972220178/

VENUE DETAILS

  • 21+ to drink | 18+ to party
  • Reserved side-entrance for party (Make sure you go to the correct door for special wristband and lower cover)
  • $5 Club Cover (Can be waived - see PARTY DETAILS)
  • Special wristband will grant access to 2nd floor ballroom, but feel free to experience all that Bonham Exchange has to offer throughout the club
  • 25k square foot club including: a game room, a lounge bar, below-street dance floor, huge patio, and 2nd floor ballroom reserved for party
  • Food provided by "Tacos Los Hermanos" (https://www.facebook.com/tacosloshermanossatx/) on the patio | Menu includes beef/chicken/veggie street tacos, Mexican hotdogs, elotes and all the fixins
  • Several bathrooms including private gender neutral bathrooms on 2nd floor for party
  • Drink Specials - $2 wells, domestic long-necks and $3 Deep Eddy Vodka (special discount is only for our party on the 2nd floor)
  • There is a coat check so you won't have to lug around your winter garb during the party
  • Awesome staff and great security for a fun & safe experience

PARTY DETAILS

  • Multiple game setups including some of the most popular multiplayer games on huge projector screens
  • Special guest appearances from Twitch/Online Personalities
  • Several Indie Devs will be coming from the convention and bringing their setups - feel free to continue gaming and chat up the devs
  • Interaction with Content Creators and other exhibitors from the convention
  • Live Music artists rotating out hourly (8pm-midnight) including: Lazybit Collective (https://lazybitcollective.bandcamp.com/), Ten Pixels Tall (https://soundcloud.com/ten-pixels-tall), SIXIXIX (https://soundcloud.com/iamsixixix), Float (https://lbc-float.bandcamp.com/), and many more!
  • Top 40 DJ (midnight - 2am) to dance the night away
  • Raffle giveaways every hour including some awesome swag
  • Cosplay highly encouraged and welcomed!
  • HD Photobooth to capture every party moment with your friends
  • Chappy will be paying for the first 200 attendees! Simply download the app and show it at the door to receive free entry! (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chappy-the-gay-dating-app/id1203233214?mt=8)
  • Most importantly...a lot of fun that you don't want to miss!

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

*Game Devs*

*Content Creators*
  • Raymond Lancione
  • Willie Dills Gregory
  • plus a few surprise pop-in guests that you'll have to show up to meet!

As we get asked this question every year, we are an all-inclusive group. This is not a "gay" party and everyone is always welcomed. If you ever come to Houston out to any of our meetups, you will see that our events include people from all walks of life. We simply provide a safe-space for everyone to meet new friends and have an awesome time doing what we all love: being nerds and playing video games. Please make plans to come join us!

Questions or want to collaborate? Contact our event coordinator:
Charlie LeBlanc
[email protected]

Don't forget to invite your friends to the event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1914289972220178/
Check out the 2017 Party here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/houstongaymers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1591431367552422
Check out the 2016 Party here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/houstongaymers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1227599190602310

Always Onward,
Ryan "Penny" Pennington
Business and Social Development
Houston Gaymers
1101 Elder St. Apt. 207 | Houston, TX 77007
www.HoustonGaymers.com
Gaymer Meetup (dba Houston Gaymers) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    edited January 2
    Over the next 3 weeks, we will be releasing announcements of special attendees and features of the party! Be sure to invite your friends to the >>>EVENT<<< for notifications.

    We are delighted to announce that Headbanger Studios will be returning to the party this year with their awesome title - Double Kick Heroes

    Bored with bland fake violin soundtracks ? Double Kick Heroes is a mashup of a shoot'em up with a frenetic rhythm game backed by an awesome METAL tune! It was inspired by the worlds of Q.Tarantino, S. King and R.Rodriguez. Lead your band on an explosive roadtrip through the wasteland, blast zombies with your Gundillac and crush them with the power of METAL. The game will pack in 30 songs, half a dozen chapters of adventures and a community level editor that will allow any music to be played to the rhythm of exploding zombie skulls.

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  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    edited December 2017
    Over the next 3 weeks, we will be releasing announcements of special attendees and features of the party! Be sure to invite your friends to the >>>EVENT<<< for notifications.

    We are delighted to announce that Ask an Enemy Studios will be featuring their game title - A Duel Hand Disaster

    A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher is an arcade-like score chasing shooter centered on two themes: risk and focus. You are the mysterious force guiding the HR-D and DF-R simultaneously on the volatile planet of Zastrus. Their mission is to reach the highest destruction score possible by upgrading weapons and recovering resources. You must decide when it's best to extract them with the score and resources at hand. The HR-D is responsible for defending the entrance to Zastrus' core where the DF-R is recovering a valuable material known as CIPHER.

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  • [email protected]ardrial@gmail.com Ardrial Registered User new member
    These have been awesome every year. I'm excited to see it growing.

  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    edited January 2
    Over the next 3 weeks, we will be releasing announcements of special attendees and features of the party! Be sure to invite your friends to the >>>EVENT<<< for notifications.

    We are delighted to announce that Motion Twin will be joining the party this year with their awesome title - Dead Cells!

    Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, Castlevania-inspired action-platformer, allowing you to explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle… assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers. To beat the game, you’ll have to master 2D "souls-lite combat" with the ever-present threat of permadeath looming. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.

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  • StinkyTurdStinkyTurd Registered User regular
    PennyPton wrote: »
    Over the next 3 weeks, we will be releasing announcements of special attendees and features of the party! Be sure to invite your friends to the >>>EVENT<<< for notifications.

    We are delighted to announce that Motion Twin will be joining the party this year with their awesome title - Dead Cells!

    Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, Castlevania-inspired action-platformer, allowing you to explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle… assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers. To beat the game, you’ll have to master 2D "souls-lite combat" with the ever-present threat of permadeath looming. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.

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    OH hyped for this one picked it up recently and am really liking it.

  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    Yeah - it's pretty awesome! I'm also PC based and happy to play many of these Indie titles on Steam and actually get to meet the developers. It's really cool hearing them talk about the development of their games in person and such. You learn about a lot of stories of how levels and characters were designed and influenced. Last year when we met some of the guys from Headbanger Studios and DoubleKick Heroes, I was fascinated because I teach music. So interesting how the composition of the songs and gameplay was fused together. Looking forward to the party this year to hear about some of the other games with the new group of devs coming out to the party. We'll be making several more announcements in the upcoming days as devs confirm for the party and we include setups for the guests to play.

  • rickman33rickman33 Registered User regular
    edited January 3
    Is a PAX badge required to be able to pay the $5 cover? If there is no reservation to get in- it's just first come, first served? Should we expect a possibility that we may not be able to get in later in the evening?

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  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    @rickman33 Thanks for the questions!

    Is a PAX badge required to be able to pay the $5 cover?
    We threw around the idea of requiring a PAX badge to get into the 2nd floor, but ultimately we decided to remove all the red tape to get into the party. There were several reasons behind this: first and foremost the risk of losing a badge at the party was a concern. But there are also people coming into town Friday night that may not be picking up their badges until Saturday morning - and we did not want them to be excluded. We also wanted to invite local video game groups who may not be attending the convention. So this event is truely welcome to all and there is no "VIP" attached to it. So no PAX Badge required - all your friends can come :)

    If there is no reservation to get in- it's just first come, first served?
    That's right! That is the fairest way to do it. In the past, some PAX parties have been criticized for having a VIP only section. We wanted to break down that barrier and create an environment where nobody feels excluded. Also remember, Chappy is paying for the $5 cover of the first 200 people who show the app at the door - so it is better to get there early!

    Should we expect a possibility that we may not be able to get in later in the evening?

    The Bonham Exchange is 20,000+ sq ft and can legally support over 1000 guests before it reaches capacity, so the line should be quick and everyone should be really surprised and excited with how much room there is to spread out. It is one of the largest venues close to the Riverwalk. In previous year's our party capacity was around 300 in the venue at any one time, but this year we have quadrupled that number. I would say that you would still be able to get in later in the night because there will always be people coming and going as the night continues on. If we reach capacity at the Bonham, then I'd be floored. I don't know where else we could go that would support a party so big with having so many people in a building at one time!

    I hope that answers all your questions! Please let me know if there is anything else I can answer!

  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    edited January 6
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  • Animal-_-Animal-_- Registered User regular
    What's the policy on backpacks or other types of bags? Will they be let in? If we're coming straight from the con it'd be convenient to know if we would need to stop by our cars/rooms to drop those off.

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  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    @Animal-_- That's a great question!

    I just got off the phone with the venue manager and his advice is to store all items from the convention before coming out to the party. We just do not know how many people to expect and allowing everyone to store their bags and organize them all for retrieval would be hard to manage. If you go out to any venue in the RiverWalk area, I would suggest storing your items beforehand anyway. It's always better to travel light. There will be a coat check however (temperatures in the 30-40's that night), so you can wear a heavy coat to the party and then take it off once you arrive.

    I hope that answers all your questions! Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!

  • PennyPtonPennyPton Registered User regular
    We are just a couple of hours away from the first day of PAX South 2018! We hope everyone has a great day and is looking forward to joining us tonight at the party. See you soon!

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