Fellow PAX Southers,
Today, we shed a tear for our fearless leader, @RILMS
. Due to life simply getting busier, he is no longer able to heading up this operation. I would like to take a moment to simply say thank you to all of his hard work over the years. This has been a labor of love of his, and he has done an amazing job with it.
Secondly, know this: the PAX South 2020 Challenge Coin IS HAPPENING!@RILMS
has passed on the mantel of PAX South Challenge Coin Coordinator to @LadyDeath
and myself. We have some might large shoes to fill, and we're going to desperately need some help doing so. Since time is of the essence, I'm going to cut to the chase:
Kiddercorp needs about 1.5 months to get these coins finalized and into your hands. This meant that the forum discussion process was usually started in August/September, in order to give time for opinions and voting. Unfortunately, we are on a massive time crunch. So, we will need opinions and voting complete no later than next Saturday, 11/16/19, by 11:59pm. We know that we're asking a lot of you as a community, but we also know that y'all are an awesome group of individuals. We know we can get this done.@LadyDeath
and I will be working this weekend to get drafts and voting forms ready. We are trying to get them posted ASAP. In the meantime, we need your ideas and opinions on what you want to see on the coin.
Let's do this, people!
I'll keep an eye on the thread to vote and participate in any way I can!
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Assemble, team! You have been chosen since you were vital in past coin decisions. You are needed once again, to save the future of the PAX South 2020 Challenge Coin!!!!
For the SA side, maybe The Grotto? (Aka the basement level of Gonzalez where the river terminates) Not sure if there’s a good image out there of it.
For gaming, I almost want to joke around with a gaming chair (see recent Gabe retweet for context).
First, for the housekeeping:
@LadyDeath and I have decided that I will handle the communications side of the house, and she'll cover the artwork portion. I have enjoyed how @RILMS ran this process in the past, so I'm going to try my very best to stick to it. I have gone ahead and emailed Kiddercorp to find out what all deets they will be needing for us to get this ball rolling. We're also adjusting the good ol' Google forms, and will be pushing those out very soon.
Now, for the fun stuff. We are trying to figure out what would look great on the coin. As always, one side will feature a portion of a landmark or image of the city where the PAX is hosted (San Antonio, in this case. The other side will feature some sort of gaming reference or photo. Here is a link to past challenge coins: https://wiki.paxcommunity.net/paxwiki/PAX_Challenge_Coin#Volunteer_OpportunitiesClick Me
This year's PAX theme is "university". LD and I were thinking that it might be cool to do something related to LAN parties and/or party games. Some ideas so far:
Ideas for city landmarks so far are:
That's all for the time being! We should have more updates tomorrow and Sunday.
Regarding SA locations, one thing about potentially using the new entrance of Gonzalez is that there’s some good color options with the way they light it up (a consideration if people want something that pops out like last year’s coin).
I love this idea!
I have emailed Kiddercorp. I am still waiting for a reply.
Since we don't really have a ton of time to waste, we will probably have to skip the usual rounds of voting. We may be able to squeak by with one round, but it'll probably be super informal. We're honestly just trying to make sure that we actually have a coin ready for South 2020. So, please please please be patient with us and cut us some slack if you don't exactly agree with ever aspect of the coin. We're definitely trying our best to get a good product out.
So far, we have these two ideas we're tossing up:
Blue Star Brewery
@LadyDeath is currently working on mockups for these. We will get these up as soon as we can.
Voting will work like this:
We will post the mockups on here. We will then send out the Google form by Wednesday. You will be able to vote on the location side, game side, edging, color, and finish. The deadline will be Saturday by 11:59pm.
Oh shoot! I meant to post about that it that last update.
To answer your question, yes. According to @LadyDeath, it is where they have First Friday, art exhibits and other events. It is a popular hangout for college students as well. We thought that it might be cool to have a non-Riverwalk option. Nothing against the Riverwalk; just that there is more to San Antonio, you know? That being said, if the people want a Riverwalk icon on the coin, then that's what they shall get
We definitely agree about those locations being iconic. However, both locations and the dice have already been used on past coins (2015 & 2016) and we try to make each coin unique.
I know that may come across as being gatekeepy or snobbish, and that truly isn’t my intent. Just trying to explain the rationale.
Absolutely! No worries at all! And, I think you’re right. I think that’s why we’re going to make two mockups for the location to see what y’all think.
We are still needing help figuring out the game side. If a gaming chair is what y’all think would be best, we’ll need some help with the design. Neither of us knows how to make it look “cool” for the coin.
Otherwise, more game side suggestions !
We’re thinking the Switch might be a good idea.
Totally makes sense. Im new to this coin thing.
They can come in just metal finish or have color on them, did you check out the past coins?
If you wanted to do Switch multiplayer, I would take a plain image of a switch and put it in a ring/square form like this.
GET OUT OF MY MIND!!!
This is so crazy that you posted this! I sent this to @LadyDeath this morning:
That sounds like a great idea.
To say it is outdated would be an understatement, but I was considering the shape of the coin in design. The more we try to cram into the image, the smaller the details will be in the final product.
But I think the group Switch party idea works much better overall.
Unless it's screen printed onto the center of the coin (think a printed picture as the center - which is a possibility if you wanted to go that direction), you'll lose the image on the screens of the Switches when converting to coins.
It's also likely that they won't be able to paint any of it, except maybe the background color. So the hands/switches will be 3D metal and whatever color the metal is. This isn't bad, just making sure you're aware.
I think also we've usually avoided the PAX logo proper, as it's not an officially endorsed piece of merch. Maybe they'd be fine with it, but you may want to reach out if you want to use it.
What about something in the middle like, "Play together" or something that would indicate joy/fun in local multiplayer?
Another thought is putting a simple star in the middle, though "Lone Star" is a bit opposite of multiplayer. :biggrin:
Thanks for the input! Here's my thoughts:
I just did.
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