Event Horizon wrote: »
7. What's this margarita thing about?
The Pope wrote: »
Ticket sales have always been anemic and they're going to get worse after this. Some people really like indie content and may even prefer the expo hall this way, but they're a significant minority. Most of us like indie content just fine, but we need the AAA steak too.
I think South can be saved, but it would take getting significantly more AAA devs to show up next year. No one is expecting West or East levels of bling, but something needs to change. I don't know if PA has any real way to make that happen, but I would strongly encourage them to look for ways to boost AAA turnout, as well as interesting indies and panels.
Just as important, PA needs to publicly acknowledge the situation and provide some reasonable assurance that the expo hall will be better next year, and back that up with results. If they don't acknowledge the issue they probably won't address it, and just as important, people will assume nothing will change and they won't come next year.
I love PAX South, I've been to every one except the first and I'll go next year. But I don't think a lot of people care enough to overlook the shortcomings this year, if PA doesn't convince them next year will be different they may not be back.
PreacherChe wrote: »
I enjoyed spending time with my family at this year's PAX South and plan to go again (assuming they don't move it somewhere outside of driving distance). I've complained here and in other forums about the lack of attention this con gets from the organizers and vendors, and nothing really new happening, but after seeing photos and listening to stories from PAX West, with the ridiculous distances between things and absurdly long lines, I've decided to be happy with what we have here.
That said, this was by far the most boring PAX South. I'm okay with the explanation that it's because PAX East is so soon after (about a month), but it's insulting that they knew this would be the case yet still chose to increase badge prices. PAX South isn't living up to its potential, and I'm concerned it never will again.Pros
I still love the tabletop area, especially the First Looks (possibly planning a trip to PAX Unplugged to get a concentrated tabletop experience)
I asked for change... any sort of change... and they changed some things. But, I don't think I cared for some of them (see below).
Security at the entrance seemed to move more quickly, but security requirements were inconsistently applied.
More than any con before, we stood in lines that never came to fruition. So much time wasted and back pain (I'm getting old y'all).
As DaPaladin said above, Mythic Quest - way too many passes given out - see previous comment about lines.
The expo hall was simply lacking, perhaps because of no big names - as I described to a friend, it was completely lacking in glitz and glamour.
I'd previously asked to move PC free play to a lower-ceiling, dimmer-light area, and they finally did... but, it was WAY far away from the rest of the things we do (but, at least it was a straight shot to the exit when they shut down each night).
Extension of the last item, it seems like every year since the first they've utilized space less effectively than the last. This year there was even more walking and walking and walking through empty space.
Booths didn't seem to have booth numbers displayed - I do a first quick run through the whole thing to note booth numbers to visit in detail later.
Requests and Suggestions
PLEASE cram everything closer together and get rid of the long walks through the void.
PLEASE invite Patrick Rothfuss.
Please label booths with booth numbers
Invite the McElroy Brothers and do something with The Adventure Zone (although, this may be seen as a competitor to Acquisitions Inc).
Invite Brennan Lee Mulligan to DM (Acquisitions Inc or TAZ).
Madican wrote: »
I'm already annoyed the Army has such a large presence at PAX, and would rather they not be there at all to do their bullshit recruiting at an entertainment convention, so no I don't think that military are anywhere near needing that kind of inclusiveness. They're not an oppressed minority group who need to be reached out to like the others.