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West Coast Train Trip 2008: Communist Edition

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  • BelruelBelruel NARUTO FUCKS Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    Gonna work something out so I can be a part of this. Currently working out some details with my sister but overall I'd be looking at getting on at LA since it seems that even thought I live in Pomona with a pretty decent sized AmTrak hub it doesn't even connect to LA. :|

    So looks like I'll be getting a ride to LA and going from there. Unless there's an Amtrak hub near Pomona that connects to LA that I don't know about.

    EDIT: Looks like I'll have everything wrapped up on Friday.

    hey i live in Chino, and i'll be getting on in LA too, hi5

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  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    hi5

    It's weird though. Pomona goes straight to Pasadena and stops there. :|
    Haven't taken the train in a long time.

    Also, I'm pretty sure there shouldn't be any issues with dropping someone's HD into another person's 360 and being able to access downloaded content.

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  • DStalefishDStalefish Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    If we throw a pre-train party it's going to be huge. :P

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    [E] 09, 10E, 10P, 11E, 11P, 12E
  • TransparentTransparent Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    hi5

    It's weird though. Pomona goes straight to Pasadena and stops there. :|
    Haven't taken the train in a long time.

    Also, I'm pretty sure there shouldn't be any issues with dropping someone's HD into another person's 360 and being able to access downloaded content.

    We've been through this already, it's a DRM issue... Downloaded content is signed to the xbox it was downloaded on, and to the live account. If you move a hard drive to a different X-box it is no longer signed locally, so you have to be signed into live to be able to access it. Under most circumstances that's not a problem, but we'll be on a train accessing the internet through a cell phone network and it's going to go down at times.

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  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Hrm...well I can offer to bring my 360 then. Or my Rock Band set, whichever is needed.

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Chances are, count me me in for LA + 1 friend!

    If appliances are allowed, I'm down to do some legit cooking and food preparation. I can bring my industrial strength blender and make some killer smoothies / milkshakes / margaritas.

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  • Da JackalDa Jackal Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I'll be joining at San Francisco/Emeryville, +5 friends (possibly more?). Last year I supplied the 360 and two guitars, I'll happily do the same this year if needed, although it looks like the 360 situation will be settled much earlier in the train route this year, so I may not need to. I also have quite a bit of Rock Band DLC to contribute, at some point I'll have to compare tracks with Arikado (the only immediate request I'd make is "The Kill" by 30 Seconds To Mars... a perfect song for screaming your ass off ;)

    Also, speaking from last year's Guitar Hero train experience, the kid's room "system" was woefully inadequate, with a single speaker on the poor excuse for a TV, and a single mono input into it. For some reason, my 360 wouldn't allow me to change my audio settings to mono (for some reason it was stuck on digital stereo i think?) so during our 2 player games we could only hear one player's notes! Consensus was that next year we not only desperately needed our own tv, but a much improved sound system. Just throwing it out there, to further encourage anyone who's on the fence about bringing said items.

    As an aside, this pic happens to be the ppl in my group:
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    I'm proud to see that my friends have been chosen as a somewhat iconic representation of true gamers on the PAX train :)
    (Btw, I'm not pictured here, but my back does make a brief cameo as Guitar Hero player #1 in the PAX train promo video about 28 seconds in...)

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  • LindygamerLindygamer Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    hi5

    It's weird though. Pomona goes straight to Pasadena and stops there. :|
    Haven't taken the train in a long time.

    Also, I'm pretty sure there shouldn't be any issues with dropping someone's HD into another person's 360 and being able to access downloaded content.

    Ok I live in San Bernadino/Riverside area (Im told Eelektrik lives close by, but he never says hello) and my response to getting to LA union station trainwise is this (brace yourself)

    Fuck Amtrak

    Take the metrolink, they are a lot better about being on time and they run everywhere. Hell if you get on the metrolink by the fairplex you may find me before we even meet up with the main group. Just like darkblade did last year, and now we are bff! :P

    In all seriousness take metrolink, its on time lots of room for luggage. That and its like 7 bucks one way. If your a really stingy asshole you may get away with not paying at all. I dont remember anyone checking my ticket last year.

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  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I'll look into that. I really don't want to have to drive to LA super early just to "beat" traffic.

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  • RCars2RCars2 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    eelektrik wrote: »
    Yeah, as I mentioned on the last page. Just the HD won't work since we aren't guaranteed to have internet up the whole way and without the original Xbox the downloads are tied to, it needs to be online to work.

    Funny you should mention internet connection. Am i too late to throw in that i will have the ability to provide internet, wireless connectivity and possibly a 24 port switch for use?

    Like Krux last year, i will have service through verizon available for pilaging. Difference for me though is its builit into my phone vs an actual card (still connects to a laptop and can be shared so difference is nill) and i will actually be on the train again this year. I wont lie, there are a few areas where there is no service and internet access will be unavailable (friggin air force base killing all signal), however much of the journey has cell service and as far as i what i gather, nearly all of it will support EVDO speeds. It should be relatively fast too as the more remote you get the more likely that you will get the most of your EVDO speed.

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  • subassysubassy Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Me and a friend of mine will be leaving from Sacramento, assuming I can talk my friend into going (something about keeping a job or some lame excuse). Any way hope to see you there (I'll be the one all alone playing a PSP :| ).

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  • cjones1344cjones1344 Registered User new member
    edited April 2008
    I am strongly considering taking the train from LA. Problem is that I live in Mississippi, so I'll have to fly into LAX the day before the train leaves. I'm trying to figure out what to do that night, since I don't want to get a hotel room. Can I sleep in the train station? Or is there a super duper cheaptastic motel near the train station? Also, how hard is it to get from the airport to the train station?

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  • DStalefishDStalefish Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Just putting it out there, and I've said this before, but if anybody wanting to go on the WCTT that's flying into LAX to do so, you can stay in my apartment the night before if you need it to stay away from hotel/motel costs and whatever else. I'm driving to the train station anyway, so I can pick you up from the airport, I've got plenty of places to sleep, and I'm only about an hour away from the train station (in rush hour traffic, which will more than likely be the case). I've got room for 2, maaaaaaybe 3 (my car is not very big, so 4 people with lots of luggage might not fit).

    I could also use the help with all of the crap I'm going to be bringing with me to add to the festivities. :P

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  • RCars2RCars2 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    DStalefish wrote: »
    Just putting it out there, and I've said this before, but if anybody wanting to go on the WCTT that's flying into LAX to do so, you can stay in my apartment the night before if you need it to stay away from hotel/motel costs and whatever else. I'm driving to the train station anyway, so I can pick you up from the airport, I've got plenty of places to sleep, and I'm only about an hour away from the train station (in rush hour traffic, which will more than likely be the case). I've got room for 2, maaaaaaybe 3 (my car is not very big, so 4 people with lots of luggage might not fit).

    I could also use the help with all of the crap I'm going to be bringing with me to add to the festivities. :P

    Possibly may be interested. Just depends on if TNTrooper is game on staying somewhere else than a hotel.

    Sent ya a PM.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    RCars2 wrote: »
    DStalefish wrote: »
    Just putting it out there, and I've said this before, but if anybody wanting to go on the WCTT that's flying into LAX to do so, you can stay in my apartment the night before if you need it to stay away from hotel/motel costs and whatever else. I'm driving to the train station anyway, so I can pick you up from the airport, I've got plenty of places to sleep, and I'm only about an hour away from the train station (in rush hour traffic, which will more than likely be the case). I've got room for 2, maaaaaaybe 3 (my car is not very big, so 4 people with lots of luggage might not fit).

    I could also use the help with all of the crap I'm going to be bringing with me to add to the festivities. :P

    Possibly may be interested. Just depends on if TNTrooper is game on staying somewhere else than a hotel.

    Sent ya a PM.

    Well the hotel is closer and we would be meeting up with our other roommates so we would be a group of 4 but we would have a car of our own to carry our own luggage but I am game if there is space for us to sleep.

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  • AcidSerraAcidSerra Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I have something of a conundrum. I just so happen to have a Wii and Smash Bros that I wouldn't mind contributing to the cause and definitely plan on attending PAX. Problem is I live in Southern Arizona and even just getting to LA is going to be a pain in the wallet made more complicated by my not having a car of my own.

    So... anyone running a car pool from Phoenix area to LA and have some spare room?

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    AcidSerra wrote: »
    I have something of a conundrum. I just so happen to have a Wii and Smash Bros that I wouldn't mind contributing to the cause and definitely plan on attending PAX. Problem is I live in Southern Arizona and even just getting to LA is going to be a pain in the wallet made more complicated by my not having a car of my own.

    So... anyone running a car pool from Phoenix area to LA and have some spare room?

    Yes. PM me for some more details.

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  • waffleboi9waffleboi9 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Damn, I check out for a month, and we've been overrun by the communists?!?

    AWESOME!

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  • waffleboi9waffleboi9 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    DStalefish wrote: »
    Just putting it out there, and I've said this before, but if anybody wanting to go on the WCTT that's flying into LAX to do so, you can stay in my apartment the night before if you need it to stay away from hotel/motel costs and whatever else. I'm driving to the train station anyway, so I can pick you up from the airport, I've got plenty of places to sleep, and I'm only about an hour away from the train station (in rush hour traffic, which will more than likely be the case). I've got room for 2, maaaaaaybe 3 (my car is not very big, so 4 people with lots of luggage might not fit).

    I could also use the help with all of the crap I'm going to be bringing with me to add to the festivities. :P
    Dude, is there parking by your place? Because if so, I'd totally meet up with you that morning to help you pack stuff up and schlep it to the train station. Otherwise, i was gonna park my car in my neighborhood (west LA) and take the FlyWay.

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  • DStalefishDStalefish Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    There's parking, but we have street sweeping Thursday and Friday, so you'd get a $35 ticket one of the days if you left your car there.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    DStalefish wrote: »
    There's parking, but we have street sweeping Thursday and Friday, so you'd get a $35 ticket one of the days if you left your car there.

    With all the people asking I am just wondering how much sleeping space you actually have?

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  • DStalefishDStalefish Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    He said he'd meet up with us that morning and carpool with us and help us carry stuff, not stay with us.

    About the space though, I have a queen-size futon that's big enough for 2 (you can make a pillow wall if you're uncomfortable sleeping together :P), a recliner, a sumo bag, and then whatever floor space is left over. So, if it's you and 3 others, we can probably call it there as far as people staying with me.

    I figure it's just for a night though, and collectively it'd probably save a good chunk of change as far as getting the group together beforehand and carpooling, not to mention the carpool lane (which if I'm not mistaken is 3 people during rush hour here, or that might just be on I10).

    So yeah, I'm not going to fill my apartment to the brim with people. :)

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  • TransparentTransparent Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I doubt even at the scale of people we've got going at this point it would be economical, but wouldn't it be effing sweet if we could charter our own private railcar? Slap a car on the starlight and then no worrying about Amtrak security busting our balls for drinks, game as loudly as we want...

    http://www.movie-trains.com/privatec.html

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  • sobjwsobjw Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    At first glance, the guys name at the bottom of the page looks like Stan Gamer.

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  • Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I doubt even at the scale of people we've got going at this point it would be economical, but wouldn't it be effing sweet if we could charter our own private railcar? Slap a car on the starlight and then no worrying about Amtrak security busting our balls for drinks, game as loudly as we want...

    http://www.movie-trains.com/privatec.html

    Monocles mandatory, I assume. I mean, with that kind of money being spent, I feel a monocle has to come in somewhere.

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  • AWolfDescendsAWolfDescends Registered User new member
    edited April 2008
    My wife and I will be taking the train to Portland from Sacramento on Monday to spend some time with a friend there. We'll be heading from Portland to Seattle on Friday and taking the return trip from Seattle to Sacramento on September 1st with everyone! This is our first PAXTrain experence (second PAX), and we're both a little shy... Be gentle with us!

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  • AugustusAugustus Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    We'll be gentle. Welcome Deathprawn, AWolfDescends and Subassy!

    I've been sick as a DOG recently, and working too so I haven't had as much time as I'd like to take care of PAX shit. That's why we're planning ahead - so we can take our time.

    Transparent, believe me, I looked into the costs. Renting out a full train with private cars is expensive - hell renting a private car alone and having it hooked up to Amtrak's main car is like a hundred god damned grand.

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  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    For those who haven't bought train tickets yet, should we still wait on any group rate offer or just buy them now?

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  • Da JackalDa Jackal Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Da Jackal wrote: »
    I'll be joining at San Francisco/Emeryville, +5 friends (possibly more?)...
    Hey Augustus, don't forget my group of 6 (now 7 actually! woohoo!) leaving from SF in your head count... I didn't see us listed there, whereas I found the 3 ppl mentioned in your last post.

    I too am wondering about the group rate, since I've been telling my friends to hold off from buying their tickets in the hopes that Amtrack recognizes how awesome we are... does it still look promising?

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  • DStalefishDStalefish Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    $100,000 to rent a stupid cramped car and hook it up to a train?

    That's quite possibly the biggest ripoff I've ever heard of in my entire life. :)

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  • strongesthylianstrongesthylian Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I'll be getting on at LA Union Station with a friend.
    I may be getting more people. I'll reply if I'm getting more.

    Just count me +1 right now.

    EDIT:
    Also, when we get there, do we all go our separate ways and have to figure out our own transportation to our hotels, or is there some sort of shuttle that transports people to their place of stay?

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  • kazuokazuo Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Da Jackal wrote: »
    Also, speaking from last year's Guitar Hero train experience, the kid's room "system" was woefully inadequate, with a single speaker on the poor excuse for a TV, and a single mono input into it. For some reason, my 360 wouldn't allow me to change my audio settings to mono (for some reason it was stuck on digital stereo i think?) so during our 2 player games we could only hear one player's notes! Consensus was that next year we not only desperately needed our own tv, but a much improved sound system. Just throwing it out there, to further encourage anyone who's on the fence about bringing said items.

    Just bring along some computer speakers, F-F RCA adapter and a rca to mini cable. Problem solved. I can bring the cables if someone else brings the speakers. :)

    PS - I remember you guys! hi
    cjones1344 wrote: »
    I am strongly considering taking the train from LA. Problem is that I live in Mississippi, so I'll have to fly into LAX the day before the train leaves. I'm trying to figure out what to do that night, since I don't want to get a hotel room.

    Sleep at the airport. I'd imagine LA train stations aren't very safe.

    DO IT

    Or talk to people on here and see if someone is willing to let you spend the night (I'm sure you can easily find someone if you havent already).

    Also whats up with group discount? I'm gonna go ahead and buy tix next week if something's not setup by then. I want to get this all squared away by May so I dont have to do everything last-minute like last year. lol.

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  • cicatrix1cicatrix1 Los Angeles, CARegistered User new member
    edited April 2008
    Is there still room for a PAX virgin who loves trains, games, and drinking who may be leaving from LAX? Be gentle. Or not.

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  • TransparentTransparent Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    There's room until Amtrak says there isn't any. Add yourself to the list, arrangements with Amtrak haven't been completed yet, buy a ticket now or wait until we hear back about a group rate.

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  • DStalefishDStalefish Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    For those of you considering waiting until you buy your tickets, you can always cancel your reservation and get your money back.

    Reserving tickets now does charge your credit card, however. You can cancel up until like 3 days before the train leaves.

    If you're considering getting a roomette, do it now, because they get more expensive. The return trip roomette is already $100 more than when I placed my reservation.

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  • RCars2RCars2 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008

    Also, when we get there, do we all go our separate ways and have to figure out our own transportation to our hotels, or is there some sort of shuttle that transports people to their place of stay?


    Last year we all took cabs from the station to the hotels. Cab fair is cheap and you can pack 4 people in a cab. If need be im sure you can find someone heading to the same hotel and you and tag along with them. They will appreciate the break in the cab fare :D

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  • TransparentTransparent Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    If you're too cheap for a cab, the bus is $1.50 after 7pm and free before.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Transit_Tunnel

    And since we're planning ahead so well, it is totally possible to arrange for Shuttle Express to be there waiting for us. It would cost less than $8 a person. Is that cheaper than the cabs?

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  • Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    RCars2 wrote: »

    Also, when we get there, do we all go our separate ways and have to figure out our own transportation to our hotels, or is there some sort of shuttle that transports people to their place of stay?


    Last year we all took cabs from the station to the hotels. Cab fair is cheap and you can pack 4 people in a cab. If need be im sure you can find someone heading to the same hotel and you and tag along with them. They will appreciate the break in the cab fare :D

    The COOL people all marched to the hotel in a giant pack dragging their luggage behind them, giving the townsfolk a glimpse of the swarm to come.

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  • strongesthylianstrongesthylian Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Raiden333 wrote: »
    The COOL people all marched to the hotel in a giant pack dragging their luggage behind them, giving the townsfolk a glimpse of the swarm to come.

    Sounds like a very communist march. Actually, I don't even know if I have a hotel the first night. The PAX rate at the Sheraton was sold out for August 28...

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  • Dee KaeDee Kae Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Raiden333 wrote: »
    RCars2 wrote: »

    Also, when we get there, do we all go our separate ways and have to figure out our own transportation to our hotels, or is there some sort of shuttle that transports people to their place of stay?


    Last year we all took cabs from the station to the hotels. Cab fair is cheap and you can pack 4 people in a cab. If need be im sure you can find someone heading to the same hotel and you and tag along with them. They will appreciate the break in the cab fare :D

    The COOL people all marched to the hotel in a giant pack dragging their luggage behind them, giving the townsfolk a glimpse of the swarm to come.

    Hey, I liked looking for those pigs too.

    They were everywhere.

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