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Pike Street Annex Praise

not_hanznot_hanz Under The Feathered HatRegistered User regular
edited September 2008 in PAX Archive
Hey, I haven't seen a thread about this yet so I wanted to make sure that this doesn't go unsaid. I absolutely loved having the Pike Street annex for the tabletop area this year at PAX. I mean 3 WHOLE FLOORS of tabletop! It gave everyone room to spread out, yet everything was still all centrally located enough that you could find what you were looking for. FAR FAR superior to the setup last year when it was confined to the 2nd ( or was it 3rd) floor. I mean could you ask for a more perfect setup for tabletop than all the little rooms on the 2nd floor at the Annex with the winding mazelike path throughout it!

I heard some rumors talking about moving the tabletop back into the main building for 09 and I for one would like to recommend against it. I cant imagine anything you could setup in the main building that would be superior to what you had this year at the Annex.

So anyways, again I just wanted to say job well done! And thanks for such a great con.

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I heard a rumor that the annex will be non-existant next year, which is why they wouldn't be using it.

    I didn't even know where the annex was until saturday night. And I wasn't planning on going Sunday. So that was pretty annoying. If PAX iddn't lose their arrows, it might have been better for me. I had fun when I visited it in 06.

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  • mostlyharmlessmostlyharmless Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    As a big time tabletop player, I have to wholeheartedly agree with this praise. Tabletop was in a perfect spot, and keeping Wizards on the first floor helped me avoid them, which is always important.

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  • NijhazerNijhazer Sunnyvale, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Non-existent? What I heard was that the building was being rebuilt to bring it up to speed with the rest of the facility. I admit, it did look pretty old in comparison.

    If someone has a more clear answer about what's going on with the facility, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited September 2008
    If that's the case, the building may be under construction next year, which is probably what was meant by "nonexistent".

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Nijhazer wrote: »
    Non-existent? What I heard was that the building was being rebuilt to bring it up to speed with the rest of the facility. I admit, it did look pretty old in comparison.

    If someone has a more clear answer about what's going on with the facility, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Sounds like we have the same answer. Hopefully they'll be done by next year august.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited September 2008
    It is going to be rebuilt, and there's no chance in hell it'd be ready by next year. =(

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I was trying to be nice. You're like ruining santa claus to these guys.

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  • mostlyharmlessmostlyharmless Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    damn, I really like that building. Oh well, as long as I can avoid Wizards of the Coast I'm happy.

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  • NijhazerNijhazer Sunnyvale, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ahh, there's the rub. I had heard it would be ready by next year, hence my confusion over the non-existent bit. Personally, though, I'd be very surprised if it were ready by then, so I'm sure you guys are right.

    Perhaps we could rent out the nearby Cheesecake Factory for the occasion, with a new rule requiring all participants to dress as Agent Smith.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited September 2008
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    I was trying to be nice. You're like ruining santa claus to these guys.
    =D

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  • mentok1982mentok1982 I could never leave you PAX baby. BaltimoreRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    I was trying to be nice. You're like ruining santa claus to these guys.

    Please do not poop on Santa.


    You will ruin him.

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  • MisteriosoMisterioso Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It was awesome this year! I would like to thank all of the board game donor's and those involved in spending their time being the board game librarians. This year was especially great, the areas were wide and roomy and never once did I smell someone's shit.

    Seeing the annex go would be sad. Last year the table top area worked well, I could usually find an open table outside to play a game on but with the ever increasing attendance, i don't see how that could work again w/out some restructuring. As long as I don't have to sit in one giant "dutch oven" (you know what I mean) like in '06 then I am happy.

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  • MR.TMR.T Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I thought the tabletop area was perfect and think it should stay in the annex if possible. At first, I was annoyed to have to walk to it, but after I saw the facility I realized that it was much cooler to walk a bit and have all of that space to work with. We had some awesome gaming going down on tables everywhere. Very well put together!

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  • GoogalashGoogalash Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The annex while totaly awsome sadly will be under construction and not availible for 09.

    Fear not though as I am sure something else just as awsome will replace it.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited September 2008
    Tell Khoo to reserve the whole new building for 2010 now.

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  • treyh37treyh37 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    i only got over there a couple times was there much in the way of pokemon tcg going on? mostly saw people playing magic or board games

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  • GoogalashGoogalash Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    lol I'd be willing to bet he is already planning on doing that. :)

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Tell Khoo to reserve the whole new building for 2010 now.

    ooh! Every time someone mentions 2010, I get a little bit of glee! =) I can't wait to run an MMT in Boston! =) But I digress. =)

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  • GoogalashGoogalash Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Boston is going to be sooo Fing awsome....

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  • CanticleCanticle Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    damn, I really like that building. Oh well, as long as I can avoid Wizards of the Coast I'm happy.
    Man, really. That's an unnecessary sort of attitude that's just asking for an argument.

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Seeress WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I wonder if they'll put tabletop on 5th floor next year. I hear it's something of a catacomb, at least as far as publicly available space. I don't see how it could be accommodated on 2nd or 3rd again considering how big it is now...

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  • waffleboi9waffleboi9 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Wait.......why are you guys anti-WotC ?

    In other news, I spent a lot of my time in the Pike St. Annex, and I would have spent even more time there if they had more people running DnD games =D

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  • ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, the tabletop annex was amazing. Tabletop everywhere. Did you guys see how much fucking WarMachine there was? If that place was open, there were 10 games of WarMachine going on. Insane!

    The top floor with all the big round tables and the open atmosphere was my favorite. Very communal, very casual. The only thing that place needs is a sound system and some comfy couches, although there were SUMOs around.

    I hope it's not closed for 2009. I hope I hope I hope!

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  • GeneralsGenerals Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    damn, I really like that building. Oh well, as long as I can avoid Wizards of the Coast I'm happy.

    No idea why people should hold a huge grudge against Wizards since they deliver way more to their fans way EA.

    Anyways,
    Arco wrote: »
    Yeah, the tabletop annex was amazing. Tabletop everywhere. Did you guys see how much fucking WarMachine there was? If that place was open, there were 10 games of WarMachine going on. Insane!

    The top floor with all the big round tables and the open atmosphere was my favorite. Very communal, very casual. The only thing that place needs is a sound system and some comfy couches, although there were SUMOs around.

    I hope it's not closed for 2009. I hope I hope I hope!


    I didn't see much warmachine going on when I walked the 2nd floor and checked as many places as I can; I only saw WoWTCG, unofficial 40K table and various places and tables for board games.

    My only complaint is that the place felt detached from the rest of the entire convention as I had to walk and cross roads in order to get there. I wish there was indoor access to the annex. The placement of Serpent theatre did make the place less split from the rest with a Wil Wheaton panel being held there.

    Overall, having lots of room for tabletop gaming was wonderful and MTG was able to hold a 112 person event where it would not have been possible to hold even 25% of that last year. This year certainly gave more feel for traditional gaming.

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  • stabn_stabn_ Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The WOTC people I talked to were all really cool.

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  • frecklefreckle Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I had the most fun at PAX in the annex! All day I avoided it because I felt like I should be doing something more... well I don't know what I was thinking actually. When I finally went over there it was the perfect set up.

    I loved being able to check out games, I got to try out stuff I'd never played and teach others some of my favourites without having to lug everything around and worry about losing pieces. I'm not the best at meeting new people, but it's pretty easy to prowl around until you find a game just wrapping up and then horn in on the next one.

    Even if the annex isn't available next year, I'm sure it's obvious how many people are interested in a board game area, and something else will be worked out.

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  • netcrusher88netcrusher88 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I wonder if they'll put tabletop on 5th floor next year. I hear it's something of a catacomb, at least as far as publicly available space. I don't see how it could be accommodated on 2nd or 3rd again considering how big it is now...

    Fifth floor is pretty small, actually. It's a bunch of small rooms intended for convention offices and the like. Tabletop is like to be on the sixth floor next year, I believe.

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  • GeneralsGenerals Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    6th floor needs to be booked. In fact, the entire convention centre needs to be booked.

    Isn't there a covention that books the 6th floor every march/april? I unfortunately have yet to see the 6th floor and the said convention.

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    jsn: and there was some dude(note that: DUDE) dressed up as Mai from KOF
    Jeff: I see
    jsn: and I was like "I wonder how he goes to the washroom, does he just like...brush his loincloth to the side or what?"
    jsn: friend was like "DUDE he's BEHIND YOU"
  • ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... and hard.Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    While we're here, what was the mystery room, exactly?

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    ASimPerson wrote: »
    While we're here, what was the mystery room, exactly?

    As far as I could tell... More tabletop.

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  • magiicmagiic Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I liked the little x-blades challenge dealy on the 3rd floor. That was neat.

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  • netcrusher88netcrusher88 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    magiic wrote: »
    I liked the little x-blades challenge dealy on the 3rd floor. That was neat.

    This was the mystery room. Well worth the trip over to check out, it was fun.

    Anybody who actually finished the beach balls thing and didn't guess: was it in fact "ascent" or "ascend"?

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  • HaikufrenzyHaikufrenzy Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I would still love to see the tabletop area at a place like the sharaton next year, and having it go back to the 24/7 tabletop area like in 06. God that was awesome.

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  • EonBlueEonBlue Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This years tabletop was INFINITLY better then last years tabletop gaming which was laughable at best, and downright depressing at worst.

    It was almost the pefect setting, perfect area, 3 floors, wow it was good.

    It still hasn't matched the magic of tabletopping with complete strangers till the wee hours of the morning until pax the next day only to buy 20 bottles of bawls to try to stay up for the rest of the weekend.


    It will never be the pax that I knew without 24/7 tabletop, its the one thing (besides short lines/bawls) that I really REALLY miss and will forever mourn the loss of at pax.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The annex used to be the temporary seattle public Library (why it smelled the way it did) while the new glass one was under construction. WSCTC bought it shortly afterward.

    Its being renovated throughout 2009
    I wonder if they'll put tabletop on 5th floor next year. I hear it's something of a catacomb, at least as far as publicly available space. I don't see how it could be accommodated on 2nd or 3rd again considering how big it is now...

    Uh 5th floor wont be anything accessable to attendees, its only 7 small offices up there, 2,000 total sqft.

    Basically guarded storage is all its good for.

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  • ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Where was the tabletop stuff when it was 24 hours?

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Arco wrote: »
    Where was the tabletop stuff when it was 24 hours?

    Offsite in a hotels conference room.

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Shhh. There's a running joke of "let's hold tabletop at the Maydenbauer this year!" which would still be pretty neat, I guess :D.

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  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Well, I figure a couple of options. Khoo could try to take over the full convention space. (harder but likely doable) The sheraton meeting rooms might be doable as well but with about as much difficulty (price being the barring factor there)

    Otherwise, I figure tabletop will be hosed or severely reduced next year.

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  • TrainwreckXTrainwreckX Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Well Khoo already said they are going to get the 5th and 6th floor of the main convention center next year, so I'm sure it will all work out.

    By the way, I spent a few hours in the Annex this year. It was very cool!

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