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When: September 4th, 5th and 6th, 2009

Where: Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Downtown Seattle, WA

What:
Wikipedia wrote:
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is an annual gamer festival held in Washington. PAX was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show that gave equal attention to video gamers, computer gamers, and tabletop gamers. No such show existed, so PAX was born.

Created in 2004, PAX has doubled in size each successive year and has been hailed as a weekend-long celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics include game-inspired concerts, panels on game industry topics, exhibitor booths, after-hours parties, tournaments, and freeplay areas.
Theros wrote:
PAX is awesome
ashridah wrote:
PAX is not your personal army
Liger wrote:
unless your name is Robert Khoo
HotSake wrote:
PAX is 50,000 friends you never knew you had.
Last year (2008) PAX had over 58,000 attendees.

Links: Penny Arcade, PAX Website, PAX topic at Wikipedia

What this forum is: This forum is for the discussion of PAX, finding people to carpool or caravan with, finding people to split the cost of a hotel room, and general questions and information about PAX.

What this thread is: This thread is a place for people to ask questions, and for the PAX experienced to provide answers (and some general PAX wisdom).

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for the Official PAX Page FAQ
Here's a community-based FAQ for those of you who don't want to comb through this thread to see if your question has been answered already.
How do I register for PAX?
You can register online at http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/registration.php

It's after August 1, if I order my ticket online, where do I pick it up?
In the Will Call line (location to be disclosed)

How do I get the PAX discount on my hotel room?
All information on hotels offering a PAX discount is available at http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/hotels.php
All pricing given is per night

What days can you book for at the discounted rate?

Thursday Check-in - Monday Check-Out (note: thursday night and sunday night discount rooms are more limited)

Do they charge my credit card when I reserve my room?
No, they only use your credit card to hold the room. When you check in, they put a hold on the card you present them at that time for the amount of your stay and when you check out they charge that, plus any billable charges (phone calls, pay per view, room service) to your card at that time.

How far away are the hotels from the convention center?
The Sheraton and Hyatt are about 100 feet from the WSCTC. The Roosevelt is one block away. The Crowne Plaza is less than a quarter-mile away.

How many people can stay in one hotel room?
Most hotels allow four, however be aware when you reserve a room with four people per room, they tack on an additional charge. The Sheraton will charge for every key over 2 per room that you ask for.

The Sheraton's website says the PAX rate is sold out for date x. What does this mean?
This means that the Sheraton will not honor the PAX rate for date x. If you're having trouble with the website, call the hotel.

What time is check in at these hotels?
Most hotels have check in at around 3pm. If you're going to be arriving in town later in the evening or at night, be sure to let the hotel know when you make your reservation. If you are arriving early, most hotels will hold your luggage if you want to see the city before check-in time

How much does it cost to park?

Parking is $25+ per day. If you're flying in, take a shuttle from the airport, don't bother renting a car. You won't need it unless you want to leave downtown. If you want to avoid valet parking (and limited access to your vehicle), the WSCTC parking lot is right across the street from the Sheraton.

Can I volunteer to help out at PAX this year?
If they open up enrollment, an announcement will be made with a link to the application.

What should I bring with me to PAX?
CatBoy wrote: »
I better get this in just so everyone is kinda prepared and in the know of what to bring to PAX or any con that may come their way. (I'm sorry for the huge post, but a lot of people don't know what to bring.)
The Top Twenty Items Forgotten by Convention Attendees Checklist

1. Personal Towel (We know the hotel provides them, but if you're sharing a room with several people, this guarantees you your very own towel. Also, if you plan on using a lot of makeup for a costume or dying your hair *and* use hotel towels, you will be charged a hefty fee for damaging hotel property. Please bring your own towels if you plan to do this.) You may also dip the ends in liquid vitamins and suck on the corners when needed.

* A pretty cool tip involving this is bringing a small clothespin with your name on it to attach to your towel so people can differentiate between yours and theirs. In fact, bring a couple, so you can share with people.

2. Shampoo and Conditioner (Again, the hotel provides these, but the bottles are quite small. Bringing your own ensures you will have some, especially if you use a lot of shampoo or have long hair.)

3. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (You'd be amazed at what going three days without brushing tastes like. Gross.)

4. Deodorant (If you don't bring and use this, don't be surprised when people start edging away from you in packed rooms and theaters. Don't forget the strange looks and cringed noses you'll begin to see.)

5. Razor and Shaving Cream/Gel

6. Comb and/or Hairbrush (some people do use both. You'd be surprised.)

7. One shirt for each day of the convention, plus an extra. (3 days = 4 shirts)

8. Pants (Same number as shirts.)

9. Underwear (3 sets, plus an extra.)

10. Socks (One pair per day plus an extra pair.)

11. Swimsuit (You never know.)

12. Jacket or warm sweater

13. Shoes (If you plan on spending a lot of time dancing or on your feet, make sure you have comfortable shoes with you. Your feet will hurt if you don't have comfy shoes to at least change into.)

14. Any prescribed medication (Make sure to tell your traveling companions/roommates about any medical needs you may have.)

15. Tylenol/Aspirin/etc

16. Photo ID / Driver's License / Checkbook / Car keys

17. A phone card (Not only is this cheaper than having calls charged to your hotel room, but having several people using one phone can lead to billing confusion with long distance calls. Bring a phone card so you can let your parents/significant other know you made it to the con safely.)

18. An extra pillow and blanket if several people are staying in your room.

19. Some non-perishable food from a supermarket (Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels and bottled water or juice. While there are a lot of restaurants close by, this is an easy way to save money. In addition, you'll be able to have your midnight snack without leaving your room.)

20. Your best public manners. (You'd be surprised how many people forget to bring these along.)
The exhibition hall is full of awesome. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies *cough*nVidia*cough*
the spoiler is for the REALLY well prepared
A List For The Well Prepared

* Small tube of super glue
* 3 straight pins
* 3 safety pins: 1 small and 2 medium
* Hair pins: 3 medium and 3 heavy
* Small sewing kit (small enough to fit into the palm of your hand)
* Safety matches (1 pack)
* Disposable plastic razor
* Small emery board
* Tylenol/Aspirin (travel sized contaiThe exhibition hall is full of awesome. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies *cough*nVidia*cough*ner)
* 6 chewable Vitamin C tablets (at least 500 mg each)
* 2 Vitamin B complex tabs, stress formula
* 1 pack Tums/Rolaids
* 6 bandaids (or a travel sized pack)
* 6 antihistamine tablets
* 1 travel pack of tissues
* Tube of chapstick or other lip balm
* 6 cough drops or throat lozenges
* Smallest size of tiger balm or camphophenique oil
* Travel size tube of spot remover
* Spare car and house keys
* Breath freshener
* 6 moist towelettes (for cleaning hands)
* Small pencil sharpener
* Small pen
* 1 small pack of post-it-notes (the square ones work fine)
* Clear nail polish
* Small amount of masking tape wrapped around a short pencil
* 6 rubber bands
* 3 unlubricated condoms
* Small penknife
* Small tube of neosporin
* 3 garbage bag twist ties
* Mustache scissors (small pair of scissors will work as well)
* Styptic pencil or qwik stop
* Hand lotion (travel size)
* Aloe vera gel (travel size)
* 3 nail polish remover pad
* Tampons or pads if you are the type to bleed occasionally

Where can I get something to eat in downtown Seattle?

Practically everywhere, there are two malls and Pike Place Market all within walking distance of the Convention Center and Hotels.

I hear there's a Gameworks near the WSCTC, what's a Gameworks?
Liger wrote: »
Gameworks is a 2-story arcade with full restaurant and bar on the upper floor. Arcade games from all eras, including a section to win tickets and redeem them for cheezy prizes. The food is pretty good, but the service can suck sometimes. The bar is a bar. It has booze. It's also in a more separate section of the upper floor that's roped off for 21+, but still has a kickass view of the whole facility.

What does BYOC stand for?

Bring Your Own Computer, more information will be forthcoming in the spring

What is the exhibit floor like?
The exhibition hall is full of awesome. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies.

Should I buy a Nintendo DS/bring my DS to PAX?
YES

When do I sign up for tournaments?

Tournament registration is day-of. Get there early, most tournaments fill up within an hour or two of PAX opening.

How do I become and Omeganaut?
Just check the button that says, "I want to be considered to be an Omeganaut" when you pre-register. Then you just have to hope you are one of the 18 peope to get the call.

Where do the parties happen?

Hotel Rooms (and a few industry sponsored parties at local establishments)

Is there an age limit on the parties?
21+ unless there's no alcohol involved

How do the concerts work?
whypick1 wrote: »
Bracelets are distributed by Enforcers, and having one will make sure you get in first, but I don't recall hearing the theaters filling up to the point where they had to turn people away. If you don't get one, you should still be able to get in, you just won't be able to get in super early.

Also, if you BYOC, you're given a bracelet.

What's the weather like in Seattle during PAX?
The weather's been great for every single PAX. (subject to interpretation)
In the beginning of September, expect temperatures of mid-to-high 50's (only late at night of course) to the mid 70's.

I'm flying to PAX, how soon should I book my flight?
As soon as you can. Airline tickets cost more the closer you get to the date of travel.

Why is PAX Labor Day weekend instead of the last weekend in August like it used to be?
The decision to hold PAX on Labor Day weekend going forward is threefold:

1. Given 70% of attendees are coming in from out of town, it allows for 1 extra day of travel as opposed to rushing back on Friday night.
2. Seattle (despite Bumbershoot being that same weekend) is actually dead in terms of out-of-town travel on Labor Day Weekend. What this means is we're able to negotiate hotel room rates at much more aggressive rate than the week before - we're literally talking a difference of hundreds of dollars for the weekend for attendees.
3. Because most conferences/trade shows are business-to-business, we're actually able to get the space we need as opposed to being crammed in with another large show.

Will x tournament or event be happening at PAX?
Possibly, check out this forum announcement of official PAX event threads.

What are the hours of PAX?
EVENT HOURS
Friday, Sept 4th, 2009 - 10am to 3am
Saturday, Sept 5th, 2009 - 10am to 3am
Sunday, Sept 6th, 2009 - 10am to 7pm
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, Sept 4th, 2009 - 10am to 7pm
Saturday, Sept 5th, 2009 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, Sept 6th, 2009 - 10am to 6pm

BYOC Check-in is Friday starting at 8am

How do you get a concert wristband/what is a concert wristband?
The concert wristband allows you into the concerts first. All BYOC attendees and the first x people into PAX on Friday and Saturday will be given a concert wristband. They are not required to get into the concert, but if you don't have one, you won't be able to get in until all of the wristbanded people are inside.

I live outside the United States. How do I fill in my phone number on the registration form? It doesn't fit.
You just have to split it up the way US numbers are split (###-###-####). It's a 10 digit number if I'm not mistaken. If you've got more than 10 digits, I don't know.

I'm above the average age of 26 by a decade or more. Will I be the oldest person there?
No, plenty of the older gaming crowd come out to enjoy PAX as well. You are not alone. PAX is geeks reveling in geekery. Age wasn't much of a concern.

How do we transfer tickets? I bought a registration and BYOC pass, but recently found out I won't be going, and have a buyer through the "buy a ticket sell a ticket" thread, but neither of us have any idea how to get the ticket to be transferred.

BYOC ticket registration is done differently than the 3-day pass. For the 3-day pass you just have to mail it to the guy when they are shipped out.

For BYOC, have the guy buying the ticket make an account on the intel LANfest site, then on your account submit a support ticket to have the ticket and seat transfered to him.

I have moved since buying my PAX passes. How do I change my address information to ensure that my passes get mailed to my current address and not my previous address?
First, you should submit a change of address through the USPS. This will ensure all mail sent to your previous address is sent to your current address. As far as changing your registration, you can do that via the registration site (accessable from http://www.paxsite.com/registration.php). Just click the question mark, select the last option, and it should guide you through the process of changing the address to whatever you want.


When is the PAX08 DVD coming out?
WE DON'T KNOW!!

I registered for PAX ticked off that I wanted the ECA membership but I have yet to receive anything from them. What's the deal?
All the ECA memberships will be sent to them at once after registration closes, so you shouldn't expect anything until then.

When will x be announced?
Soon.

Will there be WiFi accessable at PAX?
Yes, but with the number of people using it, it may be a bit spotty.

Are there going to be a ton of people this year?
Theres going to be a ton of people.

Will just one day will be enough PAX?
No. There can never be enough PAX (unless you're an enforcer).

I'm under 18. Will I be able to get into a panel for/play the demo of <insert M-Rated game here>?
It is convention wide policy to follow the ESRB ratings.

I'm wearing a costume that has plastic weapons that look like real weapons? Will I have any problems with security/police?
Yes. Do yourself a favor and leave anything that resembles a weapon at home.

Do the PAX passes have my name on them?
No.

What, other than the convention center and hotels, is in the area around PAX? Places to eat, shop, etc?
Check out the Seattle Area Map and Info Thread for details on the surrounding PAX area.

How hard is it to get around downtown Seattle? Will I need a car?
Most of anything you will need is located within walking distance of the PAX hotels and convention center. You will only need a car if you plan on traveling outside of downtown (so probably not at all)

Is there any free parking downtown?
No, parking costs money downtown.

Why can't the passes be mailed out internationally?
A lot of internationally-shipped badges were eaten by the post in 07. It's easier all around to have you pick up your badge at Will Call, and skip the whole "where's my badge?!" panic at the end of August.

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  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    i have a question, just because my memory just ain't what it used to be, when does attendee registration start? isn't it usually some time in january? when should we expect a solid date on that?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2009
    Usually it starts in late February or early March.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Question #2: Why do you rock so much Moe? =)

    EDIT: Also I think with the Gameworks reference in the FAQ, it should be noted that Gameworks seems to be closed due to private parties pretty much every evening during PAX. I don't know whether that was just this last year or what, but every time people planned to meet at Gameworks (even the day before PAX) it was closed for a gathering. I can only assume that companies who came to PAX, or maybe even the people who run PAX itself, have it reserved for special gatherings. Either way, don't plan to actually get in there in the evenings if it's like this year was.

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  • TransparentTransparent Registered User
    edited January 2009
    I'm still in the process of getting it ready for this year, but I plan on keeping http://pax.wikidot.com going.

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    PAX is too far away :(

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  • TherosTheros Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    PAX is not a dating service.

    But it could happen! >_>

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I got a question.

    Does anyone else get a headache looking at the PAX09 logo?

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Hmm... aye Parabola, the 09 logo is a bit disorienting. It's almost like it's a little too leaned into the foreground or something. Is that the official one, or a tentative logo?

    In regards to the oft-asked question ( =) ), we should consider retiring "PAX isn't a dating service" for a new slogan. I propose this new slogan:

    "PAX also stands for 'Predominantly Asexual eXperience'"

    In other words, don't sexualize the Penny Arcade Expo by coming with the express purpose of looking for a romantic entanglement or to hit on anyone. =)

    What do you think of it? =)

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Here's a question: what happened to PAX always being the last weekend of August? :P

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  • MeeOkMeeOk Registered User
    edited January 2009
    They changed it, because that way I'll already be 21 for this year's expo? :P

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Here's a question: what happened to PAX always being the last weekend of August? :P

    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?p=7995287#post7995287
    The decision to hold PAX on Labor Day weekend going forward is threefold:

    1. Given 70% of attendees are coming in from out of town, it allows for 1 extra day of travel as opposed to rushing back on Friday night.
    2. Seattle (despite Bumbershoot being that same weekend) is actually dead in terms of out-of-town travel on Labor Day Weekend. What this means is we're able to negotiate hotel room rates at much more aggressive rate than the week before - we're literally talking a difference of hundreds of dollars for the weekend for attendees.
    3. Because most conferences/trade shows are business-to-business, we're actually able to get the space we need as opposed to being crammed in with another large show.

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  • DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    So I wanted to do BYOC last year but didn't because I was taking a train instead of a car to PAX. Since I will be taking the train again this year, I will need a decent way of carrying my CPU and monitor and I can't think of any better place for recommendations.

    As far as specs, the case is a mid-tower Antec Sonata and my monitor is a 20 inch widescreen LCD. Of course, pockets for keyboard/mouse is a plus.

    Thanks everybody.

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  • That_Spoony_BardThat_Spoony_Bard Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I used this last year for my computer tower

    http://www.xoxide.com/sunbeam-lan-party-bag-black.html

    As for the monitor, if you still have the box your monitor came in (including the foam inserts that came w/ it) it makes for a good monitor case.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    http://www.geargrip.com

    I have used those things for /years/. My computer harness and monitor harness have lasted well over 6 years now.
    Worth the investment if you go to Lans often.

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I bought a laptop so I wouldn't have the debacle that was me trying to bring my tower last year.

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  • redhaloredhalo Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Question: If I get a BYOC spot for my non-gaming laptop and a for place for my ass to chill will I be frowned upon for wasting it since they are such a hot commodity?

    Can't wait to do this all again.

    fake edit: It's not that I can't game on it, but it does have intel graphics and runs linux, so I'm limited.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2009
    Question: redhalo, will you be heading the button trade again this year?

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  • redhaloredhalo Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Question: redhalo, will you be heading the button trade again this year?

    If the community will allow me, yes. I'm already working on some ideas.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    redhalo wrote: »
    Question: If I get a BYOC spot for my non-gaming laptop and a for place for my ass to chill will I be frowned upon for wasting it since they are such a hot commodity?

    Can't wait to do this all again.

    fake edit: It's not that I can't game on it, but it does have intel graphics and runs linux, so I'm limited.

    My friend and I did that last year...so you should be cool

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  • redhaloredhalo Registered User
    edited January 2009
    JonnyNero wrote: »
    redhalo wrote: »
    Question: If I get a BYOC spot for my non-gaming laptop and a for place for my ass to chill will I be frowned upon for wasting it since they are such a hot commodity?

    Can't wait to do this all again.

    fake edit: It's not that I can't game on it, but it does have intel graphics and runs linux, so I'm limited.

    My friend and I did that last year...so you should be cool

    Hmm, I may just bring my 2TB server for people to leech off of.

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Nobody cares if you don't have a gaming rig. It's still a great place to come chill for a little bit, check up on a couple things online and such.

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  • Curse-TenCurse-Ten Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I know these are some failry simple questions but...

    I know it's a little early but I want to know if cosplay is allowed, I wanted to wear a costume for one of the days but I don't want to make it if it isn't allowed (trust me fabric is expensive).

    And I assume there's going to be tournaments on the DS like Mario Kart? DS is really the only console I play a lot seeing as I'm quite the girly gamer (Brawl is probably my most violent. ;) )

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Cosplay is uncommon but allowed.

    As for DS tournaments, the past couple year's there's been this roaming tournament thing going on, where you challenge somebody to a game for a button. It's changed both years, who knows what they'll do next year.

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Cosplay isn't really that uncommon. Last year it was hard to not run into someone with a costume of some kind.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    It was tasteful cosplay too if that helps! =)

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I don't know... SOME were getting into the PG range.

    Not that i'm complaining.

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I just remembered its going to be officially required to carry a passport across the boarder or a NEXUS card.

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  • Qs23Qs23 Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    parabola wrote: »
    Cosplay isn't really that uncommon. Last year it was hard to not run into someone with a costume of some kind.

    The only thing that is not allowed is dressing up as Waldo. Because I would not want to have the endless chorus of "I found him!", yelled by those who think they are being original, brought down upon anybody except my staunchest of foes. Even Adam Sessler felt bad for me.

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Qs23 wrote: »
    parabola wrote: »
    Cosplay isn't really that uncommon. Last year it was hard to not run into someone with a costume of some kind.

    The only thing that is not allowed is dressing up as Waldo.

    'Cause there can only be one Waldo?

    ...Unless, for some odd reason, someone legally named Waldo comes along to PAX...

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  • dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Qs23 wrote: »
    parabola wrote: »
    Cosplay isn't really that uncommon. Last year it was hard to not run into someone with a costume of some kind.

    The only thing that is not allowed is dressing up as Waldo. Because I would not want to have the endless chorus of "I found him!", yelled by those who think they are being original, brought down upon anybody except my staunchest of foes. Even Adam Sessler felt bad for me.

    yeah, and i'm not sharing my delicious blueberry waffles with any of you other assholes!

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  • Curse-TenCurse-Ten Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    What about his girlfriend? ;)

    A boy dressed up as Waldo for Holloween for school and natrually what you described happend. I went as Kai from Okami (not at school though) and had to tell everyone I was a Japanese Deer Spirit...yeah...so much for that.

    It's also hard describing the concept of "finding Waldo" to my friend who came from China and doesn't understand a lot of English. Apparently the phliosophy of Waldo is deep and intricate, I mean why do we want to find Waldo?

    Wow PAX is looking expensive for me, forty-five dollars and one-hundred-sixty for a hotel and I haven't even gotten into spending or food money, can I go for two nights without food?

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Curse-Ten wrote: »
    Wow PAX is looking expensive for me, forty-five dollars and one-hundred-sixty for a hotel and I haven't even gotten into spending or food money, can I go for two nights without food?

    Suggestion! Bring food!!

    Purchasing food at a local grocery store before going to PAX is great. Keep it in your room and in your bag--whatever kind of bag you bring or even in the goodies bag they provide. Lunchables, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc. are all life-savers for the poor college/poor non-college folk and you can eat whenever you desire and save money!

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  • Curse-TenCurse-Ten Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Looks like I might as well stock up on balonga and stuff, soup cans, fresh fruit and other stuff, if I get a hotel room I might even have a microwave!. I was planning to bring a cooler, if I can spare saving money for breakfast and lunch that will be good. I have no idea what resturants are in the area (last time I was in the Seattle area I was nine or ten, a girl scout and wasn't even living in Washington yet)

    Forgot about train tickets so that will be some more.
    Plus Fabric for the outfit.
    Spending Money

    Plus my twin has to pay for her registration also.

    Maybe I should get back into selling cookies. Thin Mints anyone?

    Also when should I register for a hotel room? I was planning to get one after registration opens but I know they go quick.

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Curse-Ten wrote: »
    Also when should I register for a hotel room? I was planning to get one after registration opens but I know they go quick.

    You can register when the Hotels go up. Some hotels have deals, though, if you go through their direct website. But I've been checking the three hotels that I know--and like--and nothing at that point in time. ...I think I did the hotel booking for last year back in...May?

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  • Curse-TenCurse-Ten Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Sounds good, but one last question. Do you have to be over eighteen to register a hotel room? I don't know if they ask for ID or something and since my mother isn't coming...

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Curse-Ten wrote: »
    Sounds good, but one last question. Do you have to be over eighteen to register a hotel room? I don't know if they ask for ID or something and since my mother isn't coming...

    Umm...I believe so, but! I suggest to contact the hotel's front desk/reservation service and ask. I think it's possible that someone else could pay for it and place the room under your name. Again, call--it's better to know directly.

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  • Curse-TenCurse-Ten Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    It really sucks too since my birthday is in October, I'll be turning eighteen then. Oh well, I'll call once I get how I'm staying overnight fixed out.

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  • TherosTheros Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    parabola wrote: »
    I just remembered its going to be officially required to carry a passport across the boarder or a NEXUS card.

    Under the original schedule a passport or NEXUS pass would have been required for PAX08, but the deadline for that requirement for land crossings has been pushed back twice now. Best to apply now, though, instead of waiting until people start panicking about it again.

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Yep, already on it.

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  • ULTRAMURDERSAMULTRAMURDERSAM Registered User
    edited January 2009
    are there buses that go from the airport to pax/ somewhere close to it? staying in a hotel near the airport seems to be far cheaper/ convenient for me right now. if so, do the buses run late into the night when pax is over?

    thanks

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