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    Curse-TenCurse-Ten Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I'm going to try to book my hotel room pratically after I pay for the tickets. I heard it's forty-five dollars, is that for all three days because it looks like I can only go for two.

    Deus I think our avatars match also ;p

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    JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    It sounds like it...of course prices could change, but souns around (+-$5) to what I paid last year

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    undeadundead Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Question: I live in Boston. I won't make it to PAX this year but am looking forward to PAX here in Boston in 2010.
    I would be interested in signing on as a staff member or volunteer (obviously too early for either of those to happen). Is there a website up for PAX2010 in Boston yet and has a date been settled on?

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    BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    undead wrote: »
    Question: I live in Boston. I won't make it to PAX this year but am looking forward to PAX here in Boston in 2010.
    I would be interested in signing on as a staff member or volunteer (obviously too early for either of those to happen). Is there a website up for PAX2010 in Boston yet and has a date been settled on?

    Not yet.

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    spydeyspydey Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Does BYOC cost more? If so how much was it last year?

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    BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    spydey wrote: »
    Does BYOC cost more? If so how much was it last year?

    Yes.

    It was $25 Last year. No word yet if it will stay the same or change for this year.

    BYOC Reg typically goes live around mid June-ish

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    FlecTecFlecTec Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Hey I am thinking of coming over from the UK this year to go to PAX. Is it worth it? Anybody else here travelled a great distance to attend in previous years?

    Also on the pre registration form it says "If you purchase your badge after August 15th, or if you're located outside of the US, your badge will be available for pickup at will-call. " What does this mean? What is will-call?

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    spydeyspydey Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    kropotkin came from the UK last year, and seems to think it was worth it so he's coming again. Will-call is a place on site where you go to pick up pre-purchased tickets.

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    FokkarFokkar Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Hey Guys,
    So PAX pre-registration seems to be up (although they haven't mentioned in on their main site yet which I thought was strange)... seems to be a little more than last year, and also, there doesn't seem to be "early bird pricing". Whether you buy your tickets now, or you buy your tickets right before September 3rd... you still get this price.
    What the heck? What happened to early bird pricing? Does anyone know?

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2009
    I think it's just an operating cost increase. Khoo mentioned it in the Pre-reg thread. Also there's apparently a limited number of available tickets this year. The general consensus is that this limit is probably higher than last year's attendance and probably won't run out until day of, but better to be safe than sorry and order your passes as soon as you can.

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    FokkarFokkar Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Hmm... understandable... kind of sucks though. I was so stoked to get my badge the day pre-reg opened up... now I might just wait until the PAX Hotel deals pop up (if they don't have those this year, I will scream, and cry, and possibly throw a tantrum... that's right, a tantrum)

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    KevdogKevdog Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    For someone local to the Seattle area and only planning on going to PAX for one day, would it be worth it to take a day off work Friday instead of going on a weekend day in terms of it being less crowded?

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    meloncolliemeloncollie Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Fokkar wrote: »
    Hmm... understandable... kind of sucks though. I was so stoked to get my badge the day pre-reg opened up... now I might just wait until the PAX Hotel deals pop up (if they don't have those this year, I will scream, and cry, and possibly throw a tantrum... that's right, a tantrum)

    I actually commented on this on the pre-reg thread, and Khoo isn't too terribly thrilled with the price increase either. In the end, the at-the-door price is actually just 5 dollars more than last year's at-the-door price, but they're forgoing an early-bird sale process. Eh, I still think it's worth it :)

    If lodging is an issue for you and you don't have anyone to split a room with, you might want to consider stalking this thread. It covers the Green Tortoise Hotel, which is actually more of a hostel. The OP&co are getting a deal in the works, but if you can afford about 30ish dollars/night, then I think you're good to go.

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    faitsfaits a panda eating cake seattleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Kevdog wrote: »
    For someone local to the Seattle area and only planning on going to PAX for one day, would it be worth it to take a day off work Friday instead of going on a weekend day in terms of it being less crowded?

    I don't remember friday being any less crowded than the other days. Seems like most of the attendees are either coming in from out of town, have jobs where taking a friday isn't a big deal, or don't have jobs, because the last two years (the only years I've been) opening day seemed pretty damn crowded.

    Consensus is sunday is the slow day, I think. But I haven't touched the show floor on sunday either year I've been so your mileage may vary.

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    FlecTecFlecTec Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    How much did it cost people for hotels last year for the weekend?

    Just trying to get an estimate price together so I can convince some mates to come with me.

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2009
    Hotels ran between $150 and $200 per night plus tax

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    RiusRius Globex CEO Nobody ever says ItalyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I'm confused. If I buy my pass right now, my physical badge for entry will be mailed to me before the show, and I don't need to stand in line at Will Call, is that how it is?

    Or do I get a barcode to print out and I need to bring that to Will Call for my actual badge?

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    spydeyspydey Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    That's how it works. Bring the barcode in case you lose the pass.

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    CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Rius wrote: »
    I'm confused. If I buy my pass right now, my physical badge for entry will be mailed to me before the show, and I don't need to stand in line at Will Call, is that how it is?

    Or do I get a barcode to print out and I need to bring that to Will Call for my actual badge?

    If you purchase before August 15th...I think that day...AND you live within the Continental US, then yes; it will be mailed to you. IF you live outside the continental US or purchase after the date, then yes; please print out the confirmation and wait at Will-Call.

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    LigerLiger Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Those barcodes are going to make Will Call SO MUCH EASIER. I'm excited to see all you internationals in my line this year. :D

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    AsiinaAsiina ... WaterlooRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So, why can't the passes be mailed out internationally? I know Canada Post smells funny, but they can still do their job most of the time.

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    LigerLiger Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    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.

    We had the will call line moving pretty fast last year. I imagine it will be as quick or quicker for 09.

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    angelkatie9angelkatie9 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I'd been to PAX a few times at the original venue, and last year was my first time at the convention center since I had to miss out on its first year there.

    I always remember there being lines for panels or whatnot, and it's not unusual for the lines to get longer due to higher attendance.

    But what irked me (and a lot of fellow PAX-goers it seemed), was how ridiculous the lineup process really was. For example, we were told to go to the fourth floor when we arrived and go to the 'lineup room' to wait to officially 'get in' to PAX. No problem, right? But what happened was we got our bags and lanyards only to discover that we'd been standing in the room for an hour or so waiting to file BACK into the convention building where we could have just been milling the whole time! No one checked our badges at the door or anything....so we may as well have just sat out in the lobby until the party got started. At least it would have been easier on our feet.

    I also hope the panels and shows will be better handled as well. My crew was one of the few clusters that managed to get into the Fallout 3 line early enough (it seemed), only to make it to the door and be turned away because the folks who were there for the PREVIOUS show had opted NOT to leave the room. That's crap. At the very least they should have emptied the room first so those of us standing in line for an hour prior could actually get in to what we waited so patiently to see.

    All in all, we missed a good portion of the events we had come there for in the first place, simply because we didn't want to show up five hours early to line up for it. I'd rather peruse the rest of the con and the exhibition hall with that time.... not stand around waiting for something I might not even get into.

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    DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Not to mention, people who didn't wait in line got in earlier than a lot of people who did. In 2007 everything was closed off, you had to go through the line room to get to where the exhibition hall and everything was, but in 2008 people freely just took the shortcut by Subway and merged with the people coming from the line room. Waiting in the line room only got you the initial bag 'o stuff (and technically you could have gone in there, got your bag, then went back out and cut in when everyone else did) or a concert wristband if you were towards the front of the line.

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    angelkatie9angelkatie9 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    See, I didn't even know about that one.

    I know it's hard to control a huge slew of people, and that you can't keep an eye on every a**hole that comes in, but I think it could have been set up better to prevent some of them from taking advantage like that (like you said, in 2007).

    About the second day in we just decided to not even bother with the events and their lines unless we REALLY wanted to be there. I remember a couple PAXes back I got in to see at least 3 panels with minimal waiting...and they DID enforce emptying the rooms back then.

    And there was NO WAY I was going to attempt lining up for the Omegathon :( That just looked like a nightmare.

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    BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The convention center kind of requires a queue area for the epic lines that pax creates so a "line room" is not avoidable.

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    NorthNorth Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    No one really likes lines. It is just that there isn't a good alternative when dealing with such large crowds. The friday morning line was pretty bad but the alternative is 10,000 people wandering around the public areas clogging walkways up during any last minute setup that might need to be done. As far as people getting locked out of panels and concerts, it sucks, no one puts on the black and says to themself "I can't wait til I get to lock people out of JoCo or the Omegathon or whatever" it is the worst part of the job. The theater areas can only hold so many people and that number is generally less than the number of people that want in.

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    Post BluePost Blue Redmond, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    North wrote: »
    No one really likes lines. It is just that there isn't a good alternative when dealing with such large crowds. The friday morning line was pretty bad but the alternative is 10,000 people wandering around the public areas clogging walkways up during any last minute setup that might need to be done. As far as people getting locked out of panels and concerts, it sucks, no one puts on the black and says to themself "I can't wait til I get to lock people out of JoCo or the Omegathon or whatever" it is the worst part of the job. The theater areas can only hold so many people and that number is generally less than the number of people that want in.
    All of it's probably in place to keep with standards of pretending that everything isn't going to turn into a rollicking melee of bodies jamming any and all existing or makeshift exit points in the event of an earthquake or fire. It does suck that the ones in best compliance are often screwed over by lucky wanderers.

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    WifflebatWifflebat Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I've sort of accepted it at this point. If there is an event I want to see that is popular (Fallout 3), I will go sit through the preceding less-popular event in order to ensure I have a seat. Just one of the punches you have to roll with when you're dealing with such a massive crush of people.

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    BloodywednesdayBloodywednesday regular
    edited March 2009
    Wifflebat wrote: »
    I've sort of accepted it at this point. If there is an event I want to see that is popular (Fallout 3), I will go sit through the preceding less-popular event in order to ensure I have a seat. Just one of the punches you have to roll with when you're dealing with such a massive crush of people.

    I'm always afraid that if I do this, it will be the one time they clear out the panel room to make room for the line up outside waiting to get it. If you really want to get into a panel you don't have to show up that early.

    Bring a DS and I will battle pokes with you while we wait in line.

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    Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Wifflebat wrote: »
    I've sort of accepted it at this point. If there is an event I want to see that is popular (Fallout 3), I will go sit through the preceding less-popular event in order to ensure I have a seat. Just one of the punches you have to roll with when you're dealing with such a massive crush of people.

    I'm always afraid that if I do this, it will be the one time they clear out the panel room to make room for the line up outside waiting to get it. If you really want to get into a panel you don't have to show up that early.

    Bring a DS and I will battle pokes with you while we wait in line.

    I would like to hear an official response on whether it's going to be like last year or if they're going to clear out the auditorium between panels. Last year I missed out on both the Gabe and Tycho panels, and those have always been a highlight of the show to me.

    (not to mention there's still not a peep on the '08 DVD, making me wonder if it's going to be the same incident as the '06 one and I won't get to see the panels that way...)

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    scriblscribl Registered User new member
    edited March 2009
    Hey guys, it'll be my first time at PAX this year. I was wondering about the will-call process... See, I found this video, Will-Call Line 08 and it scared me a little—especially since I'm getting in late on Thursday, so I probably won't be able to make it to the early badge pickup, if there is one. Will I regret picking up my badge at the show on Friday morning? Or is it really not that bad?

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    whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Why can't you pre-register? Will Call is primarily for international folks, since their passes won't get mailed (I believe one PAX they were mailed, but a large percentage never made it to their destination in time).

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited March 2009
    Yeah, people living in the United States still get their badges mailed to them a couple weeks prior to PAX.

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    heelsheels Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    scribl wrote: »
    Will I regret picking up my badge at the show on Friday morning? Or is it really not that bad?

    The check in for Will-Call will be much better this year. We have some new toys to play with which will speed up the entire check in process!


    /me relurks

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    scriblscribl Registered User new member
    edited March 2009
    Thanks, heels. That makes me feel a bit better.

    Sorry, my profile/location is misleading. I go to school in the US, but I'm from Canada. I could have my badge mailed to school, but my campus box # will be different next semester, and I don't want some random shmo getting my PAX pass by accident. :x

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    blackout21456blackout21456 Registered User new member
    edited March 2009
    Hey guys I am new to the site, and also a huge gamer. However on the flipside I am in the Exhibit industry and would like to get in touch with PAX to help some of the companies, but I am having a bit of a hard time getting the PAX contact info. Does anyone know how to get in contact with anyone from PAX. It would be a huge help if I could get anything. Thanks a lot!

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    BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hey guys I am new to the site, and also a huge gamer. However on the flipside I am in the Exhibit industry and would like to get in touch with PAX to help some of the companies, but I am having a bit of a hard time getting the PAX contact info. Does anyone know how to get in contact with anyone from PAX. It would be a huge help if I could get anything. Thanks a lot!

    Are you looking to volunteer for pax or....?

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    Dano1Dano1 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hi.
    This will be my first time at PAX and will be coming all the way from the UK.

    However I am having trouble on the registration page.
    It won't let me past without a valid phone number, but the character limit won't let me type in the whole first part in the first box and it leaves me one short in the final box.
    How do I get past this?

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited March 2009
    i believe you just have to type it in to fit in the box, in other words, separate it as if it was a US number, even though it's not. since your other details will show that you are from england, they will know that it is an international number

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