Volunteering submissions are now closed until PAX! Thanks for everyone who joined and everyone who gave us their support. We might recruit during PAX so pay attention to this the week before the show for the info you need to know what's going on.
With the announcement of preregistration for PAX, many community events start to ramp up their planning for the approaching awesome. Everything from Buttoneering, Cookie Brigade, CCST, and the Pre-PAX Dinner are in their full planning stages in order to bring even more to the experience that is PAX.
This year, I’m officially announcing a new community tradition, the PAX Prank. As some of you may know, HotSake, proximity, ClickPicTony, and myself came to PAX 08 last year with an idea. An idea based on a little supervillian musical written by Joss Whedon. It came to be known as Bad Horsing, Horse-Rolling, and The New Rickroll.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC3v_Q1RAyE
By the end of the weekend, a few PAX-goers, as well as Wil Wheaton, Adam Sessler, Felicia Day, Jonathan Coulton, and Gabe and Tycho themselves, had seen the letter from the ELE and been serenaded by the mustached minstrels. It was such a success that we were not told, were not asked, we were practically ordered to come up with another “prank” for the next year.
We sat and thought about it, and decided to rise to the challenge and to raise the stakes as well. This year, we want to do something a little larger in scale, but still as fun loving and hilarious as the previous prank. To do that we need your help.
Before we continue, just to show that we are not evil bastards, we have come up with a mission statement for this year’s prank, and any subsequent pranks that will bear the name of a “PAX Prank.”The PAX Prank strives to be fun for everyone involved, be it the one(s) being pranked (henceforth known as “targets”) or the ones pranking (henceforth “pranksters”). The PAX Prank will never be something with malicious intent. It will strive to never embarrass targets (much). It will be mindful of people who want no part in it, will not push the issue, and will always respect the authority figures of Penny Arcade Inc., PAX, and Greater Seattle/Boston. The PAX prank will not cause any damage emotionally, physically, or financially to anyone, whether they are involved directly or indirectly.
Now, to keep the purity of the reactions of potential targets, I cannot detail what exactly we are planning here. What I can say is that we need to recruit. If you would like to join in on our fun please post here, PM myself or HotSake, or send an email to [email protected]
. Please do not respond if you cannot fit within the confines of the mission statement above or the criteria below.
You must not be opposed to Twitter and preferably can get SMS updates. Twitter is how we are going to coordinate the various pranks that we will do over the weekend. I know some hate the site with a passion (I was once one of you), but it simply is the quickest way to get info out to our pranksters.
You must be at least moderately outgoing. What we will do will call a lot of attention to ourselves. We will probably be targeting some of the celebrities that are at PAX as well, and are more than likely going to be working with the PAX DVD crew directly. In other words, YOU WILL BE SEEN! If attention, social interaction, and having people probably laughing at you and/or wanting to praise you/shake your hand -- among other things -- upsets you, you need not look any further.
You must be able to keep a secret. Most of what we are doing is already planned out, but there are still some things that won't be planned or even conceived until we get closer to show time. There will be mass emails, Skype calls, and meetings happening between now and then. Like I said, we want to keep the reactions of our targets pure; surprise is the key here. If people are going around telling all about the details of the prank, word WILL get around and people WILL be wary. Horsing worked so well last year because no one knew what was going on, initially. Since we are getting more people in on the joke, the potential for leaks increases, so please don’t sign up if you know you are bad about keeping a secret.
You must be available either Thursday night or Friday morning before the show opens. This rule is a little more lenient. Most of us will be doing the Pre-PAX dinner, Pub Crawl, or the like, so specifics at this time are sketchy. This is for a last minute meeting to go over anything that might have come up, and give opportunities for a run through of the physical prank. It will be coordinated to fit everyone’s schedules as best we can, and we will do two meetings if needed, but if you can’t be there on either day for 15 to 30 minutes tops, don’t bother signing up.
This is going to be fun, guys; hopefully we can get another huge response from the show and show goers this year. Keep watching http://www.epicdefault.com
and the forum for updates!
Definites (and Have E-mail in our possession):
21. Coldbrew (taking video as well)
24. Jordman12 (taking video as well)
Still need emails from: