PAX Prank 2009: You Know You Want To (But Can't Anymore :p)

JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
edited September 2009 in PAX Archive
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!

Fellow Pranksters
Definites (and Have E-mail in our possession):
1. JonnyNero
2.
3. clickpictony
4. tehnakki
5. eye-shuh
6. Azazel
7. ElectricTurtle
8. The_Reflection
9. chelseabot
10. BrokenAngel
11. nemaihne
12. SpawnOfCthulhu
13. That_Spoony_Bard
14. s7arbuck
15. Axas
16. MeeOk
17. shugarae
18. VThornheart
19. mentok1982
20. The_Saves
21. Coldbrew (taking video as well)
22. Ty1012
23. ninjowned
24. Jordman12 (taking video as well)
25. Samyel
26. Bambooza
27. MetaverseNomad
28. AburnFlags
29. RandomFool
30. Cuzza
31. AltDelete
32. emorimiku
33,. proXimity

Still need emails from:
SergeantAuberie

Mayhaps:
bjacobs

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  • tehnakkitehnakki Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    oh hell yeah, sign me up :) I love a good prank!

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  • eye-shuheye-shuh Registered User
    edited February 2009
    *raises hand* I wanna play!

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited February 2009
    You guys are gonna have a hard time topping last year.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    You guys are gonna have a hard time topping last year.

    I don't know about that...we didn't just pick the name "Epic Default Productions" because it sounded cool

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  • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I would also love to participate, but in the way of making sure we can get as much of this on film as possible. Rather you get the attention of the official PAX DVD or not, I would be glad to be able to have a camera ready whenever something is about to happen and get it on our Community DVD. :D

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  • EkkosangenEkkosangen Registered User
    edited February 2009
    JonnyNero wrote: »
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    You guys are gonna have a hard time topping last year.

    I don't know about that...we didn't just pick the name "Epic Default Productions" because it sounded cool

    Oh! Oh! Is it because epic is your default? :D

    I'll look into this a bit. I didn't get to see any of it live last year, but you got great reactions from what I saw in the movies.

    I'd also like to have more of a "full" PAX experience. Last year I missed out on a lot of stuff I should have done, but I had a blast doing just basic stuff. I'm sure doing more than loafing around BYOC or console freeplay or the show floor will make this year even better. :D

    Just a question: if we find out the prank and find it's something we might not want to do after all, or we are unable to do it for a some reason (say, requires the use of both hands and I happen to break my arm), would it be possible to skip out as long as we still keep the prank a secret?

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited February 2009
    I don't want to sound like a party pooper or anything, but i figured i'd pop in really quick - you've obviously considered the whole italicized bit (which i thank you for), but the only other thing i ask is that whatever you guys do not be disruptive to the traffic flow of the show. We're being watched like hawks this year from the fire marshal and the center, so if it's going to A, create mass crowds in public areas or B stop the flow of traffic (especially around the escalator areas), to avoid it.

    I FEEL LIKE AN OLD MAN NOW.

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  • AzazelAzazel Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Might as well jump on the bandwagon before the flood. Im sure in the next few months we can come up with something that wont disturb the "flow" :-P

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited February 2009
    I'm torn, I'd like to be a part of this, but I also have so much stuff on my plate. Can we nail down the meeting for Friday morning? My wife and I have to go from running the dinner to running House Slytherin (so she tells me) for Atlus (just saying that makes me feel dirty, since not only do I hate Harry Potter, but my wife is pushing hard for me to literally cosplay Snape), so Thursday night is pretty much completely out. Also, what kind of time demand is there going to be during PAX itself? The Bad Horse thing was awesome because it was just 'get your hat so we can do this person' and if it's like that again I'm completely on board, but I'm kind of a chickenshit about missing panels or other substantial things. That's why I never took up The Black.

    Oh and Khoo, you're probably going to age like Sean Connery such that women will still be throwing themselves at you even when you're old enough to be their grandfather.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Ekkosangen wrote: »

    Just a question: if we find out the prank and find it's something we might not want to do after all, or we are unable to do it for a some reason (say, requires the use of both hands and I happen to break my arm), would it be possible to skip out as long as we still keep the prank a secret?

    I don't know...we may have to rip out your tounge....just to be sure :p
    I don't want to sound like a party pooper or anything, but i figured i'd pop in really quick - you've obviously considered the whole italicized bit (which i thank you for), but the only other thing i ask is that whatever you guys do not be disruptive to the traffic flow of the show. We're being watched like hawks this year from the fire marshal and the center, so if it's going to A, create mass crowds in public areas or B stop the flow of traffic (especially around the escalator areas), to avoid it.

    I FEEL LIKE AN OLD MAN NOW.

    Will do! Basically what this is, is to get a pool of people together, so that when we make a tweet to say "We're targeting some one at such and such place at this time," people can show up as they please. They don't have to drop what they are doing to come and play a prank. We'll add a "we only need X number of people." to it...just to make sure we're not going to disrupt anything.
    Can we nail down the meeting for Friday morning? ...Also, what kind of time demand is there going to be during PAX itself?

    For you man, we can do anything! And the prank will take 5-10 minutes for meetup, setup, and execution. It's essentially the same concept as Horsing, implementation wise, just with more people.

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  • emorimikuemorimiku Registered User
    edited February 2009
    I'm in for this jonny

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited February 2009
    In light of these recent revelations I would like to stand and be counted.

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I have sent an email as to be contacted easier, but I am formally signing up right here, if you'll have me.

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  • AxasAxas Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Oh man, I would love in on this!

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    You should know I'm in for it

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  • BrokenAngelBrokenAngel Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'm in for anything I'm not on shift for <3

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  • HotSakeHotSake Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Actually, could everyone who wants to participate send an email to paxprank (at) gmail.com from the address you'd like to use for prank news and updates? We'll be sending out material as we get closer to the event.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Axas wrote: »
    Oh man, I would love in on this!

    Sooooo...is that saying that you are in? Or just that you want in?

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  • nemaihnenemaihne Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    That was you? You're totally my hero, Jonny!

    Sign me up. I'm sending the email now.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'm up for it, though I need a phone capable of receiving twitter updates to pull it off it sounds like... I'll hold off on signing up until I'm sure whether or not I'll actually be able to afford getting such a phone in time for PAX. =)

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  • mentok1982mentok1982 I could never leave you PAX baby. BaltimoreRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I am down. Count me in.

    I have no problem speaking in public and I do not fear celebrities (The trick is to to picturing them pooping.
    As twas written...everybody poops.)

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  • SpawnOfCthulhuSpawnOfCthulhu Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Well, of COURSE I'm in.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I FEEL LIKE AN OLD MAN NOW.

    *Sends a twitter update*

    HAY EVERYONE! LETS ALL GO STAND ON OLD MAN KHOO'S LAWN!

    :P

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  • RandomfoolRandomfool loofmodnar Rochester, NYRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Count me in.

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  • shugaraeshugarae Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'm up for it, though I need a phone capable of receiving twitter updates to pull it off it sounds like... I'll hold off on signing up until I'm sure whether or not I'll actually be able to afford getting such a phone in time for PAX. =)

    This is my dilemma as well. As soon as I sort out the phone situation, I'll get in on this!

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  • s7arbucks7arbuck Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Down!

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited March 2009
    shugarae wrote: »
    I'm up for it, though I need a phone capable of receiving twitter updates to pull it off it sounds like... I'll hold off on signing up until I'm sure whether or not I'll actually be able to afford getting such a phone in time for PAX. =)

    This is my dilemma as well. As soon as I sort out the phone situation, I'll get in on this!

    Unless you're using a walkie talkie from WW2, pretty much any phone can get SMSs and that's all the OP said was necessary. It doesn't (as I understand) have to be all up ons the intarwebs.

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  • BrokenAngelBrokenAngel Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yeah twitter updates just use SMS texting. But if we need actual interwebs I'm out too :(

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  • shugaraeshugarae Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    but at $.20/text (no txt package)... ew D:

    edit: I guess the question would be... how many twitter updates do you think we'll get? >25?

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  • BrokenAngelBrokenAngel Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shugarae wrote: »
    but at $.20/text (no txt package)... ew D:

    edit: I guess the question would be... how many twitter updates do you think we'll get? >25?

    This has nothing whatsoever to do with the thread, but I just now read your signature... FUCK PEGGLE INDEED! <3 We were just too awesome for that game hehe

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  • That_Spoony_BardThat_Spoony_Bard Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'm in. I sent an e-mail to the paxprank thing.

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  • Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shugarae wrote: »
    but at $.20/text (no txt package)... ew D:

    edit: I guess the question would be... how many twitter updates do you think we'll get? >25?

    Just pick up a text package for a month then drop it. Most companies offer 200 txts for $5.

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  • shugaraeshugarae Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shugarae wrote: »
    but at $.20/text (no txt package)... ew D:

    edit: I guess the question would be... how many twitter updates do you think we'll get? >25?

    This has nothing whatsoever to do with the thread, but I just now read your signature... FUCK PEGGLE INDEED! <3 We were just too awesome for that game hehe

    lmao good times XD
    shugarae wrote: »
    but at $.20/text (no txt package)... ew D:

    edit: I guess the question would be... how many twitter updates do you think we'll get? >25?

    Just pick up a text package for a month then drop it. Most companies offer 200 txts for $5.

    k, I'll check on that. Count me in! will send email as well...

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  • MrBartokomousMrBartokomous Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Just a note if the planners haven't considered it yet: Outside of the US, VERY VERY few carriers allow for twitter SMS alerts. Of course, we seldom have to pay for incoming texts, so, in the long run it almost balances out, but it's just something to keep in mind.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shugarae wrote: »
    but at $.20/text (no txt package)... ew D:

    edit: I guess the question would be... how many twitter updates do you think we'll get? >25?

    Texts=maybe...but not by much.
    Pranks=probably not, it would take too much out of general paxing

    I estimate about two to three for pranks, (initial, last call, update) and no more than 5 pranks per day...if that even.

    That's one of the details we're still working on.

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  • AltDeleteAltDelete Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    AltDelete is in the pipe, five by five.

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  • MeeOkMeeOk Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Sure, why not.

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Just a note if the planners haven't considered it yet: Outside of the US, VERY VERY few carriers allow for twitter SMS alerts. Of course, we seldom have to pay for incoming texts, so, in the long run it almost balances out, but it's just something to keep in mind.
    Well unfortunately, Twitter is the only way we can see, currently, that will be able to get info out to many people super quickly. So, not to sound brash, but that's an SOL scenario, unless you're willing to pickup a prepaid phone in the states.

    We're open to other forms of quick and easy communication to large amounts of people

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  • MetaverseNomadMetaverseNomad Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    ooh! Count me in too! I'll send out an email in a bit.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ah, I didn't even realize Twitter could send SMS messages! I assumed I needed some internet-capable phone to browse to/use the twitter website/some twitter app. Apparently I'm behind the times with these new-fangled talk boxes. =)

    Given that fact, I'm in too. =)

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