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First PAX! Anyone have suggestions?

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  • BekerBeker Child's Play Program Director SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    wolfemancs wrote: »
    I'm thinking about trying something new this year. I watched the 20 years of StarCraft panel from PAXEast on Twitch this year since I was at home in Seattle and not at PAXEast. I found it 95-98% as good as actually being at the panel. The only real downsides are if you want to ask questions (and the panel actually saves time for them) and any swag they're giving out.

    So my idea for this year is to skip any panel that's streamed on twitch, and just watch it in the following weeks from home (or work at lunch), and then use that time to actually play some more tabletop games. I love playing games, but usually don't end up making time to go play games at PAX. This idea is also much more time efficient, as it'll only take me an hour to watch the panel later, whereas it'd take 2+ hours at the con by the time you factor in transit time and line waiting time.

    I used to do that all the time. I would attend the streamed ones if I had nothing else to do, or just wanted to force myself to sit for an hour, but otherwise i'd skip them in favor of something else that I could not catch on the stream later. I've also on occasion (depending on connection speed) watched one panel while waiting in line for another.

    -Beker/Erick
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  • TOGSolidTOGSolid I didn't choose the tiki life, the tiki life chose me Inside a bottle of rumRegistered User regular
    Come a day early and go to the Start of Term Feast (6PM @ Barca) and the Triwizard Drinking Tournament (8:30 PM - Capitol Hill (starting bar changes depending on team) to meet awesome people, eat awesome food, and raise money for charity while drinking drinks!

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  • Hoboking006Hoboking006 Registered User regular
    If your your into the hunt for free stuff I highly recommend Skelevader's Swag Hunters thread over at r/PAX. It's a fantastic way for people to help eachother find swag and raffle information.

    Side note if you wanna lose your mind, be on the lookout for manila envelopes on the ground bearing a exclamation/gear symbol.

    May PAX be upon you.
    DruidsFlame
  • Sergeant_SlashSergeant_Slash Registered User regular
    Side note if you wanna lose your mind, be on the lookout for manila envelopes on the ground bearing a exclamation/gear symbol.


    Wait, what? That sound both awesome and mysterious... I need to know!

  • Hoboking006Hoboking006 Registered User regular
    edited June 10
    Side note if you wanna lose your mind, be on the lookout for manila envelopes on the ground bearing a exclamation/gear symbol.


    Wait, what? That sound both awesome and mysterious... I need to know!

    If I told you straight it would ruin the fun, this way I can give people a chance without spoiling it(we did this con for 6 years before my fiancee found it).

    I will say this though, I go to SDCC and PAX, and much of the great advice so far can be applied to both cons (swap indie games for indie comics, etc.). However what makes PAX different is that it tries to be a community as well as an event(it was conceived as a for gamers by gamers con if I'm not mistaken) and this means PAX is a convergence for ALL types of games/events, including those which are are run by groups of average people for fun.

    Spend time on the lead up to and during PAX monitoring the forums, the subreddit, and twitter to get an idea of what different people/groups run(or make your own!). Think of it as a sorta PAX meta, a way to have fun beyond the standard convention mindset. Not that that isn't enjoyable either! We had that mindset our first PAX and still had a blast even after only staying two days and driving 24 hours, but we approach it much differently now than I did then.

    Hoboking006 on
    May PAX be upon you.
    vespachica
  • BerythaBeasleyBerythaBeasley Registered User new member
    What's the real difference between pax prime and pax east?
    what is the difference, is one better than the other?

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    well, they're in different cities and venues, one is in one large building and the other is spread throughout a city.

    "better" is super duper subjective. I am sure many folks will think each is better than the other.

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    zerzhul wrote: »
    well, they're in different cities and venues, one is in one large building and the other is spread throughout a city.

    "better" is super duper subjective. I am sure many folks will think each is better than the other.

    West has a lot more stuff easily accessible. Many hotel and food options are within easy walking distance. As I understand it, East has improved, but still lags way behind. But East has a much bigger space. So there is more space for things like Tabletop (and you don't have to walk a few blocks to get to it).

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  • PavioPavio Registered User regular
    edited June 11
    What's the real difference between pax prime and pax east?
    what is the difference, is one better than the other?

    I agree with both posts above me, there are a lot of factors. I have been attending both recently and show-wise I've had the same experiences at both, which I love. East has a great convention center that is much easier for newcomers to navigate, but West has the better location in its city. But as cities go, I've loved exploring Boston just as much as Seattle (and in some ways more because of the history).

    Overall, I'd put them on the same level now.

    Pavio on
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    PAX South '15
    PAX East '16, '17
  • Hoboking006Hoboking006 Registered User regular
    Now we just need them to sell a PAX season pass so we won't have to choose.

    May PAX be upon you.
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  • alchahestalchahest Edmonton, CanadaRegistered User regular
    kaZombie wrote: »
    I'm coming down from canada for my first pax also! Me and my friend grabbed fri and sat tickets. That exchange rate is too crummy to do a whole weekend.

    Me and my friend are both cosplayers. Would people suggest skipping over the cosplay for our first year? What is the cosplay scene like with PAX west?

    Another Alberta visitor here - this is less "PAX" advice and more "Getting to PAX" advice - time your arrival for not-rush-hour. first year we hit the outskirts at like 5pm and missed will-call for the day so we had to line up on Friday morning. Last year we left Edmonton around 9:30 PM and drove through the night, and got there with plenty of time to relax, get our tickets, and make a quick lap or two around to get our bearings, and let us get right to PAXing on friday. Plus the Coquihalla is empty overnight at that time of year so despite it being spooky it's super chill and nice.

    As for at-PAX, so much good info here already, but the lifesavers for me, in particular, it's way more humid than the prairies, so you may want to bring a small towel and a shirt to change into, and definitely bring some spare socks. The skywalk has the best A/C in the convention center, so if you're going to pick a place to linger for cooling off, that's where you want to be. And bring one more bottle of water than you think you'll need. If you have a backup battery for your phone, you'll want to bring that as well, you may not always have easy access to a wall outlet, and because of the various towers and wifi in the area your phone might be cycling a little more than normal too.

    kbschmid
  • DruidsFlameDruidsFlame Registered User regular
    If you have any trouble standing for a period of time I can't stress the importance of a portable stool enough.

    I have had severe back pain for over a decade and it wasn't until my 3rd PAX that I thought to bring a stool for the lines that you will inevitably be standing in.
    What is funny is that I didn't really see anyone using them those first three years, but that year I brought mine I got so many comments (both directly and overheard) about what a good idea having one of them is. Then the next year I saw them all over the place 8-)

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  • kaZombiekaZombie AlbertaRegistered User regular
    alchahest wrote: »
    kaZombie wrote: »
    I'm coming down from canada for my first pax also! Me and my friend grabbed fri and sat tickets. That exchange rate is too crummy to do a whole weekend.

    Me and my friend are both cosplayers. Would people suggest skipping over the cosplay for our first year? What is the cosplay scene like with PAX west?

    Another Alberta visitor here - this is less "PAX" advice and more "Getting to PAX" advice - time your arrival for not-rush-hour. first year we hit the outskirts at like 5pm and missed will-call for the day so we had to line up on Friday morning. Last year we left Edmonton around 9:30 PM and drove through the night, and got there with plenty of time to relax, get our tickets, and make a quick lap or two around to get our bearings, and let us get right to PAXing on friday. Plus the Coquihalla is empty overnight at that time of year so despite it being spooky it's super chill and nice.

    As for at-PAX, so much good info here already, but the lifesavers for me, in particular, it's way more humid than the prairies, so you may want to bring a small towel and a shirt to change into, and definitely bring some spare socks. The skywalk has the best A/C in the convention center, so if you're going to pick a place to linger for cooling off, that's where you want to be. And bring one more bottle of water than you think you'll need. If you have a backup battery for your phone, you'll want to bring that as well, you may not always have easy access to a wall outlet, and because of the various towers and wifi in the area your phone might be cycling a little more than normal too.

    yehh we are flying out of Edmonton tuesday evening. so we can spend a couple of days in the city before the con. generally like flying out a couple days early for a con to check out the place.

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