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Posted by sarge1445

@gaspower said:

Sigh, there is always, Prime.... and next year.

I feel you dude, I can't go to Prime anymore because it's on Labor Day weekend and I work for a casino. Which means I have a better chance of riding a real unicorn then getting Labor Day off to go to PAX Prime and PAX East is on the exact opposite end of the country which means a plane flight will be super expensive. Anyway hope to see you at East 2014.... unless it falls on Easter weekend.

Posted by Bollard

Been to Eurogamer before, but doesn't really compare with the scale of a PAX. One time in the future I'mma have to bite the bullet and buy plane tickets to go to one of these things... It's between this and a Dreamhack. Going to Sweden would probably be cheaper, however.

Posted by HalfDane1975

Great article.

Posted by Sen0r_Awes0me

Make sure you've broken in any new-ish pairs of shoes, be they for comfort, costume, or otherwise. And bring lots of socks.

Oh the foot horror stories I've witnessed

Edited by GaspoweR

Sigh, there is always, Prime.... and next year.

Edited by Subjugation

Is that ... Vinny with hair???

Posted by jaxjaggywires

My first time at PAX...or, really, any gaming event, to be honest. Looking forward to it.

Posted by Marino

@epidehl: Yeah, you can bring your own stuff.

@drshakes: Thanks. You can see hundreds of my other photos on the individual PAX pages on the site.

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Edited by DrShakes

Great read and awesome pics.

Posted by Epidehl

So it doesn't seem to be in their FAQ, but what's the policy on bringing food to this? I'd rather not have to spend a bunch of money on random con food when I can easily bring some small bags of chips or something with me. I'd also like to bring a refillable water bottle with me.

Edited by MarkJW

I'll be at this shindig as an Enforcer. Hope I get the chance to help some GB members have a fun time and a great weekend! (Really, that's all Enforcers are there for, so please treat us gently.)

Posted by allenibrahim

I'm so damn excited, it hurts when I pee a little. Seriously, 2012 was my first PAX ever, and it was one of the greatest days of my life. I can only afford to go Saturday, but I plan to make it as jam-packed of a day as humanly possible. Can't wait to see all you Bomb Squaders again this year, and I especially can't wait for just the general awesome atmosphere that surrounds PAX East!

Edited by RadixNegative2

@riostarwind: @marino: Ok thanks for the help, I will do that.

Edit: I emailed those two email addresses and haven't gotten any reply, and still no badges...

Edit2: I got a reply today. They said their record shows that they shipped on March 8. If I don't get my badges, I should take a copy of the email and my registration to the show.

Posted by Marino

@radixnegative2: They started arriving last week. Do what riostarwind said.

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Posted by RioStarwind

@radixnegative2: I've had mine since last week. If you don't get your badge by the end of the day tomorrow, email pax_questions@paxsite.com and registration@paxsite.com and tell them that you haven't got your pass yet.

Edited by RadixNegative2

Anyone get their badge? The website says "Passes will start getting mailed out 2 to 3 weeks before the show," but I haven't gotten mine yet. Should I be worried?

Posted by porjos

This will be my first PAX, thanks Marino!

Posted by sarge1445

@thornie said:

I haven't been since PAX east 2011 and to be honest, I think that was enough PAX for me. We had a great hotel room, 3 day media badges, but the whole thing was really overwhelming. The lines for everything were ridiculous. The line for the GB panel alone was unreal. I found myself having to choose between panels because if you didn't get to a line an hour early (minimum), you were pretty much screwed. The main expo hall is sensory overload and the food is AWFUL. The best part of the whole event for me was the table top gaming area. I don't get to play DnD with many experienced players, so I was stoked to actually dig in.

If I have any advice for first time PAX goers, is to temper your expectations and be prepared to wait... a lot.

I think I mentioned this in another thread, but outside of panels, if you're actually waiting in line to play a big AAA title at PAX, you're wasting your time. In last two PAX events I've gone to, I've gone directly for the smaller or indie game stuff and never waited in line for more than 15 minutes at most.

Also I concur with the expo hall food being shit but that's every single convention. Better to go to one of the resturants or bars around Boston, but just expect like a 30 minute walk unless you take a cab.

And PAX Prime good places to eat are like 10 minutes away walking, I learned that at PAX 2011 with Skyrim it;s jsut not worth waiting for big AAA titles that are coming out in the same year. You have more fun doing all the other stuff at PAX

Posted by Morbid_Coffee

@thornie said:

I haven't been since PAX east 2011 and to be honest, I think that was enough PAX for me. We had a great hotel room, 3 day media badges, but the whole thing was really overwhelming. The lines for everything were ridiculous. The line for the GB panel alone was unreal. I found myself having to choose between panels because if you didn't get to a line an hour early (minimum), you were pretty much screwed. The main expo hall is sensory overload and the food is AWFUL. The best part of the whole event for me was the table top gaming area. I don't get to play DnD with many experienced players, so I was stoked to actually dig in.

If I have any advice for first time PAX goers, is to temper your expectations and be prepared to wait... a lot.

I think I mentioned this in another thread, but outside of panels, if you're actually waiting in line to play a big AAA title at PAX, you're wasting your time. In last two PAX events I've gone to, I've gone directly for the smaller or indie game stuff and never waited in line for more than 15 minutes at most.

Also I concur with the expo hall food being shit but that's every single convention. Better to go to one of the resturants or bars around Boston, but just expect like a 30 minute walk unless you take a cab.

Edited by sarge1445

@thornie said:

I haven't been since PAX east 2011 and to be honest, I think that was enough PAX for me. We had a great hotel room, 3 day media badges, but the whole thing was really overwhelming. The lines for everything were ridiculous. The line for the GB panel alone was unreal. I found myself having to choose between panels because if you didn't get to a line an hour early (minimum), you were pretty much screwed. The main expo hall is sensory overload and the food is AWFUL. The best part of the whole event for me was the table top gaming area. I don't get to play DnD with many experienced players, so I was stoked to actually dig in.

If I have any advice for first time PAX goers, is to temper your expectations and be prepared to wait... a lot.

well there is so much to see choosing panels was going to be a part of it, lines don't bother me I enjoy chatting with people in line, street passing, and playing mercy with my brother

Posted by thornie

I haven't been since PAX east 2011 and to be honest, I think that was enough PAX for me. We had a great hotel room, 3 day media badges, but the whole thing was really overwhelming. The lines for everything were ridiculous. The line for the GB panel alone was unreal. I found myself having to choose between panels because if you didn't get to a line an hour early (minimum), you were pretty much screwed. The main expo hall is sensory overload and the food is AWFUL. The best part of the whole event for me was the table top gaming area. I don't get to play DnD with many experienced players, so I was stoked to actually dig in.

If I have any advice for first time PAX goers, is to temper your expectations and be prepared to wait... a lot.

Edited by macgrill122

My buddies and I are actually hosting a Panel on this subject on the first day of PAX East at 11:00AM in the Wyvern theater. It will only be about 30 minutes long and you will definitely leave with some great tips.

Here's the info Winning the PAX East game

Hope to see you guys there.

Edited by sarge1445

@vikingdeath1: Having a major con like this in your city must just be the best shit ever. In Reno we have Snafu con and going to that after PAX Prime (it takes place the month after Prime) is so god damn awful because the entire time you are comparing it to PAX

Posted by vikingdeath1

This will be my 4th PAX East! Man living in Boston is convenient for this!

Posted by GullumF

I'm going to PAX East but missed, the ticket sale on the Rock Band party wanted to see the Giantbomb guys at the party, I'll catch them on the panel. This will be my first Pax.

Edited by Xeiphyer

Someone give me a ticket and i'll go! Didn't know my stupid job would give me the days off until recently. Bastards!

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Edited by Sen0r_Awes0me

My suggestions for those attending PAX East:

- Bring a phone charger and make peace with your "airplane mode" button, because the BCEC that PAX East is held in will strip your phone battery clean faster than a THQ stockholder. Though you may have to compete for plug space, it is fairly prevalent around the building.

- If you are staying in Boston somewhere far from the event, pay attention to the hours of the MBTA subway, generally referred to as "The T". Most of the last T trains out are around about 12:30-45 a.m., though the schedule is usually fluid and updated on their meh-quality website. Could save you some rushing or expensive cab rides back.

- Make some effort to eat at least one meal out in Boston proper. The city has spectacular food, though it might involve taking a bit of time off and a short T-Ride. Marino is right in that there isn't a ton of stuff near the BCEC, some pubs and hotel restaurants, but trips to somewhere like Mike's or Modern Pastry in the North End are so worth it. Actually, made a 20-30 trek south of the Convention Center to Doughboy Donuts and Deli last year to bring to an early Sunday morning meet-up. (Look how pastry-obsessed I sound!)

Posted by Sen0r_Awes0me

@epidehl: Though they had an earlier billing at the first PAX East, the last two PAX Easts have seen the Protomen as the headlining act for Friday night concerts because they tear shit up (your throat included)! And while the PAX staff is amazing, their ability to change set-ups between musical acts have always been pretty slow. Panther and the gang probably be starting mayb 11-11:30 p.m., at the earliest (notice the 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. scheduling).

Posted by ImbaFreez

Hey guys, can someone who will go to the PAX write with me on Twitter please? I would like to have something from the PAX but it's too far away :|

Posted by Marino

@boocreepyfootdoctor: You'll want to keep an eye on the official forums at paxsite.com for most of the unofficial stuff. There's always things going on just about 24 hours a day.

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Edited by Fattony12000

Thanks for reminding me of yet another year of crushing sadness spent alone.

Have fun though, seriously, I'll be fine.

No, really.

LIVE YOUR LIFE!

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Posted by SSully

Great write up duder. I am planning to get to PAX Prime this year, so this was a nice read.

Edited by Daveyo520

I am sure I will see other people besides @voxel this year. Maybe. If not Nate show me other people. Anyway I will be there.

Posted by Huey2k2

This just makes me wish I had the money to go to a convention.

Being poor sucks.

Posted by rachelepithet

@marino I always forget about PAX east and usually am broke the time of year they go on sale. However, I live on the NY side of the MA border between Albany and Pittsfield, not to far a drive away, and scored RBN tickets and have ample gas money, parking money, dinner and drinks money, etc. Probably could afford a motel or AirBNB or a room chip-in share with other geeks there for the full convention. So I'm wondering, besides RBN, are there many other gamer-friendly activities after PAX closes each evening, any tips on what bars/clubs to hang out at, or any special things the attendees put together themselves (nightly LAN gaming sessions, card games back at their hotels, etc.) to look out for? Is there any Giant Bomb subscriber meetup, and friendly duders that'd let me third wheel after hours? It'd be awesome to Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn PAX east, you know? ;-)

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

PAX is awesome. I'm jealous of all you going out to the East Coast to catch PAX East. But at least I have PAX Prime to look forward to this year. Last year was a bit weird because I expected it to be my last PAX for quite some time but things have changed and I've got a little more freedom left in my future lol. Have fun everyone, and listen to this man! Or women, I dunno. Pretty sure It's a dude. Whoever they are, they have it right.

Posted by EpicSteve

I'll be there!

Edited by liako21

is the harmonix giantbomb panel online somewhere? i never got to see it

Posted by sarge1445

Really bummed about PAX Prime this year, I most likely won't be able to go because I just got a job at casino and getting Labor Day weekend off is near impossible. Grr why couldn't be the weekend before or after Labor Day :(. Owell I guess I can save that money and put it towards East 2014. Also for those first timers going to a PAX Street Pass is the msot addictive shit ever.

Posted by Marino

Here are my bits of minor advice.

  • If you might want to buy a poster, bring a mailing tube. I can't count the number of beat up posters sticking out of people's bags I've seen. They are cheap and light, and if you can't fit one in your bag going to PAX, you'll never get all the crap you acquire home.
  • Streetpassing can be a trap. As probably the densest 3DS place outside of TGS, if you find the right spot, you could literally street pass all the time. It's fun, but will still literally take many hours to do everything. While that Famicom hat is pretty great, do you want that to be the main thing you take away from PAX? Do it, but don't let it keep you from doing something cool.
  • Wash your hands before you eat (or put them in you mouth).

Yup. I mentioned the tube thing as well. Also worth mentioning, there is a FedEx store in the convention center if you buy something crazy that you can't carry home.

And, yeah, StreetPassing is a definite trap. Only do it when you're stuck in a line, taking a break, etc.

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Edited by YoungFrey

Here are my bits of minor advice.

  • If you might want to buy a poster, bring a mailing tube. I can't count the number of beat up posters sticking out of people's bags I've seen. They are cheap and light, and if you can't fit one in your bag going to PAX, you'll never get all the crap you acquire home.
  • Streetpassing can be a trap. As probably the densest 3DS place outside of TGS, if you find the right spot, you could literally street pass all the time. It's fun, but will still literally take many hours to do everything. While that Famicom hat is pretty great, do you want that to be the main thing you take away from PAX? Do it, but don't let it keep you from doing something cool.
  • Wash your hands before you eat (or put them in you mouth).
Posted by rentfn

Another sign that it's almost here!!! Can't wait. Thanks for always keeping this up to date!!!!!

Edited by Matt
Edited by Brewmaster_Andy

@matt: OH MAN I CAN'T WAIT

Posted by Matt

PAX is my favourite place to play Pooyan and grope people.

Edited by Oscar__Explosion

I'm gonna make it to a PAX one of these days god damn it!

Edited by ManMadeGod

Does anyone know if the giantbomb guys are having stuff on Friday night after their panel? I'm unfortunately only going on Saturday and Sunday, but will be in town on Friday. Also, any word on people doing a GB member meetup at the show? We could get a group picture for the site.

Come to think of it, last year they only checked badges to get onto the convention floor. I wonder if I could still access phoenix theatre............

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