Great guide dude!
Ah, so I can buy merchandise with my debit card? Good to know. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the Omegathon finale because I need to leave on Sunday (missing school on Thursday and Friday so I can't miss Monday).
Also, what is the Queue room? Is it just a waiting room for panels or something?
Thanks for posting this!
Everything this guide says...is true. Granted, I probably won't attend a concert this year, but that's more because my plans involve other stuff going on around those times.
Definitely glad you brought up the Enforcers, though. I had forgotten they wear red instead of black on the east coast. I plan on bugging a few of them about wait times/line plans around certain theatres, since a few panels I want to attend are in a pretty tight timespan.
I live in northern ireland so travelling to game shows is something that is not only expensive but usually requires a flight of some description, its my dream to make it to 1 big game show and the likely candidate is the Eurogamer events in london or europe. but man most of all i really want to go to a single E3, its on my bucket list...
have fun at pax and dont forget booth bunnies operate on a no touch system :P even the DS booth bunnies,even if you use a stylus.
I should go to PAX East some year. Where is it usually? Boston? 'Cause I live in Massachusetts.
Great guide. Paul and Storm and JoCo make an amazing one two punch for concerts. I pack Peanut Butter sandwiches to carry with me to snack on in line. We should have a Board meet up aka the two hour long wait for the Giant Bomb Panel.
Been to PAX in 08 and 09, unfortunately had to miss 10. You nailed it though. I never cared for the concerts, but going to panels was my favorite part. The show floor can be overwhelming and the best stuff always has a 2-3 hour line. It's just fun to be in downtown Seattle for 3 straight days surrounded by friendly people.
I think as long as everyone abides by your first two and last two rules this, my first Pax experience, will undoubtedly be great.
Let the fun commence.
Having been to PAX Prime 2008 and 2010, I also concur with this list. Heck, there are a couple rules there that I haven't done before (like the Omegathon Final Round) that perhaps I'll partake in at Prime this year.
Nice write-up. All good advice. We went to pax east last year and it's a lot of fun.
- Don't over-booze on Friday night (as one of our party learned)
- You won't make it to everything you plan on making it to! There's always something else going on, or the line is too long, or something shiny will distract you. Just prioritize the shit you want to see the most.
" @natetodamax: Also, I remembered another reason to carry cash. I slightly referenced it in the Enforcers tip, but you'll want some $1's for the cookie brigade. These incredible people bake hundreds upon hundreds of homemade cookies and sell them for whatever amount you want to give. And at the end of Sunday, they turn over all the money to Child's Play. "I must say they are damn fine cookies!
Really spot on in so many ways!! The que line can get pretty nasty by Sunday, don't be one of the people that adds to the stench for the love of god!! Also, going off your point to bring some snacks for waiting in line, typically at these conventions it's wise to grab your lunch before waiting in line and then eating it while you wait. It doesn't seem like the most traditional idea in the world, but people are not going to bother you about it! Just don't drop it.
A shower in the morning gets you ready to stand in those lines all day :)
Those of you that have attended PAX or PAX East before, what is usually your ideal Panel to Floor Time ratio? Trying to choose what panels I want to see and how many.
Thanks, that will really help me whittle it down. Right now I've picked out the "Giant Bombcast" (naturally) and "Whose Banhammer is it Anyway?" as the two I am sure I want to hit up. Also of course I've been told the Saturday night concert is a must.
I've been thinking about going to a Rage demonstration but I don't know if my interest for that game matches what the massive lines will likely be for that.
East '10 was amazing and hopefully East '11 will be even better because of the GB presence and far larger venue.
" Any idea if it's going to be less crazy this year? Last year you had to get in line at least an hour early for some of the panels or you wouldn't even get a seat. "Sounds like it's going to be similar this year.
" @Marino: I'm imagining a lot of good after parties at the end of the night. Any that you'd recommend or is it generally pretty fluid every year as far as what goes on? "Hard for me to say since it's a different venue this year. Last year it was in an area that had a ton of options within walking distance. The new venue is much larger, but seems more isolated in terms of places to go.
" @Mahonay: Even with the new venue? Grrr.... "It's a bigger venue, but I don't know if the theater rooms are actually any bigger. It's hard to tell from the map. I'd still recommend showing up an hour early to stuff like Giant Bomb.
The theaters are bigger at the new venue but I think the waits will be the same time because they are letting more people in because of the larger venue. I would show up an hour early to the panels just in cases. If you go to a few panels on Friday you might be able to gage how long the waits will be the rest of the weekend...well maybe not Saturday, Saturday is always insane.
@PsEG From what I noticed last year the Enforcers were trying their best but when people started lining up for the next panel and they were getting mixed up with the line for the panel about to start it got a little hectic. After awhile they will just make a sign that says "the line for so and so starts back here" but a few times when the lines were getting out of control they asked people to come back to line up for the next panel, there isn't enough room right now. That last problem should be addressed with a bigger venue, from what i remember the halls are bigger then the last one.
This will be my first PAX ever as well as my first for covering it as Media. Any quick advice besides the ones you have said in this guide already?
@Marino Thanks :) Can't wait to see Giant Bomb at PAX East
Your guide was awesome, thanks dude! I broke one of the cardinal rules and slept a huge chunk of Saturday, but it gave me the gas to make all of the concerts that day.
Good post man. I won the 2009 Omegathon - Skeeball finals (and subsequently got Pax Pox) and you did the descriptions well :). Very good PAX guide.
I couldn't find anyone selling cookies. Were they there?