Marino's PAX Guide v2.0

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Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

So, about a year ago, I put together a FAQ of sorts for PAX first timers. I updated it a bit for PAX Prime last August, but it's time for an remake. For those that don't know me, I have attended the last six Penny Arcade Expos (2008, 2009, East '10, Prime '10, East '11, Prime '11). I have also attended ten E3's from 1997 to 2006. As you can see, I have quite a bit of experience in attending gaming conventions, making the most of the time available, and generally surviving four days on little to no sleep. While a lot of this info is targetted at those who have never experienced PAX, I believe it is also helpful to those who have.

If you've never been to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, you can help familiarize yourself with the layout by checking out the videos I shot last year.

Wheaton's Law: Don't Be a Dick

PAX East 2010: Keynote Wil Wheaton

I once wrote an article about The PAX Vibe. In it, I tried to describe the most indelible thing about PAX. The experience is as though you've come to some sort of reunion with tens of thousands friends you never knew you had. Whether it's an attendee, enforcer, exhibitor, panelist, or D-list Internet celebrity, virtually everyone has a permanent smile affixed to their face for three days. Our leader, Wil Wheaton, said it best...

All of the things that make us weird and strange in the real world.
Those things that people tease us for loving.
Those things that we seem to care about more than anyone else at work and school.
Those things make us who we are.
And when we are at PAX, we don’t have to hide them, or explain them, or justify them to anyone.
We have come here this weekend because just playing games isn’t nearly as fun as playing them together, surrounded by thousands of people who love them just as much as we do.

Personal Hygiene

PAX East 2011: The Unwashed Masses

First of all, for the sake of everyone at the show, please shower. Yes, every day. And use deoderant. It's not hard. You're going to be doing more walking than you're probably used to doing. Aside from that, why is this so high on the list of tips? Well, after PAX Prime 2010, there was a confirmed case of H1N1 on my flight home. So, use the hand sanitizer whenever you can. There are generally dispensers set up all around the convention center and especially right outside the bathrooms. You're going to be touching controllers that have been touched by people of varying degrees of sickness from all over the world. Be smart, and don't spend the week after PAX in misery.

Enforcers Are Awesome

PAX East 2010: Follow the Red Shirts

The Enforcers are the incredible army of red shirts that volunteer their time in order to make sure that PAX is an enjoyable experience for everyone. Can't find the right panel room? Look for a red shirt. Need medical attention after experiencing the BioShock panel? Look for a red shirt. Can't figure out where Jeff Green is handing out light-up Plants vs. Zombies sunglasses? Look for a red shirt. These guys and girls are stationed everywhere. If they ask you to do something, listen up. Respect them. Appreciate them. Buy them cookies.

Do Your Homework

PAX Prime 2011: Chair Throwing Panel

The schedule is avaiable right now. Once there's a PDF, ownload it. Print it out. Download an app as well. There's a few different options but the Official PAX App and Guidebook are the best. Skim through it, look at the presenters of every panel, and make a rough draft of what you'd like to see. Compare with your friends, look for overlaps, and start the excruciating process of deciding how to cut the least awesome things from your to-do list.

Planning ahead is a must. If you walk in there completely unprepared, you're going to either be a deer in headlights or a wandering madman. It's overwhelming. The key to planning ahead is to be flexible. Inevitably something will come up and you'll want to rearrange your plans. I'm going to tell you right now that you're simply not going to be able to do everything you want to do/see. Don't stress out about it. Stick to your plan as best you can, but have fun above all else.

Rhythm-Based Entertainment

PAX East 2010: Video Game Orchestra

A common misconception is that PAX is just like E3 in terms of being a giant expo hall of developers and publishers demoing their games. While that is a big part of PAX, there's so much more. The expo hall closes at 6 PM each day anyway, and the party certainly doesn't shut down at six. The concerts are an excellent way to spend your evening, whether you know the artists or not. In 2008, I only vaguely knew of Jonathan Coulton. I knew he did "Still Alive" for Portal, but that was about it. After that night, I was instantly a fan. The same could be said for Freezepop after that night as well.

This year's line-up includes the Supercommuter, Protomen, Metroid Metal, and The Minibosses on Friday. And then Videogame Orchestra, Paul & Storm, Jonathan Coulton, and MC Frontalot on Saturday. When I go, I typically go on Saturday. For the uninitiated, Paul & Storm typically steal the show with their comedy stylings and a 15 minute song about pirates that you'll never forget. Generally, these concerts go pretty late. Sometimes well into the following morning. But, sometimes they are strictly told by the venue to be out by 1 AM. Dejected ARRR!

The Omegathon: Final Round

PAX East 2010: Omegathon Finals

The Omegathon is a three day tournament between attendees that were randomly selected weeks ahead of time by Penny Arcade's staff. If the trend continues, the PAX East version consists of two-person teams. You'll see that each round is on the schedule if you want to see a particular game they're playing, but the important one is the final round. The final round's game is always kept a closely guarded secret until just moments before the contestants are set to play it. Have you ever imagined being in the crowd for the final showdown in The Wizard? Well, this is it. Literally thousands of people cheering for a few of their peers as they battle head-to-head in Pong, Contra, Skeeball, Ikaruga, or whatever they come up with this year. And it's all hosted by Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade. This is the perfect closing ceremony, and you should be there to experience it.

Hurry Up and Wait

PAX 08: Queue Room

As the years have gone by, attendance at PAX has only increased. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is indeed massive, but you will inevitably be waiting in line for many things you intend to see and do. I've waited over an hour to see/play things like Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 3, Skate 3, and others at E3. On the most popular panels (i.e. the Keynote, Giant Bomb, Mega64, G4/X-Play, BioShock, BioWare, and anything associated with Penny Arcade), you should arrive about an hour ahead (at least) to guarantee yourself a good seat.

So, be prepared. Bring your PSP, DS, 3DS, Vita, Game Boy micro, or whatever it is you like. If you're a 3DS fan, you will get literally hundreds of StreetPasses over the weekend. Just check this out! If you're a Vita owner, be prepared to gather up more Game Goods than you will the rest of the year combined. And regardless of your handheld gaming optionof choice, you'll likely never find a better place in the world to jump into random multiplayer games. I've mentioned it before, but I once used Pictochat on my DS to solicit people to come play me in Hot Shots Golf on PSP...and it worked!

Backpacking Through New England

PAX Prime 2010: SWAG

Many convention rookies make a mistake as soon as they leave their house. You simply must have a backpack of some kind. If you show up to PAX empty-handed, you'll be hurting and feeling like an idiot by 2 PM. Some think you can just pick up one of those big, fold-out, paper bags from a booth, but there's no guarantee any booths are doing that. Plus, they're cumbersome, you'll be hitting people with it constantly as you squeeze through crowds, and you need to keep your hands free.

So, be smart. Bring your favorite backpack or messenger bag to throw all of your swag into. Your shoulders are going to be killing you by Sunday afternoon, but it's your best option.

Expo Hall: It's a Trap!

PAX East 2011: Expo Hall

The expo hall is where all the developers and publishers have booths set up to show off their upcoming games. You get to play stuff that's not out yet and typically talk to the people that are making them. It's awesome. But don't get stuck in there. Make sure to make your rounds through the convention center. Go upstairs and check out the PC Freeplay area. It's a massive farm of PC's unlike anything you've ever seen (unless you've been to QuakeCon). Hit up the Console Freeplay room and take your shot at some of the best fighting game players around. Think you're good enough? Enter one of the nearby tournaments (check the schedule). Need to take a break? Crash in the Handheld Lounge and rack up some StreetPasses and Near stuff. Head up to the Classic Console room for a bit and take a look at the massive library of gaming's past, pick out something you loved and play it with some people. I once saw someone set up a 64-person GoldenEye 007 tournament on the fly. And don't forget to hang out in the Classic Arcade for a bit. No quarters or tokens necessary, but please respect the cabinets. There's just so much more than just the expo hall that you need to see and do to get the full PAX experience.

The Dangers of SWAG

PAX 09: I have never, nor will I ever, wear this.

Free stuff is great. I know. But, listen to me for a second. Don't spend the majority of your time trying to get inflatable swords, funny hats, and Gunnar Optiks t-shirts. You're going to get free stuff without trying. Not all of it, sure, but plenty. The vast majority of free stuff you get, you will eventually throw away or, if you're like me, going to pile into boxes in a closet. At PAX East 2010, there were people that waited well over an hour to play APB for 15 minutes and get a t-shirt. How do you think those people feel about that decision now? Just be smart, people.

Pack Light and Carry-On a Big Bag

PAX 09: Capcom Merch

For those of you flying to Boston, you're likely going to pay at least $25 to check a bag on the plane, so you might as well get your money's worth. Even if you're only packing three Internet meme t-shirts and three sets of socks and underwear, bring a big suitcase. The extra space is going to be great for any swag you obtain as well as any stuff you end up buying inside or outside of PAX. At PAX 2009, I bought a 'Splosion Man statue from Twisted Pixel's booth. It came in a block of styrofoam, and I was still able to safely fit it into my luggage on the way home. At PAX Prime 2010, my friend (Washa Endrya) bought a fight stick from Capcom and was able to get it home easily as well.

Also, if you have one, bring a cardboard tube in your suitcase. You are likely to be handed posters at the show, and there's really no other way to get those home without folding or crushing them. One more tip from the experienced in packing for a con. Throw an empty trash bag in with your stuff. You can use that as a dirty laundry bag, which will allow you to quarantine your sweaty socks from all the cool stuff you accumulated at the show on your way home.

Do You Like Sleep? TOO BAD!

PAX East 2011: After Hours

Sleep deprivation is a major side effect of the PAX experience. You can sleep on Monday or on your flight home. But, there are official and unofficial PAX events going on virtually 24 hours a day beginning Thursday night. The concerts Friday and Saturday typically go til at least 1 AM, and you're going to be in downtown Boston, which is one of the best places in the country for some bar crawling. In the grand scheme of things, your time at PAX is very limited even if you can be there all three days. You may not realize this now or even during the show, but come Monday, you'll know what I'm talking about. So, if you get four to five hours of sleep, you're doing great. Make the most of the time you have.

Microsoft Space Bucks Don't Work Here

PAX East 2011: Band Land

If you've got a debit or credit card, you're mostly okay. Any food places in the area, including the food court in the convention center, are going to take your card just fine. Most booths in the expo hall will take it as well when purchasing their wares. But, it may be a good idea to carry at least a little old-fashioned paper money. Cash can be good especially if you're going out to the bars at night. If you know you're going to need cash, there are several ATM's at the convention center, but you should hit them early because I've seen them run out of cash to dispense. And there's nothing worse than knowing you can afford that one of a kind Cammy drawing by Long Vo, but being unable to retrieve the funds to buy it.

Eat Something!

Boston Convention Center Nowhere Near Anything

This may sound ridiculous at first, but once you're in the thick of PAX, you may forget to eat or drink. And considering that you normally don't walk around for 10-14 hours a day, you're going to need to hydrate. Stopping for 30 minutes to eat may not sound enticing either depending on your schedule, but you've gotta. Unfortunately, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is kind of in the middle of nowhere if you ever could be in a major city. There's not a lot of food options in the vicinity without going back into downtown, which is going to take even more time. So, your best bet is really the food court in the convention center. Yes, it's overpriced. Yes, it's crowded. But, just bite the bullet, get in, and get out. Otherwise, you could toss a few Clif bars in your bag and just eat on the go.

Don't Let PAX Ruin Your PAX

Who invited you?

This is something I've learned over the last couple PAX's. Whether it's a Giant Bomb meet-up, the Pokemon League, the Westin Waterfront Gaming Night, or one of the countless other unofficial PAX festivities, make an effort to do stuff after show hours. Honestly, it doesn't even have to be PAX related. Chances are, if you head out to the bars and restaurants in downtown Boston, you're going to run into other PAX goers. We generally take over the city.

What I'm getting at is that being in line at the Queue Room of the convention center at 8 AM (2 hours prior to show open) isn't worth missing out on the great stuff that's going on at night. Now, if there's a game that you HAVE to see and you know the line during the day is super long, go ahead and get to the convention center early one day and run for it when the doors open. But, just make sure you spend some time outside of the convention center and your hotel room.

It's All That You Can Do

If you were to cosplay as PAX Prime 2011, this is what it would look like.

Be yourself, but also be open to meeting new people. I know your mom told you not to talk to strangers, but I'm telling you that's a bunch of crap. It's unlikely that you're ever going to be around more people like yourself than you will at PAX. Above everything else, including all the tips I've given you here, have fun. You're about to have an experience that you'll never forget.

I'll leave you with one last piece of awesomeness.

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#2 Posted by FinalDasa (1616 posts) -

Man I really need to attend a PAX. This is all great advice for any con really, but great work :)

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#3 Posted by rentfn (1279 posts) -

Peanut Butter sandwiches are a life saver!!!

#4 Posted by Giantstalker (1638 posts) -

I kind of want to go to a PAX, but it seems like a lot of work and money to basically just stand in long lines for a couple of days.

I'm probably completely wrong but there are a looooot of people in the pictures posted up there. Nice guide, regardless.

#5 Posted by YI_Orange (1142 posts) -

I've been to the last 2 PAX Easts so I don't have anywhere near as much experience as you, but great guide. I can't think of a single thing you even slightly overlooked. I just wanna stress the talk to people point. Don't be like me and not meet any new people. Go play some games or chat it up in line, I'm hoping to do more of that this year. I'm bad at doing it alone though, so hopefully I can convince at least 1 of my PAX companions to venture into the tabletop gaming area or something.

#6 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Giantstalker: As I mentioned in the Expo Hall section above, there's so much more to PAX than the expo hall (waiting in lines). There's always stuff going on. You make the decision based on how important certain things are to you whether or not you want to wait in line and/or arrive extra early for a panel.

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#7 Posted by Daveyo520 (6689 posts) -

Oh my I am actually going.

#8 Posted by rentfn (1279 posts) -

@YI_Orange: If you need someone to game with let me know. A lot of the people I'm going with are not into tabletop gaming so I will be looking for someone to play with!

#9 Posted by chaiHazuki (32 posts) -

Awesome guide, man, thanks. Anyone have the scoop on a Giant Bomb meetup this year?

#10 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

Now all we need to know is when the Giantbomb Community meet up will be.

#11 Edited by big_jon (5723 posts) -

Man, dudes at PAX stink, not all of them but man, I was in line behind some fat stinky dudes two hours into PAX prime 2011.

#12 Posted by natetodamax (19193 posts) -

Also, wear a Whiskey Media member tee if you have one! It's awesome seeing dozens of people at the show representing.

#13 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Voxel: Last year at East, there was only one t-shirt option. Now there's like a dozen. Wear one every day.

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#14 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Nice write up as always Marino.....I have no interest in gaming conventions though.

#15 Posted by Mahonay (828 posts) -

Another awesome right up Marino. You are always super helpful.

I am so damn excited to go again this year. Only about a month away now!

#16 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (451 posts) -

thanks for the tips and advice, dude! PAX East will be my first-ever gaming expo, though i've been dying to attend one for like the past 20 years of my life. i live only about 20 minutes west of Boston, and i know the city like the back of my hand, so this is gonna be so awesomely easy. i am so damn psyched for this!

#17 Posted by BaconGames (3371 posts) -

The most important for someone like me has to be the pre-planning for panels. In my experience you can get away with getting there a half-hour early and get in near the back if its busy or a good seat of its not. However any less and you are fucked. The most tedious part but important is just dumping all the panels into a word document file and figuring out where to go when and what to cut. Once that's all arranged with ample room in between then you can start to plan out when you'll have expo hall time, time to get food etc. I find that once this stuff is done it all falls into place.

I feel the one bit of advice I didn't get is how best to exploit hotel stay with PAX. This will be my first year at a hotel and I would curious to know how the dynamic changes with a hotel that's about 20-30 minutes away on foot.

#18 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Tuffgong said:

I feel the one bit of advice I didn't get is how best to exploit hotel stay with PAX. This will be my first year at a hotel and I would curious to know how the dynamic changes with a hotel that's about 20-30 minutes away on foot.

I'm not really sure what you mean by exploit. Depending on where your hotel is, you may want to think about using the MBTA. It's cheap and will get you within a mile of the convention center (South Station). I'd suggest playing around with Google Maps to see what the differences are between walking and public transit.

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#19 Posted by Brewmaster_Andy (520 posts) -

Great write-up! I can't think of anything that you missed. I want to reiterate to anyone reading this guide just how awesome the pre-show and post-show events tend to be, specifically the Rock Band night that Harmonix and GB put together. You'll never meet slash get drunk with a better group of duders. I'll also echo the planning aspect of the event. The first year I went to PAX East, I went with zero prior planning and was completely overwhelmed. Figure out what panels you'd like to see ahead of time, and plan your line-waiting around those panels. One of my buddies had to bail after an hour in the L.A. Noire line because he wanted to see the Deus Ex panel. Don't be like him! Anticipate that you will wait in very long lines for the more popular games, and plan accordingly.

One thing I definitely want to mention - even if you aren't a tabletop gamer, don't avoid the tabletop freeplay areas. It's a great place to meet people and try new games that you might not have thought about before. I'm going to be getting a PAX East Munchkin game going some time on Saturday, if anyone is interested!

[Also, I hate to plug myself here, but this year's PAX beers are going to be in fairly limited supply. If you are someone that is interested and you are 21 (no shit, I will check your I.D.), PM me and I will see what I can do. Last year I went through around a case of beer just between myself and the GB crew and Harmonix dudes, and I am only bringing two cases in bottles. Get it quick! The distribution of this stuff is kinda shady, so just don't expect that you will DEFINITELY get any. I will try!]

#20 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Sadly, I'll not be able to attend this year, but the guide got me hyped up anyway :D

#21 Posted by bassman2112 (834 posts) -

Thanks a ton for the guide, Marino!

Will there be a Giant Bomb meetup place listed sometime soon? I live in Boston and am looking forward to PAX a lot, but the meetups even more =D

#22 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

To anyone coming to PAX East this year, do yourself a favor and buy tickets to Rock Band Night. The video in my blog here is from last year's RBN.

http://t.co/oKOxBtFw

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#23 Posted by Mahonay (828 posts) -

@Marino said:

To anyone coming to PAX East this year, do yourself a favor and buy tickets to Rock Band Night. The video in my blog here is from last year's RBN.

http://t.co/oKOxBtFw

Thank you so much Marino! I was dying to know if this was happening again this year. I'll be there on Thursday this time so I'll go ahead and buy my ticket.

#24 Edited by BaconGames (3371 posts) -

@Marino said:

@Tuffgong said:

I feel the one bit of advice I didn't get is how best to exploit hotel stay with PAX. This will be my first year at a hotel and I would curious to know how the dynamic changes with a hotel that's about 20-30 minutes away on foot.

I'm not really sure what you mean by exploit. Depending on where your hotel is, you may want to think about using the MBTA. It's cheap and will get you within a mile of the convention center (South Station). I'd suggest playing around with Google Maps to see what the differences are between walking and public transit.

I just mean to best take advantage of the opportunity and not be inefficient about it. Our walk is essentially two South Station walks in a row which is fine for us but I'm just wondering about any tips like dealing with the hotels, experience with a given hotel, etc. Also I JUST finished scheduling out our three days and boy it took a while.

If anyone wants to know I'll be bringing The MetaGame with me to the PAX panel line. So if fate decrees I might play MetaGame against Matt Kessler and Matt Pascual.

#25 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Tuffgong: I've never really had any problems with hotels. The worst is the amount you pay for how little time you're actually there.

How many panels did you end up with?

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#26 Posted by BaconGames (3371 posts) -

@Marino said:

@Tuffgong: I've never really had any problems with hotels. The worst is the amount you pay for how little time you're actually there.

How many panels did you end up with?

Friday

3 for sure, 2 maybes, and one where I come in at the end just to mingle with the panelists.

Saturday

4 for sure, 1 maybe

Sunday

3 for sure, 2 maybes, and 3 where I come in at the end and mingle

So doing the math I have 10 panels I'm definitely going to, 4 that I'll maybe go to, and 4 where I'll be uncouth and take advantage of the mingling session after panels.

#27 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Tuffgong: I think it's safe to say you're well above the average in terms of panels, but nothing wrong with that if it's stuff that you care about. I probably average two per day, but I'm not seeing too many I care about this year.

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#28 Edited by BaconGames (3371 posts) -

@Marino said:

@Tuffgong: I think it's safe to say you're well above the average in terms of panels, but nothing wrong with that if it's stuff that you care about. I probably average two per day, but I'm not seeing too many I care about this year.

You mentioned as much on twitter but I'm not as comfortable knowing what to do with the down time except the show floor and panels. Besides I'm one year below drinking age so I can't join GB in their post-panel bar fun (GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH). The irony is that I don't drink so it extra wouldn't make a difference.

A lot of what motivates panel going for me is who's going to be there and nothing says "have to go" quite like Jeff Green.

#29 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Tuffgong: You don't have to be 21 to come to the Rock Band Night. So, if you're coming in on Thursday, I'd definitely do that.

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#30 Posted by Mahonay (828 posts) -

I'm coming on Thursday this year primarily to attend Rock Band night. Also to get some early boozing in. Arriving on Friday and herding myself directly to the convention center last year was a little rough.

#31 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Mahonay: Yeah, that should be another Pro Tip. If at all possible, get there a day early.

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#32 Edited by YI_Orange (1142 posts) -

@Tuffgong: You should walk around with it and challenge 2 random people to showdown against each other, I think that'd be pretty great. Partially because I wanna play.

I've never played munchkin but I'd be so down for that. I really wanna get more involved in general stuff this year. Unfortunately I'm in the same boat as tuffgong, only 20 so can't go to any meetups even though I wouldn't be drinking anyway.

#33 Edited by BaconGames (3371 posts) -

@YI_Orange said:

@Tuffgong: You should walk around with it and challenge 2 random people to showdown against each other, I think that'd be pretty great. Partially because I wanna play.

I've never played munchkin but I'd be so down for that. I really wanna get more involved in general stuff this year. Unfortunately I'm in the same boat as tuffgong, only 20 so can't go to any meetups even though I wouldn't be drinking anyway.

We'll see about how much random games will happen walking around. Who knows, maybe I'll challenge some devs and record that! I'll come up with a more comprehensive MetaGame plan when the show starts rolling up though. Regardless I fully plan to bust it out during the GB panel line wait so don't miss it!

Also, doesn't it suck to be locked out when you know you aren't going to drink? Sure is going to make Pax East 2013 the fucking best.

@Marino said:

@Mahonay: Yeah, that should be another Pro Tip. If at all possible, get there a day early.

You see in order to cut costs for hotel stuff I'm going to be busing in Friday morning. Believe me I would have been all over Rock Band night.

#34 Edited by Mahonay (828 posts) -

@Tuffgong said:

Also, doesn't it suck to be locked out when you know you aren't going to drink? Sure is going to make Pax East 2013 the fucking best.

Kind of reminds me of a company get together I went to the first year I started at my job. It was at a bar near by and I was only 20. It's New York City so of course I just walked right in (it's not like that anymore though). I was good about it, didn't have a single drink despite no one realizing how young I was. Not that I wouldn't have enjoyed it...

Finally hitting 21 is pretty awesome. So many events open up to you. You'll need them when you become a grown adult and you no longer have friends that throw parties :( It's all downhill from here kid.

#35 Posted by RecallBerserk (142 posts) -

Wash yo' ass!

Seriously taking showers will not kill you or your loved ones. So do it!

#36 Posted by Mahonay (828 posts) -

@RecallBerserk said:

Wash yo' ass! Seriously taking showers will not kill you or your loved ones. So do it!

I'm convinced some people show up and then sleep in their cars or on the street. There's no other explanation for such obvious lack of showering. Unless you're a never-nude and you're sharing a room.

#37 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1863 posts) -

If you want to see the opening keynote, get in line at least 2 and preferably 3 hours before...seriously.

I also recommend arriving on Thursday night if you are flying in, a good night's sleep really helps with the rest of the weekend.

#38 Posted by Mahonay (828 posts) -

@UnsolvedParadox said:

If you want to see the opening keynote, get in line at least 2 and preferably 3 hours before...seriously. I also recommend arriving on Thursday night if you are flying in, a good night's sleep really helps with the rest of the weekend.

Well looks like I'm not going to the opening keynote again. F that shit.

#39 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Mahonay: They open the outside doors to the convention center at 8am. At that point, you can get in line at any theater or the queue room for the expo hall. You would want to be there when the doors open to get in line for the keynote and Q&A usually.

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#40 Posted by CaptainCody (1505 posts) -

Mike and Jerry are way too cool a pair of dudes. Has Giant Bomb ever done anything with them? I think they could rule the universe together as an unstoppable force of video games and comedy.

#41 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (451 posts) -

any suggestions for approx how long before the GiantBomb panel starts one should probably line up?

#42 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@fuzzybunny566: As early as the Enforcers will let you. Typically you can't line up until people go in for the panel prior to the panel you want to line up for.

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#43 Posted by Asmo917 (406 posts) -

Thanks for the guide, Marino. Getting in Thursday night and can what PAX is all about

#44 Posted by Sparklykiss (1955 posts) -

I had everything but the tube. I should get on that! I do love me some posters, man.

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#45 Posted by Slow_pC (243 posts) -

Good Info and I will see you all there !!!

#46 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

Less than two weeks to go.

Anyone started packing yet?

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#47 Posted by dvdhaus (356 posts) -

Nope, I still need to order my plane tickets. Waiting until I get a letter from unemployment to make sure I don't have an interview on Thursday.

#48 Posted by Matt (962 posts) -

I'm deciding if I stick with my tradition of only taking hand luggage or not...

#49 Posted by Marino (4656 posts) -

@Matt:

a) How much does a checked bag cost on your airline?

2) How much stuff do you normally buy?

d) Are you forgetting that we have KitKat Bites here?

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#50 Posted by BaconGames (3371 posts) -

@Marino said:

Less than two weeks to go.

Anyone started packing yet?

I gotta get a bag ready with a weekend worth of close, some extra shoes, etc.

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