Marino's PAX Guide v3.0

Welcome to Crokinole Con 2013!

A couple years ago, I posted a guide of sorts for PAX first timers. I've updated a little for each PAX since, and now it's time for PAX East 2013. Why do I take the time to do this? Well, there's a lot of information I can provide in terms of maximizing your time at a gaming convention. What makes me qualified to do this? Well, here's my resume of shows I've attended:

E3PAX
Atlanta 19972008 (Seattle)
Atlanta 19982009 (Seattle)
Los Angeles 1999East 2010 (Boston)
Los Angeles 2000Prime 2010 (Seattle)
Los Angeles 2001East 2011 (Boston)
Los Angeles 2002Prime 2011 (Seattle)
Los Angeles 2003East 2012 (Boston)
Los Angeles 2004Prime 2012 (Seattle)
Los Angeles 2005East 2013 (Boston)
Los Angeles 2006

Come to PAX. Get groped by British people.

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 seen my previous guides, there's admittedly not a ton of new information here. This is just a revision of the previous versions. Over the last couple years of doing this, I think I have most of the important things covered.

Before we proceed, go ahead and follow these Twitter accounts:

  • @official_pax - All news, updates, changes.
  • @pax_lines - Keep track of panel lines as they fill up to max capacity.
  • @rkhoo - The man.
  • @pax_tourney - What tournaments are going on and where?
  • @paxparties (unofficial) - Parties, meet-ups, tweet-ups, tabletop all-nighters, and bar crawls.

Now, let's do this!

Wheaton's Law: Don't Be a Dick

PAX East '10 Keynote - Wil Wheaton

I once wrote a blog about what I called 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. 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

Bean bags are petri dishes of diseases. (PAX East 2010)

First of all, for the sake of everyone at the show, please shower. Yes, every day. And use deoderant. It's not difficult. 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. Or better yet, bring your own. 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

This red shirt will not help you find the League of Legends tournament. (PAX Prime 2011)

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 Mega64 panel? Look for a red shirt. Can't figure out where John Drake is handing out Dance Central slap bracelets? 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 East 2012 Entrance

The schedule is avaiable right now online, but you should really download the app. It's called Guidebook, and it's the best. Either way you choose, 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 into Boston 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

Video Game Orchestra (PAX East 2010)

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 Protomen, Sam Hart, Video Game Orchestra, Those Who Fight, Paul & Storm, Jonathan Coulton, and MC Frontalot. 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

Omegathon Finals (PAX East 2010)

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. It can't be weirder than Crokinole, right? Right?!

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 East 2012 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, The Last of Us, and others at E3. On the most popular panels (i.e. the Keynote, Giant Bomb, Mega64, BioWare, Gearbox, and anything associated with Penny Arcade), you should arrive at least an hour ahead to guarantee yourself a good seat.

So, be prepared. Bring your 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. And regardless of your handheld gaming option of choice, you'll likely never find a better place in the world to jump into random multiplayer games. I once used Pictochat on my DS to solicit people to come play me in Hot Shots Golf on PSP...and it worked!

Do yourself a favor and avoid the line waiting for a while and check out all the indie games at the show, because that's some of the best stuff you'll find at PAX.

Backpacking Through New England

PAX East 2011 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!

@Matt & @Sweep enjoying some of that fuckin' Pooyan.

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. And don't forget to hang out in the Classic Arcade for some fuckin' Pooyan. 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: Don't Be That Guy

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 Merch (PAX East 2012)

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 has countless bars to hit. 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 Rock Band Night, 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

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.

Hopefully, I'll run into some of you all there. Actually, hopefully I'll be seeing some of you at Rock Band Night on Thursday night. Last year is going to be pretty tough to beat. If you want to relive last year's RBN, let me help you out.

Let the chaos begin.

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Posted by big_jon

I can't wait for Pax Prime this year, I wish there was more of a vocal group of duders going, because then we could do a post Bombcast bar meetup.

Posted by boysef

woooooooo!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gamer_152

That's some mighty fine work Marino.

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Posted by RadixNegative2

Sweet. Pax East 2013 will be my first convention ever, and this is exactly what I needed! Thanks!

Posted by JJBSterling

I'm going to try my hardest to get to PAX Prime this year, I keep missing out when the tickets go on sale.

Posted by RioStarwind

RBN sounds like it'll be a blast. All of that info is really useful as well. Great job on putting this up again Marino.

Posted by Kowalo

Nice guide. ~2 weeks left, can't wait!

Posted by Dalai

Now I know PAX East is just around the corner. I'll be needing this guide for sure.

Posted by JadeGL

I have an addition to the Eat Something paragraph. Bring a nalgene or metal refillable water bottle! There are plenty of water fountains at the expo center and I have found that I use and abuse them. Even an empy Gatorade bottle will save you from having to shell out ungodly amounts of cash for a bottle of water from a machine or a place in the food court.

Also, bring snacks if you can. I have never loved crackers and granola bars so much, especially when I was stuck in a line for a panel and realized I was getting hungry and wouldn't be able to leave for a while to get something to eat.

Posted by Epidehl

So here's a question that I'm not really sure there's a good answer to: With how strongly you suggest it, I would really like to try and do some after hours stuff/random meet-ups and whatnot. The problem is, I don't have a smartphone or anything to check the internet on the go. With things like this that aren't on the actual schedule, is there any other good way to find out about this stuff?

Otherwise, I've got my ticket and already plan on going to the Rock Band Night, and my only concern is the unfortunately likely event of going to the Giant Bomb Panel vs. The Protomen.

Posted by Marino

@epidehl said:

So here's a question that I'm not really sure there's a good answer to: With how strongly you suggest it, I would really like to try and do some after hours stuff/random meet-ups and whatnot. The problem is, I don't have a smartphone or anything to check the internet on the go. With things like this that aren't on the actual schedule, is there any other good way to find out about this stuff?

Otherwise, I've got my ticket and already plan on going to the Rock Band Night, and my only concern is the unfortunately likely event of going to the Giant Bomb Panel vs. The Protomen.

Not having a smart phone is a definite handicap in terms of unofficial events. I would suggest keeping an eye on the official forums right before you leave to get an idea of where some of the more popular things are going to be.

As for the GB panel vs Protomen, I think Protomen are scheduled to go on last, so you should be able to hustle upstairs after GB and catch most if not all of their set.

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Edited by AlwaysBeClothing

God, one of these years I need to make it to the Giant Bomb Rock Band night. I have dreams about getting up on stage and yelling a Midnight Brown or Suburban All Star song instead of whatever is actually picked.

Posted by Brewmaster_Andy

@alwaysbeclothing: Trust me, that would not be fun for you. The crowd at RBN is BRUTAL.

Posted by Epidehl

@marino said:

@epidehl said:

So here's a question that I'm not really sure there's a good answer to: With how strongly you suggest it, I would really like to try and do some after hours stuff/random meet-ups and whatnot. The problem is, I don't have a smartphone or anything to check the internet on the go. With things like this that aren't on the actual schedule, is there any other good way to find out about this stuff?

Otherwise, I've got my ticket and already plan on going to the Rock Band Night, and my only concern is the unfortunately likely event of going to the Giant Bomb Panel vs. The Protomen.

Not having a smart phone is a definite handicap in terms of unofficial events. I would suggest keeping an eye on the official forums right before you leave to get an idea of where some of the more popular things are going to be.

As for the GB panel vs Protomen, I think Protomen are scheduled to go on last, so you should be able to hustle upstairs after GB and catch most if not all of their set.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I figured, I'll do my best to figure something out.

That's good to know, it seemed like it figure that there were a mere three things I wanted to do at PAX, and two of them would overlap. I don't see the concert schedule on the PAX site though, will it just go up closer to the con?

Posted by Marino

@epidehl: Look at the Main Theatre schedule. The concerts are the last thing on Friday/Saturday.

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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............

Edited by Oscar__Explosion

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

Posted by Matt

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

Edited by Brewmaster_Andy

@matt: OH MAN I CAN'T WAIT

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Posted by rentfn

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

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 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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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.

Edited by liako21

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

Posted by EpicSteve

I'll be there!

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 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 Huey2k2

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

Being poor sucks.

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 SSully

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

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 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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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 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).

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!)

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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!

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.

Posted by vikingdeath1

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

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

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.

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 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 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.

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 porjos

This will be my first PAX, thanks Marino!

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 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.

Posted by Marino

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

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