PAX Guide 2015: East Edition

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Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

It's been four years now that I've been writing guides for anyone and everyone who wants to get the most out of their Penny Arcade Expo experience. Last year, for PAX Prime 2014, I changed it up a bit, so I'm gonna stick with that format for East this year too (with a few tweaks). If you’ve seen one of my guides in the past, you likely know that I’ve been through ten E3s, two Dragon*Cons, and what is about to be my thirteenth PAX. As I've said before, even with all this personal experience at video game conventions and trade shows, it’s thanks to help from a lot of y’all that I think we’ve got this guide thing down to a science. Even so, if you have something to add or if you have any questions about anything, please post them below.

Boston

I know...it looks confusing if you're not from Boston.
I know...it looks confusing if you're not from Boston.

I've been to Boston many times even before PAX started coming there, and it's easily one of my favorite cities. If you've been to Prime, but not East, it's gonna be like bizarro world to you. At Prime, the airport is far away and the convention center is in the middle of everything downtown. In Boston, Logan International is a few minutes from the convention center, but it's about a mile walk from there into the heart of Boston where most of the fun stuff is.

If you're landing at the airport, you should almost definitely hop on the Silver Line. It's FREE going into the city from Logan and, if you were lucky enough to get a hotel near the convention center, it'll take you right past most of them. If you weren't so lucky, the Silver Line will drop you at South Station, which is a hub that will get you to basically anywhere else in the city. If you're going to be in town all week(end), throw $10 or $20 on MBTA "Charlie Card" since each ride you take is going to cost about $2.

Check for hotel on Google maps, locate the closest "T" station (it'll be real easy), and work backwards to South Station. Even if you're not a city kid, it's quite simple. If you need help, there's plenty of Boston natives hanging around on the site, so ask away.

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is massive, but it's also kind of in no man's land.
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is massive, but it's also kind of in no man's land.

Giant Bomb @ PAX

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You might spot a Giant Bomb staff member randomly on the show floor (just don't bother them if they're shooting something), but your best bet is one of these panels. There's at least one panel every day of the show that features at least one member of the staff, so no matter what day you're going to be at PAX, you've got a shot at seeing some or all of the Giant Bomb crew in person. Make sure you line up early (especially for the GB panel)!

When/WhereWhatWho

FRI - 12:00 PM

Bumblebee

A Bunch of Dads - Presented by Tested.com

FRI - 7:00 PM

Bobcat

Game Review Over: Critiquing the Way We Critique Games

  • Alexa Ray Corriea
  • Marty Silva
  • Susan Arendt
  • Jeff Gerstmann
  • Greg Miller
  • Tess

FRI - 9:00 PM

Albatross

Giant Bomb 2015 FY2015 Kickoff & Powerpoint Presentation

  • Errybody

SAT - 4:00 PM

Bobcat

Making Video Sausage with Giant Bomb & Gamespot

  • Mary Kish
  • Drew Scanlon
  • Vinny Caravella
  • Jason Oestreicher
  • Robert Handlery

SAT - 9:00 PM

Albatross

404ing It: Breaking Down the Internet

  • Pat Baer
  • Kate Welch
  • Vinny Caravella
  • Kris Straub

SUN - 10:30 AM

Albatross

More Video Game Wrestling Nonsense at...PAXAMANIA!

The Giant Bomb panel at PAX Prime 2013. One of the best photos I've ever taken at PAX.
The Giant Bomb panel at PAX Prime 2013. One of the best photos I've ever taken at PAX.

The Enforcers

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Enforcers are a legion of volunteers that make PAX run efficiently. It would be a hot mess without them. In the old days, they would don the black. But, now that there are multiple versions of PAX, East Enforcers are coated in red. If you need help with anything, just look for one of them. They’re never too far away. And if they ask you nicely to do something (like move out of an aisle/walkway), please do so.

They don't always wear armor like this guy to the right. Just most of the time.

#PAX

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Even if you don’t normally use Twitter, you should sign up just to follow these accounts while you’re at PAX. It’s the best and easiest way to get up-to-the-minute updates on what’s going on.

  • @official_pax - The important stuff.
  • @pax_lines - Updates on theatre/panel lines and when they get capped.
  • @rkhoo - The man that makes PAX happen.
  • @pax_tourney - News on the dozens of tournaments going on upstairs.
  • @paxparties - An unofficial feed for the unofficial parties going on all weekend.
Welcome home.
Welcome home.

The Packing List

Here's what you need to bring with you especially if you're coming in from out of town.

Money

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Most places (including vendors in the expo hall) will take credit/debit cards, but it’s probably a good idea to carry a little cash just in case. And if you need to hit an ATM, do it early in the day as they sometimes run out of money later on.

Backpack

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Whatever your style of choice is, bring one. Don’t rely on getting a free bag at the show. They’re often cumbersome and there’s no guarantee you’ll find one anyway. Trust me…carrying a bunch of random stuff you pick up throughout the day is going to suck without a backpack. Make it at least a 10-slotter. If it has weight reduction, all the better.

Phone & Charger

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Duh. You need your phone. But don’t be a dumb and forget your charger and/or wall plug. Pro Tip: Turn your brightness down as far as you can tolerate. Keeping up with your friends at night through texts and/or Twitter is gonna be tough if your phone dies by 2 PM.

Battery Pack

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Consider buying an external USB battery pack. It’s been a life saver for me the last couple years. Worth every penny. Plus, if you get an adapter, it'll keep your 3DS and/or Vita truckin' too.

3DS/Vita

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Choose your weapon of choice…or dual wield! You will undoubtedly find some downtime (like waiting in line), and you will never be in a better place for local, handheld multiplayer. And then there’s StreetPassing. Oh…the StreetPassing. I see that green light flashing in my sleep.

Hand Sanitizer

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There will be dispensers scattered around the buildings, but do yourself a favor and toss a little bottle in your bag and use it every time you play something.

Poster Tube

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If you can fit it in your luggage, this is a veteran move. You might get a cool poster at PAX. You might even get it signed by Todd Howard. Make sure you have a way to get it home without crushing it.

Trash Bag

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Yep. A trash bag. Just throw it in your luggage. Use it later for dirty clothes, which will keep your stank-ass, sweaty socks off of the cool stuff you bring back on the way home.

Bring your handheld console of choice. You never know who you might get to play with.
Bring your handheld console of choice. You never know who you might get to play with.

The Daily List

Here's a few things that you should do every day.

Shower/Deodorant

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For the love of Bristlebane, please! It’s not difficult. You're probably paying an arm and a leg for that hotel room you got, so use those amenities.

Eat/Drink

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Walking around for eighteen hours a day for three days requires fuel. It may sound crazy, but you might actually forget to eat and stay hydrated. There aren't a ton of options real close to the convention center. There is a food court on the north side of the convention center, but it's super crowded and generally shitty. There's carnival-type food in the back of the expo hall usually too. But, scope out some of the few nearby locations ahead of time and maybe hit those instead. Try to eat two actual meals a day and carry some snacks for in-between. Alternatively, you could attempt to live on Dunkin for three days.

Sleep

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Time is precious at PAX, but you can’t go non-stop for 72+ hours. Try to get at least 5 or 6 hours a night.

Get Out

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Don’t spend all of your time in the convention center. Get out of there once in a while, get some air, grab some real food, see some of the city, etc.

Be Yourself

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There’s a special vibe that envelops PAX. If you’ve ever felt weird or strange about the nerdy things you love, know that you’ll never be in a place with more people that enjoy the same things that you do than you ever will be. So, be yourself. Talk to random people in lines. You’re going to have a blast. Welcome home.

That big red block is the convention center. It's about a mile from there to the Regina Pizzeria in the middle. As you can see, most of the food options are on the other side of the bridge.
That big red block is the convention center. It's about a mile from there to the Regina Pizzeria in the middle. As you can see, most of the food options are on the other side of the bridge.

The To-Do List

Now that you've got a checklist of what to bring and some daily advice, here's some tips on how to prepare.

Download Guidebook

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Guidebook is the best, easiest way to keep up with all the official PAX info (schedule, maps, announcements, etc.) Plus, @coonce works there now, so you know it’s gotta be awesome.

Gameplan

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The schedule is out now, so start making a list right now of the panels you may want to see and any potential games you want to play. Compare your list with your friends and get a rough idea of what you want to see and do. Inevitably, you’re going to have make some tough decisions as multiple things you’re interested in will overlap. Accept the fact now that you can’t see/do everything, but if you go in there with no plan at all, you’re going to be overwhelmed.

Plan a Backup

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Shit happens. Panels get full faster than you thought. Lines get too long to be worth it. The game you wanted to play might actually just be a presentation. Try to have a backup whenever you can. If all else fails, just go spend some more time in…

The Indie Megabooth

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Arguably the best part of PAX is the slew of indie games available. And, over the last couple years, the Indie Megabooth has established itself as a primary feature of PAX. It houses around 100 games from nearly as many developers and you could spend hours there. It’s also great because you can play a bunch of games without waiting too long. If you see an open station, play it! I don’t care what it is.

Escape the Expo

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The expo hall is an amazing spectacle. No doubt about it. But, it's also a trap. Get the hell out of there and do some other stuff once in a while. PAX has so much to offer aside from the expo hall and you shouldn’t miss it. Head upstairs to the Classic Console and Console Freeplay rooms. Head to the back to the Tabletop arenas. You get the point. Go do stuff. New stuff.

The Indie Megabooth is always a good time!
The Indie Megabooth is always a good time!

The To-Don’t List

A couple little words of warning from a PAX veteran. You'll thank me later.

SWAG

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We all love free stuff, but seriously…don’t be that guy. Don’t wait in line for 45 minutes to play a game you don’t care about just to get a shirt. And please don’t loiter around a headphone booth hoping to catch an inflatable hat. You will get free stuff without trying too hard, so don’t let SWAG ruin your PAX.

Lines

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Okay, lines are unavoidable. If you want to do much of anything at PAX, you’re gonna wait in some lines. But, this is on the “don’t” list simply to help you make good decisions. Do you really need to wait in line for two hours to play Bloodborne when it will be out two weeks later? Maybe not. Do you really want to wait in line for an hour to watch a Batman: Arkham Knight trailer that will be online Monday morning? Time is precious at PAX. Choose wisely.

It's a jungle out there.
It's a jungle out there.

The Optional List

Three PAX traditions that should not be ignored. Your interest will likely depend on who is involved, so take note.

Keynote

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The “Storytime” session is typically a great opening ceremony for PAX, especially for first-timers. The Penny Arcade Q&A is once again immediately after this, so if you're a fan of those guys, you should probably go to the keynote to get a good seat. It's one of the few times they don't clear out a theatre before the next event. This year’s speakers are Telltale Games founders Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner.

Music

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On Friday and Saturday night, the Main Theatre will be rocking late into the night. Whether you know anything about the performers or not, the concerts are a great time especially if you don’t have any other late night plans. Friday’s lineup includes Super Guitar Bros, Triforce Quartet, and the legendary Paul & Storm. Saturday night, you can see Freezepop, Bit Brigade, and nerdcore icon MC Frontalot.

Omegathon Finals

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The Omegathon is an elimination tournament that takes place throughout the entire weekend between a couple dozen attendees who were randomly selected prior to the show. The final game is always kept a secret until the very end. It’s usually a great closing ceremony, but it totally depends on the game. I’ve seen some great ones like Vs. Excitebike, Ikaruga, Trials Evolution, and (inexplicably) a stuffed animal crane game. But, I’ve also seen some pure train wrecks like Spaceteam and Cornhole. So, I can’t recommend it as much as I used to, but it still has the potential to be awesome.

At the 2012 Omegathon Finals, the greatest Crokinole match ever played took place.
At the 2012 Omegathon Finals, the greatest Crokinole match ever played took place.

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Well, that's all I've got. If you have any suggestions, comments, suggestions, or complaints, let me hear it. As always, hopefully this will help some people out and maybe I'll see some of you at PAX. Let me know if you spot my Mii in StreetPass too. I'll probably be the idiot who's most recently played game is Baseball for Game Boy. Anyway, it's gonna be a blast. Have fun. And...watch out for glass bottles.

PAX East VI. Where flash game designers become legends and legends become icons. It's the showcase of the immortals. Tonight is the night...where it all begins again.
PAX East VI. Where flash game designers become legends and legends become icons. It's the showcase of the immortals. Tonight is the night...where it all begins again.

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#1 Posted by Fobwashed (2784 posts) -

Next time. PAX East... Next time.

Brilliant guide as usual =D

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#2 Posted by probablytuna (5008 posts) -

Holy crap, a live Bunch of Dadscast sounds fantastic! I hope it'll be streamed on Twitch.

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#3 Posted by patbaer (193 posts) -

Great job as always! Only thing I'll add is to follow PAX_lines on twitter. They update it through out the weekend, super helpful.

Bunch of Dads isn't in a streaming room, but it'll be recorded as Tested-branded podcast I'm sure.

Anything in the Albatross theater will be live streamed at twitch.tv/pax2 so that includes the live GB panel as well as my panel.

Please come to my panel. :)

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#4 Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

@patbaer: I've got pax_lines up there with a few other Twitter accounts to follow.

Thanks for the info on which rooms are streaming. I'm sure that was going to be a popular question for many people leading up to the show.

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#5 Posted by thdemn (154 posts) -

As always, fantastic job @marino. And, as a Boston native, I would love to help any duders who need help getting around, getting away, or just looking for fun stuff to do in the city. If anyone needs anything, just send me a PM on the site.

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#6 Edited by LikeaSsur (1611 posts) -

Get Out

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Don’t spend all of your time in the convention center. Get out of there once in a while, get some air, grab some real food, see some of the city, etc.

Yeah right, you just want all that free stuff to yourself, don't you? Well, joke's on you, I'm setting up a tent right in the convention center.

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#7 Posted by InternetDotCom (4021 posts) -

*if Boston isn't completely buried in snow by the time PAX East comes

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#8 Posted by l4wd0g (2390 posts) -

Gina Smith is a dad!?

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#9 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12633 posts) -

I'm actually going this year, and I'm super excited!

Even if I'll be missing the GB Panel because I didn't get a Friday pass and assorted transportation things stopping me from getting to Boston on that Friday.

Still though!

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#10 Posted by ManMadeGod (1625 posts) -

As a resident of Boston, I sure do hope some of this snow melts before 60,000+ people descend on the city. The trains/bus service has been broken during this storm.

Some of the best food in the city is in the "old north end", which is above the Boston commons on that map (note: not Beacon Hill). If you walk across that bridge by the convention center you may find yourself wandering around China Town, which is "ehhhh" in my book.

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#11 Posted by Paul_Tillich (268 posts) -

I also live in Boston. I've shoveled snow for 22 hours in two weeks... Even if some of this snow melts by PAX, make sure to include extra travel time into all your plans that involve leaving the expo center. Walking, getting a taxi, and using the bus/train system will all take longer. Boston has never had this much snow in this short a period in its recorded history, and much of it will almost surely still be around.

Also, if you have nothing else going on Sunday at 3:30, come to my panel "The Science of Online Bullying: A Lesson in Diversity." I won't be nearly as entertaining as the guys. In fact, it is a rather serious talk. But maybe beyond supporting the actual crew at all their panels I will get some support from fellow GB community members at mine, since nobody else will know me or my colleague.

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#12 Edited by Lannden (65 posts) -

@manmadegod said:

As a resident of Boston, I sure do hope some of this snow melts before 60,000+ people descend on the city. The trains/bus service has been broken during this storm.

As a fellow resident of Boston I agree. This has been an awful winter and PAXeast is a month earlier than it normally is. If you are coming from a warmer climate bring some nice warm clothing and be ready for a transportation nightmare if this snow does not let up in a couple weeks.

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#13 Edited by Dalai (7869 posts) -

Don't expect anything like last year's unseasonably warm PAX. Early March can still be cold and given Boston's track record this year, you might have to bring a shovel to dig your way into the BCEC.

Other than that, heed Marino's advice. He's a pro at this PAX thing.

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#14 Posted by bemusedchunk (906 posts) -

Please prepare for 7-8 foot snow mounds.

They have been here for 3 weeks, and I don't see them going away anytime soon.

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#15 Edited by Brewmaster_Andy (623 posts) -

The Boston Globe is reporting that the public transportation system in Boston, the MBTA, could take up to 30 days to be back up and running at full service. Plan accordingly. It's going to be a rough PAX for out of towners and commuters alike.

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#16 Edited by Pudge (1265 posts) -

Second time I'm going this year, and this time I've got a press badge. I couldn't be more excited to be technically going to work.

Excellent guide Marino, I always end up forgetting something on trips, so I'll triple check this before flying out. Hope to see everybody at the panel!

@bemusedchunk: I'm coming from Florida and I've never seen snow before. Is this the last time in my life that the prospect of snow is going to excite rather than annoy me?

EDIT: It's a damn shame that the games critique panel is scheduled right before Giant Bomb. Don't know how many people will be able to make both...

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#17 Posted by Libb (162 posts) -

Great guide. As a two-time PAX East attendee (unfortunately unable to go this year), I will let any duders know that the Giant Bomb panel WILL fill up and will do so incredibly quickly. Usually, the Enforcers will allow people to start lining up for a panel after the panel before it starts. However, both times I attended the GB panel, there were literally "lines" (closer to mobs) before the line officially existed, and it was generally a clusterfuck when the GB panel line was created.

If you want a really good seat for the panel, plan to be near the Albatross theater around 6:30-7ish. If you don't mind being towards the back of the theater, you can probably get there by around 8:15-8:30 and still get a seat, just pay attention to the pax_lines Twitter account for them to let you know how full the line is getting. Just don't be a dick - if any unofficial lines are blocking traffic, the Enforcers are going to tell you to move, and you need to listen to them.

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#18 Posted by Wolfenhex (43 posts) -
@libb said:

I will let any duders know that the Giant Bomb panel WILL fill up and will do so incredibly quickly. Usually, the Enforcers will allow people to start lining up for a panel after the panel before it starts. However, both times I attended the GB panel, there were literally "lines" (closer to mobs) before the line officially existed, and it was generally a clusterfuck when the GB panel line was created.

If you want a really good seat for the panel, plan to be near the Albatross theater around 6:30-7ish. If you don't mind being towards the back of the theater, you can probably get there by around 8:15-8:30 and still get a seat, just pay attention to the pax_lines Twitter account for them to let you know how full the line is getting.

Last year I left the exhibit hall when it closed (6pm) and there was already a lot of people waiting for Giant Bomb (9pm) in a "line". I think the Enforcers are starting to realize that people are going to line up even if there isn't a line and have begun planning for that.

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#19 Posted by obladi (23 posts) -

This guide is great! Thanks for writing it.

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#20 Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

@wolfenhex: @libb: Like these guys have mentioned, a line to a panel does not "officially" start until the previous panel's line has entered the theater. So, if you show up 8 PM for the GB line, you're gonna need to use some loitering skills to avoid the ire of Enforcers.

This also means that if you want a "good" seat at the GB panel, you may have to skip the reviews panel that Jeff is going to be on at 7 PM.

PAX is full of hard decisions.

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#21 Edited by InternetDotCom (4021 posts) -

@brewmaster_andy: The red line has been a mess, even more so than everything else, and I would expect it to still be a mess by the time PAX starts.

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#22 Posted by cannonballBAM (792 posts) -

@marino: All of your advice are things that I learned the hard way. Thanks again and I hope to see you and other fellow GB fans at PAX EAST 2015.

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Definitely download the app, but here's some high-res maps if you want to take a look at the layout.

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#25 Posted by kalmia64 (123 posts) -

@marino I don't know how much cosplaying goes on at PAX, but it's always good to remind people that cosplay ≠ consent! Please respect others and their boundaries!

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#26 Edited by Warchief (677 posts) -

@marino It is worth mentioning a couple of things in regards to the MBTA and the state of things close to the convention center.

- Due to the amount of snow we had in Boston the MBTA has at times been crippled. We have no snow in the forecast for this week, but if another storm hits during the week of PAX East just know that the Red and Green lines will be running slow.

It is worth it for everyone to follow "@mbta_alerts"

- If anyone is driving into the city and thinking about parking for the weekend just know that all the parking lots around the convention center are running with fewer spaces due to the snow.

- Food Recommendations:

Breakfast / Coffee:

Barrington or Flour (personal opinion but fuck Dunkin Donuts)

Lunch (TLDR just go to congress street):

Luckys

Street Food

Bon Mei (Congress Street)

Beer: If you want to buy some fresh awesome beer stop by Trillium (after 16:00)

Booze: Its pricey but you owe it to yourself to go to Drink at least once.

Dinner:

Pretty much anything close to the convention center is good, Try you best to stay away form the waterfront restaurants near the seaport, they are over priced, and kind of meh (this includes: whiskey priest, jerry remy's, strega...etc)

If none of the above tickle your fancy, China Town is a very short walk from the convention center (just walk down summer street towards south station and take a left).

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#27 Posted by Sweep (10600 posts) -

ONE DAY I'M COMING BACK FOR YOU, PAX.

One day :(

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#28 Posted by aidros (329 posts) -

Gotta recommend @patbaer 's panel for sure. The stream afterwards of "404ing' It" is great but nothing beats seeing a crowd's reaction to a Grocery Haul video of a woman describing her health insurance woes. So dang funny.

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#29 Edited by cooljammer00 (3095 posts) -

Last year was my first PAX, so I will definitely be using this guide for advice. Maybe I'll spend less time at panels this year and actually walk the show floor. It's always so crowded, though. I was only able to catch a glimpse of Dave Lang's back last year, like the elusive Sasquatch.

Kinda messed up that going to that Friday night Reviewing How We Review Games panel with Jeff on it will eat into how early I can get on line for the Giant Bomb panel, which I don't plan on missing.

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#30 Edited by Colt45 (91 posts) -

This is a great guide. Thanks, man!

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#31 Posted by hassun (10009 posts) -

I will probably never visit this in my lifetime and packing this many people together positively terrifies me but I always very much enjoy watching the panels and footage coming out of it. Thanks for making another fun-to-read guide, Marino.

It just sucks that so many panels never get recorded. I find it hard to understand that multiple of these conference halls do not support that kind of thing at all.

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#32 Posted by hookem1883 (34 posts) -

Thanks for the guide! Really helpful to someone planning their first trip this year.

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#33 Posted by cooljammer00 (3095 posts) -

YO, IT'S STILL SNOWING WHAT THE FUCK

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#34 Posted by cooljammer00 (3095 posts) -

@patbaer said:

Great job as always! Only thing I'll add is to follow PAX_lines on twitter. They update it through out the weekend, super helpful.

Bunch of Dads isn't in a streaming room, but it'll be recorded as Tested-branded podcast I'm sure.

Anything in the Albatross theater will be live streamed at twitch.tv/pax2 so that includes the live GB panel as well as my panel.

Please come to my panel. :)

I am choosing it over the Harmonix party. I like to think it will be like a little exclusive party of our own, only with horrific Youtube videos instead of booze.

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#35 Edited by jamin (488 posts) -

One place to check out for lunch is Pete's Dockside, (they do not have a website so yelp is best I can give you for address) also is there going to be a GB meetup friday night? I do not see anything as of yet.

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#36 Posted by aidros (329 posts) -

@jamin724 said:

One place to check out for lunch is Pete's Dockside, (they do not have a website so yelp is best I can give you for address) also is there going to be a GB meetup friday night? I do not see anything as of yet.

Also was hoping for news of a PAX East meetup to meet the crew, Rorie, or anyone from the community. Hope to hear something soon.

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#37 Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

@aidros: @jamin724: As far as I'm aware, there's no official meet up. The guys usually hang around for a bit in the hall after the panel (Friday) though. And although I don't know this for certain, it seems likely some of them would be at the Harmonix party.

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#38 Posted by jamin (488 posts) -
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#39 Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

@jamin724: The Harmonix party is Saturday night at the Hard Rock, but if you don't have tickets already, I'm afraid it's sold out.

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#40 Posted by jamin (488 posts) -

@marino: Oh this is my second pax how did you find out?

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#41 Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

@jamin724: They announced via Twitter and their podcast.

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#44 Posted by jamin (488 posts) -

@marino: ah okay do not know how the Twitter works oh well I got meet them last year

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#45 Posted by Marino (7545 posts) -

@jamin724 said:

@marino: ah okay do not know how the Twitter works oh well I got meet them last year

As I mentioned in the guide, even if you're not normally a Twitter user, having it during PAX is an immense help.

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#47 Posted by jamin (488 posts) -

@marino: I use it for pax lines but I don't even know how to receive notifications. Either way I may try to sneak into the party

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#48 Posted by Limond (250 posts) -

Been to every PAX East so far and have a few tips myself.

The 6-2-1 Rule is try to follow every time I am there. 6 hours of sleep a night, 2 meals a day, 1 shower a day. Being tired and worn out sucks, make sure you get enough sleep. 2 meals a day so you have the energy. 1 shower a day because you don't want to be the 1 guy of 70,000 who smells bad.

Try and find a convenience store and buy a 24 pack of water. Tossing 6-8 in your backpack (much better then messenger bags btw) will be enough water for a full day at the convention center to keep you hydrated. You can never have enough water while you are there! It is also a whole lot cheaper then buying bottled water at the convention center. Two bottles will run you the 6 bucks it took to buy the 24 pack at the convenience store.

Don't order food to be delivered if you are staying at a hotel. It will be at least twice as expensive as you are used to. I made the mistake last year. An 8 dollar Medium Pizza and 5 dollar Lava cakes cost me 30 dollars in the end.

Go out to eat. The food at the convention center cafeteria is boring, bland, and expensive. The trucks that they bring into the convention center are even worse. (Not sure about ones parked outside it) Those areas are also always crowded, and can take upwards of an hour just to get food. Go out and grab some local food. The Whiskey Priest is practically deserted during lunch times and it is like a 5 minute walk from the convention center. The food is great. The convention center also offers shuttles to other restaurants all over the city, and they are free. Take advantage of them!

Dinner will always be more crowded when the Expo Hall is closed, so you may want to try and book a table in advanced, or grab a seat at the bar. Don't forget the night life, there will be tons of parties, games, events, and stuff going on in every corner of Boston at PAX. Go out and have fun. I met some awesome people last year at the Giant Bomb party. Go out, and break out of your shell. Go meet some new people!

Final tip for now. Wear deodorant, and apply it multiple times during the day. Please. Also wear a belt.

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#49 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (2520 posts) -

Make sure you are checking your method of transportation. That storm that is blowing through PA right now is starting to lead to a lot of delays and cancellations for planes, buses, and trains. If you are driving, say safe if you are travelling through that storm.

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#50 Posted by endoworks (358 posts) -

This my first time in a few years not going to pax east and I'm very sad right now :( but awesome guide as always. I hope they push it back later I thoutht last year date was perfect with the weather and everything. Those going have fun!!!