PAX Prime 2011 Info-stravaganza!

Penny Arcade Expo is on its way. If you're joining us and the 60,000 or so of your odder fellows in downtown Seattle this weekend, you've got a great time in store.

We've done our homework, and we've got info to help you make the most of your trip.

GWJ Represent!

  • Your fellow forum-goers are going to be all over at the convention, and to make it easier to find each other, we have chosen a symbol to identify ourselves - Stan! See the PAX forum thread for an awesome example and a link to a printable PSD. Print one, add your forum name, and wear it with pride. Just don't hang it in front of your PAX badge.
  • Check the schedule for our luminaries showing up as panel guests. Why not heckle Podunk at the Serpent Theatre on Sunday from 4-5pm? He'd like that. We're sure.
  • The Official GWJ Slap and Tickle will be held on Saturday, August 27th at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. See this thread for details, RSVP here, and I hope to see you all there.
  • The 2011 Post-PAX Party will be held Sunday night at docbadwrench's house. See this thread for all the deets and to RSVP. Please keep in mind this is his house. Bring snacks, watch the noise, and carpool if you can so we don't turn his neighborhood into a parking lot. ;)
  • There will be unofficial gatherings and ways to meet up all weekend -- peruse the forums or keep an eye on Twitter, watch for the Stan, and come hang out!

Important show information:

There are going to be a metric bunch-teen of people around, and events spread out all over downtown Seattle. A few notes to help you plan:

  • Houseapes are welcome, but there are a few things you should know. If you’re planning on bringing little kids, please be aware there are many places in the convention center proper where you cannot use a stroller due to fire codes. That includes, for example, the Expo Hall and all the Trade Center theaters. I don’t have specific rules for the Paramount but I’m assuming they’re similar; five blocks can’t make that much difference to the fire marshal. Please plan ahead for tag-teaming with someone who can stay with the stroller in one of the free areas, or you might want to think about a baby carrier or backpack or something. Oh, and please consider how you’re going to keep track of little ambulatory ones in some of the ridiculous crowds.
  • Please note that there is no coat check. If you bring it or get it on-site, you will have to haul it around. If you’re bringing kids or lots of equipment/pen-and-paper paraphernalia/tiny metal troops/etc. or plan on any epic swag-gathering, you might want to plan ahead with a backpack or a way to stash stuff in your car.
  • We've done a pretty good number on the Nerd flu/conSARS problem this last few times and we want to keep it that way. Getting people to keep their hands to themselves with that Iron Guard salute and some pretty heroic sanitation protocols in high-contact areas like Console Freeplay help keep people from spreading anything too interesting. These precautions (and more) are going to be in place at PAX Prime. Please help by watching out for yourself, too, with frequent hand washing and/or use of the Purell dispensers all over the place. Especially if you are going into or going out of high contact areas, such as the Freeplay areas and the Expo Hall.

How NOT to have to call "Medic!"
Believe it or not, it is possible to have fun and still take reasonable care of yourself. Keep The Four H’s in mind:

  • Hydrate: It’s summer. It’s going to be hot. Getting dehydrated under these circumstances is a bad idea. Caffeine is a diuretic, so make sure to drink at least as much of something like Gatorade or just plain water as you do Red Bull or Coke. There are water coolers all over the place in the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.
  • Hygiene: You’re in a large building rubbing elbows and flux capacitors with a whole heck of a lot of people. If you’re clawing your way to the top of the standings in the Warhammer tournament, the last thing anyone needs is to be stuck downwind of someone who skipped a few steps from their toilette this morning. And you don’t want to be that guy, either. Showering and liberal use of deodorant are a necessity.
  • Health: Remember that large crowd I mentioned above? Even if they’re not stinky, they’re not germ-free. Ditto for planes and trains and automobiles. Your immune system is your friend, so eat something real once in a while. Red Bull, Pocky and Ramune are not in any food group. And don’t forget to stay on any medication regimen you use in your regular life. Good shoes and new socks are another good idea; those travertine floors are murder after you’ve beat feet on them all day.
  • Hibernate: I know zombies are cool to see on a movie screen, but it’s not nearly so cool when you are one. If you haven’t slept for two days, you’re going to feel pretty awful. And that’s not fun at all.

For a quick rule of thumb, at a minimum take one shower, eat two REAL meals, and get four to six hours of sleep per day. If you want to be proactive, drink a full glass of water and take two Tylenol (or other NSAID—Ibuprofen is probably better if you're already abusing your liver) right before you go to bed. Do the same with breakfast. It can make a huge difference in how you feel by the end of the day.

We'll see you there. Remember Wheaton's Law, and remember to have fun!

Comments

What a convinent post! Here is a link to the D&D stuff.

was it momgamer who really wrote:

Why not heckle Podunk at the Serpent Theatre on Sunday from 4-5pm?

That's what I sa—wait a minute, that's exactly what I said. Canadian spelling betrays you, momgamer! Now do I get a cut of the fat Front Page Article pay?

And don't forget to wear your fancy coat so everyone thinks that you're somebody!

Check the schedule for our luminaries showing up as panel guests. Why not heckle Podunk at the Serpent Theatre on Sunday from 4-5pm? He'd like that. We're sure.

If I don't hear "PLAY SOME SKYNYRD" at least once I will be very disappointed.

plavonica wrote:

Good stuff, I may just have to finally make a twitter account to keep up with y'all once I get there.

Man, the cool kids are on Google+ huddles now.

Gravey wrote:
was it momgamer who really wrote:

Why not heckle Podunk at the Serpent Theatre on Sunday from 4-5pm?

That's what I sa—wait a minute, that's exactly what I said. Canadian spelling betrays you, momgamer! Now do I get a cut of the fat Front Page Article pay?

It's not her fault that the theater chooses to spell its name strangely.

But yeah, go ahead and file a lien against whatever percent of $0 you think is appropriate.

Good stuff, I may just have to finally make a twitter account to keep up with y'all once I get there.

Another tip learned from years of world-traveling: eat some vitamin C, pill form, juice form, or fruit from doesn't matter. Start now, and keep it up every day until a couple of days after PAX. It helps.

Great stuff. Thanks for the breakdown, Colleen.

Pro-tip: In the convention center, on the second floor, in the far north-east corner there is a vendor named Juicy Café. They move crowds pretty fast during an average work-week, and provide some of the most tasty and nutritious food you can find in Seattle. No joke.

They sell Monkey Balls. The things are perfectly tailored to deliver protein to an overactive, malnourished gamer. (Choc, White-Choc, and peanut chips, honey, granola, peanuts... some other stuff. Don't you want to put those in your mouth? Expect them to go fast. I hope the ladies at the shop have been working through the night.

wordsmythe wrote:
Gravey wrote:
was it momgamer who really wrote:

Why not heckle Podunk at the Serpent Theatre on Sunday from 4-5pm?

That's what I sa—wait a minute, that's exactly what I said. Canadian spelling betrays you, momgamer! Now do I get a cut of the fat Front Page Article pay?

It's not her fault that the theater chooses to spell its name strangely.

But yeah, go ahead and file a lien against whatever percent of $0 you think is appropriate.

I think 10% sounds reasonable. Does this mean I'm ineligible for contests now too?

Looking forward to seeing you hipsters, gamers, nerds, employees, and other fine folk there!

Gravey wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

But yeah, go ahead and file a lien against whatever percent of $0 you think is appropriate.

I think 10% sounds reasonable. Does this mean I'm ineligible for contests now too?

Yes.

wordsmythe wrote:
Gravey wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

But yeah, go ahead and file a lien against whatever percent of $0 you think is appropriate.

I think 10% sounds reasonable. Does this mean I'm ineligible for contests now too?

Yes.

We'll have to remember this when his name innevitably gets drawn this year.

wordsmythe wrote:
plavonica wrote:

Good stuff, I may just have to finally make a twitter account to keep up with y'all once I get there.

Man, the cool kids are on Google+ huddles now.

Just made a twitter account now anyways. Guess I'm a twitterer now (twatter?)

After reading the

momgamer wrote:

handy summary sheet

I am officially jealous of PAX Prime. Can't wait for March!

The NIGP government procurement conference that I'm at this weekend is in Seattle next year. Hm... Time to get in the bosslady's earhole about dibs on next year's conference(s). Maybe I can get a ticket out and join you all for the after parties then.

Colleen... Hands down you've got the best, BEST, information and organization I've ever seen. What an amazing community event. Puts our GenCon meanderings to shame. Bravo.

TheWanderer wrote:

Colleen... Hands down you've got the best, BEST, information and organization I've ever seen. What an amazing community event. Puts our GenCon meanderings to shame. Bravo.

For sure! thank you so much for putting together this very valuable set of info, and thanks for all of your hard work at PAX! It was a pleasure meeting you last year, and I hope to see you again this year and say thanks in person.

Our GenCon meanderings are merely in a different, "more organic" format.

Podunk wrote:
Check the schedule for our luminaries showing up as panel guests. Why not heckle Podunk at the Serpent Theatre on Sunday from 4-5pm? He'd like that. We're sure.

If I don't hear "PLAY SOME SKYNYRD" at least once I will be very disappointed. :)

Haha, I missed reading this before the panel.

But I hate Skynyrd, so no, I wouldn't have done it even if I had known.