PAX East 2012 Catch All & GWJ Meetup

Hehe, that girl was the best.

Nice Tangle, nice.

Update! Pax East 2013 tickets are now for sale:
east.paxsite.com

We are registered, now to find someone to watch the castle and decide if we want to bring little man or leave him at grandma's.

I'm leaning towards skipping PAX this time around. The last two times I've gone have been fine, but not astounding; I've felt like (a) I'm not getting a ton of enjoyment from the experience, (b) I don't really connect with the majority of the gamers I see at cons at this point in my life, as I'm a boring 30-something who doesn't follow pop-culture, and (c) I'd have more fun with 10 Goodjers than 10,000 random gamers. I hear folks talk about how they felt a sense of belonging at PAX; I usually find that it's just not my scene.

Still debating it, but free weekends are few and precious.

TheHipGamer wrote:

I'm leaning towards skipping PAX this time around. The last two times I've gone have been fine, but not astounding; I've felt like (a) I'm not getting a ton of enjoyment from the experience, (b) I don't really connect with the majority of the gamers I see at cons at this point in my life, as I'm a boring 30-something who doesn't follow pop-culture, and (c) I'd have more fun with 10 Goodjers than 10,000 random gamers. I hear folks talk about how they felt a sense of belonging at PAX; I usually find that it's just not my scene.

Still debating it, but free weekends are few and precious.

The trick is to find a group of Goodjers & hang out with them

I just came here to post this. Should we start the new thread?

I figure sure, start a new thread.

Also: registered. Waiting to talk with my friend to see where he got his hotel before I go ahead and reserve a room.

Tanglebones wrote:
TheHipGamer wrote:

I'm leaning towards skipping PAX this time around. The last two times I've gone have been fine, but not astounding; I've felt like (a) I'm not getting a ton of enjoyment from the experience, (b) I don't really connect with the majority of the gamers I see at cons at this point in my life, as I'm a boring 30-something who doesn't follow pop-culture, and (c) I'd have more fun with 10 Goodjers than 10,000 random gamers. I hear folks talk about how they felt a sense of belonging at PAX; I usually find that it's just not my scene.

Still debating it, but free weekends are few and precious.

The trick is to find a group of Goodjers & hang out with them

Something like this. Based on the threads from 2011 and 2012, most of the GWJers have a blast just sitting in the board game hall the whole time gaming it up with few excursions beyond. Typical advice is to skip the panels and skip the show floor.

What I learned from the past two years is to skip most of the panels, but I'm a big fan of the show floor myself. I just figure out which lines to avoid or some such. By skipping most panels this year I'm hoping to find more time to stop by board games.

That depends on what you think is worth the money, though. In my mind, it would cost less to attend, say, Penguincon or Rabbitcon and do the board game thing there than to attend PAX East if all you want to do is play board games all weekend. I get to meet friends from College and other sites outside of GWJ, though, so in the end it just depends from person to person.

If it's not your thing, though, then nothing wrong with that either.

I'd also say there's a HUGE difference between Pax and Pax East in terms of finding groups of folks to hang with. East makes this all relatively painless. Walk out onto the BG space and look for the GamersWithJobs flag.

rabbit wrote:

I'd also say there's a HUGE difference between Pax and Pax East in terms of finding groups of folks to hang with. East makes this all relatively painless. Walk out onto the BG space and look for the GamersWithJobs flag.

I've never hit up Prime -- I live in central MA, formerly Boston. I ended up missing most of the Goodjer outings last year on account of locking in my home purchase that weekend, and then getting pulled into a Pathfinder session that was derailed by a guy who ruined the game by arguing and fighting with everyone (and sadly, not even in character). The combination of asshattery and the noise level soured me on the experience.

I'd believe it would be better with Goodjers. I ended up in line early to see the conference call chat, but got pulled out by the mortgage broker calling me for information before I was able to say hello to anyone.

TheHipGamer wrote:
rabbit wrote:

I'd also say there's a HUGE difference between Pax and Pax East in terms of finding groups of folks to hang with. East makes this all relatively painless. Walk out onto the BG space and look for the GamersWithJobs flag.

I've never hit up Prime -- I live in central MA, formerly Boston. I ended up missing most of the Goodjer outings last year on account of locking in my home purchase that weekend, and then getting pulled into a Pathfinder session that was derailed by a guy who ruined the game by arguing and fighting with everyone (and sadly, not even in character). The combination of asshattery and the noise level soured me on the experience.

I'd believe it would be better with Goodjers. I ended up in line early to see the conference call chat, but got pulled out by the mortgage broker calling me for information before I was able to say hello to anyone.

Man, we need to get you hooked up. That all sounds -- terrible.

rabbit wrote:
TheHipGamer wrote:
rabbit wrote:

I'd also say there's a HUGE difference between Pax and Pax East in terms of finding groups of folks to hang with. East makes this all relatively painless. Walk out onto the BG space and look for the GamersWithJobs flag.

I've never hit up Prime -- I live in central MA, formerly Boston. I ended up missing most of the Goodjer outings last year on account of locking in my home purchase that weekend, and then getting pulled into a Pathfinder session that was derailed by a guy who ruined the game by arguing and fighting with everyone (and sadly, not even in character). The combination of asshattery and the noise level soured me on the experience.

I'd believe it would be better with Goodjers. I ended up in line early to see the conference call chat, but got pulled out by the mortgage broker calling me for information before I was able to say hello to anyone.

Man, we need to get you hooked up. That all sounds -- terrible.

Buying a house, moving to Stow, and swapping from a small rental in the city to 2.5 acres and a farmhouse were all fantastic. The timing was just a bit rough.

TheHipGamer wrote:

Buying a house, moving to Stow, and swapping from a small rental in the city to 2.5 acres and a farmhouse were all fantastic. The timing was just a bit rough. :)

If I lived in Stow, I'd be broke. Because I'd spend all my time and money in Pelham New Hampshire at pinball wizard.

rabbit wrote:
TheHipGamer wrote:

Buying a house, moving to Stow, and swapping from a small rental in the city to 2.5 acres and a farmhouse were all fantastic. The timing was just a bit rough. :)

If I lived in Stow, I'd be broke. Because I'd spend all my time and money in Pelham New Hampshire at pinball wizard.

If I could have found a place in Amherst, Hadley, or Belchertown that would have supported my wife's medical career -- and ostensibly mine, although the past few years have seen me working from my home office -- I would have jumped on it.

Given the economics of Western MA, however, if I lived there I'd be broke for far less pleasant reasons. I do miss the Valley.

I really really want to go but not sure it's in the budget.

2 tickets (me and the wife) - $140
Average $200 a night hotel room - $600
Food + beer - Don't want to think about it

It quickly becomes a very expensive weekend. On top of that I want to take my daughter to Disney next year as well as get some remodeling done in my kitchen. Ugh, one of these years I'll have some spare cash laying around

ccesarano wrote:

I figure sure, start a new thread.

Also: registered. Waiting to talk with my friend to see where he got his hotel before I go ahead and reserve a room.

Hey, if it's cool, will you let me know which one you guys are staying at? Haven't done East before so I wouldn't mind proximity to other GWJ'ers who may be more familiar with the area.

Also, cross-posting this here if anyone else is looking to save some dollars by sharing a hotel room.

Amoebic wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

I figure sure, start a new thread.

Also: registered. Waiting to talk with my friend to see where he got his hotel before I go ahead and reserve a room.

Hey, if it's cool, will you let me know which one you guys are staying at? Haven't done East before so I wouldn't mind proximity to other GWJ'ers who may be more familiar with the area.

Also, cross-posting this here if anyone else is looking to save some dollars by sharing a hotel room.

We're in the Colonnade Boston

The Colonnade is pretty awesome. I stayed there the year PAX was down at the Haynes. The restaurant in the bottom (Jo's) serves very good coffee a smoked salmon omelet that was heaven after a week off eating off waxed paper.

I'm going to have to figure out a different shirt to wear this year.