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#91 kube00

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 04:34 AM

Yea io take the light rail if you can.

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#92 io

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:23 AM

Alright, just bought tickets since it is 2 weeks advance at this point and it looks like they go up a bit when less than that.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:36 PM

The NASA panel could be cool. ** And the Guidebook App is now updated for PAX **
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#94 Cephiros

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:52 AM

Someone must have wanted me to go this year. For some reason, 12 days before PAX on a whim I decided I wanted to go this year.

I was able to find a reasonable priced 3 day pass that was too jacked up in price. The bus fare, roundtrip is only $45 since I live in Portland, OR and I was able to find a room share for $150 for the entire weekend.

I am happy everything seemed to come together.

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#95 io

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:50 AM

Someone must have wanted me to go this year. For some reason, 12 days before PAX on a whim I decided I wanted to go this year.

I was able to find a reasonable priced 3 day pass that was too jacked up in price. The bus fare, roundtrip is only $45 since I live in Portland, OR and I was able to find a room share for $150 for the entire weekend.

I am happy everything seemed to come together.


Doh, I never considered bus fare. I'm coming from roughly the same place and got plane tickets (x 2) for $200 each. Oh wells... And I'm paying way, way more for a hotel ;).

#96 Cephiros

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:44 PM

Doh, I never considered bus fare. I'm coming from roughly the same place and got plane tickets (x 2) for $200 each. Oh wells... And I'm paying way, way more for a hotel ;).


Yeah, Bolt Bus is a joint operation between Greyhound/Peter Pan bus lines but the NW part is operated by Greyhound. Much cheaper and no stops to Seattle.

Yes, you might be paying way more for a hotel but I'm going to be sharing with 5 strangers and probably sleep on the floor some of the time. However, a chance to make friends. :)

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#97 metaly

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 05:46 AM

Ughgghgh I gotta finalize my schedule. Saturday is pretty open for me so I might try for the Kojima panel if anyone wants to hang out in line.

I'll have the usual Mario Kart, Tetris DS, Monster Hunter, etc. as a backup. :)

#98 R. Kasahara

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:04 PM

Updated the OP with meetup info. RSVP in this thread (if you haven't already)!

As for panels, did my first pass of the schedule this past weekend. My one absolute must-see right now is Insider Insight: Awesome Video Game Data II. "Part I" was the best panel I attended at last year's show.

Not 100% sure yet what games I'm bringing, though I'm currently playing Kirby Mass Attack, so there's that. Funnily enough, I had first tried that out at the previous PAX Prime!
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#99 io

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:31 PM

I will most likely be able to make it. I'll be with my son so we'll see how he handles that ;).

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:40 AM

Geez, didn't know so many people from Portland were going, I could have offered a ride. I get off of work at 6 and plan to drive up Thursday.
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#101 Cephiros

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:45 AM

Geez, didn't know so many people from Portland were going, I could have offered a ride. I get off of work at 6 and plan to drive up Thursday.


That would have been cool, but too bad Bolt Bus tickets are non-refundable. However the one saving grace it is non stop to Seattle. Super excited I was able to pull this off with only 12 days before it PAX happening and not too much out of my pocket.

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#102 creid

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:01 AM

I'm RSVPing!

Ughgghgh I gotta finalize my schedule. Saturday is pretty open for me so I might try for the Kojima panel if anyone wants to hang out in line.

From what I've gathered in the PAX forum, they won't be clearing the theater after the Make a Strip panel at 10:30, so I'll probably get in line early for that one and stay in the theater til Kojima o'clock.

#103 R. Kasahara

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:54 AM

Edited both the OP and second post for an RSVP list and party info links, respectively.

Shipwreck's going to be at PAX too, right? Think I should ping him about the meetup (if he doesn't see this thread first)?
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#104 metaly

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:21 AM

I am at dat meetup.

From what I've gathered in the PAX forum, they won't be clearing the theater after the Make a Strip panel at 10:30, so I'll probably get in line early for that one and stay in the theater til Kojima o'clock.


Dammit. Would it be awkward to admit that I don't even really like Penny Arcade?

Anyway maybe I'll look for you in line if you don't mind me tagging along.

Geez, didn't know so many people from Portland were going, I could have offered a ride. I get off of work at 6 and plan to drive up Thursday.


Dude, I didn't know you were going. We should hold a CAG fleet meetup lololololololololol

#105 ThreeRandomWords

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:44 AM

Going to PAX, would probably like to go to the CAG meetup as well
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#106 creid

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:14 AM

Dammit. Would it be awkward to admit that I don't even really like Penny Arcade?

No, I don't think it's that unusual. FWIW, in person I think they're much funnier than their comics are.

Anyway maybe I'll look for you in line if you don't mind me tagging along.

Yeah, come find me!

#107 R. Kasahara

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:47 AM

Forgot to add the FF Anniversary event to the "Other Events" list, but it's in there now :-P
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#108 io

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 01:10 AM

Edited both the OP and second post for an RSVP list and party info links, respectively.

Shipwreck's going to be at PAX too, right? Think I should ping him about the meetup (if he doesn't see this thread first)?


Cheapy as well! I'm hoping to meet up with them before the CAG meetup, though I don't really have any more of a connection to them than anyone else here ;).

Edited by io, 25 August 2012 - 01:32 AM.


#109 Cephiros

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:28 AM

I would go to the meetup but I'm heading out of Seattle at 6pm, and I have to be at the bus stop at least 30 mins or so early.

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#110 soulvengeance

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:52 AM

Dude, I didn't know you were going. We should hold a CAG fleet meetup lololololololololol


Haha, yeah, we should.:)

Also, I think you can tentatively put me on the Meetup list, plus my wife.
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#111 R. Kasahara

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

Cheapy as well! I'm hoping to meet up with them before the CAG meetup, though I don't really have any more of a connection to them than anyone else here ;).

Nice! Just sent a tweet to both of them asking about the meetup :)

We're up to ten people for the meetup now (including some maybes). I'm going to set an RSVP deadline for Wednesday at 5PM PST and then make reservations based on the headcount. Since I didn't get any other dinner suggestions, will be going with Gordon Biersch as the first choice.
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#112 kube00

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:29 PM

I want to go to the meetup but I think Im takiing off on sunday

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#113 zenprime

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:35 PM

I don't read Destructoid as often as I do others, so this slipped by me:
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Friday 8-Midnight - Drink free with your PAX Badge. Show up early for swag and chance to win Razor gear.

Yes it is pretty much my goal to get free food and drinks nearly every night at PAX. Hey, I gotta recoup those parking fees somehow since I'm commuting. (Next year I hope to get a room and just take the new train line up on Wednesday(Tuesday maybe with the way Pre-PAX events are piling up these days) and catch the first train home on Monday morning.)

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#114 kube00

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:56 PM

The parking fees arent that bad :)

But Friday night looks crazy busy

So far I want to try to see
ACIII
Sony All Stars battle royale
Dishonored
Borderlands 2
Dead Island Riptide
Mark of the Ninja
The Cave
Torchlight II
Wii U stuff
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Capcom will probably have RE6 and DMC

I should try to stop by a few of the hardware booths.

Is there going to be anything for Bioshock Infinite?

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#115 metaly

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:22 AM

OK, finally sorted out panels I want to check out:

Friday
3:00 - Bringing New Life to Classic RPG Mechanics
4:30 - Afternoon with Scott & Kris
8:30 - Friday Night Concerts (for Video Game Orchestra at least--anyone know if they'll be early or late in the set? because next there's...)
10:30 - The 100 Yen Arcade

Saturday
10:30 - Penny Arcade Make a Strip/Hideo Kojima
2:30 - Illustration Careers

Sunday
10:00 - Community Managers
1:30 - Video Game Data
5:30 - Omegathon Final Round
6:00 - Meetup!

Let me know if you want to meet up in line for any of these!

As far as games I want to see... I'm gonna have to look into that. The PAX 10 last year was really cool and a way better experience than trying to brave the main floor. Got to chat with a bunch of the developers 1-on-1. The Indie Megabooth also looks like it has a lot of great stuff.

#116 creid

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

8:30 - Friday Night Concerts (for Video Game Orchestra at least--anyone know if they'll be early or late in the set? because next there's...)

AFAIK VGO has always gone on first. Deciding between them (who I've seen before) and the FF announcement (which will almost definitely be available to watch online afterwards.) :cold:

Sunday
1:30 - Video Game Data

I think blueshinra has sold me on this one.

#117 R. Kasahara

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:23 PM

I think blueshinra has sold me on this one.

See you guys there :D

My tentative schedule:

Friday
10:30 - Free-To-Play Games
1:30 - Retrogame Roadshow
3:00 - Bringing New Life to Classic RPG Mechanics
4:30 - 6:00 (these are all maybes, since they overlap) - AssCreedTrois, Struggles of Indie Dev., Nonhumans in Fiction/Games
9:00 - Giant Bombcast
sometime - the FF 25th Anniversary event

Saturday
10:30 (maybe) - Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games
4:00 (maybe) - How Not to Write a Game Review
4:30 - Business Models of PC Games
7:30 - Cancelled & Prototype Games
lots of show floor stuff/indie stuff/handheld lounge, probably

Sunday
10:00 - Community Managers
11:00 (if possible) - Omegathon: Bananagrams
1:30 - Video Game Data
5:30 - Omegathon Final Round
6:00 - Meetup

So I guess I'll be seeing metaly a lot on Sunday!
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#118 eldergamer

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:30 PM

This is one of those things I'd like to do before I die, but.
1. Kids aren't capable of standing in line and aren't interested in video games.
2. Wife would go nuts if I left her with three kids over the weekend. ( I'd go nuts in about 16 hours)
3. I'd probably spend have my time sneering and going Really? Really? at my fellow nerds.

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#119 zenprime

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

My crappy overcrowed improbable schedule:

Friday
11:30 Community vs. PR
12:00 Nik & Dylan Crush Your Dreams 2
2:30 PC Gamer Megapanel
3:00 Razor
4:30 AC3 Panel
7:00 Game Show Night
9:00 The Improv Initiative
10:00 The Escapist Movie Night

Saturday
1:00 Hideo Kojima
2:00 Stuff your Criticism
4:00 How Not to Write a Game Review
6:30 Penny Arcade does journalis
9:00 An evening with LRR
10:00 LRR Screening block

Sunday
10:30 Pitch Your Game Idea
11:30 The Awesome Hour (I always schedule this and never make it)
1:30 Video Game Data
4:00 Inside Gearbox Software
4:30 Geeing for Fun and Profit
5:30 Omegathon Final Round
6:00 Meetup

This is all first pass. I haven't even throw in the parties yet. Someone invent human replication and recombination or figure out Naruto-style Shadow Clones, because I need to be everywhere!

Edited by zenprime, 28 August 2012 - 06:34 PM.
Work keyboard sticks in places and didn't do justice to Kojima's name,

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#120 kube00

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:42 PM

Wow look at these list

Here's mine and I need to attend at least one panel this year, as I've never gone to one. I do enjoy wandering the show floor and playing a lot of games and running into CAGs

Friday
-7:30 Get PAX Beer Stein, Sheraton Lobby
-8am Get press pass
-9am Get into the hall early as Press and go see a few of the big games first or go to Intel VIP Press meetup
-10-12:00 wander around the show floor maybe hit up the freeplay
-12:30 Unicorn Destructoid Live III: How to run a successful
blog (and not get sued)
-1:30 Pegasus Retrogame Roadshow: Are Your Old Games Actually
Buried Treasure?
-2:30 Telltale games Walking Dead Press meetup
-4pm GunsofIcarus meetup

(Leaving early on friday since its my wife and I's anniversary)

Saturday
-10:30 Zombie Studios Blacklight Retribution Media meetup
-11:30-1:30 Expo Hall
-1:45 Wikipad meet up
-2:15-4:45 wander the expo/hit up freeplay
-5pm Klei Press Invitation Mark of the Ninja
-7pm Raven What do gamers want from social games?


Sunday I might go for part of the day. The problem with being media is due to Friday/Saturday's schedule I"ll miss out on a few panels I wanted to go to like, the 100 best NES games ogf all time, Beyond Wheaton's law, Up Close with Kickstarter: Case Studies in Game Development, etc


What games do you think will have the longest lines?

I'm hoping to spend time with

ACIII
Sony All Stars battle royale
Dishonored
Borderlands 2
Dead Island Riptide
Mark of the Ninja
The Cave
Torchlight II
Wii U stuff
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Capcom Booth
Mechwarrior Online, Catalyst labs room 213 2nd floor or NVIDA booth 3747

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