Important LinksPretty Much Mandatory:
- PAX Prime Official Site
- Twitter: Offical_PAX
- Updates on nearly everything PAX-related. If you have a Twitter account, you can also ask them questions. Covers PAX East and PAX Aus as well!
- Twitter: PAX_lines
- Information about lines for panels, concerts, etc. The most useful PAX-related Twitter after the official account.Not Mandatory, but Still Helpful:
- PAX Prime-related threads on the Penny Arcade forums
- Twitter: PAXParties
- Party and meetup information.
- Twitter: PAX_Tourney
- Tournament information.
- PAX Pokemon League
- In case you want to be the very best, like no one ever was.Not-Necessarily-PAX-Related Useful Links:
- Yelp listings/reviews for Downtown Seattle businesses
- Washington State Convention Center official websiteSchedule
This year's PAX Prime takes place from Friday, August 30st
to Monday, September 2nd
. Yep, it's the first four-day-long PAX!
ALL passes are SOLD OUT
is live! Here's a Google Docs spreadsheet version
For you smartphone users, PAX has a Guidebook guide, available for every major mobile OS. To get it, see the links on the front page of the official site.Recommended Panels:
Some of my personal top picks, based on past experiences:
- Game Show Night
(any and all of them)
- Retrogame Roadshow
- Awesome Video Game Data
- Omegathon Final RoundParties and Meetups:
- CAG Meetup! (Pre-PAX)
, Thursday at 6:30 PM (the exact time is tentative). Just a little informal get-together on the night before the show. See OP for the RSVP list.
- CAG Meetup! (Post-PAX)
- Rock Bottom Brewery
, Monday at 7PM. Much like last year, we'll meet up in front of the Convention Center by the FedEx before heading over. See OP for the RSVP list.
- Fangamer X Attract Mode
- Saturday, August 31 (thanks creid!)
In addition to the PAX Parties Twitter (see above), some other party-related links from zenprime:
- PA Forum PAX Prime Parties thread
- First post is constantly updated with parties and info. Good thread.
- Facebook group PAX Prime Parties
- Sidequesting list of PAX Prime Parties
- They scooped a party or two a day before I saw it elsewhere last yearAccommodationsHotel registrationTransportationPlanes
is a handy tool for airplane ticket price comparisons.
- I couldn't find any discount codes for either flights or rental cars this year.Trains
- PAX Train 2013
- The nerdiest Amtrak ride ever.
- King County Metro TransitAutomobiles
Note that if you're coming in from out of town by plane or train, you should not
need a rental car. Downtown Seattle is very walkable, especially if you're in a hotel close to the convention center, and there is public transit both from the airport
and close to Amtrak
If you do have to drive, both kube00 and zenprime have vouched for the Convention Center's own parking.Food, Tourist Stuff, and MiscellaneousFood
- The convention center's food is expensive, of course. One of the more reasonably-priced places there is the Juicy Cafe
- True cheapasses may want to bring their own drinks and snacks for the day. There's a supermarket
downtown that's a little upscale, but otherwise pretty decent. Not far from there is a Target
- A lot of PAX-goers hit up Specialty's Bakery and Cafe
during the con, mainly for breakfast.
- For a quick, inexpensive, and very tasty lunch, definitely check out MOD Pizza
- Previous years' meetups were at Gordon Biersch
and Rock Bottom Brewery
. Both are good places for dinner, though I think I liked Rock Bottom a little more
- A very handy contribution from zenprime:
stolen shared from the PA forums:
fast food map:
zenprime has some suggestions for out-of-towners who want to do non-PAX things in Seattle:
Looking up events at Seattle Center, something called the "Seattle Interactive Media Museum" has "Video Arcade: A Hands-On Gaming Exhibit" in the Armory/center House area open Thurs-Sun 11am-7pm.
Pacific Science Center Exhibits: http://www.pacificsc...hibits/exhibits
And here is a the page for the Pacific Science Center's Imax Theater showtimes listing: http://www.pacificsc...ters/Shows/imax
Right now it stops at June 4th, but closer to PAX you can see what'll be playing. They have two different Imaxs (Imaxi?) The Boeing Imax is 60' x 80' and has 3D. The PACCAR Imax is the 35' x 60' no 3D but renovated in 2011.
LaserDome link for those inclined to Laser Floyd: http://www.pacificsc...-Dome/laserdome
Also in the Seattle Center Area is the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museam: http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/
And the EMP Museum (formerly known as Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame or EMP|SFM) http://www.empmuseum.org/
- In case you need to ship anything home, there is a FedEx
inside of the convention center. They also sell poster tubes (you're definitely going to need one of those).
- There are also USPS
branches downtown, but they aren't as convenient to get to.Helpful Tips
Thanks to kube00 for additional tips!
- Wear comfy shoes!
Comfy clothing, too, but comfy shoes are more important.
- Bring the following stuff with you every day:
PAX badge, schedule book (available at the show), bottled water, cash, hand sanitizer, camera of some kind, poster tube, handheld gaming device(s) of your choice.
- Be especially courteous to the Enforcers!
They are volunteers who are there to help you, and they are awesome.
- Take showers (and practice proper hygiene in general) every day!
A shower only takes 10 minutes each day and guarantees you won't be "that guy/girl with the confunk".
- If you're cosplaying, use common sense! Here's PAX's policy on prop weapons.
If you have any useful info and/or suggestions to add (to any category), please let me know!
Edited by R. Kasahara, 25 August 2013 - 10:37 PM.