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Shawncaster's PAX East Retrospective
Ladies and gentlemen it is time for my PAX East retrospective!

I was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by PAX East 2013. It was my first ever convention and it was definitely a good one for my first con, but there were some times that I was disappointed.

I started out my day by being rudely awakened by Octaveus, my dad, and I was told to get ready to go, then two and a half hours pass, all because mother can't get ready to go anywhere fast to save herself. We finally leave at about 9 AM, I'm slowly starting to freak out/ getting pissed off because the con starts at 10. We have an hour to get from home, no I'm not telling you people where I live, to The Boston Exhibition and Convention Center (BECE for short). This is why we can't have nice tings, we will be late to our own funerals if we go as a group. So off we go to PAX! Thus begins the hour and a half drive to the BECE, where I listened to my playlist of VGM, which has a lot of OC Remix music. at about the China Town point I stumble across the Sephiroth Boss music remix, this song was quickly put on loop and it set the mood for the rest of the day.



We walked into BECE and were told to go to the lobby, at the front of the building, meanwhile we came in at the queue room next to the exhibition hall and would have to walk the length of the building. So we troop down only to be told by a PAX Enforcer that we needed to go BACK to where we came from... Bugger. We stopped at the mini PAX Merch booth and I got one of the last two PAX East 2013 pin sets for BarryVA, not myself. "Should have gotten them both" was my thought process after I got home and actually looked at the pins. Either way we walked back down to where we came in, and walked past the small table in the big room that was the queue room. This is going to be a common theme isn't it? It was, until a smart Enforcer pulled the map up on his phone and showed us where to go. Lanyards and programs acquired we moved into the tabletop room to wait for 11:30 so we could get goody bags, it was 11 at the time. We wandered in there, I discovered I couldn't get the Wizards of the Coast dice set I wanted, and we went and got our goody bags.
The bags contained:
    One Set, Magic the Gathering started deck. My first ever set of Magic cards.
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    League of Legends ADC wrist band, ADC being Attack Damage Carry as I explained it to Zepheyr, my little sibling.
Not all that much sadly, the people on Friday got a special PAX East pack of Cards against humanity, lucky pack of... MOVING ON!

While waiting in the queue "room" I likened the huge space to Aperture Science and wondered where the testing track was being hidden for the con. I did take this picture right before we left though.
getaaperturevibe.jpg
"When are they gonna give me a portal gun?"

We wandered onto the exhibitor floor and were met with something like a mob, people everywhere. Here's a picture I took from the stairs at the lobby, this was taken later in the day but an hour or so before we left, which was 4 PM.
confloor.jpg
"Look at all the nerds!"
This was only about a fifth of the hall, and when you looked around there was very little empty space visible, it was all people.

Time for some disappointing things.
    Too many people.
    not a lot of hardware on display, just demoing them by letting people play games.
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG Lines.
    Rude people.
    Little to no readily available information.

There were too many people, way too many. It was a feat to get into a booth, and you had to wait in long lines to demo anything, which was the ONLY way to get information on something new. That's right, you had to play the game and wait for hours in line to find out if you liked it or not... So dumb. Because of that I did not get to demo anything, nor did I get a lot of information. That blew because i wanted to check out Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag, which was a no photography area, and Transistor. Oh, Tech, that line was way too long even at the end of the last day of the con, no information. If you don't like that, too bad. Go watch the WTF is of it when it comes out. People people people, so rude and impatient, constantly pushing through. I can't count how many times I would look back and find the rest of my family lagging behind because someone cut them off.


Lets get into some good stuff. ITS PAX EAST! It's going to be good no matter what! After aimlessly wandering around the big booths we hit the vendors in one of the back rows of booths. I aqquired my first D20 and then a whole bunch of other dice. I would give a picture of my first D20 but it became my Girlfriend's first D20 this morning.
Dice I got:
    2 Complete 7 dice sets. (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20, D100 in tens.)
    2 incomplete sets, still about 14 dice though.
    1 D30.
    1 set of tiny metal dice.
    and a real D100, that's right, they make a Die that is 1-100.
That in total was about $70, jeez, that's a lot of money. Whatever though, now I'm that much closer to being a full geek. I had a great day there, and I will gladly go again next year if I get the chance. Maybe next year RivalCast will have a media presence there? I hope so. Maybe there will be a bunch of RivalCast listeners there next your too. Again, I hope so.

That's all from me guys, thanks for reading!

When in doubt, blame the other guy.

~Shawncaster~

Oh, vible, I'm always negative.
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"Shawncaster" wrote:
Ladies and gentlemen it is time for my PAX East retrospective!

I was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by PAX East 2013. It was my first ever convention and it was definitely a good one for my first con, but there were some times that I was disappointed.

I started out my day by being rudely awakened by Octaveus, my dad, and I was told to get ready to go, then two and a half hours pass, all because mother can't get ready to go anywhere fast to save herself. We finally leave at about 9 AM, I'm slowly starting to freak out/ getting pissed off because the con starts at 10. We have an hour to get from home, no I'm not telling you people where I live, to The Boston Exhibition and Convention Center (BECE for short). This is why we can't have nice tings, we will be late to our own funerals if we go as a group. So off we go to PAX! Thus begins the hour and a half drive to the BECE, where I listened to my playlist of VGM, which has a lot of OC Remix music. at about the China Town point I stumble across the Sephiroth Boss music remix, this song was quickly put on loop and it set the mood for the rest of the day.



We walked into BECE and were told to go to the lobby, at the front of the building, meanwhile we came in at the queue room next to the exhibition hall and would have to walk the length of the building. So we troop down only to be told by a PAX Enforcer that we needed to go BACK to where we came from... Bugger. We stopped at the mini PAX Merch booth and I got one of the last two PAX East 2013 pin sets for BarryVA, not myself. "Should have gotten them both" was my thought process after I got home and actually looked at the pins. Either way we walked back down to where we came in, and walked past the small table in the big room that was the queue room. This is going to be a common theme isn't it? It was, until a smart Enforcer pulled the map up on his phone and showed us where to go. Lanyards and programs acquired we moved into the tabletop room to wait for 11:30 so we could get goody bags, it was 11 at the time. We wandered in there, I discovered I couldn't get the Wizards of the Coast dice set I wanted, and we went and got our goody bags.
The bags contained:
    One Set, Magic the Gathering started deck. My first ever set of Magic cards.
    Advertisements
    League of Legends ADC wrist band, ADC being Attack Damage Carry as I explained it to Zepheyr, my little sibling.
Not all that much sadly, the people on Friday got a special PAX East pack of Cards against humanity, lucky pack of... MOVING ON!

While waiting in the queue "room" I likened the huge space to Aperture Science and wondered where the testing track was being hidden for the con. I did take this picture right before we left though.
getaaperturevibe.JPG
"When are they gonna give me a portal gun?"

We wandered onto the exhibitor floor and were met with something like a mob, people everywhere. Here's a picture I took from the stairs at the lobby, this was taken later in the day but an hour or so before we left, which was 4 PM.
confloor.JPG
"Look at all the nerds!"
This was only about a fifth of the hall, and when you looked around there was very little empty space visible, it was all people.

Time for some disappointing things.
    Too many people.
    not a lot of hardware on display, just demoing them by letting people play games.
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG Lines.
    Rude people.
    Little to no readily available information.

There were too many people, way too many. It was a feat to get into a booth, and you had to wait in long lines to demo anything, which was the ONLY way to get information on something new. That's right, you had to play the game and wait for hours in line to find out if you liked it or not... So dumb. Because of that I did not get to demo anything, nor did I get a lot of information. That blew because i wanted to check out Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag, which was a no photography area, and Transistor. Oh, Tech, that line was way too long even at the end of the last day of the con, no information. If you don't like that, too bad. Go watch the WTF is of it when it comes out. People people people, so rude and impatient, constantly pushing through. I can't count how many times I would look back and find the rest of my family lagging behind because someone cut them off. Then we hit the vendors in one of the back rows of booths. I aqquired my first D20 and then a whole bunch of other dice. I would give a picture of my first D20 but it became my Girlfriend's first D20 this morning.
Dice I got:
    2 Complete 7 dice sets. (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20, D100 in tens.
    2 incomplete sets, still about 14 dice though.
    1 D30.
    1 set of tiny metal dice.
    and a real D100, that's right, they make a Die that is 1-100.
That in total was about $70, jeez, that's a lot of money. Whatever though, now I'm that much closer to being a full geek. I had a great day there, and I will gladly go again next year if I get the chance. Maybe next year RivalCast will have a media presence there? I hope so. Maybe there will be a bunch of RivalCast listeners there next your too. Again, I hope so.

That's all from me guys, thanks for reading!

When in doubt, blame the other guy.

~Shawncaster~

Nice article. I just have one question: what were the nice things? You said you had a great time but most of it seems to be complaints ;) So i wonder: what fun stuff did you do?