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But... If you want to extend the party after 9, tomorrow is also the unofficial sneak peak of Raygun Lounge, the offshoot of Gamma Ray Games. I will likely be there after 9 and would love to say 'hi' to fellow Slog Nerds.
Anyways, I'm quite fond of my NewTrent (commercial). It doesn't work for your gaming devices that don't charge through USB, but it is nice for iPods and iPhones.
Anybody else have extra batteries they like?
PAX is a gamer love-in, and any xnoxious types that are there are far more quiet while in meatspace. Dignity and respect aren't typically the things that are lacking, rather it's deodorant and mouthwash. Any convention can be bad, but PAX has a slightly higher demographic of the social-nicety-unaware than, say, a dentists' convention and in tight quarters it only takes one.
Bring backpack, rations, water bottle (refill frequently), ibuprofen, ear plugs, eye drops (air conditioing gets to people), spare t-shirt (or grab one from swag), gum, 'energy' drink of choice. Comfortable shoes are key.
Surprised someone hasn't started selling "adventurer's kits" yet.
I live on the other side of the damn atlantic, not just the continent, the atlantic aswell - and here you are rubbing it in by inviting other nerds to drink beer.
Okokok... I want you to check out indie roleplaying games (the PnP kind) - if they get any love from PAX at all and perhaps talk to some of the developers about how they feel about not only PAX but the market for indie rpg's in the US. Since they are not economicly that effective as larger brands of rpg's and certainly not as well-off as console game studios or computer game studios - do they have any room at all at such a costly event?
Oh and if anyone wants to have a phone on for the meet up with perhaps a video hangout on G+ that would be awesome (I would be ready to get up at 3 in the morning to watch other nerds get drunk)
@1 Zebes, its not just console gamers there - and even if it where they tend to be mild mannered and awkward in real life.
Buy some Zinc tablets and possibly Vitamin C tablets/'Emergen-C'. They may seem like they don't work, but anecdotally, I've not had concrud three years running.
DRINK WATER FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DRINK SOME GODDAMN WATER.
EAT FOOD, ACTUAL FOOD. CANDY AND SUGAR WILL MAKE YOU SICK. Not to mention make you pass the hell out at inopportune times, or worse become angry in the middle of that Twilight Emperium match you FINALLY GOT TO RUN.
Don't be afraid to take a nap. Seriously. But, if you don't sleep this weekend, do yourself a favor and drink more water and eat more food. That flesh bag of yours easily becomes a shambling corpse.
If it's your first year, don't be afraid to just wander about and sit where you are interested. There is something FOR EVERY GAMER, you may just be pleasantly surprised.
Don't be afraid of the Enforcers. They are there to help you and will answer your questions in the most professional manner possible. They will not, nor should not, in any way shape or form, touch you, hurt you, frisk you, or otherwise be like TSA agents. They are volunteers who are there spending their time to make the convention your playground and temple! That said, DO NOT BE A DICK, period. That's a rule.
Consider a shirt and clothing that wicks perspiration from you, especially if you're lugging about a huge costume or prop or bag o'swag. It's air conditioned... but there's thousands of people, within twenty to fifty feet of you at all times. Compression shirts and clothing seem to work really well for me.
Deodorant, seriously. This is not a joke, do yourself a huge favor. DO NOT BE THAT PERSON.
Bring a game you love. You will find more fans, and more converts than you know what to do with if you're willing to share.
BRING A BAG OF HOLDING. Well, a bag, in any case, one that you like to lug things around in, but bring a bag TWICE THE SIZE you normally would. Half of it should be your things you're carrying like games or food or water (bringing your own water bottle and food will save you money and time as well!), the other half should be available for the inevitable stuff you will likely pick up.
The final tip? Have fun. I'm surprised at how many people go to conventions and come back more stressed out.