Preparing to Purchase PAX West Passes (Now that’s a Mouthful)

Badges are coming! Are you ready? Here’s some great things you can do to prepare for the internet battle of a lifetime (well, not really, but it’s not easy!)

  1. Badges are always announced via Twitter through the new @PAX_Badges account. Set your notifications to “Wake me up from the dead” for Twitter and hit the little bell icon to get that notification as soon as possible! Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about it on weekends, as it practically takes an army to turn on the badge sales!
  2. Not a fan of Twitter? No worries! If you spend your time on the internet during the day, there are nifty Chrome extensions you can install to get notified of badges just as fast as you could by following the Twitter account! A recommendation our server has used has been the PAX Ticket Site Auto Launcher extension. You can even send a text to 40404 to “Follow @PAX_Badges” for notifications!
  3. Set aside the money! Be prepared to spend $200+ on badges. If you’re buying for some friends, have them pay you before-hand. You just don’t want to get caught with a declining card on the big day!
  4. Speaking of money, you’ll be a pretty big spender on the day of release, so make sure you check with your bank beforehand and let them know you’ll be dropping a solid amount of money in the coming weeks. This will help avoid the complication of being declined while buying badges!
  5. Be ready wherever you are. Have the PAX West site pulled up in the background, ready to be refreshed once badges go live. Have it bookmarked on your phone. You never know when those badges could become available, and you need to be ready! The tweet will usually go out with a link to the tickets, so you can also go that way, but why wait for Twitter to load the tweet, when you can hop into your mobile browser and hit one button!

Once you’ve reached the website, you’ll be in the queue line online: It’s like the real line, but no one to talk to while you wait. The online queue is a first-come/first-serve where anyone ahead of you will be buying badges first until it reaches you. Make sure to have your card out and ready (or saved in your autofill of choice) so you can proceed as smoothly as possible. Once you’ve got all the info down, you’re all set! You can breathe easy knowing you’ve successfully secured your set of passes, and don’t forget to grab some of that sweet post-badge merch: like a blanket, die, or socks! Don’t forget to also take a look at OnPeak if you need a hotel. Penny Arcade discusses a deal to get lower priced hotel rooms near the convention so people traveling can find a good price for a hotel. But don’t worry, if you don’t know what your visiting situation will be like, you can also return later to book. Be warned: hotels book fast after badges go on sale, so you’ll want to make sure you arrange something quickly!

Good luck to everyone ready and waiting for passes, and hopefully we’ll see you all in Seattle!

Owner of the PAX Community Discord and all around video game nerd. Pokemon Master (in-training), to be the best he ever was. Junkrat main!

Server Change Log – 5/17/18

To reduce clutter in the #announcements channel, we’ll be starting to move server changes over here so they’re easier to read and keep track of. We’ve got a decent amount of things to go over today, so keep on reading to get all the goods.

Roles and Pings

  • ROLE REQUEST OVERHAUL! You can now request new roles (and remove them too) just by reacting/un-reacting in the #roles channel! THE FUTURE IS NOW!
  • After observing usefulness (or lack there of), we have removed the Omeganaut, Content Creator, and Media roles.
  • Pings. Some are okay, but too much are annoying. We’ll be making the efforts to further stop unwanted @’s by withholding event role pings (i.e. @West) when not completely necessary. You should only expect a few pings here and there for your event role; most being when that particular event is approaching.

Channels and Channel Categories

  • #location-requesting has been replaced with #roles.
  • #lobby has been renamed to #lounge for consistency.
  • Off topic conversations can now be spread out into other channels in the new ‘Off Topic’ category that may better suit the (off) topic at hand. In addition to #off-topic, there’s now #creative-art, #music, #movies-and-tv#pets-and-animals, #food, and #memes-and-gifs.
  • Reorganized the ‘General’ category, with the addition of the ‘PAX Lounges’ category channels.
  • ‘PAX Lounges’ category has been removed.
  • Cleaned up some unnecessary news feed channels. You’ll find the remaining few under the ‘Events Info’ category.

Reminder!
PAX Unplugged goes on sale today. Make sure to get your badges/hotels if you plan on attending! This year’s event is already looking like it’ll be a good one. We’ll have more news regarding the PCD and Unplugged after West badges go on sale. Stay tuned!

Owner of the PAX Community Discord and all around video game nerd. Pokemon Master (in-training), to be the best he ever was. Junkrat main!

Improve And Expand

With PAX Unplugged and PAX West badges both going on sale soon, we’re looking to continue to push the PAX Community Discord further into a place that is both community interactive as much as it is community driven. When originally overlooking this same topic several months back, we introduced our almost-weekly ‘Game Night’ streams, and several months later we now also have our also almost-weekly Adventurers League D&D games. While we’ve had a lot of great support on both, as well as good audiences a fair amount of the time, we’re definitely striving for better. We’d like our community members to want to be active in this great and growing community, so we want your thoughts and suggestions.

We’ve divided a feedback form into three sections: Server Feedback, Game Night Feedback, and Website Feedback.

Server Feedback
Several weeks back, some channels were switched around, some were renamed, and some were added. What are your thoughts on this? Was this a good change? If not, why? Do you think there are other channels that should be added, or maybe removed? We’ve also added some new roles. How do you feel about distinguishing certain attendee types such as Omeganauts? A welcomed addition or not so much? These are some probing questions that we’d love to get some responses to; however, this is a guideline to probe some thoughts. You can give any feedback regarding any part of the server that you’d like. Every bit counts!

Game Night Feedback
We’ve had a lot of fun hosting Game Nights, but there are definitely ways to improve it. What do you think? How is timing? Should we host them on weekdays? Should we have more/less of them? What are your thoughts on this and what would make them enticing for you to come and join in on one? Once again, these are guidelines, but not mandatory questions to answer. Feel free to provide any feedback you’d like!

Website Feedback
Hey! It’s that thing you’re on right now! Since this site is brand new, we’d love to hear a bit about what you think of it. We’ve tried to make the site a simple but effective resource for everything PCD (outside of the direct communication between attendees that the server brings, of course). Have those expectations been met? Are there other features you’d like to see implemented? Let us now!

Now that that’s out of the way, we’d very much appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this form!

Discord: gfx#0001
Location: Long Island, NY