PAX West In Sight

With only a little over a month left before PAX West 2018 kicks off, we have a few more announcements/reminders to send your way regarding various things about the server and events going on within it. Shall we begin?



First things first: PCD Merch! That includes shirts, pins, and badges. This isn’t just a reminder, but now deadlines are coming up. Let’s go one by one.
Shirts: The PCD West 2018 Shirt will be available until Friday, August 17th. After that, the design will be retired. Get one while you can!
Pins: Pin orders will be closing temporarily on Thursday, July 19th. If you definitely want to get your hands on one, order soon. We can not guarantee how many will be available after initial orders close. Orders will then open up several weeks later once more to those who would like to order from the remaining pool. This is for both West and Unplugged.
Badges: Looking to get your hands on a PCD Badge to rep at either PAX West or PAX Unplugged? Reserve one soon, as reservations will close Friday, July 27th to give sufficient time for the creation and ordering process.

NOTE: For those of you attending Unplugged, a part of the badges are slightly different since the event is focused around tabletop. Below you can see the small change. If you have a badge from a previous event, are attending Unplugged, and want the tabletop variant, feel free to reserve a new one for the event. If you don’t feel like donating to get a custom badge, no worries! Just reserve a free one.

TOURNAMENTS
We got lots of responses to our tournament survey (which you can still vote/add options to) and we’re happy to say that yes, tournaments will be happening in the near future! We’re still working out some of the details since these things take time, but right now it’s looking like the first tournament will be either Overwatch or Rocket League. While we work out the logistics (and prizes), you sit tight. We’ll have more info on that soon. Our goal is to have our first tournament before PAX West rolls in. We’ll see if we can make that happen. This first tournament will be sign-up based with a first-come first-serve policy. Future tournaments may have different ways of entering, but that’s still further down the road.

A New Challenger Approaches
Alright, not so much a challenger, but a new stream!  Starting in just a few weeks, we’ll be hosting a new live stream we’re calling “PAX Prep”. *cue splash art*
To give you the gist, the idea behind the stream is to discuss the upcoming PAX event. We’ll be talking about some tips we’ve learned along the way to make the most of your trip and event, discussing what we’re excited for, interacting with community members in the chat, and plenty more. We want this stream to be something a lot of people can enjoy, interact with, and hopefully even benefit from, so we hope you decide to join us! It should be a ton of fun. We’ll be announcing the date and time soon enough, but if you’re interested in the premise and want to suggest a day of the week or time of day to better your chances of being able to stop by, feel free to do so in the #suggestions channel within the server.


Thanks for reading this big wall of text. Tried to add some fancy images to hold your interest… did it work? No? Well it was a valiant attempt. We look forward to seeing you at PAX West 2018 in less than 50 days!

How About a Tournament?

There are many types of gamers out there; ranging from those who primarily play just for fun to those who play to win each and every time. Wherever you may fall on that spectrum, it’s fair to say that most people, even the most casual of players, enjoy a challenge every once and awhile, especially when it’s for prizes. So how does a little tournament sound? Or tournaments, with an ‘s’ at the end? As in like… multiple tourna-… yeah you get it.

We’re thinking that tournaments would be another great way to bring the community together outside of simply when PAX events are happening, and we want to hear your opinion too! If you’re interested, please take a moment to let us know what sort of games you’d like to see a tournament for!

Here you can access the form where you can find some game ideas already suggested, as well as add your own.  Thanks for participating, and we hope to host the first of several soon! We’ll be sure to think of some nice prizes that’ll be worth competing for.

PAX West Incoming

PAX West is right around the corner! Badges have recently gone on sale, so it’s time for the PAX Community Discord to get a move on as far as preparations go. What does this mean for you, as a community member? I’m glad you asked!

    • If you’re looking to get a nifty community badge to show off that you’re a member of a really cool Discord server (cough… PCD… cough) you can do that now! Badge reservations are now open in the merch section of the site! We’ve condensed everything into one form, so if you want a free badge or a Community Supporter badge, it’s all in the same place.
    • In our website introductory post, we showcased the new version of our PAXter pin. He’s gotten a bit of an upgrade since the initial run, so feel free to check that post to get a nice look at it if you haven’t already. Anyhow, they’re now available for pre-order, also in the merch area. As a reminder they’re $4 a pin, and you have the option to have them shipped to you (US only), or you can pick them up at a future PAX event for no additional cost. There’s a handy dandy price chart now to hopefully make it easier to find out how much everything will cost, whether you want to pickup or have them shipped.

After our PAX East panel, we heard a good amount of you wondering if the IRL Game Night panels would continue, and the answer is… hopefully! Of course, very few panels are definitive to happen each and every year, or at each and every event. Most of the time it’s a gamble, although each have varying degrees of likelihood to get in, of course. We appreciate all the feedback we received about the first one and we have already been working hard behind the scenes to iron out some of the kinks. We hope to deliver an even more entertaining experience to those who attend the next one (fingers crossed another one happens!). We’ll bring more news on that front once we get it ourselves!

Lastly, we have one more piece of exciting stuff to announce before PAX West hits us in a few more months. Some of you may have noticed a few teases over the last few weeks/months about something West related. So what is that “something”? It’s a shirt! Not only is it a shirt, it’s a shirt anyone and everyone can get, although you may not want this specific one if you’re not headed to West (although you’re still free to get it if you want to!) as it’s been specifically designed for West 2018. This marks the beginning of doing something like this for us and we want to see what you all think of it! Below, you can see the design.

While maybe a little on the nose, we used the Space Needle as the very first design as a representation of the area West resides within. For future designs, we’d be happy to get some ideas for what others want to see, and even bring it down to a vote, similar to how the forum’s challenge coins work. For now, though, we wanted this to be a surprise, and we hope you like what we’ve come up with. The shirt is available right now via Teespring for $19.99. Head over to the merch tab and click on the PCD West Shirt! It won’t be available forever, so get it while you can!

Oh yeah. If you liked our shirts we gave out at our PAX East panel, those will also be sold for $19.99 for the remainder of the 2018 season! The design is not tied to an event, so it works perfectly as a classic tee to show off anytime, anywhere. They can be found on the merch tab. If you forgot what they look like, you can find em over there. See you at PAX West!

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!

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!

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!

Is This On?

Welcome to the PAX Community Discord website! With so much happening in this awesome community, we thought that having a convenient site to congregate all of the important information and updates regarding the server would be highly beneficial for everyone. Now then— HERE’S A QUICK RUNDOWN!

  • You can use the Events tab to keep track of upcoming… erm… events? My sources are telling me that the events tab is in fact meant for events! Game Nights, Adventurers League, Official PAX events, and more can all be found here.
  • The Blog tab is where you get to read about our deepest and darkest secrets, such as Andeh’s favorite person on the serv-… I mean, useful updates. Yeah, those. You’ll find server updates, alongside various other posts being made here occasionally.
  • MERCH! Quite limited right now. Currently, you will find a place to get your pins and badges (although they’re not open quite yet!). We have lots of plans on the way… so stay tuned!
  • Last on the list is our social media links: YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter. Pretty self-explanatory. (pssst go follow us on that stuff for even more fun)

Now that that’s out of the way, a few more updates and news for those of you who decided to come check out the site and get this far in the reading!

PAX West is right around the corner; more specifically, the badge sale. We will be waiting to begin PAXter Pin orders and PCD Badge reservations until after the sale takes place.

Speaaaaking of PAXter pins, they’re getting a fancy overhaul. We appreciate everyone who ordered the OG PAXter pins, and we hope you love them as much as we do; however, like with most other things around here, we’re always looking to improve! After pulling some strings, we have a proof to show off to you today of the PAXter 2.0 pin!

You can probably see some immediate changes (slams upgrade button). The pin will sport a flatter design, with nice, shiny dyed nickel outlines/accents, as well as cutouts near the headset strap and microphone. Similar to newer official Pinny Arcade pins, it will also feature two clutches on the backside to keep the pin nice and straight, as this pin is a tad larger than the original. We managed to cram all these little quality-of-life upgrades into this cute little pin, and are proud to be able to bring them to you for only $4 each; a mere 50 cent premium over the original. With all proceeds going directly into manufacturing, we’re able to keep the cost lower than most pins you’ll find elsewhere, so we hope the small price jump isn’t an issue for most members! If you find yourself extra adventurous, you can check out the merch area of the site to get a glimpse at the new backcard they’ll come on, too!

That wraps up this hefty introductory post. Thanks to all of our community members for making all of these things possible. See you in the next update.