Server Change Log – 10/18/19

These update lists seem to come once every 6 to 8 months or so, which means to follow suit, its time for you to enjoy a nice chunky log ‘o’ changes. With new Paxter rearing his head today, there’s a good handful to cover.

Aesthetics

  • Paxter redesign has taken over
  • New server icon
  • New server banner
  • New #entrance-hall header
  • New social media headers/icons (Twitter/Twitch/YouTube)
  • Did we mention there’s a new Paxter redesign
  • Oh yeah and a new Paxter emoji set

Roles

  • The Game Night role has been renamed Streams (to opt-out, click the icon for the role in #roles twice)
  • Game specific roles (such as Rocket League, Apex Legends, etc.) have been removed due to Discord’s upcoming LFG feature (more information soon)
  • The #roles channel has been updated to reflect these changes

Other

  • #lfg-channel has been removed in preparation for Discord’s upcoming LFG feature
  • Enforcer Bot received an upgrade for futureproofing—perhaps he also enjoyed the movie Upgrade ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Spookiness imminent

Coming Soon

  • Room Share posting integration directly in the server
  • Enjoy live automated PAX completion percentages at the top of the server because we know you love knowing when PAX is 1.00354% complete
  • More Paxter variants

PAX UNPLUGGED SOON!
Unplugged is on the horizon, which means you’re running out of time to get purple PCD badges. This is our last run of this badge design for the year, so if you want one you should hurry up to the reservation form. Next year’s design is in the works and is going to be pretty different (in a good way). More to share soon. See you in Philly!

Behind The Spoiler

Hello there, fellow PAX Community Discordian. It’s gfx here to bring you a pretty important and lengthy post regarding some design aspects of the PCD’s future. Most people aren’t fans of reading a huge wall of text, so I will also include a TL;DR at the bottom, but it would be great if you could stick with me for a few minutes of your time!

There’s a spoiler in #announcements that, if you want the intended reveal experience, you shouldn’t click until you finish this post (or the TL;DR).

I’m going to walk you through a bit of history before getting into the announcement itself. It’ll be a fun build-up, especially for those who have been with the server for a while as you’ll be able to see some interesting progression. As you read more and more, you may guess where things are heading, but regardless, I still hope it’s a fun little trip. Once again, if you don’t care about any of that, feel free to go straight to the TL;DR. I do warn, this post is a bit lengthy.


June 2017. The early beginnings of the PCD. The server began, as stated, in June that year. I believe I came along and joined very early July (as far as memory can serve), about 1 to 2 weeks into the server’s life. Why does that matter? Well, only soon after, this little fella was created:

PaxterIf you’ve only seen this as the icon of the server but don’t know much else, this is Paxter. He has essentially become our logo, mascot, lord and savior. He was designed with one main thing in mind: represent each PAX event in a fun and playful way. I feel that what we created as a community (since there was plenty of input at the time) was something fun and iconic for the server. As mentioned, though, there was lots of input. This was not the first design of what came to be ‘Paxter’. Time to share a little more history.

I don’t believe I’ve publically shared this, but I could be wrong. Keep in mind, not every step of this chart was shown to the community. A good half of these were simply back-end iterations of trial and error, seeing what would and wouldn’t work. Fun fact: the only reason Paxter has a mouth is due to received feedback that stated the hands mixed with the controller (pre-Switch) looked like some misshaped ball-gag. Ain’t that nice? Anyways, eventually the community, Andeh, and myself were satisfied with how Paxter had turned out, and the rest was history…

Until recently, of course.

August 2019. After contemplating with myself for a bit, I decided that Paxter’s design could definitely be better. There were a few key things I initially wanted to simply tighten up, so that’s what I began to work on. The main thing that stuck out to me for a while had been the headphones. Even from the beginning, they felt a little ‘wonky’. Originally I had thought this was fine, as it was (arguably) working with the rest of the design; however, when our other designer, CMYKMatter, stated some of the issues with them, it became more apparent how odd they really were.

Later in the month, I decided to take a stab at fixing the headphones alone. During this process I faced two challenges: (1) trying to change a design in a vector-based environment that wasn’t originally designed in one, and (2) trying to make the headphones look more like normal headphones, but not clash with the overall “cartoony” feel of the logo. And I am proud to say that after a few hours of hard work… none of it paid off! Let me show you one of the iterations:
On the left, you’ll see the headphones in a static position, and on the right is the headphones “formed” to Paxter. During this design process, it occurred to me that making normal headphones look normal on Paxter was going to be much more difficult due to how he is designed. At that point, the next thought was basically: “do we throw out Paxter and start from scratch?”

And the answer to that was no. But also yes? But definitely no as well. But… maybe? It was an interesting thing to figure out, but in the end, there was a new goal in mind. That goal was not to ditch Paxter and design a new logo. He has become a staple of this community we’ve all come together to form. Instead, I felt the goal was to ditch Paxter and design a better Paxter. One that held on to the same interesting and more iconic characteristics of the current logo, while ditching its underlying (and more obvious) issues.

Side note: just to list a few issues off to you from a design perspective so you don’t think it was all because the headphones were “a little too wonky”, there are also issues with:

  • Uniqueness; still using Discord’s Clyde as a rough (but still noticeable) base
  • Design modularity (i.e. not very versatile to be wearing/holding/doing many other things)
  • Visual clarity, primarily at small sizes

And a more personal opinionated critique: it didn’t have a very “modern” feel to me. Needless to say, between all of this, I felt I could do better now. And with that, I worked towards building a new, but hopefully familiar Paxter. One that I hoped the community would like, or at least come to like, a lot more. So come early September, over the course of several days, with a good amount of hours put into refining lines, adding several initial design options, and of course getting some helpful opinions and critiques from our other designer, Paxter “2.0” was born.

At this point, you can reveal the spoiler image in the Discord server.

So, all I will say about the new design at this point is as followed: I am very proud of how it came out, and I believe it to be a huge improvement over current Paxter. I know many of you may be unhappy or unsure about it at first because it is a change, but things can’t and shouldn’t always stay the same. I believe most of you will come to like the new design as I feel it has much more character to it, as well as many more possibilities.

While this guy won’t be debuting on the server till after PAX Aus and on merch or things of the sort until the end of 2019/early 2020, we’ve decided to give you this preview of him to hopefully get you acclimated with what is to come. We will be showing off what is coming and what is possible with new and improved Paxter in the weeks to come. But for now, thank you very much for reading this if you stuck around, and as always, thank you for your continued support of the PAX Community Discord.


TL;DR – Paxter, our Discord server’s logo/mascot, has had his share of design flaws. While he has been a great visual representation of the community, both with the colors of each PAX event to the fun and joyful nature of the character, his design has, as of late, brought me to try and fix some of his flaws. After realizing that fixes to the logo’s minor issues were hindered by greater underlying issues, a redesign was instead prepared. Paxter has been redesigned from the ground up to maintain the same spirit, but have fewer issues and become more iconic and versatile.

You should now reveal the spoiler image in the server.


The day after this post goes live, new Paxter will not be hidden behind spoiler warnings and a “reveal schedule” will be posted. We have a few things to show you and some finalizing before we’re ready to roll him out, so stay tuned for that and keep an eye out Tuesday afternoon for that, as it will likely be a silent announcement with no ping. Whether you read the entire post (which ended up being longer than expected) or just scrolled to the TL;DR, thank you for taking the time to stay updated with the server.

All the best,

 

gfx

PAX West, PAX Aus, PAX Unplugged… Oh My!

It’s almost summer! And you know what that means! The final 3 PAXen of the 2019 season are almost upon us! We’re already gearing up to be in Seattle, Melbourne, and Philadelphia, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are! As is per the usual, our 2019 badges are updated to bring the blue, yellow, and purple PAXen colors to your fancy community badges! Ready for a cool sneak peek? You got it!https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/354661489803788290/575061845283569672/2019_badges.png

You can pick up these community badges through our standard Google Form right here, or through the Merch button at the top of this page! Stick around, as we may add in some exclusive shirts to pick up for these events, and who knows, maybe you’ll see announcements of some events at PAX?

In Discord updates, you may have noticed a change to our #Announcements channel. It’s a small one, but definitely noticeable. Our #Announcements has added a neat newspaper icon! What does this mean? Well, with this handy dandy icon, new links posted in the channel will get a neat, fancy link in your Activity Feed in Discord. Which means relevant PAX news brought straight to you without needing to go into the server! How cool is that? In fact, this post is the first of these new stories to get added, and more will be coming (including updates on when tickets go on sale, as well as when we do some cool stuff around the server!)

That’s all the updates we have for you today!

Here Comes PAX East!

Ahhh it’s that time again. PAX East is just around the corner, and we’re incredibly excited. We’re just under three weeks away, and boy do we have a lot of planning left to do, and we’re sure some of you do as well. Nonetheless, now is not the time to stress about that, now is the time to share what we have coming up both before and during PAX East!


As most of you have probably heard, we’ll be hosting Game Night at PAX East! This marks one whole year of IRL Game Night events! That being PAX East 2018, PAX West 2018, PAX South 2019, and right back where it all started at this upcoming PAX East 2019. We’ve upgraded from the Arachnid Theatre to the Bumblebee Theatre, so be sure to come by and fill up the area with other PAX Community Discordians!

At PAX South, we dipped our toes in a slightly altered format from previous events, and we plan to fully commit to these changes for PAX East. Some things that are changing are: reduced trivia (it’s fun, but shouldn’t take up 50% of the night), new games (to be announced, likely not before the event though!), and a restructured ticket/prize system, more on that for the folks who attend the event.

ABOUT PRIZES: If you’re curious about what the prizes will be, we don’t have the exact things to share with you right now, but something we can say is this: while having a couple “grand prizes” was cool and all, we’ve decided to gear prizes less from one or two large, “generic” items (more on that in a second), but instead, a good handful of event-exclusive items, with our usual mix in of PCD/Discord merch. By generic, we mean things you can obtain outside of the event, no issue. A Nintendo Switch or a gaming mouse is definitely a cool prize, but (1) technically speaking, money aside, you can always get one and (2) only a small number of Game Night attendees can win such prizes. With our new selection of prizes, we’ll not only be able to have more winners for prizes that aren’t just shirts or pins, but also be able to give people prizes that can’t be found anywhere else. We hope you understand the change, but would also be happy to hear feedback on it in the server. Feel free to post your opinion about it in #pcd-suggestions on the Discord server.

We can’t wait to be back for another night of fun! Come join us Thursday night (March 28th) at 8:30pm in the Bumblebee Theatre to play games and win prizes! We have some pretty cool stuff in store as well for those that attend… you won’t want to miss it.

OH YEAH! As long as everything goes as planned, this will also be the first panel to be recorded (by us, not by PAX itself) so for those that can’t attend, you should be able to watch highlights a few weeks after PAX East concludes.

PAX Prep

We’ll be hosting another PAX Prep stream over on Twitch! There, we’ll be covering the do’s and don’ts of PAX East, with some helpful advice that’ll be particularly useful for newcomers. We’ll be live Sunday night (March 10th) at about 9:15pm ET. If you tune in live, you can feel free to ask any questions you may have as well, and we’ll answer them right then and there. See you then!

Badge & Pin Pickup

As it has been a tradition now for a while, anyone that ordered PCD badges or pins will soon be added to a private group of channels on the server. There, you will receive updates about when and where you can pick up your stuff during the show. Most of these meetups are relatively impromptu, so if you have issues attending any meetups on a specific day and you can’t attend for the rest of the event (or it’s Sunday late afternoon and you haven’t received your stuff yet), contact Andeh#0001 or myself (gfx#0001) on Discord and we can work out a time and place to make sure you get your stuff. Please try to be somewhat vigilant of the pickup channel prior to picking up your things! If you’re able to pick your things up early on, you don’t have to worry about it anymore for the rest of the event. Meetup locations usually last for about 20 minutes up to an hour or two, depending on the time of day. You can also pick up your stuff following the Game Night panel if you attend!


That about wraps things up before PAX East. If you have any questions or concerns about anything here, feel free to ping Andeh or me at any time and we’ll respond as soon as possible. We’re super excited to be back in Boston, and we look forward to seeing you all in just under 3 weeks!

But seriously… you won’t want to miss this Game Night panel. We have some really cool stuff brewing… ta-ta for now.

Server Change Log – 1/24/19

It’s been a while since we’ve done a normal server change-log, so here are a few changes we’ve made recently! Prepare for MAXIMUM UPGRADES. Or minimal. A few. Something in that range.

New Channels

  • #affiliated-community has been added to replace #entrance-hall’s “Resources” section. It is aimed to organize PAX-related community resources.
  • #lfg-channel has been added for users to have a centralized place to easily find other users to game with. (Note: you will need to have a game role to see this channel.)
  • #speedrun-games has been added for discussion and media sharing around speedruns.
  • #pax-community-feeds has been added as another resource to locate up-to-date information about other PAX-related communities.

Removed Channels

  • Event-specific voice channels have been removed due to lack of use.

Channel Categories and Organization

  • #gaming-lounge and #tabletop-lounge have been renamed to #video-games and #tabletop-games and have been added to their own “Gaming” category.
  • #speedrun-games and #lfg-channel have been added to the new “Gaming” category.
  • #community-social has been renamed #pcd-social-media and moved into the “PAX Feeds” category.
  • #pax-community-feeds has been added to the “PAX Feeds” category.
  • #cosplay-lounge has been renamed to just #cosplay.
  • #suggestions has been renamed to #pcd-suggestions for clarity.
  • Voice channels have been moved down.

PAX East is soon!
As most of you probably know, PAX East is only about 2 months away. Don’t forget to reserve your community badge and/or pins in our merch section. We look forward to seeing everyone in Boston! We’ll have some exclusive East stuff to show soon so stay tuned!

Get Ready for PAX South!

Woo! It’s been a while, with the holidays and such, but we’re back at it, getting ready for PAX South 2019! Let’s go through all the updates we missed!

PAX South Badges and Pins

We announced our newest look for the PCD Community Badges. Did you miss it? Here’s an image to get you hyped up for it!

We’ve already closed our badge forms for South, but we’ll reopen them shortly so you can start getting hyped for East! For those who ordered your south badge, we can’t wait to show them off to you! South will also be getting our new, flashy, redesigned pins as well! These pins were first featured at West, and we’re excited to bring them to South and East! The form for the pins will stay open through to East, so make sure you get your orders in! Check out https://paxter.gg/merch to get you pin ordered!

Speaking of, you might be wondering how to get your fancy new PCD stuff! Fret not! A few days before PAX South officially starts, you’ll see a brand new channel where we’ll make regular announcements of where you can find us for your merch! Once you’ve picked them up, you can use a handy function to get your butt out of the channel and back to enjoying San Antonio! If you’d like to continually hunt us down for fun, though, feel free to not leave and just hang out for our messages! We’ll be all over the place.

Some Server Updates for You

Did you know? We hosted our first ever Overwatch Tourney, and had a lot of fun playing for the day! Our winner, BugCatcherMookie, snagged the title and some loot! But we weren’t done, yet. During the holidays, we were throwing out all kinds of goodies, like codes for games, Discord Nitro, and even a PCD Pin! Stick around, and we’ll keep throwing out more awesome stuff!

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We’ll also be hosting a Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tourney! Make sure you get signed up, even just for fun! The winner will be getting a $25 Amazon gift card, so get to signing up. Tourney will be on February 2nd.

Social Media

In prep for South, we did a PAX South Prep Stream with our pal Zerzhul! We got to chat about what you should bring, what to expect, and what to have fun at while in San Antonio! Did you miss the stream? No problem! You can check it out, uploaded on our YouTube channel!

Welp! That’s all we got time for in this update. See you in San Antonio, gang!

PAX Unplugged Incoming

Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? Feels like just the other day PAX Aus was ending…………. oh wait.

We hope everyone attending PAX Aus had an awesome time, and we apologize that the PCD doesn’t have a huge presence there (YET!) but that you still had a blast. With that being said, the second-ever PAX Unplugged will be going down in exactly one month from today! With that, we have some a just a few things we’d like to go over.


Shirts!

To continue the trend we started at West this year, we have some exclusive PAX Unplugged 2018 shirts for anyone and everyone to get their hands on! They’re available via the merch section of our site for $20. We hope you like them! Starting with South, we’ll be taking some suggestions for shirts going forward (South, East, etc.) to see what sort of unique designs the community can brainstorm, then us designers can mush together a bunch and make something that’s (hopefully) visually appealing. Anyhow, below you can see the nifty design for the Unplugged ’18 shirts. These won’t ever show up again, so you’ll only have around a month or so to grab one. This year’s shirt designs (well, the two we’ve done) have been very flat, 2D, and simplistic. Not sure if we will stick with that or not, but it’s worked out pretty well so far. Definitely lots more we can explore, hence why we’ll start getting some community ideas soon! Anyways… that’s a lot of words about shirts. Mooooooving on.

Also our classic PCD tees are only available for a couple more months (till the end of 2018), so if you’re interested in that, you can also find that in the merch section of the site.

Pins and Badges!

For those of you who ordered/reserved a pin and/or badge, we have some info for you regarding how to get your stuff. We tried a new system out at West this year that (for the most part) simplified things for everyone and made it a little more straightforward where you can get your stuff. Unplugged is much less hectic than West or East for now, so it should be even easier.

Sometime in November, you’ll be added to a private category called “PCD Event Pickup”. Here, you’ll be able to see pings of where I’ll (gfx) be doing little meetups for members to grab their things. If you can’t make any of the meetups and you feel you might not have a chance to get your things otherwise, feel free to ping me within the discussion channel (within this private category) and we can work something out.

This will go for people getting pins, paid supporter badges, or free community badges. We may have some extra free community badges lying around, so if you’re interested in one, DM me and I’ll be sure to add you to a queue for em.

If you have any other questions regarding this process or anything else, don’t hesitate to ping either myself or Andeh in server. More info will come a bit further into November.


That about sums up everything. If you still need PAX Unplugged badges, head over to this link right here. If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for PAX East badges to go on sale, good luck to you. Thanks for being an awesome member of the PAX Community Discord! Your continued support means a lot to us, and without it, none of this sort of stuff would be possible. <3 See you all in Philly.

PAX Community Discord Tournaments

It’s finally here! We’ve begun preparations for the first ever PAX Community Discord Tournaments, and you’re invited! Here’s how they’ll go.

Myself and gfx will be hosting tournaments for Overwatch and League of Legends, respectively. We’ve included separate sign ups for each tournament. These forms are used to build interest and get a rough set of numbers for people interested in participating. This will make things easier for our step two: creating teams and organizing matches.

Each tournament will be run bracket style, where teams will face off each other to move on to the next round. The winners of each tournament will win a prize! Overwatch will get 11 lootboxes ($10) and League of Legends will get $10 each towards skins (1350 in-game currency).

Let us know if your interested by going to these forms to sign up, and good luck out there!

Overwatch sign-ups can be found here!

League of Legends sign-ups can be found here!

PAX Community Discord Server Change Log – Post-PAX West

PAX West has passed, so here are some server changes being made going forward. We hope you like them. <3

Roles

    • More roles can now be requested! As far as games go, you can now add Rocket League, PCVR, or PSVR. But wait, there’s more…
    • We’ve added Pronoun roles! You can now add He/Him, She/Her, They/Them, or Other roles, inspired by the Pinny Arcade set and overall PAX diversity ideology!
    • Staff roles have been reworked a bit, so if you notice some changes there, just know we’re constantly tweaking things behind the scenes for OPTIMAL MODERATION.

Channels

      • #west-meetup has retired until next year.
      • #aus-meetup and #unplugged-meetup have been added for verified users.

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We’ve noticed a lot of members of the server have been asking how they can support the server in more ways. We love the idea of this and wanted to see how everyone was interested in supporting the server, so we created a survey form for people to fill out! Let us know what you think by going here.

That’s all for now!

How Do I Get My PCD Merch?!

Don’t worry! We got you! We know you’re excited to get your hands on your merch items! Now that we’re less then a week away and all of our orders are confirmed, we’re ready to reveal our master plan! Bwuahahahahaha … cough cough. Sorry about that. Anyways:

If you’re reading this post, quick! Check Discord! You should see yourself in a few new channels! The category is… PCD Event Pickup! Congrats! Now that you’re a member of this exclusive, elite channel, you’ll receive updates on where myself and gfx are located at nearly all times during PAX West! Even in the bathroom! Ok, wait, not there. But you’ll get regular updates, so you don’t have to worry about making the trek to Game Night (even though it’ll be reeeeeal fun!) or during any of the official meetups planned. If we’re in a line, or waiting for a panel, you’ll most definitely see an update from us!

Right now you’re probably asking: “That’s cool and all, but what if I get the stuff? I don’t need to keep getting pings about where you are!” And you’d be right to ask that, because we have an easy way to get out! We’ve included a neat channel named #i-have-my-stuff. And guess what? It gives you the ability to leave! There’s a message posted there, with a fancy reaction. Hit that reaction twice, and you’ll vanish from our super secret channels! Just like that! Simple, huh?

And that’s it! Pretty easy, right? Make sure once you’re in the channel, to keep a look out for the ping in that channel so you can make haste to the location listed and grab your merch! We’re pretty lenient on this stuff, but we don’t like shipping something if we don’t have to!

Not sure if you’re ready to attend PAX West? We’ve made an awesome video to answer some common questions and listen to what to expect when you get to Seattle! Check it out here, and use the description to get to the questions you need answering the most!

We’ll see you guys in Seattle!