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!

PCD at PAX West

Ahhhhh smell that? The crisp air of Seattle on the horizon. The beautiful blue sky over the buildings. What’s that? Smoke? You’re seeing smoke? Huh… that’s not right.


The PAX Community Discord is headed to PAX West in less than a week! Can you believe it’s here already? Couple of things to mention before we zoom on over there for an awesome weekend of fun.

Game Night Panel

If you somehow STILL DID NOT KNOW, you should (1), use those two white spheres in your head more often, and (2) continue reading this post. The PCD is hosting a Game Night Panel on Friday, August 31st and will be giving out not one, not two, not three, but FOUR grand prizes! What are those prizes, you may ask? That’s a secret………………… wait no it’s not. Click here to find the entire prize list posted on our Twitter. Now there’s no excuse for not coming! If you have a Friday badge, head on over to the Cat Theatre at 9:30pm!

Community Badge & Pin Pickup
Ordered a pin? Maybe you reserved a badge? I’m sure you’re probably going to want those, especially if you offered some of your hard earned dollars for em (thanks for supporting these community endeavors if you did!). So now the question is: where do I pick those things up? Worry not! Andeh and gfx will have a couple meetups each day so you can grab your stuff. Meet-up times and locations are TBD at the event, but we’ll be sure to ping @West with locations and post on our Twitter (which you should follow wink wink). Really reaaaallly can’t make one of those meetups? Ping one of us during the event and we’ll get back to you and try to arrange something.

Weather and Air Quality
Like always, it’s important to be prepared when going on any vacation. PAX is no different. Make sure to check the weather before packing so you have a good idea of what you’re looking at going into Seattle as far as temperatures and rain goes. Here’s something you might not check all the time, though: air quality. Due to some wildfires that have persisted in the north, some smoke has been making its way down into Washington. While things seem to be clearing up, it’s unknown what may transpire over the next few days. Be cautious! If you’d like to read up more about it and get some helpful links to monitor the air quality and preparation tips, Andeh wrote up a handy dandy little post about it over on the subreddit which you can click here to go directly to!


Alright, that just about wraps it up for the evening. PAX is just around the corner now; right under 7 days from the time this post goes live. Hope you’re all as excited as we are and prepared for four days of fun. See you next week!

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!