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!

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.