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Thursday, December 02, 2010

PAX

The show floor opens at 10 AM and Warren Spector speaks at 10:30. Our plan was to hit the Guild Wars 2 booth, acquire tickets to their private talk about dynamic emergent events, and be at the main theater by 10:30. Seems like a reasonable plan except we're at a video game convention filled with people just like us. Did you know that a record breaking 67,600 people visited PAX this year? That's 25% more than the largest KU football game ever. Dangerco Field, the Seattle Seahawks football stadium, could not seat us. There isn't a major league baseball stadium in existence that could hold us.

Geek Pride!

Whoa, sorry, blacked out there for a minute. Where was I? Right, we arrived at the queue room at roughly 9 AM. As you can imagine, we weren't the only ones there.



First lesson, the queue room is a must visit. There are huge video boards run live by someone with a sense of humor. Quizzes, games, commentary on the audience, and videos abound. Waiting in the queue room was better than some of the panels we visited.

Second lesson, it isn't a queue. The show room floor is separated by a giant accordion wall. They open the wall at 4 different locations along the wall. One of those locations is at the END of the line. If you showed up at 10 AM, you'd walk right in.

Third lesson, you want to visit a private show? For Guild Wars 2, first you stand in line, a long line, to play the demo. You will then receive a bandanna for playing, which you must wear all day. If you are seen walking around by a Guild Wars 2 employee somewhere on the show room floor, you will receive 2 playing cards. You need to collect a set of 5 out of 15 total card types. You then turn those cards in... to be entered into a raffle, for the tickets to the show.

Give up, now. You'll be a happier person.

Also, it will probably be online online when you get home.

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