Badge pickup will take place at the Registration desks from 2:00pm - 7:00pm on Thursday or any time after 8:00am on Friday through Sunday.
Funny you should ask! We tried to make things a little more intuitive with our naming conventions this year. Take the first letter of the theatre animal and it will tell you which building it is in. Other than Main Theatre of course, that’s big and its own special thing in Benaroya Hall.
Sasquatch Theatre = Sheraton, Level 2
Sphinx Theatre = Sheraton, Level 3
Hedgehog Theatre = Grand Hyatt, Level 1
Sandworm Theatre = Sheraton, Level 2
Wyvern Theatre = Washington State Convention Center Level 6
Wombat Theatre = Washington State Convention Center Level 3
You can find the PAX Main Theatre at Benaroya Hall. It’s the giant building on 3rd and Union, you can’t miss it. Make sure to follow @PAX_Lines on twitter to get up to date information on how lines are looking at different parts of the show.
Badges are mailed out approximately two to three weeks before the event. So depending on your location, sometime after that.
Well, sort of. It still isn’t legal to smoke in public places including (but not limited to) all areas of PAX, surrounding city streets, and designated smoking areas. Sorry, but drugs are still bad, mmkay?
Most content is unleashed between 3-5 weeks before the show. Don’t worry, it’ll be worth the wait!
Indeed! PAX is a public event. Cameras are everywhere. Our attendees understand that they are in the public domain and are likely to be filmed, photographed or recorded. That said if an exhibitor asks you not to film or photograph a booth or an event please respect their wishes. You can even share your pictures with the world through our gallery.
The Omegathon is a four-day elimination tournament between randomly selected attendees who compete in games from any and every category (tabletop, console, PC) culminating in a live championship match on the big stage during PAX closing ceremonies. The final round is always out of left field and is completely insane.
The WSCC is completely wheelchair accessible, and to try and make life just a little easier on you, we have medical passes to help with special accommodations getting into panels and the like. You can apply for a pass for yourself and a +1 so you can have someone help you. To request one, shoot an email to email@example.com.
Occasionally people return badges which are then added to your pool, or we’ll identify scalpers and cancel their orders returning those tickets to the pool, but to be blunt, the scale on those is pretty small and your chances aren’t that great. Sorry! We suggest following @Official_PAX on Twitter, but don’t get your hopes up.
Yep! However be warned that a lot of your fellow attendees will also be on it, clogging your pipes…those jerks!
Seattle International Airport is by far the closest. The airport code is SEA.
PAX Prime passes are not personalized in any way.
Bring Your Own Computer; it is located within our PC area.
PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! The chances are good that you’re buying a fake badge or otherwise getting scammed. We hear stories like this all the time, and it really breaks our hearts. Unfortunately we have very strict capacity limits, and we control them by the number of badges we print. If you get stuck with a counterfeit badge, we simply cannot let you in the building regardless of how much you paid.
Absolutely. Ever since the first PAX in 2004, we’ve had the following 6 rules in place, printed on all badges and programs.
1. Drugs are bad.
2. Don’t steal.
3. Don’t punch or kick people.
4. No cheating.
5. Don’t harass anyone.
6. Don’t mess with things that aren’t yours.
If you see anyone doing ANY of these to others or yourself, please approach an Enforcer to report the incident as soon as possible. You’ll be asked to fill out an incident report form (either on record or anonymously, whichever you prefer), which will be immediately escalated to, depending on the severity, show management, show security, venue security, and local authorities.
Will Call, at Registration. This year it is located at the convention center ticket booths on Level 1 of the Washington State Convention Center.
The rule of thumb is if you see a 30 minute (or more) break between events, it’s pretty safe to say we’ll be clearing.
Your badge, comfortable shoes, and ID. PAX Prime is great for just meeting new people and having fun, so consider also bringing your handheld game system, favorite CCG, minis, or tabletop game.
If you’ve pre-registered, that means you will receive a pre-registration packet with the appropriate identification to get you in the door. If you’re buying tickets the day-of (assuming there are any!), just head to the registration desk near the main entrance.
Nope. But if you’re under 13, please make sure your parents know where you are. Children 6 and under do not require badges when accompanied by adult (however strollers are not permitted in the exhibit hall).
All prop weapons brought to the show MUST be approved at Info Booth as soon as you arrive.
We will be looking for the following criteria:
- It cannot fire any sort of projectile. (Nerf guns are only allowed if they have been deactivated and can not fire.)
- It cannot be an airsoft weapon. (Yes, even if it’s deactivated.)
- It must comply with local weapons laws
- It cannot be sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. This includes all real swords, daggers and knives. It also includes ceramic blades, needles, syringes and anything that can pierce such as a Little Sister syringe made of wood
Mostly. Strollers are not permitted in the Expo Hall, but they are fair game everywhere else.