GrrlGotGame has written an excellent and entertaining guide to attending PAX, and if you have the time we highly recommend you read it. For those of you truly busy gamers, here are the highlights:
- If you don't have a pass now, you probably are NOT getting into PAX. Passes sell out months in advance, and scalpers will try to sell you counterfeits. Be careful out there!
- Be polite. The rule at PAX is "Don't be a dick." Respect others, including lines, rules, and personal spaces. If you want a picture of a pretty costumed girl or boy, ask. Turn your cell phone ringer off. Bring deodorant (even if you shower regularly, the place is packed and gets hot - you will need to refresh!).
- Equip the following: Purell, map, portable gaming device of choice, extra bags for swag and rubber bands for posters, water and snacks, cash (you can't always pay with plastic), camera, portable charger, and phone (AT&T users, switch from 3G to Edge). Make backup plans to meet up with family and friends just in case mobile calls, texting, Twitter, etc. all fail.
- Plan ahead. There is so much to do, it's hard to just wing it. Better to read the schedule and make a list of things you really want to do plus some backup plans in case you can't get into your first choices. If you really want to attend something, line up early. Popular panels have been filling up faster and faster each year.
- Fuel up. Eat a good breakfast and scope out a lunch place nearby but not too close (restaurants in the convention center and across the street will have the longest waits).
- Stay up to date. Follow PAX LINES and official_PAX on Twitter for the latest info, especially if you're trying to get into the keynote, a big panel, or evening concert.
Would you like to know more? Read the extended Busy Gamer Guide to PAX.