These all are fun ways to get around, however, for safety reasons, they are not allowed to be used at the show. Wheelchairs are totally fine, of course, and strollers are permitted in all areas other than the Expo Hall.
We understand, PAX can be a very chaotic, crowded place! The AFK Room is dedicated to soothing nerves, and any Enforcer can help guide you there.
Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll fix it if we can!
Registration is in North Lobby of the BCEC. All badges can be picked up there.
Officially no, but you’re welcome to email us at email@example.com to see if we can make an exception for you. No promises!
Because there’s a lot of people at PAX who like the same stuff you do! Don’t think of the lines as an obstacle in the way of the content you want to see, think of them as a meeting grounds to play handheld games, card games, or just hang out with.
Lanyards for your badges are available at the main entrance near North Lobby. You can’t miss ‘em!
Waiting in PAX lines has it’s own appeal, but if you want to skip that, historically 10:45 AM is when the lines are gone.
In the morning, only the North Lobby entrance will be open for crowd control and safety reasons. After the show opens and the queue room is emptied, the Westin Skybridge and east/west lobby entrances will be opened. BYOC attendees have been emailed specific instructions regarding their load-in.
During public hours (starting at 8 AM), the convention center has required the show to conduct bag checks for weapons and dangerous goods. Please note this is for dangerous items only, and does not include food, drinks, etc. The North Lobby entrance will have three queues: Those without bags, those with bags, and those picking up badges. We are working closely with the center to try and reduce any delays this process may cause, primarily by increasing BCEC staff to increase bag-check throughput. Guns, knives, pepper spray, or mace are not allowed inside the convention center.
Unfortunately, we are 100% sold out, so no badges are sold at the door. For announcements of next year, be sure to follow @Official_PAX on Twitter.
Badges don’t typically arrive until about 3 weeks prior to the event. If you start getting worried, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and hopefully they will be able to help you out!
Yes, and it’s free… meaning at times it might be a bit crowded.
It’s first come first serve, so it’s difficult to tell how popular a particular event will be. Your best bet is to follow @PAX_Lines on Twitter for live updates of remaining theatre capacities. Also be warned that anels in Satellite Theatres will only begin lining up once the previous panel line has been let into the theatre.
Signups for each tournament can be found in the department running that tournament for in the morning of that tournament. Once on site, maps will be everywhere to help you find where that might be.
We have medical badges available for those with disabilities that allows entrance to sessions first, assuming the line has not already been capped due to capacity. We will have request forms on-site for you to complete. Also know that the entire facility is accessible to wheelchair use, including the expo hall.
Swag bags can be picked up in the queue hall starting at 11:30 AM each day.
30 minutes after official show hours is when the coat check will close.
Badge pickup is located in the North Lobby at the main entrance to the BCEC. You can pick badges up between 1pm - 8pm on Thursday, 8am - 8pm Friday and Saturday, or 8am - 4pm on Sunday.
The Queue Room will open at 8:00 am each day. Lines for the first panels of the day will also begin at 8:00 am each day, in front of the associated theatre. That said, if you want to skip all the lines, they clear out by about 10:45 am each day.
Onsite parking is open between 6 AM and 2 AM Friday/Saturday, and then between 6 AM and Midnight on Sunday. $15 all day, but there is NO overnight parking. There is also an overflow lot on the North Jetty (FID Kennedy Ave) with the same times and rates.
Nope! That’s all you need! Lanyards will be provided on site.
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.
PAX East is held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
There will be a variety of food available inside the convention center…Robert recommends the pulled pork sandwiches. There’s also a restaurant in the Westin next door, and if you’re feeling spicy, a variety of restaurants straight out from the North Lobby a few blocks (including a steak house, sandwich shop, and some seafood places). Internally, we’re all very excited about the new Jimmy Johns that has opened on D Street just past the Westin.
We will indeed have coat and bag checks scattered around the building, primarily around main entrances.
Yep! Just open your wireless network connection on any device, look for “BCEC Wireless Network,” and you should be set!
Once we are sold out of a badge type (3-day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) they are gone and there will be no extra allocation either online nor on site. Sorry!
All prop weapons brought to the show MUST be approved at Info Booth (North Lobby) 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.
The BCEC offers two parking options: valet and self-parking. Valet parking is available by turning into the BCEC’s east side entrance off Summer Street For self-parking,continue beyond the valet area. At the end of the building, turn right and go down the ramp. At the bottom, turn left and you will see the entrance to the “South Parking Lot.” Shuttle buses run continuously between the lot and building entrances. Valet parking is $25 all day. Self-parking is $15 for the day.
You know we’re biased right? The exhibit hall, freeplay areas, and tournaments are open all three days of PAX East. Concerts are Friday and Saturday nights. The final round of the Omegathon is Sunday. Good luck.
PAX East passes are not personalized in any way.
Logan International Airport is by far the closest. The airport code is BOS.
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.
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.
Will Call, near Registration. This year it is located inside the North Lobby of the BCEC.
Most content is unleashed between 3-5 weeks before the show. Don’t worry, it’ll be worth the wait!
The Omegathon is a three-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.
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.
Your pre-reg packet and badge, comfortable shoes, and ID. PAX East 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 in the north lobby.
If you’re just talking about bringing a laptop and hiding in a bean bag, that’s totally cool with us. If you’re talking about getting on our BYOC network to play games with your friends, you’d need our BYOC badge.
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).
Badges begin being mailed out approximately two to three weeks before the event. So some point after that, depending on your location.
Mostly. Strollers (nor wheeled luggage) are not permitted in the Expo Hall, but they are fair game everywhere else.