From panels, to previews, to full-on live performances – here is how you can make the most out of PAX Australia.
For newcomers, PAX Australia can be a little overwhelming. With so many booths on display, dozens of panels each day, and the amount tabletop areas on offer, it’s easy to find yourself lost in the gaming festivities.
If you’re new to PAX (or simply looking to find out the best strategy to handle yourself), fear not. As someone who has been coming to PAX since 2015, here is a list of helpful “PAX veteran” tips on how you can make the most out of PAX Australia.
1 – Check Out a Panel (or Two!)
Every year, PAX Australia features dozens of awesome panels throughout the convention. With shows running from 10am to midnight, there is a wide array of awesome presentations for attendees to check out, including live tournaments, musical performances, comedy shows and chats with industry developers.
With this year especially, it seems that attendees won’t be short of options. From learning about the health benefits of Pokemon GO, to celebrating the history of ID Software, there is plenty to enjoy at this year’s convention.
2 – Do Your Part and Support Your Local Indie Developer
While it’s cool to check out the latest releases from our Triple A developers, remember that PAX Australia is also home to the many indie studios. If you’re looking to see what local talents lay hidden within our country, PAX Rising is definitely the place to go!
Every year, dozens of independent game developers gather to showcase their projects. From one-man teams to whole studios, PAX Rising offers a wide array of awesome side projects – all independently funded and separate from mainstream publishers.
If you’ve got the time, be sure to stop by!
3 – Stay Hydrated – Bring a Bottle of Water
This is probably one of the most important tips to mention. With the size of the convention and the wait in some lines for games, you’re going to be sweating a lot. Last thing you want to risk is a either fainting, or suffering a migraine.
Save yourself the hassle – bring a water bottle (maybe a 1 – 1.5 litre), fill it up at home and look after yourself!
4 – Dress for the Occasion – Stick to Summer Clothing
Again – with all the walking you’re most likely going to end up doing (and the unpredictable nature of Melbourne’s weather), I recommend wearing shorts.
With thousands of people all cramped into this one massive hall, PAX can heat up pretty quickly. As such, be sure to find yourself some comfortable clothing (and maybe an umbrella. Melbourne weather can be a little unpredictable).
5 – Check Out the Newest Games (as Early as Possible!)
After a day of walking around the hall, you’re going to feel pretty exhausted. By the late afternoon, you’re most likely going want to either chill at a nearby pub, or kick your feet up at a panel or two.
To avoid missing out on the show floor, if there’s a game you’re desperate to check out, get in, queue up, and wait. While the 20-minute wait may suck, it’s better to get it out of your system now than missing out entirely!
6 – Befriend a Fellow Attendee
If there’s one thing I have learnt from all my years of attending PAX, it’s that attendees are some of the friendliest people on the planet.
Whether it’s from queuing in a twenty minute line or being invited to join a tabletop session, you’d be surprised at how open and willing people are to chat about their hobbies. As such, if you’re aiming to cement the best PAX experience, be sure to start a conversation with a couple of attendees.
Who knows? You might find yourself checking out a section of the convention you may not have considered looking into, or land a new online buddy for Fortnite.
7 – Relax and have fun!
With all the events that are happening within the show floor, it’s important to remember that PAX is all about one thing: having fun!
At the end of the day, even with a three day badge, you’re probably not going to be able to check out 90% of everything PAX has to offer. Remember to make the most of what you can, and be sure to have a great time.