PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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!)

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: Science Nerds for Students

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

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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!)

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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!

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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!

PAX_Veterans_Guide
Source: PAX Australia 2017

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.

Media and Relations Guru and super famous games journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Has heard every possible joke you can make in regards to his last name.

98 COMMENTS

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint Germain ahead of what will be his final ever game for the club at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic quips ‘I came like a king, left like a legend’ as he confirms Paris Saint-Germain exit… but where next for Ibra?

  2. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really
    well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it
    and come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks
    foor the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  3. I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end?

    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  4. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your
    post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for you?
    I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on most
    of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome
    blog!

  5. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.

    I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a
    little bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog.
    A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  6. Just desire to say your article is as astonishing.

    The clarity in your post is just spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.

    Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep
    updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and
    please carry on the enjoyable work.

  7. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually
    recognise what you are speaking about! Bookmarked.
    Kindly also talk over with my web site =). We will have a hyperlink
    trade agreement among us

  8. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes and actual
    effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never manage to get anything done.

  9. I just like the helpful information you supply in your
    articles. I will bookmark your blog and check once more here
    regularly. I’m rather certain I will be told plenty
    of new stuff right right here! Best of luck for
    the next!

  10. I have learn several just right stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how so much attempt you put to make such a excellent
    informative site.

  11. Hello, Neat post. There’s an issue with your web site in internet explorer, would test this?
    IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a
    big part of folks will miss your fantastic writing due to
    this problem.

  12. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to
    “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my site!I
    suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  13. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with
    it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having
    one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  14. Undeniably imagine that that you stated. Your favourite reason seemed to be on the internet the easiest factor to take into accout of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same
    time as people consider concerns that they just don’t realize about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and also outlined
    out the entire thing without having side effect , other people
    could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.
    Thank you

  15. Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from
    somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would
    really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Many thanks

  16. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am
    looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  17. Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, wonderful blog!

  18. Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of info on your page.

    Im really impressed by it.
    Hello there, You have performed a fantastic job. I’ll certainly digg it and in my opinion suggest to my friends.
    I’m confident they will be benefited from this site.

    natalielise pof

  19. I have been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content
    as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  20. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice at the same
    time as you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a weblog
    site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast
    provided shiny transparent idea

  21. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!

    Extremely useful info particularly the last part :
    ) I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  22. Hi I am so excited I found your blog, I really found you by
    mistake, while I was researching on Digg for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a remarkable post and a all
    round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I
    have time I will be back to read a great
    deal more, Please do keep up the awesome work.

  23. Good day! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for the great information you’ve got right
    here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for
    more soon.

  24. Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working
    with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.

    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!
    natalielise pof

  25. Hi this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors oor iff you hzve to manually code with HTML.

    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge
    so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  26. It is in point of fact a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you simply shared
    this helpful information with us. Please keep
    us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  27. I am no longer certain where you are getting your info, but
    great topic. I must spend a while learning more or figuring out
    more. Thanks for great info I was on the lookout for
    this info for my mission.

  28. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different page and thought I should check things out.
    I like what I see so now i’m following you. Loook forward too looking over
    your web page for a second time.

  29. Hey there, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Opera, it looks fine but when opening
    in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, great blog!

  30. Link exchange is nothing else except it is only placing the other person’s web site link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do same in favor of you.

  31. Someone necessarily lend a hand to make significantly articles I’d state.

    This is the first time I frequented your website page and so far?

    I amazed with the research you made to create this actual publish extraordinary.
    Great task!

  32. Simply want to say your article is as surprising. Thhe clarity in your
    submit is just excellent and i could assume you are
    an expert in this subject. Fine together with your permission let me to clutch your feed to stay up to date with forthcoming
    post. Thank you a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  33. First of all I want to say superb blog! I had a
    quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I’ve hadd a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15
    minutes are generally wasted just tryingg to figure out howw to begin.
    Any ideas or hints? Many thanks!

  34. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and
    starting a new project in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a
    outstanding job!

  35. Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form?

    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  36. What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have
    found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads.
    I am hoping to contribute & aid other customers like its helped me.
    Good job.

  37. What’s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve
    discovered It absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads.
    I hope to give a contribution & aid other customers
    like its aided me. Good job.

  38. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with
    the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  39. After I originally left a comment I seem too have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I receeive four emails
    with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way
    you are able to remove me from that service?Appreciate it!

  40. I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this sort of space
    . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website.
    Studying this info So i am happy to convey that I’ve a very just
    right uncanny feeling I found out exactly what
    I needed. I so much undoubtedly will make sure to don?t omit this site and give it a look on a continuing basis.

  41. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However I am having problems with your RSS.

    I don’t understand why I am unable to join it.

    Is there anyone else getting identical RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution will you
    kindly respond? Thanks!!

  42. Hey superb blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a massive amount work?
    I have very little expertise in coding however I was hoping to
    start my own blog in the near future. Anyhow, if you have
    any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off topic however I just needed to
    ask. Kudos!

  43. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I
    could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  44. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and
    I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped
    me.

  45. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
    good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a
    famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  46. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite certain I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here