Thursday, March 31, 2016

PAX East 2016 Packing List and Pro Tips

PAX is awesome! Everyone who is there loves games and is excited to play them! Demoing your game is emotionally thrilling and physically exhausting. Chris and I host the #IndieMiniBar shared booth each year and have put together a list we share with all the "first time PAX-ers" for packing and a few pro tips. This is by no means a complete list for every scenario/project/team, but we wanted to share with you as a starting point :)

Feel free to add your comments, tips, and other things to pack, in the comments!

Pro Tips:

  • Wear comfy shoes. That floor is cement and it’s a killer.
  • Drink lots of water! Keep your throat moist. You will lose your voice anyways.
  • Get sleep. If you still have the energy to go out and party at the end of the day, you may be Thor.
  • Take pictures. You will want to share them later and they are an awesome reminder of your first public demo <3
  • Make friends with the Freeman union workers. They are the lifeblood of the event and will make your life tons easier if you are nice to them. :)
  • Try to eat well. Convention food sucks. It will make you feel miserable. Boston has a food delivery app called Foodler. Download it and set up an account before you get to PAX. You’ll be able to order decent food and have it delivered :)
  • Walk around and see the other booths. If you can have someone watch your station for an hour, do it! If not, get to the convention center a bit early so you can see all the booths and say hi to everyone.

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