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« on: April 10, 2014, 01:15:13 PM »

So, I was supposed to go to PAX East with a friend who lives in the northeast. I am flying from Denver and he was going to drive to Boston and pick me up and we were staying at a hotel in Woburn, MA that I used to stay at when I worked for a company HQed in Woburn that was only $99 a night. He just cancelled on me and so now I am trying to figure out what I want to do. I just rented a car for $174 for the duration of the trip (I am there from Thursday night through Sunday night) as cabbing it all those days is going to be more expensive, even with gas and parking.

So, now I need to decide if I want to go to this thing solo. I've been to PAX Prime the last seven years and am thinking it won't be much fun being alone out there. So, I was thinking if maybe some GTer was gong to PAX East, we could hang out.  Since my flight is in almost 6 hours, I should probably go pack if I'm going to go.  I guess I am going to go.  Not sure if anyone lives in the Boston area and wasn't planning on going....if so, I have a free 3-day pass if you want.  PM if interested in that.  If you're already going to PAX and wouldn't mind hanging out with me, you can reply here.
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 01:21:09 PM »

FYI, if you don't want to drive to/from the convention, it's possible to get there with public transportation.  The commuter rail Lowell line can get you from Woburn to North Station, and then you can take the subway to the convention with a couple transfers.

But an even easier path may be to take the 354 Woburn Express Bus, which has a bunch of local Woburn stops before hightailing it to downtown Boston near Government Center.  From there it's a healthy but doable walk to the convention center, or you can switch to the subway.

As for going alone, all I can say is that I've had a blast at the PAX Easts I've been to, and my experiences have been mostly-solo with sporadic Teggy/Kelric encounters.  I'm sure you would have had even more fun if your friend could have made it, but the crowds at these things are so friendly and all-inclusive that you don't really feel alone when you go solo.  Pretty much any time I was sitting in a long line by myself I inevitably ended up joining some nearby people in a game of zombie dice or whatever other line-waiting game of choice was going on.

If only I still lived in the area I'd take you up on that 3-day pass and join you in an instant.  PAX East is just a ton of fun.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 01:29:23 PM »

Since you're renting a car, if you like pinball and old arcade games and get any free time, consider a trip to The Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham.  http://www.pinballwizardarcade.com/

PAX East also has a classic arcade, and it's pretty good (and free), but very light on the pinball games.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 01:33:06 PM »

I've been to 7 PAX Primes and always had fun, but was always with a friend and so I've never had to try to entertain myself, but you're right that people are pretty friendly at these things.  It's why I convinced myself to just go.  I didn't think about public transportation.  I will look into that.  I hate driving in Boston, so might be better. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 01:34:34 PM »

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 10, 2014, 01:29:23 PM

Since you're renting a car, if you like pinball and old arcade games and get any free time, consider a trip to The Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham.  http://www.pinballwizardarcade.com/

PAX East also has a classic arcade, and it's pretty good (and free), but very light on the pinball games.

Yeah, I might have to check that out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2014, 04:39:40 PM »

I'll be there on Sunday. I didn't sign in early enough to get a three-day but to be honest now that I'm an old fart just going one day to check out the floor seems more appealing.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2014, 01:08:37 PM »

It ended up being just fine.  Not as fun as going with another person, but I managed to talk to people in lines and got to do exactly what I wanted to do since I was alone.
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