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Sczarni

I know it's early to ask this, but I wondered when the date for PaizoCon 2013 will be announced. I would love to attend for the first time, but I need to plan early.

Thanks!


Earliest you can expect a date is late January. That's what happened this year.


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I was thinking the same and will plan to go my first PaizoCon . I will travelling by train from Los Angeles so I have figure how to get to con from station. Has anyone have ideas? Thanks in advanced.


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Ratbane wrote:
I was thinking the same and will plan to go my first PaizoCon . I will travelling by train from Los Angeles so I have figure how to get to con from station. Has anyone have ideas? Thanks in advanced.

My wife and I did nearly all of our PaizoCon travel around the Seattle area this year via their public transit system. It can be a little tricky while juggling your travel bags, but otherwise served us well.

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Information about PaizoCon 2013 is still a few months out. There will be plenty of ways we'll let you know the details once we know them.


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You can trust us -- we won't tell. ;-)


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PAIZOCON!!!!!!!!

What? Too early?

Sovereign Court

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It's never too early for PaizoCon.

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Yes... need to know... I'm flying in for this one!

Shadow Lodge

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Let's just hope it's not July again. June was nice, July was a pain in the ass.


Ratbane wrote:
I was thinking the same and will plan to go my first PaizoCon . I will travelling by train from Los Angeles so I have figure how to get to con from station. Has anyone have ideas? Thanks in advanced.

A couple I met took the train from SD (or was it Sacremento?) They said it was awesome and they only had to walk a block they pointed out the window as if they could see the train depot (maybe there was a connecting bus though?)

The cool thing was they planned to get enough people to ride the train with them and host a game on the way up or the return. :) I would ask for ride-sharing opportunities closer to the date.


Thanks for info and can't wait for official dates.

Sczarni

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I am totally looking forward to next years PaizoCon. The construction in the hotel really spread out the con this year, making it really difficult to find that intimate feeling I had during my first PaizoCon. Hopefully with the extra space things will be more centrally located and I won't feel like I am running around aimlessly.

Also, I am already planning a few games I want to run. Maybe I can properly introduce my campaign setting in 2013!

Dark Archive

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I am doing my budget for next year and am making sure to have money for Paizocon so can't wait. I have a question, is it better to take a train or plane I am coming for southern california?

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brad2411 wrote:
I am doing my budget for next year and am making sure to have money for Paizocon so can't wait. I have a question, is it better to take a train or plane I am coming for southern california?

The train would be the Coast Starlight. It's a beautiful trip, I've done it several times myself.

If you do go by train, though, beware that their schedule is a vague suggestion at best. It will almost always arrive on the same day it says it will, but expect delays of 6-12 hours, possibly more.

Of course, if you plan to arrive the day before, and are travelling with friends, the lounge car has tables that seat four, large enough for most card games :)

The plane will be faster, possibly more expensive, and you get to stand in line for two hours to have your genitals groped. (Unless you're flying from LAX and are on the watch list, in which case you breeze past the normal security line to get the special extra screening immediately.)

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Curaigh wrote:
Ratbane wrote:
I was thinking the same and will plan to go my first PaizoCon . I will travelling by train from Los Angeles so I have figure how to get to con from station. Has anyone have ideas? Thanks in advanced.

A couple I met took the train from SD (or was it Sacremento?) They said it was awesome and they only had to walk a block they pointed out the window as if they could see the train depot (maybe there was a connecting bus though?)

The cool thing was they planned to get enough people to ride the train with them and host a game on the way up or the return. :) I would ask for ride-sharing opportunities closer to the date.

A train to paizocon? that definitely sounds like something i would do. from sacramento even.

would even consider it if paizo used warhorn to premuster the tables for PFS up there.

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A train from Southern Cal to PaizoCon would be awesome! Gaming galore! It'd be like a GenCon on wheels!!!

Sczarni

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What would the cost of such a trip be? That might be something my wife and I could do instead of the 20 hour road trip.

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CalebTGordan wrote:
What would the cost of such a trip be? That might be something my wife and I could do instead of the 20 hour road trip.

Checking Amtrak.com, about $340 round trip between San Diego and Seattle, each, before any discounts. You would need to leave on Wed. morning and arrive Thursday night. Departure would be monday and arrive sometime tuesday I think. I might look into it but that's a big expense added to hotel rooms, compared with driving from sacramento. Its about $290 from sacramento round trip before discounts. I can save about $50 with my veteran's advantage card though.

Sczarni

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Looks far more expensive then the road trip my wife and I took. However, next year are planning on camping halfway and break the trip into two days, so it might be even on cost.

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CalebTGordan wrote:
Looks far more expensive then the road trip my wife and I took. However, next year are planning on camping halfway and break the trip into two days, so it might be even on cost.

Yeah, add in two more days in the hotel, and it doesn't come out as favorably either. Greyhound might be more affordable.

I can make the drive in a day from my place, and if I need I have relatives in Portland I can stop over at. But, finances being what they are, I may skip paizocon again anyway. I can only afford maybe 2 cons a year, and there are some closer ones than seattle for sure.


Looking at Amtrak for round trip from Orange County CA (southern California) is $268 so will consider this.

Scarab Sages

re: Amtrak, keep checking prices. I just checked, and found a price of $150 for San Diego to Seattle.

Also, AAA membership sometimes will give you a discount as well.

Also, I just started watching Big Bang theory. In the episode I just saw, they took the Coastal Starlight from LA to San Francisco. The real train looks nothing like the set they used. They were right that you want so sit on the West side of the train, though.

Also, I've never run across Summer Glau on it, alas.

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Ratbane wrote:
Looking at Amtrak for round trip from Orange County CA (southern California) is $268 so will consider this.

Thats a lot of hours in one seat. At least they allow youto get up and move around in a freer fashion than an airplane, plus they advertise an 120 volt socket at each seat.

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Pat Luther wrote:

re: Amtrak, keep checking prices. I just checked, and found a price of $150 for San Diego to Seattle.

Also, AAA membership sometimes will give you a discount as well.

Also, I just started watching Big Bang theory. In the episode I just saw, they took the Coastal Starlight from LA to San Francisco. The real train looks nothing like the set they used. They were right that you want so sit on the West side of the train, though.

Also, I've never run across Summer Glau on it, alas.

that's because its a SET :)

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Curaigh wrote:
Ratbane wrote:
I was thinking the same and will plan to go my first PaizoCon . I will travelling by train from Los Angeles so I have figure how to get to con from station. Has anyone have ideas? Thanks in advanced.

A couple I met took the train from SD (or was it Sacremento?) They said it was awesome and they only had to walk a block they pointed out the window as if they could see the train depot (maybe there was a connecting bus though?)

The cool thing was they planned to get enough people to ride the train with them and host a game on the way up or the return. :) I would ask for ride-sharing opportunities closer to the date.

That would be my wife and I... and yes, we came in from Sacramento. We went coach the entire way up but had a room on the way back as we both had to go to work immediately upon our arrival back in town.

It was definitely the way to go. Although the rooms are a bit more expensive than coach seating, remember what's included: meals and drinks (mostly non-alcoholic), beds, shower, and they even had a free wine tasting. As the train passed back through various winery regions, we got to taste the wines they produce. It was neat to see the vineyard and taste the wine all while enjoying the ride home. Oh and don't forget, coach seating on the train is vastly different from coach on a plane. You actually get something capable of reclining, a table, outlets, leg AND feet rests!!

The best part is AMTRAK doesn't require you to get to the station hours early, they don't cavity search you, and you can have up to five bags (of course you have to be able to carry them all on/off yourself with a little help).

As far as getting in town is concerned, it couldn't be easier. Based on the recommendations from another thread, we took the public bus. It picks up around the corner from the station and drops off right across the street from the hotel (hence the finger pointing at the glass). I believe the bus ride was 15-20 minutes and cost us about $3.00

I will definitely go by train again this next year. Although it doesn't appear to be cost effective, it beats the cost of gas, getting a room on the way up/back, wear and tear on my car (my sanity and my marriage too), and I got to sleep/eat/GAME on the way there/back.
...and no I don't work for AMTRAK ;)

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Any news on dates yet? Some of us come a long way - even further than from San Diego - and a certain amount of prior planning is needed to hunt for discount flights and to plan vacation time from work.
I'd hate to miss Paizocon because the dates were announced too late to get my leave app in

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PLink wrote:
Curaigh wrote:
Ratbane wrote:
I was thinking the same and will plan to go my first PaizoCon . I will travelling by train from Los Angeles so I have figure how to get to con from station. Has anyone have ideas? Thanks in advanced.

A couple I met took the train from SD (or was it Sacremento?) They said it was awesome and they only had to walk a block they pointed out the window as if they could see the train depot (maybe there was a connecting bus though?)

The cool thing was they planned to get enough people to ride the train with them and host a game on the way up or the return. :) I would ask for ride-sharing opportunities closer to the date.

That would be my wife and I... and yes, we came in from Sacramento. We went coach the entire way up but had a room on the way back as we both had to go to work immediately upon our arrival back in town.

It was definitely the way to go. Although the rooms are a bit more expensive than coach seating, remember what's included: meals and drinks (mostly non-alcoholic), beds, shower, and they even had a free wine tasting. As the train passed back through various winery regions, we got to taste the wines they produce. It was neat to see the vineyard and taste the wine all while enjoying the ride home. Oh and don't forget, coach seating on the train is vastly different from coach on a plane. You actually get something capable of reclining, a table, outlets, leg AND feet rests!!

The best part is AMTRAK doesn't require you to get to the station hours early, they don't cavity search you, and you can have up to five bags (of course you have to be able to carry them all on/off yourself with a little help).

As far as getting in town is concerned, it couldn't be easier. Based on the recommendations from another thread, we took the public bus. It picks up around the corner from the station and drops off right across the street from the hotel (hence the finger pointing at the glass). I believe the bus ride was 15-20 minutes and cost us about $3.00...

I can't find a way to stay for the entire convention, without arriving a day before and leaving the day after...that's an extra two days of hotel fare. not a great option in my opinion. Its do-able, if you cut down on gaming or convention time though. I'd likely be coming in from sac as well (catch an amtrak bus down from marysville)

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That's what I did this year (actually flew in 2 days before and flew out the day after). It is kinda nice to acclimate and check out the location before the chaos begins and leave after the chaos has pretty well cleared out.

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I am interested in dates as well. Looking to g to my first PaizoCon this coming year and I want to get everything in order.


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I flew in Tuesday this year, leaving Monday. The extra time to spend with people as they roll in is simply invaluable - far more important to me than the actual table time (with some exceptions of course).

For the record, Late January was the 2011 announce time. Other years have been in November or so.

Grand Lodge

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As I will be out of the military and on vacation that month, I intend to be spending more time in the area as well. Hopefully that will cut down on the rush of getting in and getting out.

Silver Crusade

Any chance of dates being set before December 4th? That's when I have to put in my vacation bid for next year...

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I wouldn't be surprised to see a date announced within the next couple of weeks. Thanksgiving and our Black Friday sale (as well as some key people being at an Italian convention the two weeks prior to that) conspired to prevent an announcement up until this point, but I'm pretty confident we now know in-house when the date will be, and I can't think of a reason why we wouldn't announce it some time in December.

I hate to be so cagey about this, but we are very, very close to being able to announce the date for 2013.

Sovereign Court

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WOOOOOOOOT!!!

Mix Challenge 2013, Erik? ;)

Sczarni

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Yay!

Grand Lodge

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I too plan on trying to go this year. It would be my first Paizo con and my first con in general. Hope the date shows up soon, I want to put in the vacation time now.

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Looking forward to hearing the dates!

Grand Lodge

No word yet? Bummer

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Soon.


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Erik Mona wrote:
Soon.

Soon?


I keep checking every hour. Are we talking in the next day or two? Or the next week or two?

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Wildebob wrote:
I keep checking every hour. Are we talking in the next day or two? Or the next week or two?

I am right there with you Wildebob.

Grand Lodge

Ooo are we going to get the dates soon? Nice.

Dark Archive

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With RPG Superstar announced today are we looking at next week for a Paizo Con announcement? :(


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Each day I eagerly await the latest Paizo Blog post, hoping for an announcement. Each day I go away disappointed :(

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Soon.


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Liz Courts wrote:
Soon.

How soon you say?

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SOON!

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Wildebob wrote:
I keep checking every hour. Are we talking in the next day or two? Or the next week or two?

Yes.

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