#PAXaus 2013

Sadly I never actually finished this post. I ended up winning those headphones ūüėÄ

It wasn’t that long ago that I campaigned to win a trip to attend the San Diego Comic Con. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful. My partner, Stef¬†& I were pretty heartbroken about it. We worked our ass off to try win. Stef more than anyone!

Shortly after the winners were announced, Stef discovered a Pok√©mon¬†event was being held by Nintendo Australia at Melbourne’s Federation Square. The purpose of the event was to scout for Pok√©mon¬†Masters & battle them against each other to represent Australia at the World Pok√©mon¬†Championship in Canada.

This event sounded like a lot of fun! The best part was that, all entries had a chance win a ticket to attend the Penny Arcade Expo, PAXaus. The idea was to battle against other Pokémon Masters & qualify to attend the Australian Championship battle at PAXaus. So, in an attempt to win tickets to a sold out event, Stef & I went along in then hope that Stef would qualify & could attend PAXaus.

The day had arrived & I was up early & ready to pick up Stef to make our way into Fed Square to join in the fun. I had received a text from Stef over night saying that she wanted to sleep in a bit. So I waited a little longer before I headed over to pick her up. I arrived & she was still asleep! I had to drag her out of bed & get her motivated to go! I wanted her to attend the event because I wanted her to go to PAXaus! After some convincing, we were on our way! I was stressing out because registrations were supposed to close at 11am & I thought we were not going to make it. As it turned out, they left registrations open all day.

We finally arrived, Stef registered & we settled in for a long day! We were sitting at the back of the BMW Edge Centre, just playing our DS’s. Stef was training up her¬†Pok√©mon as much as possible before her first round battle. Stef started talking to this lovely girl, Anne-Marie, about¬†Pok√©mon. I don’t know how we got to this idea, but I decided to register to play & use Stef’s game. The idea was that I too would have a chance to attend PAXaus.
I even told the lovely girl at the registration desk my plan! Abby thought it was a brilliant idea! She even hinted that we may all receive a ticket to PAXaus due to the low registration numbers. I have never played this game before in my life, but I wanted to go to this event so bad! As it turned out, my opponent was Anne-Marie, the girl we had only just met!

The day went on & it finally got around to battle time for Stef. Unfortunately she did not win her first round. This sucked! I wanted her to win the first round so bad so that she got a ticket to PAXaus.
Shortly after, it was my turn to battle against Anne-Marie. I thought for sure she would win! Considering I have never played this game before! I do not know how, maybe it was just sheer luck, but I ended up winning! I felt bad because we had just befriended this person, then I just beat her at her own game ūüôĀ

The celebrations were short lived when I got absolutely destroyed in the second round! It was over so quickly! Oh well, it was worth a try! It was now late in the afternoon & we were exhausted! After a short chat with Abby about how we will find out about the tickets, we headed home.

About a week after we attended, we both received emails stating that we qualified for a ticket to PAXaus!! YAY!! We were going!!

Pokemon Championship

I couldn’t believe our luck! Although something tells me that everyone that attended the battle event got a pass! Attending the sold out Penny Arcade Expo for an entire day was great as we would of been at SDCC that weekend!¬†As we only had a day pass, we wanted to make the most of it! The decision was made that we would get there early & stay as late as possible!

The day finally arrived and we were off to the Penny Arcade Expo thanks to Nintendo! How exciting!

We got there repetitively early & registered at the info desk to receive our lanyard & ticket for entry. There were already heaps of people all lined up ready to take on PAXaus, at least a thousand, maybe more!

Shortly after 10am we were let in! You would expect that it would be a mad rush, people trampling over everyone to get in. It was the exact opposite of that! Everyone was calm, collected & was looking out for others! Right then & there, before I had seen anything, I knew this would be the best convention I have ever attended.

Stef & I were amazed at how much space PAXaus had! There was so much room to move around & through the massive crowds! Not long after we entered, we were greeted by the lovely people over at the Sennheiser booth. They were demoing their new, high performance, Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones.

I was playing around on the iPad & listening to these awesome headphones when one of the Sennheiser models told me about how I could win a pair for myself. Basically, all I had to do

The Supanova Fail Whale

So today Stef and I went to Supanova. I had never been to a SciFi/Anime/Gamer/etc convention before. I had quite high expectations of what to expect. Sadly, I was severely disappointed. Not at the content or exhibitions they had, but at the event management itself. I suppose it’s what you get for having volunteers as people and event control.

It wasn’t all that bad really! Stef, myself and her friend Coral went to the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Q&A panel. Those two are hilarious and I hope they make many more movies together. They mainly talked about their new movie “Paul” which is in cinemas April 14.
Stef convinced me to join the public question line. We put it out to twitter with what to ask, got a few obscure replies so we decided to stick with Stef’s original thought “out of all your roles, either together or separate, which would be your favorite?”
Luckily one of the events people came to me whilst I was waiting to ask said question and said, “you’re the last one”. I was stoked!! And quite nervous!! I asked away and Nick replied with some drama movie that hit close to home personally. Where as Simon rattled off a few movies and said “I couldn’t pick one, it’s like choosing a favorite child” Nick replied, “now I feel like a jerk for picking a favorite” this was the only highlight of the day for me.

Whilst at the Q&A Stef was on twitter and a stall holder wanted a coffee and offered free Lego to who ever brought her one. We said why not and found her, she got a coffee but gave Stef the Lego anyway.

As the day went on, it got worse and worse, long queues, no air circulation, and lack of people management. I was cracking the shits bad. I really wanted the Lego thing Stef got! I LOVE LEGO!!! She was going to give it to her brother Edward whom also loves Lego! However after winging about it and the event itself, Stef gave it to me ūüôā
It’s awesome, it’s Lego, it’s Star Wars and you can make eight things!! That’s eight things!!!!

We saw a snippet of the ‘One Man Lord Of The Rings’ show at one of the stages and I’m glad I did, because now I don’t want to see the show. I saw his star wars one 2 years ago, but this was not doing it for me. You just saved me some cash!

After Stef wanted to get her photo with Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy. The lines again were ridiculous!! We waited for almost two hours and then I found out the printer was broken. This was the reason for the delay.
Stef and I decided that it would be better if I waited in the photo pickup queue whist she got her photo done.
About another hour later and she was out!! I decided to go grab the car, and it was fucking pissing down with rain!! I got drenched!!!

Stef finally got her photo!! Now time to head home, shower, grab pizza beer and a movie.

Supanova was a waste of time and effort. Although I did like a few things, overall I felt that it was a waste. Others will say they liked it, loved it, and think it’s the best thing ever.

Stef only really went for Tom Felton and the Simon Pegg & Nick Frost panel. She got a photo with Tom and it turned out great!!