BYOC

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Bring Your Own Computer
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PAX East Hours Friday 10am-11:45pm
Saturday 10am-11:45pm
Sunday 10am-5:45pm
PAX Aus Hours Friday 10am-11:45pm
Saturday 10am-11:45pm
Sunday 10am-5:45pm
PAX Prime Hours Friday 10am-11:45pm
Saturday 10am-11:45pm
Sunday 10am-11:45pm
Monday 10am-5:45pm
PAX South Hours Friday 10am-11:45pm
Saturday 10am-11:45pm
Sunday 10am-5:45pm
Contact Vapok, Dreamwish, Gamma, Dreggor

BYOC stands for Bring Your Own Computer and is and is a multi-hundred person LAN at PAX.

DISCLAIMER: Due to occasional last minute changes to BYOC, pay attention to the official PAX twitter account for any big changes that might not get immediately propagated to the wiki.

Description

PAX BYOC exists as a private lan party in the heart of PAX and a private space for BYOC registered attendees to retreat to between enjoying the rest of what PAX has to offer. BYOC also includes Internet Access, as well as access to exclusive BYOC contests and prizes.

Attending

  • To attend BYOC at PAX, one must obtain a BYOC seat. This is now within the same registration process as one's PAX badge.
  • For PAX Aus, due to government regulations and uncontrolled content of the games inside the BYOC area, every BYOC attendee must be 18 years or older, and also have photo ID ready upon BYOC Registration.
  • Seating is first come first served on the first day of the event. Group seating is available through the PAX Forums for groups of at least 6 attendees.

Check In

  • Check in typically starts 2 hours before PAX opens on the first day of PAX. The intent is to have everyone inside the room an hour before PAX opens so they can have their things hooked up and ready right when PAX begins.
  • All devices going into the BYOC room must be checked in at the BYOC desk. They will have a barcode attached that is tied to a barcode on your BYOC badge. Everything from then on must be scanned in and scanned out when passing through BYOC doors.

PAX Aus:-

  • Tickets with BYOC passes are mailed out without BYOC instructions. Approximately one week before PAX Aus the instructions for BYOC pass holders should be emailed. Always refer to the official BYOC information as that will supersede the information in this wiki article.
  • The Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre (MCEC) has an Exhibition Centre Loading Dock and a separate Convention Centre Loading Dock. BYOC queueing at the Melbourne Entertainment Centre (MEC), Loading Dock, Door No. 7 officially starts 1 hour before but typically starts forming up to 2 hours before PAX Aus. There is limited, short term parking (max 20 minutes) in the Loading Dock area for unloading equipment. For 2015 on Friday the underground car park has a cheaper early bird (6:00am to 9:00am) parking rate ($19 all day instead of $49.00 casual). It is possible to walk your equipment via Boundary Road to the Exhibition Centre Loading Dock area. If you are bringing bulky equipment it is a good idea to use a small trolley. If you enter via the loading dock there are no stairs. If you enter via the underground car park there are stairs up to the main concourse. These days the Loading Dock security staff should expect BYOC to start queuing more than 1 hour before the doors open. If you are attending in a group it is easy to drop your gear off at the loading dock door before 9:00am then leave a person to guard your equipment and your place in the queue while you move your vehicle back to the underground car park to get the cheap, early bird parking. There is limited cover if it is raining and there would be enough space to form a queue withing the Centre if it rained but I don't know if security or the venue have a contingency plan for inclement weather.
  • Check in only starts 1 hour before PAX opens on the first day of PAX Aus. The MCEC venue has regulations where all equipment will need to be tested and tagged prior to being plugged in. This service will be provided free of charge for all BYOC attendees and will take place as you bring your equipment in. It will only take a few minutes. The electrical safety check of all 230V ac power cords and equipment (PCs, monitors, chargers, etc.) is performed during the check-in process at the BYOC door. It is important to ensure all your cables and equipment are tested and tagged. In the early days of PAX Aus there were bottlenecks and long queues for barcoding equipment at the BYOC desk but this wasn't an issue at PAX Aus 2015. Hopefully bottlenecks at check-in are a thing of the past. At its worst only the head of the BYOC queue had their equipment hooked up and ready when PAX Aus opened. The check in process at the BYOC Desk has been getting more efficient every year. If you have completed check-in into the BYOC area before PAX Aus officially opens you may not enter the show area before the official opening time. The advantage is you do not have the Queue Room delays on the first day so you typically get to the tournament sign-ups before any of them can be booked out. The two other days of PAX Aus you have to queue with everybody else in the Queue Room.

What To Bring

  • Your BYOC badge (just in case, bring your confirmation email and photo ID to verify ownership of your registration)
  • Computer and display (no larger than 24" display - this size is different at some paxes e.g. PAX Aus limit is 27" LCD)
  • Mouse with mousepad
  • Keyboard (and Joystick/GamePad if you use these)
  • Network cable (25ft or 6m)
  • Power and Video Cables
  • Games (and their required discs if applicable)
  • Headphones (speakers are not allowed)
  • Laptop lock if you bring a laptop

Note: Surge Protectors will be provided (ANY Surge Protectors not provided by PAX will be IMMEDIATELY unplugged. Some people have had luck bringing them in and having them inspected, but do not rely on this.)

What Not To Bring

  • Any cooler larger than a lunchbox
  • Ice
  • Chair-size cooler
  • Game Consoles
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
  • Basically anything that takes power other than a computer and monitor.

Power Restrictions

  • Socket Limit: Two (2) sockets
  • If you have power adapters that take up additional space on a power strip, please bring a short extension cable so you do not block other people's sockets
  • For additional power needs: Everything should be powered via your two outlets. Charge your cell phone via your PC. BYOC staff may approve inspected power strips for low power things like chargers, but do not rely on this.
  • Each seat gets a power budget of approximately 3.5 amps at 120V at US PAXen.
  • The PAX Aus power distribution boards have 10 Amp circuit breakers. At PAX Aus 2015 each power distribution board supported two seats and each seating position was provided with two tagged and tested power leads with standard IEC connectors. Therefore each position is allocated 5.0 Amps at 230V or 1,150 Watts.

Purchasing Multiple Seats

If a prospective BYOC attendee needs space for a monitor larger than the limit or needs more than the allocated power budget for one seat for their system, that attendee may purchase a maximum of 2 BYOC seats to accommodate these needs. This is available as long as attendees do not abuse it.

Security

The room is guarded all during PAX and locked up at night. The PC Security Team is the first group in and the last group out. If you must take your stuff up (like a laptop) you need to check it out at the security desk as you leave and check it back in when you return. During Pax your BYOC pass will be checked before you can enter the BYOC area, therefore keep your BYOC badge as visible as possible when entering the BYOC room.

Games and Contests

Voice Chat

PAX Aus will have Ventrillo servers available for tournaments and public gaming. While the client software will be available on the BYOC file server, it is recommended that you download and install Ventrilo before you come to the event. You can download the client at http://www.ventrilo.com.

Games

Whatever is popular will be played. TF2, LoL, COD4/5/6/7/8/9/10/etc, BF3, WoW, SW:ToR, Starcraft 2, Portal 2, Monday Night Combat, L4D2, etc. Generally if you want to play a game you can find others that are up for it as well.

Tournaments

There are occasionally BYOC specific tournaments that are unknown ahead of time. These are typically of a game that is recently popular.

Contests

The Enforcers that run BYOC supervise many non gaming contests throughout the weekend. They are never known for sure until very close to PAX, and some are not known until PAX begins. Examples of past contests:

  • Best Case Mod
  • Worst Computer
  • Worst Mouse
  • Bridge Building
  • Hard Drive Shuffleboard
  • Scavenger Hunts

Locations

PAX EAST PAX WEST PAX AUS PAX SOUTH
Year Building Floor Room Year Building Floor Room Year Building Floor Room Year Building Floor Room
2017 BCEC 0 N/A 2017 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2017 MEC Future Show Future Show 2017 HBGCC 0 Exhibit Hall B
2016 BCEC 0 N/A 2016 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2016 MEC 0 13 2016 HBGCC 1 Ballroom B
2015 BCEC 0 N/A 2015 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2015 MEC 0 13 2015 HBGCC 1 Ballroom B
2014 BCEC 0 N/A 2014 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2014 MEC 0 13
2013 BCEC 0 N/A 2013 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2013 Melbourne Showgrounds N/A N/A
2012 BCEC 0 N/A 2012 WSCC Annex 3 N/A
2011 BCEC 1 157 2011 WSCC 6 6C