Boston

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Boston is the current host city of PAX East as well as the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England. Boston was chosen to host PAX East after an exhaustive search for certain special qualities including Population Density, Gamer Density, local Video Game Development Studios and others.

Understand

Give a deeper understanding of the city, such as its history, its culture, its mores, its politics, its relationship to other cities and the country it's in. Jokes and stereotypes about locals, etc.

Get in

Arrival details. Try to include as many options as you can think of -- land, air, sea. Also include getting to and from transportation centers (such as airports) to central areas or hotel/hostel districts.

Below are some sections for common ways to get to a city. Try to order the sections from the most common and convenient to the rarest and most inconvenient. If for some reason there's a common way to approach the city not listed below -- by llama, by snowmobile, by bush helicopter -- just add another section. And leave out sections that don't apply.

By plane

Most of the metropolitan Boston area is served by the Boston Logan international airport (airport code BOS) operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). Alternate regional airport options include Manchester•Boston regional airport in Manchester, NH (airport code MHT), Worcester regional airport in Worcester, MA (airport code ORH - also operated by Massport), and T. F. Green airport in Warwick, RI.

Logan is serviced by a variety of cab and limo companies, car rental agencies, two different MBTA subway trains and a variety of buses. For public transit access to the hotels near the BCEC for PAX East, the Silver line SL1 is the way to go, as it has stops along the seaport near the BCEC and the closer hotels (namely, the World Trade Center and Silver Line Way stations), picks up at each terminal of the airport, and is reasonably priced. Do not be confused by the subway designation - the Silver line is actually a bus, but takes subterranean tunnels for part of the route, and is thus designated as a subway line (despite not being a rail service). The Silver line buses provide luggage racks and seating, and are generally comfortable unless overcrowded.

Manchester•Boston airport has a variety of car rental options, as well as buses to Boston's South Station three times daily.

T. F. Green airport in Rhode Island provides an MBTA commuter rail stop, providing weekday service to and from downtown Boston - please not that this line does NOT run on weekends! For weekend service, you need to get transport to/from Providence Station, where you can either take an MBTA commuter rail train, or an Amtrak train.

By train

Boston is served by Amtrak, as well as the MBTA's commuter rail service. Both have multiple stops in the greater Boston area, but the main rail hub closest to the BCEC and PAX East is South Station. Once arriving at South Station, getting to the various hotels should be relatively easy - for those close to the BCEC (Westin, Seaport, Renaissance), it may be possible to walk (depending on one's amount of luggage, weather, and aversion to exercise), but cabs are readily available from South Station, and it also functions as a T hub for the Red and Silver lines, allowing visitors to take a T train/bus much closer to their final destination.

By car

Driving details and directions for getting to this destination. Try to include the names of major highways, as well as directions from other nearby cities. If for some reason it would be exceptional to come to this city by car -- say, if it's on an island not served by bridges or ferries, or if it's in a country where personal travel by automobile is extremely rare -- just leave this section out.

By bus

South Station also functions as a bus terminal, providing service for:

As above, cabs are readily available from South Station, and it serves as an MBTA hub for the T Red and Silver lines.

By boat

Name any ferries, passenger boats, or other floating vessels for getting to this destination. Give contact information for carriers, and the location of arrival points with relation to the city center, as well as transport options from the dock or terminal. If it's a common way to arrive, note the marinas where you can show up with a private vessel. If the city is landlocked or just not served by passenger boat traffic, just leave this section out.

Get around

How to get around once you are there: bus, train, rickshaw, ferry, gondola, etc. How much does local transport cost, where/how to buy tickets, and good discounts (week or weekend passes, 1/2 price seniors or students, etc).

See

List attractions that people come to this city for, such as museums, palaces, churches, temples, historical buildings, squares, parks, monuments, statues, streets, zoos, etc. You can also note here general information about attractions, such as discount tourist admission passes, need for a guide, weather warnings, good walking routes, general areas to hang out in, etc.

  • Name of Attraction, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [1]. Days and times open. One to five sentences about why this attraction is worth seeing, things to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background information. $entryprice (extra price info).

Do

This is for things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do.

Buy

The travellers' dirty secret: we like souvenirs. What would be good to buy in this city? Local crafts? How about general shopping -- clothes, travel equipment, other?

Eat

For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant info, or general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Be sure to explain what the price ranges are ($2 for a meal can be a splurge in some cities). Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible.

Budget

  • Name of Restaurant, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [2]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the food, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info).

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).

  • Name of Bar, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [3]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the drinks, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $beerprice draft/bottle beers, $wellprice well drinks (extra price or special info).

Sleep

This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head. Give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try to find lodging. Other good info to include is high/low season, the importance of reservation, things to request (quiet room, view, airport pick up, etc). As with "Eat," define terms -- give price ranges for the three sub-topics, e.g. "Budget lodging costs less than 10 quatloos a night, Mid-range will set you back 10-25 quatloos, and Splurge lodging goes for 25 quatloos or more, sometimes much more."

Budget

  • Name of Place, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible) [4]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info).

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

This is a section for general safety tips. If there are health hazards or crime problems in the city, list them here.

Contact

Information on communications -- phone, Internet, other. Give information on cellular phone coverage in the city, and telephone centers where travelers can make long-distance calls. This is also where you'd list Internet cafes or computer rental centers for staying in touch by email or on the Web. If there are free or paid wireless Internet hotspots in the city, name them here.

  • Name of Internet Cafe, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [5]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the computers, connectivity, food or beverages available. $rate per hour (extra price info).

Cope

This section is for all those little items that people need to know when they're in a city. Where can you do laundry? Go to a gym? Get computers repaired? Anything that has to do with the practicalities of daily life should go here. Don't put something here when it could fit in one of the other sections. If there's nothing to put in this section, leave it out.

Get out

Information about nearby destinations that would serve as a good "next stop." Provide a brief description of other nearby destination suggestions, neighboring cities or day-trip ideas. Don't duplicate information that's up in "Get in."

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