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Revision as of 04:17, 27 October 2015

Bring Your Own Computer
Pax prime 2012 byoc.jpg
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.


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.


  • 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 typically starts 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 carpark has a cheaper early bird (6:00am to 9:00am) parking rate ($19 all day instead of $49.00 casual) and it is possible to walk your equipment via Boundary Road to the Exhibition Centre Loading Dock area. If you are bring bulky equipment it is a good idea to use a small trolley. In 2014 Loading Dock security were told BYOC would start queueing 1 hour before the doors opened and were caught out when the BYOC queue formed before 9:00am.
  • 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. Due to the bottlenecks for barcoding equipment at the BYOC desk in 2013 and 2014 typically only the head of the queue have their equipment hooked up and ready when PAX Aus opens. The check in process at the BYOC Desk has been getting more efficient each year. In 2015 there is a good chance the BYOC queue will be cleared.

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 power limitations for PAX Aus is 230V with the current TBD.

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.


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.


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.


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


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


Year Building Floor Room Year Building Floor Room Year Building Floor Room Year Building Floor Room
2015 BCEC 0 N/A 2015 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2015 MEC 0 13 2015 HBGCC  ?  ?
2014 BCEC 0 N/A 2014 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2014 MEC  ?  ?
2013 BCEC 0 N/A 2013 WSCC Annex 3 N/A 2013 Melbourne Showgrounds  ?  ?
2012 BCEC 0 N/A 2012 WSCC Annex 3 N/A
2011 BCEC 1 157 2011 WSCC 6 6C