PAX East Trading Cards

From PAX Community Wiki
Revision as of 16:54, 12 February 2012 by Zerzhul (talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search
PAX East Trading Cards
Dave2012 Front V3 Small.png
Peasant Dave 2012
Established PAX East 2010
Attendance 50+
Location In and Around PAX East
Contact Person Peasant Dave

PAX East Trading Cards are one of the many great keepsakes and events of PAX East. Similar to Buttoneering, they serve as a memento, creative outlet, and ice-breaker.


Basically everyone who wishes to participate designs their own cards based on an agreed-upon template and set of community event participation badges, then trades them with other PAXers during the convention. More than 50 people participated for PAX East 2011, so it’s a great way to meet people.

The theme for PAX East 2012 is Magic The Gathering. Visit the PAX Forum thread here to participate in the discussion.


The initial idea was to do something like the button swap at PAX East, but different. Everyone would make one (or more) trading cards in the style of the old Marvel Trading Cards, and then people would trade them! Super-hero based things have been replaced with Arcadian based things.

PAX East 2010

The inaugural PAX East, where this began, had fair participation but not as much as Buttoneering. The template was classic 90's superhero themed. The forum thread for the event organization lies here.

PAX East 2011

Due to the smallish turnout for 2010, the template for 2011 stayed the same. Repeat participants were able to make a new card with a "revised" number from their 2010 card (card 1 versus card 1R). These cards are all considered part of the same set. East 2011 had a much larger participation for cards. The forum thread for the event organization lies here.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Create participation badges for community events. If someone wants a badge that doesn't currently exist in the template, it can be created and PeasantDave will add it to the template after it is posted in the current trading card thread. All of the badges are 100 x 100 pixel .PNG with transparency
  • Volunteer to help create trading cards for people who lack the photoshop tools/skills.


Creating a Card

Detailed instructions for East 2012 are contained within the current trading card thread. The process is essentially: 1) create a card from the template 2) add badges 3) purchase card printing 4) trade 5) ??? 6) FUN!

Finding People to Trade With

  • Scheduled meetups during PAX (times and dates TBD for 2012)
  • Some people find other "card sharks" by simply placing a card in their Forum Badge holder.
  • Watch twitter for people using the #paxcards tag


  • A printable checklist will be provided about a week before PAX to organize one's collection