Triwizard Drinking Tournament

Welcome Us!

Though this event was technically Pre-PAX Day 2, it gets its own post because it was just that epic.

For those unfamiliar with the name, the Triwizard Drinking Tournament is a pub crawl to raise money for Child’s Play Charity. The format is simple: in each bar there is a challenge, and these challenges involve drinking shots. Sometimes the challenge is a duel, with each spell being a different shot, but we are civil about it. The challenger buys the shots, both duelists drink the shots, and if one refuses then they lose.

Oh, and if you hadn’t gathered, it was Harry Potter themed, so we were self-sorted into houses prior to ever arriving. I was with Hufflepuff.

What I didn’t realize was that the drinking and dueling doesn’t really have anything to do with anything. It’s fun and funny, but the charity part of the event is based on donations. The challenges, duels, and score-keeping is completely irrelevant, existing in a vacuum, so if I attend again I don’t think I’ll drink as much. I thought we needed to go through with the challenges, so I ended up drinking a bit more than I would have otherwise.

This was a great opportunity to meet and hang out with people and we had a TON of fun. Check out the rest of the pictures for witty commentary and drunken snapshots.

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Pre-PAX Day 2

Day 2 was, if anything, more awesome than Day 1. After all, how could it not be? Today included more Magical Mystery Tour, the Pre-PAX Dinner, and then the Triwizard Drinking Tournament.

Meetup and Monorail



Strangely enough, or perhaps as one might expect (based on what The Simpsons have taught us), the monorail only exists to cover 1 mile. Yes, you get on, and you debark a mile later. I’m a bit curious how much it cost to build.

SciFi Museum

Welcome from the World of Tomorrow!

The SciFi Museum (there was a music side as well, but we were less interested in that) was pretty cool. Except that half of it was closed and the people running it were dicks. OK, maybe they weren’t that bad, but they didn’t allow photography of any kind. None of us particularly understood this rule, as photographs without using a flash is easy to do (so there’s no risk to damaging anything) and taking a picture of stuff isn’t really hurting anything. I would think sharing pictures would be good marketing, but instead every time we tried to snap a picture they snapped at us to put our cameras away.

So, you know, I just “checked Twitter” a lot.

Yoda Rocketman! Robots Donatello Stardate Awesome


Nomad's the coolest

There was some sort of arcade thing we went to after the SciFi museum where most of us sat and just checked Twitter. I did play a game where I used a rifle to shoot at pirates and a canon squirted me with water, but someone else took a picture and I don’t have one =(


CCST Group Photo

We got back to the convention center just in time to meet up with the Cross Country Super Trip. These intrepid adventurers piled into cars and vroomed across the US of A to come to PAX, forming a terrible mix of caravan and zombie-creating-machine.

Pre-PAX Dinner

Skillet Menu

Prior to the Triwizard Drinking Tournament we had a fantastic dinner together at the Naval Reserve Building. Though three options were offered, most everyone had the burger and fries. Unscientific polls suggested that this phenomena was due entirely due to the presence of “bacon jam.”

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