This was my first CAX and glad I went to Pin-a-Gogo first. PAGG is my speed. The heat from crowds and games makes playing tough, as was the layout. I got lost trying to find my way out more than once.
Parking was a bad deal, I drove up from the Central Valley and arrived just after 10, ended up in the free garage about 15-20min walk away. IMO stay at the hotel if you can, paying more is paying less for other misery.
I enjoyed the talks including the updates from JJP.
I think all of pinballers had the same idea to come back late for easier play, and so at 12AM Saturday the pins were still mostly full, arcades less so.
I'd be inclined to pass on CAX over PAGG, but could see going to CAX occasionally.
Thanks to all who put on the show and supported. Its clearly quite the effort and appreciate all who brought in games and made it a fun event.