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 Post subject: GENCON
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:24 am 
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its obviously months away, but thats no excuse to not start getting psyched about Gencon! i just bought badges for myself and a group of people (talk about famine to feast; last few years i haven't been able to rustle up even 1 person to come with me. this year: SEVEN). This was a question about housing, originally, but i found my answers, so i'm repurposing this post into a general get hyped about gencon thread.

gencon last year was a blast, so i'm psyched to do it again this year, only with a larger group of friends.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:47 pm 
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My financial situation this year is such that I'm not certain I can go. Much sadness.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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balls. my housing slot is two hours after opening. not at all optimistic about my chances of being downtown.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:24 pm 
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yeah, it sounds like it ended up being a shitshow top to bottom. people who got in early had tons of problems, people who bought badges early ended up getting hotels way out, and to salt the wound apparently people buying badges after housing opened jumped the queue. next year i hope they a) QA their shit better and b) setup some kind of algorithm by which housing codes are assigned according to when badges were bought.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:01 pm 
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Well this figures... The first year I was coming to Gencon, this crap happens. Hmmmmmm

I dunno now. :(

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:28 pm 
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I never go.... even when I lived in Indiana.

Now that I'm back in Alaska and summer's peak work season? Yeah. Hope you all have fun!

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:22 pm 
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There was a bug that allowed people purchasing badges during the initial housing phase to immediately book rooms, so people with pre-purchased badges waiting online were shafted. They really, really fucked up.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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Shingen wrote:
There was a bug that allowed people purchasing badges during the initial housing phase to immediately book rooms, so people with pre-purchased badges waiting online were shafted. They really, really fucked up.


maybe its cause i work in quality, so my brain thinks that way, but HOW DO YOU NOT TEST THAT?! i mean, honestly.

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Well this figures... The first year I was coming to Gencon, this crap happens. Hmmmmmm

I dunno now. :(


all this bitching shouldn't discourage you from attending. last year my hotel was so far from the convention center i'm not 100% sure it was still in Indiana and i had a blast. its basically just somewhere to sleep from like 2am to 7am. it would be super cool to meet a fellow malcontent at the dinner for villains.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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Ling usually establishes an L5R/AEG room block. See if you can find out more about that.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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does anyone know how event tickets work if you bought badges for people? i (foolishly?) was under the impression that if i bought badges for my friends, that would make my life easier for housing (HA!) but didn't consider that it might mean they can't buy their own event tickets.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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Usually if you have "friends" registered so you can purchase for them you can wish list tickets for them too. I recommend you get someone on the day tickets open and F5 that shit though. Me and buddy were sitting right next to each other last year, hit the process button at the exact same time. He was 300 something in que, I was 4000 something in que, he got all his ticket's and I missed out on a couple.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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As the newest member of the AEG Events Team, I will most certainly be there now! :D

Hope to meet LOTS of fellow spider brothers!

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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I'll be there this year! First time! Woot! Can't wait to meet people!

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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BeastEG wrote:
I'll be there this year! First time! Woot! Can't wait to meet people!


Sparks wrote:
As the newest member of the AEG Events Team, I will most certainly be there now! :D

Hope to meet LOTS of fellow spider brothers!


Cool! Psyched to put faces to familiar names. I will be there will a size-able non-l5r gang this year, but Dinner for Villains and some l5r events are definitely on my list of things to do.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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Sorry still not going.
daigotsu cielago wrote:
last year my hotel was so far from the convention center i'm not 100% sure it was still in Indiana

:lol:

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As the newest member of the AEG Events Team, I will most certainly be there now! :D

Hope to meet LOTS of fellow spider brothers!

Are you going to wear your jersey?

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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I'll be there... if I win in June! :D

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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Shinkirou wrote:
Are you going to wear your jersey?


absofuckinlutely!

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:33 pm 
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Can someone ball park the costs to going to Gencon? I'm thinking about going but if the investment is too expensive I need to save my money.

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 Post subject: Re: GENCON
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TheItsyBitsySpider wrote:
Can someone ball park the costs to going to Gencon? I'm thinking about going but if the investment is too expensive I need to save my money.

$80 badge
$50-150 Event/Generic Tickets
$75-$400 Transportation (road-tripping - airfare)
$100-$500 Lodging (floor space - "living like a human")
$150-$400 Dining

And then there's the price of any product you purchase.

If you're curious about Gen Con, I'd recommend volunteering for a company or Gen Con itself to get a taste of it. Volunteers can get their badges and rooms comp'ed so you're only out the cost of transportation and food. My first Gen Con I was a volunteer Dungeon Master for WotC and road-tripped and shared a room with 2 other guys from my area.

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