Very Important Gamer (VIG) Program

Very Important Gamer (VIG) Program


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Gen Con's VIG Program access is in limited supply. Returning VIGs have the first chance to secure VIG Packages annually, during early rebooking.


Gen Con 2016 VIG Program Details

Dates
January 6 Noon (Eastern) - January 10 11:59 pm - Early Registration for returning 2015 VIGs.
Early Renewal Price: $550

January 12 Noon (Eastern) - General selection for new VIGs via random selection. They will be contacted via email.
General Registration Price: $600

January 22 Noon (Eastern) - June 19 11:59 pm (or until sold out, which will happen quickly)

New VIG Registration
VIG Companion Badge (Maximum of three Companion/Companion Upgrade per VIG, first-come-first-served, until sold out)
VIG Companion Badge $150
After June 19 (if applicable) $200

January 22 Noon (Eastern) - June 19 11:59 pm (or until sold out, which will happen quickly)
VIG Companion Upgrade (Maximum of three Companion/Companion Upgrade per VIG, first-come-first-served, until sold out)
VIG Companion Upgrade $60
After Jun 19 (if applicable) $80

Hotel Dates

Early Registration Housing opens for returning VIGs on
January 6 Noon (Eastern)
Closes
January 19, 11:59 pm

All other VIGs, Housing opens
January 24 Noon (Eastern)

VIG Package Benefits


Hotel Registration
Each VIG gains access to the VIG housing block. This block is reserved strictly for those in the VIG Program and is not part of the general attendee housing block. The VIG hotel block will open January 6, 2016 at Noon (Eastern). Renewing VIGs who are booking rooms between January 6 and January 19 may reserve a second room. VIGs booking rooms starting January 24 and later may reserve up to one room.

PLEASE NOTE: All VIG rooms are self-pay and require a credit card to make the reservation. A list of available hotels will be listed on the website when you access the housing portal. Once the reservation has been made through the Housing Bureau, there is a penalty for any cancellations.


4-Day Access + Benefits
Very Important Gamers will receive a special badge with 4-Day access to Gen Con Indy plus access to the VIG Lounge and other benefits.

VIG Lounge
Enjoy the comforts of a private VIG Lounge, near the action but away from crowds and noise. Lounge features include:
        • Exclusive VIG Will Call
        • Event Registration
        • Complimentary beverages
        • Complimentary Wi-Fi
        • Full access to the Lounge for all VIG children ages 8 and under
        • VIG Gifts pick-up


Exclusive VIG Gifts
Every VIG who stops by the VIG Lounge during the show will receive exclusive VIG Gifts. These gift collections may include items such as: a Commemorative Gen Con shirt, a VIG pin, Gen Con merchandise and promotional items from Exhibitors, Sponsors, Guests of Honor, Event Organizers, etc., based on availability. There are often VIG-exclusive coupons, which could include discounts for specific booths in the Exhibit Hall and other special deals. Promotional items are not guaranteed, and gifts will vary from year to year, based on availability.


Early Exhibit Hall Access
Beat the crowd and gain an additional hour in the Exhibit Hall prior to general admission into the hall. This benefit is only for opening day on Thursday. Early access tickets are available through the VIG Lounge.


VIG Mixer
The VIG Mixer is a “happy hour”-style get-together for our Very Important Gamers and guests. It’s a chance for VIGs to hang out and enjoy appetizers, beverages and stimulating conversation in a laid-back atmosphere. More information about this year's Mixer will be communicated to VIGs through periodic newsletters. Gen Con staff are always present, and happy to have the opportunity to get to know you personally.


$10 System Credit
System credit can be used to purchase Gen Con badges or event tickets. It does not expire and can be used to purchase items for future shows if you do not use it this year. System credit is non-refundable, non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash.


VIG Exclusive Events
Lists of VIG exclusive events will be added to the Gen Con Registration System, as they are approved. If you are a VIG or VIG Companion interested in running an event in the VIG Lounge, please contact us at vig@gencon.com. We would love to hear your ideas!


"Members Only” VIG Forum
As a member of the VIG Program, you will have access to an exclusive Forum where you can converse with fellow VIGs and voice your thoughts and ideas. To sign up for the VIG Forum, you need to have been a VIG within the past two years and have a login created in the Gen Con Community. Please email your Gen Con Community login name to vig@gencon.com if you are a current or recent VIG and wish to have access to the VIG Forum.


First Chance at a VIG Package for 2017!
Very Important Gamers not only receive excellent benefits for the current show, but they also have a chance at “first right of refusal” for next year’s show. This means VIGs can purchase their next year’s VIG Package for a discounted price before Badge Pre-Registration opens to the general public and procure their first choice of hotel before housing officially opens. Specifics are detailed in the VIG Newsletter which will be sent out in December.

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VIG Companions and Children


VIG Companion Packages
Anyone who purchases a VIG Package has the option of purchasing up to three (3) VIG Companion badges or upgrades, available during Pre-Registration (while supplies last).

This year’s maximum is 350 Companions, and we will most likely sell out before Pre-Registration closes, same as last year.

The VIG Companion Badge allows the bearer access to the following:
        • The VIG Lounge (including games or events taking place in the Lounge)
        • Will Call and Event Registration in the VIG Lounge
        • Complimentary beverages in the Lounge
        • Early Exhibit Hall access on Thursday (with appropriate early-access ticket)
        • Reserved event seating as listed above for VIGs
VIG Companions will NOT receive the following:
        • VIG Gifts
        • VIG Coupons
        • VIG hotel block reservation (unless they are rooming with the person who purchased the VIG Package)

Note - Attendees wishing to be VIG companions AND book hotel rooms in the Gen Con housing block must purchase a 4-Day badge, and secure housing. After that, an eligible VIG may then purchase a 'VIG Companion Upgrade' for that attendee.

VIG Children

For children ages 9-13, VIGs must purchase a regular 4-Day badge. If the child requires access to the VIG Lounge, the VIG parent must bring the child to the Lounge for a special identifying sticker. (Children ages 8 and under do not require a badge, but their VIG parent will need to pick up a wristband in the Lounge and provide their contact information for emergencies.) Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a VIG adult while in the VIG Lounge, for early access to the Exhibit Hall on Thursday or for special VIG seating at events.
The special identifying sticker allows the child access to the following:
        • The VIG Lounge (including games or events taking place in the Lounge)
        • Will Call and Event Registration in the VIG Lounge
        • Complimentary beverages in the Lounge
        • Early Exhibit Hall access on Thursday when accompanied by a VIG adult, and with appropriate early-access ticket.
        • Reserved event seating as listed above (when accompanied by a VIG adult)

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If you have questions about the program, please feel free to email us at vig@gencon.com.