The Fans of Gen Con Facebook page currently has a poll on this subject. The question was:
If an event had in its info "We ask that you please mask while attending this event for the safety of our immunocompromised staff/performer(s)"
What would you do?
600 people responded. Current totals are:
Yes, I would make sure to be masked - 474 (79%)
Yes, but it would help if the event provided masks because I won’t have one - 45 (7.5%)
No, I would not attend if asked - 70 (11.67%)
No, I would attend but probably not mask - 11 (1.8%)
600 is a really good sample size for this convention. I think the concerns of mass chaos, players being ostracized, and GMs suddenly cancelling events is overblown.
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Yeah, 1.8% is a pretty solid percentage to use if anyone ever says "how many people at Gen-Con are rules lawyer jerks you regret ever interacting with?"
I would be surprised if Gen-Con allows any extra precautions to be requested in an event posting, since it would be weird to let people change convention rules or if they cannot change rules then the addendum serves no purpose. "All players must bring pizza" "Players requested to possess encyclopedic knowledge of Monty Python quotes"
Since you mentioned pizza, let’s go with a food analogy. Players are currently allowed to bring their choice of snacks to the table in most areas of the convention. If a GM has a nut allergy, would it serve no purpose to ask players to refrain from bringing those snacks to the table because convention rules can’t be changed?
I know I told you that we would have something on this by the end of the week. We are still considering all the factors and the concerns of GM's(EO's) and attendees alike.
Will have something for you next week.
What if, instead of including a request for masks in the event description which could possibly create all the various uncomfortable circumstances the GenCon staff is currently considering, the EO had someone offering masks to attendees at entry to the event?
If an EO wants masks at their event, then it should just be a 'masks required' in the description if Gencon wants to go that path. (Requested is passive. We know what the meaning is) That way there is no ambiguity, no implied request, no societal 'pressure'. The people that want masked events can specifically seek those out. The people that want unmasked events can do the same.
In general I'll point you to the Event Host Policy as well which might have further illumination. https://files.gencon.com/genconeventhostpolicy.pdf
Page 17 I think.
It is far worse to have masks requested/masks not requested, have a GM show up demanding one or the other, and then cancel if it isn’t complied with. That’s why Gencon won’t leave stuff up to individuals and why the safest option is to simply follow the general show policy, whatever it is.
If Covid 23 the evil sequel causes extreme misery this summer Gencon always has reserved the right to changes based on medical necessity. If that isn’t enough for someone then they should probably pass on attending this year.
Fantastic news. I plan on returning and spending my normal $5,000 gaming and housing budget. Hopefully those who aren't resilient to the communicable diseases we've living with for 100,000 years focus on their health if they can't make it.
I get that some of you feel very passionate about this but let's take the snark down a level please.