Apparently, VIG gamers bought out the entire stock of Seafall before the dealer hall was open. Just another big go fuck yourself to people who aren't in the program. Thanks, GenCon!
So they didn't make enough copies to meet demand, and/or they allowed VIGs to buy multiple copies each. Not sure either of those scenarios are Gen Con's fault.
They allow VIGs in early to buy limited releases before anyone else can. That's entirely within Gencon's control.
Seafall is releasing 50 copies per day
Actually the VIGs and companions are a total of 600 people. The early access is way more than 600. It's also trade day people and media (the media people aren't suppose to buy stuff but they do). Also if the company only has 50 copies per day of a 60000+ con maybe you should be ticked at the idiots who think 50 a day is enough
No worries. I'll just buy it online when it becomes available. Why waste my exhibit hall time standing in line anyway?
Also,and this may be Trade day people, I know that vendors can buy off each other before the doors open to the general public. There are a lot of gamers that own or work at various vendor booths and may want to take advantage of getting that hard to get game before the crowds and getting stuck at their booth all day.
I wanted a copy of Seafall as well and even had a plan of attack to get to the booth fast but after seeing the crowds,11 years and I'm still surprised, I didn't even bother I just went to 2nd on my list it and was pleasantly surprised when the designer was at the booth signing copies so I wasn't unhappy.
This isn't the first time and won't be the last limited copies of games vanish before the doors open the the general crowds.Yeah it sucks but in reality all these games will be available after the con as well you just may have to wait a few weeks.
Kind of saw the same thing with the new Harry Potter deckbuilding game....
With just 50 copies a day it would have been difficult to get one anyways. The game will be available in retail soon correct?
Harry Potter was nuts. We couldn't even get a spot for a demo.
Over the years I learned especially when a game is brought to attention as "the new hotness" before the con, you never hope to get a copy. It's a pleasant bonus if you DO manage to get a copy of a popular game. But otherwise the dealer hall is a place to dig for some hidden gems or other trinkets.
1. Dont get your heart set on buying a particular pre-release game at Gen Con. If it has very limited copies you probably wont get one.
2. I tell people the same thing on events. Do not get your heart set on getting into a particular event, especially if it is popular and has a small capacity.
If you are basing you enjoyment of Gen Con on getting a particular game or event you might want to evaluate spending the time and money to go.
I would agree with the last couple of posts about pre-release games, but I don't think its a good business move by the companies that do it. Advertise a product so people think you will actually have it, then find out they only have enough for a tiny fraction of everyone attending, and then people have a bad enough experience with the employees, the lines to demo the game, or lack of product that it actually chases away a larger percentage of future business. I remember when Ascension was doing their pre-release back in around 2009 or 2010 they were demoing the game and brought a lot of product so the way they handled the whole thing made me want to buy their product (plus it was an awesome game). You would think that with one of the most popular IPs out there, Harry Potter, a company would be more prepared than they were.
I didn't even bother with Seafall. I listened to some podcasts before the con and they mentioned it would be really limited.
While I wasn't able to get some games I was really looking forward to as well, I don't blame Gen Con. It just happens that way sometimes. Also, the fact that I will be able to buy them soon... well, I don't see a reason to get that upset over something that I'm still going to be able to own before long.
Bunch of Sea Fall copies on Ebay going for $116 to $250 each. One guy has 17 copies left. Wonder where those came from.