Just purchased mine. I used the normal registration "get a badge" link on the main page.
Badge Registration and Hotel Registration went very smooth. Done in less than 10 minutes with no problems.
Yes, me too. Very easy. Button on the top left. "Get a Badge"
Would be nice if we could get our companions now too :(
Everything went very smoothly. Am registered for my VIG badge and have my hotel reservation done at the Embassy Suites.
The transaction worked much better than last year. Well done GenCon
That all went very well. He said, moments before his computer sprouted tentacles & lunged for his eyes.
also done... hooray!
Soooo.....no one's had problems yet, she asked warily?
I guess I don't think you can put in two reservations with different dates at the same hotel same hotel room type? That's not really a problem though on the grand scale.
Yeah I got mine officially at 2 mins. past the hour. Hotel booked and badge paid for. All really smooth.
I was going to wait till Gencon to say something but I guess I should say it now;
It is a huge mistake limiting Companions to just one in 2017. Yes they sell out but there has always been plenty of opportunity for you to buy the badges if you really wanted to. Last year I had two Companions and missed out on a third only because he wasn't sure if he wanted to come and like a month went by.
I do VIG with my fiance and Frank (I am sure he has made himself well known to the other VIG'ers and def. the VIG staff). The third spot (if I can get it) rotates between my family on who gets to use it.
Limiting the badges to just one literally ruins all of our Gencon's. That means only my finace can be a Companion and never will Frank get to participate with us, or my brother, etc.
Espcially with the consistant rising costs to both badges, I feel like this is a punch in the gut. It really makes VIG less valuble since my tight knit group can't participate together. Yeah yeah, I know what you are saying, "Most of Gencon has nothing to do with VIG, you don't need to be VIG to hang out at all". While that is true, our group has literally needed the VIG lounge. Frank is in a wheelchair and with how crowded Gencon gets, it is the only salvation for us as a group to hang out, relax, eat our food, etc.
But it goes beyond my group, that was just the selfish part of my complaint. I really am concerned at who I won't get to see from other people's groups and friends in 2017. We in the VIG lounge have become like a family. Getting to see each other year after year and catch up. New faces are always great and welcomed but if it comes at the cost of losing those that I have gotten to know over the years and all due to a policy change, then that really isn't worth it.
There are always going to be people that aren't happy with the way things are. Every year this forum fills with hate threads over the badge system and housing portal and the lotterys, etc. But I would be very surprised if the majority of VIG'ers want there to be a restriction of Companions down to ONE!
In the end, this policy change solves one problem but creates many others. Call me "over dramatic" if you will, but this is the one vacation I get to take each year and it means a lot to me.
First you only make one reservation, and then go back in and make another by using the link at the top of the reservation page. Important: only the first reervation will be visible on your confirmation page so make sure you save all of your reservations for future reference.
Secondly you can always go in and modify one of your reservations yourself.
No worries, I need to check on the other guest for my room to see if we really wanted to be in Indy for 7 days versus the 4.5 we usually are.
All of this discussion raises for me the other salient point:
When will the VIGs-only forum be live on the new message boards (ie, here)?
Am i supposed to be able to book a second room at this moment? I get hit with an access code request when i try to make a second reservation.
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