GenCon could also enforce compliance with their timelines. It makes GenCon and Pastimes look bad as they can't meet or enforce time lines for when the events go live.
We always add late events leading up to the show.Late events mean more games and more people playing games, so that policy is not going to change.
If you are unhappy with the timeline for event release for a particular gaming group or company, contact them directly and encourage them to submit earlier.
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It's also not Derek's job to force anyone to submit events. It is acceptable and within Gencon event policy for anyone to submit events after the initial priority period. You can submit an event NOW, after event reg is live, if you want. Perfectly acceptable.
That a company chose to wait is their issue. What should Derek do? Tell them to submit by March or not at all? Would you like that instead? No MtG events because Derek didn't accept late events? Or should he drive to their houses and force them to fill out paperwork?
One of my favorite groups didn't submit a BSG larp this year. Is that Derek's fault?
It is not Gencon's obligation to make sure another company keeps *you* happy.