father bloodlust wrote:
Yeah, I think people are more angry about losing events due to system failures than the loss of the events themselves. I think there's a general feeling that GenCon, as the longest-running game convention in the world, should be better than that, especially with attendance constantly increasing.
Am I in the ballpark?
It certainly seems more are irked that we keep getting crashes year after year, than just losing an event or three..
Especially when year after year, we get 'reassurances we have load tested things, so we should not see any issues unlike prior years'..
a "fair" way would be to not process the entire wish list of the people at the front of the line...I think the biggest problem is that the current system produces winners and losers instead of a compromise where no one might get "everything" they want but everyone gets "some" of what they want.
Sort of a 'share the pain' method.. Everyone takes a little hurtin, rather than a few taking all the hurtin.
mhayward1978 wrote: thejoltess wrote:
I guess I am wondering, if people are so defeated by what they didn't get at event registration, why is attendance so high and why is it growing so much each year? If everyone not getting exactly what they wanted every year is ruining Gen Con, then why aren't people dropping off in droves?
I'd speculate it's because a huge chunk of attendees, perhaps even a majority, don't pre-register for events the day registration opens. For these people any issues that occur within 3 hours of registration going live are completely irrelevant.Lots of people come for just one day, and walk around the dealer hall.
Lots of people just play Magic, come to do the Costume Contest, the Anime films, True Dungeon, or enter into some long tournament that doesn't typically sell out instantly.
I mean - around 6,000 is the highest number I've seen quoted for the waitlist. There are many, many more people than 6,000 coming to GenCon this year.
Good point. I do see a lot more coming just for specific stuff, and a good chunk do seem to be only 'day traders' (so to speak)..