I'm pretty sure location does not matter overly much. My group had 5 people clicking the button at the same time:
1- Me in NY: #2,500ish
2- A friend, sitting across the table from me: #3,000ish
3- Another friend at the table with me. Had an error on his phone, then logged in on my computer and hit the button about 30 seconds or so later than me: #1,500ish
4- A friend in Chicago: #2,500ish
5- Her boyfriend, in the same room as her: #1,400ish
One of our lowest numbers in the queue went to someone who definitely clicked the button last...
Ryvre, thank you for that data. Do you know if the error your friend got was a 503 error?
For my own personal interests, I've been curious about those. The 503 errors were happening on all pages across the site because the webserver couldn't respond to all of the requests. But depending on how the site is set up, it doesn't necessarily mean that the submissions of the people who received them were lost. After all, if you were to return to the site and then resubmit, it would just show you the slot you were already in since being on the site is not necessary to maintain your place in line once it is determined.
Of course, I don't actually know if this is the case. I'm just curious.
The countdown was off on his phone. It showed over two minutes left when my button went live. He refreshed, and got the 503 error. (He may have poked the un-live button a few times before switching to my computer. I'm not sure if that would submit the list if it was supposed to be live. It didn't appear to be doing anything.) When he logged in on my computer, the button to submit his list was live. Do you know if the button appears while you're in the queue?
I'm not confident enough in my memory of the situation to say whether the button remains while you are in the queue. My queue time was very short and I only had one tab open this year (after my double submission issue from last year) and only clicked the button once. Then I immediately went to the forum to finish my place-in-line topic.
Quick, everyone: what games did you miss out on last year?
No one remembers. And it didn't affect anyone's enjoyment of the Con last year at all.
I missed three tickets for Privateer Press speed-painting round 5, but that was due to my own mistake with double booking. :p
I still had a great GenCon.
Not blasting people for being upset now, just saying that no one I've ever met spends their con bemoaning the games they didn't get into at prereg. Maybe there are people who do, I guess. But I don't know 'em, and probably don't want to.
I can go back about 3-5 years remembering what I got shut out of. A big part of it was 5 straight years of being shut out of every You too can Cthulhu game I tried for. Missing a particular game has never ruined my experience but I like a lot of different kinds of games. I see how a person with a less diverse taste could be put out if they didn't get anything they wanted. If you only ply a certain edition of D&D or, X-wing minis, or call of Cthulhu for instance.
I too got bad luck this year for events as it locked up and I ended up 6500 or so.
I will go, I will have a blast with my son. its just hard to explain to a 12 year old we won't be playing the games you helped me pick out because of a random error.
Wish list should be automatically submitted, with no more than 5 events processed from any list, then move to next person. Its super simple for them to do this, and would help make a more even playing field for everyone.
Remember that the GMs are people, go talk to them :) If their email wasn't listed, contact Derek and he can pass along a message or get contact info.
Also go back and check if events opened up. We just returned two tickets to T.I.M.E. Stories last night because my husband had no patience to wait until GENCON and bought the game (I'm so glad he bought it).
ever think this might be part of the problem? people opening multiple connections causing unnesasary strain on the system? 5000 people all opening up multiple tabs to the page is adding strain exponetionally
They should either have enough servers to handle the (artificial) demand, or institute a registration system that doesn't encourage people to load 10 pages at once.
Blaming the customers for engaging in behaviors that align with their interest is not going to get anywhere productive.
And you can turn it around....
Is there anyone out there defending the system who didn't get a low queue number and most if not all of their choices?