My gaming group is planning our first GenCon trip for 2016, and I'm curious about hotel strategies. Is it worthwhile waiting for the GenCon Hotel Lottery, or is wise to book rooms through the desired hotel ahead of time at the full rate? The JW Marriot looks like (one of) the place(s) to be, and I'd rather pay more to be guaranteed a room there... as long as it isn't TOO MUCH more ;-)
Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
1.) Get a VIG badge, if you can. That ship has sailed for this year at any rate.
2.) If you can find a room you like, outside the block, at a price you're willing to pay, which you cancel (most high-rate ones you'll find available you can do so), book it. This is your "safety net"
3.) The saturday night before hotel reservations open up, find a virgin. On a mountain-top altar, with a knife of the purest silver, sacrifice her to Passkey, demon of hotel block reservations.
4.) In the morning discover you actually sacrificed a Barbie doll using your favorite steak-knife, and are in fact, quite screwed.
5.) Throw your hat into the hotel lottery on Sunday at noon, see what happens.
6.) If you get something as good or better than what you have booked out of block, take it. Hang on to your safety net. You might need it (Passkey has been known to screw people before...it's happened).
7.) If you don't get anything good, keep your safety net.
8.) A week or so out from Gen Con, if you're still holding onto the safety net you don't need, see if anyone on the forums wants it, and then work with the hotel to transfer it into thier name (and their credit card!!). Otherwise, just cancel it and be done with it.