Will there be a sub-forum for "looking for room" and "exchange" posts?
I was going to make a couple of specific threads for that tomorrow, if you think it would be helpful.
So I've never managed to make it into the GenCon houseing block before. Is it really going to fill up in a matter of hours?
Gen Con has become SOO much more popular, and that's great, but of course it makes getting housing downtown much harder.
We've had crazy increased demand the past few years. I honestly would not be surprised for all rooms in the block, downtown, and not downtown, to be "sold out" within a few hours.
Now, I put "sold out" in quotes, because people always overbook, and have to drop rooms later. If you keep an eye on the forums, and on the hotel website, and be persistent, you have a good chance of getting something.
As Austicke said above, the problem is only with downtown hotels. I don't think any of the other hotels ever sell out - certainly not in the first day that the portal is open. Keep in mind, however, that if you don't have a car with you, those non-downtown hotels are all a rather expensive taxi ride away (assuming the stories about there not being a shuttle service this year are true), although if you plan it right, you can get a hotel near a bus stop, which is only a $1.75 trip to downtown, but you should check the schedule at IndyGo.net, as that hotel that's 20 miles away might be on a bus route that takes an hour to get downtown.
How does the VIG hotel block work for those that did not buy hotels at pre-registration? Are they a subset of all the campuses? Same type of lottery with assigned times after noon?
Did the definition of skywalk change, or did they build more skywalks? Seeing a few places on the "map" page (spoiler: it's not a map, it's a list) that used to have a distance in blocks (I think) that now say Skywalk**.
Just a comment: I bought 5 "adult" badges for my family (3 teens, ranging in age from 12-18). The thought of having rooms in two separate hotels strikes fear into this mom's heart. With luck--and fast typing skills--on my side, I hope get two rooms in the same location. What happens if I fail?
I've only used the "quick and the dead" system of old and didn't go last year due to fear of the lottery. Do I need to hit refresh repeatedly at go time like years past or will it just automatically pop up? (I watched the youtube tutorial but wanted to clarify). Thanks!
No, it will change automatically.