Okay guys, I think we've run the "strollers in the Dealer Hall" argument into the ground.
So, let's move on to other tips.
Forum Coordinator; Gen Con, LLC.
And here's one:
Show up on time for your events, and have your tickets ready, not buried in the bottom of your giant backpack. And make sure they are the correct tickets for the event. The ticket taker may not have time to scrutinize every ticket (especially in a big event), and I've seen more than one GM get no credit because they were given the wrong tickets in their game.
Be excellent to each other.
"Don't be a dick."
I'll throw in a few from experiences I had in 2014:
if someone comes up to be at the start of a 4 hr rpg session and says "dude, i have another commitment to go to at the 3hr mark, is it ok if i leave then".. I've had no issue.
If they are just feeling poorly, i've had no issue.
If they just up and leave, not telling anyone why, i have a wonder of "why"?
-Aren't good with confrontation
-Don't want to make waves
-Might be afraid of having everyone else at the table turn on them at once
Really, there are a bunch of possible answers for that.
Like, if I volunteer to help my friend move their couch to their second floor apartment, I shouldn't decide half way up the stairs that this sucks and I'm leaving... who could blame me, right?
Thank the GM/organizer/presenter/whatever of every event you go to. Even if it wasn't great. Even if it was rotten. Every game, workshop and seminar involves a lot of work to make it happen. Even if it looks like all they did was show up with a boardgame, they also had to get the event written up and submitted, show up at the right place and time, collect the tickets, and teach the game. It's the events that make GenCon what it is, so show some appreciation.
Have empathy. Understand that some folks need a stroller. Some are carrying a bag full of necessities (from diapers to medicines). Your poor waitress is pulling a double shift and just had a table of lousy tippers. This convention is comprised of 65,000 visitors and thousands more workers, all of whom think differently.
Smile, have fun and respect everyone else.