Ghosts are the new thing we freak out about as a community, everyone.
Please update your files.
Ghosting. Lobby Conning.
The Facebook Indy group is ALIVE with the thought of ghosts.
I wonder if Gen Con has any way of tracking non-badged folks in the ICC. Probably not. But I do wonder if it's historically been a problem.
Well too many people at Gen Con has been a problem for a couple of years now.
Having to cap badge sales due to overpopulation, then having a mess of people that aren't supposed to be there show up anyways just makes the problem worse.
Any population bloat at Gen Con is a problem.
My problem with ghost, they never stay in the public areas. I mean, how much can they see and do in them, the next thing you know they are in areas where they should not be.
Never heard of this term before.. Are you on about non - bag holders, slipping in places Behind someone with a badge?
I have never seen anyone without a badge at Gen Con. Not sure this is a big "thing."
I have seen people with other day badges in events on different days. A couple times, the event hall captain has come in and checked badges and had them removed. I have seen this at Union Station and at Crown Plaza. They were playing in Gen Con events with generics but their badge was a Thursday or some such and it was Saturday. I assume this will be a bigger issue this year. Since there are no 4 Day Badges, I bet a lot of people with single day will try to use them for every day.
I don't know if the ICC can even watch for wrong color badges with the amount of people in and out.
I've seen security remove someone from the open ICC hallways for not having a badge....
Remember the good old days when we only needed to complaining about the hotels?
How many people ghost, 100, 500, 1000, more? Last year saw a number of non-badge holders, even saw a couple removed from the dealer room. Now, this is something being discussed, makes me wonder if it is a trend or just some internet troll.
I find, I do not trust non-badge holders.
I ain't fraid o' no ghosts.
Last year a lot of people were convinced Pokemon Go was going to ruin the convention. That turned out just fine.
Would't be easier for these "Ghosts" to just make counterfeit badges? Or do they some how think by sneaking into "restricted" con areas without a (fake) badge they will be in less trouble? I am by no means promoting theft, I'm just asking if ghosting is done because they think they can claim they wandered in an area by "mistake".
Gen Con is the only large con I go to and I just learned of ghosting when it was brought up on the FB page this past week. I can't see ghosting at Gen Con would be worth anyone's time or money (to get to the con location). As a GM, I believe I am not allowed to let people sit in a chair at my tables if they do not have a badge. I mean, they are not giving me a ticket to play, they just want to sit and watch. They have to have a badge to do this.
I don't envy the volunteers and Gen Con staff having to police this. My perception is there seem to be many who don't find this ghosting thing to be a problem. I think the rules in place for Gen Con are adequate already. I just want to run games, not scrutinize every badge that comes to my tables.
They'll let you walk through to registration, but it's not allowed otherwise.
Now, do lots of people break that rules? Sure. It's only been loosely enforced, but it'll be interesting to see if enforcement picks up this year.
For years I have seen cosplay people with no badges in the hallways. It wasn't as bad last year as they moved and more formalized cosplay. But before then it seemed like 75% of the cosplay people didn't purchase a badge. I have never seen them enforce having a badge hardly any place but the dealer hall. You can walk through most other areas without a badge no problem.