Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
The 2017 forums will stay up until the end of the month (to finish any conversations), then go away.
Gen Con, LLC.
I am already sooooo looking forward to the next Gen Con!
Ooo I like the purple dragon!
I have a question maybe more, I am wondering how much money you would suggest to set aside to get a badge and to book a hotel? My husband and I were thinking about going back in August 2017, but we just were not able to afford things when it came time to start getting things. I am hoping to be able to get the money together so we can come out August 2018. Thanks for your help.
So nice to see the 2018 section...
We drove from MI to Indy, stayed downtown, and bought over 40 games, spent between $1500 and $2000 dollars.
Hope that helps.
Love the new look...
Hotel - $250.00
Tax - $42.50
Parking - $25.00
Total per night - $317.50
Of that $2500, probably about $300-$500 was in the dealer hall (games, dice, accessories, etc.)
Since it was her first Gen Con, I wasn't thinking "I need to keep down costs" (quite the opposite: "I need her to have a *great time* so she'll come back next year!" - Mission Accomplished!).
In the past, by bringing our own food and sharing a room with others, I've gone Wednesday - Monday for as little as $600 (including dealer hall). That was cramming a lot of people into a room outside of downtown, though.
I've always had a great time. Gen Con does not have to cost thousands of dollars to attend (if you are within driving distance).
Low end: farther hotel. Cheaper events. Maybe even volunteer to earn your badge. Can be done if you drive and share the room for $400.
Middle. Farther hotel. Gate ten pass. Maybe one expensive event like true dungeon. $1000.
The real deal: downtown room from Wednesday to Monday, true dungeon, a couple premier events (I like the painting ones), able to get games and shirts and'stuff' in the dealer hall: $3000
Worth it? Just depends! I tend to really want the downtown room so I splurge there but volunteer for badge and part of that hotel room.
What really helps kid the ability to spread it all out. Kids badges in January, events I may, hotel paid in advance, just leaves food and dealer hall at the con.
Keep in mind this was using points for our flights, otherwise we would have needed to drive. We also got away with around $60 total in Uber/Lyft for the whole trip.
airport to / from$100.00
Around IND $100.00
Airlines Fees/ Trip Insurance$75.00
snacks / packed$100.00
Dinner Restaurant 4x $70$280.00
Lunch Fast Food / Truck 5 x $45$117.50
Coffee / Tea $20 per day $80.00
Breakfast / Light $30 per day$150.00
Maybe the "cost and logistics" of going to Gen Con should have it's own thread? It seems that others might want to see/talk about this.
Every persons experience is different, this was just mine, sorry if this didn't help as much as you would have liked it too.