Hey! Been searching but cannot find the days/times that Will Call will open. We are arriving on Tuesday and am hoping to avoid long lines by getting our badges early.
Wednesday, around noon. Stays open 'round the clock until Sunday afternoon.
From what I've seen on these forums, Wed night is usually the best time. During the day Wed it can be busy; avoid like the plague Thur morning.
Buffy the Cat Slayer in all her glory. :-)
Gen Con has Will Call down.
Late Wednesday night - or late on any night - is definitely even faster; Thursday morning is definitely the worst.
Busy, to me, is anything over 15 mins. Time is money, friend!
I’m hoping to spend no more than an hour in line for Will Call, so I have a feeling I’ll be good for Wednesday...
Still worth $10 to me to have it sent to me, but different strokes and all...
You have to sign for delivery when you choose shipping, don't you?
I can empathize with those who are concerned about time in Will Call.
To be fair, though, for apple-to-apples time comparisons between Will Call and Shipping, I think we have to take into account the effort to either arrange someone to sign for the package and that person's time or the time spent going to the post office to sign for the package yourself or the time you spend on the day of delivery waiting to sign for that package. It still may work out that you're ahead; but that is unlikely to be true for everyone. In the end, for most people, its just a matter of whether you are investing the wait time on one date or another.
Shipping is an awesome option and even though I don't use it, I'm glad it is available (it keeps the Will Call line shorter :P ). But for those considering Will Call - other than Thursday or Saturday morning before 8AM games start *** - don't let the time in line be the only factor you consider. The Gen Con staff is *awesome*, the Will Call line moves really smoothly and you (or someone you trust) are going to spend the time waiting one way or another: in line at Gen Con with lots of other excited gamers or at your home waiting to sign, or driving to the post office and back (to sign). There will, of course, be those for whom the USPS delivery lines up for when they are already available - but that's not going to be everyone.
Last plug to assuage concerns about lines at Will Call - in addition to potentially meeting some great people in line and saving $10, Will Call reduces the stress of worrying about when your package is going to be delivered to your home, the stress of fearing you might forget it or lose it before you get to Gen Con, and the cost to replace it if you lose or forget it.
Have a great Gen Con, everyone! Will Callers or Shippers! Pick what works best for your situation.
*** Seriously, if you're picking up on Thursday or Saturday morning - either do it at 4AM or some other odd hour or pay the shipping! Those times are nuts!
Will Call is like the tides, it ebbs and flows based on time. It is busy at peak times starting at Noon Wednesday as it opens and when people check-in to their hotels 3 to 5PM and then disappear around 9PM Wednesday night but that secret is out and sometimes it is later. :)
I like my badges delivered but then you always hear stories about that too.
I get my badges mailed, but last year I had some last minute event tickets that I had to pick up at will call. We got there about 5pm on Wednesday and the wait was maybe 30-45 minutes. By Wednesday night, we were seeing reports of the line being super long.... I'm glad we picked our tickets up when we did.
That said, while I obviously prefer not having to wait in line, I have to say it was far and away the most efficient line I've ever been in, plus it was a good chance to socialize with people in line around me. I'm normally the world's biggest introvert, but I met a few people waiting in will call that I saw off and on throughout the con. It was fun to talk to them in the halls and compare notes about what we'd all been doing and what our con highlights had been.
You're there to game and have fun. Not a lot of stuff is going on Wednesday, so if you do get stuck in a long line, make the best of it and use the time to talk about the fun things we're all there to do with other like-minded people.
We are not going to the same Gen Con as there is a lot going on Wednesday for me. :)