Revving up for Gen Con I like to watch videos. The other day I was watching one about traveling to Gen Con with families. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml84UJmgcY4. This couple with young children have traveled to Gen Con the past 4 years. They state that if they cannot be within walking distance of the ICC, they are not going. Then they said that was their line in the sand. "It hasn't happened yet, but ..." I was stunned. This is my 6th straight Gen Con and I have yet to get a downtown hotel room. Last year one day after the con ended I started searching for hotel rooms downtown near the ICC. There was no availability presumably because Gen Con has them locked down. My next step was to try AirBnB to try to get 2 rooms for myself and my grandson, and my son and daughter-in-law. I was very excited that I found two near downtown. I paid my deposits for the two rooms and was very happy. One month later, one of the AirBnB hosts apparently realized he had not gouged me enough and told me he was revoking my reservation. I apparently have no rights even after they took my deposit. Fortunately the other host was more on top of things and we still have one room. I waited for the housing portal to open and was ready to go right at noon on the day. However, I was not allowed to access the portal until 2:40. Downtown hotel rooms were gone by 2:00 PM so I was out of luck for a downtown room.
I was stunned that two young people were 4 out of 4 for downtown rooms and I am zero for 6. I do not begrudge families with young children a close room. However, I will be 70 in September. I applaud Gen Con's support for diversity and LBGT rights. However, they do not seem to be as concerned about their loyal senior citizens. The first year I went to Gen Con I was afraid that I would be the only old fart there. Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw a lot of us senior citizens. It would be good if we had the opportunity to get a downtown room, not every year but occasionally. I also hope that those with disabilities have the option to get close rooms. It would be great if Gen Con would step up and give a little more priority to the aged and disabled folks.