8:16 pm. Checking back seems to be the new plan.
I see a couple times in this thread that are later than that, including one that is more than an hour later. That suggests to me that it may be more spread out (assuming roughly same number of registrants, which I think is a fair assumption).
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
We got 4:XX and 5:XX, not holding out any hope for a downtown hotel with those times.
7:58 - I continue to hate this process - have never rcvd a competitive time...
My sympathies to that person or persons that got a 12:xx time slot and log in the following Sunday in a fit of brain dump. But to the 2:01 slot that benefits, huzzah!
2:44pm EST, got a little glimmer of hope
Interesting to see they've spread it out more, but I don't think we'll benefit with my 6:55 pm timeslot, heh. Fingers X-treme crossed that my out of block reservation doesn't get cancelled.
3:17pm EST here. Fingers crossed
Pre-lottery: Rooms available as the number of people trying to get them was greatly reduced.
Post-lottery: Many more people attempting to get those same rooms.
The random selection process gives everybody a chance at getting their preferred housing.
Customer Service & Event Team Manager
Gen Con LLC
We had 4 people in our group. 3 of them got times after 5pm, and the lucky one got 2:17pm and was able to sneak into the Alexander.
Is there a waiting list or anything for the others? I have another group of friends (just a couple) that also got awful times. It just is a huge feels bad when this happens, and hard to justify requesting time off if my entire vacation comes to a god darn lottery system..
You can always search for a better listing however throughout the year.
You can modify your room assignment as needed and free of charge, provided the assignment is not cancelled in its entirety. Free modifications include change of hotel, room type, stay dates, roommates, guest contact information, special requests such as ADA Accessible room, and credit card information. Changes can be performed from the time you receive the initial assignment acknowledgment through the close of housing registration on July 13, 2020.
To modify or cancel your room assignment, log into your Gen Con account, visit your My Housing page, and click the “Manage Room” link for the assigned room you'd like to change. The link will connect you with the online system where you can make the desired adjustments. Changes will not go into effect unless you click the “submit” button to confirm the change; closing your browser before submitting the change will leave the original assignment intact.
What I believe escapes everyone's understanding of the process is this: Sunday was not the only day the portal is open. Nor was it the only day to get the hotel you want.
You're all gamers, learn to play the game. I have never had a time that allowed me to reserve a connected room on the first day the portal opened. I have always stayed in my own room, downtown, in a connected hotel by the time Gen Con rolls around. Log into the portal a couple times a day between now and July and you'll find one.
I bought my badge in April- didn't even bother with the lottery time or opening day portal.
Keep checking but there are two times when rooms tend to come open due to dumping.
1. Right after event reg when people dont get events they want.
2. Just before the June 8th deadline where dumping afterwards costs you a nights stay.
This year our time was 7:30pm CST so I didn't even bother.. I am glad I booked a room at the Residence Airport few months earlier as a back up. The portal it shows I would have to stay in Carmel, IN to get a room.
On another note I though there was to be a new hotel opening up this year with 400 plus rooms. I guess that didn't happen.
I feel like the VIGs reserve many rooms since they get early access but then I would expect early access if I am paying $650 for a 4 day ticket.