How do I put my name in the hat for the VIG lottery??
As per the GenCon VIG page:
To enter the random selection process for the 2020 show please send your Gen Con ID number, name, and the email associated with that account between November 15 and December 8, 2019 to [email protected] and we will enter you into the random selection process. You must have a Gen Con account to enter. You must be 18 years old to purchase a VIG package.
Seems like it's too late, unless they allow late entries.
I suggest you put a reminder on your calendar for next year, assuming you'll be attending. Dates will probably be similar. Too easy to forget otherwise! Also make sure that you are on the Gen Con email distro list, follow the official and fan social media pages, etc. so you'll get notifications of this and similar important info. Good luck!
I don't think they will allow late entries, seeing as that the VIG drawing happened last week.
Can you share any information on when the actual lottery/VIG notification will take place?
Many folks were notified a couple weeks ago, but often last minute slots open up when returning VIGs don't renew.
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
I honestly would like to know what past VIG's have gotten in their Gift Bags and Exlusive coupons. $700 is alot of money for just for 10 minute head start to the vendors room and a special lounge.
Others can tell you what the program values are specifically for themselves.
Customer Service & Event Team Manager (VIG wrangler)
Gen Conn LLC
I will say that last year my group was finishing dinner upstairs as the VIG Mixer was starting downstairs at Oceanaire Seafood, and it looked like a very nice party, assuming the food and drinks were included.
This will be my 3rd year as a VIG. First, they took away the early dealer hall access, so that's not a thing any more. The swag bag is generally pretty good, the last two years I'd say it's a couple dozen games of various price points, genres, and style. You also get a backpack, a t-shirt, and other goodies like mugs/tumblers, shot glass, and so forth. The lounge is nice - I do Gen Con with a bunch of non-VIG friends so I don't really "hang out" there, but free drinks and coffee is great, and the bag check is awesome when you want to lighten your load. The lounge also has a dedicated ticket booth so you can register for events and buy generics with basically no line. The lounge staff is always super nice. I haven't done the mixer so I can't speak to it - I'd rather be having dinner with my friends I only see once a year. There is a "backstage tour" which is quite good and certainly worth doing.
The big perk is really the early hotel registration. If you are a VIG you will probably get exactly the hotel you want, although there is some competition for rare rooms like suites within those hotels.
If you're really curious about the swag bag contents there are "unboxing" videos on Youtube with previous VIG bags.
Hotel is nice, swag is interesting, don't discount the room and refreshments. The bag check rocks. Priority seating at seminars. Our own ticket counter is a nice plus. There are VIG only events (mixer for example), the tour, events in the room. They can even send a runner to get your friend their badge so they don't have to wait.
I heard, if you're playing a 5e game, if you're a VIG and your character dies, you can pick another player's character to die instead. Just once per game though, and only 5e, harsh.
Did I just derail a conversation?
I'll say something VIGish to get us back on track. The program's biggest draws are the hotel perk, Lounge (and all it's amenities) and the Swag. Which is largely different games or merchandise from the Exhibitorrs and a few extra goodies we throw in.
The hotel perk is pretty awesome. I really enjoy the swag bag as it introduces me to a ton of games I’d probably not of had on my radar, and the game stuff in it is pretty cool. I especially loved the backpack a couple years ago and they gave us a tumbler I still use at work. The lounge is nice, really enjoy the drinks and open tables to enjoy lunch at or just chill for a minute and charge the phone. Price is steep but worth it for my vacation every year.