on Thursday? I.E. 10am massive horde of stampeding fans lined up two blocks deep?
Doors to what? The Exhibit Hall? The Convention Center?
The Exhibit Hall opens at 10am Thursday, yes, if that is what you are asking about. At least, it has in the past.
matthias9 is spot on if you are talking about the Exhibit Hall. If you mean to Gen Con in general there will be unofficial things happening on Tuesday. Official events happening all day Wednesday (last year they ran from 10 am - after midnight). The earliest official events on Thursday usually start around 8am and then go around the clock until 4pm on Sunday.
The convention center is open 24/7, I believe, so there's never a big line of folks outside waiting to get in.
No, the big crowd is inside, filling the halls outside the exhibition doors--patient, hungry, ready to obliterate anything that gets between them and the exclusives. If you don't need any of the limited edition stuff--or just want to live another day--you wait until 10 minutes after the doors have opened so you can stroll right in. Or hang out in the upper level looking down at the mass, marveling at just how many people the convention center can hold just in the hallways!
Most of the doors to the Exhibit Hall open at 10, but last year, and possibly always, the doors from Hall C into the EH opened at 10:30.
man every time I see the big group of people waiting to get in to the exhibit hall I think that really there should be some kind of group chant that we could get started
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
DO NOT RUN
always behind the times I tells ya
I have witnessed grown men come to blows over Netrunner, and thousands of people pulling that 'this is important' face while fast-walking towards a booth of plastic toys. Just nuts. If you can buy your games later, buy them later. They won't be on sale, might even be higher priced, and you'll have a more enjoyable time.
There are strategies to getting new "hot" stuff, and they don't require making an idiot of yourself or breaking any rules. They do require some planning, getting to the crowd outside the exhibit hall quite early, and being able to manage a brisk "fire drill" speed walk.
And I agree, there are ways to get the hot stuff without being an ass. Most people use those ways, it's the few who don't that get everyone upset.
The running of the nerds. I love to watch from the upper deck, if I'm not in a game.