Let's be real. This is a company that employs almost 20 people year round and has significant contracts with the ICC, Lucas Oil and so on. This is not like the local Con in your hometown that rents out a hotel ballroom. You are flippantly talking about turning out the lights on their entire revenue for a whole year. Like it is you and your buddies cancelling your Friday night game session -- let's meet again next week, right? If it needs to happen, it needs to happen. But, if so, they will need to cross their T's and dot their I's on the financial details.
There are a lot of possibilities here:
Maybe Gen Con will go forward within official guidelines
Maybe Gen Con is actively negotiating with ICC, Lucas Oil, the city and hotels about cancelling 2020
Maybe Gen Con is negotiating moving the event to later in the year
Maybe Gen Con has a lawyer working on literally filing for bankruptcy
Maybe Gen Con already intends to cancel but needs, for liability reasons, the city/state to cancel the event - and that has ramifications for whether they owe the ICC, collect insurance etc.
That last possibility has been raised in this thread by numerous people about 2.4x10^3 times -- yet posts like yours just walk right past it like the concept doesn't exist.
None of the above things are going to be negotiated in public. They just aren't. That's not how it works.
And, for all we know, doing it wrong might mean Gen Con is done. Forever.
At this point, personally, I think the most likely end result is that the convention will yet be cancelled for this year. But, we'll see. In the meantime, I think a lot of people need to dial back the sanctimony about how they are the only ones who care about public health. We all want it done right and the official recommendations are a moving target.
Imagine the stress of working on an event for a year and then having this happen -- add in the possibility of losing your job. Now tack on people yelling at you to share info that, possibly, for legal reasons you can't yet share. Let's give these folks a break. They put on a great convention every year.
That page hasn't been updated in two weeks, and really doesn't say anything of substance beyond "wait and see".
As an attendee, I can afford to wait and see. But what about the exhibitors? Their goods have to be ordered way in advance in order to be sure that they'll be there in time to sell them at the con. And I'd wager a lot of them couldn't afford to sit on a large stock of inventory until Gen Con 2021 rolls around. They'll need to make some decisions soon, based on the information they have at the time.
So, has Gen Con been in touch with their exhibitors, beyond what they've communicated to the world at large?
Edit: As an aside, anyone looking for decent rooming, looks like there are some decent options atm lol
I want to thank you for understanding that the front page link doesn't cover folks seeing updates and is hard to see on mobile. I want to thank you for your calmness and patience. I want to thank you for your update in the thread about the change to the refund email. Those little bits of communication have helped me.
matthias9 laid it out perfectly, bit harsh, but it needed to be said. Right now they can't really tell us anything. There are too many reasons why to list. It would be nice to see something one way or another, but they can't right now.
My guess is, come mid to late June we should start hearing something. Ether they open events which means there is a good chance of Gencon going forward, or that the con is being canceled out right. I doubt it will be postponed till later in the year as the size makes it too difficult.
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Hello, I wasn't planning on attending this year, but I looked at the merchandise as a way to purchase something to support GenCon in general during these times. My question is, since it's by OffWorld Designs, does GenCon receive any commission from me buying a woman's t-shirt? I have attended GenCon twice, in 2010 and in 2017, and I had a blast both times (smiley).
"You agree to assume all risks of participating in the Show and release Gen Con from any liability for loss, damage, or injury (including disability or death) to your person and property while attending, participating in, or becoming involved with the Show."
Whoops, my bad = Gen Con, not GenCon :)
Mission accomplished, even if I just wear the t-shirt at home while I solo game LOL. Best wishes Gen Con!
Subjecting the public to a MANDATORY untested vaccine is in the words of Robert Kennedy JR a war crime.
I think Gen Con is giving us as much info as they can right now, and I'm sure parsing as much as they can take in in regards to the situation.
If the con happens, I'll be there, if not, I'll roll the badge over to 2021.
Okay, guys, let's tone down the rhetoric (I'm looking at you, Cutter2020 and Poteet6).
Gen Con, LLC.
*Not picking on GenCon here, just commenting that quoting EULAs, TOSs, and disclaimers is usually meaningless. Many of them don't carry the least amount of legal weight, or are severely limited in their applicability. My favorite is 'not responsible for items left in vehicles.' That one's just there to discourage people from complaining.
I hate it when I come to the party too late and all the really risqué comments have been deleted... ;)
All of the deleted comments were the same thing: the full lyrics to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," and were only deleted due to copyright violation.