I had to refresh and re-submit, so #1656 a few minutes after Noon. I got quite a few events, but several were my "Number - 2s." All in all, I'm happy with it. I will go back and check later to see if anyone dropped any of the ones I really hoped to get in to.
I got everything I wanted! (I was #780-something.)
I also got everything I selected. I was #617. This year was clearly much, much easier to get items on your wish list. My friend also got everything he wanted - he was #577.
Frankly, I'm a little surprised. With free badges and remote participation, I would have expected a massive participation, even internationally.
I can think of two main reasons for events not filling as fast as they do for in-person GenCons:
One, event registration started on a Monday, rather than a Sunday like it normally does.
Two, fewer people think they can handle the hoops you need to jump through to play in an event online. For example, a lot of the boardgames require owning Tabletop Simulator, which in turn involves (a) owning Steam and (b) paying for the Tabletop Simulator app.
Other than the Rolemaster events that I sgned up for cancelling last night, Im pretty happy. Not A single D&D5E game (I play, but wanted other things for this Gencon).). As RM isn't in the mix, I am only signed up for things that I've never played before, so this should be fun.
I registered for Wizard Cards Tournament Thursday, 7:00 PM EDT
I am VERY surprised that so few people have registered to date. It cost $2 to register and they are maxing out the registrations at 50 people-- meaning $100 maximum being paid in. But they are paying out prize money of $200 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third so they are LOSING MONEY on this deal. If this low number of registrations continues, even though I am not a good player I think I will have a decent chance of getting at least my $2 back.
Am I missing something here??? Seems like a great risk/reward equation on this. I look forward to spending my winnings on more games.
I"m spending most of my Gen Con running events (someone's got to support their favorite companies). I've picked up everything else I wanted to do except for the Vampire Card Game and Pathfinder Card game intro.