One thing that I really want to stress when it comes to an in person event, there needs to be absolutely positively NO EXCEPTIONS to policies related to being vaccinated and wearing a mask.
I don't care if your uncle told you that 5G microchip vaccines cause cancer, I don't care if you think demons will fly out your butthole if you wear a mask, I'm not interested in your degree in constitutional law from Facebook university. Either the policy is 100% applied without exception, or it is useless.
So what happens to folk, who CAN'T get the vaccine (cause of autoimmune disorders), should they just be banned from going to any convention?
I don't claim to be a COVID expert, but isn't the whole point of getting vaccinated to be able to reach a point where people don't have to wear masks? By August enough people should be vaccinated so that real life, which includes not wearing masks, is feasible.
It's supposed to be. BUT even with the vaccine, many places still are under mask mandates..
Some people can't wear their masks for long periods of time and likely would get upset at being asked/told to put their mask back on or their kicked out.
One of the guys i used to game with (currently in lockdown, so am not gaming), can't wear a mask for more than 1 hr at a time, cause of his medical issues. SO i agree. How would mask wearing enforcement occur for folks like that. OR would it just be "advised that folks who fit that description, just NOT come"???
I just think Gencon needs applause for thinking about this NOW and getting policies in place long before the event. People will be mad if they only find out in July what the show policies actually are.
And yes you cant make everyone happy. But I think they are at least trying. People at least have a direct Avenue for feedback.
I give major Cudos to Gencon for Sending that poll out.. Some conventions i go to, have YET to even do anything close to that.
Perhaps they can solve that issue, by mailing everyones stuff out this year.. SO only those who pick up gm badges/buy generics are in lines..?
If Disney can social distance tourists (and if there's ever a group that's in the "I care only about myself" category, it would be the Disney tourist), Gencon can social distance in a Convention Center and sports stadium:).
To me, its a big difference between going to a sports game/disney, where you are NOT usually trying to talk to 5-6 people, and a CON where MOST OF your time at the table, IS TALKING, and havinv to do it 6+ feet away. We've always seen issues with folks NOT being able to hear one another/the DM on their table, cause of noise around. NOW imagine trying to converse/read a script, to someone, 6+ feet away AND WHILE BEING MASKED? I know folks, who even if they were 2 feet away, couldn't hear me, talking while masked..
However there are things we will not have control over and will be mandated by whatever policies are put forth by the health department and or Governors office. If for example you must be masked to attend then you must, end of discussion.
Which is to be expected...
Pretty sure that if there is a mask mandate there will be plenty of people doing their best Donald Sutherland's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" finger point scream imitation if they see someone without a mask.
I've seen videos of folks, even JUMPING on folks not masked in some stores. BUT not yet seen anyone, even get OUTRAGED/shouting, let alone going that far, in person.. Knock on wood...
As someone who has done TWO of the Gencon UK's (one where it was at that laughlenn college, one where it was in downtown london).. Have you heard if that's going on this year?? OR will it be virtual too?
Thoughts about doing the exhibit hall as a (free) timed ticketed event, similar to what they are doing at zoos these days? Could help with congestion. Yes, many negatives if you are trying to get the new hot product or find yourself with a random 30 minutes but no ticket (and I'm sure tons more that I didn't mention). But if that's the difference between having the con or not, it could possibly work...
How would that work for folks like me, who generally only visit it, during down time, cause one of the GM slots we set for ourselves, didn't run (cause of lack of players)? How would we get those 'tickets'??
This is turning out to be long.. So i will split it up.. Continued next post!