Broadly speaking I think if there is a con, we'll have to accept that international attendance will suffer. Which I get sucks, I remember meeting a dude who game from Australia and Im pretty sure bought the entire privateer press stock. Gencon 2021 wont be like 2019, thats just a fact. What I believe is most important is just that we can meet together safely in 2021, and obviously be ready for 2022, when we go hard and its going to be wild.
I'd imagine vendors and companies are being pretty careful about their plans in 2021, where they are going to spend and what to prioritize. more of a reply to the comment before your's Jeffe- I know Nova is a smaller con, but it is a month past and possibly a smaller lift to put together a presence for vs. Gencon. What the article shows is that the large companies that run multiple booths and events at these conventions are not making definitive plans for an event that comes right at the end of summer, which could mean Gencon is more of a focus for what little attention and resources they are willing to risk OR that they are putting plans on ice until the economic and national health landscape is clearer.
Gen Con 2021 has been moved to September 16-19. The FAQ says masks and social distancing are likely, but it is unknown at this time whether or not vaccines will be required.
This is turning out to be long.. So i will split it up.. Continued next post!
And yay.. now done with this long (and somewhat heated thread)..
Of course, Miami technically still has a mask mandate and see how that has worked out for them once spring break started.
By September, everyone who wants the vaccine should already have had the opportunity to get it. So if you have been vaccinated, there is no reason for either the mask or social distancing. If after being vaccinated you still have health concerns, you should probably stay home. Occupancy is going to be limited, anyway.
The American Society of Civil Engineers hosts a similar sized event at their annual national convention. This year it was scheduled for October, a month after Gen Con. They just announced it will be all virtual this year.
I know it's not a perfect comparison, but the Indy 500 announced an attendance of 135,000 people for their event in May. I assume that we'll get some kind of update after the effects (if any) are found from that event.
According to the NPR site I've been watching for the last few months, Indiana is in the bottom third or so of states (by percentage of population) for both having 1 shot (of the 2 dose vaccines) and having fully vaccinated populations, and even then those numbers are in the 1/4 to 1/3 range respectively.
Note that this is purely something I keep tabs on out of curiosity and concern for the.. ahem, situation occurring with my neighbours to the south of these frozen wastes to the north.
And that's based on 3-4 months of vaccines rolling out.
I genuinely hope that in another 4-5 months of shots going into arms and people being convinced that it's desirable to be among the vaccinated, that we'll see something more closely resembling the old normal, even if it entails a little 'medical security theater' to alleviate concerns all the same. That NPR tracker even has an estimate of 85% of the US being fully vaccinated in late August (it fluctuates a bit, but has been in that vicinity for a while, ebbing and flowing based on day to day rates and weekly averages). That target was early 2022 not too long ago.
There will be skeptics and jerks and people who just won't get with the program. There's the possibility for the virus or vaccine supply issues or something else entirely throwing a curve ball at us collectively, but I remain hopeful for now. We (north america collectively) aren't through the tunnel yet, and some places (like Canada and Mexico) are still waiting on sufficient supplies to put a dent in the disparity (I respect that this is a selfish view of the situation and that there are many countries in the world with far lower access), but as the US starts peaking on those who want the shots getting them, hope that the current doses being sent over will continue with further efforts to help stamp this crap out.
But, circling back to the situation at hand, I don't envy the Gencon team having to make decisions 5 months out on a world that is changing day to day and week to week, even if the last few weeks and months have been a marked improvement over the year prior.
An outdoor setting doesn't seem like it would help much with 135,000 people all crammed into the stands.
I know that sounds like alot but that is still only 40% capacity. So they wont be crammed in anywhere.
Really? Only 40%? Holy crap.
Yeah Indianapolis speedway is like a city within a city....150k people is nothing
Blunt... but very accurate.