Posted by Gencon on Facebook...
"A special message from our team about Gen Con 2021. Thanks for your continued patience, feedback, and support as we continue to investigate what Gen Con 2021 will look like.
"Thank you for taking the time to complete our recent 2021 interest and feedback surveys. We appreciate your responses and the guidance provided by you and our health and safety
experts as we research possibilities for a 2021 show. We are still reading through the thousands of survey replies and working with local authorities, and have not made a definitive decision or
set dates for badge, hotel, and event registration at this time.
Thank you for your continued support! We ask that you please be patient with us as we try to navigate the best options available for our attendees, our staff, and our convention. We will update you with dates and details about Gen Con 2021 as soon as we have further information."
And from me:)...
To the team, I'd encourage you to simplify this year if you think the more condensed timeline might get overwhelming and you feel like "if we can't do it 100%, we can't do it". You can totally run this Con, even getting started late, especially if you get out of the business of what you don't need to do.
As one example - If hotels are too much, don't run a lottery - let folks get them themselves. Then, you don't have to hear any complaints about them, either. Maybe it's a moneymaker for you, so rather than doing some sort of lottery, just make a deal with all the hotels that Con goers can mention your name to get X discount (and X kickback to you). Simple, easy, and it's not your problem if one hotel has issues. It's the hotels' issue. Then, you only keep hotels you need for volunteers...or you don't give volunteers hotels and just do a straight voucher (again, easy is good:)...
The US is starting to accept big events (see March Madness in Indy, the Super Bowl with fans, all the Six Flags opening this summer, movie theater openings in NYC, etc) - that's only gonna accelerate this spring, and by summer, we'll feel a normalcy where we're ready for this (even if some don't feel it yet now), even if in a "more protected" form. If the concern is the Con will get any blowback from the general gaming community for hosting a big event (at full or a reduced capacity), I think you'd be surprised. Lots of folks need something to look forward to for their mental and social health.