Rather than ask unknowable questions at this point regarding the specific health and safety protocols that will be in place in September (still evolving), I have a couple of questions raised by a couple of statements in the April Health and Safety Update that aren't directly health and safety related.
First, the Update states: "Not all of our usual exhibitors and partners will be able to join us in Indianapolis." I understand that some smaller exhibitors may not/cannot attend, but can you confirm that the larger exhibitors will attend, for example Paizo and Fantasy Flight Games?
Second, the Update states: "We are working closely with our exhibiting partners on ways to avoid crowds including no first-come, first-served exclusives." Does this mean that Gen Con is prohibiting exclusives completely, or simply the "first-come, first-served" aspect? I have really enjoyed the opportunity to get exclusives at Gen Con in the past so eliminating them would lessen the Exhibit Hall experience. That said, I completely understand not wanting large groups of people rushing/waiting for those exclusives. However, it seems that there would be alternatives such as ticketed times for the exclusives (separate from the ticketed times for the Exhibit Hall itself), a random drawing (held in advance of Gen Con) etc.
Thanks for all of your hard work making Gen Con happen this year.