Only slightly less sympathetic would be a new topic today that was titled "Downtown Hotels Sold Out?" that ended with "Great customer service, Gen Con..."
Yes, it's been on Facebook multiple times.
People are definitely used to being able to just go to Gen Con on the day they want to attend / arrive, get in line, and buy badges. Hopefully Gen Con will have some kind of pre-emptive customer service people there, bc, yes, there are going to be people that are upset about it.
Anyone who isn't in the email loop and doesn't keep up with Facebook and/or look at their news feed (Twitter, also, I assume, but I am not on that) would and WILL certainly be surprised and unhappy to see that they can't get in.
But, I will say, the suggestions for volunteering are not meant to do anything but inform. Right now, you can buy Thur/Fri/Sun individual day badges. Sunday badges are good for up to 4 people, who don't have to be related. Yes, it will cost more. Those are the only options. Volunteer, or pay more, and skip Saturday. Next year will be interesting I think, because I'm guessing initial badge saies will be much more brisk!
Some folks are just not as plugged in following Gen Con news. I think there are going to be a whole bunch of locals that will be very disappointed when they show up expecting to buy badges onsite.
Hopefully the local news media gets the words out, but some folks will be in the dark no matter how many times it's repeated.
Alec Usticke, Unofficial Gen Con Indy Facebook Discussion Group
Better to miss one day then miss all of the convention.
<<I think it's going to be much more likely to be a local problem; I can't imagine someone driving from, say, Wisconsin without checking GEN CON's web site first. But I could be (and probably will be) wrong on that.>>
Well, it doesn't exactly leap out at you either, if you just pull up the website.
Even the "Badge Information" tab does not show a sell-out in a bold/obvious way, or say you can't buy them on-site. That should be a 24-point banner on the main screen and Badge Info screen, I'd think.
you don't even have to have been a super early-bird like some; I bought my four-day badge as late as June 26 and they were still available for a few days after that. January was definitely not necessary this year.
Actually with locals they should not necessarily be totally caught unawares. I (as a local) actually found out about the potential for selling out and the sell out through the local news WISH-TV who reported it on their website before Gen Con did on their site.
Amen. I avoid Facebook like the plague. At some point they instituted this thing where people who have you friended can see you connect and wham. It like I was being stalked. I don't think I have logged in now for more than two seconds in ages. And even then not on my own page but somewhere else. I HATE Facebook.
That said surely other sites have mentioned the approaching sellout.
True it could be mentioned else where. I just get really irked that people 'assume cause it was mentioned on facebook, everyone must have heard'..
Wait a minute... didn' you say the last time you heard from GenCon was when you got your exhibitor badge? So you have a badge?
So if he, s an exhibitor he can buy a certain number of badges for people to work the booth... so doesn, t that kind of solve the problem?
he also so says... I guess we are not going in one of his first three posts... that, s where I got the idea he didn't have a badge either.
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