There have been several publishers begging for GMs on social media. Magpie had to cancel almost 100 events. I've heard that Paizo is really organized, and I'm suggesting they might have known about the GM situation early and allocated the number of events/seats they could manage.
Oh wow, that's a big difference. I knew there were less tables ( and one less player per table), but just over only 1/3 the previous available amount of seats explains it.
After seeing the first 2 days, I believe the 35-40k prediction was low. Does anyone have any other observations?
The local news is sharing Visit Indy’s prediction of 60-65k.
50,000.... the one time I was in the Hall on Saturday it felt like only 40,000
Cue press release: https://www.gencon.com/press/post-show-2023
Interesting: "over 50,000".
It's also interesting how crowds will distribute. I was absolutely overwhelmed in the dealer hall on Friday and Saturday. It was possibly the biggest congestion I've ever experienced at Gen Con.
But then Saturday and Sunday were easier to move around. Maybe my Thurs & Fri experiences were just bad luck: wrong place at wrong time.
Anyway, it was great being back at Gen Con! We attended last year and had a wonderful time, but the dealer hall was light.
Yeah I came here to say I had hyped up your excellent prediction and the methods you used, haha. Looks like as expected by most (... attendees) the "draconian requirements" were entirely compatible with a successful return to big crowds. I barely noticed having my mask on, at least when not needing to adjust it or put it back on, and I was even talking into a microphone half the time.
I mean, that said, obviously nobody would mind if things are great next year and we do not need them, but it worked fine.
2019 - 5,250 tickets - sat 5,997 players (because we rock like Winger)
2020 - Dave had a really boring August - it was weird
2021 - 1,765 tickets - sat 1,851 players (even Covid cannot stop the power of Kip Winger)
2022 - 2,448 tickets - sat 2,376 players (no-shows killed us - baby Winger is crying) - this also does not count any Demo or ad-hoc learn to play games
So we did take a big step forward this year from last, which compared to the problems many were having I will take as a major win, but we are still about half-powered compared to 2019 which we use in all our show benchmarks as the 'last normal year'. Hopefully we'll take another huge step forward next year on our road to return to 'the new normal'.
The crowd flow seemed to fluctuate much more than previous years. As I said above, I had times on Thurs or Fri where the dealer hall crowd seemed to match Saturdays of previous years. Then I had long stretches on Sat and Sun where I could stroll unimpeded down walkways. There was always a little of that, but it was extra noticeable this year.
The most important thing was that my family had a great time this year! We will be back again next year, maskful or maskless.