Suppose that I am interested in an event that is being held at multiple times. If I add both the 9:00AM and 2:00PM versions of the event to my wish list to improve my chances of getting into one of them, do I risk being scheduled twice? Or does the system know they are the same event and only schedule me for one of them?
To complicate it a bit further, what if the events are equivalent, but named differently? For example, Baldman Games has:
D&D Experience @ Gen Con - Dreams of the Red Wizards - Tier 1 - Track R
D&D Experience @ Gen Con - Dreams of the Red Wizards - Tier 1 - Track S
These events have the same content, but are both scheduled at different times and named differently. I'd want one or the other, but not both.
Nope you risk getting them twice
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9:00 AM => Event A (Priority 1) or Event X (Priority 3)
2:00 PM => Event A (Priority 2) or Event Y (Priority 4)
One way or another I am trying to get Event A, at whichever time. But then for the other time slot, I have another event I would like to get. So if I get Event A at 9:00, I want Event Y at 2:00, and if I get Event A at 2:00 then I want Event X at 9:00.
If both versions of Event A get added to my shopping cart, then (I assume) both X and Y are blocked because the time is taken and I end up with hole in my schedule.
If the system was smart enough to only schedule Event A one time, then I would have a shot at getting X or Y at the time my wish list was processed.
Dont worry about getting multiple tickets for the same game, you will be lucky to get even one of your slots for anything remotely "hot" or limited. Just wish list every time slot avaible putting most desirable slots first and cross your fingers
What about the people who run True Dungeon runs 20+ times over the course of the con? They're out there.
If they ONLY ran event reg like a pre loaded Fantasy Football draft. Rank your picks, and then run a reverse the snake sysytem IMO everyone would be happier
But here's the thing. From Gen Con's point of view, it's good enough as it is. People get registered for events, the games have players, and almost everyone puts up with it and has a great time in spite of it. So how much of GC's limited time and money should be given to improving it?
At the rate the Wish Lists are processed, something like this would probably take an entire day, if not more, to calculate, and nobody would be able to touch their lists or check out during that time. I don't think it's particularly viable any time soon.
While a cycle through the lists in a draft would be ideal, I'd settle for a 'Event in # of people's wish lists'. If I build out a wish list with all events with 500 people chasing it, I might temper my expectations and put some with less demand.
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We can’t do it in real-time, though, only have the opening of registration has passed, but it helps in planning for the future, if nothing else.
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Thanks for the response!
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Not perfect, but better than nothing and definitely would help for people to plan.
We would love to add more tools for event organizers to measure potential demand in real time, but realistically that is not something I expect we’ll be able to tackle for quite a while yet.
In the meantime, I advise planning as best you can before event registration opening and then taking a look at what has sold (or not) and making an adjustment a week or two after registration opens.
Agreed. Plus, many of our GM's (me included) are doing other stuff too, so it's not like we have a lot of spare time waiting to be filled with our own new events.
Side note, one of our guys was totally blown away by how many wishlists his stuff was on. It was like a 4:1 ratio of demand to supply. He was a little humbled by it. It's a great resource to have.
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