Is there a way for GMs to volunteer to have his/her events participate in the Electronic Ticket test?
Yup - just email us at [email protected] and let us know your group and which events you want to include in the program.
We're focused on the initial event schedule release right now, but we'll have details soon and we'll respond to folks who were interested as soon as we have a chance to.
Gen Con LLC
Will it require special hardware, or just scanning tickets with our phones?
I just emailed the FITS Society's interest
You should just need a smartphone (iOS or Android), though having a computer & scanner for backup may not be a bad idea, especially in the early testing phases.
We'll have more details soon.
I just read that True Dungeon will be one of the beta testers of electronic ticketing. Since they have dedicated ticket takers, it could work quite well. However, I’m concerned that you’ll be relying on smartphones to scan badges. Cell reception under the RCA Dome is abysmal, and this beta test could turn into an epic level cluster. I strongly suggest you count on having hard wired terminals with connections back to the GenCon servers. And since bar code readers can be touchy, have a few back up devices handy. Please take the time to make this work right.
I really like electronic ticketing as a way so i can impulse buy an event ticket then and there and jump into a game. For stuff where I handle ticket buys I definitely want a paper trail.
I do wonder, if the electronic ticket method works out, will they do away with paper tickets eventually?