I have submitted some events I’m excited to run as an independent GM that would account for > 70 player hours. I have purchased my own badge and I plan to just hang on to that until the con so I can register for events for myself.
My main question is, as an independent GM, do I go to GM HQ during the con to trade in my personal badge for a GM badge, and then get reimbursed later? Or is this just for groups that request GM badge allocations after event registration is open? Basically, if I want a GM badge, should I have submitted my events with a group name (of one)?
Also: do event tickets you buy for yourself get transferred to a GM badge?
Finally, is badge reimbursement affected if people flake out on your event? Or if it doesn’t sell out?
Sorry for the super basic questions. I promise I did try to figure this out on my own, but much of the info I can find is about gaming groups (likely a majority of GMs?). I really loved attending Gen Con last year and I’m very excited to contribute by running some events.