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Anyone headed to GenCon 2021?

I've been going on and off for years, and I'm thinking of checking out the con this year. Three months ago I would have been too wary, but based on CDC guidance I think it should be safe for me to go, since I'm vaccinated and am comfortable wearing masks.

Anyone else planning to go?
 

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Retreater

Legend
My wife reminded me that having a honeymoon and a major gaming convention within a few months would be taxing on our finances, so I am skipping this year.
Honestly, I'm kind of glad I made the decision. No True Dungeon, limited access to the Vendor Hall, fewer games with several prominent companies not attending, and other limitations/restrictions.
While all of this might be necessary coming out of COVID, I can't help but think it's going to be a lesser con than in previous years. So I'll just save my money, vacation time, etc, and go another time.
 


Alzrius

The EN World kitten
I am. I'm fine with wearing a mask, and showing my proof of vaccination, so based on the latest CDC guidelines it should be alright (though I'll be observing the rule about frequent handwashing even more closely than usual when going to a convention).
 

eyeheartawk

Works 60% of the time, every time
I won't. Nothing to do with COVID though. Last time I went was 2015 I think and back then I thought they had already outgrown the space. I probably won't go again until they get a bigger place to host it. Both city and actual convention space.
 

pogre

Legend
I think I’m probably going to hang on until next year before I go to any conventions.
Me too. I am going to a historical Wargames swap meet today, but that will mostly be an extended shopping trip. I just got my home game going again in-person - I'm not ready to jump back into conventions.
 

Retreater

Legend
Not to mention it's the same weekend as a home Colts game, so downtown is going to be packed, the Con is losing access to the stadium, etc. It's just not a good series of factors to drop $1K+, IMO.
 

Being in Indy, it's tempting to at least stop in one day, but we're being extra cautious still (I work for a hospital & my wife for a school), and want to start off the school year on good footing... so we are skipping this year.
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Being so close I have been thinking about it (and I am vaccinated and masked), probably will wait until next year though.
 

Vaccination rates have plateaued at 50% big crowds like that are still iffy
And at the distances the crowds pack into the hall, masks will be useless
Being fully vaccinated is only 90% immunity and as gamers we all know how easy it is to roll a "1"
 

I debated between maybe going to Origins and maybe going to Gen Con. I ended up decided on maybe Origins because the deadlines were farther out so that I have more time to see what the state of the pandemic is as the summer draws on. And honestly, for a con that's going to perforce be limited, I'd rather the cheaper, closer option in Origins.

But in all honesty, I suspect I'll end up cancelling. With At this point my hope is that Gary Con is safe to hold in-person next year, and that will be my first in-person con since Gen Con 2019.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
I won't. Nothing to do with COVID though. Last time I went was 2015 I think and back then I thought they had already outgrown the space. I probably won't go again until they get a bigger place to host it. Both city and actual convention space.
In a relatively central location (i.e. the midwest US) there really aren't any. Indy's as good as it's gonna get.

There's cities/convention centers on both US coasts that are bigger but then access becomes a bloody nuisance for those on the other coast. Having it in the midwest shares the pain around as equally as possible.
 

eyeheartawk

Works 60% of the time, every time
In a relatively central location (i.e. the midwest US) there really aren't any. Indy's as good as it's gonna get.

There's cities/convention centers on both US coasts that are bigger but then access becomes a bloody nuisance for those on the other coast. Having it in the midwest shares the pain around as equally as possible.
Except there's a much bigger city one state to the west which is easily accessible by road and more accessible by air with a much larger convention space and more hotel rooms than indy has homes.
 


Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
In a relatively central location (i.e. the midwest US) there really aren't any. Indy's as good as it's gonna get.

There's cities/convention centers on both US coasts that are bigger but then access becomes a bloody nuisance for those on the other coast. Having it in the midwest shares the pain around as equally as possible.
Sounds tough.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
I'm collecting money to go. If I can afford admission, event tickets, food & gas, and a hotel room - oh and some spare cash for souvenirs (t-shirt, dice, new game, whatever) - then look at the events to see if something is listed that I want to get in on.

COVID will only be a problem if somebody decides to demand Vaccine Passport or similar "you are not actually welcome to attend" nonsense.
 


billd91

Hobbit on Quest
I haven't been to Gen Con since.... 2014? I've shifted my attention to closer conventions - like GaryCon and GameholeCon. GaryCon has been hosed for 2 years due to being late winter and coinciding just when lockdowns were starting and too early for immunizations to be widespread, but GameholeCon in the fall is well scheduled. I'm definitely going to that one with my proof of immunization and mask.
 

ccs

41st lv DM
Vaccination rates have plateaued at 50% big crowds like that are still iffy.

I doubt the situation will have improved next year.
•The anti-vaxers won't have changed their stance.
•We'll be reading about the umpteenth even more virulent strain of this crap.
•Those of us that are vaccinated will still only be (at best) 90% immune.
•And despite this? Things will have "gotten back to normal". Wich means the crowd at GC '22 etc will be larger.

So I'm probably safer going to GC this year. + I can catch a Colts game.
 

And the crowd goes mild. Well, mixed enthusiasm is still something.

If I decide to go, I would love to arrange some sort of EN World meetup, and run a few games with other posters here. I bought a badge, since if I change my mind I'm only out like a $6 fee.
 

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