I had similar skepticism, but Gen Con isn't the only event held in that facility, so whoever owns and runs the place could have done the math and deemed it worth the expense in the long run.Due to the cost of such systems, I am both curious and a little skeptical about how much public information is available concerning this. It is a simple thing to claim, but equally simple to back up if it's true.
A player and long-time friend works at a trauma center where they had medical HEPA/Germ-filters installed to the tune of more than $60k for about 10-12k sqft.
I decided not to go.
Alas, I had a panic attack when I visited a theater due to the crowds. So I felt going to a con was just asking for trouble.
Ah, so officially half of 2019's attendance.Gen Con says 35,000, which puts it back to 2011
I've wanted to go to Gen-Con since I was a teen, but once I could actually afford to go the sheer size of the event kept me away. Just buying a ticket and getting a room can be overwhelming as everyone seems to be purchasing tickets and booking rooms at the same time. And then there's no guarantee you'll be able to get tickets to the specific events you wish to attend within Gen-Con itself. For me, Gen-Con would likely be a once in a lifetime trip that would cost me a pretty penny which I'd be willing to pay. But over the years I've felt my time and money would be better spent pursuing other vacation destinations.One of my take-aways is that I might shop around for a smaller gaming convention. I love that GenCon is only an hour drive away from me, but normally I find it just unmanageably large.
I hear that bit about Origins being good for teachers alot. I honestly think that's a substantial share of their attendees. But also yeah, agreed on Origins. Big enough to have virtually everything being run but you can actually get into games.@MGibster I totally understand. I've seen GenCon double in size since I first attended. The typical crowds definitely hamper my enjoyment. It's difficult to get into the games you want, the best rooms sell out quickly, and the prices are all inflated. But for a gamer, I totally understand wanting to see it at least once.
Like @eyeheartawk I like smaller cons nowadays. Origins is the sweet spot for me. It feels like how GenCon was 10 years ago. There are fewer vendors, but they're mostly everybody I want to see. There are fewer games, but it's largely the stuff I want to play and I can actually get tickets. I spend about a third of the cost, my wife is able to put it in her schedule as a teacher.