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ART!

Legend
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 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.
 

Henry

Autoexreginated
Yeah, I decided to attend. I already had the funds set aside, and I'm both fully vaccinated AND caught COVID and survived last month, so I decided to brave it. I'll keep an eye on this thread in case anyone else is here and wants to touch base.
 




Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
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.

Okay, while I am on record as thinking that going to a convention right now is not wise, I do not wish panic attacks on anyone. That's not fun. My sympathies.
 

ART!

Legend
So, I went!

I've heard conflicting accounts of what the attendance was, so I'm going to say it was vaguely in the ballpark of 1/2 of what it was last time, in 2019.

Side note: 2019 definitely feels like more than 2 years ago.

Google tells me that attendance was 70,000 in 2019 - but half of 70k is still an awful lot of people! Because the con was able to plan for lower attendance and somewhat fewer exhibitors, and because they wanted to create as much distance between people as possible, the exhibitor booths/tables were spaced out more and it was easier to get around - and easier to get out of an aisle if you wanted to. As a result, the stress of being pressed in among the throng was much, much less. It was also easier to get into seminars, workshops, and games even if you didn't have a ticket.

Everyone wore masks. Lots of exhibitors has hand sanitizer you could use.

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.
 



MGibster

Legend
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'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.

This kind of reminds of something Yogi Berra said. When asked about a very popular restaurant he replied, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded!"
 

eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
I stopped going after 2015 I want to say. Too big, spread out over too large an area (stadium, train station etc) with too few near hotel options. But the main thing is the crowds, you can't even move in the dealer hall most days. I stick to Origins and other smaller cons during the normal times.
 

Retreater

Legend
@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.
 

eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
@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.
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.
 

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