The end of the year is approaching rapidly and for many gamers that means posting their “best of 2015” posts that detail their top picks that hit the table this past year. For many others, however, it means starting that train of excitement that we all get on when it comes time to prepare for The Best Four Days in Gaming. Of course I’m talking about none other than Gen Con 2016, which will be taking place from August 4th to August 7th next year.
Some of us are already in the planning stages for the convention (yours truly, among many other upcoming plans) and that means getting the low-down on all things related to the convention. The convention’s pricing and times for badge registration was posted earlier this month, and gamers have been all abuzz with thoughts, planning, and much more having to do with attending the con. Getting right into the thick of it, here are the following prices for registration this coming year:
4-Day Badge: Pre-Registration price $90, Registration price $120
Single Day Badges (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): Pre-Registration price $55, Registration price $75
Family Fun Day (Sunday) Badge Prices: $45 during Pre-Registration and Registration for a family of up to four people
Trade Day Badges (Wednesday through Sunday): $120 during Pre-Registration, $155 during Registration while supplies last. Valid trade credentials are required to attend.
Badge pre-registration will kick off on January 22nd, and will cease on June 19th. What’s different this time around is that housing registration will start just two days later on January 24th. In previous years housing has been some time after badge registration, allowing Gen Con organizers to try and get all their ducks in a row. Now, as you could clearly see with news from this past year, there were a lot of attendees quite unhappy with the new housing mechanics for Gen Con 2015. In an official statement from the company for 2016, Gen Con plans “to fix the technical issues some customers experienced with the randomized access system introduced last year.” There will still be a lottery to deal with, though the company hopes to have all the kinks worked out by the time housing registration arrives.
Demand for downtown rooms vastly outnumbers the supply available, and many attendees get left out on the outer rims of the city in order to snag any room at all. As many have stated on the Gen Con Indy Facebook group, most downtown hotels are already blocked up for the dates of the convention. Many attendees get in and book their room shortly after the con ends for the next year in order to solidify getting a room, but usually doing this will see you paying MUCH more than the in-block price through Gen Con’s housing. In fact, right now there are a few rooms up for grabs at some downtown hotels for around $499 per night.
Personally, we’re going to take a chance on the lottery again this year, but just in case we’ll have a backup reservation most likely at a hotel within 10 miles of the convention center. Again, we’re still in the planning stages at the moment, but it never hurts to have a backup plan. You can view more information in the press release that Gen Con posted earlier this month, including some info on the new web forums put in place of the old set. There will surely be talk there about housing, plans for attending the con, and much more, so do yourself a favor and get signed up. Gen Con is approaching, and we’re starting to feel the fire, so make sure you keep an eye out for more on the biggest convention of the year as we dive into 2016!