Arguably the most important step in preparation for Gen Con is getting your tickets and lodging and there’s a very good reason for that. If you only plan to go for a day, or you don’t mind driving a ways to get into the city every day of the Con then you don’t need to worry about this. If you, like us, however plan to stay downtown, as close to the con as possible, you need to listen up. Tickets usually go on sale late January, in this case they went on sale Sunday the 27th. This is important because to get a hotel downtown, all of the close ones require you to have a ticket to book your room early. Early booking for the hotels downtown started on Tuesday the 29th this year. If that time window wasn’t small enough, almost all of the hotels downtown are booked for the weekend of GenCon within the first 10 minutes of the day booking opens.
That’s right ladies and gents, you gotta be there first thing in the morning, online, with your ticket number handy in order to book a room that is even remotely within walking distance of the Con. This year, my amazing, spectacular, beautimous (she hates that word..it’s a real word) wife was on the ball with this. She got a ticket for our son ahead of time and logged in to book our room the minute early registration started. We will be a mere 500 ft from the Con for the three days we plan to be there. How awesome is that? And all thanks to my organized wife. Gods know if it were up to me we’d have to stay in a hotel an hour away and drive in. I know this doesn’t help anybody this year, but for next year you should keep this tip in mind.
The next stop on our quest is to get signed up for our press passes and start looking at the schedule of events. Thankfully the website looks a little more user-friendly this year. I’ll keep you posted on our progress and of course give you the highlights every night from the Con. We are also starting to ramp up and plan for C2E2 this April so stay tuned for more on that.