Gary Con X Events

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dndgeek, May 22, 2017.

  1. Wooly

    Wooly Level 0 Character

    When will events be open for registration approx? This will be my first GaryCon. Any thoughts on the value of Gold over Silver? I wasn't particularly enamored with the swag bag selection from 2017.
  2. dndgeek

    dndgeek Troubadour

    Event registration was January 14th (premier), 18th (early) and the 21st-on (open) this year. I just see the swag bag as a bonus, so I'm always happy to get free stuff.
  3. Wooly

    Wooly Level 0 Character

    Thanks I assume we'll see GaryCon X events posted in January 2018.

    Bear with me here because I've never attended. I'm trying to see the added value for buying a Gold Badge over a Silver Badge. The primary distinction between a Silver and Gold badge is that Gold get a swag bag and 2 featured events as well as earlier registration over silver. But a Gold badge is more than twice as expensive as a silver badge. Silver $75 vs. Gold $160. That swag bag ain't free.

    This is based off the table found here:

    Without knowing the events it's hard to decide imo.
  4. dndgeek

    dndgeek Troubadour

    I guess that all depends on how you value each badge. I believe an extra $85 is worth it to be able to pick games for four days of my favorite gaming of the year before 1,000+ other people get their opportunity. And GaryCon is one of the places with the most access to the old TSR folks and other industry leaders, through games, panels and just passing them in the hall because it's a small fraction of the size of GenCon. The swag bag has zero influence on my decision, so to me that bag is free. However, FYI: gold badges are sold out:

  5. Wooly

    Wooly Level 0 Character

    Well don't I feel dumb. I immediately bought my silver badge. I didn't realize attendance was capped at 1400 Silver.
  6. dndgeek

    dndgeek Troubadour

    There were some gold badges still available recently (unlike last year when they sold out in under 2 hours), but there's a small chance that more gold badges will be released later. They did it two years ago, but not last year. You might be able to upgrade or return the silver, if it happens, if you're interested. I don't think silver has sold out in any year yet.
  7. jim skach

    jim skach Troubadour

    Someone official can correct me, but I don't know that there actually is a cap on Silver. I understand it shows one - but I think that's kinda a function of having to pick a number to show.

    Honestly, I don't think it's ever been put to the test. So perhaps previous conversations that either stated or implied (or it was inferred) that there was no limit on silver had never considered a reality in which the total was ever in jeopardy.
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  8. stahlnee

    stahlnee Troubadour

    For me it is the ability to get a guaranteed seat in a featured event.

    To get an idea of what events were offered last year you can go to:

    A query for features events from last year is:

    There are some events/game master events that tend to go quickly.

    Between Diamond and Platnium badges last year the number of featured event seats taken were 66 total. There was one featured event that was sold out at that point and it was Frank Mentzer Celebrity Game.

    When gold badges jumped into the fray then the number of featured event seats taken were 294 total. More featured events sold out at this point.

    There were a total of 952 featured event seats available with 759 being taken during pre-registration.
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  9. dndgeek

    dndgeek Troubadour

  10. jonsnod

    jonsnod Level 0 Character

    I've run Marvel Super Heroes the last few years; I plan to run 2-4 sessions of that again.

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