Badge Pre-Registration Now Open, Housing Opens Sunday
Gen Con 2016 badges are now available at gencon.com. After signing-in, you can purchase your badge via the “Get Your Badge” link on the home page. Thank you to everyone that has purchased their badges, the Gen Con team is looking forward to another great “Best Four Days in Gaming™!”
A purchased Gen Con 2016 badge will be needed to participate in the opening of Housing Registration, which begins at noon (Eastern) this Sunday, January 24. Physical badges are available for delivery by shipping to United States mailing addresses for an additional fee. International attendees must select 24-hour on-site Will Call for their badge delivery option.The Gen Con team would like to stress again that demand for downtown hotel rooms vastly outstrips the available supply. Due to this large demand, not everyone interested will get a downtown room. However, suburban housing typically is both less expensive and available throughout the convention. While not all attendees may get their first choice of lodging, many options exist in the Indianapolis metro, and there are many inexpensive ride-sharing and commuting options.
Never participated in Gen Con Housing Registration before? Don’t stress.
The Housing Registration system was created to give all attendees a chance at getting the hotel room of their choice. Gen Con will randomize each customer’s access to the Housing Portal to book lodging. Scheduling access to the Housing Portal also helps distribute traffic, eliminating request “time outs” and crashing. If a customer would like to reserve lodging during Housing Registration, they should go to their “My Housing” page on gencon.com, which is located under their name after they sign-in. All those participating must have purchased a valid Gen Con 2016 badge before receiving an access time.
When Housing Registration opens at noon (Eastern), all participating customers automatically will be assigned a random access time via their “My Housing” page. The “Make Reservation” button on your “My Housing” page will activate when you receive access to the Housing Portal. From there, you may make one reservation at a time. Important note: all reservations are completed in real-time. Until you select a specific room and begin the checkout process, that room may be reserved by another customer. Once you have started the checkout process, the room will be held for up to 10 minutes while you complete the transaction.
Randomized access times may vary between a few seconds and a few hours after Housing Registration opens, depending on the volume of participants. Customers may refresh their “My Housing” page periodically without losing their access time.
Nightly Minimum Stays
Nightly minimum stay restrictions are in-effect for all hotels in the downtown area. Reservations for hotels in the downtown area must consist of three or more consecutive dates and must include the night of Saturday August 6, 2016. Nightly minimum stay restrictions will remain in place throughout the housing cycle. Reservations at suburban hotels are not subject to nightly minimum stay restrictions.
Room Limits In-Place
Badge purchasers are allowed to book one hotel room for every 1-2 badges purchased. The following is an easy table to note how many rooms may be reserved per badge. Rooms are reserved one-at-a-time.
1-2 badges = One room
3-4 badges = Two rooms
5-6 badges = Three rooms
7+ badges = etc …
Disability Compliant ADA Rooms Restricted from Online Booking
Individuals needing ADA rooms are invited to call 317-688-1323 when Housing Registration opens to make their reservations. On opening day, Call Center assistance will be provided only to individuals needing to book ADA rooms and individuals needing assistance with existing reservations.
Check your Credit Card Expiration Date
You must secure your hotel reservation with a credit card that has an expiration date after the convention. Credit cards that expire before the convention will be rejected by the system.
Still Have Questions?
If you have questions about housing, you can get them answered at the Housing Q&A forum page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t wait until the last minute to get your registration and account questions answered, as Customer Service will become very busy during the opening of Badge Pre-Registration and Housing Registration. Customer phone support during Housing Registration will be restricted to individuals having valid reservation acknowledgements.
2016 Gear Now Available in the Official Gen Con Store
Looking for the newest Gen Con licensed gear? Gen Con’s Official Merchandise partner, Offworld Designs, has updated their store with the newest 2016 t-shirts, backpacks, and embroidered apparel for 2016. Check it out!