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Subject: Total Cost of Gen Con (not just admission) rss

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Joe Rakstad
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So, I'd like to try a little experiment. This year, I'd like for people to track their total cost of Gen Con. More than just admission, we all know that theer's the following to consider as well:

- Lodging
- Meals
- Travel to, from and between the Con
- Games (but of course)
- Other (stuff I'm not thinking of)

I'll post again after it's over to give people a chance to respond, but I wanted to put this out there to get people thinking about it.

For a couple reasons:

- I'd like to see how much others are spending on Gen Con
- Give future attenders an idea of the true cost of Gen Con, not just the admission.

Thank you in advance and I hope everyone has a killer great time!
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Shaun Morris
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Total cost for me in 2015 for everything but what I spent on games was approximately $1,500.

Edit: My approximate cost was:

$250 for airfare
$600 for hotel
$250 for food
$100 for taxi
$25 for shuttle
$100 for admission
$100 for events
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Charlie Theel
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I go pretty cheap.

$30 for gas (carpool)
$150ish for hotel (room with two others)
$15ish for Uber (we mostly walk)
$200 for food
$0-$50 for games (usually buy almost nothing)
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Yeah, I don't want to answer this question.

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charlest wrote:
I go pretty cheap.

$30 for gas (carpool)
$150ish for hotel (room with two others)
$15ish for Uber (we mostly walk)
$200 for food
$0-$50 for games (usually buy almost nothing)


This is about what I end up at too, except I usually get a free badge for demoing, and I probably spend twice that food number, half of it on sun king beer whistle
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Melissa the Gnome
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Hotel- $350 (We share with a friend)
Meals- $100 (We eat the included buffet breakfast and bring a lunch)
Gas-$100 (Probably, don't really remember)
Badge- $180 for husband and me
Tickets for events-$22
Parking-$66
Purchases- God only knows, probably $200 between husband and me

Total-About $1000 for two people
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Jerry Martin
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I spend about $1000-$1200 when I go.
 
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William Chew
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Hotel- $550
Badges-$200
Events-$100
Food-$600
General shopping-$500
Gas/parking- $50ish

That is for 2 people
So around $1000 per person.
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i'm local and packed lunches for the most part.

- $90 badge
- $32 events
- $188 game-related purchases
- $90 parking
- $10 fuel
- $10 food

total of $420

my brother-in-law paid half of the parking costs, and i also sold games to other BGGers for about $140 which helped with the expenses.
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Hey, Thanks for remembering this post! I was planning to bump it since 2016 was done, but you beat me to the punch!
 
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AJ Newhausen
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$530 Hotel
$90 Badge
$212 Events/Tickets
$388 Games/Purchases
$96 Parking
$40 Gas
$70 Food

So a bit over $1,400 altogether.
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Andy Andersen
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Free

I didn't go
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Armadillo Al wrote:
$530 Hotel
$90 Badge
$212 Events/Tickets
$388 Games/Purchases
$96 Parking
$40 Gas
$70 Food

So a bit over $1,400 altogether.


Holy crap, what events did you go to? And what games did you buy. That's quite a haul.
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charlest wrote:
I go pretty cheap.

$30 for gas (carpool)
$150ish for hotel (room with two others)
$15ish for Uber (we mostly walk)
$200 for food
$0-$50 for games (usually buy almost nothing)


My guesstimate was pretty accurate. I ended up almost exactly at $500. Would have been $400 if I didn't get sucked into Secret Hitler and re-buy DRCongo.
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I average about $700-$800 a year (10th year).

-We split a hotel room 3 ways ($280)
-$200 food
-$60 events
-$100 games/con shtuff
-$100 airport parking/taxi

Airfare is free as I swap cc points for flights.
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J.S. Bridges
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I went last year for just Saturday and ended up around $200. I really didn't enjoy it since I ended up with 1 game and barely got to even demo stuff because it's way to crowded. I didn't get a single game I wanted to purchase there because of all the VIPs snapping up anything and everything remotely popular.

I did Origins again this year and spent about the same for 2 days but ended up with 7 games and about 30 game plays.

For Gen Con this year I just preordered Captain Sonar for about $48 after shipping and didn't go.
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Huh. Good job to everyone for getting through Gen Con fairly cheaply!

$1250 Hotel (Downtown; housing block)
$180 Badges
$60 Event Tickets
$425 Game Purchases
$125 Parking
$20 Gas
$200 Meals

$2260 for two people (Tues-Sun)


 
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Attended Gen Con Friday through Sunday

Lodging: stayed with some friends just outside the city for free
Gas: $25 ($50 total split two ways, drove from Illinois)
Parking: $9 ($18 split two ways)
Food: $28 (ate at the Ram and twice on the road, otherwise ate snacks that I brought with me)
Badge: $90
Games: $102 (9 games, only one was new, two were from trades, others were bought used from the BGG flea market)

Total: $254

Yep, I'm cheap. But I had a great weekend.
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Well there's the booth, and the event room, plus all the hotels and food and...yeah, this probably isn't useful data for you
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Approximate costs:

Hotel: $240 per person (room split 4 ways)
Badge: $109 (includes $9 admissions tax and $10 shipping)
Parking: included with hotel cost
Event tickets: $64 for 14 events (of which $32 was for AEG Big Game Night)
Food: $65 (1 dinner at RAM, 2 lunches at the mall and 1 dinner at the food trucks, breakfasts were included with the hotel room)
Snacks: $10 bought before heading to Indy
Gas: $25-$40 (don't recall how much I used there and back)
Games: $100 (add another $65 if you want to count the game I bought online because they were sold out at Gen Con)

We arrived late Wednesday afternoon and left around noon on Sunday. I only ate 2 meals a day (breakfast and either lunch or dinner depending on where I had a spot in my schedule)
 
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angelkurisu wrote:
Well there's the booth, and the event room, plus all the hotels and food and...yeah, this probably isn't useful data for you

Ya know, I'm a little curious to know how much a vendor spends as well. If for no other reason than to appreciate what you guys go through.
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Nicholas Krause
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Badge: $90
Event Tickets: $32
Hotel: Free (I used hotel points. If translated into gift cards it would have been about 250 dollars in amazon money)
Food: $156
Uber/Lyft 5 Days: Uber two rides $33 dollars. Lyft 6 rides $41 Total: $74
Games: $348
Beer/Incidentals: $36
Gas: $35
Parking: Last Day only $10 Bucks

Total: $781
 
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Won free admission from Double Exposure winning the West Regional in Skull King
Used miles for airfare
$50 for hotel, a free roomshare for 3 nights was part of the prize, had to pay $50 for the fourth night
$100 for food
$85 for Uber
$38 for events
$65 for games

So $338 total
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joepunman wrote:
angelkurisu wrote:
Well there's the booth, and the event room, plus all the hotels and food and...yeah, this probably isn't useful data for you

Ya know, I'm a little curious to know how much a vendor spends as well. If for no other reason than to appreciate what you guys go through.


Our cost outlay was around $20K this year. It's easily our biggest cost of the year, but we got to run about 400 people through One Deck Dungeon. We got lots of positive feedback on it and our other games and hopefully a bunch of buzz from it coming up!
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angelkurisu wrote:
joepunman wrote:
angelkurisu wrote:
Well there's the booth, and the event room, plus all the hotels and food and...yeah, this probably isn't useful data for you

Ya know, I'm a little curious to know how much a vendor spends as well. If for no other reason than to appreciate what you guys go through.


Our cost outlay was around $20K this year. It's easily our biggest cost of the year, but we got to run about 400 people through One Deck Dungeon. We got lots of positive feedback on it and our other games and hopefully a bunch of buzz from it coming up!


How much money did you get from selling games? Did that make up for the cost, or will you likely not see that until later (Advertising now, sales later, etc)
 
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