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I was lucky enough to get a ticket to BGG.CON this year. In order to get in, I think all I need to do is bring a paper copy of the e-mail confirmation I received and then wait in the super long line, right?
 
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Yep. That's about it, but how long you wait in line depends on when you arrive.

One of the best things about BGG con is that there are volunteers in white and gold jerseys that are tasked simply with making sure the con is awesome for everyone. So feel free to ask them anything. Trust me, they love helping...that's why they volunteer.

Have a great time!
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Thank you Jeff. I am really looking forward to it.
 
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I should add that last year, new procedures were put in place to speed up the flow of the registration line. Unlike previous years, the line was gone well before 1PM and, at that point, it was walk right up.

I was volunteering and saw this with my own eyes.

I don't have direct knowledge but I assume it will be the same this year.
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TedMarshall wrote:
I should add that last year, new procedures were put in place to speed up the flow of the registration line. Unlike previous years, the line was gone well before 1PM and, at that point, it was walk right up.

I was volunteering and saw this with my own eyes.

I don't have direct knowledge but I assume it will be the same this year.


+1

It went really smooth last year.
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People start lining up around 2-3am. but that is only like 10 people. the majority of people start lining up around 6am or so and registration starts a few hours later. everyone brings small portable games to play in line and you play with the strangers in line around you. make new friends
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People start lining up around 2-3am. but that is only like 10 people. the majority of people start lining up around 6am or so and registration starts a few hours later. everyone brings small portable games to play in line and you play with the strangers in line around you. make new friends


Is this just for the free games? I can't think of any other reason since the exhibitor hall is closed.
 
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UnlivedPhalanx wrote:
zatchstar wrote:
People start lining up around 2-3am. but that is only like 10 people. the majority of people start lining up around 6am or so and registration starts a few hours later. everyone brings small portable games to play in line and you play with the strangers in line around you. make new friends


Is this just for the free games? I can't think of any other reason since the exhibitor hall is closed.


I can think of three reasons people line up early:

1. Excitement. People are raring to go and want to feel like they're part of something big! Getting in line with strangers who feel the same way helps accentuate that feeling!

2. Wanting to make sure to get a game of <favorite Hot Game> in. If you really want to play this year's biggest hit from Essen, often the only way to guarantee getting a game in, especially early in the week, is to be one of the first people to register so you can get to the table more quickly.

3. The free games.
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Agreed - for some it's the free games and getting first pick - but for most of the early risers it's the excitement and buzz of the con. I know a few people who hate it and wait till the line is calmer - it's not necessary, just preference.

In the past, being in the back of the line would mean a LONG wait to get your badge... but last year's new check-in procedure made the line FLY - and I predict that this will actually shorten the line in the future. I think some people got in line just to avoid missing a few hours of game time by being at the back of the line.
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UnlivedPhalanx wrote:
zatchstar wrote:
People start lining up around 2-3am. but that is only like 10 people. the majority of people start lining up around 6am or so and registration starts a few hours later. everyone brings small portable games to play in line and you play with the strangers in line around you. make new friends


Is this just for the free games? I can't think of any other reason since the exhibitor hall is closed.


A lot of the hot games fill up quickly and get checked out quickly. I remember last year I was about 50 people back in line and went straight for games I wanted to play but they were all gone.
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LiteBulb88 wrote:
UnlivedPhalanx wrote:
zatchstar wrote:
People start lining up around 2-3am. but that is only like 10 people. the majority of people start lining up around 6am or so and registration starts a few hours later. everyone brings small portable games to play in line and you play with the strangers in line around you. make new friends


Is this just for the free games? I can't think of any other reason since the exhibitor hall is closed.


I can think of three reasons people line up early:

1. Excitement. People are raring to go and want to feel like they're part of something big! Getting in line with strangers who feel the same way helps accentuate that feeling!

2. Wanting to make sure to get a game of <favorite Hot Game> in. If you really want to play this year's biggest hit from Essen, often the only way to guarantee getting a game in, especially early in the week, is to be one of the first people to register so you can get to the table more quickly.

3. The free games.


4. Line time is game time - Usually people bring games to play in line. Often they are this year's hot games. I always get to play some of the latest hot games waiting in line (in addition to games that I would usually not be able to get to the table).

5. Early Linecon has become sort of a tradition. The same people are usually there early and they are great people (except for that guy...you know who you are!).
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ikiru wrote:
LiteBulb88 wrote:
UnlivedPhalanx wrote:
zatchstar wrote:
People start lining up around 2-3am. but that is only like 10 people. the majority of people start lining up around 6am or so and registration starts a few hours later. everyone brings small portable games to play in line and you play with the strangers in line around you. make new friends


Is this just for the free games? I can't think of any other reason since the exhibitor hall is closed.


I can think of three reasons people line up early:

1. Excitement. People are raring to go and want to feel like they're part of something big! Getting in line with strangers who feel the same way helps accentuate that feeling!

2. Wanting to make sure to get a game of <favorite Hot Game> in. If you really want to play this year's biggest hit from Essen, often the only way to guarantee getting a game in, especially early in the week, is to be one of the first people to register so you can get to the table more quickly.

3. The free games.


4. Line time is game time - Usually people bring games to play in line. Often they are this year's hot games. I always get to play some of the latest hot games waiting in line (in addition to games that I would usually not be able to get to the table).

5. Early Linecon has become sort of a tradition. The same people are usually there early and they are great people (except for that guy...you know who you are!).


As I recall: last year someone passed out a game specifically to play in line.
 
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I like getting there early because I drive and want a good parking spot in the garage. It helps to not have to lug games and other baggage as far to the hotel.
 
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My roomate lines up every year at 6AM or so. For him, it is part of the fun and experience. I think he's crazy, but he really likes it.
 
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Last year, the ever insane & wonderful Rikki Tahta (designer of Coup) had a crazy recipe filling game set up (complete with a barcode scanner) for teams to play while waiting in line. It was really fun, and very inventive. And, yes, the registration process is much faster and smoother than past BGGcons. Great job all involved!
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ezradenney wrote:
Last year, the ever insane & wonderful Rikki Tahta (designer of Coup) had a crazy recipe filling game set up (complete with a barcode scanner) for teams to play while waiting in line. It was really fun, and very inventive. And, yes, the registration process is much faster and smoother than past BGGcons. Great job all involved!

I played that later in the con. It was a game of Haggle by Sid Sackson and Robert Billingsly. Rikki created the goods and scoring rules, and used a card reader for efficiency. I really enjoyed it.
 
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Bring your ID too!

Unless something is changing this year, no ID is required to register. The only time you'll need your ID for the con is when replacing your badge or wristband (I believe there is also a fee charged).
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