zircher wrote:Every time I think about going to GenCon, I think about all the people and then I get hit in the face with a big bucket of "Nope!"
I'd like to assure you that the crowds at Gen Con just aren't that bad.
Unfortunately, I'd be lying.
There are some known "crush of humanity" places & times, like anywhere around the Exhibit Hall when it opens or closes, and the Costume Parade route, and the Food Trucks on the hour when everyone simultaneously tries to get a quick meal.
Then there are the less predictable ones, where Cosplayers being photographed inadvertently block half the corridor because of the throng of photographers, or the same effect when people are watching a band.
My personal favorite in the "avoid at all costs" situations is the opening of the hall on the first day; It's impressive to see from the inside of the hall as they come flooding in, and the video I've seen taken from above just looks awful to me. Too damn many people.
I wish I could come up with a set of suggestions & plans for folks who're very much not fans of crowds to enjoy Gen Con, but I've got nothing.
The VIG Lounge, and I suspect the Quiet Room, give a place to step away from it for a while, but they're more of a decompression zone than anything else.