16 FEBRUARY 2013
I know. I really do know. I am in this fight too. Between my and my friends, we had 6 computers and several phones on the job. Only one got in (me) and the others either got hung up, got the "waiting room is at maximum capacity and badges are likely sold out" message or had a server timeout message.
If you're new (like my best friend - this is her first Comic Con and today is her first taste of what I've tried to warn her about), this can all seem mind-blowingly incompetent. Believe it or not, previous Registration Days crashed the server so badly they had to be rescheduled. I thought that today might end up the same way, but people do seem to be getting in.
Tell me your pain. I'm trying to find out what badges are left and will post whatever I find out.
All times PST:
9:40 - I'm hearing reports that Preview Night is sold out - but I just bought two badges with it. Everything looked available and I am pretty much fainting with relief right now.
9:49 - Just talked to someone else who got Preview Night. Hang in there! My paranoia is telling me the system is broken and it's not monitoring the sold-out badges properly, but for now let's believe what the nice computer screen tells us. Maybe they made more Preview Night badges available this year? I don't know. But it's important not to give up.
9:53 - I'm seeing tweets from people in line offering to buy badges for other people - with a fat mark-up. Nothing like other people's anxiety and distress to bring out a profit motive.
9:55 - Remember how CCI warned that if your waiting room page freezes and your number doesn't change, to call them? That's actually happening to a few people. I love how they knew that would happen but couldn't apparently fix it.
10:07 - Someone I know just got four individual day passes. Which is nice that those are still available (and he started at like 40K). The waiting room numbers are way out of line with last year's.... either the system changed, more people are buying individually, or (my theory) some of the people who are hung up actually got a number assigned to them but they just can't get into the room. So people at higher numbers are getting good badges.
10:10 - Never mind, Saturday is sold out.
10:15 - Just heard Friday is sold out as well but that's not confirmed.
10:20 - Hearing a lot of complaints that the CCI help desk line isn't being answered. Shocking, I know.
10:30 - There still seem to be Thursday and Sunday badges left.
10:32 - The whole "frozen in the waiting room" thing seems to be happening to a lot of people. Not just a few. Apparently that's this year's new fail, like the weird name thing was last year.
10:38: Badge sales are now closed.