13 OCTOBER 2018
Well, that was fast. And rather dismal: compared to last year, hardly anyone I know did well. I got lucky fast and then so did a friend's code. But mostly there was an odd lack of activity in my group. One friend's group didn't get in at all. Another group I know that is always supernaturally lucky did get about half their members badges - but half didn't.
One theory: CCI shifted the allocation of badges, saving more for Open Reg - and the high interest in SDCC50.
If you bombed out today, stay confident about Open Reg. And while I say this every year, it goes double for 2019: having a partial badge is not that bad, because of all the offsites that will almost definitely be happening. Yes, I know the offsites weren't great for 2018. But with the hullabaloo SDCC is making about #50, I'm sure many companies will seize what they see as a great marketing opportunity. You will be kept very busy outside the convention center next summer.
So how did you do?
Returning Registration is just minutes away. By now you've (probably) logged into the waiting room, conferenced in your digital war room and braced yourself for the worst - or the best.
I've heard a few reports of people getting kicked out of the waiting room but nothing else so far. Let's hope for a smooth badge sale like last year.
I'm manning a few sessions but will report back any issues I hear.