5 NOVEMBER 2022
It's over. In the end, the sale wasn't slow at all - it just was competitive. Or rather, it was divided between people who knew how to game the system and people who didn't.
I'm sure CCI put a lot of time and money into this new system, but it's not fair nor effective, in my opinion. It needs to be 1 Member ID for 1 waiting room session and that's it. This should be doable so I don't know why it's not designed that way.
If you didn't get a badge today, I do know how devastating that is. Please look into other Cons like NYCC, Emerald City, Dragon Con, etc. San Diego has a classic grandeur, it's true, and I know it would be emotionally difficult for me to miss it. But there are other Cons and they have a lot to offer.
I thought this sale was running slow - but it actually isn't, not that slow. It's just a lot of people in the waiting room. The end of PN, Saturday and Friday aren't that different from other Open Reg sales.
Okay, this is officially a very competitive sale. Yes, Open Reg always is, but basing my numbers against former years - this is tough.
And to make it even more bittersweet, I got in just before Preview Night sold out - but the 3 first-timers I bought for only wanted 2 days. It killed me to leave Preview Night on the shelf.
Nearly everyone I know is stuck in "more than an hour" land. Tough sale.
What can we expect today? A raucous, brutal competition? More tech snafus? I don't know! But it'll probably be typical in that many of us won't get the days we want or won't get a badge at all.
If you do run into trouble, remember to screenshot everything and stay calm. And don't try any shenanigans, as CCI has proved their detectives are onto you.