We seem to have some confusion out there about pre-registration and at-the-door registration.
Pre-Registration was from January 2017 through September 15, 2017. During this 9 month window you could get a WEEKEND pass for $20 (+ fees).
At-The-Door registration will open at 10AM Friday 10/6/17 and a WEEKEND pass will cost $30 (+fees).
Pre-Registration is just a way for us to get people to sign-up early and for that we give you a price-break on the Weekend Pass.
There is no difference if you get your pass early or at the door — it is the same. Registering earlier than October, gets you a discount.
Registration is open the ENTIRE WEEKEND. Friday 10AM to midnight // Saturday 8:30AM to midnight // Sunday 8:30AM to 4PM — See our Overview Schedule for open / close times.
You can get in ANY TIME during the weekend. Price-per-day Pass can be found on the Registration Page.
We’ve had some confusion expressed over our statement about “No Visitor Passes for Year 9” — we’ll shed some light on that. http://springfieldgame.com/project/individual-registration/
We spend all year as volunteers preparing for G.A.M.E. EXPO and about $8,000. We get support from sponsors and the sale of spaces for Exhibitors, Creators, Club & Orgs, etc, BUT our biggest amount of funds that help make the event happen are INDIVIDUALS coming to G.A.M.E. EXPO. If it weren’t for the individual person coming to game and paying for a Weekend or Day Badge, we could not continue to have this event.
In the past we’ve allowed people that were just checking us out to pop in for a bit and we asked they give a $5 donation for a 2 hour visitor pass. The theory being that these people would upgrade to a full day pass or these people would go in to our vendors and buy something and support our vendors / exhibitors / creators / artist.
Last year we experienced a HUGE amount of people that looked at the registration list and would say “Oh, $5 option? I’ll take that!” We’d explain it was just a 2 hour pass, and typically the response was kind of “Yah, Yah. Here’s my $5, let me in.” Then, numerous times we found people in G.A.M.E. that had been there … all day …. for $5.
We also did not notice people that took the cheapest rate to get in, buying stuff from vendors. If we had seen people leaving with purchases, then we would consider a “shoppers pass.” Generally, people that support the convention pay for a weekend / day pass and then ALSO shop with our vendors.
We don’t want to be the fun police, running around checking badges, telling people to leave — times up — get out. We don’t have enough staff to do that, and we don’t want to be that kind of place. We also don’t want this event to be degraded by lots of people getting in for $5 when others paid $20, $25, $30. It’s not fair.
Also, there are no other events similar to ours where we found a visitors pass policy. We looked around, and to get into any other event similar to ours, you pay for a day pass or a weekend pass.
So, our decision has been to get rid of this visitors pass. Now, to end confusion, you DO NOT HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER. You can walk up to the doors all day long and buy a weekend pass, or a day pass. Registration is open Friday 10AM to 11:59PM, Saturday 8:30AM to 11:59PM and Sunday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM.
Hopefully this sheds some light.
Please read this article. During the registration process some people submitted additional names for multiple badges, some people did not.
Information to be read here: http://springfieldgame.com/project/questions-answers/
Where’s my badge? What time does X start? Where do I park? Will there be food?
If you have questions, we have answers. Starting off with these top 5 posted here.
More to come.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
All pre-registration sales are CLOSED as of 12:00AM 9/16/17. We are now working on organizing and getting ready to open the doors on 10/6/17. There are no other spaces available OTHER THAN this ONE LAST Creator Table.
We thought there might be some spaces open with unsold Club & Org Spaces, but we had some last-minute (like 10 minutes before midnight) sales of spaces. So we are now officially FULL / SOLD OUT / DONE. There will not be anything else open up. If we experience any last-minute cancellations the windows are closed for refunds and sales (as per our policies). We are at our final stages for preparation.
The Creator Table that we are selling is available due to some last-minute re-configuring of our Featured Artist line-up. Please see the map if you want to know the location of this available table.
This will be available for sale until 11:59PM Sunday 9/17/17. First to pay for it, gets it. PLEASE make sure you read what a CREATOR is before you purchase this table. Thank you.