I always collect a bunch of tips in my Gen Con posts, but then forget about them by the time Gen Con comes around. Here, I’m going to collect the tips and publish it on the Monday before Gen Con 2016. See, I’m writing the intro paragraph on Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 as I begin working on my Gen Con 2015 roundup. Planning!
For your arrival at Gen Con reserve space on Go Express (the $10 ride from Airport to hotels) in advance. The flights in on the day before the con are all looking to use the bus, and people with reservations were given priority. Do it on the website, though there is a small desk at the ground transportation centre (ground floor) that services Go Express as well as some other shuttles and the representative there might be able to help.
There’s a food place under the escalators at the Indianapolis Convention Center which I believe is “Crossroads” that has an area to sit and WiFi. A couple of times I grabbed a single slice of pizza and checked my email there. If your hotel doesn’t have WiFi, this place is a saviour. It has been for me a few times.
Gen Con 2015 was the first time I heard about the Quiet Room, a place to just go and decompress for a little bit. It’s a great idea, and there were people napping, reading, or just sitting with their eyes closed and enjoying being out of the crowds and noise. It’s okay for babies if they are quiet, but in general, if the baby is being fussy, the monitors would ask the parent to please take the child elsewhere. There are other childcare facilities in the convention centre, and the quiet room was not for that purpose. If you need a place to chill, check the program for the location of the quiet room and take advantage of it.