What is it about the "GenCon" name that makes people go to it in such overwhelming numbers as opposed to Origins or any of the smaller "regional" cons (e.g. San Francisco's KublaCon)?
What I am saying is, why bother with another GenCon? What would make people go to it instead of another con? If people go to GenCon because of particualr events, then what guarantee is there that the other GenCons would have the same events, or that they can't have the events at existing cons? It just seems to be that it would be "GenCon in name only," in which case, why bother?
I think the questions that need to be asked are, (a) "Why do you go to GenCon?", and (b) "Does it matter where it is held?" (or, "Would you attend if it was in a different eastern city?"). If people go to GenCon because of something that is specific to the con, then having "other" GenCons won't ease the stress...and note that the survey does not give "summer" as an option for when the "other" GenCon.
For me, since i do attend Origins, Verncon (New years time frame), Charcon, Marcon and sometimes Fire and ice, part of my draw for Gencon is that it "IS" the biggest con. There is something that has to be said about attending the biggest and best out there. And since i have attended it when it was in the UK, i got a double dose of coolness.
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ill it out, but there's no love for those of us not in the US in those dropdowns. :)
It does seem like all the overseas gencons have fallen out of favor first with the Aussie one then the UK one..
I would prefer a smaller con too, in some ways. But I wouldn't want to drive away gamers. The thing is, in the last couple years I have talked with several groups of new attendees that said something along the lines of "we couldn't get tickets for Comic Con so we came here instead" and "we're not here to game, we're here to costume". So I think it's appropriate to ask: Is an overflow option for Comic Con what Gencon really should be? To me they are completely different animals, and even though there are lot of gamers who like what's on offer at Comic Con too, Gencon shouldn't cater to that side of it. Being all things to all people sort of made sense when there was a lot of capacity for growth, but at this point that capacity is mostly gone, so maybe that strategy needs to change.
If Gencon were to do a second convention, I think it might make sense to let Gencon Indy focus on being a gaming con, and move some of the anime, film, and celebrity programming to the new convention, where it can serve that side of the market. Sure, there would be some games at the new con too, and there could still be some "non-game" programming at Indy, but I think the two conventions need to be fundamentally different in order for both to be viable.
That is a good point. I could actually see some of the anime/costume portions of gencon getting separated out, but some of it is still IMO core to gencon.