GC Ticket Release Process
The Big Picture
At Gary Con, we use a gradual release cycle with tickets for certain event types (RPGs, Board Games, Card Games, Miniatures and Seminars). Every time a new ticket tier opens, another percentage of tickets become available. While not a perfect system, it allows for every tier a chance to get a ticket for any particular event, for most events.
So, when the top tier badges open up for getting tickets, there is a percentage of seats available opened up for them in all events. Then, when the next tier opens up, more of the seats held in reserve open up and can be taken by anyone who can buy tickets.
When the Silver Badge tier opens, the percent reserve is dropped to zero and every seat is now available.
Getting into Details
On the events screen, you’ll see Tickets Available. If we’re in the midst of the release cycle, that tells you exactly how many tickets are available RIGHT NOW. If you look inside the event and see no one signed up yet, then that means no one’s signed up and next cycle, more seats will open.
If you’re a higher tier badge and want to get a seat in a game that has no available seats when your tier opened, try again at the next ticket release.
Adventurers League and RPEX do not use this tier system and are fully open, right at the start.
A little bit of confusion. When no one yet has signed up for a game with a release cycle, it may appear all seats are available. Once the first person signs up, the number drops to the total seats available at that moment. So, it could say 8/8 Available, you and a friend sign up, and then it goes to 1/8 Available, but only 2 people are signed up. Then when the next tier comes in, 2 more tickets become available and reads 3/8 with only 2 signed up. We have a ticket in with TTE to improve this, share your thoughts there and upvote (click Yes): https://tabletop.events/idea/96920D80-8DC3-11EC-96B5-EA99E6AC358E/ticket-availability-on-events-doesn-t-reflect-limits
You can join the Wait List, but that will only get you notification that a spot opens up, along with every other person on the Wait List. You have to be paying attention to your TTE-assigned email in order to see if seats open up in a game you’re wait listed for. It is not automatic.