Viz_K Prince, on Dec 11 2008, 05:18 PM, said:
Do you mean that by registering for a table in the artist alley, we aren't guaranteed a table? Personally, I am only purchasing an Acen badge so that I can register for an AA table, so if I were unable to get one it would be an unfortunate waste of money. Assuming there are others like me, is there a way for you to open a table reservation period before actual table registration? That way, you can guarantee tables to people up to a specific point and start a waiting list for everyone else. I didn't sign up last year, but in previous years I definitely remember signing up via reservation list before registration ever opened.
The only reason this concerns me is because in one of the FAQ threads, you said that tables usually sell out in 1-2 days!
To answer you first question, that is correct. Their is a limited amount of tables available, this is because of cost and the layout. This is an anime convention not an Artist Alley convention (even though I wouldn’t mind an Artist Alley convention).
Unfortunately the ACen Artist Alley has never had a reservation sign-up and then registration opening. This would have created an ethics conflict within the Alley and it would not be possible due to the fact that the number of tables allotted to the Alley has always changed so their is no set number of tables the Alley has each year.
Yes it is true that in the past the Alley sells out in 1-2 days, this is because no badge was required in order to reg for a table, and many people would sign up for a table and miss deadlines (payment deadlines).
When people fail to meet the payment deadline they are removed from their table and then someone from the wait list is moved into their spot. The wait list is not just a list that sits there. The wait list people (in order of reging for a table) move into the empty spots created by others failing to meet deadlines.
People having a badge before they can reg for a table changes the perceived time in which the Alley fills.
We needed this change because, in effect, people were stealing money from the convention by not buying a badge and sneaking into the Alley. That looked very bad for the Alley. Which could have hindered the growth of the Alley for some time.
Missyeru, on Dec 11 2008, 09:42 PM, said:
I'm guessing If you register for a AA table your going to get it unless they are sold out, there is no guarantee on the flats power drops ect. "There is a limited amount of tables, flats, power drops, back drops, etc..... "