Generally speaking, I try to buy stuff in a manner that is most efficient, that often means buying early/planning ahead. That's what I did this time, it didn't work out well:
We got there at 8:15ish, and it still took me the better part of 2.5 hours to get through the line. I cannot imagine what those who were outside on the sidewalk experienced in trying to get their will-call tickets. Oh well, live and learn.
In the meantime, why are there generic tickets and then specific event tickets - obviously because you can control the number of participants in any activity. However, just as it does at the local county fair, it functions to create a disconnect between the expenditure of money and the cost of things - who cares that it costs 2-3-4 tickets, but I sure as hell wouldn't pay $8 dollars for something - shit, I just did. For future reference, plan exactly what you want to participate in, buy those tickets, then get a handful of generic tickets to do stuff like the BattleTech VR Pods or the random pick-up demo game/discussion panel.
So what was fun and interesting you ask? Well, the BattleTech Pods were fun, and I would have liked to have gotten in again, an hour wait wasn't in the cards.
Giant dice were:
Not into giant dice, how about a *life-size* troll? I'm 5'10" and came to just above the tip of his nose.
Not into monsters, how about Mechs?
Still not doing it for ya? Then you'll just have to read the next entry with some pics of the various tabletop games.