BGG.CON allows for up to 5% of total badges to be pre-purchased as “Premium Badges”. For 2018 this will be 150 badges. The badges have the benefits and restrictions listed below. The most important thing to know about these badges is that they are intended to help some folks have an easier time getting into the BGG.CON experience, not to change that experience for anyone. Once the con is up and running there won’t be two classes of attendees - we’re all at the same event, having the same great time.
One Badge to BGG.CON
The purchase of a premium badge is not transferable and will be tied to the BGG account logged-in at the time of purchase. You can edit the attendee information on your badge (and your companion badge) and therefore can transfer your badge to someone else if you are unable to attend, but you cannot receive more than the price of a regular badge for doing so. Transferred badges will become regular badges and have no premium benefits. Your BGG account will still have credit for a purchase of a premium badge for that year.
Option to purchase a “Companion Badge”
At the time of purchasing the Premium Badge, you will be able to add a second badge whose cost will be equal to that of regular badges for that year ($150 in 2018). The holder of this “+1” badge may also check-in via the Express Registration Check-in but is not eligible for any other premium benefits.
Guaranteed room reservation at the convention hotel
You will be guaranteed a single hotel room reservation at the convention hotel. You will have access to a special block of rooms setup only for Premium Badge holders. You will need to make your reservation within a short window of time between purchasing your Premium Badge and when the hotel is opened to the general public. You must use the same name when making the hotel reservation as is on your badge. Any reservation made in this room-block that we can’t match up to a Premium Badge holder will be canceled.
Express registration check-in
On the first day of the convention when registration opens there will be a separate line for premium badge holders to check-in, similar to “Platinum/Diamond” hotel check-in. Once the registration rush is over on that first day we will collapse registration into the single regular check-in desk.
One library game reserved in your name
In the days leading up to the convention, you will be able to check-out a single game. We'll get a "top 5ish requests" from each badge-holder and then fulfill them based on premium-badge purchase order. That game will be held for you for pick-up from the library after you check-in at registration. At 2:00 pm on Wednesday any games not yet picked-up will be released back into general circulation.
One complimentary convention t-shirt
Self-explanatory. We'll get your t-shirt size at some point and it will be waiting for you at registration check-in.
Priority when purchasing Premium Badges in future years
Future years will have a set price for premium badges and you will be able to purchase them based on years of previous purchases of premium badges. For example, during the initial period of premium badges being for sale (probably the first week) only those who have purchased premium badges every previous year will be allowed to purchase them. Then there will be a period of time (probably the second week), where everyone who has purchased them every year except one year will be allowed to purchase them, etc. On week N (if any are left) anyone can purchase one. The number of premium badges available will grow as the total number of badges grows, never more than 5% of the total, and any unpurchased will be put back in the pool of regular badges.