My Pinburgh registration sob story is that I remembered registration minutes before while on vacation (I knew it was coming, but my many alerts yesterday morning did not alert). So I was on my phone. I initially did have a ticket (or so I thought) in my cart, but when I proceeded to enter my info it had somehow put two pinburgh and two Replayfx tix in my cart. There was no way I could find to edit the number before checkout. I ended up abandoning it (idiotic, perhaps, but hey, one of you got those, so please thank me in beer) and of course having them sell out. Refreshing got me a brief taste of an available ticket, but then it vanished.
Still, I’m not worried. I signed right up for the waitlist, which got me in last year at the nearly last minute at the show even though I’d waited so long to put myself on it that i was like 241st in line. Coming from Portland that was a leap of faith, but this year I’ll know to sign up for flights and lodging much further ahead of time.
I think it’s clear what complicated logistics all of this is, so I think some of the anger is misplaced. Disappointment? Sure. And I love that creative ideas like satellite tournaments or having a live waitlist are being discussed here. Fortunately, there’s lots of pinball to play in a lot of places, and clearly lots of people who want to play it.
TL;DR There were some mobile user interface issues but they were minor, the waitlist process was easy and promising, and this isn’t worth getting angry about especially given the logistics involved in a mostly straightforward process.