National Championship Travel Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'National Championships' started by keniselvis, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. keniselvis

    keniselvis New Member

    Hey Gym! Need your help!

    I moved from Kansas to Ohio and am not gonna be able to make it to the Ohio State Championships. However, we are only 5 hours from Indy so I'd love to take my son to the Nationals. But I have lots o questions. Maybe you can help!

    The event is Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1. And pre-registration is on Thursday.

    So here are my first questions:

    • Is it safe to arrive Thursday afternoon and still get registered or do I need to get there Wed so I can get there first thing Thursday morning?
    • What does the tournament schedule usually look like? Play Friday and Saturday...Finals on Sunday?
    • Anyone stayed in Indy before? How about a decent but cheap hotel within walking distance to the ICC?
    • What are some of the side events that they usually do?
    • If I want to sell my bulk commons and uncommons, I think there are vendors who will buy them there, right?
    • If I suck, am I gonna be out of the tournament on Friday?
    • What time does it usually end on Sunday?
    • What other stuff would be good to know?




    Thanks for all the help and feedback. I'd love to meet some of you and put a face/real name to a username!

    Ken
     
  2. FincastlePokemon2

    FincastlePokemon2 New Member

    We've loved our trips to Indy the past 2 years.

    Here's some advice we've learned - traveling with 2 kids (6 and 10).
    • You're FINE to come in Thursday afternoon. The first year, we lined up at 4:30 (the start of registration time) and waited for 30-45 minutes before we got done. Last year, we showed up at 5:30 or so and waited only 10 minutes in line. There's a rush at the beginning, but these guys have been doing this for several years and have the drill down pat.
    • Yes, there are usually 2 vendors buying bulk cards - Troll and Toad and Collector's Cache
    • Swiss Round go through Friday and into Saturday, so keep playing - it's lots of fun. Top cut starts Saturday and finishes on Sunday.
    • There are several fun events which change throughout the day, keep your eyes peeled and you'll find what looks fun to you.
    • Be sure to have a meeting place between rounds. They do their best to start everyone at the same time, but after that rounds get a little uneven. Plus, there's always the chance someone will have a short (or long) game which will limit your time to meet up. Last year, we had our kids go to the kids art area between rounds. They had something to do if we got caught up in a long round, and the spare table space is a little limited unless you have someone who can camp out through the whole tournament. Alternately, they have lots of stand up images of various Pokemon - pick your favorite and gather there after each round. Lunches do overlap, but again you can get rushed depending on who finishes last.
    • Something I wish I'd done last year - for me or the kids - grab a Sharpie (or 8) and have your opponent's each round sign your tournament T-Shirt or autograph book. You're bound to meet folks from all over and it's cool to look back and remember them.

    Have a great time.
     
  3. keniselvis

    keniselvis New Member

    that is awesome! GREAT stuff! Thank you so much for that help!

    The tournament T-shirt/autograph book, is that something you purchased or was it free swag? either way that is a GREAT idea!
     
  4. FincastlePokemon2

    FincastlePokemon2 New Member

    The t-shirt was a gift for entry - I assume this is an always thing - but last year did not have the date of the tournament. So "customizing" it would have made it more unique... Of course, no one knows what there will be this year (except the folks that can't tell us) until we get there.
     
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  6. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    BTW, you've been in Ohio and never been to Nationals? That's basically your backyard, bro!
     
  7. Pokeplayer101

    Pokeplayer101 New Member

    Is it safe to arrive Thursday afternoon and still get registered or do I need to get there Wed so I can get there first thing Thursday morning?
    I went straight to get pre-registered and then went to get a hotel.

    What does the tournament schedule usually look like? Play Friday and Saturday...Finals on Sunday?

    I am not sure but I think so.
    Anyone stayed in Indy before? How about a decent but cheap hotel within walking distance to the ICC?
    What are some of the side events that they usually do?

    I have stayed there. There is a really good hotel which is like a resort. They had some bug world FIFA Soccer cup there when we were there. A god friend of mine, Ness, did a Japanese booster draft. There is also a league there.
    If I want to sell my bulk commons and uncommons, I think there are vendors who will buy them there, right?

    Troll and toad and Collectors Cache should be there.
    If I suck, am I gonna be out of the tournament on Friday?

    It is your choice if you want to drop or not.
    What time does it usually end on Sunday?

    Whenever you want to leave is when it ends. lol
    What other stuff would be good to know?

    All the people are really nice there.
     
  8. keniselvis

    keniselvis New Member

    I just moved at the end of October, bro!
     
  9. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    OH, I thought you said from Ohio to Kansas. Sry, Ihasastupid...
     
  10. Chairman Kaga

    Chairman Kaga New Member

    Registering any time on Thursday has (in the past) been fine. My group typically arrives around dinner time.

    However, this is the first time in Indy they've set a registration limit. That may change things a bit. You might want to shoot for arriving earlier in the afternoon.

    Friday: First half (approximate) of Swiss rounds
    Saturday: Remainder of Swiss, play top cut down to 16
    Sunday: Top 16 to completion

    It's still a major downtown area, so "cheap" is not really something you're going to see (depending on your definition). That said, Indy is a lot cheaper than some other downtown areas. Rooms start around $120 a night. A good thing to do is find a suite for 4-6 people (which should be in the $150-200 a night range) and split the cost.

    If you're willing to roll the dice on something like Priceline, you can occasionally snag some insane deals. I recall a year or two back, people were landing four-star rooms for $60 a night.

    League and open play runs virtually the entire time the hall is in operation.
    They do 8-man runner tournaments as long as people are lining up for them.
    There are some larger side tournaments as well once the main event field thins down.
    Sometimes people will do their own unofficial tournaments (like the 'Gym's mutant sealed event).

    Yes. The last two years Collector's Cache and Troll & Toad have been prominent.

    It's a Swiss tournament, so technically you're never out until the cut :)
    That said, once you hit three or four losses, you can be pretty assured you won't be moving into the final rounds.

    They try to wrap things up by 4pm.

    Know where the good nearby eats are so you're not shelling $10 for a slice of crappy nuked pizza inside the convention hall. Circle Center Mall is two blocks east and reachable via skywalk, and has a good food court. Lots of good places on the streets nearby as well (the Steak & Shake has already been mentioned; the legendary St. Elmo Steak House on Illinois St., if you can afford it).
     
  11. Pikabruce

    Pikabruce New Member

    Well, the Pokemon website says
    so if you show up early don't be surprised if you have to wait until then.
     
  12. yoshi1001

    yoshi1001 New Member

    If you're looking for a hotel, a good place to start is here at the icc website's hotel page:

    http://www.icclos.com/attendees/getting-around-hotels.aspx

    It indicates which hotels are connected via skywalk (a big plus if you're like me and will be shuttling back and forth throughout the day). Bear in mind that the tournament will be in the southeast portion of the building.
     
  13. keniselvis

    keniselvis New Member

    so helpful! thank you guys all so much! Really appreciate this!
     
  14. pokemaster1970

    pokemaster1970 New Member

    Where is the event being held? And what hotel is hosting the Pokemon players at a special "block" rate? I'd like to reserve my room now please.
     
  15. evil psyduck

    evil psyduck Moderator

    Here is where you want to look.

    http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?t=154292
     
  16. pokemaster1970

    pokemaster1970 New Member

    Thanks. But what is the hotel the players stayed at last year that won trips? Was it a Marriott, or the Hilton? I forget....
     
  17. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    It was the JW Marriott. There are two Marriotts within 3 blocks of each other. The players stayed at the JW Marriott on the West side of the area.
     
  18. pokemaster1970

    pokemaster1970 New Member

    Awesome. Now I remember. Thank you much.
     
  19. jrwaxman

    jrwaxman New Member

    Host hotel is not the JW this year though...not at liberty to say but it is on the other side of convention center closer to the play area.
     
  20. pokemaster1970

    pokemaster1970 New Member

    When will the "host hotel" be announced? By the time it is announced, all the rooms will be gone. Why is it a secret when everybody knows the date, time, and location of the event already?
     

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