My friend and Gamer Master for the Dark Heresy game in which I've played for several years invited me to Gencon 2013. He procured a downtown hotel and offered to split the cost with me and the other two guys that are likely to attend. As much as I love Gencon, and despite the fun time I had running Pilz last year, I'm very reluctant to go because of the costs.
Last year I had some good times, but at a whopping $200 dollars each night, even split between a few snoring guys, it can quickly add up over a long weekend. The gas, parking, and badge costs will push my total into several hundred dollars. Hitting the bars (Twisted Kilt was my favorite) is something I do at home normally, but downtime prices are sometimes excessive. The lines and crowd, also, are factors that weigh heavily in making a Gencon 2013 decision. And these costs are even before my many impulse purchases that are sure to happen!
So, I probably won't attend this year. That four or five-hundred dollars could be much better spent on RPGNow or eBay. But not Kickstarter, I'm done with that for now.