Heya Bearcat! Welcome aboard!
Regarding your budget, the only thing I can 100% agree on is the $84.20 for the badge. Based on the price, I'm guessing you're going all four days. Like the others have been saying, without knowing you, your interests, your tastes, your hotel, and your whatnot, it's nigh-impossible to tell you if your budget will work out.
If you're staying downtown and you have some roommates, $200 will probably work. If you're going on the cheap for food -- hitting the grocery store, using coolers to stow food in the hotel room, hit the food court instead of dropping $30 on a meal -- $130 could work. I'd probably plan on a bit extra, just in case you find you cut yourself short or in case you want to splurge a little.
$50 for gas -- if you're from Indy and plan on doing a lot of cruising, you're golden; if you're coming from California and not splitting the costs, you're cutting yourself way short.
I hear that a lot of people have luck getting into events with Generics, but I don't trust my luck; I always go for the Event tickets to make sure I have a slot in a game. $72 in Generics for *four* events? You're looking at $18 per event? What events are looking at that cost that much? There are thousands of events at Gen Con, and many of them are a lot cheaper, probably $4-$6 on average. When the Event Catalog comes out Tuesday, be sure to shop around.
Alcohol and the Exhibit Hall, I can't comment on. I'm not a drinker, and I don't spend anywhere near that much in the Exhibit Hall. I don't have anything against any of the dealers; it's just that I don't have a gaming group here so spending money on games is pretty well pointless for me.
Hope you enjoy your first time, and, again, welcome aboard!
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