Starting your own tourneys.
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- Rule #1. Never, any I repeat never, rely on anyone to do anything for you.
- If you have the store to make your tournament, do it.
These are the things you can expect form the store owner:
What you might be able to get away with: Prize support. Ask him if he would like to donate some boosters or perhaps a
single card if he deals in singles. Or see if you can cut a deal that you can buy prizes for wholesale.
- He gives you a place to play the tournament if he has space available.
- He gives you a reasonable deal on cards for sealed deck tourneys (you do not want to run Constructed when dealing with new players, they don't have the card pools for it).
- He pays the postage on the mailing of fliers to surrounding game stores as long as you present him with a receipt he can use for tax purposes. You should make this clear with him first.
What the Retailer should expect from you:
- That his stores name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail address are on every piece of literature you make for your tournament.
- That you clean up after your tournament.
- That you buy some product from him. If he has great deals, buy a bunch, if not a Booster now and again will do.
- Contact WotC with your tournament (I don't know how long this one will last). Michael Brooks is in charge of prize
support for us here in Germany. I don't know if she (yes it's a woman ) does the prize support for whereever you are, but
she could probably direct you to the right person if she does not. Her e-mail address is:
- Contact any other source of prize support you can think of. If Wizards has a local rep, contact them as well.
- Make your flier. These things should be on it:
- The Netrunner Logo.
- Where it is (and directions on how to get there by car, including where to park, as well as by bus/ train, including the times they run).
- When it is (including opening, registration, and tournament start times).
- Format. As I said before start with Sealed Deck, 4 or 5 rounds Swiss System.
- Contact Information: Your telephone number and e-mail address should be sufficient.
- If you find you have enough prize support, mention that all participants will win something.
- Entry Fee.
- Mention that it is Sanctioned! All Tournaments are Pre-Sanctioned by Matthias Nagy at the Netrunner Weekly
- Post your tournament. Three places to start include: The Netrunner Weekly, Top Runners Conference Website (Paul Barron),
which has a discussion segment and is linked to The Netrunner Weekly, and this List. Post at least a month in advance if
possible, as you never know who might be travelling where a what time.
- E-mail or telephone every known Netrunner player in the area with your tournament information. Ask them if they have any
tournaments coming up that you might attend.
- Try to find a place where out of town players could 'pitch a sleeping bag' so that you can make this offer (perhaps on the
flier if you are sure of it).
- Send your tournament results to Matthias Nagy.
- Know the rules. This is important. Nothing turns off new tournament players more than having their judge not knowing how
to settle a dispute.
- Lastly, if you say it, do it.
For those of you who have no game store with enough space in the town where you want to hold a tournament, some suggestions:
- University residences usually have common rooms where you could hold one as long as you book it in advance. Example: all the Bonn tournaments are at present held in one of these.
- Churches usually have basements, Community Centres usually have rooms available as well.
- If you know of a player in another town near you that wants to the same, so much the better. Alternate the tournaments,
try to find a third town that is equally distant and start demos there.
- Another thing you can try is booking side events to other tournaments in your area. As an example, the Sealed Deck in
Dortmund on April the 20th is a side event for a Qualifier for the German Championship in M:TOG. Some of you may have problems
with that I'm not sure, but I have a place to play that I would normally not get, a chance to swing some of the early casualties
of that tournament, and an opportunity to infect a new town (runnerspeak there).
Another point, for those who have a sizable turnout at tournaments. One tournament administator should be doing game demos,
especially if you are doing support for another game.
I hope this is a help to someone.
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