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A note to TRC members
As members of the Top Runners' Conference, you have access to many resources. Among these are items to help you run successful tournaments and demonstrations. The TRC provides these to aid you in promoting the game.
from TRC Chairman Argi Flack
With the availability of these resources comes responsibility. I'm asking you, as a representative of the TRC, to follow these guidelines to the best of your ability. The impression you make is the impression people will have about the TRC, in general.
A member's use of these resources is a privilege, not a right. If someone is abusing this privilege, I will not hesitate to deny them use of TRC resources.
I believe that the success of the TRC has been a philosophy of "different places are different". In other words, do what works for you at your location. A method of demoing the game in Kansas City may be very successful. When you try the same method in Germany or Japan, it may not be received as well. Thus, the following are guidelines, not requirements to be followed to the letter.
- Public Access
All tournaments should be available to the public. Entry fees may be charged, if they are reasonable. They should cover the cost of any cards provided, or use of a facility.
Send details of the event to The Netrunner Weekly, several weeks in advance. The Netrunner Weekly lists all reported tournaments as a service to players. Also, send this information to the webmaster at the TRC website, so it can be listed there.
You should have at least four participants, six if you are running a constructed-deck event. If you have fewer, consider rescheduling the event. If you reschedule, it may be worth using the time for some public play, just for fun.
The judge of the event should avoid playing. It is acceptable for a judge to play if the attendance is low (less than 8 players). Also, if there are an odd number of players, the judge can play to avoid byes. The judge
must ask all players if they object to him or her playing before the start of a tournament. If even one player objects, the judge should not play. If the judge plays, name a second judge for decisions in games played by the primary judge.
The TRC can provide a standard prize package for Netrunner tournaments. I strongly recommend that the host (providing the prizes) or judge, decline any prizes. This gives a good impression, and avoids any conflicts. Award appropriate prizes, based on attendance. Consider using only part of the prize package for small tournaments of 4-6 people. Portions can be saved for future events. Divide the package among at least four players in a large tournament (16+ people). Exactly how prizes are awarded is up to you. Any recommendation you receive with the prize package is exactly that - a recommendation. You can give awards for more than just placement in the final standings. An example is awarding boosters to the "coolest" Corp and Runner decks.
- Reporting Results
I strongly recommend reporting the results of your tournaments. A post of at least the prize winners to the Netrunner-L mailing list is a good start. Listing the players and how things went is even better. The Netrunner Weekly publishes official TRC World Rankings. I suggest visiting their website, and submitting the information needed to rank your players.
Remember, these are guidelines. If you feel there is a good reason to not follow them, and use a different approach, try it. Just make sure the reason is good, and report back on how it worked. The TRC is always interested in different methods, and if they work or not.
- Public Access
As with tournaments, organized demonstrations should be publicly available. However, don't pass up the opportunity to demo the game to individuals. Private demos are sometimes the best way to introduce a person to the game.
- Product Distribution
The materials you receive in a demo kit are yours to do with as you see fit. You may give them away to interested people, or use them to construct a reusable demo. The interest level of people you teach should be your guideline for distributing materials. If a person is very excited about the game, and participates in a demo, it is appropriate to give them your demo deck and rule book. A booster and/or rule book can be distributed to those who show interest, but don't participate. Don't distribute anything to someone who shows no interest, or appears to just want the cards.
- Report Results
Again, I strongly recommend reporting the results of demonstrations. A post of how things went and the number of people you demoed to is good. You may want to include the product you distributed, and the odds of people continuing to play the game. If you sign up someone for the TRC, make sure you report the new member to the TRC Membership Director.
Bob "Argi" Flack
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