We took some photos of the event, I hope I'll get them in the next days and can add them to the ABR page!
Thank you everyone for attending and supporting the tournament! I really enjoyed the tournament!
Special thanks to dome_ for being the judge and offering price support & Miri & JoJo for adding prices.
The e-mail I setup for the tournament was obviously not working, I apologize for that, only realized this during the tournament
You can find the standings here:
Report about the tournament from a TOs perspective. If a paticipants would like to write some words I'm really happy about it.
This was my first tournament as a TO (I organized one back in Jan-2017, but some one took over the TO) and we had 14 participants. I deem this a big success! We had fun, many eggs changing the owner and a lot of first time tournament participants. One player agreed to step back to make the number of players even if required, so we don't need to give out byes as I had the feeling I need the time to focus on the tournament and not being the one to make it even and this was absolutely the case.
Some days before the tournament I had 12 applications on ABR, in the morning of the event there where only 10 left, 3 have dropped one was new. No idea why yet. At the end we had 14 players.
I used a software called Excalibur, which was working, but I would call it very basic. It was even hard to see the standings in details, but I used a version which was to old.
I was hoping for a bit more feedback and enthusiasm upfront to the tournament. I got lot's of positive feedback during and after the tournament.
14 people, 6 of them newbies of different level of experience and 2 players from the past (one of them wasn't playing for 2 years the other one for 6 Months. This was a surprise for me and I'm really happy about that and they are not part of the 6 newbies!) 3 of the 14 where from other cities, 2 from Leipzig (2 h away), 1 from Magdeburg (2 h away). You know some of them, some of them where totally unknown to us and it was a good idea to post it also on the not so common places for German Netrunner (like reddit). I got the feedback from some regulars about the surprise of all the new faces he expected something like 6 people.
So tournament run from 11:00 to ~ 18:00 for 7 rounds.
I think one main challenges was to motivate regular players to build a deck for this specific event. Otherwise they might have participated. On the other hand I'm not aware how many people where motivated because of the limited card pool. And for many of them it was the first time they build there own deck.
We started around 30 mins later as some people came late due to issues with there bike and others sleeving cards. Thus we "only" played 7 rounds of swiss. Which was nice as more people meet and know each other. We allowed proxies which was used by some players and we told the veterans to take the required time with newer players and allow take backs, if they have no impact (e.g. running into Archives into a breach dome, or rezzing a useless ICE).
I think to slot 2 eggs instead of only 1 as suggested was a good idea, they changed quite frequently. Some people had 5 eggs as the maximum during the day and it played out some player tried to focus more on the egg hunt instead of the points, but this is kind of unreliable as a strategy with only 2 eggs in an average deck. But one of the 2 with 4 eggs at the end was the last one, which I think was a nice thing.
One big questions was, what to do if you forfeit the eggs, which I decided is still a secure or stole so it will stay there.
It was good to have 40 min time for a one side tournament, for the newer players this was still a challenge and almost every round there was one game going into time. On the other side I had some matches ending in the first 10 min, they often switched sides and just played for fun (once I encouraged a veteran player to switch decks with the newbie, which was a good experience!). While I like that you only play 1 side, I'm not sure how good it matches to the egg hunting, because the eggs are only in the corp deck, perhaps not the best fit, especially if you are playing corp or runner the first 2 rounds.... but this is something I have expected and would consider running another format with a single round tournament. On the other hand this is a fun tournament, does it really count?
Players reported it was a really relaxed atmosphere as winning was not so important. I think still everyone was trying to win, but not as hard as in a competitive tournament.
I enjoyed it very much and I'm sure I'll think about this or similar events in the future. And for sure we will look in our meta for more casual events to have different kinds of players motivated and to make it easier accessible.
What would I do different the next time:
- Have 2 different prices for entry, announced for registrations until 2 weeks before & later
- Bring the correct software
- Should track the number of eggs per player to make this more visible
- Also advertise on BGG and CardGameDB
- I don't like about the format, that the players need to bring sleeved cards + extra sleevs (> 50) with them. This is a challenge for new players at least from my point of view.
- We had extra sleeves at the venue, but they would have other colors, which we said would be ok for the day.
- But for my gut feeling this was creating another hurdle