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Great Lakes Circuit - a series of upper Middle West tournaments

Yay @spags for putting together graphics and the overview here!

There will definitely be an event on this circuit at Flat Land Games in Wixom, MI (Metro Detroit Netrunners represent!) in May (either the 9th or the 23rd). Everyone in the region should definitely come out :). I’ll have finalized details tonight or tomorrow AM!

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Awesome. Well, get your store involved, if you are interested. Looking at a hard cap of 16 stores, prob. Don’t want to water this down too much. That would allow for a 48 player final tourney.

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Yeah, that was where I played. (I take it that means you weren’t out there that day?) It was an 18 person event and seemed like a pretty healthy meta. I’ll definitely drive out there again for one of these things.

I’m considering whether to get involved hosting one for Pittsburgh. Our meta can be kind of anemic at times, but on the other hand it might be a good way to ramp things up here. I’ll talk with folks here and see how possible 16 attendance seems. (And people nearby, let me know if you’d drive to visit us if we hosted one.)

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This got me thinking:

If I were to do a northeast circuit, do you think it would be best to split it into two? We’ve got a lot of Netrunner cities here; between Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, it almost seems like it should be split up into two or something. Probably not though.

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People would be willing to come to Chicago for the finals from Pittsburgh? The beauty is that the finals is tied in with ChiLo, so it’ll be a weekend long event, and the already qualified can still have fun at ChiLo.

Ideally, two would work, if you can support it. My thoughts on regions:

NE
SE
Midwest
OK/Texas
Rockies
Cali
PNW
Ontario/Quebec

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The thing is, regions like “rockies” and “OK/Texas” have less than half of the amount of players of the Northeast. On the one hand, you want to make the regions small enough that people can reasonably travel to the main event, but on the other, you make things a lot harder for the regions with more players.

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Some would (like 4 maybe). We’d definitely be pulling much of our attendance from local people who don’t care about the next level up, just like playing in the events at our shop. Plus whoever happens to drive out here from ohio.

We’ve been in a dead zone though in terms of bigger tournaments (just look where we are on the regionals map) so we gotta get involved somehow.

Assuming we could get 16 to show up, I figure probably around 2 of the top 4 would be willing to come out.

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We’ve been discussing this off and on among the Colorado community ever since the SMC was announced. We have several stores interested in the Colorado area, but we have a bit of a geographical dilemma expanding beyond Colorado. The nearest major game stores that I know of that would attract a reasonable amount of players are 8+ hours outside the hub of Denver/Colorado Springs. As much as I complain about it, there’s a fairly good reason that our nearest Regional (aside from the one I’m running here in town) is a 9-hour drive away. If we have a Rockies circuit, it would likely be restricted to a 170-mile stretch along the I-25 corridor from Fort Collins to Pueblo; with really nothing to differentiate the circuit from a Store Championship season. Otherwise, I think we defeat the whole purpose of playing your way to Worlds by creating a new major event that people have to drive 8+ hours for and pay for transportation/lodging.

All that to say, we’re certainly interested, but there’s a bit of brainstorming to be done.

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How are you trying to handle prize support? I know I have a bunch of extra promos I’d be willing to donate to the cause, and I’m probably not the only one. I’ve just been handing them out to new players anyway.

I can also pretty confidently state that the Twin Cities will show up big for this.

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The Indy area has a podcast and Travis has participated in their league/SC. Maybe worth reaching out to Jeremy and Adam from Indy Netrunners: http://indynetrunners.weebly.com/about-us.html (contact links as icons at the top of the page). Looks like their league is 20+ players, but their Store Championship had a disappointing turnout (~10).

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their store championship at Game Preserve (Indianapolis) drew 22 players

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Part of this is distance, as well, though.

Are there really that many more players in the NE?

Awesome. I’m looking at sending out alt arts with this on the backs to all stores. I may even be able to send out some coins/tokens. Was even looking at custom dice to hand out. Not sure how much I want to go into the hole for this.

The main thing is relying on stores giving store cred based on attendance, sans the $75 owed to the kitty. Any donations are welcome, and I am even trying to line up some sponsors.

Sounds like they had 11 people at the Game Times SC on March 28th. Likely not a concern for numbers in the Indy area.

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Warren, MI is much closer than that. Come our way on June 6th!

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I have at least one old unused GNK sitting in a closet somewhere, at least a couple spare playsets of all the GNK door prize cards (Adonis/Pawnshop/Plascrete etc.), and some random unassembled deck boxes. I mean, a lot of the people playing in these probably already have most of that stuff, but at least it’s something for people who only got into tournaments more recently.

I also have spares of some rarer stuff (alt art Gabe, Chronos Protocol playmat, etc.) that could make good winner or scorch prizes.

I’m not affilliated with any of the local stores, but I’d be more than happy to help run any tournaments in and around the Twin Cities.

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We definitely should work out some further discussion on the various regions. Spags has a good initial breakdown. That seems to be for another post though. I’d love to see this fully fledged out.

The players in the areas would definitely know best on how to divide it all up. Worlds is the primary endgame, but if we get this rolling large enough . . . We can have our own Worlds style event. Just thoughts.

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Right. I was inspired by what happened in the Warmachine/Hordes community, where the fan events overwhelmed the company’s, to the point where Privateer Press hired on the guy who started it.

However, trust me, I’m not looking for a job at FFG.

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Done.

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