ANR will get a shot this year as one of the 100 official tournaments at PrezCon 2016 Winter Nationals. I will be GMing the tourney.
I have some latitude on how the tournament will be run, but many constraints because of the nature of the convention.
The first decision I need to settle on is regarding card pool. Your thoughts are most welcome.
To elaborate on "the nature of the convention." For those unfamiliar with tournament-centered conventions (WBC, EuroQuest, PrezCon), the idea is that attendees will usually be playing in scheduled heats of perhaps dozens of different games over the course of the week. If they do well, they may continue on into semi-finals and so forth.
There is also an ethos that needs to be observed and respected at these conventions. While tournaments are competitive--very competitive--there remains the expectation that they will be welcoming and accessible to new players. All events have a scheduled Demo, for instance, with the implication that a new player could attend, be taught the rules, and be fit to participate (no promises on performance of course!) in the event.
My initial thoughts:
Option 1--Restrict players to use only the cards that are available in a SINGLE core set.
Option 2--No restrictions on the card pool (up to the latest released data pack). But proxies (properly contained within opaque sleeves) are completely fine.
I would entertain any other options others might suggest as well.
Option 1 is certainly the most in line with What The Convention Is Supposed To Be About. It would give the event its best chance at building a following from the (small?) pool of people willing to try something new, or very casual Netrunner players who might be intimidated from playing in a higher-level event with hundreds of cards they don't know.
The obvious worry is that this restricition will not interest the core group of players who will most likely make up the great majority of my participants: Netrunner players. That's the group I should probably be most mindful of, if possible.
For my part, I would prefer the full card pool. But I would also be happy enough to finally have Netrunner get its foot in the door at one of these conventions--and I love the game enough anyway, in whatever format or venue--that I would not let the card pool restriction interfere with my participating. But I wonder how others would feel?