Netrunner seems to have a catch 22, where there aren’t enough events year round to sustain a large playerbase (among other things such as lack of news and product), yet the one type of year round event (the GNK) doesn’t get enough people to work in many cities. This makes me think that GNKs aren’t actually a viable event type. I imagine FFG’s goal with GNKs are two-fold:
- To serve as a ‘warmup tournament’ for players new to the comp scene.
- To keep people playing when there’s no SCs or regionals to go to.
I think they serve purpose #1 pretty well, as GNKs are short, swiss only, and casual (ie most people allow takebacks), making them less intimidating than SCs. But if FFG was creating a kit solely for introducing players to OP, they could do even better. Imagine if instead of GNKs, FFG sent out a kit once a year with prize support for 3 tourneys: a core only tourney, a cache refresh tourney, and a full card pool tourney. Wouldn’t that be the perfect ramp up to OP?
So the GNK only makes sense if it also accomplishes purpose #2. I’m curious how many cities out there successfully use GNKs to keep the meta going? The only city I hear about them being big in is SF, but there may be more. The other LCG I play, Game of Thrones, uses fan run tourneys to keep people playing, which seems more successful to me, but FFG obviously can’t force that to happen for every LCG they make. Is there a better way to keep people playing that FFG can introduce?