So… This is almost more a comment/ suggestion than a question. If there is anywhere more appropriate to post it than here, please tell me.
It is about the kits for the smallest level of local tournament (formerly GNK, not sure we’re still calling it that):
I think the playmat looks stunning. However, I would like to ask if it is possible/ suggest for the future that it might be a good idea to offer a version of the kit without the mat.
Here’s why: Mats are expensive – themselves, but then they also significantly increase the size of the kit, and thus the shipping cost (just cards presumably fit in a padded envelope, a mat doesn’t). For us as a very small meta that would hold events of <10 people (potentially significantly below 10), the more expensive the kit, the higher the barrier to actually getting them.
If an individual kit costs less, we might instead get two and be able to run two events with them!
Compounding this, including one mat in the kit means that the prize support is really clumped at the top – one player at an event (usually the winner) gets substantially more stuff (=the mat) than everyone else.
If we split the cost for the kit evenly before the event, this means that most players will pay a not insignificant amount of money (because we’re so few to split the cost between) essentially so that someone else can get a playmat. (I’ll be honest: I will never be the one who wins the playmat. Just not going to happen.)
Now, competitive players may not see the issue with this at all, and I agree that for high-level competitive events I don’t see the issue either, but for small events that are casual, for me it is one. I want to play in fun organised Netrunner events, but not at a high cost that just means I subsidise someone else’s playmat every time – frankly, I’m not wealthy enough to do that.
So, in the interest of supporting more casual play as well, could NISEI come up with a prize kit composition for low-level events that is less winner-takes-it-all?
As a casual player, this is what would get me to be really enthusiastic about organised play.