So I finally got the official announcement up regarding SpoCon's 40k event this year. There's postings here and here. The full rules packet is here. Feel free to post up feedback or questions regarding the event in the comments section of SpoCon related posts or you can email me. I'll make a more formal post on the tournament itself on the blog later but first.
So why am I organizing this event?
Well for one, I was asked to. Chris (aka BigChris) who organized the event the last 2 years, was 'promoted' (voted for or whatever they do, not sure) from gaming chair to overall chair. There was no way he could do it again this year and other concom members or interested parties had other obligations. I had been the TO for the very first SpoCon 40k tournament in 2008 and had ran some successful tournaments at a local store years ago, so I guess I was the next best thing.
Another reason why, I have a bit of a soft spot for the event. I've wanted to see it grow out of being a glorified RTT (which is sadly what it was when I ran it in 2008, for various reasons) to something bigger. Certainly not the size and depth of Adepticon or NoVa exactly, but something special none the less. Last year the event came very close to that mark in my opinion. We saw new players from outside the area for the first time and I personally had the best time so far. So I wanted a chance to continue that growth and hopefully improve upon what Chris and others at SpoCon have started. Since SpoCon made the jump to being a hotel based event I thought what better time then now? And frankly I wanted another shot at it since that first year had been sort of lackluster in a lot of ways -- I'll get to that in another post though.
Finally, the main reason I am a TO can be attributed to a conversation I had years ago at another 40k event. I was attending Astronomi-con in Vancouver BC and between rounds struck up a conversation with one of the organizers. We got on the topic of various ins and outs of tournament rules, some of which we had some obvious differences in opinion. He was not defensive in the least though, frankly he had some of the more well reasoned responses to things like comp, sports, etc. Anyways at the end of the conversation he had this to say (roughly from memory):
"Have you organized a tournament? No? You should." He had more to say (which I am saving for another post and another topic) but those words in particular stuck with me and are why I even considered organizing tournaments years ago.
Anyways thanks for reading!