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Tournament Clash 2012

Tonight….on Tournament Watch…. nah just kiddin’, cool music though eh?

This post is about the recent scheduling clashes that have been caused by the ever increasing number of tournaments in Ireland. The question is however; could they have been avoided?
Let’s see.
The focus, of course, has to fall first on the plight of Q-Con, in my opinion, one of the best run conventions of any sort in the gaming scene. I use the term, plight, simply because this is the second year running that this event has found itself clashing with events run elsewhere in Ireland.
It might be fairer to say that they have clashed with it, of course; it has run at the same time of the year for 18 years now whereas the events clashing with it have less history.
Last year, Q-Con 2011 was on the 25th and 26th of June, the same weekend as Conclave Summer Event.
Now, this year, it appears that Q-Con 2012 (22nd-24th June this time) will clash with the Irish Masters. That event, which has invited the top 16 players in the country to attend, means that when coupled with the two players helping organise the event, there will be a total of 18 of the best players in the country missing this well run competition.
Put on top of that, is the fact that MooFool, the latest in a series of new events in Cork, will run on the same weekend as Retcon, UCD’s Annual Gaming Event. Retcon, also in its 18th year of running, will be scratching its head as to why this new event has decided to run on the same weekend, just two hours away in the city of Cork.
So let’s have a look and see if this could have been avoided:

After the Irish gaming community starting participating more in the European scene and with the advent of the Rankings system for Ireland the number of tournaments in Ireland has increased significantly. However looking at the table above (courtesy of RankingsHQ) we can see that there are still more than a few months left in the gaming calendar with only one (October, June and December) or two events (July, August, September, November and January).
In fact, Q-Con was traditionally the only major event around June. Now it clashes with the Irish Masters. Equally, March has had only one other event apart from Retcon, Itzacon VIII.
From that evidence, it is indeed perplexing as to why newer events would clash with already established events.
Conspiracy theory?

Or is it more symptomatic of a gaming scene that doesn’t communicate and organise effectively within itself?

I can’t be sure myself since I’m not heavily involved in organising these events but I thought it interesting that it’s an increasing phenomenon rather than a decreasing one (which one might have thought since the gaming scene is becoming better known to all gamers.) and I wonder what our gaming public think?

EDIT: The most excellent organisers of the Irish Masters have moved it to the weekend of the 30th June/1st July. Hooray.

The 40k Ranking Vote

Hey all,

as many of you are aware there is a pretty important vote currently on how Ranking events should be ranked, i.e. what criteria should they match.
Jonny Fisher in another thread summed up his views on why the voting has become so geographical between the three proposals and I think this view represents a view possibly held by more than just Mr. Fisher in the 40k scene here in Ireland:

People might also notice that the voting is pretty much following lines of geography, with players from Dublin and further north voting for Bristolscale7, and players from the south and west voting for Floody. Why might this be?
Well here’s my theory:
The tournaments in NI and Dublin, are generally cheaper and better organised than those in the south and west, which get higher attendances. Go to any event and you’ll find a bunch of Dubs and Nordies, as for the Cork, Galway and Limerick crowd, not so much.
Currently you’re pretty much forced to go to the big events if you want to do well in the rankings. I think that players in the south and west are worried that if Bristolscale7’s proposal wins, that the greater number of fully ranked events will have a detrimental effect on attendances at their own events. If players had a greater choice in which fully pointed events to attend, there’s a risk that they might choose to go to the better organised ones, and not just the ones that have been traditionally bigger.

So vote for Bristolscale7 and a level playing field (with adequate terrain of course)!

– Jonny Fisher

To see this view in context and the subsequent rebuttles from those with differing views see the original thread here.

Astute readers may notice the strange title to this thread:

named so because of what Padraic O’Confhaola claims is misleading canvassing on behalf of one of the proposals creators, Richard Flood of the Warheads and ETC Warhammer 40,000 Captain 2011 for Ireland.

It should be noted that this is a time of change for the 40k ranking scene (still relatively young in Ireland) so while it may look like all parties disagree, most agree on the broader points of each proposed ranking system and differ only slightly in their views of ranking events.

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