This year's Lords was clearly the best yet.
While Mark certainly hasn't even had a chance to look over the resukts of our feedback forms, I thought there might be some comments you guys would like to put up for discussion.
Overall I thought we did well. The organisation ran pretty smoothly, with plenty of notice to get such awesome advertising support in White Dwarf (iirc it was 4 months with our full colour page) along with timely advance publishing of our player's pack allowed you guys to know how we'd run it, what missions were involved, etc.
So far I haven't heard a single complaint about the missions themselves at all. I've heard quite a few positive comments over the choose your own adventure mission so far.
Of course, there was some discussion o0n the scorting system for battle as we implemented a more simplified "Win all/lose all" system instead of a three tier "Minor Victory-Major Victory- Annihilation" type structure.
Of course, we also used to run a three-tiered mission objective system as well - with Primary objectives worth just over half your BP total, a secondary worth close to half of that, and the traditional bonuses such as "kill enemy general" for the remainder.
SO in an attempt to simplify, we removed *both* 3 tiered structures. Have we thrown the baby out with the bathwater - should we retain a 3 tier Victory system?
Composition - overall I was very ghappy with the panel scoring. I thoight they did a good job and it didn't feel too harsh to my reading. We did review the comp scorees and adjusted a couple, but I think our Panel did an excellent j0ob as I asked them to be generous and that seems to have helped bring the average up.
SPorts - While it is true a "tick and flick" system can lead to a lot of high sports scores, the "Best Sports" vote element made differentiation simplicity itself.
Timing - while we finished a little overtime, I thought overall we did well with our timing.
Paint scoring. FOr the first yeasr ever I am quite satisfied that I have done a consistent job across the field. A few of you were kind enough to compliment me on taking the time to go throuigh the checklist with every player. I am nsure I spent at least 5 minutes with each of you (except those few who were marked when at lunch or during player's choice). With 87 players, 5 minutes each, I needed over 7 hours, it is no great surprise that I nee4ded to start marking right away in the first round, as I did, and still had a dozen or so left to mark in the final round. Of course there were TO calls interru[ting the process, not to mention the other details one needs to handle when running an ecvent (thank Ghod for Mark and Narda! Props to them once again!!) No wonder I didn't seem to get to watch many games or spend much time catching uip with people. No wonder I felt pretty exhausted when sorting out the prize-giving.
I think it would be fair to say I was being quite harsh in my paint scoring, husbanding my discretionary points like they were gold coins. However, I also feel I managed to apply this consistently - you were all marked in a similar way.
Venue - unfortunately we're losing this very convenient venue, so any complaints will become irrelevant (light was always a concern - if I have a choice, I will seek a venue with better light). I thought we were on a good wicket there, the bistro/bar and affordable pricing as well as being less than 10 minutes from home made this a perfect spot for me to run a tourny. Being so close meant I was able to actually get to the venue without invoking Miller time....
Being a member also meant I could get a park underground close to the podium as well...
Sad to be leaving them, obviously.
I am keen to look for an inner city location if possible as I understand that's fairly popular especially for travellers who want to get a taste of Sydney nightlife whilst they are here.
Obviously somewhere reasonably adjacent to decent accomodation would be preferable as well.
Prizes - yes we goofed slightly on the default system this year, but that's mostly addressed now (as far as I can manage now). We'll endeavour to do better next year.
What did you guys think of the trophies? I thought they were excellent and anticipate sourcing next year's trophies from Stewart's again. Every major prize category carried a trophy along wioth the top 3 in both fields. Is that too much?
Entry fee: I think some would liked to have seen a few more prizes given out, this would have been easier to manage if I had been running a higher entry fee. Did the $10 saving make a difference to most of you? Or did you not care if it was $50 anyway?
It would definitely have made my life a whole lot easier if charging $50 this year.
And if we have to pay a lot more for the venue next year, how supportive would players be of an even higher entry fee? For example, if in a position where I could offer more prize support, giving stuff to half of you, as well as covering the cost of a more expensive venue, if I charged say $60?
Or is $50 an important limit?
LMK wat you think and what we might change for next year. And what was good that we should keep?