After having to cancel the 40K GT and War of the Roses I needed to get my tournament fix. I scanned the forums and was bewildered by the number of events that are available for the 40K player. It wasn’t long ago that there were only half a dozen events each year that were worth going to, but now there are dozens. I wonder if there were always as many but most were club events that were local and with little way of promoting them? In the good old days the only promotion was to advertise in a war gaming magazine but today the internet allows for every event to have a voice. So why the Bristol Rampage?
This is an interesting debate as the reasons are personal and to some extent emotional. Firstly, I looked at timings. This event provided me with an event in April and my philosophy is to attend roughly one event per month. I usually miss a month in the summer and perhaps another at the end of the year during December so my average tournament schedule is about ten events per year. Rampage fills the April slot nicely. In addition it clashes with another event that seems to be attracting a lot of the major players that I usually meet. Bristol also attracts players from a different region so In this case it means that I will get the chance to play new opponents which is always a good thing.
The event is also in a different venue. Although I really love Warhammer World and Maelstrom, (and the North West Gaming Centre is getting there) it is always good to try out new venues. This one is in a hotel with on-site rooms and beer so it sounds like it will be easy to manage and although the rooms are a trifle more expensive the avoidance of having to pay for taxis and worry about parking is a plus, not to mention the convenience of being able to stagger to ones room late at night!
Finally, it means that my gaming friends in the South West that can rarely make the trip up to Nottingham or Mansfield will be able to meet me there. You will see that I havent even mentioned the games, rules, terrain and so on. these factors hardly came into relevance until the other elements were taken into account.
So what makes you choose a particular event over another?