This weekend saw some discussion on the future of the UK tournament scene.
It seems to me that we are fast approaching a bit of a crossroads and that the tournament scene is going to look very different in the future.
We have 2 camps…
The guys who want to play the game ‘as is’ with no restrictions.
And the guys who want restrictions in place to encourage balanced varied armies.
Neither approach is right or wrong but what is pretty clear is that the two aren’t really compatible.
No surprise there right?
But this presents a bit of a problem for the tournament scene as we know it.
Essentially events are now getting half the entrants they would normally because they only appeal to one of the two camps.
So instead of events with 30 to 40 players we have events with 10 to 20 players.
So how are things going to progress?
I think, for the fluff bunnies, the future of events is going to be smaller events that are almost invitation only.
There will be a core of 20 or so players who want to play ‘restricted’ and regular events will be put on for them to game in a laid back atmosphere, probably with 10-15 attendees.
Trophies will be drastically cut back if not got rid of totally.
Event organisers will be able to play in the event as A) it will be more laid back and B) the smaller size means less tournament admin.
Comp will be in place, either highlander or restricted access style. Maybe a mix of both, varying from event to event.
To be honest that sounds good to me. The CSM get together we had recently was brilliant and this weekend was very much in the same vein.
Those two events I’ve enjoyed so much more than a lot events I’ve been to previously. Much more laid back but the games have been so tactical, or rather more tactical in the style I like to play, due to the restrictions in place that you have to really focus to win the game.
I just can’t see events in the future where the ‘as is’ crowd and the fluff bunny crowd play in the same field. The two are just so extreme ends of the scale that a schism seems inevitable and that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing I don’t think.
What are your thoughts?
How do you see events going in the future?