There were a lot of big things to cover and I thought it best to go this route.
Not everyone is up to speed with what’s been going on with EVO. Mr. Wizard announced that there would be no qualifier tournaments this year. As such, there will be no EVO East trip. I dropped a line with Jetphi and Fugee to see if ECCXIII or SBIII was being planned as a replacement and neither of them is up for it. As such, the road trip planned has been scrapped. As for Evolution World, I plan to attend that tournament this year. I have a week’s vacation over that period and plan to spend it in Vegas both for EVO and as a vacation. If people plan to attend, I suggest saving money now. I’m probably going to take $2000 with me for the trip. I will be happy to co-ordinate flights and what not (I have two friends that are travel agents and get good deals) if people are serious about going to EVO or just going to Vegas in general.
This tournament is kind of in limbo. At the present time, Freddyloco and Mao are co-ordinating. They are looking to run at a venue in May. My May is wide open and I plan to go to Montreal if something comes up. If people are interested in going, put aside around $200 - $300 for the weekend. I’ll likely rent a van and we’ll go down for a few days to hang with MTLSF and OttawaSF.
I had quite a few people ask me at NLDIV about the monthly tournaments and when I was going to start directing them again. Frankly I have no interest in running monthlies or RanBats any longer. The current directors are doing a satisfactory job in co-ordinating a sufficent amount of events and it looks like there are regular casuals going on between the Friday weeklies at Lovegetty Station and the Marvel casual at Shaun’s house. If people are looking for more tournaments, I suggest asking around for help and running one yourself. Which brings me to…
This decision was a long time coming and I was flip flopping back and forth on it. However, in the end I have decided not to organize the T tournament this year or any subsequent year. I looked back at T8 and I honestly don’t think I can top that event. It had a great venue, the most games we’ve ever played and the most people ever to attend a T tournament. When I thought about how I could top that event, I drew a blank. Then I thought about whether I could run something just as good and I honestly couldn’t figure out how either. With my two right hand guys in Stephen and Nathan being busy with activities outside of SF and me being unwilling to put my faith in new general directors and money into another big venue, there was no way it could be done. I encourage someone/people to step up and take their shot. It’s a great tournament and I’d hate to see the tradition broken. Be forewarned it’s a monumental responsibility and quite frankly it’s a thankless job as well. You do it for the community, not for yourself.
I think that covers it. Again I remind everyone that I am still looking to co-ordinate the GTASF trips to Montreal and Vegas. The former is about two months away and the latter is five months away. That is plenty of notice to get your money together and go. You can find me on MSN, drop a line in here or PM me if you have a serious interest in either trip.