Couldyou guys be more negative about this. Is it really that big a deal to get some friends together and go on a trip. That's half the fun.
I agree that's fun.
But once you get into the 5-6 hours drive range, it becomes a two day affair. Are these events worth it at that point? I think you are going to see a lot of players say no, when a 2-3 hour drive wouldn't cause the same issue.
Should Vegas, that only had one local player for their SC, really be holding a Regional? That's in addition to the issues they caused last year at their Regional. Many of the venue choices don't make sense.
FFG had an opportunity to use SCs as a survey to gauge where their player base really is and allocate Regionals in accordance with that. Instead they drew arbitrary lines and in many cases picked fairly arbitrary locations to host the events.
I agree, our gaming club (GASP) held the X-Wing Regional last year, 20 players attended. We held 4 SC this year, 12 came out for SW LCG, 19 for X-Wing, 2 for AGoT, and Netrunner is next weekend.
I'm glad a Pittsburgh store got the X-Wing regional, but they had less attendance to all their SC than us, and I didn't see any way to even report the event back to FFG anyway. They stated the SC would be used to determine Regionals, but I don't see it. We dropped $60 per SC (which we didn't make back BTW) so that we would have a better chance at a Regional. Granted we are a club not a store, but what does it matter if we draw more players to the games. Isn't that the whole intent?
The closest SW LCG is Morgantown, which isn't worth it for me. Plus I feel that by travelling I'm promoting the poor organized play model FFG has.
This whole experience left a sour taste with our club regarding FFG's organized play, so I won't be apply for any events next year.