Uncles was getting a phone call " from someone not to be named" and then posted on the forms. As for not going to the Regional. I am not going to take that back. And that Uncles didn't hold this event in Bellevue is their choice. You can make your own point on that.
" the fist possible negative post on this issue but only due to you brought it up. " I had avoided even responding to what they had said other than there was NO negative post about their store prior to them popping in out of no where in response to a phone call they had with a customer. But when people like you keep taking this issue to be about Uncles games when we have been very clear that it is with FFG and trying to make us into trolls well " you can't handle the truth " As for the name .. it was the only NW event and it was at Uncles Games. And they chosen to have it in Spokane vs Seattle. If that was FFG's call or Their call? I would have like them to post on that.
This was Fantasy Flight's call. Though Uncle's Games is 4 stores each store hosts events separately at the discretion of that store's manager and event coordinator. Uncle's Spokane applied and was awarded a Regional.
Good, this was one issue we couldn't get when asked to FFG.
And when 90% of the community can't go to the event. We are only asking 10% of the community to please put their money to good use at their local store? Are you not supporting your local store? Are you saying we should all speed $200 to $500 if you have daycare needs to go to this even vs supporting our local game stores who support FFG and Xwing ? We feel FFG is not supporting us or our local Region well what you do think? They have Gen con and Worlds that we can handle. But Local event like this is going to far when it comes to local, " kids under 18 " and People with kids and jobs that make under 100k a year. Personally they could have this event in Antarctica and I could go. But that that doesn't say the rest of my community could do the same.
High Level Organized Play in any format often involves some level of money not going to your FLGS. That's not to say you shouldn't support your FLGS as much as possible, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Magic player who only attended PTQ's hosted by their FLGS or a Warhammer Tournament only hosted by their FLGS. High Level Organized Play often also involves a level of travel, many local Magic players travel to Vancouver BC, Las Vegas and Richmond to participate in such events. Uncle's hosts a local Warmachine team that is often bouncing around the country for Organized Play events. Even within a region events are moved to different locations to enable everyone to have a fair chance of access. Regionals is intended to be a high level event, that's why Store Championships exist, to allow a local level tournament that doesn't involve travel and allows you to remain at your FLGS. Remember the Regional is a qualifier for even further travel expenses. If you think Spokane is bad just wait until you have to trek to Minneapolis.
This is where Wizards and the groups Failed when the got too big. This event is not GenCon " North American Regional " or Worlds its the NW Regional. And they put it 300 miles from 90% of the stores that support it. Call me crazy but that is just plain stupid. As for 40k well that company is the worst when it comes to supporting its community or the stores. They will open a store next to a local store and not blink twice about it.
And yes I know 90% of the community we helped build in the Northwest. Having made it to 95% of every store event in support of the game and trying to find new players to join us in making events bigger as we try to take this game to the next level. Like competitive chess , 40k, Magic ect.
I think you are demanding too much too fast. I don't disagree that X-Wing can and will get there, but expecting that level of Organized Play on the second year a game has been out might be demanding a lot. FFG has done a great job getting Organized Play where it is at and has big plans to work out even more of these kinks in the future. You need to remember they are not doing this for one game but 5+ games all simultaneously. You need to remember that FFG is not some huge megacorp and many of the employees are wearing multiple hats. It seems like their order of priority for objectives, getting things like a judge program and an event reporter up and running makes logical sense to me.
I agree in the past FFG has done a good job a Supporting local and Regional Events. This Knee Jerk Reaction to the 40+ people who showed up to worlds with a Regional Win is blowing up in their face. As for This game going to the Level of Magic well pushing the core groups like the North West away with this epic fail is not going to help. Also due to the many people who did win they had an outstanding turnout at worlds in 11/2013. So to take this success and flush it down the drain is just crazy.
One of the leaders of our NW community took time to organize every local store event so that we wouldn't over lap game days with each store to have the largest groups possible show up in support of this game. And to gather every email and contact info of players we could to help grow the sharing of events to make sure this game stayed strong here in the NW for years to come. This was working until the NW Regionals were posted and then only 3 people showed up to the next store event. And this store is a MAJOR Supporter of X wing and every prior even they held was 15+. When we called people and asked them why they didn't make it they all said the same thing " #$%^ FFG and x wing. ... Not good.
It's a shame that they would drop a game so easily. I'm not sure I even totally understand their reasoning.
It's not to surprising due to many players are sick of the way they are treated by companies and in the basic feeling of I knew it. When this happened and No one could make a simple Leadership dissension to fix the very simple issue.
Many of the local stores where personally told by FFG they made a " Error " with the Regional. This did come to light after we made sure the proper people in the community let FFG know how we felt.
What kind of error? It sounds like something went wrong with the application process if some stores did indeed apply but the head of OP never saw their applications. They are working on a new application system for next years SC and Regionals that I think will be far superior.
What kind of Error. Well they told people in Vegas that they didn't get any stores in the Local Seattle Or Portland Zone to sign up for the event. Well This was not the case and many Stores did sign up and someone at FFG didn't do their job. If I was in charge of running this I would have called to see why major stores in 2 million + pop zones didn't want to support our game. This would have lead to me finding out I some how missed 5 + stores applications. And for the few they didn't miss on the i5 zone but still picked 2 300+ miles from 90% of the players shows a major lack of basic sales and promoting of a product. This will hurt sales in the Northwest.
At this point we are trying to keep our community from jumping ship to other games that do support them. With a local Event to protest this error that could be fixed. And yes in our group of over 20 ... many have stopped playing the game due to this. And we are trying to win them back with showing our support that they do matter in the community.