I've checked out Strategies and Core Games, neither of which seem too interested in running OP. I'll try to check out The Connection in the next week and if no one else is going to support us, then I guess I'll suck it up and try to run some OP myself. Which super sucks because I want to play, but I want the game to succeed more.
You can still play even if you are running the tournament kit. As per the tournament rules for TO Participation on page 3. Just need someone else to be a TO do your rulings. Now to get a tournament kit you need to have a B2B account to order them from FFG. Email FFG, explain your situation and they might be able to set you up with one.
Tournament Organizer Participation
The TO may participate in a tournament for which he or she
is responsible only if there is a second tournament organizer
present. This second TO must be present and announced at the
beginning of the tournament, and is responsible for all rulings
for games in which the primary TO is playing.