I will definately agree that it was a success. I have never played with the GASP group, or with the X-Wing Community of that area, and was welcomed and had not a single problem that was not resolved promptly, accurately, and accepted openly by the group.
Unfortunate for those that dropped out, or did not come as it was a great deal of fun, I went 2 Win - 1 Modified - 2 loss, and did not even mind the losses. I learned more than I ever could about this game, playing at home, from this event.
My with, pictured above, actually took 3rd out of 18, and the upper tier players were tough. The lists were diverse, they had a dealer on site if someone had a last minute need.. I was truly taken back as I had feared it would be either disorganized ot disrespectful to new-comers; neither were true.
I feel with this game gaining momentum, there can only be a boon in desire for more organized events. Hopefully the support from FFG remains constant, or even better, increases.
The prize support was acceptable, but ironically, the free ships being given had less impulsive glee for me than the acrylic Focus tokens. I very much approve of adding alternate official parts to this game. I am even hopeful that there will be some sort of upgrade/pilot packs as prizes for those whom have almost all the physical ships they need; such as myself.
To those I played, thank you. And to the organizers, you surpassed my paranoid expectations and I will definately return in the future for more official events.