Hello, I'm the Store Manager of Uncle's Games in Bellevue. We did not apply for an X-Wing Regional. There are 2 major reasons why this is the case.
1.)We tried to host a major X-Wing Event in January to "test the waters" for how much interest there was in the X-Wing community and 4 players attended. In addition at last years Regional we had about 12 players attend. Now SINCE then we had a great turnout for our Store Championship, and based on those numbers we likely would of applied, unfortunately the SC was well after the window of time we were able to apply for Regional.
2.)At Bellevue our Saturdays are a premium. Particularly in the months from May-July a host of events and games are competing to use our space for events. Events such as Free RPG Day, Starcity IQs, New Magic Releases, and a variety of other games all compete to utilize our space on Saturdays. Also it is risky for us to lock down a Saturday for an event that we may or may not host based on whether our store is chosen or not. For these reasons we choose to only host an FFG Regional for the game we have the largest turnout for (Netrunner) and support smaller Store Championships for ALL of the FFG Games. Now had I seen the turnout for our January event, that we got in at the Store Championship, I almost definitely would of applied, and WILL apply next year. Sorry about this guys.
3.)The Store Manager of Spokane LOVES LOVES LOVES X-Wing, I really recommend you make the sacrifice to get out there because honestly I can't think of a better host for this event. Maybe next year we'll even bring him to Bellevue to host our Regional as well. But I strongly encourage you support him as he is one of the most vocal voices of support you have in the Board Gaming community.
Thanks everyone, and sorry if we let you down. Hope we do better for you in the future.
Edited by phday, 14 March 2014 - 02:48 PM.