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    R2whistler got a reaction from Oldpara in Look, I'm not saying the European X-Wing community is better than the US X-Wing community... but...   
    Geographical spread is a huge issue for attendance in the US. I live in the 3rd most populous state in the country (FL) and there were 2 regionals within 6 hours of me, and the Atlanta regional which is about 6 hours for me is about 10 hours for those in Miami. I know many players that would love to go to an SOS or multiple regionals but the time/cost/travel make it pretty much impossible.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from SabineKey in Look, I'm not saying the European X-Wing community is better than the US X-Wing community... but...   
    Geographical spread is a huge issue for attendance in the US. I live in the 3rd most populous state in the country (FL) and there were 2 regionals within 6 hours of me, and the Atlanta regional which is about 6 hours for me is about 10 hours for those in Miami. I know many players that would love to go to an SOS or multiple regionals but the time/cost/travel make it pretty much impossible.
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    R2whistler reacted to Oldpara in Look, I'm not saying the European X-Wing community is better than the US X-Wing community... but...   
    This is true. I attended 6 Regionals in 2 counteries this season: majority of them within 5h drive, closest one in my home city, farthest 2h flight. 
    I was TO of one SoS (Krakow Poland)  and I am gonna attend 3 other SoS as a player (already been to Kopenhagen Denmark, next to go Bologna Italy and Paris France). 
    Don't think any American has that luxury (except Dion Morales maybe, he's amazing ) 
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    R2whistler got a reaction from LagJanson in How do you save the game in your community?   
    I've been playing since late 2013 and I've seen the X-Wing community wax and wane in my area. Early on it was very strong then after 2014 a number of players dropped out and we had a slump in 2015. That was when decided to start running monthly tournaments at our LGS, and the past year has seen consistent growth. The LGS I TO at is getting 15+ players for our monthly tournament and this has trickled to the other stores in town with players now looking for more play opportunities. One store had 16 players show up for a Wednesday night tournament last week, which was a huge surprise. I've found over the past year of running X-Wing tourneys that the TO and veteran players really set the tone for the community and make a huge difference in getting new players in the door. I make a special effort to talk to people interested in the game, I've lost count of how many times someone has come up to me during an event to ask questions then bought a core set and some expansions then show up for the tournament the next month, usually with a friend that they learned to play with at home.
    The funny thing to me is that in the midst of all this doom and gloom on the forum I've watched our player base increase and the demand for more events rise. I know it's tough because every area is different and there's a lot of intricacies to player base dynamics, but one or two enthusiastic players who are willing to give a little time and knowledge to new players can go a long way.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from Force Majeure in How do you save the game in your community?   
    I've been playing since late 2013 and I've seen the X-Wing community wax and wane in my area. Early on it was very strong then after 2014 a number of players dropped out and we had a slump in 2015. That was when decided to start running monthly tournaments at our LGS, and the past year has seen consistent growth. The LGS I TO at is getting 15+ players for our monthly tournament and this has trickled to the other stores in town with players now looking for more play opportunities. One store had 16 players show up for a Wednesday night tournament last week, which was a huge surprise. I've found over the past year of running X-Wing tourneys that the TO and veteran players really set the tone for the community and make a huge difference in getting new players in the door. I make a special effort to talk to people interested in the game, I've lost count of how many times someone has come up to me during an event to ask questions then bought a core set and some expansions then show up for the tournament the next month, usually with a friend that they learned to play with at home.
    The funny thing to me is that in the midst of all this doom and gloom on the forum I've watched our player base increase and the demand for more events rise. I know it's tough because every area is different and there's a lot of intricacies to player base dynamics, but one or two enthusiastic players who are willing to give a little time and knowledge to new players can go a long way.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from jkokura in How do you save the game in your community?   
    I've been playing since late 2013 and I've seen the X-Wing community wax and wane in my area. Early on it was very strong then after 2014 a number of players dropped out and we had a slump in 2015. That was when decided to start running monthly tournaments at our LGS, and the past year has seen consistent growth. The LGS I TO at is getting 15+ players for our monthly tournament and this has trickled to the other stores in town with players now looking for more play opportunities. One store had 16 players show up for a Wednesday night tournament last week, which was a huge surprise. I've found over the past year of running X-Wing tourneys that the TO and veteran players really set the tone for the community and make a huge difference in getting new players in the door. I make a special effort to talk to people interested in the game, I've lost count of how many times someone has come up to me during an event to ask questions then bought a core set and some expansions then show up for the tournament the next month, usually with a friend that they learned to play with at home.
    The funny thing to me is that in the midst of all this doom and gloom on the forum I've watched our player base increase and the demand for more events rise. I know it's tough because every area is different and there's a lot of intricacies to player base dynamics, but one or two enthusiastic players who are willing to give a little time and knowledge to new players can go a long way.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from Force Majeure in I'd ussually never complain, but the X-Wing Worlds Coverage is not up to FFGs usual standard   
    I've watched the live stream coverage from worlds the past 3 years and I would say it has become incrementally better over the years, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. I've worked in live television production for 14 years and could give you a hundred different reasons why it's difficult to put on a top notch production for this type of event. It's similar in a lot of ways to the Oylmpics but in microcosm, multiple events happening at the same time with multiple disciplines that require different commentators who are all experts in the particular event they are covering. So lets be understanding of the fact that FFG is not a live production company, and that replicating the kinds of overlays one competent editor can create for a post produced video on Youtube in real time is considerably more work and man power intensive. No slight to the FFG employees that put the stream together because I think they do a good job considering the circumstances, but they don't have the expertise for this type of production. The optimal way to do this would be to hire a production company to do the event, but that would be incredibly expensive and until Worlds garners enough viewership to pay for production costs I doubt FFG will invest in that. Not to say they couldn't open things up to the podcasters and other live streamers to increase the scope of coverage, which did happen to some degree this year. There are a number of other DIY steps they could take as well, maybe bring in an outside consultant to improve what they do with what they have.
     
    I really don't think the Disney approval thing is that big a deal, if they really needed all that Youtubers and live streamers would be getting copyright take downs all the time. Plus they would not have let those other live streams pop up or promote the fact that unaffiliated 3rd party groups would be posting videos in the coming weeks like they did at the end of the stream last night. Frankly I think they encourage all the content created by the players and fans, it probably helps their case for keeping the license with Disney. It proves that they are making popular products that market directly to the core Star Wars fan base.
     
    Anyways, my two cents.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from Lyraeus in Question regarding tournament turnouts from the early days of X-Wing   
    I won the Orlando regional in 2014 with 47 players. I went to 2 store championships before that in Jacksonville with 14 and 12 respectively. Went to 2 Imdaar alphas, one in Orlando with about 22 and one in Jacksonville with 16. Other kit tournaments that year were usually around 10.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from Lyraeus in Question regarding tournament turnouts from the early days of X-Wing   
    And I have a buddy that went to the Florida regional in 2013 and there were about 12
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    R2whistler got a reaction from XWingEvents in X-Wars | Florida State Championship Series   
    For Jacksonville you can contact the following stores, they all run regular events. I TO the tournaments at Cool Stuff.
    Cool Stuff Jacksonville
    Jax Game Center
    D20 Games St. Augustine
    Big Daddy Games
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    R2whistler reacted to XWingEvents in X-Wars | Florida State Championship Series   
    EDIT: Confirmed stores are in RED and dates listed.
     
    Hey guys! So, I run XWingEvents.com and have primarily run events out of South Florida up until now. I will be at GenCon next month running 4 sold out events (160 total players) and have been working on a new concept, called X-Wars. It is designed to be a multi-store qualifying series which culminates in a true State Championship event.
     
    I have reached out to stores and the feedback has been greatly positive with stores wishing to participate. As it stands, I intend to run 30 qualifiers over the next 3 months in at least 15 stores (starting in August and concluding mid-November). The Championship will be the first week in December. Dates are starting to get locked in so you can watch this thread for updates or check out http://www.xwingevents.com/xwars for all the latest news.
     
    If you currently play at a store NOT listed below and a) have a consistent play group of more than 10 players; b) have space to host a tournament of at least 10 players; c) the store is willing to participate then please reach out to me and send me there information.

    UPDATED: 7/27
     
    Belleview - Stuff N Podunk Games - Confirmed Dates: Sept 3 and Nov 12 Cape Coral - Cool Comics And Games (INTERESTED) Deland - Galaxy Games (INTERESTED) Fort Walton Beach - TBS Comics  (awaiting response) Hollywood - Cool Stuff Games - Confirmed Dates: Aug 27, Oct 15 and Nov 19 Jacksonville - Cool Stuff Games (contact made) Jacksonville - Jax Game Center (contact pending) Jacksonville - Big Daddy Games (contact pending) Kissimmee - Coliseum of Comics (INTERESTED) Maitland - Cool Stuff Games (likely interested) Melbourne - Get Your Fun On  (INTERESTED) Orlando - Paladin Tech and Game (awaiting response) Orlando- SciFi City (awaiting repsonse) Orlando - Gods & Monsters (INTERESTED) Palm Bay - Dogs of War Gaming - Confirmed Dates: Sep 10 and Oct 8 Pensacola - TBS Comics (awaiting response) Pensacola - The Game Space (awaiting response) Sarasota - The Dark Side (awaiting response) Sebring - The BattleZone (INTERESTED) St. Petersburg - Critical Hit Games (INTERESTED) Tallahassee - Gamescape (contact pending) Tampa - Coliseum of Comics (INTERESTED) Temple Terrace - Armada Games (awaiting response) St. Augustine - D20 Games (contact pending)
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    R2whistler got a reaction from VaynMaanen in X-Wars | Florida State Championship Series   
    For Jacksonville you can contact the following stores, they all run regular events. I TO the tournaments at Cool Stuff.
    Cool Stuff Jacksonville
    Jax Game Center
    D20 Games St. Augustine
    Big Daddy Games
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    R2whistler got a reaction from SEApocalypse in Live updates from Coruscant Invitational   
    I totally agree with you, I just think there's a misconception about how much FFG actually has to do with streaming events in general. They have benefited greatly from a very active community that has done almost all the work for them. When it comes down to it FFG is a board game company that doesn't have the internal resources to support an actual video production department, so they rely on volunteer support like the local shops that host their events and groups like Team Covenant and Stele Enterprises. What I'm saying is this fail goes much deeper than just this event.
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    R2whistler reacted to XBear in Time to stop whining about ID's   
    you misunderstand. if somebody tells you to stop whining and submit to authority, whether a small company authority or a government authority, when you're exercising your human freedom to express your opinion, people take it seriously and rightly draw comparisons in history where non compliance was the right thing to do.
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    R2whistler reacted to thatdave in Time to stop whining about ID's   
    FFG rules on, re-rules on, and sometimes re-re-rules on stuff with some regularity.  Play mats?  Damage decks?  Feedback Array?  Need I go on?  I'm not saying that I don't appreciate FFG keeping up on things that are amiss and fixing what needs fixing (coughintentionaldrawscoughcough) because, as a longtime victim of GW, I truly truly truly do appreciate that.  But they are not infallible, no matter what people think or how many times they imply such
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    R2whistler reacted to GiraffeandZebra in Time to stop whining about ID's   
    Ugh.  So much elitism.
     
    So people that haven't made a top 8 in a regionals don't get a vote on whether they think the tournament structure is good.  Even if they are new, or just have aspirations of making a top 8 but haven't done it yet?  New players, future players, or up and coming players should just keep their **** mouth shut, is that what I'm hearing?  We winners get to make the rules about how we win.
     
    Second, there are 2 separate ID issues:
     
    1) Whether it is the best rule for fair and balanced tournament play.
    2) Whether it is moral or ethical to take advantage of said rule while it exists.
     
    I can wholeheartedly agree that #2 should just be dropped, but discussing the merits of the rule itself is entirely valid, and the issue absolutely should not be dropped.
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    R2whistler reacted to bobbywhiskey in How is it Legal?   
    So the judge needs to be present to make sure that in the process of discussing whether to ID or not, the players do not appear to be trying to manipulate scoring, but the only way players can do that is by an ID? Makes sense.
     
    I think you're looking at 3 of the 4 top tables doing this at virtually every meaningful event, and 4 out of 4 more often than you may think.
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    R2whistler reacted to emmjay in How is it Legal?   
    Intentional Draw ruling, Page 6 Tournament Regulation FAQ:
     
    "During Swiss rounds, players may intentionally draw a game so long as a leader is present for any discussion between players prior to the agreement. The leader’s presence is required to prevent any breach of the tournament’s integrity. The leader will not intervene as long as players follow the “Unsporting Conduct” on page 3. If two players intentionally draw a game, each player receives 1 tournament point and a Margin of Victory of 100, just as if they were to arrive at a natural draw over the course of play."
     
    Unsporting Conduct, Page 3 Tournament Regulation FAQ:
     
    Players are expected to behave in a mature and considerate manner, and to play within the rules and not abuse them. This prohibits intentionally stalling a game for time, placing components with excessive force, inappropriate behavior, treating an opponent with a lack of courtesy or respect, cheating, etc. Collusion among players to manipulate scoring is expressly forbidden. Players cannot reference outside material or information during a round. However, players may reference official rule documents at any time or ask a judge for clarification from official rule documents.
     
    Collusion among players to manipulate scoring is expressly forbidden.
     
    This phrase is what makes ID's illegal.  Any player knows their score, because they know how many wins/mod wins/draws they have up to this point.  With the official Tourney sheets players can also calculate their MOV.  Most tournaments also print out and post ranking with score and MOV.  This is almost a guaranteed good thing as players can see/look for any errors in reporting, which happen from time to time.  Because anyone can know their score and wish to ID they are colluding. 
     
    players may intentionally draw a game so long as a leader is present for any discussion between players prior to the agreement.
     
    So, if anyone hears the players talk about drawing before a TO gets to the table for the "official" discussion, they need to speak up and prevent the ID as the prior discussion breaks the rules.
     
    Honestly, there is no case where ID's can be allowed and NOT mark it as collusion.
     
    Yes, that means that in large events where going into the last round there are multiple x-0 and x-1, the second you do an ID you manipulate the scoring.  What happens if one of the players who went x-0 (but had crappy mov each game, like losing a full IG-88 and 1/2 the other, so MOV 124/5 each game) ID's to get that last point.  But, had they played out the match would have lost, so end up x-1 with crappy MOV.  And, what happens if someone going into the final round x-1 (who had insane MOV each game) wins the final match.  Had the x-0 NOT taken the ID their final record of x-1 would have been lower than the x-1 of the other player, potentially knocking them out of contention for the cut.
     
    Here is another scenario that you might see as "Pseudo" legal.  You are playing in the final round of swiss.  You know you are (most likely) going to make the cut regardless.  As soon as that thought pops into your head, you are colluding to manipulate scoring.  The reason why you are want the ID at that point become meaningless, as you are using the ID to secure your spot and go and rest/eat/whatever.  It doesn't matter if you call the TO over and actually have the discussion/offer to ID with your opponent.  The second "Cut", "Place" or similar words are used, you are colluding.  Ergo, not allowed.
     
    How absurd can this get?  Simple.  Go to the regional this weekend.  EVERYONE ID EVERY GAME, INCLUDING THE CUT (which won't happen).  The end result will be EVERYONE wins, every gets everything.  Period, end of story.  I can't wait to see the email the TO sends to FFGOP stating that they need a lot more coins, dice, acrylics, byes, and plaques because EVERYONE won.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from IG88E in Hoth Open reports?   
    Lyle Hayhurst: Carnor- PTL, Autothrusters
    Omega Leader- Comm Relay, Juke
    Wampa
    Omicron- Palp
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    R2whistler got a reaction from IG88E in Hoth Open reports?   
    Nathan Eide: Vader- Adaptability, EU, TIE/X1, ATC
    Soontir- PTL, Autothrusters
    The Inquisitor- PTL, Autothrusters, TIE/v1
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    R2whistler got a reaction from IG88E in Hoth Open reports?   
    I'm at the event now, it was Nathan and Brad. Nathan could have knocked him out with a loss with 41 MOV points or more. Brad would not have made it with any loss.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from MajorJuggler in Hoth Open reports?   
    I'm at the event now, it was Nathan and Brad. Nathan could have knocked him out with a loss with 41 MOV points or more. Brad would not have made it with any loss.
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    R2whistler got a reaction from macmastermind in Accused of Loaded Dice   
    Looks like I missed all the fun when I decided to go to Statesboro. Hate to see situations like this. As a personal anecdote, I've played matches against the TO and played in multiple of her tournaments, including the SC at this store last year. She has always done a wonderful job and I look forward to her events.
     
    Anyways, see you at Regionals, can't wait!
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    R2whistler got a reaction from hurricanemaaynan in Accused of Loaded Dice   
    Looks like I missed all the fun when I decided to go to Statesboro. Hate to see situations like this. As a personal anecdote, I've played matches against the TO and played in multiple of her tournaments, including the SC at this store last year. She has always done a wonderful job and I look forward to her events.
     
    Anyways, see you at Regionals, can't wait!
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    R2whistler got a reaction from Sithborg in Accused of Loaded Dice   
    Looks like I missed all the fun when I decided to go to Statesboro. Hate to see situations like this. As a personal anecdote, I've played matches against the TO and played in multiple of her tournaments, including the SC at this store last year. She has always done a wonderful job and I look forward to her events.
     
    Anyways, see you at Regionals, can't wait!
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