To T.O. Or Not To T.O.?

Ok, firstly I'm pretty happy with that title, its silly enough and accurate enough to be at least slightly humorous. Also its a 13 character title with only 2 characters that aren't 't' or 'o'.

So, back on topic, or back to things that aren't about the phrazing of the topic it self, should I be running events. I'm talking about running tournaments where I invite lots of people along not the type where I get a group of people to meet together regularly. I'm sure that what I'm trying to do with involve plenty of the later.

I was talking with Stephen the other day and he mentioned that an old fashioned pros and cons list would be helpful here, so:

Pros:

  • Gives something back to the larger community
  • Opportunity to come into contact with many people
  • Creates an image of significance within the community

Cons:

  • Significant effort needed
  • Significant amount of money tied up in product
  • Risk of not recovering money spent on product
  • Difficult to interact with the participants when I have to run the event.

I think that the Cons are currently winning (although I have no plans to stop running the tournaments any time soon, have I mentioned that the next tourney is just 8 days away?), as most of the Pros can be duplicated by me just judging plenty of events locally anyway.

Please comment if you have any ideas on this.

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One response to “To T.O. Or Not To T.O.?

  1. RE: To T.O. or Not to T.O.

    Hi Gareth
    I think it is a wonderful idea for you take up the mantle of a T.O. It is something that is sorely needed on this side of town (Northern suburbs being as barren of venues as they are) LOL . You are ideally positioned in that you have access to a good venue which is close to transport and amenities. I think it would be great to have a group of people that meets regularly to play in structured tournaments such as the two headed events that you have run in the past.
    As far as stock recovery/losses are concerned there is always the re-sale value of un-opened packs plus the option of trading individual cards at face value. If you need help in setting up/runing/managing any events just let me know and I will be more than willing to lend any assistance.

    Cheers
    Ron Brown

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