|Photo from this previous weekend's IzmirCon Tournement event..|
To start off, I need to be perfectly clear.. this will probably degenerate into a rant.. there are positive comments to be said about the Tournament, but there was a lot that could have improved the event as well.
So let's start off with the positives.. so at least those reading can then stop and say it was a good event, and not get bogged down with the rest if they so wish..
The turn out was good. With 2 from Antalya, 3 from Istanbul, and 3 from Izmir, all with ( to different levels ) fully painted armies, it was quite the showing. So it can be said that this was yet again, a country wide tournament instead of something specific to only Izmirians. Always a good thing. Many faces both in the tournament and out were familiar, and many laughs were had by all. At least most of the time..
The terrain this year saw a slight improvement over previous years. With the inclusion of the Wizards Tower, Temple of Skulls, and the Garden of Morr being used,and painted up nicely. I have to say that whomever had painted them, I want to know the tricks, cause they came out beautifully.
This unfortunately is the end of the positives.. if you wish to continue, you do so at your own risk.. you have been warned..
First and foremost, this is not just about the organization, but also about the lifestyle in Izmir.. they are in what we from my hometown would call.. Island Time.. whereby no one is in a rush for anything, and as such it will get done when it gets done. This caused a major issue in our first game, and a huge clash with the members from Istanbul and Antalya.. who are more used to Business time and have deadlines to meet.. such as flights or buses to catch to get home that evening..
Our first game was cut short to almost half. Where we should have had 2 hrs, we barely got an hour. Some finished in time, but most did not ( I was one of them ). However, thanks to having a great opponent in the first round, I at least had fun playing it, and it went smoothly enough.
The second point is not at the direct organizers but more at the main GW distributor in Turkey, and his lack of support for half of his product. Why's that some might ask, well here's the situation.
On Saturday there was an 8 man 40k tournament. Sponsored by said GW distributor. Entrance fee of 20 TL, but first place being 60% of the pot, 2nd and 3rd splitting the rest. This was also then blasted out across Facebook, and promoted to everyone in the hobby throughout Turkey. Certificates, and the like were also provided out of the entrance cost.
For the Fantasy tournament on Sunday however, there was no entrance fee.. why? Cause there was no sponsor. No mention of the tournament on their site, no participation of them within the organization of it, and no help whatsoever to generate interest in it. And yet, we still had 8 people show up to play, and from more locations than the 40k tournament ( most of whom were from Istanbul directly ).
The other main issue here though was with the organizer himself.. I will begin by saying.. he did good for the fact that he was doing it without any support. That being said, why he didn't ask for support from all of us who have organized such tournaments in the past, and could provide some practical advice, is beyond me. However things that occurred such as random pairing instead of swiss system, or being made to play on the same table twice, even though there were options to avoid this, is beyond me. I would chalk it up to both inexperience, and also pride to not show weakness in front of the gaming community. Pride comes before the fall is a phrase that comes to mind here.
This randomness had a direct impact on myself, as the chance to play against certain opponents was limited due to randomness, however via swiss system it would have been more clear and on equal footings. To put into perspective, I played 2 of the strongest, and more aggressively competitive players in the tournament. I don't mind if I was constantly winning, however with my record, this should not have occurred. This last point caused more stress on myself more than anything especially in the final game, but more on that in another post.
The final point that should have been done better was the actual handling of the first/second/third place standings. The gamer who came first, although announced to everyone, collected his prize in secret after most had turned their backs and he had been shuttled off to another area of the convention. This should have been presented before everyone else, and with loud fan fare. Not because we like to boost our own egos, but the first place winner truly deserved it! Having worked on Saturday, taking a bus from Istanbul to Izmir Saturday night ( which is 8-9 hrs long ), playing all day and winning all 3 games!!! Then having to get back onto a bus Sunday night to travel back to Istanbul, just in time to change, and go back to work Monday morning. A bit more recognition for him should have been made. Just saying.
Ok, there you have it.. my rant on the comings and goings of this years IzmirCon which has not come and gone. Was it great.. not really, was it better than before, definitely not, was it worth going to? For the people that were in attendance, definitely, but for the tournament aspect not so much. Conclusion? I need to go back for a normal gaming weekend instead, have more beers, and play more friendly styled games with some of the regulars, and laugh till my side hurts.
Whats worse.. I will be back next year regardless cause I am a glutton for punishment..
|More games of these are needed.. where I can play against a rock and a hard place, and still have fun :)|