Friday night is currently labeled as open and specialist gaming, which is what we intend to have happen, but the details are still wide open. I’ve talked with one individual about running a mini Blood Bowl league that night for anyone interested, and I’ve had a couple of people suggest Mordheim. That’s all fine and good for those people that love those games or are possibly interested in learning about those games, but we want to have options available for everyone.
The good news is we have an entire gym to work with, so there’s plenty of space to have Blood Bowl AND another game system on top of eight plus tables for opening gaming. One idea that has intrigued me is what the NOVA Open and the Battle for Salvation (another tournament based on the NOVA system) have done – “celebrity” games on Friday night. I think it could be interesting to do a few different things:
1. Store vs. Store. This is something we used to do in the Omaha/Lincoln area, and we even had some Iowa clubs show up. The best from each club/store would compete to see who the top store was.
2. Omaha vs. the World – Have a few players from the Omaha area square up against the out of state folk to see how the local boys do against the out of state folk.
3. “Celebrity” fights – I don’t know if any of the famed interwebz bloggers will be making it out to the Bugeater, but I know that once Stelek said he was showing up to NOVA Open, there was a noticeable traffic spike (I’m quoting the TO on that one) so even if the local players could care less it would be an interesting way of generating buzz for the tournament.
Anyway, more thoughts to come. If you have any ideas for the Friday night events, feel free to email me.