I apologise for the lack of news on the Scottish Masters, something happened on Tuesday which has thrown me completely out of kilter. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow I can write up a full review, with photos from the day.
If you don’t already know, the World Team Championships are running right now in Belgium, with 30 teams of 5 players battling it out to be crowned the best in the world. You can check out the live results, feeds and pairings as the tournament continues for the next two days.
Let me preface this rant, by stating that I have tried everything possible to resolve this; with emails going back to the beginning of August at least.
Ranking HQ was recommended by other PG’s, as a good way to collect money for tournaments; that you didn’t want paid ‘on the door’. With the Scottish Masters, I hoped to use it to help fund it; either through invoicing or paying directly through Paypal. As it turns out, every single penny spent on this so far, has come out of my pocket; with still a couple more items to be purchased.
Now I’m ok with this, it comes with being a PG. However, that isn’t the point, Ranking HQ have failed both the players who have paid, as well as myself.
I have emailed them 3 times, asking for 2 simple pieces of information
How and when is the money transferred to the nominated Paypal account?
How does the ticket system of Ranking HQ deal with refunds for players who drop out?
There is not one thing on the site that states this, not one FAQ that would easily avoid this kind of situation. Sadly I can’t even get a single answer on their ‘Tavern’, it’s almost like its some secret society and I don’t know the silly walk and handshake; to be able to get the answers I need. I mean come on, this is your business, right now they are only missing the Stetsons and spurs; to complete the image of cowboys.
So would I recommend Ranking HQ? I wouldn’t trust them to organise a lunch break, let alone trust them with the players in Scotland.
About 30 minutes ago, the sales of tickets for the first Scottish Masters went on sale. This has been some of the hardest work in a long while, mostly because of the short time constraints. The biggest problem came from the payment system we are using, which will be Ranking HQ.
After wrestling with it for several hours, it finally got sorted and the event is now live on Ranking HQ. While this is a Scottish event, we aren’t restricting this to just players from Scotland. If the aim is to expand next year, players from further afield should be encouraged to come along. Though they should be aware, this is only a one day event this year.
Details of the event can be found here at Ranking HQ
Well the Warmachine: Tactics Kickstarter will end in 35 hours; but that doesn’t mean the end of all the fun. There is still money from Paypal to be factored into the total, they have already surpassed the total needed for Mercs to be a playable faction. This is good news for Retribution players too, as this brings their debut into the game; just a step closer to realisation.
On another side of the game, the Scottish Masters is very near completion; with just some small matters to be taken care of; before registration goes live. We have decided to do registration through Ranking HQ, which also allows players to pay their entry fee at the same time. With just over a month, it’s getting to the point that it is now or never on this project. We hope the experience for everyone is what we hope to achieve and that it can then be expanded next year to a 64 player event. I think I have stressed more about making registration and payment easy for the players; than any other aspect of the event.
Whatever happens, this weekend is going to be very exciting; with Kickstarter and the Scottish Masters (hopefully going live).
One of the traders at Claymore this weekend, is one that I use a lot for their MDF bases. However that is not all they do, if you check out the Warbases website; you will find a myriad of goodies to enjoy.
I had spoken to Martin at Warbases, before going to Claymore; to see if he might be willing to help out with the Scottish Masters. I had intended on buying some items for the Scottish Masters, small custom tokens for all the players to take away with them. Getting the small matter of buying 50mm bases and tiny flyer movement tray (a godsend for Dystopian Wars) out the way, I asked about doing custom orders. What started out as a small purchase, turned into a very generous contribution from Warbases. Not only will they do the custom bases, they will also be giving some custom keyrings for each player. We are still waiting on some design issues, but we hope to have a fixed design very soon. Sadly with it being convention season, PP is swamped with prep for Gen Con, etc.
A big thank you to Martin and the family at Warbases, for their generous contribution to this event.