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.
I have to apologise to Ste, the owner of Bases4War; for the delay in posting up something about his contribution to the event. I recently suffered a mild TIA, which in simple terms is a form of stroke. Unfortunately it has had other effects on my health, which have put me behind on a lot of things.
Ste send us over 50 bases, in 40mm and 50mm sizes. They are perfect for wreck markers, so it is the plan to give some of these away to ever player who attends the Scottish Masters. I’ll be doing a review of them later, when I get some time to do some painting; but I can safely say that the quality is way beyond what the website shows. I’ll be looking into getting some of these myself, in the future. Just to tease you a little, here is one of each base size.
During a quiet moment from painting, I started looking for scenic bases; as these seem to have exploded onto the modellers world with full force. Micro Art Studio is a small Polish manufacturer, who has some amazing bases and scenery.
Designed with most game systems in mind, there is some focus on items specifically for Infinity. For WM/H players though, there are all the usual sizes and some 120mm bases; which is what caught my attention.
I got an email this morning from Kacper, the designer and owner of Micro Art Studios; generously contributing some items for the Scottish Masters. He will be sending some items over shortly, so from all the Scottish Masters team; thank you.
It was mooted a couple of years ago, that the Scottish WM/H community could organise a Scottish Masters. Several ideas were considered, but it was the location and venue that always made it difficult. Hiring somewhere will always be expensive, something any organiser will understand. It has the knock on effect, of those costs passing onto the attendees to some extent.
This year a new store opened up, Common Ground Games in Stirling. In their own words, a purpose built venue for gaming needs great or small. Steve Fettes is the owner, is someone who certainly seems passionate about the gaming community and the store he owns. The venue has space enough for five 24 foot long tables, standard 4 foot wide. There is room for additional gaming like CCG’s or boardgames, as well as the store itself; selling large range of gaming equipment and systems.
They will be holding their first WM/H event on the 27th July, with a Convergence of Cyriss book release. With the low points armies and free play aspect, it is a great way for new players to get involved in the competitive scene of the game. Who knows, it could lead to a Scottish Masters being held there in the very near future.
With luck next week will bring with it, not only the UK Nationals; but also something in the post. I’ve been looking forward to this arriving for a long while now, as it takes me back to my childhood.
As it will hopefully arrive in time for July, I’ll be using them as my Painting Oath for that month. So watch this space from what delights I will be painting soon, for now I’m going to go get the boxset to listen to as I paint.