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.
A big thank you to everyone at Battlefoam, this is a fantastic contribution to the event; which I am sure will be hotly contested given the quality of these products. Why not check out the website, as they do specialist trays for all ranges of system; including Malifaux, Spartan Games and Flames of War.
This Saturday, I will be demoing WM/H at one of Scotland’s biggest wargame shows. Last year I demo’d Heap, the fun Bodgers card game from Privateer Press.
Other than the odd time, I haven’t demo’d the game like this in a long while so I am both looking forward to it and a little anxious. I’ll be making time to speak to some of the traders as well, hopefully seeing if they can help out with the Scottish Masters. Other than arranging payment of the entry fees everything is coming together for the event. I’ll be promoting it on Saturday, hoping to spread the word about it.
If you would like to help out, or can offer something towards the event; please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I’ve always been aware that credit should be given where it is due. So when Tom Haswell messaged me this morning, to point out that my original post was incorrect. Tom co-founded the LXG with 4 others, who all contribute to the site.
Other than Belgarath97, Second Class Elitist and LXG; I’m not aware of who the other members are; however this shouldn’t detract from the contributions of the other members. If you haven’t already, check it out at League of Extraordinary Gamers.