Saturday, February 5, 2011

Launch Party vs. Sneak Peek

While running the Sneak Peek for Yu Gi Oh's Storm of Ragnarok pre-release today, I found it interesting to read over Konami's rules for running the Sneak Peek and compare them to WOTC's rules for running last weekend's Mirroden Besieged Pre-Release . Considering that both events are supposed to emphasize having fun playing with the new cards, I found Konami's rules/ guidelines much more restrictive.

WOTC sets the weekend for the event and otherwise leaves it up to the store as to formats, prices, times, prizes, etc. Konami is much more specific as to format, price for the event, times (has to begin after 8 a.m. and end before 8 p.m. While both companies supply promo cards, Konami supplied a pair of playmats. If stores wish to award additional prizes, they must do so at their own expense. WOTC provided no deckboxes but did ship out displays of Mirroden Besieged boosters to hand out as prizes.

Finally, both companies have tournament software to assist in running the tournaments. Those WOTC's Reporter runs a bit slow at times, it stands head and shoulders above Konami's KOSSY software in terms of flexibility in running events. In addition, Reporter installs on your computer, while KOSSY resides in the cloud, which can cause problems if you disconnect from the net. KOSSY logged off from the web at least three times during the tournament because it apparently didn't detect any activity between rounds and thought we had abandoned it. Never any such problems with Reporter.