Thanks for running them Luke! Ultimates was awesome to attend a couple of years ago and even on the last weekend I was able to sneak in and check it out (Wife's Birthday) and just seeing all the painted armies and stands was awesome.
Some of my highlights from when I attended.
Getting refused entry back in just as it was finishing because I didn't have shoes. I thought I was lucky enough to survive until then! Glad they didn't check earlier.
Playing all of my eCaine matches with 41 points instead of 50. Stupid Cyclone! I even painted the damn thing but never got around to ever playing with it at Ultimates.
Having an absolute blast and getting inspired to try and bring Trollbloods the following year. (Ended up with another daughter instead it would seem!)
I can understand how you feel about letting it all go. I started running premier MTG events back in 2001 and only recently stopped running them a couple of years ago. There was a point where I was told (after about 12 years working with Wizards) to piss off or join up with a shop. I was happy with the way I had run events, but after partnering with a store I felt the events declined and we had a weekend where I almost lost $7000 simply because the store hadn't paid for the stock in time. We managed to get it from the Airport around 10pm the night before the event... and the store was planning on doing a Midnight Launch event. That was the final straw for me so I bowed out, I was now working full time so didn't need the cash from Wizards anymore, plus Good Games had just come along and they were doing a fantastic job with promoting and organising events.
The sheer amount of extra networking and resources required to run Miniature Tournaments always surprised me, and I must admit, I was tempted to try my hand at it for a while... then I realised how much terrain and setting up would be involved. MTG was kind to me, players bought their own gear, or I supplied it. The idea of having to provide 32 tables plus terrain scared me off
I had to re-evaluate all of this again recently when I got asked out of the blue by another store if I wanted to start running events again. Did I want to put myself through the extra work and hassle of finding a venue that was available for the whole weekend? That was always my biggest hurdle... Bassendean was always the back up, as I could rarely find other venues suitable. Wizards frowned on running events in licensed places due to the large under age population. I must admit, I was tempted, but only because I still have a student loan, and I'm paying a decent amount in child support still. But also because I did miss the chaotic nature of running an event with so many variables and seeing people having a great time as they smoosh their opponents to death on Turn 4 using the ultimate blade of cool things (tm).
A couple of stand out moments from running events for me.
Hiring the Joondalup Library until 8pm only to have the electricity automatically turn off at 6pm leaving us all in the dark. When I got back from trying to find the security to find out what was happening I walked into a room of 60 people all playing by the lights on their mobile phones. Lights be damned!
Explaining to hundreds of parents over the years about the game and then just giving up when they go "So it's just like Pokemon with monsters and hobbits?"... "Yes! That's exactly it!"
Driving to the venue only to realise I have to turn around and drive back home to get the keys (I was only 40 minutes late.
Realising I had no change for the weekend and running around buying $1 packs of things at various shops with $50 bills asking for the change in $5 notes!
Hmm, this ended up focusing far too much on myself... so, enough about me! I'd love to hear some of your own stand out moments from your time running events? I'm sure there's a few stories worth telling