Checked out.

As many of you know our local game store held a tournament in April. I was appointed as head judge do to my jovial and easy to get along with personality.

I was paired with two other judges who had volunteered for the position. This being the case I thought I would take a backseat in the whole tournament. This is important because I had planned on not attending the event as a player. With family and work I just didnt want to invest into preparing an army for a tournament. So I thought it would be show up hangout for a day and joke around with people. Keep an eye on the other two judges and make sure they keep a cool head. I knew the other two judges had very level personalities so I agree to the task.

First mistake. Being a Judge or T.O. is more work than I thought. I should of been ready to invest a large amount of time into preparing the event. We gave our selfs 10 weeks to prepare for this event I should of booked 10-15 hours a week to comfortably prepare for this event. (I booked 1 hour) The closer the event got and during the event I found things that did not meet the standards I would expect.

Second Mistake. I did not have a clear image of the end result and map out the steps to get there. Nope and nope this did not happen. This on me at first, admittedly I was checked out. I should of had a round table with shop, the other two judges and influential members of the group. Then follow up to bring it all together.

Some of the results from not having this image was.

  • Low turn out
  • The dice (part of the grab bag) had not shown up
  • I was not totally happy with the terrain on the tables

Third Mistake. Don’t let the patients run the ward. Part of my being checked out meant that I let everything run on auto pilot. By the time I looked at what was going on it was 6 weeks until d-day and the only action that had taken place was chaos and indecision.

Fourth Mistake. I did not turn back. I should of at that time stepped away. Instead I pushed forward but only 1/2 heartedly.

This put me in two predicaments. I had to deal with conflict which I loath. I consider the other local players to be friends. After several moves across the U.S. I do not have many friends that are not work related. So having to make a call that went against what someone else wanted made me feel like poo.

The second one is I can become OCD when tasked with an objective. This has never come into my hobby and to have that nails on a chalk board feeling when something that I can not control is going on is a feeling I would like to avoid from now on.

I am glad that I had the chance and if I decide to go down this road again (sometime in the far far future) I have a much better understanding of how to perform the roll.



  • therhino

    It’s definitely not an easy task. I put in that 10-15 hours a week you mentioned for the inaugural Standoff, and it was draining. Of course, I’m a logistician at heart, so I really enjoyed the planning and bookkeeping aspects. I’m also a hardass know-it-all on the rules, so making those calls was easy, lol ;).
    Your batch of judges were at a little disadvantage from the get-go, with the Assault being planned and executed in such a small timeframe. Just not enough advertising and lead time, sadly.
    Judging is a tough job, doubly so when you are also pulling TO and Head Judge duty.

    • stealthystealth

      You defiantly handled the Standoff better and I knew that you were doing a lot of work. I guess I thought I was going to get out of that some how. Looking back on that…. well that was dumb nothing is free.

  • Well, you acknowledged things could have gone better, recognized the mistakes that were made and as a result have learned from them. At least you’ve made the best of the situation.

  • hippie

    I’ll definitely be looking to you and the Rhino for feedback heading into the Standoff 2012. We did great last year getting terrain repaired and ready but this winter I think we all were just feeling lazy.

    • stealthystealth

      Have a clear image of what you are working towards

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