So had a blast at EGGS this weekend, some feedback below.
5 top games, all my opponents were great, plenty of space at the tables, scenery superb, mats on all.
Timings were fine, in fact possibly 3 hours is a touch too long, I finished in plenty of time every game.
Turn around was excellent, the next round went up very quickly and the final awards soon after last game.
Nice bonus touches with the ice creams, and goody bags.
Subway for lunch is always a great choice, really easy to grab and eat within the lunch time.
30 mins lunch was a good choice imo, still time to eat and you don't hang around too long.
Social, the number 1 for me at this event, relaxed chill out evening at the venue, chance to catch up and chat with guys I don't see at every event.
Even in the record heat, the fans around the room meant you could cool down
Bar prices as always were good, (for someone from the south at least)
Get the pack out early, and don't change it on the day. This is super important to grow the event, let people know what they are getting early, and stick to it, changing the scoring system on the day seemed very odd.
Trophies, they were OK, but there are some really great trophies out there now and compared to what you are seeing at a lot of events they were a little lacking. Also pack had best in alliegence awards, which were not given out?
Spare player, I have never been to an AOS event (done over 100 now)that had a BYE, if I had travelled 6 hours to the event and then not gotten my 5 games I think I would not be happy.
Painting - Ritchie was the worthy winner (would have gotten my vote), but self nomination then judges choice? Little odd. Would have much preferred, judges nominations all displayed together, for everyone to easily look at. (They were so scattered I noticed a lot of players didn;t really bother walking around and looking, they missed out on some beautiful armies). Also 1,2,3 - painting is as much a part of the hobby as gaming, give it the same level of recognition that 99% of other events do.
Kick off at 9:30 on Sunday, gives an extra 30 mins for folks with long journey and still is not too bad for a sunday morning, knock rounds down to 2:45 as there are no realms. Gives an hour earlier Sunday and 45 mins Saturday.
I would def go back to EGGS, its one of my favourites on the calendar, but this year it felt a little rushed, and no growth from the year before. Some points to improve and it could grow to one of the 100 player events on the calendar.