|Mercadian Masques Prerelease-Dallas, TX
William S Bosley
Sep 25, 1999
It was just like every other Prerelease in Dallas I have ever been to.
Well . . . no it was not. I arrived at 6:30 AM to find the DOOR to the
playing area was unsecured and no one was around.
A few minutes after I got there I saw a shady character going to check
out the play room. It was the mad hatter I recognized him a second
later (I thought he was in China, but he mumbled something about the
people not liking him too much after their embassy was bombed). He let
me know that he was a WOTC observer for the tournament.
At around 7 AM the folks from Rama Lama Comics showed up to set up the
room. I let them know about the door thing and we went in and placed
the numbers on tables, etc.
Then I found out that Ed Fox was not going to be there (WHAT NO
AUSSIEFOX) WOW, what a shift from normalcy. We completed our setup,
except for the registration forms which Mr Zandi was kind enough to
bring at 8:00 AM for registration.
We started to register the players and were done by 9 AM - we had an
expected 250 players, but a total of 198 actually played.
The Judge staff included,
TO - Jeff Zandi
Head Judge - Jim Goodwin
Floor Judges - William Bosley (that's me), Davin Church, Helio Rosental
WOTC Observer and rules Guru - Hatter (Congrats Hatter)
We registered only the total column of the cards received and the lands
swapped. We did the 5 land swap deal. Gave 45 minutes to register and
construct decks, and Ran 60 minute rounds with 6 turns at time.
With 198 people playing we had 8 rounds of straight swiss starting at
10:34 AM and ending at around 9 PM.
Rules stuff - The only rulings problems had to deal with triggered vs
state based effects. They were relatively simple questions and many
people were thinking pre 6th ed as they lost due to being at 0 life in
the middle of a phase.
We had a few people look at one too many cards in the draw phase. We
dealt with it in the following manner: Take a random card from the
hand, and show it to the opponent. Then put that card on top of the
library and issue a Notice to the offending player (for 1st instance
What was good -
I like the K value of the prerelease - many of the top ranked players
did not show up because I think they figured that they got no real
benefit from it. The players that did play - we did not have problems
with - they were quite friendly and understanding.
I liked the professionalism of the staff and Judges - since we have
been working together for the past year or more we all know our jobs
pretty well and it makes iteasier and more efficient in that respect.
The space provided for the tournament was wonderful. This is the same
location as before the Sheraton on Regal Row - It can easily hold
There was a concession stand set up for the players to get something to
eat. I would have liked to see sandwiches or pizza or somehing other
than cookies and soda there but you have to start somewhere.
What could be improved:
Where are you Ed - your professional guidance and communication skills
are what makes the Aussiefox events what they are after all what is a
Foxion without Fox (an ion ;} ).
Hatter a WOTC employee (is an improvement but not for the gaming
community in Lubbock). We just lost 1 of the 2 Level III Judges in
Texas as Hatter can not run premier events now. I think we need to
look at having someone else test for III. I may be interested in that
position. You may be looking for me to test for LV 3 here soon.
Where are all the players - there are not too many prereleases just
Houston and Dallas - There really sould have been more players there
for the big realease of the year. But it was a good crowd so I would
say this may not be able to be imroved unless they ran a Pokeman
tournament in conjunction with the prerelease.
Grade Card ---
Faciliies - Excellent
Judge Support Staff - Excellent
Players Attitude - Excellent
Turnout - Good
That is what I have to report -
Good Gaming in Dallas
William S Bosley
DCI Level II Judge
Wichita Falls, TX