|The Stenger Traffic Flow System
I run my events with another level 3 judge named Matt Stenger. While at a
bar (where all good ideas begin) Matt outlined a new way to try to put
together traffic flow for enourmous events like prereleases and GP's
(which is good since we are running GP San Diego). It takes a little bit
of early effort, but its worth it.
Set up the following tables: Table A by itself, Table B and C
relatively close together, Table D off by the dealer tables. Here's what
each table does.
This table is the starting sign up sheet table. It contains 1 person
minimally, two is preferred. It also contains a Big 2X2 ft sign of a filed
in registration sheet, New DCI Cards, and the big book of DCI Numbers, as
well as a bunch of Registration Sheets. The Registration sheets are 3X5
inch cards with space for name and DCI Number, with BLOCKS for each
letter, kinda forcing each player to write neater. (Think of your income
tax forms, that kind of thing.) The Judge at that table helps each player
fill out a card and then directs them to table B.
This table minimally uses 2 people, 3 is preferred. These people take the
3X5 card and the payment, and validate its readable. If so, they stamp the
hand of the player, and the player is done, nice and quick. Alternate idea
is to pass out little chits (pogues are good :P) and collect them at the
time of product handling, but its also a pain to do. Depends on your
preference. Make sure you have one stamp for each person taking money.
Another amazing way to clog up registration is to have the money takers
fighting over the hand stamp.
In between table B and Table C stands one judge. This judge continually
picks up Registration cards from the people at Table B and brings them to
This table has the scorekeeper, who does absolutely nothing but type in
the cards into DCI Reporter. As fast as humanly possible. :P
This Table has one judge at it, and is used to sell T-Shirts. Because
nothing delays a line like someone wanting to pay for the event and buy 3
t-shirts in different sizes. By moving T-Shirt sales to another table you
prevent a lot of clog up, same as by moving registration card filling to
Thats it. Its really simple, but really effective. I hope this idea helps
at least a little bit...