Well, it was an interesting week at work, I wound up in Texas for most of it (Fort Worth area).
I'm back at work again this Saturday, and though I'd drop a quick note on an important subject.
There are a LOT of people out there who very vocally support the NOVA, and I appreciate that. The one problem, guys, is make sure you keep things in the context of actually supporting us. What I mean is - if some fella near you starts up a GT or RTT or whatever and does not use a NOVA styled format ... be very careful about browbeating the poor fellow about how much BETTER the NOVA is ... it's fine to love it, I'm glad you all do - we work as hard as we can to make it great, and to make it constantly better. That said, tournament organizers are a prissy bunch (I know, I'm prissy as heck!), and we as a general rule don't like our events shat upon or strongly contrasted with OTHER events.
SOME TO's will take deep offense when this sorta thing happens, and they tend to start talking, and they tend to share with others that they are upset, and it isn't good for the hobby at all.
The NOVA is a great format, and I hope it continues to get better and better; I'm flattered when other events follow suit! That said, events are great because their TO's care about the way they are pulled off, and have a passion for the format they present; rather than lambasting an event because it "isn't" NOVA ... encourage ALL events to be as great as they can be, while staying true to the foundational ideas of their organizers. So, support the NOVA ... I really appreciate it ... but don't tear DOWN other events. It just isn't good for any of us.
A reminder, by the way - if you're planning on signing up for the 40k GT, you should! We're running out of spots.