At next year's Open we have numerous tracks of gaming to go through ... in 40k alone here's what the schedule is starting to shape up as ...
We'll be doing Weekend Badges for somewhere in the region of $25-30, and then charging small fees for each event (basically, the way Adepticon functions). Fees will vary based upon what it costs us to run them / the prize return. In order to participate in a single major tournament over the weekend (i.e. the NOVA Open GT) and secure your weekend badge, the prices should remain somewhere in the $50-65 range net for the weekend badge / swag bag / free events / open gaming / social hours / GT. So no worries about paying the same as you did this year to get actually more. We'll probably have "bulk" purchases that'll discount you if you want to buy a "track." I.E. the Hardcore Gaming Track would get you a competitive tournament experience on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, along with either NOVAcalypse or a night fighting event (we're at least talking about having smaller nightlong mini tourneys for those people who really want to bleed their eyes out wargaming all weekend).
One of our goals here is to provide a ton of things to do for those who just want a few games, but also to provide a really hardcore gaming experience for others ... if you were to participate in the Whiskey Challenge on Thursday night, the Invitational on Friday, the Open on Saturday and Invitational/Open on Sunday, and NOVAcalypse Friday and Saturday nights, you'd play 15 games of 40k.
- Whiskey Challenge matches, social hours and open gaming
- Warhammer 40k NOVA Invitational Championship Day 1, $1,000+ cash prizes for Renaissance Man and Tournament Champion of this event, which will be qualified for at major events across the continent, including Adepticon, Wargamescon, Mechanicon, etc.; 4 Rounds
- Warhammer 40k Team Narrative Tournament Day 1 (optional participation in Days 1, 2, or both), 3 Rounds
- NOVAcalypse Round 1
- Warhammer 40k NOVA Open GT Day 1 (128-256 slots, still being determined), 4 Rounds
- Warhammer 40k Team Narrative Tournament Day 2 (optional participation in Days 1, 2, or both), 3 Rounds
- NOVAcalypse Round 2
- Warhammer 40k NOVA Open GT Day 2 (128-256 slots, still being determined), 3 Rounds
- Warhammer 40k NOVA Invitational Championship Day 2 (32 slots total), 1 Round
So there's a lot of 40k, but there's narrative track 40k on all days and hardcore track 40k on all days; with the way we calibrate the Renaissance Man and Tournament Champion awards, there's a hobby-emphasized track and a hardcore-emphasized track also within each tournament - the Open and the Invitational.
Anywho, one thing I'd ask - if you browse this blog, and are planning on attending the Open Convention next year (probable late August), please actually post and let us know. The number of slots we plan for the 40k event will hinge heavily on our ability to predict attendance. I *know* we're going to sell out 128 after this year's success; whether we move to 256 is the big question, as well as whether we'll sell a ton or only a few of the narrative team tournament slots.