Open Trial Advanced Scheduling Now Available!

This year has been an exciting one for In-Store Programs, and we are most looking forward to the year to come! We have a lot of new and exciting things planned for 2014; keep an eye on your inbox on January 6th to find out about the new promotions available along with the opening of signups for the Spring Season. For a holiday surprise, we’ll let you in on one improvement early! You can now sign up for Open Trials on weekends no matter how far ahead the date is in the season. For more details, check out the Mailbag below!

If you have any suggestions or requests for things we can do to improve the In-Store Programs experience for you, please feel free to Email Us. Thank you for all you have done to make 2013 a great year for your local communities. See you in 2014!

The Nomad Way

A StarCityGames.com organizer that does an amazing job of publicizing itself is the Nomad Game Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I interviewed Dino Boni about some of the awesome things they’re doing at this store. Nomad opened in March 2012 and made it up to Advanced level in just a few months.

One of the most noticeable features in the shop is a 6×4 foot banner with the store’s logo and the Invitational Qualifier’s logo that features information about the next Invitational Qualifier. Using the high-resolution graphics provided in Organizer Tools and Photoshop, Dino had two vinyl banners printed from eSigns.com for only $40 each. Dino said, “They can take dry erase markers with ease and wipe clean with Simple Green. Perfect for repeat use!” Nomad Game Center uses one hanging from the ceiling and another under their exterior sign.

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Event Prizes

Players come out to events for a lot of reasons, but it’s no secret that the one biggest reasons is prizes. So if players want prizes, how do you build your tournaments to attract players without going bankrupt? The answer lies in figuring out the type of player you want to attract and tailoring your structure and prizes. Casual or competitive? Glory seeker or value seeker? Here are some questions to ask yourself and some ways to maximize your players and your profits!

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When can I sign up for an Open Trial?

We recently made changes to the timing for Open Trial scheduling due to organizer feedback. You can now sign up for an Open Trial for any date during the season just like you can for an Invitational Qualifier! Dates that are requested for weekdays will be automatically approved; dates that are requested for weekends will be approved six weeks before the event. As normal, the latest you can sign up is three weeks before a date.

You can schedule your Open Trials inside Organizer Tools. These changes to scheduling Open Trials are already in effect, so be sure to schedule yours today!