You’re running Organized Play and starting to realize all players are not created equally. They will range in ages from the young player, age eight plus, to the mature player like me. You’ll also have gamers who will want to play different games using a variety of formats. Some players will be filled with glee over prizes, while others shy away from competition thinking sharks will beat them badly. Keeping everyone happy is not easy.
The first step is to balance gaming throughout the week. Offer diverse game nights that will appeal to a variety of gamers. For example, Thursday is Miniatures Night and Monday is Casual League Night. Reserve Friday for Fri-day Night Magic (FNM) competitions. Saturday mornings would be a good time to engage the younger players with Cardfight!! Vanguard or Pokémon. Catering to the various needs of your players is essential if you want to be successful. It’s a lot of hard work. However, the most resilient stores often have something running every night of the week, as well as, during the day over the weekend.
You should also integrate different game formats into your weekly schedule of events. Some players like playing with cards from their personal collection in a Constructed format. Others enjoy the challenge of working with a limited set of cards in Sealed or Draft tournaments. Unstructured or Team Focus events also appeal to gamers. I recommend rotating formats from week-to-week for each group. Your FNM could be Sealed one week and Constructed the next. Remember to include a Two-Headed Giant team event once a month. Mixing it up keeps it fresh and inviting for a variety of players.
- Monday: Casual card game night
- Tuesday: Boardgame night
- Wednesday: Roleplaying night
- Thursday: Miniatures night
- Friday: Friday Night Magic
- Saturday & Sunday: AM: Pokémon; PM: Cardfight!! Vanguard; Evening: Magic, L5R
For more OP ideas contact Ian Richards at PHD at firstname.lastname@example.org