Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ingredients of a Good Pre-release

Pre-release weekends for Magic always take a lot out of a store as they require quite a bit of pre-planning regarding how many events you plan to run (3 if you are a Core Store, up to 6 if Advanced), when you are going to run them, what you  will offer as prize support (WOTC requires a minimum of 2 booster packs into the prize pool per player but encourages stores to add more), where will you run it (many stores limit attendance to available seating, others rent out locations to handle expected overflow attendance) and most importantly, staffing.  Having an appropriate number of people on hand to run the event makes the difference between having a smoothly running event and one that has you pulling your hair out.