A little while ago I posted a short questionnaire to try to find out a little bit more about what attracts Blood Bowl players to tournaments and what they like when they get there. I’m in the process of setting up a new tournament in Exeter and although being a first time event will mean we need to be careful with costs and other practical issues it would be nice to shape the tournament in a way that players enjoy most.
I posted the link to the survey on Talk Fantasy Football and was lucky enough to get a retweet from @OfficialNAF and @BothDown on Twitter which helped to get the survey out to more people. At the time of writing 45 people have responded and the results are below.
I’ll let you look over the detailed results, but I’ll pull together a few of my own conclusions too.
Blood Bowl tournament players love their Blood Bowl and just want to play! 2 day tournaments are a big hit and meeting up with old friends is a big reason for going. Many travel several hours to attend them and most go to more than one a year. The fun, community feel of the game really comes out in the results, which is a far cry from the blocks and fouls on the pitch.
In terms of build and rules a majority prefer to going into the tournament knowing that the roster and skills that they picked are those that they will play with throughout the tournament. I say ‘most’ it’s 60/40 in most cases, but again looking through the comments the preference is just for some fun and some Blood Bowl. The exception to this was the skills pack where players preferred to have a fixed set of skills used for all games.
In terms of some of the practicalities, players are a reasonable bunch happy to pay for what they get in terms of food, prizes and swag. This practical nature is shown too when looking at the main factors when choosing a tournament – dates, travel time and price are the important factors for many players.
The conundrum for me is that players prefer a 2 days tournament and all that goes with that…but as a first time organiser a 1 day tournament is a more realistic prospect. One of the responders did mention in the comments that they run a 2 day and a 1 day tournament later in the year. I’ve also seen that big brother, little brother approach done locally. I think that is worth investigating further.
If you would like a copy of the raw data so that you can do you own pivots and analysis then get in touch and I will be happy to provide it to you. I’ll keep the survey open and will come back to it in a year or so and see what the responses are like then.
I’d be interested to hear what you think about the results. Are they expected? Anything stand out as interesting or surprising?
Finally, I want to thank all those that took the time to respond to the survey and to those that have taken an interest in the results. It has been very valuable to me and I hope to be able to take the results and put them into a successful new tournament.