Are there any issues with running an alternative format to one of the FFG LCG games? Does FFG have veto power? As FFG is always running events, it would clearly interfere with something in their event schedule although I would obviously prefer to have it not overlap with their premier event for the game.
I can't imagine any company wouldn't want people playing their game in some way, shape, or form, whether it's in an "official" event through the company or something more independent.
They are a big company with a massive influence over GenCon. It would not shock me if they prevent this from happening just as a general rule so as not to impact their attendance.
They may also do it out of protection for the "brand". I don't think the alt format would be viewed that way at all...but who knows. Sometimes big companies take the easy route of saying no to everything so that they don't have to deal with picking and choosing and upsetting some people.
Companies and publishers do not review event submissions other than their own. There is no approval process or consistent veto power, though there are certainly extenuating circumstances.
Usually, the most control companies will influence over events would be something like only allowing specific partners to run officially sanctioned events, or similar.
If you just want to run a variant event, you should be able to do it without any issue. Just submit a detailed submission so potential players know what to expect and do your best to pick a time you think might not overlap with key competing events (though that is more for your own benefit, so players aren't pulled away by the official event).
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The bonus is we are big enough now to warrant a HQ table, I purchased internet last year for every day and I have a nice sized support group coming in this year.
Let me know if I can help.
I would cap it at 64 and probably want 6 rounds/hours.
So room for 32 simultaneous card games.
Shoot me an email to [email protected], I am sure we can work in space for you and get you some badges for judges, etc. (bonus points if you can run it on Saturday).