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Chris Florey
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I am working on a business plan to open my own game store (Game Knight of Maine). We will have a heavy focus on community (events, sponsoring things at schools, ect.).

I want to try to start a gaming league in my town, possibly move onto a state-wide level. Is there anything like that out there?
Any suggestions?

Thanks ahead of tim.
 
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You can look at the Magic: The Gathering system. Wizards has/had a DCI thing for all their games.

Also a long time ago, Avalon Hill had a rating system for each player for each game called AREA rating.
 
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Nexuscron wrote:
I am working on a business plan to open my own game store (Game Knight of Maine). We will have a heavy focus on community (events, sponsoring things at schools, ect.).

I want to try to start a gaming league in my town, possibly move onto a state-wide level. Is there anything like that out there?
Any suggestions?


Personally I think a gaming league is a bit antithetical to a lot of the community stuff. A league may appeal to those who are very keen gamers and who like the competitive nature of things however I think for most games and most people they play games (and board games in particular) as a way of socialising, of having some fun. I certainly don't see a league as offering much to those who mainly game in a family setting. Even outside families there will be gamers who don't want to be in a competitive league or tournament. If the league is just an added extra and doesn't seem to be the raison d'etre of the shop it shouldn't unduly have a negative effect on people through the door.

Also with a gaming league there are a number of challenges. First of all does each game have its own league or is there some synthesis of results going on? If the latter how do you handle differing player numbers? Also what about other ways of gaming the system like playing lots of short light games versus someone who played a long heavy game.

 
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Chris Florey
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I know that wizards offers programs for their games, but I was thinking about running a program where a variety of board and card games can be played for points.

Maybe have a pool of 10 games to pull from for the season. And when teams would go to meets they play one or two of the games. A win is a point a loss is a 0.

My goal is to have a program where kids (or semi-adults) can compete against other board gamers. I know when I was a kid I would of loved something like this. Since I was an asthmatic 98 pound weakling that couldn't dream of playing sports.

I googled gaming leagues and it came up with some league that is run in Singapore. The champ goes to Germany to compete in an international league there.

I'm sure there must be something in America like this, I just need to find it.
 
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