How to Have a Good Tournament Experience
Tournaments of any type can be exhilarating and yet unnerving--several one-on-one battles face you, and there's money and possibly a prize on the line. Sometimes, gamers get so focused on that prize and the fact that they paid to get into the tournament that it seems they forget to have fun. They get snake eyes on a dice roll and chuck the dice at the wall, or they lose that last point of life in Magic and act like it's the end of the world.
Despite the tensions that can be rampant during tournaments, it IS possible to have a good time during these events. The following article contains both general tips about the tournament day, and ways to stay positive during actual gameplay.
General Tips About Tournaments
- Arrive early (10-20 minutes before tournament start).
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Bring a bottled drink (no open cups) and a light jacket in case the venue is cold.
- Make sure you have enough money for the tournament fee.
- Call ahead to see if the venue takes debit/credit cards, if that's the only way you have to pay.
- Don't bring your whole gaming collection--just what you're going to use.
- Keep your stuff with you at all times.
- Listen for instructions from the tournament organizer.
- Be willing to joke around a little.
- Play clearly and quickly, stating precisely what you're doing every turn.
- Whether you win or lose, be gracious to your opponent.
- Don't get an attitude, and don't let other players take an attitude with you.
- If you're having a problem with a player, call for a judge to mediate.