Saturday, March 12, 2011

What is the Deal with Drinking at Tournaments?

I recently had a discussion with another TO and one of the points he made was regarding how he was having alcoholic beverages at his tournament. In fact, his tone regarding the presence of alcohol seemed to imply to me that somehow this made his event better than those that did not serve such beverages. I am no prude when it comes to drinking. I enjoy having a honey weiss when I go to Buffalo Wild Wings or a good bottle of wine when eating at Fogo de Chao. I just don’t need it to be part of my gaming experience, nor does it factor in when it comes to my opinion of an event.

As I read various forum threads, especially ones related to Fantasy events, this seems to be a common opinion. Again, everyone is entitled to what they think and enjoy, I just don’t understand it. I have been to large events and have experienced the problems that can come from having a bar available during the tournament. I ‘fondly’ remember playing in one such tournament and my opponent showing up and playing with beer rage. It just seems like more trouble than it is worth.

When it comes to deciding upon what events to attend, I first evaluate potential candidates based upon how closely the event/tournament aligns with my own personal hobby goals. Do I feel like I am getting some sort of value for what is being asked of me (be it entry fees or time) is what I also ask myself. When comparing a tournament against these two requirements, access to alcohol just doesn’t come into the process.

In conclusion, I don’t have an issue with an event offering alcohol; I just view it as a non-factor when it comes to making a decision on whether or not I will attend. Why the community embraces the presence of it during the tournament seems odd to me as I personally prefer to share a drink after the day is done. In the end, we all enjoy different things, I am just hopeful my readers can help me to understand the other side of the discussion.

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