Well, I was going to try to go to the NOVA Open this year, but between the $35 fee to get in the door, and the $65 fee to play in the Warhammer Fantasy tournament, I really don't think I'll be attending this year.
$100 to play a couple of tabletop games? No thank you. Look, I know we as wargamers have to expect a certain expense when it comes to the activity, but $100? This is double what I was expecting to pay, and $35 more than I am willing to pay. $65 to play in the tournament is excessive, but $35 just to walk in the door?
Say what you will about this being the biggest / best / most elite tournament in Virginia, but to me they're just getting $100 from those who've bought into hype. I don't want to hear about how it's also a painting contest, or how much swag is being handed out. $100 is WAY too much.
I may seem a bit bitter in this post, and to a degree I am- I was getting together some miniatures to play in this event. I was looking forward to getting back into the tournament scene. I'm just glad I checked how much a ticket was before I dropped another however many dollars into my army.
Guess my Skaven will stay at the "friendly" level instead of stepping up to the "competitive" bracket for now. Until then, I'll be on the lookout for any sensibly priced tournaments.
Sorry for the negative post, but this just has me irked.