Doubts about Freedomware Gamefest 2008
I'll just say it. I am not entirely sure I want to be the one organizing Freedomware Gamefest 2008. On one hand it is a bit tempting because I'll have the experience from the 2007 and learn from mistakes made. On the other hand it is so huge and often time consuming while I really have a lot of other interesting things I want to be doing in this network.
I didn't decide anything yet, but I have my doubts.. So if it does happen that I decide not to be the main organizer of the 2008 fest I will still remain available for helping with a lot of things, such as promotion, web site hosting and maintenance etc. Basically, I'd be looking for someone else to be the main organizer and I would be just a co-organizer (at best).
It's been an interesting, but also a frustrating experience so far.. and what's starting to really spill my glass over is a skirmish I just had with one of the tremulous clans who apparently doesn't like the rules, the groups we made... bla bla bla.. It is true I don't know the teams, I don't know the games that good and I relied on the community for everything. But when communities are as divided as they are (tremulous between no-camping and yes-camping, armagetron on high-rubber vs low-rubber, to just state a few cases) and you get a lot of feedback from one side and less feedback from another - it's risky business..
I can shout all I want that "if you wanted something done differently you could've just contributed more feedback", but a response I'm getting from that is "well we would tell you if you asked"... So either I should ignore such an observation or I failed to really clearly communicate with people. I would think that numerous emails I sent, including those inviting people to post feedback, don't count as communicating.. I am being a bit sarcastic now, but I suppose I had to come to each and every player in person and wrote them a nice plea for help; "would you please, pretty please, come and say something on these rules"..
And still at the end of the day, I can't please anyone..
But it's just a tip of an iceberg.. The whole slowness of scheduling matches, issues with availability across timezones, essentially bad timing of the fest as a whole (last exams and then the freaking end of year), the amount of deliberation we had to go through just to come up with SOME rules that still don't appear to be as clear as we may want them to be.. meh.. I said it before and I'll say it again.. when I first started planning this event, if I knew it was going to be this complex I would seriously re-evaluate the worth of all of the time-cost and perhaps just moved on to the next best idea..
Maybe I'm not the right person to organize such ambitious things.. or maybe it simply comes down to that simple mere fact: if you never done it before and on top of that it deals with a field you don't have experience with - it's better left to someone else.
Comment if you wish. Maybe there are some of you who can weigh in on what's wrong here and perhaps even suggest someone (or yourself) as the next organizer.