TMD OPEN #19 - May 12, 2018 - Oakville, CT

Glad you are hosting again! I was really hoping to make it for the first time this year but alas it is a weekend I am single parenting it as my wife will be gone on a trip. Maybe next year!

As @Smmenen noted, this is slightly too short of notice for those of us who have to fly. Bummer, because this looks like a blast (and my family lives ~45 minutes from Waterbury). Hope it's a great event though!

Official info is up! If you plan on going, be sure to reserve your spot. Almost half of the 128 spots are already accounted for.

Also, join the official discussion group here:

(And sorry for those who are farther away. Every year I tell myself I will plan the date farther out, and every year I wait too long!)

Attendance List So Far
1.) Matthew Moss
2.) Keith Grim
3.) Greg Hughes
4.) Jarad Demick
5.) Justin Gennari
6.) David Matthew Nunez
7.) Tim Candee
8.) Dan Nelson
9.) James JP Kohler
10.) Mark Hornung
11.) Sean Came
12.) Kenan Diab
13.) Rich Shay
14.) James P Hangley III
15.) Raffaele Forino
16.) Vincent Forino
17.) James Rocheleau
18.) William Dayton
19.) Samantha Dayton
20.) Chris Danis
21.) Will Magrann
22.) Daniel Miller
23.) Andrew Farias
24.) Chris Hanson
25.) Skee Monoblack
26.) Matthew Murray
27.) Joe Brennan
28.) Sullivan Brophy
29.) Josh Lalo
30.) Sean Higgins
31.) Dan Sollazzo
32.) Greg Fenton
33.) Amir Akhundzadeh
34.) Sahaj Viradia
35.) Carlos M Santos
36.) Joel Lim
37.) Neil MacDonald
38.) James Doheny
39.) John Grudzina
40.) Christian Aguanno
41.) Nicholas DiJohn
42.) Michael Scheffenacker
42.) David Fleischmann-Rose
43.) Jon Byer
44.) Kevin Maher
45.) Hunter Prendergast
46.) Chris Pankiewicz
47.) Vasu Balakrishnan
48.) Jacob Bard
49.) Tom Corrado Metelsky
50.) Ben Feingersh
51.) Josh Langdon
52.) Ryan Fisher
53.) Dominic DiFebo
54.) Rich Meyst
55.) Dan Haberek
56.) Timothy John
57.) Ben Wagnon
58.) Ryan Glackin
59.) Mickey Mahr
60.) Mike Noble
61.) Jer S Rudolph
62.) R Jeremy Desrosiers
63.) Travis Compton
64.) Joey Sacino
65.) Chris Cosenza
66.) Sam Mandeville
67.) Jonathan Geras
68.) Michael Keller
69.) Dean Harris
70.) Leon Anton
71.) Shawn Chen
72.) Mike Brum
74.) Jason Morawski
75.) Matt Paquet
76.) Scott Bradley
77.) Josh Meckes
78.) David Lisevick
79.) D.j. Seco
80.) Roland Chang
81.) Kenny Loiterman
82.) Stephen Harvey
83.) Zach Dobbin
84.) Maura Fitzgerald
85.) Eric Meadow
86.) Joe Vitalis
87.) Bill Copes
88.) Ryan Scacca
89.) Zohar Bhagat
90.) Akash Naidu
91.) Matt Deering
92.) Jeremy Beaver
93.) Peter Craft
94.) Joseph Spicola
95.) Ashok Chitturi
96.) Eric Dupuis
97.) Micah Beren Greenbaum
98.) Jeff Rodgers
99.) Jesse Martin
100.) Joe Spicola
101.) Brian Swatkins
102.) Daniel Gacioch
103.) Brian Kelly
105.) Shawn Stroke
106.) James Saltsman
107.) Tom Daliapes via Shawn Stroke
108.) Brian Rottendoogen via Shawn Stroke
109.) Michael Sorrentino via Shawn Stroke
110.) Jostin Rodriguez
111.) Ben Lukas
112.) Mason Sokol
113.) Craig Dupre
114.) Dale Gigliotti
115.) Bryan Palace
116.) Daniel Atticus Proulx
117.) William O'Neil
118.) Elz Antunez
119.) Nathaniel Hoffman
120.) August West
121.) Jeremy Tibbetts
122.) Brett Spinelli
123.) Steve Carpenter
124.) John Hogan M.D.
125.) Travis Laplante

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Already told the wife this was happening! See ya there!

I won't be there, but is any kind of online coverage planned?

@gremlin-lord agreed, that would be great if possible

@iamfishman if you're interested in doing stream coverage but need help with technical stuff or equipment I'd be happy to assist. I have a reasonable amount of experience with streaming paper Magic with commentary -- here's a sample

@iamfishman the cards I want to donate were sent Monday, and should be there I'd imagine by tomorrow.

At everyone else, I donated some sweet cards to be used however ray seems fit. Go win my cards!


@hierarchnoble @nucleosynth

The work that both of you do is remarkable. Many people have asked for coverage but there are two big limiting factors.

1.) I have always taken the stance that I wouldn't utilize a single penny of money spent by players(entry fees) for the benefit of those people who aren't in attendance. Doesn't seem fitting to lower the EV of the event by using someone's money for the benefit of someone who didn't pay into the event. Thus, my budget for online broadcast is $0. That is probably the deal breaker right there.

2.) I am not sure where there is a space for broadcasting to take place from. Obviously, there needs to be a space outside of the main hall so the players can't hear the broadcast, and I suspect the other room in the VFW and the bar are off limits.

Big Kudos to Soly for the donation! This just means the giveaway pool will be even bigger!

@iamfishman That all makes sense.

The budget isn't the concern for me. I own all my stuff and would happily bring it and set it up. Just need power and an internet connection.

No separate space for commentary is an issue, though. Not sure how to solve that one 😞

@iamfishman as someone who can’t come I would be willing to pay to get a broadcast. I wouldn’t be surprised if others would too. Especially if it is recorded and can be watched later. However that doesn’t solve the space part.

@iamfishman Why not try to get someone who couldn't be there to broadcast via oBS/Twitch? I don't think you need someone there. Just have @Nucleosnyth Google Chat two people into the Broadcast and away they go!

@nucleosynth :

Would Soly's plan work? If you set up the camera work around the feature match area can we have someone not present offer commentary? Would there be a delay/lag? That could work!

@iamfishman It's definitely possible to do remote, off-site commentary. A while back I did full coverage from Boston for a Team Serious Invitational event in Ohio

We managed to pull off commentary, on-screen decklists, player profiles with fun facts, and player interviews (over Skype). We didn't use a dedicated producer (I ran everything from my desktop at home). More people might be necessary to make things go smoothly at Waterbury scale. There's some technical setup and prep work required, and the VFW is still going to make something things difficult (on-site player interviews), but it would be absolutely possibly, with some helpful volunteers, to kick the event coverage up a notch or two.

I'm happy to talk setup/prep/tech details with anyone interested in this sort of thing

I think remote commentary would be workable, @iamfishman, but is there anyone willing to volunteer who is both format-savvy and technically-savvy? They'd need to feel comfortable working OBS via a piece of remote desktop software.

No commentary -- just a table camera -- could be workable too, and simplifies some things.

My concerns are:

  • a trusted and knowledgeable volunteer to run the show remotely
  • fast wifi and power in the space
  • finding a relatively glare-free setup; lighting is always tricky in an unknown environment
  • I have family visiting that weekend, and also I'll have three other folks in my car, so showing up super early or staying late are going to be basically impossible. I'm driving down from Boston (about 2-2.5hrs each way) just for the day.

If we wanted to do remote commentary, we'd need one or two locals who can pull decklists and send them off to commentators, at the very least.

A quick announcement:

As you may have seen in the facebook group's poll, there is some interest in a small Friday night event for those arriving the day before who want to jam some games in and maybe win a round 1 bye. Here are the details:

Friday, May 11th at the VFW(Same at the main event the next day)
Format: 15 proxy vintage
Registration: 5:00-5:30pm
Round 1 of 4 starts promptly at 5:30
Entry: $25
Prize based on record: 4-0 = $100 and a round 1 bye for TMD Open 19
3-1 = $50

These prizes are based on 16 people. The $300 return on $400 is because I will put $100 to cover part of the cost of the hall Friday night(I am covering the rest of the Friday hall rental because I, and possibly the vendors, will also be setting up during this time). If we have more than 16 people though I will put more into the prize pool(maybe something for all the 2-2's for example).

Also: giveaway prize pool!

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