I don't really want to get into a discussion about all the reasons why I'm not enthusiastic about the format, so please leave that aside as we discuss a potential future N.Y.S.E. Open.
The N.Y.S.E. Open is a lot of work, isn't run as a profitable venture, and can be tremendously stressful at times. That said, I really enjoy what the event has become, and the opportunity that it represents to see the best of the Vintage community come together to battle for power nine and more.
I've been on the fence about running another N.Y.S.E. Open for a lot of reasons. To name some of the most significant ones:
The cost of the cards has gone up considerably in the last few years. Thankfully attendance has mostly offset this, but the potential for a tremendous blowout is there.
The venue has been a continuous headache. The venues I want are generally unaffordable, which leads to other 'solutions'. If there's another N.Y.S.E. Open, A/C will never be a problem again, but the cost of the venue has to come from somewhere.
The uncertainty regarding attendance has always left me wary. If 10-20 less guys show up one year, I take a big hit.
So, I'm posting this to gauge interest. If there was an N.Y.S.E. V in June 2017, would you be likely to attend? If the entry fee had to go to $120, from $100, would that hold you back? What are the determining factors for you when deciding whether or not to attend the event?
I believe that there is a certain integrity to the prize support that is of paramount importance for this event; I will never run an N.Y.S.E. Open that doesn't give out power to the top eight. That said, Bazaars were cut last year, and while I really, really, really don't want to cut Workshops from the support, they're significantly more expensive now than they were in 2012.
Any feedback, even constructive negative feedback, is appreciated.