Midnight Prerelease Made Easy

January 12, 2016 | 1 min to read

Try these tips to help make your Oath of the Gatewatch midnight Prerelease events a breeze!

1. Preregistration

Phoenix Games highly encourages preregistration. They have a limited number of seats and they often sell out.

Promoting preregistration helps avoid the potential negative situation of a player showing up excited to play only to be turned away because there are no more available seats.

Preregistration also acts in the same manner as a buying a ticket to an event.

It encourages commitment from your players to attend your store, it also builds excitement adding exclusivity to the event, and it helps gauge the number of attendants beforehand so you can better determine staff, product, and food needs.

2. Keep Players in Your Store

The Gamer's Den bridges the gap between Friday Night Magic and their midnight Prerelease with a Planeswalker Picnic.

Rather than leaving for food after FNM and never returning, players stay at the store throughout the whole night—boosting their event attendance and increasing the likelihood of sales.

Pat's Games also follows a similar idea with their hosted dinner between FNM and the midnight Prerelease.

Keeping players in store also helps you start and end the event on time.

Less time spent waiting for those last minute call-ins or waiting for friends to show up.

With players already in attendance, you're much more likely to begin the event promptly and leave earlier.

3. Limit the Number of Rounds

You don't have to kill yourself running a full Swiss tournament that goes 5+ rounds into the early hours of the morning.

Save yourself some sleep by limiting the number of rounds to three or four rounds.

That's what Top Cut Comics does for their midnight events!

Remember to announce the capped number of rounds to your players and how that will affect prizes so they know what to expect.

Do you have any tips or tricks for late night events? Let us know by sending an email to WPNStories@wizards.com!

By Jordan Comar

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