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Dicey

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  1. I know I heard from several that finding @Corsair was difficult, but he was the first person to sign my Bingo card! I tried to point him out to people looking for him if I knew. We both happened to be hanging around the Magical Girl Assault demo table on Thursday morning, right after I got my card. I had a lot of fun with the Bingo this year. I didn't do it last year and attempted it (and failed) in 2019.
  2. If you haven't seen yet, they're up now.
  3. @Heisler - I appreciate your insight. Of course, I read all of your ReaperCon MSP Open posts and guides before my first time going and absorbed so much of it. I don't think ReaperCon's judging is "too easy", though I did hear one of the judges express similar at this event. (There were 5 judges for this event.) I do, however, think that ReaperCon's reputation as one of the most friendly the miniature painting competitions is accurate. Friendly and easy are not the same. They may have treated it this way too. Who knows? It feels like a fine line. I know that they awarded a Best, Runner-up, and Second Runner-up. These had cash prizes. All entries in the Open competition were eligible.
  4. I think this was a big reason for my initial upset. I set expectations based on the way they said they would score them. It was a 1-10 scale for all entries, regardless of category. If you were a 8-10 on your score and in Masters, you got Bronze (8), Silver (9), Gold (10). However, you only needed to get a 5-7 in Intermediate to qualify for Bronze, Silver, Gold. And for Youth, it was a 2-4. So, that said to me that they judged everything to a certain standard, but you didn't need to do as well if you were in the lower category. Apparently, that was not true. And, when I first heard that my models did not get recognized for anything I immediately jumped to the scoring outline I had seen and thought that it meant that they were basically at the level of Youth painting or worse (not to knock any Youth, I've seen some amazing young painters at ReaperCon). It wasn't until after I went for feedback that the judges told me that they didn't do any numbered scoring and couldn't even tell me what my number would have been 1-10. But this post isn't really to vent about my experience there. I'm already over it and have chalked it up to a learning experience. I appreciate the different perspectives, especially since I haven't competed much. Typically Open systems are more about competing with yourself, seeing if you can do better next year than the last. But, they had no scoring system in place just a "did this meet our standards" discussion with the judges, so that's hard. The whole point of an Open system is that everyone who meets the quality of Gold, Silver, or Bronze is awarded, no matter if that's one person or 20. Of course there's still a Best in Show, but you can be satisfied knowing you met a certain desired level or did better than last time. That's correct. They awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall, but they did do it Open style like ReaperCon and gave out multiple Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards to those that qualified. I am not at the level that I would ever expect to truly win something with a single winner.
  5. Thank you all for your responses so far. To clarify, this is a relatively small painting competition that is at a very large convention. The convention itself does not focus on the painting overmuch, which is why it's small. I believe the creator wants to grow it, though. They had a Youth, Intermediate, and Masters entry levels. However, when I asked for my numbered score (according to the rubric stated online), the judges said they didn't use it. They just said that they "weren't as strict" about certain things for Intermediate entries, but no quantifiable differences in judging. Looking at the entries, unless you were already entering into Masters with a really nice miniature, or entering a mini that could have gone into Masters into Intermediate, you weren't going to be recognized. All of the ones that were would definitely have been Golds at ReaperCon. In fact, some of the entries were at ReaperCon and did actually get Gold. I have issues with the judges not using the rubric stated, but that's beside the point. I took a miniature that judges said would have gotten Silver at ReaperCon (they chose another model to judge instead that also got Silver), and it got Silver at another local Open competition judged by Lyn Stahl (who runs Gen Con's painting stuff I believe). So, I felt fairly comfortable that that one model was at least at a certain level and also painted a couple new models for this competition. None of them qualified for any recognition, not even at the intermediate level. Now, I know my paint jobs weren't flawless. I'm under no illusions there. I got valuable feedback from the judges and I had previously used similar feedback to improve upon the entry I've taken multiple places. I shouldn't have gone in expecting anything, and that's my fault, but having some time and distance from it has caused me to wonder about what is generally accepted or expected of these things. I agree with @Inarah personally that if they do want the competition to grow, perhaps they should be more open to lower-quality painters. I was fooled by their rubric into thinking that they weren't going to be as harsh as they were. And it's their prerogative to be harsh. They should just be more open about it if so. I doubt I'd try again if I knew, not unless I had significantly upped my painting game. I know ReaperCon is generally one of the most uplifting of the painting conventions and I understand wanting to set a higher standard. But how high is too high? On the other hand, if they want to grow to be a very difficult and respected painting competition known for setting a high bar, maybe this is the way to go? I'm mostly looking for discussion and other perspectives. I appreciate all of your comments. I also wanted to add that besides the one other local competition (in its first year), I've only ever taken minis to ReaperCon before this.
  6. I recently went to an Open-style painting competition and I was really taken aback by the judging criteria. It was not what was posted online (they said that they had a much more laid-back "Intermediate" level of judging, but in practice everything was graded to the same level), and while I was upset at the time, now I'm mostly curious. All the feedback I got on my models was valuable and I don't disagree with any of it. I can use it as an experience to grow. However, it was clear to me that unless you were painting to a Gold level at ReaperCon, you were not going to qualify for any award, not even Bronze. So, I got to wondering, how tough should Open competitions be? Is there anything wrong with fostering a very strenuous judging environment? Should there be multiple judging levels? What is the general thoughts of the community here, whether you do competition painting or not. I'd love to hear it.
  7. Games were definitely different. As I understand it, each person needed to register with their own email. One person's game schedule also couldn't overlap with itself, so purchasing multiple tickets for the same game on a single account wouldn't work. I don't know why the system was different between classes and games, but it definitely is. Just another of the "joys" of Growtix.
  8. I know it didn't work the same for games as classes, but I wanted to mention that I bought both my and my husband's tickets and I registered for all our classes. So, I was definitely able to register for both his classes and mine. It was easy to change the name on the ticket, though it didn't print. Registration pulled up all tickets associated with my email and printed them all. I sorted through them after we got to our room.
  9. We stayed until around 2 PM on Sunday. One of my judges was leaving before I got to talk to him and we just didn't have anything left to do. It was really hard to know what the streaming/main hall events were. I thought I read through the program and was always surprised to get notifications on my phone (edit: from Twitch) that something else was going on. Sometimes the schedule was up on the screen for what was coming next, but often, I had never heard of those things and I had no idea they were even happening. I also looked through Sunday's schedule and we had classes until 12:30, picked up our MSP entries, and got feedback in Artist Alley (mostly as they were trying to get lunch and disappearing), but besides having the vendors and MSP area closing at 2 and everything overall closing at 4, we didn't really see much going on after 2 PM and elected to leave, and apparently missed closing remarks because of it. Plus, it feels like you're supposed to be leaving when everything is starting to be torn down before it's "closed".
  10. The current schedule works best for us I think too. I loved and needed having yesterday off. So, for me, if everything was pushed back a day, I'd have to take another day off work anyway or (more likely) just be miserable and suffer through work that day. I've been to large Cons not on a holiday weekend and gone straight to work afterwards. It's not fun. I much prefer the current schedule. Though, I do have to constantly remind family not to plan anything on Labor Day weekend. Despite 2 whole years of telling them this, they keep forgetting and always ask us to do something with them a week or two before on that weekend. This weekend is completely blocked off in our plans for as long as ReaperCon occurs on those dates.
  11. I think this idea is cute. Regarding HIPAA, you can disclose whatever of your own personal medical information you wish to do so. There is no rule that you can't talk about your own health or medical treatments. What is illegal is for OTHER people, like your doctor or insurance company, to discuss your medical information without permission. This law specifically applies to health-related entities, though. Your friend can talk about your private medical information if they know it and not get into any trouble. And there's nothing prohibiting individuals or businesses from asking you questions, and you have a choice whether or not to answer. But none of that falls under HIPAA. Only health-related entities and only without your permission.
  12. I can't answer the youth question, but I know all the judges try to be available (pending other obligations) after the awards to discuss and give feedback. In 2019, it was fairly crowded and we had to wait a few minutes for our turn, but we did get feedback from at least one judge on each of our judged pieces. If you can't find them immediately afterwards, but do later in artist's alley or something, I know they're happy to provide feedback if you bring your mini to refresh their memory (they've looked at a lot of pieces). It was fairly easy for us to figure out our score, though I'm not sure if we got all the numbers from all the judges. We were middle of the road Bronze.
  13. Store isn't open. I've done the tour. I'll probably do it again in September.
  14. I disagree. The wave order issue seemed to start on Tuesday and only became clearer as time went on and later and larger waves kept getting notices but not earlier waves. They had 3 fulfillment days where this was likely going on before the Fire Marshall came in. You realize that they do not allow people to pick up kickstarter orders, right? Everyone has to wait for shipment, even if they lived next door.
  15. I'm not upset that they skipped my order to get the ones they could fulfill out the door while waiting on the container. I'm not really even upset at all. It's just that they've stated that they were going to start over at the beginning with Wave 1 outstanding orders when the container arrived and go in Wave order for everything that was left... except, that's not what's happening. If they had done been able to accomplish what they intended, I would have no problems at all with how anything has gone.
  16. I get it. Fulfillment will be done soon and when things ship won't matter anymore. But, I do hope they explain why these issues happened, even if fulfillment being over makes it moot.
  17. No, it actually doesn't address anything that's currently happening. Ed went back and explained things that happened 2 weeks+ ago. I listened to it, and Ed's explanation from last night has no bearing on the issues currently being experienced by many early wave backers that are seemingly being skipped for no reason. He said many times that everything from the container forward should be in wave order. It's not happening that way.
  18. Everything I've ever heard regarding lock-in time is that it was secondary to Waves. Wave order first, then locking time. So, I should still be a Wave 1 order, just one at the end. But, there are also plenty of Wave 1 orders (including one that locked in asap) that are waiting. It really seems like the earlier waves are stuck somehow.
  19. The most frustrating thing about Ed's explanation of the shipping stuff last night was that it didn't address the most recent concerns at all. I understand all of the things that happened and why they did what they did when the container was missing. I think it was the right thing. No problem there. My concern is that, even though they state that they were going to go back and start from Wave 1 after the container's arrival (and I understand some exceptions to fill pallets with smaller orders), this is not happening. From everything Reaper has said, it seems like they should and fully intended to go back to the beginning of waves. However, that is clearly not happening. I've seen posts of people in later waves and larger orders than mine going out. Several posts. And yet, there are more and more reports from people in Wave 1 and other earlier waves that just aren't going out. I've checked email, My Choice, and the Pledge Manager. My order just hasn't been pulled. I know I was one of the later locked orders in Wave 1, but why is my order still waiting? I'm not upset by the wait, I just want to know why what they're saying they're doing isn't matching up with what is actually happening. Something is going on. And that concern wasn't addressed at all.
  20. Good question. My husband hobbies more than I do. It's his zen time. I enjoy it, but don't make time for it as religiously. And, truth be told, even though I understand I do often feel ignored. I try to get over it, though, because I know it's his happy time and he needs it.
  21. I already picked up most of the ones I wanted from alternative vendors. I didn't think Reaper was going to do this, based on the first information release. So, I suppose I spent that money with someone else in the week or so between announcements. Oh well. I'm glad they backtracked a bit. It's really a lot better way to handle it.
  22. This was different though. This was not "we're not going to make this anymore and when it hits 0 it's gone". This was over 40 paints suddenly disappearing from a website overnight. You know there is likely still some stock of each of these. But, they're just gone. I have to admit, I'm quite angry at the handling of all this.
  23. As someone who knows someone part of a team working on a vaccine, she's really hoping that the headline is not true, because that would mean that the proper testing procedures were not followed. Those are put in place for safety purposes and ignoring them is likely only to our detriment. She says that releasing an unproven vaccine to the public would be nothing but bad. I want to be back to normal just as much as the next person, but... I don't know. Trying not to get into beekeepers territory.
  24. I'm a loan officer. So, part of my job is to complete that kind of analysis to ensure that my borrowers have enough cash coming in to not only pay their loan back, but also do the other things they need to do during the loan period (like pay their bills) so they don't come back to us in 6 months or 2 years needing to repeat the process. More loans are good, but I'd rather my borrowers be financially stable because that makes them good loans. Many of my borrowers generally don't plan adequately for the future. If they did, they wouldn't need me. It's like you and your house, if you own one. You know in a certain number of years you're probably going to need a new roof. If you save little by little every year, you can pay for that new roof no problem. If you don't save and wait until you need a new roof, that bill is going to hurt or you might not be able to do it on your own. Occasionally, I'll have a borrower that had an unexpected emergency come up, but in general, its the ones that don't save that need me. So, the seminar was talking about services that help them budget how much to save, how to save it, and plan for those expenditures. It's very interesting to see how industries can overlap in these basic concepts.
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