Author: Norman

GP Montreal 2018

GP Montreal 2018

I have written, deleted and rewritten this blog post several times over the last couple of months (thankfully, I am my own editor so no deadlines to meet). I started out on this project to have a journal of my adventures as a scorekeeper and judge and to share some of the lessons, trials and…

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GP Stockholm 2018

GP Stockholm 2018

Happy birthday to me! GP Stockholm fell on my 34th birthday and it turned into one of the most bittersweet, rollercoaster shows I think I have ever experienced.

Due to a scheduling snafu, I ended up in Stockholm a day earlier than I usually fly out to these shows, so for the first time in ages…

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GP Prague 2018

GP Prague 2018

Once again donning my Registration Lead hat (metaphorically, as unfortunately CFBE don’t yet provide lead hats) it was a trip back to Prague. Always a highlight in my show calendar, I love travelling to the Czech Republic. It meets so many of my criteria for a great destination: cheap accommodation, cheap flights, great food and…

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English Nationals 2018

English Nationals 2018

I started this blog to talk about my experiences judging, scorekeeping and working at Grands Prix. I posted recently about my judge career high point when I was selected to head judge Welsh Nationals. This post is about my scorekeeping career high, being selected as the main event scorekeeper for English Nationals. English Nationals is…

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GP Brussels 2018

GP Brussels 2018

Following the escapades of my roommate losing their luggage in Turin and my internal scoffing at their misfortune it was only natural that my trip to Brussels would be marred by the worst flying experience since a three day ordeal trying to get to Chile in 2000. My flight from Manchester to Amsterdam was delayed…

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Wales Weekend of Magic 2018

Wales Weekend of Magic 2018

I have been a judge for almost five years. I certified as an L1 during a Pro Tour Qualifier for Pro Tour Born of the Gods in October 2013. I worked at several old PTQs, including a team lead role, before making L2 in July 2014. Following promotion to L2, Wizards of the Coast Organised…

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GP Turin 2018

GP Turin 2018

Having been scorekeeper at many shows this year, GP Turin was an opportunity to dust off the registration lead skill set and spend a weekend getting players enrolled for their events. This show entailed working on the set-up crew building the event space, which was immensely hard work in the Italian heat, but a great…

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BeNeLux Judge Conference

BeNeLux Judge Conference

With my recent run of Grands Prix and other professional judging engagements it is easy to lose sight of the fact that being a judge is more than travelling and working and what better way to regain perspective than driving 1500 miles for a two day conference in the Netherlands with a bunch of people…

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GP Copenhagen 2018

GP Copenhagen 2018

After the thrills and spills of my North American trip it was back to the European GP schedule with my very first trip to Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. This is also my penultimate show as a scorekeeper (GP Brussels is my last planned show in that role) before picking up as Reg Lead for a few…

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GP Washington DC

GP Washington DC

Following on from my adventures in Toronto, I made the short flight over to Washington DC for the second show of my North American trip. I say Washington DC but the convention centre for this GP was in Chantilly, VA a pretty long trip out of downtown DC. With that in mind, I had booked…

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