1) Who are you? (This includes your name, nationality, job, and other non game related details)
My name is Chris Legg , and I was born in England. I am 34 years old and work as a Loss Adjuster on Large commercial insurance claims throughout Europe and North America. I currently live in the North of England and often venture overseas to attend non-ETC events, with Ireland and Chicago already booked in my diary.
2) How long had you been involved in Tabletop gaming and in which systems especially?
My first tournament was in 1998, so 20 years ago now. This was a Warhammer event, a system I have played through all the iterations of the game from 4th through to 8th Edition, and continuing on through the Ninth Age Project. I have also branched out in 40K at various points, and have attended numerous FOW and Horus Heresy events.
3) What has been your involvement with organising events so far? (This doesn't have to be just game related, ETC Organisation requires lots of non game related planning to function)
I ran the Sheffield Slaughter from 2004 until 2017, taking it from a small 40 player event to a 120 player one in this time, and an event that at its Zenith sold out in less than a minute thanks to the wanders on online entry. I was also involved in the UK WPS, which was a players society (pre twitter/whatsapp!) that delivered events for the players such as GW system GTís and culminating in the Club Challenge each yeay, and event that ultimately grew to over 300 plays at its height.
I was an ETC Chairman for the previous (2018) year, acting primarily in a Ninth Age capacity and helping to deliver the event that we had in Zagreb.
4) How long had you been involved in the ETC and in what capacity?
My first ETC was the 2009 event in Munster, Germany, where I played for in the Singles event and acted as a general dogsbody for the England fantasy team that year. I then made the team the following year, and since then have attend all of the ETCís as a player, including Switzerland, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain and Croatia.
I was the England Captain for 2015 in Prague and Chairman in 2018.
5) What are your plans for the ETC Organisation and it's future? (This includes details from fixing some of the quirks about how the event runs to substantial changes if you are planning them)
I think following the 2018 it is evident that Ninth Age unfortunately retains some of the same disciplinary issues that plagued 8th Edition in its later stages, and it seriously annoyed me to see some players at this years event simply either ignoring the referees decisions. It is not secret that I was in favour of a ban for Konrad following his actions at the end of the event, something that other chairmen did not agree with, although this decision was ultimately over turned by a Captains vote.
Moving forwards with the event as a whole, I have faith in the Serbia team to deliver a quality event that we know they are capable off, and as such I think the Chair should focus on two main issues:
Charter Reform. The current charter is massively out of date, still containing references to TWF, Fantasy battle ETC. It is also very vague and open to abuse (no confidence issues not having to be declared for example) and for some players to even suggest that as a result of it you cannot ban violent players shows that it needs significant reform. I would propose that if elected, this would be given a very high level of priority and the amended document put up for captains to vote on in late 2018.
Penalties. The referees should have clear guidance and specific situations when they can issue penalties. As harsh as this sounds, it is a (very) small minority of the players causing issues year after year and we need to send a message that this is simply not acceptable. My proposed document would be harsher in terms of penalties than what we have now, and I would look to recruit referees with the confidence to penalise players early and publically with a view to starting to clean up the event for the benefit of all.
Thanks for reading Ė I hope I can bring more positive change next year!