I ran the EU Championships for the first time in 2005, when 5 Italians and 1 German attended the UK Championships we had 27 players! The next year I ran it in Birmingham, and we had over 60 players, then about 50 in 2007 at GameCon in Manchester. The next year, 2008, we struggled to get 20 at GameCon and then we had 18 IIRC at GameCon in 2009 (which I won ). We then moved it to Holland, Utrecht, and had about 20, and then in 2011 it was in Germany and we only got about 12.
The trend is downwards, but... the nationals show that there are still players around who want competitive gaming.
I think the trick to a successful event is:
1) Guild Masters being VERY active pushing players to join the event
2) A good website for people to check rules, venue, dates, hotels, side-events etc.
3) Everybody talking about it regularly, everywhere.
4) All people try to find small gaming groups that are active and encourage them to join in!
5) Community events
8 ) OOP minis for sale
9) Drop out events
I know of gaming groups (as of 2011) in Germany, Czechia, Holland, Finland, Belgium and the UK.
I think we could bring 4 from the UK (3 is more likely, but we could have 5)
Microelf (2010 Champ)
Wanderer13 (2008 champ)
Alepulp (2009 champ)
Bugginbear and his brother, maybe even Aravar.
EU Championship hall of FAME:
2005: Martin Zimdars (Germany)
2006: Cesare Carini (Italy)
2007: Vassily Alexandroc (Russia)
2008: Stuart Bleything (UK)
2009: Peter Scott (UK)
2010: Wayne McManus (UK)
2011: Bart Vergeer (Holland)
What about the other countries? Can this website email all the active gamers and tell them about the event?
Those who intend to come - get your flight tickets booked early, sign up, find hotels and TELL US ALL HERE - if people see that there is intent to come they are more likely to join in.
SIGN UP, SIGN UP!!!
Tig Baron (Belgium)
Wayne McManus (United Kingdom/US)
Erik Pede (Belgium)
Irwin Wagemans (Belgium)
Kay Kelterer (Germany)
Wiebke Kelterer (Germany)
Hamburg x2 (Germany)
Brian Suckar + friend (Germany)
Matob Matobsen +3 (Czechia)
Tomate Pourrie (Belgium)
30 so far.