I am on the other side obviously. I wouldn't chase someone down for 10.00. It would be voluntary.
"Honey I won the tournament"
"Oh really what does that mean?"
"Well it means I have bragging rights"
"Go back to sleep"
I think right now in some of your lives it just doesn't matter, but as you get older those memories are golden and you have nothing to show for it. Why do competitions give out medals and trophies? Golf and football started small and players are forgotten. Bragging rights? To whom?You wife and kids? Your friends who don't even know what Stratego is?
All real events have trophies and green jackets or the Superbowl rings etc and behind them are organizations. These awards are something special to be cherished in our elder years when the forum and perhaps Stratego is long gone. A memory of an event can be forgotten, but a medal or trophy is your representation of belonging to something.
How many players do we have in the NASF? About 12 players on a good day? How many players has anyone brought to the game? I am constantly selling players to join. Do you? There is a general feeling of laissez faire. How much do you think a medal costs? I can tell you about 5.00 at 15.00 per tournament we only have about 4-5 tournaments a year. That is plenty of money. We could make them nicer if Americans saw value in belonging to the NASF. The future is ours to mold.
One day you will be old like me and I have regrets. I no longer have the golf and billiards trophies that I didn't see any value when I was young and now there is no one left to brag to. Nothing but a memory. When you are young you think your will live forever, but it comes at you fast.
I pushed for this idea and then I realized what I was up against. Why should I join a club that has people who organize and run the tournaments for me? I can buy a big mac, fries and a coke for lunch instead.
Member support is infectious. It motivates you and us to bring in new members. I remember Robert De Niro played Al Capone in The Untouchables and he talked of his enthusiasms. What was his? Baseball. So he is walking around the table talking to his capos and saying "when a man steps up to bat it is time for individual achievement. In the field without the team who is he? No one." So we are a team or we are no one.
Capone is not a man to emulate, but the writers were correct. We survive as a team or we are no one. When we play it is mano y mano, but the NASF needs a reason to grow and prosper or we die. I have had a long life with many "Enthusiasms" This is me on my soapbox hoping to convince someone to change their vote. Stratego is my enthusiasm.
Edited by queenbee1, 16 April 2017 - 08:54 PM.