Location: Brownwood, Texas Date: February 3, 2018 Attendance: 20 confirmed attendees, 1 walk-in Presentations: 5 Judge Tests Passed: 4 L1s certified Organizers: Brandon Cox, Joseph Dunlap Photography: Michael Arrowsmith, John White, Jonathan Dean Brandon and I received our L1 certification at the USA-South Autumn Conference 2017 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, becoming the only certified judges in the Texas Heartland - otherwise known as the middle of nowhere. There were [...]
Greetings, L2+ judges! A few times per year, we have a unique opportunity. Whether our common point is a city, a country, or a region, we all gather around a single campfire and share our stories. Stories of successes and failures, stories that inspire hope and awe, stories that teach and make us laugh. The old complain, and the young attempt to fix what isn’t broken. Join us this year, as we attempt to light the largest campfire we’ve ever had. The international L2+ Conference! Date May [...]
Welcome to the third and final instalment of the article series on Storytelling. In Part 1 and Part 2 we delved into the Hero and Mentor present in our stories. If you remember, the hero is your audience and every great story has a hero who is central to the plot as well as a mentor, or the presenter in this case, who guides the hero throughout their adventures. It is now time to focus on the journey which the hero embarks on, having the mentor as a guide. We will learn how establishing a [...]
Updates to Conferences Support - November 2017! New cards and changes to Organizer and Presenter support.
Have you ever gone shopping and made a note on your phone on the way to the supermarket, writing down what you need? Did you also arrive home and realize you still forgot something? This happened to me so many times that I changed my approach. I now keep a list of everything I could ever possibly need to buy and before I go shopping, I make a copy of it. Then I read through the copy and delete what I don't need. Now, I never forget anything. This is called a trigger list, and it has many advantages [...]
Hello everyone! This announcement is a follow up to the introduction to the Card Counting Challenge. Those workshops have already been presented in several occasions all over the world. In this article, we'll provide links to the existing scenarios and open the possibility to join the Card Counting Challenge project! If you have already participated in one of the scenarios and have some feedback, please fill this form. It will help us improve the next scenarios. Since last article, [...]
After the original announcement (which you can find here), we have included the Judge Tournament Qualifiers to our conferences documentation to include the broad changes that JTQs impost to general conferences. Make sure you check out the updated guidelines here! But that's not all: given that JTQs have their own set of rules and requirements, as well as procedures to follow, we have posted the JTQ Handbook as a new section on this very blog. Make sure you check it out! [...]
Location: Deerfield, NH Date: 7/16/2017 Photography: Location NH’s first judge conference was held, as organizer described it, “literally in the middle of the woods,” at the scenic Longview School in Deerfield, NH. We were able to use a large gathering hall as our main room, and several classrooms as other seminar rooms. While we were essentially 10 miles from any civilisation, we still had plenty of food, as several judges volunteered to grill and roast hamburgers and hot dogs [...]
Hello everyone! Continuing with our efforts to keep judge conferences support fresh and continously rotating along with keeping you all up to date with what's being awarded at these events, we've got a new update for all of you! Starting with the next couple of conferences, we'll say our farewells to Zur and Defense of the heart, to make space for our new cards: Avacyn and Homeward Path. Here's what our new pack will look like: As [...]
Would you like to become the best presenter you can be? Have a look at our Ultimate Guide, summarizing over two years worth of technical article content generated in all aspects of presenting. Throughout this all-encompassing article, the content has been broken down into the main elements relevant to facilitating a successful seminar, giving you a birds eye overview of the whole process involved in mastering your presentation skills!