Pick-Up-and-Go Conference Models

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 [...]

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JTQs – Documentation updated!

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! [...]

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Updates to Conference Support – October

Hello everyone! As previously announced on an earlier post, Conference card support will keep rotating every (roughly) 3 months in order to keep them fresh, interesting and alligned with how Exemplar rotates. This time I'm happy to announce that after a very long long time (over a year and a half), and are leaving our packages. Farewell! That leaves some room for new cards to join us! Now... Are joined with:                 Look [...]

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Changes to Conference Support

Hello everyone! If you've recently been to a conference, you might've noticed that the support packs were rather old. It's not that we don't like our cards for commander or that the cards on themselves were not good, but after receiving them for so long, they definetely started to lose their appeal. Currently, Exemplar and Judge Conferences are the two programs which handle most of the foil cards in the judge program; therefore we decided to tackle on the issue with an integral solution and, [...]

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The Art of the Mini-Conference

Judge conferences are a great way to meet area judges and learn from your peers in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Perhaps you’ve wanted to host a similar event, but you don’t have a large judge population, or you are remote relative to the concentration of judges in your region. Enter the mini-conference--a scaled-down version of a judge conference that can be tailored to the specific needs and dynamics of your local judge community. This article summarizes the wide variety of mini-conferences [...]

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Conference Policies and Guidelines: October update

The conference guidelines have been updated to reflect some recent changes in our procedures and policies. The main change is that foils now come in kits designed for 50 participants, and each conference can have up to 3 kits. The good news is that each participant now gets 8 foils (instead of 4 or 6) if they attend all the sessions! And the bad news - there really isn't any! Another change you might notice is that the document now talks about "event conferences" instead of "GP conference". Each [...]

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Conferences Policies and Guidelines: May Update

Hello everyone! After some time, we've revisited our conferences guidelines which can be found here and produced some updates. Nothing too major or shocking, but some additions and corrections to the process which happened over time and now get to be in our formal documentation. Basically the changes are: Added a reference to Leadership Conferences (for which we're also adding guidelines in the Project page). Cleared some links and references to the Content Project which became outdated [...]

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