Maddest Hammer wrote:I would love to purchase one, Mike. Let me know...
chach wrote:I'm interested for sure. Would prefer a lottery over auction though.
Oh, I'd love to be able to just hand the darned things out, and you know if I could I would. The only fair thing is to auction the darned things - except for what I forgot to mention is that there ARE two more that are going into the UC prize pool, and one will be in the list of items available for the UC 2014 Deck of the Year contest coming up in January. That one will be free - for somebody that's good at guessing the real opinion of most of the users here as far as those 18 categories - or more. We did 18 last year, I'm thinking we might do a couple more this time because I have one hell of a prize pool! Last year it was about $3500 worth of prizes at retail that people gave me to give to the users here. This time I started putting things away almost six months ago, and I think it's going to be very close to $5000 worth this year!
If we have 20 categories, that means that the +average+ prize will be worth $250 for all 20 of the winners. That's worth doing. If one thing I learned last year in the UC2013 DotY contest: nowhere near as many people as I thought would enter did, and I'm still not certain why. I guess maybe part of it was that UC was in a major state of flux at the time. Another thing I think contributed to the lackluster participation was that - I think - a lot of the "long-timers" here refrained from participating so the people that did vote/enter could win the prizes. While that's an admirable thing for them to do, I hope they will participate so their vote counts and if that's how they feel mark their ballots "not eligible for prizes" thereby disqualifying themselves. Makes sense to me - and that way we should have twice as many votes to count, making it less of a guessing game and more of a science of truly knowing how the community as a whole feels about the decks of twenty-thirteen. We'll see - I can only guess at participation, but I truly hope to see at least double the votes in the contest this year. Kai worked very hard putting the contest together, and due to the system crash in the middle of the contest we had to do it twice, and that's bound to have influenced some people not to bother the second time as well. Can I make people vote? Nope, I sure can't. Can I entice them to? Oh, you bet I can: I have several one-of-a-kind items like these uncut sheets that pretty much nobody is going to have, and those are worth giving a few guesses - IF you want to win them. Even then I can't make people want them, but I can certainly try.
We're going to be in the middle of producing the UC2015 Annual Deck by Lorenzo Gaggiotti. Can I make people buy it? Nope, I cannot. Can I try to make it the best thing since sliced bed, you bet I can - and will.
The great thing is that since Lorenzo is doing it, I don't even have to try hard: it will already be one of the greatest things since sliced bread, we already know that!