Hi, raiox & RevRSleeker ... raiox requested that I respond to this thread as (my esteemed friend and also power member of the club for which I am the Admin, CLUB COLORADO USA) RevRSleeker had entered comments in the thread!
NON-SUBSCRIBER TOURNAMENTS ... as an Admin I wrestled with this situation last year, and in some good long discussion with the Admin of the Provisional Club, patrickrutgers, came to the conclusion that running some N/S Tournament events in the Club Forum might be the most viable way of openning up the situation. Let me say that RHP Admin, RUSS, had basically No Suggestions! Clearly, RHP strives to gain subscribers and promotes to the N/S group with both that suggestion, to subscribe (as a fair number do) and N/S people put up with a LOT of advertising, from which RHP also then benefits.
Well, the N/S Event situation (limitation of only six concurrent games) is NOT an insoluable problem! So I set up two N/S QUARTET EVENTS in the CCUSA Forum. They have both run their course, but there are some time-consuming aspects for the Admin to get them going on a straight track (one of mine did; one of mine has not been so successful, with nitty-gritty little problems like completing games in a timely way, or defaulting, etc.). Generally, I believe I should in November start some new N/S Quartets, but raiox's suggestion of perhaps sticking to DUAL TYPE events may be a sounder course. To my surprise, with about ten N/S members of CCOUSA at the time, these N/S members were slow to pick up on the offering, which I had carefully researched. You could check out those events in CCOUSA (ID#221 I think) and see how I set them up, and how I communicated with the prospective entrants. Honestly, I will have to go back to my drawing board on this, and I will poll ALL of the N/S members of CCOUSA to see if they have any feedback or other inputs. THAT may be very helpful to our cause here.
NOW, Gambit Fantasy is a very large and effective club, to say the least, and I think, raiox, in addition to your fine and compassionate offering, you could launch at least one (two nice ones have been considered, I know), restricted just to G/F NS members and run it in the Club Forum! Quartet or threesome or your DUAL idea. Since not re-upping as a Subscriber last June, and running into some significant personal tangles with travel, exhausted vacation time, and timeouts, I have neglected some of my duties as CCOUSA Admin, but will be getting back to ALL of those in November after completing a HUD [USA Housing & Urban Development] inspection in the next few days. THUS, raiox and RevRSleeker, I shall return to this thread and post what I hope will be some substantive comments. Kudos to both of you for picking up on the N/S plight! Of course, if one really wants to play in RHP Tournament Events, Ladders, Clans and so forth, it is just simply best to become a subscriber, and one receives a lot for the annual money, no doubt! However ... CHESS ECONOMICS has its side-issues also! ENUF fer now my friends. Kindest regards, Sapan Rinpoche