We have run a number of leagues at the Friendly Local Game Store, and I have had some thoughts on them.
First is that we tend to have an older crowd playing the game. That is, most of us have full time jobs, and a significant minority of us have a family (with the majority of the remaining people having an active social life). This means that most of us, even those of us who love the game, will not be able to play every day (or even close to every day). However, there is always the one player that really wants to do well, and so they play as many games as possible to get as many points as possible.
This has lead to many players feeling like they cannot win, so they stop showing up. Which is contradictory to the goal of the league! The goal of the league is to get people to play, and show up to play in the shop. This is why I really prefer the Bodger Bowl premise/style of league. Everyone is agreeing to one game a week, and their final standings are based entirely on how well they do in the games. To encourage painting, we have a drawing at the end that people get entries in by painting models.
Now this may not be for everyone, but I noticed that the response was almost universally positive, and we already have people excited for the next one. (Information on that is coming soon folks!)
I love Journeyman Leagues, because they are a good way to help people “get back to basics” and get in a new faction (or bring in new players, like is happening in our current one). But the PiP leagues just don’t work well for our group, so we are considering not running them anymore. Thoughts on this? Especially from local players?