Let’s Battle Tour: Kasota, MN – A Clusterfuck of the Ages
Let’s Battle Tour: Kasota
The event “Let’s Battle Tour Kasota” seemed like a good event to everyone that first signed up and paid the $22.00. You were promised a customized T-shirt, messenger bag, and customized name tag for participating.
I was watching the videos every week looking for information about the event and only got 45 seconds of information about it and this article posted by Wargaming.
Notice how it says there that you get customized merchandise as I have described above.
Only two videos mentioned the Let’s Battle Tour:
And another video that went missing for some time and is now back online:
Here is a screenshot of their channel at the time:
Notice it (the video) was missing as you can see here. This was taken on the day of the event. The point being is that little information was available to people going to the event except an email we got two days before the event and the two articles put out on it.
The Let’s Battle Tour was disorganized at the start. We got there (my grandfather and I) at 4:30pm. Nobody was checked in for at least a half an hour even though there were over 100 people ahead of us and many more behind us. Each truck brought in 20 or so people over 12 times in the half hour before the event, with many more trucks bringing in even more people as we waited.
The wait in the check-in line was a half an hour. Then came the tank line which was supposed to be organized by tiers 1-10.
This is where it get’s interesting: I was physically within earshot to hear one of the ‘Drive A Tank’ personnel say to the employees running the tank rides , “Wargaming just told me that we are sending anyone who doesn’t want to drive the half-track or Abbot APC back to the end of the line and have everyone line up single file.”
Pretty shocking since the Sherman was what a lot of people wanted to ride. But to have to wait a half-hour to an hour and then be told you have to go to the back of the ever longer line was just plain garbage on Wargaming’s part.
Was that really sad? Yes it was. I can only imagine how mad people were to be told that after waiting a half hour to an hour in line that the wait had been for nothing.
This event had over 500 people from what I counted. Later in the day those lines got even longer and more people had to be sent to the back of the line.
This is just poor planning on Wargaming’s part.
You see, the original plan was to have an hour for each tier and 3 vehicles transporting people around the course. The Abbot APC, a half-track, and a Sherman Easy 8 with the maximum capacity of all three being 23 people. I can imagine the surprise of having so many people at an event like this, but didn’t Wargaming know the amount of tickets they sold?
Of course they did! Because they prepared plenty of food for the event which was one of the only good things it had going for it, really.
So the question is: Why not a better system of organization?
I can think of two possibilities:
- One: they didn’t know how many people were going to show up.
- Two: they just didn’t care.
Let’s discuss both.
Option One: they didn’t think so many people would show up. Could be possible considering the lack of staff checking people in at first and the fact that the tier system was designed for only so many people.
Option Two: it was simply they didn’t care. This could be evidenced by the fact that there was plenty of food and the quote from the let’s drive a tank personnel that essentially relegated people to mindless cattle.
For me it is the first since they didn’t have too many people checking people in, only 5 including Tragic Loss who was handing out waiver forms. These are required by federal law and such for business of this nature. Let’s say you were finished with tank rides and eating food then what would you do?
The obvious answer being hang out with friends and wait for your customized messenger bag and t-shirt. Yes, there was a bingo twitter, Instagram contest involving taking photos of tanks, players, and Wargaming employees. That only took like 30 minutes to do at most to win a t-shirt or other prizes.
Then you could play at the game stations which there were only so many of. Then there was waiting to get your customized merchandise which you were supposed to get a text for. Waited two hours and still got nothing, then you hear the rumor “they are only giving t-shirts to those that stand in line” an anonymous person told me.
So we stood in line, my grandfather and I, for three hours and we got no text and the line never moved.
I have submitted a ticket and I suggest to those that haven’t to submit one as well. Now onto the finale.
In conclusion, the event did cost a lot of money for Wargaming to put on. The normal cost of riding a tank was $300 down to $200 with Groupon with bigger packages ranging from $1000-$5,000 for tank crushing and driving the easy 8 and t-55.
To be transparent Wargaming covered these costs for the Abbot APC, The half-track, and the Easy 8.
What could Wargaming have done better? Organize! Put a schedule out and make announcements when things change. The event was okay in my opinion , but could have been made a lot better if it had been properly organized. I submitted a ticket to support asking for the messenger bag and the t-shirt to be sent to me and for some sort of compensation. I will conclude this piece by leaving my ticket and their response.
– This story edited and formatted by Thing 1