I am running a Warhammer Warbands escalation league down at the local shop. We are playing for four months. We started in January at 200 points. We are increasing the points by 50 every two weeks. The original plan was to go up 100 points per month but everyone wants to play bigger games.
The first month was all training games. The vast majority of the players had not played fantasy before. This is why I am running the league, to suck them in. Rumors say that there will be a new edition of the rules this summer. Because of this, no one wants to buy the rules.
This last Saturday was the first "real" game. We are keeping score now. We had 24 people show up. We had about 16 the first weekend, 12 the second weekend and nine last weekend. That is better than I expected, and some people are playing during the week.
Some people were complaining that they were getting burned out, so I may push the next session back to the end of the month. That will give people more time to collect and paint.
I am very pleased with how well the league is going. There has been a lot of interest. Lots of new armies are being started, not just to the low, warbands, points levels either. People are liking the game and looking at it as a viable alternative to 40k, which is the major game at the shop. I hope that we will have five or six people who are eager to play on a regular basis by the time we are done.
I have also learned that people are much more likely to play a game if someone takes the time to organize things and provide some structure. I'll keep this is mind for the future, when things start to run down.