So I'm a really inexperienced player, but decided it'd be fun to go ahead and try playing in a SR2012 tournament (probably my first mistake).
I had my 35 point list ready, or so I thought, and right before the tournament started I heard we needed reinforcements for the first scenario. I had no idea about reinforcements, this being my first SR. Since I only had the models for my 35 point list, I had to withdraw. So word to the wise, read the "Player Responsibilities" section of the rules and p. 9 before showing up. When the EO says 35 point SR2012 tournament he really means a 35/42 point SR2012 tournament.
I thought I could learn how the tournament worked simply by showing up to a 35 point tourney with a 35 point list and playing in it, and I was dead wrong.
SR2012 is not for casual players or beginners. I'll probably stick to journeyman leagues for now since they don't require 37 pages of additional rules. (or maybe they do and I'm in for yet another unpleasant surprise...)
I think a simple fix for this problem would be to include the reinforcements in the required list size; as in, "This Sat. we're having a 50/60 SR2012 Tournament." A new player would see two numbers and ask the right questions. (besides "What the hell am I thinking entering a 50 point tournament?") If I had known to bring a 42 point list I would have been able to play. Granted, this only matters for the uninitiated but everyone was a first timer once.
Any snark is purely intentional.