While I don’t necessarily have the highest of hopes for is particular methodology (i.e. spreading awareness by asking for votes), I definitely agree with this sentiment.
Along those lines, I’m curious if there are plans to address the relatively low incentive for participation of lower level players in circuit events – particularly best game tournaments (and specifically Louisville Expo). 2016 was my first LAX since getting into pinball, and I was blown away at how few folks from the Louisville weekly tournament and league participate in the LAX tournament. I frequently heard that it wasn’t worth even attempting, as there was about a 0% chance of any payout. I’m fairly certain that at one point some locals even donated their free entries to the few of us who were ‘actively’ trying to qualify, as I had entries I didn’t pay for appear, and could never get a real answer where they came from.
One show I’ve been fortunate enough to attend, that I think could be used as a great example of helping to grow competitive pinball is NWPAS – things that really stood out to me were their women’s, youth, and rookie tournaments. It would be amazing if PAPA were to push for women’s/youth/rookie components to circuit events.