Hey everyone! Just wanted to make the official announcement that the 2016 California Extreme tournament will be taking place July 16-17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The long announcement is below, but for those who have participated before, here are the main bullet points:
We are going from unlimited qualifying to limited. Players will buy in to the tournament for $40 and receive 20 entries to distribute across the games as they wish. Top 5 scores count. We are targeting 12 games which will be spread across all eras, but that is subject to game availability.
We are moving locations outside the show area to the Cypress room, which is at the top of the stairs from the main lobby. The nice thing about this is that it really frees us up in terms of schedule and the like, and it means we won't have to listen to Whack-A-Mole for 36 straight hours or be blasted by announcements all day. We're hoping internet will be better up there too. That said, it is kind of a bummer being away from the show.
Beyond that its the same great time as always! Your TDs this year are myself and @JimiWolf. I will be putting out a call for games and scorekeepers soon.
Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!
The 2016 pinball tournament will be run on one bank of games from all eras of pinball design. The top 24 finishers advance to final matches that determine the winners.
Kids and casual players can try to qualify for bonus tournaments only for them, while still eligible for the main events! The Casual Division is reserved for players who have a World Pinball Player Ranking higher than 1000.
24 players make the finals in the main tournament; 8 in Casual; and 4 in Kids'.
Qualifying Hours: Friday 7pm-midnight, Saturday 10am-midnight
Qualifying Format: Modified Best-Game. 5 best results count across 20 entries.
Entry Fee: $40
Finals Format: PAPA-style, 4-player groups, 3 games per round, best 2 players from each group advance each round. All players re-seeded by qualifying seed after each round. In the Main division, the top 8 qualifiers get byes in the first round.
Kids' finals will be held Saturday night at 5:00 pm. Main and Casual finals will begin Sunday morning at 9:00 am.
Prizes: top 24 in Main win cash:
1st prize: 26% of prize pool
2nd prize: 17%
3rd prize: 11%
4th prize: 6%
5th-8th prize: 4%
9th-16th prize: 2%
17th-24th prize: 1%
Additionally, the #1 scoring player on each machine in qualifying wins a $20 bonus.
Casual and Kids division payouts are TBD.
In the event a player qualifies for the Main finals, that player will be removed from the Casual or Kids' Division, and will instead play in the Main finals.
Important note: there will be no tolerance for abuse of the tournament machines, which are coming from private collections. Similarly, there will be no tolerance for abuse of the tournament officials and scorekeepers, who have volunteered their time. Abusive players will be disqualified from the tournament without refund.
All other rules follow the full PAPA ruleset, including rules governing malfunctions and player errors.