When we started up the Philly Pinball Club with @juanlargo just over two years ago, the first season we did “Mulligan Best Game”. We had a venue with four machines at the time, and the idea is that you had a two-hour timeframe to show up and play your games. Once you were done you could check your position and go back and re-play one of your games if you wanted and log the score. If you did better, great! If you did worse, no worries.
We did this because:
- It was the start of a new league, and having a proper start time (like Match Play requires) didn’t seem to be in the cards.
- We only had four machines, so if we had more than 16 people we’d have to do staggered rounds.
- It was a more casual introduction for newer players.
- The Mulligan was nice for players to have in their back pocket to give it a go and try again, as we wanted to encourage players to come back in the subsequent weeks.
MatchPlay.events was great in order to run this format. We ran it across four nights meeting every other week, and then we did a direct head-to-head event with seeding based on performance.
One of the nights: https://matchplay.events/live/jv75
I personally thought it was a fun thing to do, but it’s just a different type of competition than Match Play which worked for that season given the constraints.
What you’re missing (as other have noted) is the direct competition element and the loss of WPPRs.
In the seasons following, we moved to a venue which had more machines which opened up the ability to do Match Play. We tell people they need to be there by X o’clock or else you don’t get to play that night. There was a Finals there this week with I think about 23 people.