I am excited about a new tournament format I created, and wanted to get your thoughts. I am looking for any potential problems with such a format, and would like to answer any questions you may have.My thought behind this format is a format where you have control of what games you play in real time.
Here is a link to the IFPA page for this tournament:
Overview : King of the Hill Pinball is a unique freeform format where qualification is a 2 hour round where players can choose any of the tables in play, called hills, to try to become king of. One becomes the king of the hill by getting the highest score in the qualifying round on that machine. At the end of qualification, all players on top of a hill will have a single elimination best of 3 series to determine the champion.
<31 players= 8 Machines in play
32 players= 16 Machines in play
To start, players will randomly be put on a game, making the groups as even as possible for an initial game. This will establish the initial kings of each hill.
After this first game, players have complete control which hill they want to attack. In the front of the room there will be a table with all the king high scores listed. A player who finishes a game will come up to the table and decide which hill to attack next. If the hill has no one playing on it currently, he plays it seeking to beat the current king score. If someone else is currently playing that game, that player joins a queue to play that game.
A single player can be at the top of 2 hills at any one time. If a player does reach the top of 2 hills, he can still play, but if he reaches the top of a third hill, he then must choose which of the other hills to come off of, where his score is removed and the previous high score becomes king. If this causes a new player to become king of 3 hills, the decision is repeated by the new king and so on.
Players may quit a game early if they choose to. At the end of every game the player to go to the front table.
When the qualification time ends, no new games can begin freestyle. It is now sudden death period. If a player is knocked off his hill during this time, he is immediately allowed to play one game to attempt to retake that hill. If successful, the other player gets one game to attempt to retake that hill. This repeats until a player fails to retake the hill.
After all games are complete, any player who occupies the top of 2 hills must choose which one to leave. That hill is taken over by whoever has the next highest score on that machine. If this person now is on two or more hills, he must choose which hill to remain on. This is done until each hill has a unique player on it. It is these players who make finals.
The finals will be a head to head single elimination bracket randomly drawn up, either a bracket of 8 or 16 dependent on the number of players. Each match will consist of 3 games. The first game will be randomly chosen from all games except the two hill they stand on, position is chosen by coin flip. The 2nd game if played on the hill on the game of the loser of game 1, who gets choice of position. Game 3, if necessary, is played on the hill of the other player, who gets choice of position.