I’m running a competition in October at the largest exhibition in the UK of pinball, arcade and console machines.
Due to the nature of the event the qualifying period is going to be very strict. From 10:00-17:00 on the Saturday 10:00-12:00 on the Sunday with the finals following. So 9hrs in total.
The initial plan was for each entrant to play 3 games (Scoring 100pts, 90pts, 85pts, 84pts, etc.) out of a bank of 10 to achieve their qualifying score. Top 16 will progress through to the finals.
However, now I’m worried that with so many games in the bank, it will effectively be the 10 people who come top on each game, plus those who have come 2nd the most who will qualify. Rather than those who perform the most consistently well over 3 machines.
With so many games available to choose from the bank it would be easy to avoid the machines which the top players had already qualified on, thus not ranking yourself alongside them.
I’m considering changing it to either 3 from 8 or 4 from 10 as I think that this will change the dynamics.
As this is the first unlimited PAPA style comp ever held in the UK (to my knowledge) I’d be interested in any feedback from those who have ran / entered similar comps.
Am I overthinking this?
Further points which may need considering:
- The whole event is being ran for charity - so the more entries the more the charity benefits (Prize money is being sponsored from the venue)
- There are over 20,000 people through the doors over the weekend - the vast majority of whom will never have entered a pinball competition at all.
- The chances are that there will be all the top players from the UK (and maybe some from mainland Europe)