I’m considering this kind of format for a comp, it’ll be at someone’s house with no real area to “form an orderly queue”.
I’ve had some thoughts which may, or may not, make things easier.
Every machine has it’s own card with its name on.
Every player gets their own individual score card.
At the end of each match they fill in the pre-allocated boxes, machine played, opponent and if THEY win or lost along with their opponents witness signature.
When they leave the machine and join the queue (kitchen area) their scoresheet goes to the bottom of the pile, and the machine card goes to the bottom of another pile (just in case multiple games finish near the same time) and the person whose scoresheet is on the top retrieves their scoresheet and the next machine card and heads off to the appropriate machine.
That way scores are permanently recorded, and it’s the players responsibility to maintain their scoresheet correctly.
At the end of the allotted time they hand their scoresheet in and totals are calculated.
I’d like to run a bigger queue, maybe 5 or 6 people, for a few reasons.
Firstly as it’s the first time anyone will have seen a comp like this it’ll have more people not playing to help direct the clueless , as well as have more people to assist with breakdowns etc.
It’ll also give a bit more of a break as a lot of the players will be there as a social event as much as for the competition.
We have a few smokers and 'wanderers ’ who just won’t be able to be able to stay in the designated area.
If a player isn’t there when their name is called their scoresheet goes to the bottom of the pile.
This will allows players to take a temporary break if they want, without messing up the whole system. (Although it will be at their detriment due to lack of playing opportunity).
I can’t see any flaws in the above but happy for anyone to point then out to me ahead of the game.