We’ve run a few of these with Spreadsheets, but we finally ran one with the MatchPlay software a few weeks ago.
MatchPlay made the event run very smoothly and was a lot less chaotic, which allowed me to actually enjoy the format and focus on playing as opposed to mainly being focused on the logistics of the event itself.
People seemed to enjoy hiding the standings and we’ll continue doing that in events moving forward. Creates some mystery until the end of the event when you can do a big reveal.
The venue where we host has a mix of older solid states and newer modern games. Previously we kept it to the faster games but then you would have situations where a person would end up on KISS Bally four times in a row while someone played a longer game of AFM in the same amount of time. We found the way to mitigate this is to have more venues than groups, and that you get bounced around machines moreso that the original rules of staying on the same machine two games in a row.
We also turned ALL tilt warnings off for all games in the event. There’s certainly still a game-time difference between older and newer, but it allowed us to include games that would have otherwise been ignored in a short-format event like this.
|Attack From Mars (Remake LE)
|Batman 66 (Premium)
|Medieval Madness Remake
Fathom and KISS had to be disabled for part of the tournament (one for repairs, and one because there was a non-tournament player who had driven to the venue specifically to play KISS so we freed up the machine for him for a bit).
Because the focus was on “fun event” and not “ultra-competition to find the best”, we also did some door prizes for anyone who didn’t finish in the money. There’s also stuff we did in the past like giving away a globe for most games on AMF, or giving a prize to the person who finished exactly in the middle.
Overall, I love this format and the software from @haugstrup has made running this format 40x easier than how we were doing it previously.