Delayed reply on this one.
Before the Circuit, in the immediate time before I was involved in PinFest there was a:
- One-Day Friday Event (generally Classics)
- One-Day Saturday Event
When we moved to the Circuit in 2018, we expanded the Main event to two days, but wanted to keep a Friday-only event for those who could only be at the show on Friday. So, we ran a Match Play event with games on the floor. We did something similar at the York show in 2017. However, it didn’t go well at PinFest 2018 so we decided that if we were going to do a Friday-only event, we should have it be on games that were part of the tournament bank.
So, the idea came about of a limited qualifying event which tried to achieve the following:
- Set bank of five games
- Play each game once
- All games count
- 100% TGP
We ended up with 6 games, counting 5.
The queue was starting at Game #1, and then you would go to Game 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. We pivoted where we could in the five hours of qualifying, dealing with virtual queues, cranky machines, and smashed playfield glass. 81 people participated in a 100% TGP Best Game event that took eight hours end-to-end, and we had a number of people who wanted to play that were locked out of qualifying because of time constraints of the show. Not perfect by any means, and lessons learned for the next time we try this format.
The “Gauntlet” name came up based on the idea that it was an every-game-counts format, as if you were “running through a gauntlet”. Probably also inspired by the recent use of gauntlets as it applies to the Avengers films. Apologies if there was any branding confusion on “Gauntlet”, as I have not attended any events in the Philadelphia area that were time/objective/pingolf based nor was I familiar with the use of the name elsewhere.