I just wanted to share that we ran a progressive strikes event last night, and it seems that everyone had a lot of fun with it.
We had 21 people and we did 8 strikes.
21 seemed to be an ideal number for a few reasons. We had three 4-Player groups and three 3-Player groups for the first four rounds before anyone got eliminated. The fact that Progressive only gives out two strikes in a three-player group, coupled with the fact that we had multiple 3-Player groups, means that people who played poorly were in 3-Player groups, and we didn’t eliminate anyone until Round 4. After that, the bottom fell out and we started losing lots of people very quickly:
Round 1 - 21 Players
Round 2 - 21 Players
Round 3 - 21 Players
Round 4 - 21 Players
Round 5 - 20 Players (-1)
Round 6 - 14 Players (-6)
Round 7 - 8 Players (-6)
Round 8 - 4 Players (-4)
Round 9 - 2 Players (-2)
We didn’t need to “move up” finals because the two finalists had 7 Strikes and 4 Strikes.
It took us 2 1/2 hours to get through, and that was with attempting to limit to faster-playing games.
For a one-off I personally like this format a LOT more than head-to-head strikes, and I like it marginally more than group knockout with strikes going to the bottom two. It keeps people involved in the event for longer but the gauntlet seems to fall very quickly in the later stages.
Yes! I would love to see this.