Congrats on another successful event! I had a ton of fun on Saturday. Thanks to you and Mike for hosting.
I've been thinking about the event and have some thoughts that I'll share publicly here with the goal of sharing what I felt were many successes of the event so it can be taken forward by other TDs.
"Envelope Bounties" - I liked what was done with selecting specific games and making it about achieving a particular task. I think you could limit it to winning it once per player per game (i.e. if I got two hole-in-ones on Gofers, I would still only win once). Another option would be if you "do the thing", you get a raffle ticket and your name thrown in, and at the end of qualifying draw names before you start up finals.
Tiebreakers - I've been thinking about how better to achieve tiebreakers in future iterations. In this event we used the "# of 1sts & 2nds" tiebreaker. I think that we should switch up to "Automatic Tiebreakers" which uses the Swiss Pairing Strength of schedule, which would award a tiebreaker to a player who played stronger opponents within the context of the tournament. I also think that anyone on a "bubble" between divisions (i.e. tied with the same number of points, disregarding tiebreaker) should play a single game to determine the seeding. I looked at the Pinburgh rules, and they use a tiebreaking algorithm for everyone except those tied at a significant position; I think it may be a good idea to do this for future events.
Food, Games, etc. - Just like last time, everything was great. I like using a bit of the prize pool for pizza. The games played great like last time. I don't think we had any terribly long-playing games, with the exception of Circus Voltaire since it kept getting stuck.
C-Division - I like the change to lock in C-Division positioning at the end of qualifying, and then play out C-Division for prizes. It lets people bow out who want to head out, but it still moved quickly.
Thinking ahead to the DE State Championships, will there be a list of games that will shared ahead of the event? Maybe we start up a DE State Championships thread to direct conversation there. I'm also thinking that the machines will probably need to be "souped up" in prep for the event to ensure the event runs efficiently. We wouldn't want a slow playing machine taking 30 minutes because two good competitors are on it and the tilt is loose and extra balls are on, etc. Will we also have access to the machines in case of stuck balls, etc.? If you need help ahead of the event or at the event, please let me know.