So I've been doing this for awhile but still haven't developed what I feel is a winning, fair and fun product. I had been doing bracketed style double elimination tournaments but that leads to 25% of participants only playing two games. And I would have the constant "complaint" of "why do I have to play __ (insert good player's name here)?"
On Super Bowl Sunday, I switched to using the Arcade Tournament Manager program with six games and 16 players. I allowed each player to play as many games as they liked as many times as they wanted. They keyed their own scores with their highest score on each game carrying foward for points.
The problem I had here is that Don and Tim played for about two hours straight (prior to the game and into the first quarter), all of half time and the entire third quarter. The other problem was people playing multiple players on the same game. I can't word that to where it is easy to understand but pretend I'm playing TSPP. I hit the start button four times and get four games in for myself. More common was two people playing four person games. This is cool for the people actually playing the game but it tied the games up too much. That's an easy fix as a simple rule (if followed) fixes that. I do have a problem that my non-pinball friends don't understand the concept of hit the start button just once. By the way, why is that so hard? It's been a problem with new people for my entire four years in the hobby.
As for me, I played TAF once, TWD twice, TSPP once, IronMan three times, BDK seven times (never got a good score) and Star Trek twice. It probably isn't good form for me to win my own event though... so third is good. Greg is the only other pinball owner. I know he played Star Trek a lot because he likes it but I'm sure that the number of total games played was VERY skewed towards two people.
An idea I have = everyone gets an index card with the six games listed, plays each game once and records their scores on that card. If they want to play a game twice, they have to scrap their entire card and start anew. To me, this should solve most of the aforementioned problems. But would it still be fun? It also kind of would inspire people to cheat (aka play one game twice and hope no one noticed).
Thoughts please? What do others do?