Quoted from dbellAZ:
Sounds great. I suggest making sure the 30 game limit is built right into the software - record every game. Don't rely only on tickets, which can easily be traded/sold between participants.
Thanks for the feedback and suggestion. I agree. While the software details aren't finalized yet, solutions being considered will do just that: keep track of how many tickets (games left that you can play), and provide that information to you via the website.
The system will be robust and not allow entries to be exchanged between players.
Thanks for the feedback. But I disagree that the format isn't as inviting to lower level players.
1) More than just eliminating congestion, it's a LOT less confusing to players (regardless of skill). And I'm guessing that lower level players are more prone to not trying a format that they have difficulty understanding. Vs usual tourney players who are going to compete even if the format is complex. Simpler format should = more attractive to lower level players.
2) See prior comments in this thread from IFPA/Josh: "This exact format has been tried at the 2014 Fraser Valley Flipout with great success. Over 150 players competed, and while 18 players were ranked in the WPPR top 500 in that field, only 12 of those players actually qualified for the finals of the event.
Those results can be found here:
Further, this format is used extensively in European tourneys with great success. And while I don't have all their tourney result links handy, the general concept is: the more you limit the entries in qualifying, the greater chance that that luck trumps greater skill. For instance, I wouldn't give myself very good odds of beating the likes of Jorian (current world #1) and Elwin (current #2) in a best of 7 match. But if our match-up is limited to just one game, my odds of winning (although still not great) increase dramatically.
3) Hopefully the Novice finals will provide some incentive for lower level players to give it a shot and compete.
4) If in fact, as you stated, lower level players decide that they don't like the format, they can still try their hand at one of the single-day high score competitions.
Thanks again for the feedback.
Looking forward to a great TPF2016 and great TPF2016 tournaments!
(which will also include a women's tourney, kids' tourney, and parent-child tourney)