Chiming in late here:
Broadcasting - we had some technical concerns that limited our broadcasting ability for Austin. They will be worked out by INDISC in January. It should be noted, though, that we won't be broadcasting every Circuit event (just most). Doing all of them just isn't possible right now with our current staff and associated costs. The kickstarter was fantastic and we are very grateful in so many ways, but it doesn't come close to covering all of the costs we will incur over the coming years. Our goal is to guarantee about 7-8 events per Circuit season and then try to increase those numbers each year depending on the specific situations.
Format - the initial idea was to have a mini-Pinburgh. The location had concerns with this format, and so we made a change late in the game to the traditional Best-Game format. Should we return next year, our hope is still to try the match-play, but that is to be determined.
Prize Money - Unless I'm mistaken, PAPA did guarantee a minimum $5000 prize pool and was on the hook for it. There may have been a miscommunication here somewhere, but that's the impression I was under. We've done similar things in the past to try and encourage attendance at first-time events. My guess is the details were lost in the last-minute format shuffle.
Michigan - We already attempted to schedule a Circuit event in Michigan, but things didn't work out with the location due to unforeseen circumstances (no one's fault... just didn't work out). As for next year, the Michigan Pinball Expo will be the second Circuit event of the season on back-to-back weekends with Pinburgh, and our goal is to broadcast both on PAPAtv.
We will be posting a preliminary Circuit schedule for next season soon.
Finally, the guys in Austin did a fantastic job. I wish I could have been there myself, but I had some personal issues come up that kept me away. I owe you all big time.