Quoted from ita47:
"All players play one time on all 10 games and write down scores. Play in two packs to make qualifying quicker."
So this can be done individually or in groups of two players? Are you then totaling everyone's scores somehow and placing everyone that way?
use the Scott D pinball tournament software. You can have people play individually, in 2s, 3s, or 4s. I like 2 packs as it keeps people honest and is also efficient (more than 2 players and people wander off to drink, screw around, etc...)
Using the software each persons score is entered for each game and they get ranking points based on that game. For example with 20 players, the best score on TAF gets 20 points, 2nd best is 19, etc...
Add up all ranking poniots to determine qualifying position.
IFPA requires at minimum 10% and max of 50% go from a seeding to playoff in order to get value from the seeding round. With 20 people just take the top 4 into top bracket of playoff.
Quoted from ita47:
"Top 4 players play a playoff. 4 player games on seven total machines. 4,3,2,1 point scoring on each machine."
So only 4 players advance to finals? All four players play all seven games together and then you total up their scores for final places?
Top 4 are going to play across 7 games directly against each other. This doubles the value for IFPA purposes as they like direct play with 4 player groups. On each game, win first and get 4 points, second is 3 points, etc... Total up the points across all seven games and crown your champ for the night.
We also have sperate playoff brackets for everyone below 4th but they cant do any better than 5th since they did not seed into top 4 pack.
This is actually a really fun format. It is effecient but I have found it caters to multiple types of people. Casuals just want to play all the games and socialize. They rarely make top 4 so dont have the intense playoff format.
Competitive players want the IFPA points so this helps to maximize that.
Almost everyone only wants to play at max 3hrs on a weekday night. Even with 24 players on 4 games to use, this can all be done in under 3 hours (often slightly more)