Thursday, March 4, 2010
FOUR ROUNDS?! When Do YOU Want to Eat?
The following isn't set in stone, so don't light your hair on fire!
Our tournament is 4 rounds, and a single day. This year, the logistics of that aren't too flexible. I'm not comfortable with the scoring resolution of 3 rounds, nor the "bang for your buck."
That said, 4 rounds is a long day! So, how does the schedule work?
Well, have no fear, we've done this before. The way we made it work was to build in a lot of "between rounds" time for scoring and results allocation, and subsequent "next round" assignments.
How would it work this year, with 128 participants across 2 events? Well, preliminarily, here's how! ...
7:30AM - 8:30AM ... Registration / Sign-In
9:00AM - 11:15AM ... Round I
11:15AM - 11:45AM ... Results and Round II Assignments
11:50AM - 2:05PM ... Round II
2:05PM - 3:05PM ... Lunch, Results, and Round III Assignments
3:05PM-3:15PM ... Round III Assignments "hand-out"
3:15PM - 5:30PM ... Round III
5:30PM - 6:05PM ... Results and Round IV Assignments
6:10PM - 8:25PM ... Round IV
8:25PM - 9:00PM ... Results and Cooldown, Paint/Conversion/Army Finalist Judging
9:00PM - Awards
Sound like a long day? Be glad you are the one playing, not running it!
How do you feel about a tournament of this format? Have you been in a 4 round single day before? Notice the extensive "between" time in between rounds.
Here's another subject of interest. In the past, we always "allow" draws but break them with battle points in terms of tourney results processing. So, while you might score an objective draw, in terms of tourney scoring the highest battlepoint scorer for that round is going to earn the de facto win. This results in a clear break-down by the end of the day for 64 players. There will be 4 players who don't formally win a single game (though they might have 4 near-loss draws). There will be only 4 players who are truly undefeated, and there will be at least 20 players of 64 eligible for Best Overall.
Food for thought, and a little insight into the kinds of things you start pondering at the very beginning of the tourney planning cycle.
PS - Speaking of food, such an event would carry an urging of snagging breakfast before, and dinner after, with an hour for lunch and beverages/snacks available to munch on through the day.