A Jousting we will go ...
Ivanhoe had a nice
33% increase in its sophomore year. Fortunately, there was some
space two doors down in the Belmont room for the spillover as
there was no way we were all going to fit into the Polo room.
The event went smoothly enough. I had hoped to finish the tournament
before 6 pm. We finished at 6:03 pm. We hit a snag in the second
round as one game took over 105 minutes to finish and some who
had finished their game were impatient to start the third round.
At the start of the third round I said I would adjudicate any
game after 90 minutes. The threat must have worked because the
third round was completed in 45 minutes and the finals were over
in a little under an hour.
It took 23 points to make the finals. The top qualifier was
Bob Runnicles with 27 points, followed by Eric Eshleman and Laurel
Stokes with 24, and then David Sidelinger and Steve Scott with
23. You earned points by adding the number of chips won with
a bonus of five points for 1st, three for 2nd, and one for 3rd.
In the finals the tournament came down to a final joust by Laurel
and Steve, winner take all, as they both had four chips and they
were jousting for a purple chip.
Changing the tournament scoring system to include bonus points
for first, second, and third worked miraculously well as we had
five clear cut players for the finals. Without the bonus points
we would have had a five-way tie for 4th. As it turned out, the
first tie was for 8th place.
There was some controversy over the loan rule change for this
tournament which was to keep the chip drawn to determine who
goes first. Some players felt it gave the person who drew purple
an unfair advantage. It probably did even though the results
didn't substantiate that. If I GM again, I'll eliminate the house
rule and go back to playing the game "out of the box".
There were some comments that a better format would have been
to offer multiple heats. That would have eliminated the problem
of players waiting until all games are finished to start the
next round. It also would have eliminated the inconvenience of
spending half a day in one tournament. I'm not sure I want to
GM Ivanhoe again next year so its available for those
who think they have a better way.