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Stephanie Newman
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Greetings, longtime lurker looking for feedback from the BGG community

I'm hosting the first San Antonio Nerd Night ( this weekend and we have two tournaments promised, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. Since I don't know how many people will be coming, I want to have a relatively flexible structure that I can organize based on signups and announce some simple rules before we start. I want to try and limit the tournaments to 2 rounds when possible in the interest of time (This isn't a tournament event, there will be lots of other things to do.) Same structure for both tournaments.

This is sort of what I was thinking:

3-5 (4 for settlers) people sign up: single game, obviously this isn't so much a tournament but I don't want people not to get to play.
6-8 people sign up: 2 rounds, first round is 2 games of 3-4, top two from each game play in a final 4-person game.
9-12 people: 2 rounds, first round is 3 games of 3-4, winners of each first game advance plus the second place person with the highest score, play a final 4-person game.
13-16 people: 2 rounds, first round is 4 games of 3-4, winners of first round games advance to final 4-person game.

... at 17+ people is where it breaks down, but I don't think that's a terribly likely scenario. I guess if I had 20 people show up and want to play I would have to rethink for next month, but I'm comfortable limiting the signup sheet to 16 for this first event.

Does anything jump out as horribly unfair or broken here? I realize that there are a number of ways to score Catan, I read about the Swiss system - but I think that's not useful if we're not talking about using a lot of preliminary heats to qualify people. All these games are going to be played on the basic boards - no expansions.

Feedback appreciated! Thanks.

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