I’m pleased to say that on the day we raised £510 for the charity (The Lincolnshire And Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust), you can see the donation on this page: www.justgiving.com/rhamilton
Thanks to SteamDesk for donating the food and prizes. Although once again “they” didn’t get much choice, it’s our host Ross’ company 😉
Special thanks to Dave Langley for being such a stalwart, for helping so much with the technical stuff, organising the competition format, and much more. Special thanks also to Mike (Macro) and Anne Coates for donating the bottle of single malt whiskey to be raffled. Also thanks to Peter Blakemore, who jumped in to help without being asked and took a lot of the pressure off Dave through the afternoon, organising the score sheet draws, game selections, and so on.
We were once again really pleased with the format, which was similar to last year, with some modifications to handle the larger number of players. The entrants were divided into groups of three or four, to play first games on a randomly-chosen machine. Players “knocked out” of the main tournament were shunted into a “last chance” tournament, which gave them a chance to get back in to a single slot in the semi-finals. The players in the “last chance” tournament got to play twice as many games each round as those in the top, on the basis that the better players tended to have longer games, and we only had time for about 200 individual games of pinball in the 3(ish) hours allocated to the competition. This guaranteed everyone at least 3 tournament games, and the more experienced players tended to get twice as many as that. This was always a prime concern for me as organiser (I hate travelling a long way to compete only to get knocked out after just a couple of games!) We kept some machines to one side, so there were always machines available to play.
For the final, we took the slightly controversial decision to play on Hi Ball / Space Team, which we thought was a good leveller (it’s a rare machine that nobody present had played before). On the negative side, the flippers could really do with a re-build so the random element was perhaps a little more pronounced than was desirable! The final was played between James Watson, Martin Ayub, David Mainwaring and Peter Blakemore, with James coming out champion, and David coming in second place. Best Junior winner was William Hamilton, for the second year running.
The full scores spreadsheet can be downloaded here. The results table is as follows:
|Position||Name||Space Team score (finalists)|
Here are the results of the Judge Dredd Supergame high score competition (sadly, not everyone had time to enter this).
And a few pics to make this otherwise dull page a bit more interesting.