posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 12:22 PM
I think I'd go with one tournament, 24 seats. And plan on two of those per year.
I'm worried about judging issues if there are more than that going on, for one thing. If every fight needs at least 3 judges to be assigned, and we
have two tournaments going simultaneously, that's a lot of judging.
And I have found good judging to be one of the most helpful things in my brief Fighter career. I'd hate to see the newcomers not get the kind of
feedback that I've been able to get, just because there were too many fights and not enough judges.
Here's another thought – between the two "championship" tournaments we could think about doing smaller "themed" tournaments. Not just fun ones
like the Holiday Skirmishes, but themed to ATS forums, say.
Those might be easier to get into, since not all fighters would necessarily want to participate in a Metaphysics tournament or an Economic Policy
To any newcomers who are still reading after all that: I joined the debate forum just after the last tournament ended, and I think that was about the
best possible time. I've got 3 fights under my belt now, so I'm one of the least experienced of the ranked fighters, but it's enough so I know what
I'm getting myself into. If you do get cut from this tournament, I really recommend looking for a challenge match as soon as things calm down
post-tournament and getting your feet wet