In case you haven't noticed, my article criticizing battlepoint tourneys was picked up by Brent and re-published over on Bell of Lost Souls yesterday. The response has been impressive: 200+ comments as of this writing.
By and large, the comments are mostly civil and positive, aside from a couple of small flame wars over unrelated tangents. I'm pleasantly surprised at their thoughtfulness (for BoLS) and how many people seem to agree with my points.
I'm especially surprised at how many avowedly "uncompetitive" readers had very positive responses. Particularly to my idea about having multiple undefeated winners splitting the prizes. Which I suppose reinforces a couple of truths. 1) These guys feel left out. 2) Everyone likes a fair event.
Marshall Lambie had a good idea too, which I'll repeat here for our consideration:
what you really need is a nationwide masters tournament type deal, where the best people at a local club play for the top 2 spots, then go to a regional event, top 2 or 3 from that go on to state wide or district wide, and then have a final ultimate deathmatch arena tournament, all the baby seals will be weeded out, but still have had their fun at the lower levels, and the "big boys and girls" can duke it out amonst themselves, with the disparity between best and worst player diminished.