Not to mention letting 4 of the participants crash in his home.
5, actually. Sometime after I went to sleep Ron invited Bohan to crash at my place Friday night.
If I were to to it again (I'm going to decide in a couple of weeks.) I can think of three things off the top of my head that I'd do differently:
1) Timing. I deliberately erred on the side of caution, not wanting to judge too many games for lack of time, and built in more time than was actually needed--not one game needed to be judge (With the very partial exception of the Dave/Will quarterfinals, which was due to Bohan needing to catch a bus--and that one was effectively over anyway.)
In part folks got so much time because Dave & Bohan tried the schedule a month before and were sounding the alarm bells that the 5-game schedule would not work.
Anyway, we could have done 4 full games, plus a speed game tiebreaker round, on Saturday.
On the other hand, it's hard to tell what people thought of the 1200-point games. Chad didn't like them, and they made Niko and Bohan squirm a bit, but others liked the variety they represented. (That's also the only way you can get a high-point-density battle done in "tournament time.")
2) A Sunday event.
I agree with BubblePig above: people often drift away once they're out of the running, and Swiss with a later cut keeps people in the running as long as possible.
(As an aside to Chad, I used to play in Bridge tournaments which were Swiss all the way. However, Bridge tournaments were different from Battleground tournaments in 2 ways. One was that they have a victory point system, so you could be in 6th place with one round to go but you could theoretically still win if you had an absolute blow-out last round. The other is that Bridge has a whole "master point" system where points/ranks are awarded to people for status, and some amount of points would be awarded to the top half--which also meant that nearly everyone was in the running for something until the very end. Battleground is several orders of magnitude too small a scene to even consider a master point system.)
On the other hand, a Sunday mini-tournament for folks who didn't make the finals (and locals who can't do both days) with, say, a $50 cash prize, is probably a good idea.
3) A player in reserve,
I should probably train my wife, or maybe Rachel, to play Battleground well enough that, while they don't want to really be in the tournament, they can give someone a game if there's an odd number of players.
Keep in mind that the guy who ran the tournament didn't get to play a single game. He basically worked all weekend while footing the prize money out of his own pocket.
This is true. So I'll put this out there: If someone else is itching to run this (or something like this) in the northeast next year (and foot the prize $), don't hold back. I will be thrilled to take off my judge hat and play!