J.S. Joust Tournament at PAX East!

J.S. Joust at PAX PrimeJ.S. Joust at PAX Prime 2012 (photo via Penny Arcade Report)

Heading to PAX East?

We’re running an official Johann Sebastian Joust tournament this Saturday, March 23, from 7pm to 9pm. Get there early if you’re participating!

The tournament is open to 48 players and will feature teams of three! (so, 16 teams)

Sign-ups begin Saturday morning at 10am. Interested players should head to the Console Tournament room to sign-up. It’s best to sign up with a team, but if you don’t have one, sign-up anyway and we’ll try to find you a team (but no promises!)l

Logistical info here, and more info about the tournament structure after the jump.

The tournament will consist of four rounds:

Round 1: Four groups of four teams facing off (3v3v3v3)
Round 2: Two groups of four teams facing off (3v3v3v3)
Semi-Finals: Two groups of two teams facing off (3v3)
Finals: Two teams face off (3v3)

Yup, that’s 12 people in the arena at once! (at least in Rounds 1 and 2). Should be exciting.

In Rounds 1 and 2, the top two teams from each group move on. First, the group plays a match and the winners move on. Then, the losing three teams play another match, and the winner of that moves on as well.

No advanced features (e.g. invincibility), as I want to keep the games relatively simple.

Some additional ground rules that I’ll be refereeing:

— No kicking above knee height
— No excessive roughness or intentional shots to the face
— No leaving the arena
— Player must stop attacking when they’re eliminated
— Must hold controller (or strap) at all times
— If no winner after 5 minutes, Sudden Death w/ high controller sensitivity

I wanted to try teams for this tournament in order to balance out the competitiveness with a dose of camaraderie. Plus, good team coordination is one way to compensate for any height advantage and so forth.

That’s about it! I hope some of you will join us. I haven’t tried this particular format yet, and so I’m excited to see how it goes.

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