It's always fascinating to read the statistics surrounding a pop tourney, they show all sorts of neat things (maybe it's just the armchair cricketer in me).... For instance, I was pleased to see I had achieved: (1) First by averages, and (2) Zero differences ONCE AGAIN! Woohoo!
Well I can honestly say it was the best form I'd been in for ages, I managed to hold on to that lead for a great deal of time. It took him three attempts but Hyko managed to come through in the end, so well done to him <extends hearty handshake>
However, I must also give special mention to Eno for being a great sport - in Round 1, during the deciding point, my iChat icon started bouncing at the critical moment and totally chewed up my framerates (how a bouncing icon can use up so many processor cycles remains a mystery to me). So after quitting from iChat and anything else that would've likely interrupted the game, Eno allowed a rematch of that deciding point. I'm sure part of him would have regretted that decision afterward, but I just wanted to say that was very generous of him, and I hope I didn't come across as a sore loser!
Regarding the new tourney structure, I have only two minor criticisms:
I missed the variety of opponents. I faced Eno twice and Hyko three times, although I did face Paulina and Zap once each while waiting between rounds. There wasn't that same sense of completion that comes from working your way through each opponent.
I didn't like waiting so long for the next round, but then since I was at #1 for most of the time, I played only one game per round instead of two. Once or twice I went off to do something else to pass the time, and didn't notice when the next round had started.
Apart from all that, of course, I had an enjoyable time. For those who ever thought "If ONLY I had one more chance, I could've beaten him/her!", the bump race structure certainly allows for those opportunities of revenge It's only a shame I didn't get to face Ryoko... "next time, Gadget, next time..."