THEME PARK APPRENTICE:THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS II
In 2010, a Theme Park Insider known only by the cryptic name Tim W. created a competition called Theme Park Apprentice, and invited to participate all who dreamed, imagined or pretended to someday build their own theme park. Loosely based on the television program “The Apprentice”, Theme Park Apprentice has grown, evolved, matured and endured through eight complete competitions, three spin-off competitions and one Tournament of Champions. In the first TOC, the Champions of the first three seasons, along with the Champions from the officially sanctioned spin-offs “The Next Walt Disney” and “Water Park Apprentice”, battled for the virtual crown, and I had the honor of narrowly winning.
It is now time for another Tournament of Champions. Five Champions have emerged victorious through six competitions. Why only five? One Champion was victorious in two consecutive competitions, so the judges decided to invite previous competitors who had narrowly been eliminated from competition to play in a special Play-off competition, to find the fifth Champion. We now have our five competitors, and now, as the winner of the first Tournament of Champions, it is my honor to:
SUMMON THE CHAMPIONS!!!
OK, a bit dramatic, but it’s my honor to announce the competitors who will be creating it out (not battling, since everyone in here are really great guys and great sports who understand that this is strictly for fun). Here, in order of their victory, are the five competitors in the Tournament of Champions II:
AJ Hummel The winner of TPA4, AJ is an engineer with an incredible knowledge of all things coaster.
Chad H The winner of TPA5, Chad is a law student in Glasgow, Scotland and the first international champion in TPA. He is rich in theme park knowledge from around the world, from Blackpool to the Gold Coast.
Blake Meredith The winner of TPA6.1, Blake travels the country involved in the special events industry. He is a computer gaming expert.
Douglas Hindley The winner of TPA7&8, Douglas has been a firefighter, architect and at this time an entrepreneur. He is the first repeat champion in TPA.
DPCC Inc. The winner of the TPA Play-off, DPCC is the youngest competitor, a high school student with an astounding imagination and strong theatrical credentials.
The rules of the competition have already been sent to the competitors, and if anyone is interested in them I’d be happy to post them on the Discussion Page. For the general public, let me give you just a brief overview of them:
1. There will be five (5) challenges presented. They have been created by the three judges for the competition, Jeff Elliott, Scott E. and myself (James Koehl).
2. Each competitor will be sent the same challenge two weeks before it is due to be presented. Once the competition begins, which is now, the next challenge will be sent to the competitors one week later, so each competitor will have the opportunity to be working on two challenges at a time. These challenges are designed to be difficult, to push the limits of these champions.
3. There will not be a public sight vote due to problems in past competitions. The three judges will be using a point system that Jeff Elliott has created that is extremely flexible and extremely fair, and each competitor has been informed about this system. After all competitors have submitted their proposal for the week, the judges will both post publicly constructive critiques of each proposal and will score privately the competitors. The rankings of each competitor will be posted publicly after each challenge, but the points will not be posted and the cumulative points will not be posted publicly. The judges and the competitors can work together privately if they request more information.
4. This is a non-elimination competition. Each competitor will be playing to the end, and the winner will be determined by the total cumulative score as determined by the scoring system. The judges have assured the competitors that we will not read the critiques of the other judges or their scores before we post ours.
The first challenge will be publicly posted next weekend. By that time each competitor will have had the first challenge in their possession for one week, and they can post their proposal any time between when it is publicly posted and the following Saturday night at midnight site time. The final challenge will be due on June 24th, and the winner of TOCII will be announced soon after.
There are three regular judges and one alternate judge. They are:
James Koehl The winner of Water Park Apprentice and the first TOC, and runner-up in multiple other TPA competitions. In real life, he’s a pharmacist.
Jeff Elliott The winner of TPA3 and judge of multiple competitions, Jeff is a computer coding expert, father of two toddlers and roller coaster aficionado.
Scott E The only non-competitor judge, Scott has a strong background in the visual and performing arts as a photographer, graphic artist, musician and performer.
Andy Milito An experienced competitor and judge, Andy will be serving as a substitute judge and special judge when available and needed.
Next weekend you will discover what the first challenge in the Theme Park Apprentice Tournament of Champions is. We also plan on posting a Chat Thread, so that the “official” challenge thread can be kept reserved for proposals and critiques. Please feel free to post your thoughts, questions and even your own proposals on the Chat Thread. I’m sure my fellow judges agree with me that I hope you find the challenges we have created for our champions unusual, entertaining and, yes, challenging. These five outstanding competitors are the “best of the best”, but let’s see just how good they really are!
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