We're up to 16 people now, keep 'em coming!
and to answer sammy's questions:
if you go dark for a week during a game and end up being kicked from the game, it won't hurt things as it'll only eliminate you and won't harm anyone else since this isn't a team tournament, it's everyone for themselves. If you go dark before the games get made, just let me know and I'll either find a reserve to step in or just shrink your game down to 7 players instead of 8. Either way, just let me know your situation on whether you need out or find a babysitter etc.
Yes, only the winner from each game moves on, so only one person per game advances to the final game in the second round. So there's only two rounds in this tournament.
And thanks, I do my best to make a nice intro, and I'm glad at least one person has appreciated it.