After getting kicked from the playoffs in round 16, I signed myself up to play one of the mini-tournaments going on. Now, I realized "oh, if I do this, I can't play the first round of this since I just heard 16", so I just forfeited before the first tossup, and I let the other team play against my buzzer DQ bag. That went by, and the next room I had to play in apparently was still in the first round of the mini-tournament, but they propped the door open and I heard about three foreign answerlines with "tossup fourteen" mixed about in there. I then realized, this isn't packet 16. After a bonus cycle had ended, I walked in and asked what round and packet they were on, they said both teams naively heard packet 16 from the playoffs so they went ahead and used packet 17, and that if I wanted to play the next round I should get out, and that was in a rather harsh tone (the harshness is understandable in terms of the question integrity, but that wasn't my fault). I then wrote down what answerlines I heard, gave them the sheet, and they were cooperative and they just scratched them out and I played (and won) the consolation round that featured packet 17 against some school I didn't recognize. That was the only, I guess, "legit" consolation game I got to play, because the third game never came to fruition since that opponent must have said "this sucks, [blank] it" and blew it off. Obviously, since I never got to play a third game, that made playing a fourth game rather difficult. I think it wasn't until the guys who staffed in the original room I was in, and was supposed to be in for game three, came to the conclusion there would probably be no team coming and they realized I sort of got screwed over, so by chance another reader/scorekeeper pair came into our room after they finished, and I got to play either packet 18 or 19 against the reader and scorekeeper who were in my first room for the consolation (they cut the front page questions for obvious reasons), and I had a blast (thanks guys!).
So I guess the consolation mini-tournament, while constructed with a great approach, was very vulnerable to demise, so it might have been more efficient for me to just keep signing myself up for individual games.
Lancaster Fisher Catholic HS c/o 2014
Ohio Wesleyan University c/o 2018