Glad to see this is continuing, I'll fill out an entry. Will probably track in an excel spreadsheet again too (should be easy to modify last year's).
Are you planning to score it 1 point for every matchup regardless of round? Really should make each round double points of the round before it... otherwise the total points are already half over after the first round and there's not the benefit there should be to correctly picking the winners who go far. That's how pretty much every real March Madness bracket works, anyways....
I'm super stoked that you're on board for it again this year! I'm pretty much planning to crib your Excel sheet for scoring this year, but let's see if we can't just coordinate that so we're not both doing it. Also, your analysis and interesting facts about the popular and interesting trends from the submissions was awesome!
For scoring, we should probably put this in the first post, but we'll do the following, similar to last year:
Vector Sigma 64 - 1pt
Transforming 32 - 2pts
Cesium 16 - 4pts
Elite Guard 8 - 8pts
Functionist 4 - 12pts
Cybertron Championship - 16pts
This is the way the annual basketball tournament bracket I play in scores things. It's good because it ramps up the points for later rounds, but isn't a straight doubling from one round to the next, which means you can't just win it all by only picking the right final four or the champion. You have to get a bunch right earlier in the contest too, so it really rewards overall bracket correctness. In many cases picking the right loser is just as important as picking the right winner, and keeps interest higher throughout the contest while lots of other scoring setups become totally pointless after the first two rounds for all but a small handful of people.