I've really only hosted cash games and don't play in too many tournament. If I were to have a 10 person $100 buy in tourney, do you only get $100 in chips or do you have a set amount for a starting stack? Say $100 gets you $1k in tourney chips?
Traditionally the tourney poker game I host each month has been with a 2k to 2500 starting stack with 5/10 blinds but since getting my new chip sets we'll be starting with 5k chip stacks with 10/20 blinds. Our buyin is usually 20 dollars with a 5 dollar bounty. We allow rebuys within the first hour for the full amount.
You will all think my groups crazy then. We start with 300,000 in tournament chips with doubling the blind every 15 mins unless the blind can be rounded to a even number. Example- blinds that are 25/50 50/100 100/200 200/400 400/800 500/1000 1000/2000 2000/4000 4000/8000 5000/10000 Thats why my last big set I got made had so many demons that were huge (25k 100k 250k 500k)
Tonight I'm organising a tournament which is completely at the other end of the spectrum. In order to use my Terrible's chips for the first time (1/5/25/100) it's going to be a T400 tournament. Only 7 players so starting stacks of 15 x $1, 17 x $5, 4 x $25 and 2 x $100 = 38 chips each.
15 minute levels, blinds as below, should last 3.5 hours again unless the players can't adjust to the smaller value chips!