I think it's safe to say for Giant Bomb Tournament #2 we should go ahead and skip items. For some reason when I created the tournament, I thought it would just give us a handful of starting items and not litter the courses with them.
Glad to see more people piling into the tournament! I'd love it if this became a regular, on-going thing.
@breakfastking: From what I've played of public tournaments, you can retry as much as you want until the end date of the tournament. Not sure if that's different for private tourneys, but I'd be surprised.
Also, take a look at the various detail-less papers laying around in both Gomez's home village, and the Zu city. In Gomez's village, all of the texts you see are horizontal. In any Zu location, it's vertical. I thought that was a pretty clear indicator.