Personally i don't see why there should be a guarantee, it's supposed to be a bit of a fun tournament amongst friends that can chat to each other, that should be enough to draw the crowds. 2,5000 in the freeroll, a load of sitouts, no chat, but it hasn't cost them anything, so it fills. This should be different.
Give more luck than that, what can I say, After a break from the game it seems that the same players are lucky every time at poker. Good luck because I will definitely continue to take a big break at these games.
with such luck you will surely become champion @OmNomNom