Hey there fellow SRK’ers,
My name is Casey Corrigan, I am a SSFIV/SF3:Third Strike player (primarily, but I play tons of other fighters) from Pontiac, IL (61764). I recently began taking a few steps to organize a regular get-together of fighting game players, in order to start building a scene in Central IL, and hopefully build it to a Tournament worthy area.
I have been in discussion with the management at The Crystal Palace, a local venue and bar for concerts, pool/darts tournaments and poker. They are interested in hosting both Casual/Money Matches and day-long tournaments, and will provide several TV’s and some projectors. The Palace is a large and very high quality venue, with a stage and large concert hall separate from the bar, plenty of space for players and spectators. They will be selling quality food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as alcohol at the bar.
If I can generate enough interest, I will set an official date for the first day of Causal Matches, and get the rest of the details involving equipment/ect… sorted out. If you are interested, please PM me so I can ask you a couple of questions and put you on the list. As I said before, I’m not going to do all of the work until I know a fair number of people are interested, so please let me know as soon as possible so I can get everything organized!
The Causal Matches will be open to all ages and skill levels. The idea is to help build the scene in the area, by providing a friendly environment where players of any skill level can have fun, practice, and learn in order to take their game to the next level. I believe that an event such as this will really help players in the area, who in most cases only have the harsh and undependable online experience available to them. Everyone from the seasoned veterans to first time players are welcome, therefor any sort of mistreatment to “scurbs” will NOT be tolerated. I will try to keep players of similar skill playing with each other if they wish. I plan on categorizing players by skill level, so I can evenly match up people who wish to play within their skill level or higher. Talented players who are willing to help the newer or less experienced players are an invaluable resource, and are exactly what we need to build a scene here in Central Illinois.
If enough players are interested, I will organize Money Matches and full on Tournaments in the future. I first want to build up enough players via Casuals.
The games featured and the equipment used will depend on what players want/can provide. As the Head Organizer, I have no problem with hosting a multitude of games. As of right now, Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel v. Capcom 3 will be the main games due to interest, but I plan on hosting 3rd Strike Online Edition once it comes out, and Super Turbo HD-Remix if people are interested. Also, we could run some matches of various games via emulators on PC’s, if people want to bring their rigs. I will try to accommodate everyone to the best of my ability. I would love to see some Vampire Savior matches going on!
If you are interested in joining or helping out in any way, please post here and send me a PM here at SRK. I will give you further contact information from there.
Thanks a lot everyone, I hope some of you are interested!
-CaseyCor “Dark Nihl”