Fuck. the original i was typing up got deleted. anyway, here’s my rewrite.
Here’s the thread to post your suggestions and whatnot to the staff on what worked well at evo and what you felt didn’t work out very well and why. Here’s to hoping evo can be even more dope next year.
First, i’d like to thank wizard and james chen for letting me run marvel pools, as it gave me something to do other than throw away money on slots. also, thanks duc, shinjn, and tinh for pitching in, especially Duc running 4 brackets at once like a true champ. Anyway, while running pools, here are some observations i’d like to address:
Dreamcasts: Last year, James described the blue boxes as “out of control”. This year, I only ran into 1 blue box through all the pools i ran. it was taken care of easily by both players agreeing to continue. Knowing that cabinets are now out of the question, i’d say DC’s are clearly the best option from now. Pools ran smoother than they would have on Xbox. The one blue box we had was far better than any controversy and bitching that would have ensued from people losing 2 characters and a meter for alpha countering in. Overall, I’d say your system is working out pretty well, James.
People who play multiple games and have pools running concurrently. I think this did slow us down a little, but that really wasn’t much of the main problem. I think the bigger problem was people who could get dqed for not being able to show up to their pool on time because they were busy with another pool. And communicating between stations is tough because you’d have to go through a thick crowd just to get to the staff area or the other station. So what i’d like to suggest is anything that can allow the staff area and each station the ability to communicate with each other. Walkie talkies, network pc’s via AIM, or anything. This could save players and the staff a lot of hustling through the crowd.
Sticks. Another thing that could have delayed some of the pools was people not having sticks available. I was wondering, do you guys still have some of those red octane custom sticks you had last year available? I realized that a large percentage (including myself) if not close to half of the players didn’t have their own stick and had to run about looking for one to borrow. According to the rules, if they couldn’t find one, they’d have to go get one from the staff. However, there usually wasn’t one available from the staff because they were all borrowed. So if possible, i was wonderin if the staff could have a few of those sticks from last year available next year. They are better than nothing.
Rules. While you guys do have the rules posted up on the website, i was wondering if you can include the rules in the Evo programs as well as there were players who weren’t familiar with the rules. Just to make sure there aren’t any surprises. This point will lead into section 7.
People jumping in for casual on the stations while we are trying to run pools. This was a minor problem, but a problem nonetheless. I think you should have some sort of marking on the ground or divider barring off the pool stations from anyone who isn’t in the pool. I had one pool where one match got sabotaged because some idiots fucked with the button configuration before we could get the pool running. One other suggestion i have to keeping this from happening is to have a few more byoc setups, so that they can do their shit somewhere else.
Memory Data. Make sure the data on the memory cards loading the data have the options set on the tournament settings. the marvel memory card did have a few settings off like the speed. this was taken care of eventually
Judges enforcing the rules. Alright, i’ve been running marvel tourneys for a while now. And controversy regarding some rules does happen to pop up every now and then, forcing me to make decisions that sometimes make both parties happy, pisses off one party, or ends up pissing off both parties. Now, it’s hard for me to put this into specific words since my thoughts on this issue really isn’t just black and white. Basically, i think there should be a system for judges so that they can be realistic in their rulings. To make this more clear, i’ll provide some example situations. These are kind of exaggerated, so bear with me.
A. Player A and Player B are playing a marvel match. Player A (let’s call him Phat for now) is totally mauling player B (let’s call him Kai). Phat almost has all 3 characters full while and Kai just lost his first character and is now down to half his second character. Phat is rushing Kai down when all of a sudden, someone accidentally steps in front of the machine for a split second. Kai, seeing a chance for a Get out of Jail Free card, starts crying like a little ho to restart the match. Now, what would should the judge do in a situation like this? If i were the judge of this, i’d just sock Kai in the face. But regarding the match, most of the time, it would get start over from the beginning. But is that fair to Phat? Anyway, while most judges would restart the match from the beginning, i think we can try to develop a system that gets into specifics like this. For a situation like this, i’d say they restart the match, but have Phat kill off one character, then they can start at the judges signal with both their point characters at opposite sides of the screen.
B. Phat and Kai are playing their match. Phat wins the first game, then changes his team the second game. Phat wins again and Kai waits til the end of the match to complain for a rematch. Again, Kai is playing the get out of jail free card and needs to be socked in the face. Phat changed his team, but it was Kai’s fault for not reporting it and phat should take the win.
C. Phat and Kai are playing again. This time, after some idiots perform situation #5 as described above. Therefore, Kai’s assist buttons are switched. Now during the match, Kai doesn’t press his assist button til he’s already gotten in the heat of battle mindset. Therefore, when he sees the wrong assist come out, he thinks “okay, i just made a mistake and pressed the wrong button. it’s the other button to call doom” and doesn’t even bother to notice that his team order doesn’t correspond to his buttons. eventually, later in the match, he does take notice to his team order and instictively tries to call doom point blank for anti rushdown and gets sentinel drones instead. he gets snapped back, and dies. Now what happens here? Is it really Kai’s fault that his buttons got switched? Phat’s clearly not at fault here. At evo, i did run a pool that had a situation like this. And it was probably one of the harder situations to handle. In the end of the match, we did take care of it as both players made an agreement to restart the set at 1-0 in favor of one of the players.
Anyway, I guess what i’m saying is that Judges really need to be prepared for these situations and be able to make realistic decisions without caving in to a players bitching or bullying. At the same time, sometimes they have to be realistic and be able to compromise a little outside of the book when a player raises a valid point. Getting into specific situations would probably have you guys splitting hairs and take forever and could go just about anywhere. But i think we can get somewhere with this
- Running semis right after pools on friday. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I really don’t think it was that necessary as we finished marvel semifinals on time on saturday only running it on two setups. If we used 4 different setups on saturday, i think we could’ve gone through the whole marvel semis on time. Going through pools is probably the most grueling part of the tournament next to fighting matches in the late semi finals. By the end of it, everyone was tired and really needed to restock on adrenaline. We were pretty much mentally spent and hoping for some rest. I hope you guys can see where i’m coming from on this.
Stuff I really don’t have suggestions for:
- Game pausing. Is there a way we can turn off pausing in any game? I lost two games in 3s when the pause button went off while i was shaking my stick and setting up my Denjin. Both times, my opponent was halfway stunned and in the corner and connecting it would’ve actually won me the round. Both times, my hand was nowhere near the start button either. I accepted my losses because i knew the rules, but damn. That sucks. :sad: