In continuation of the bi-annual Minnesota Neo-Geo gatherings, I present Minnesota Meltdown a.k.a. MN Neo Summer Gathering '08.
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008
Location: Four Points by Sheraton Minneapolis
1330 Industrial Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413 (Map)
in the Memphis Room
Time: 12:00pm - midnight (or later) with setup starting at 10:00am
Venue Entry Fee: $5 (additional donations are appreciated :bgrin:)
Sign-up Sheet (available at the event)
This event will have both casual gaming and tournaments. Historically, this event has been a gathering for Neo-Geo and other retro gamers in the Twin Cities area with a focus on casual and competitive gaming. This event will be focused a bit more towards tournaments, but will still have plenty of casual opportunities.
Tournaments will definitely be held in:
Street Fighter III: Third Strike - PS2
Capcom vs. SNK 2 - PS2
Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core - PS2
Garou: Mark of the Wolves - Neo Geo (or PS2 if we can’t get carts)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - DC
Super Street Fighter II Turbo - Arcade (or DC if not available, or SF:AE on PS2)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Wii
Tournaments which may be held if there is enough interest:
King of Fighters '98 - Neo Geo (or Ultimate Match on PS2)
Samurai Showdown 2 - Neo Geo
Magical Drop 3 - Neo Geo
Twinkle Star Sprites - Neo Geo
Soul Calibur 4 - PS3 (or X360)
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection - PS3
Virtua Fighter 5 - PS3 (or X360)
Street Fighter Alpha 2 - PS2
Street Fighter Alpha 3 - PS2
Other games may be added if there is enough interest. All tournaments will have a $5 entry fee with payouts of 60%/30%/10%. All tournaments will be double elimination, unless there are less than 6 entrants, in which case we may do a round robin instead if there’s time.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Signups for all games
1:00 pm: Block A - MvC2, CvS2, SSBB (no items)
4:00 pm: Block B - GGXXAC, Garou, Super Turbo, SSBB (All-Brawl)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Dinner Break
7:30 pm: Block C - SF3:3S
All other tournaments will be interspersed throughout the day depending on available setups and interest. Obviously, some games might run long and the schedule might shift a little bit, but the above times are the times I’m aiming for.
We do need people to supply TVs and systems. Many of the regular attendees will be bringing TVs and/or systems and games. The more we have the better off we’ll be. If you are able to bring a TV, please do so. Setup will begin at 10:00am, so if you are bringing a TV or other large equipment, please come by between 10:15am and 11:30am so we can get it all arranged.
Equipment List (who’s bringing what)
There is lodging available at the hotel. I am told that they have an internet only special that was at about $75/night. Otherwise, there should be other hotels nearby as it’s only a few miles north of downtown and the U of M campus. There is a Wendy’s and a gas station across the street and a bunch of other places to eat within a mile or two. There is to be no outside food or drink in the event room. There will be water provided, and there are vending machines and a restaurant in the hotel, but other outside food and beverages are not allowed.
Also, remember that the 35W bridge across the Mississippi River is not open, so if you’re coming from the south, you’ll probably want to take Hwy 280 and get off on Hennepin Ave.
For most games, standard tournament rules will apply. Double elimination brackets. All matches are best 2/3 until the Finals which are 3/5. Winner keeps the same character/super/order. Normal character bannings for games (ST: Akuma; 3S: Gill; CvS2: God Rugal, Shin Akuma, Evil Ryu, Orochi Iori, EX grooves; GGXXAC: all Gold, Shadow & EX versions; MvC2: same character teams).
The only major exception is SSBB. Here are the rules for Brawl:
3 stock - 8:00 rounds
best 2/3 (normal); best 3/5 (Finals)
Initial Stage: random select from neutral stage list
Subsequent Rounds: Winner must stay as the same character. Loser either picks new stage and chooses the same character, or chooses a new character and uses the same stage as previous round.
Pokmon Stadium 1
Green Hill Zone
Pokmon Stadium 2
Yoshi’s Island (Pipes)
Port Town Aero Dive
In addition to the main SSBB tourney, Keits is planning to run a second SSBB tourney using All-Brawl rules.
Edit: Moved SSBB to for sure. Linked to equipment list. Added game rules section. Added flyer link. Added All-Brawl. Added SSBB stages & changed counterpick rules. Added banned character list. Reduced venue fee to $5. Added schedule. Changed SSBB to 8:00 rounds. A few small finalizations and cleanups. Added sign-up sheet.