It was a fun event.
The tournament was free, there was very tasty free food and drink, free t-shirts (with the image from the poster), and a lot of very nice gear prizes for 1st-3rd place. Also a skate ramp and skater Pro Willy Santos for anyone wanting to get their skate on.
I know first place prize was:
Arnette Slayer Goggles w/ 2x Lens Options (not sold in stores yet)
Arnette Slayer Glasses (not sold in stores yet)
Arnette Baseball Cap
Arnette Knit Cap
Arnette Cup Holder
Here are the results:
1st Zaspacer (Terry) - Dictator
2nd Megashark (Alan) - Claw
3rd Artemis Prime (Arthur) - Dee Jay/Zangief
It was on an Arcade Cab with American Sticks, and the format was Single Match with Double Elimination. The store that held the event is right off the 5 Freeway, so it’s very easy to get to. And the Beach, Food, Shops, Bars, etc. are all right in that area.
I spoke to the guys running the event, and I mentioned that they might be able to draw more ST players if the event was on a Saturday instead of a Friday. I know getting to North County San Diego at 6 PM on a Friday is pretty impossible for a lot of people. So let me know if a Saturday time would be better, and I can pass it on to them. They seemed pretty open to the idea, and they do plan to hold more of these events in the future.
Also, they have a full time ST Arcade Cabinet (w/ American Sticks) in the store, and it’s set to Free Play and open to anyone who wants to come in and play it whenever the store is open (10 AM - 6 PM Tuesday - Saturday).