[Sep 17, 2011] ARK IV - ~200 people, Feat. Marn, JWong, + More! AE/MvC3/+More! (Jacksonville, AR)

Presented by Game Zone Alpha and the Arkansas Fighting Game Network
Visit us at www.arfgn.com!

Thanks to GBS Giovanni for the official ARK IV Trailer

UPDATES: 8-31-11

  • A.R.K. IV is NOW Sponsored by Rebel Son Management and Entertainment (Refreshments), Inebro’s Amazing Adventures (Bonus pot), The Traveling Circus (Apparel), Funimation (Swag), Shadaloo.EU (Swag), Verizon (Swag), Monster Energy (Swag), Game On Apparel, Borderland Games, and Game Zone Alpha. We would like to thank these companies for their continued support!
  • We are pleased to announce that Marn and EG. Justin Wong have confirmed attendance at ARK IV!
  • ARK SmokeMaxX, ARK XI, and ARK The Amazing are sponsoring the bonus pot of $500 ($250 for MvC3; $250 for SSF4:AE).
  • Official ARK IV shirts are on sale for $10 each! They will look very similar to this. Limited supply so reserve yours today!
  • Half of the proceeds of the Mystery Game Tournament will go towards the Child’s Play Charity!
  • 3rd Strike Online will be played on 360.

Arkansas Residents: Please remember to visit our state thread here in the regional forums and post! We value your contributions!


A.R.K. (Arkansas Regional Knockouts) III had over 150 people, over $1000 in bonus pots, and special guest EG Justin Wong! You can bet A.R.K. IV will be even bigger than that! Players from everywhere are invited to come hang-out and throw-down with gamers from all across the region. We really want to build a scene down here and what better way than to gather everyone together and see how we all stand? Please join us, have a good time, and hopefully win some big money! We are expecting approximately 200 people to be here!

If you have any problems/concerns, feel free to contact me. To do so, please post here, PM me, email me at email@arfgn.com, or call me at 512 522 8563, which will forward calls to my phone.

**Date: **
September 17-18, 2011 (Schedule below)

**Location: **
Game Zone Alpha
620 West Main Street
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Game Zone Alpha - 620 West Main St. in Jacksonville, AR

Games Played:

  • Super Street Fighter 4 (360) (Singles and 3v3 Teams)*
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (360) (Singles and 3v3 Teams)*
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Singles and 2v2 Teams)
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (Singles and 2v2 Teams) - In memory of Forest “Solidus” Sharp
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (PS3)
  • Mortal Kombat 9 (PS3)
  • 3rd Strike Online (360)
  • Mystery Game Tourney (???) - Half (50%) of the proceeds that go into this tournament will be donated to the Child’s Play Charity. The remaining 50% will go to the 1st place winner.
  • Plus MORE based on YOUR votes.

*Playstation Pad Users: We encourage people to bring their own pads and converters for the 360 games. However, if you are unable to do so, we will have PS2 -> 360 converters (they also do PS2 -> PS3 and 360 -> PS3) available to buy at $10 or rent at $3 ($10 collateral required). These converters have not been thoroughly tested, so they are not guaranteed to be lagless. However, initial tests as well as anecdotes from Tech Talk and Youtube seem to suggest that they have no/low lag. Remember, bring your own PS2 controllers!

$15 Entrance Fee. This covers the entire weekend. Included in the entrance fee are free pizza and drinks as well as unlimited casuals, thus it cannot be waived for spectators.
$5 Per Minor Tournament Pot Fee (3SO, BB:CS II, Mystery Game Tournament).
$10 Per Major Tournament Pot Fee (SSF4:AE, MvC3, Brawl, Melee, MK9).
$5 Per Person for each Team Tournament ($10 total per team for Smash; $15 for Marvel/AE).
$5 After-Party Entrance*
$1 Per Raffle Ticket - See Raffle Ticket section below

*There will be an after-party on Saturday night for those 21 and older. Admission will be $5 but we will bring the beer! Money matches, grudge matches, and team battles will be taking place all night and most/all of it will be streamed so don’t get blown up!

Prizes: All pots (except Smash) are split 70/20/10. Smash pots will be distributed at a 60/30/10 ratio.

Schedule Of Events:
NOTE: Registration for each game will end PROMPTLY one hour before that game’s tournament begins. If you are late, you will be charged a fee to be added to your respective tournament(s) (provided there is room). Please add my phone number (512 522 8563) so that you may call/text me BEFORE REGISTRATION CLOSES to reserve a spot for you if you happen to be late for any reason. We are working very hard to make sure tournaments are ran ON TIME for ARK IV.

Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change):
12 PM - Registration BEGINS for all games
2 PM - Super Smash Bros: Brawl; Mortal Kombat 9; Super Street Fighter IV: AE Teams
4 PM - Super Smash Bros: Melee; BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II; Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Teams
6 PM - Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition; 3rd Strike Online; Brawl Teams
8 PM - Marvel Vs. Capcom 3; Mystery Game Tourney; Melee Teams

Afterparty (~Midnight)
There will be an after-party following Saturday’s events. Admission is $5, but we will provide the alcohol (21+ only) and entertainment. State-by-state and regional exhibition matches should be going down here. Because alcohol is involved, no minors are allowed into the building during the after-party. We are arranging for alternate plans for those who don’t want to or can’t attend. For a list of money matches arranged for the after-party, as well as a list of those currently accepting offers please see “Money Matches” below.

12 PM - Doors Open
1 PM - Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Top 16
4:30 PM - ComboVid.com SSf4:ae Combo Exhibition v.one*
5 PM - Super Street Fighter IV: AE Top 16

Stream Schedule (Also Subject to Change):
2 PM: SSF4: AE Teams
4 PM: MvC3 Teams
6 PM: SSF4: AE
8 PM: MvC3

1 PM: MvC3 Top 16
4:30 PM - ComboVid.com SSf4:ae Combo Exhibition v.one*
5 PM: SSF4: AE Top 16

*The ARK IV crew is proud to announce that we will be premiering the ComboVid.com SSf4:ae Combo Exhibition v.one video at our event starring Snoooootch, Maj, Doopliss, Error1, Smileymike101, Pokey86, and lukeness monster. A teaser for this video is attached to the end of our trailer here.

DaRabidDuckie’s Modding Services:
Modder DaRabidDuckie is Open for Business at A.R.K. IV! If you are interested in getting a mod, please post here so he’ll have adequate parts! He will be doing dual mods (PS3 <-> 360) as well as RJ45 mods on site. If you want Dreamcast or PS2 cables, with your mod, let him know so that he can stock up! If, for some reason, he does not have time to mod your stick at our tournament, he can take it and send it back to you at an additional cost.Here is his information including prices and pictures of his previous works! Support a great local modder!

Raffle Tickets:
We will be selling raffle tickets for $1 each. Prizes will include (but are not limited to) swag from our sponsors such as Funimation (DVDs, Shirts, Posters, etc.), The Traveling Circus (apparel), Shadaloo.EU (apparel), Verizon (T.E. Stick or a VLX), etc.

Money “Grudge” Matches:
Planned Money Matches for the after-party:
-Oklahoma vs ARK 5v5 for 100
-ARK SolidxPanda vs Mattikus - FT5 for 20
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs Mattikus - FT5 for 20
-ARK SolidxPanda vs Ruty - FT5 for 20
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs Ruty - FT5 for 20
-ARK XI vs Kyoji24 - FT5 for 20
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs Kyoji24 - FT5 for 20
-ARK XI vs Rex0r - FT5 for 30/FT7 for 50 (pending confirmation)
-TWG Joe Ugh vs EG Justin Wong - FT3 for 20
-ARK SolidxPanda vs EG Justin Wong - FT3 for 10
-ARK SolidxPanda vs Marn - FT3 for 10
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs Marn - FT3 for 10
-MEX Supwichu vs Ruty - FT3 for 10
-Jakob002 vs EG Justin Wong - FT10 for 100

Marvel vs Capcom 3
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs ARK SolidxPanda - FT3 for 10
-ARK SolidxPanda vs Trigger Happy - FT5 for 20
-MEX Supwichu vs EG Justin Wong - FT3 for 10
-RanmaSama vs EG Justin Wong - FT3 for 10 + Autograph?
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs Marn - FT3 for 10
-AfroMH vs Marn - FT3 for 10
-Lord Jas vs EG Justin Wong - FT5 for 20
-Lord Jas vs Marn - FT5 for 20
-ARK SmokeMaxX vs Crazy Clown LOL - FT3 for 10

-Seel vs. Flacko - FT5 for 20

Those accepting offers for money matches:

-Justin Wong - AE, Marvel, A3, CVS2, 3S; $10 FT3; $20 FT5; $50 FT7; $100 FT10
-Marn - AE, Marvel
-Jakob002 - AE $20 FT4, $50 FT7, $100 FT10, or $222 FT22.
-Lan Di - Twinkle Star Sprites/Money Idol Exchanger
-Mr. Sagat - Alpha 3, CvS2, Arm-Wrestling
-Seel/Techn9ne - MK9?
-Flacko - MK9

Version 3
Feel free to post these at your gaming centers/campuses/etc. Tell your friends. We are trying to build a community and make this big. You can help!

Stream Link:
Interrupted Gaming! By RawkusX

Facebook Group and Event Page:
Arkansas Fighting Game Network
ARK IV Event Page


Local Commodities

Nearby Restaurants within 1 mile


McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Papa John’s, Subway, Arby’s, Hunan, Thai Taste, Cici’s, New China, Waffle House, Chili’s, Zaxby’s, Popeye’s, Burger King, Bar-B-Que Shack, and dozens more.

Nearby Hotels within 1 mile

*Note: Below are hotels close to the venue. You can also get a hotel in Little Rock which is about 20-30 minutes away but will have better quality hotels. This is where most of the Arkansas residents live anyway. Also, Arkansas residents are highly likely to be able to house many of you, so feel free to request housing!

Here are approximate prices that we were quoted. If you can’t get a better deal than this, talk with us before you book and we’ll talk to the hotel about getting the group rate.
Comfort Inn - ~$100/night
Best Western Inn - ~$65/night
Super 8 - ~$63/night
Cranberry Inn And Suites- ~$60/night
Econo Lodge - ~$55/night
Days Inn - ~$50/night
Ramada Inn -~$50/night[/details]

Rebel Son Management and Entertainment, Shadaloo.EU, Funimation, The Traveling Circus, Game On Apparel, Borderland Games, Verizon, Game Zone Alpha, Monster Energy, and MORE Coming Soon!

Rules/Formats: We try to adhere to major tournament standards with as little modifications as possible. Thus, the rules we go by are the same rules encouraged by places such as Evo, Smashboards and MLG.

Universal Rules:


[details=Spoiler]- Double elimination brackets

  • Double-Blind Select can always be chosen to begin a match.
  • Winner keeps same character, except in the case of Smash Bros. Loser can always change characters.
  • Player’s Choice: All rules are subject to be ignored if agreed upon by both parties.
  • Please Bring Your Own Controller: While there will probably be many players willing to lend you a controller/stick, there is NO guarantee. You WILL be disqualified if you cannot start the match within the allotted time.
  • Button mapping and converters ARE allowed while turbo is NOT.
  • All players are required to notify staffers of the results of their match. This will speed up the process greatly and help us run a smooth tournament.
  • Wireless sticks/pads/remotes will be allowed. However, we require that you pull out your battery when you are not playing to avoid disrupting tournament matches.
  • In addition, pausing or restarting the game/match for any reason, except with the consent of the opponent will result in a forfeit of that particular game/round (whichever is smaller). This includes battery/controller problems.
  • Every person is responsible for the functionality of their controller. A “button check” may (and should) be asked for prior to every match. A player cannot request a button check once damage has been taken and must finish the game (but may ask for another button check at the beginning of the next game). If a controller is non-functional or is functioning incorrectly, the player must receive consent from his or her opponent before pausing the match. [/details]


[details=Spoiler]- 4 stock, 8 minute time limit

  • 2/3 games, 3/5 games Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals
  • Items off
  • Games decided first by lives, then %. Sudden death is used to break ties.
  • Stage Knock Out: Stage Striking will be in effect for the first match of the set. The player with the lower port will get to choose the first strike. Loser chooses ban before next match.
  • Modified DSR: You cannot go back to the last stage you won in a set, unless agreed upon by the other player.
  • Advanced Slob Picks: Loser may choose the next stage or select to go random. The winner may then change their character, followed by the loser.
  • Controller Mods, Glitches (IC Freeze Glitch, Mewtwo Soul Stunner, etc), Wobbling, and tactics used to stall a match (wall-bombing, rising pound), are banned.

Fountain of Dreams

Kongo Jungle
Rainbow Cruise
Pokemon Stadium[/details]


[details=Spoiler]Unity Ruleset v1.4

  • 2/3 games, 3/5 games Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals
  • 3 Stock, 8 minute timer; Items set to “Off” and “None”
  • Infinites are legal until 300%.
  • Banned: Metaknight’s Infinite Cape and Extended Cape Glitches, as well as anything that may hinder the game from continuing (such as freezing, disappearing characters, game reset) or stalling (examples include becoming invisible, continuing infinites past 300%, and reaching a position that your opponent can never reach you).
  • There is a Ledge Grab Limit of 35 for Meta Knight and 50 for all other characters. If a game goes to time and one player goes over the Ledge Grab Limit for their character, they will automatically lose the game. If both players exceed their Ledge Grab Limit, then this rule is ignored. In the event of a tie, a Ledge Grab Limit of 13 is used for Meta Knight, and 18 for all other characters.
  • Games are decided by 1) Ledge Grab Limit, 2) Stock and then 3) by Percentage. In the event that both players die at the same time or if both players have an equal percentage at the end of time, a one stock, three minutes overtime will be played on the same stage.
  • Players are allowed to ban ONE Starter/Counter stage prior to a match.
  • At the beginning of the first game, players alternate “slashing” starter stages (at a 1:2:1 ratio) until one stage is left.
  • In the event of a dispute, controller ports or stage striking initiation will be selected via Rock-Paper-Scissors or a coin flip.
  • Whoever gets first stage strike does not get controller port selection and vice versa.
  • Slob Picks: Loser may choose the next stage or select to go random. Loser also may opt to redo the port selection process with that player picking his or her port first. The winner may then change their character, followed by the loser.
  • No player may choose a stage they have already won on in that set unless agreed upon by both players.

Castle Siege
Final Destination
Yoshi’s Island (Brawl)
Lylat Cruise
Pokemon Stadium 1

Battleship Halberd
Delfino Plaza
Frigate Orpheon
Pokemon Stadium 2
Rainbow Cruise

2v2 Teams:

  • Team Attack On and Life Stealing allowed
  • If time limit is reached, check Ledge Grab Limit. If this does not apply, then lowest combined percentage wins.
  • If a team has Sonic, Lucario, or Pokemon Trainer then either team may request a color change to distinguish teams.
  • Port selection goes 1-2-2-1[/details]


[details=Spoiler]Default Settings.
2/3 rounds, 2/3 games, 99 seconds (Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals are 3/5 games).
Player’s must agree on a stage within 15 seconds or match will be RANDOM stage select.
Ties result in replays. [/details]


[details=Spoiler]Default Settings.
2/3 games (Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals are 3/5 games).
Simple Mode: OFF
DLC Characters: ALLOWED

Tentative ruling on all game-breaking glitches which make it impossible for at least one player to continue fighting (such as the Zero glitch):

  • If the instigator of the glitch is winning before he performs the glitch, the game is to be replayed as if it never happened. If he/she is losing, the game counts as a loss.
    Other glitches (i.e. TAC canceling and damage scaling reset glitches) are ALLOWED.[/details]


[details=Spoiler]Default Settings.
2/3 rounds, 2/3 games, 99 seconds (Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals are 3/5 games).
All non-exclusive DLC characters ALLOWED
No game-altering Kombat Kodes (leads to restart of game)
Banned: Kratos, Kratos’ Stage, Alternate Costumes, The Street, Freddy[/details]
BlazBlue:CS II:


[details=Spoiler]Round Time 99 Seconds
2/3 games until Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals which is 3/5 games.
Beginner Mode: OFF (Beginner Mode involves the use of the right analog stick to perform instant specials with zero effort).
Unlimited Characters in BlazBlue BANNED.
DLC Characters ALLOWED[/details]
Additional Details:


[details=Spoiler]We encourage everybody to bring any and all equipment if possible. This will speed up tournaments and help everything run more smoothly.

We require all incoming equipment be labeled at Check-In to avoid theft and accusations thereof. Even so, we encourage all people to keep their sticks/controllers/battery packs on-hand at all times as we are not responsible for missing equipment.

Photography of the event and recording of matches is allowed and even encouraged. However, flash photography is not allowed during matches, due to obvious concerns of distraction. If you record videos or take pictures, please contact me and I will upload the videos to my Youtube account and pictures to my Photobucket account, accessible to everybody on the results page (credit given to you, of course).

The official ARK IV stream will be hosted by Arkansas’ own Rawkus.

All tournaments will either be on CRTs or community-tested “lagless” monitors (most likely the ASUS VH236H).

We appreciate everybody that travels and we know that players are just looking for competition. If you inform us of your party, we will do our best to ensure that you do not play each other in the opening round of the bracket (location-based seeding).

Attendees are encouraged to participate in multiple tournaments. The brackets will skip you if you are currently in a match.

Any game with sufficient interest (via vote-in) will be run as a minor tournament. We reserve the right to cancel tournaments at any time if there is no “real” interest.

Results will be posted within 48 hours following the event. Pictures, brackets, standings, and pay-out will all be posted accordingly. [/details]

Facebook RSVPs:
~107 Attending
~80 Maybe Attending

Equipment List: (We need EVERYTHING you can bring)


[details=Spoiler]Bloodwolf - CSII / PS3 / CRT
Tyler / Seel - Two MK9 setups
Warpticon - 360, tv, ssf4ae/mvc3
ARK SmokeMaxX - 6 CRTs/2 360s
Misfit- ASUS, 3-4 CRTs, Xbox, PS3, and games for each.
Panda- ASUS, 360, AE
AfroMH - 360 / Marvel, AE, and 3rd Strike Old English.
Adrian -Asus and CRT, ps3 + AE, MvC3, and MK9, gcn + Melee,

I’ll be there for CSII and have a ps3/tv if you need em.

We’ll need anything you can get us! Assuming the TV’s lagless of course.

I’ll have at least a 360, tv, and copies of ssf4ae/mk9/bbcs2/mvc3 to contribute. Probably more by the time this thing rolls around.

Awesome. Thanks Warp. I hope you got the TV from Taylor?

Not yet…still have to find a time to get over there when he’s actually home. :lol:

What happened to the hotel?

Game Zone Alpha talked to us and really wanted to make this as big as we do so we decided to go with them. There are pluses and minuses to using a Hotel, but for ARK IV, the pluses outweighed the minuses.

I keep trying to go to their website but it’s down. Hows the venue? Good ac? Space for 150 etc. I’ve never been and can find very little info.

They regularly get 300 people every weekend, so I hear. They have 4 AC units turned on while CGC had 1. The place is huge.

The tv is a lagless crt, so it should be fine.

Too early to post anything about ARK IV for me. I could get deported by the time this rolls around.

I’ll be there to body everyone!!!

Updated some info in the OP. Most notably, version one of our new flier: http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/6862/ark4flyer.png

Planning ahead for this. Will enter AE, Marvel and MK.

this is most likely gonna happen for me lol. But still not 100% yet

I will be attending this event. Dammit.
I’ll be in AE, MvC3, and yo’ momma!
Alright, maybe not the last one.

I will be there and will have a setup for Marvel, SSF4 AE, and 3rd Strike Online Edition (also the tournaments I want to be in).