The Jeremy Roenick personalized message before the start of the tourney
Could someone please share that story of how that came to be???????? @halifax
So many CRTs (that were all a worthy size, nothing too small) – loved it and I know that’s hard to come by (thank you Smash community)
Lighting was ideal for play
Streaming booth was a great setup – location was nice but that equipment was a huge thanks to Sroka @Coffey to making that happen
EWaves Staff was super friendly – Laura couldn’t have been nicer and has an incredible passion for everything gaming. (Side story -- she left the Gens tourney a little early and even went home and watched the stream there. How cool is that?)
I loved the big screen to watch the stream with all the sectionals in front to comfortably watch the games
The video game chairs were extremely comfortable to play in (it was a nice touch for the entire experience)
First time going to the 2 day format and I have to say, I liked it a lot. At any other Kof94 with both consoles going at the same time, I never got to spend any amount of time with the snes guys outside of watching the championship series. This was a welcome change of pace. I didn't compete in snes but it was a lot of fun to get to know everyone.
Commentary & Play-by-Play
Thank you so much to @kingraph@Coffey @halifax @angryjay93 for putting on some amazing calls during those games. I wish more of the streamed games were broadcast louder to the crowd during the event b/c it was so entertaining.
Also, I don’t know if @Halifax has been practicing his commentating skills but it was impressive to say the least. That gritty voice coming out when the intensity picked up … “Peter Sidorkiewicz is a house hold naaaaaammmmmmme!!!”. LMAO
Seamless Tourney Organization
With the way @halifax decided to run the tourney really worked for me. Then @smozoma& @CanadianDennis executed the plan perfectly. I will be interested to hear the Smoz feedback b/c I can never tell if that guy is stressed out b/c he is so cool all the time.
I was happy to get away from the tier system and go to matchup calls
Best of 3 for each match in the losers bracket
Best of 7 championship series (including the player coming out of the loser’s bracket was down 1-0 for the best of 7 series)
Preset round robin matchups saved so much time
Also, each person had 3 away games where you could not replicate a team in any matchup you called was a great idea
Homewood Suites Hilton suite – hotel was great and great space for exis
The addition of Duke of 94
I would be curious to hear more feedback but it really seemed like a positive addition. Great idea to whoever came up with that!
NOTE – Honestly, this con list is more tweaks to consider than anything. I actually found myself backing over most of the points listed below b/c I’m fine either way.
I don’t want to mention anything that could be taken as negative without providing a potential solution. At the very least, I’m hoping my input will cause further discussion on how we can make Kof94 even better than it is today
1. I am back and forth on this issue. Vaughan is a weird place. It’s a cookie cutter commercial area with an expansive cement suburby sprawl but without the actual homes. Access to the event or anything around the hotels will be an uber ride. However, Uber is pretty cheap in Canada right now and while the location was not the most convenient, once you’re at the venue, all you need is a lunch spot
Potential solution – coordination of a catered lunch or preordered lunch brought to the venue at extra cost to those who want to partake (or make the additional cost a requirement for the event) I don’t think many would argue an extra US$10-20 to make that happen and there was plenty of room for a setup.
2. It would be nice if the event were in the middle of the action like Kof94-1 but honestly think back to that… the venue and atmosphere were great but the setups to play were less than ideal with all the small LCDs at bar tables. Access to sizeable CRTs is a huge benefit. The venue was a perfect gaming atmosphere
3. Also, while I wasn’t the biggest fan of Vaughan, what did I do in Toronto at Kof94-1 that was different??? Nothing. I practiced in a suite with everyone, I walked to the event, I played at the event, I walked back to the hotel… the only thing that was different is that I smashed a SNES outside the hotel 4 years ago. haha
1. Food options -- It was limited but idea to make adjustment covered in 1a (I like the food truck idea that @KB27 mentioned)
At first I didn’t like the idea that it wasn’t a bar… until I walked into the venue and understood quickly how great this was going to work out.
And you know, the no liquor thing wasn’t a big deal, I just brought a bottle of rum in my bag and drank after the event with mixers that they had there. There were other guys who brought beers in coolers, kept them in their cars right outside in the parking lot and would fill up to-go cups and simply bring them back in. I think it would be nice if we could get clearance for beer sponsored event or BYOB type situation (which I believe fell through at the last second)
1. I think we all wish these were at the levels of Tecmo Madison and Smash. Unfortunately, we are a unique community since our game of choice is split on 2 different consoles. I hope people also understand that you have to be careful what you wish for. If we double the size, then maybe there isn’t time for a best of 3 out of the losers bracket option. More people will have to jump in to help coordinate on tournament day… It can’t be all Smoz and Canadiandennis!
2. But the participation level seems to be a consistent comment and if that’s the case, all of us should work on the recruitment efforts if we’re going to beef up the numbers at this tourney.
Admins & community members discuss marketing ideas and how to execute far ahead of tournament date.
Maybe it’s something as simple as making a flier and having guys from the target city post them in key locations around the city… hipsters love retro gaming (at least in Chicago) and they would make great cannon fodder in the opening rounds. Everyone needs some warm up, right?
Reaching out to leaders in tecmo/smash communities for ideas on marketing and what’s worked to scale their signature events.
1. As a group, we need better communication and commitment on accommodations moving forward. Large house Air BnB with walking access to restaurants would be ideal.
I was happy with the suite that worked out at the Hilton but that was actually really lucky since I didn’t have that lined up until the day before I arrived. The issue was everyone else was an uber ride away so we just need to be better coordinated moving forward
This year’s Kof94 exceeded my expectations. @halifax I can’t imagine the amount of work that you put in to make this happen. I felt like there were 3 Halifaxes running around… 1 running the tourney, 1 playing and 1 commentating. I don’t know where you get the energy but I can’t thank you enough. (side note: what is the plural of Halifax? Is it Halifaxes? Halifaxi? or simply Halifax -- like sheep)
I loved the fact that Gens, for the first time, had a top 3 finisher that was from the local area. Not easy to do with all the information that is available online. Big congrats to Nick for the way he played this tourney and Jaime was no slouch either. 2 friends that came out and could play with any of us. We may have to put an asterisk by their names though... I didn't realize these 2 use to play at KG's house 20 years ago. Who knew that @kgman's farm system ran so deep?!?!
I enjoyed the time to meet new guys. The runner up from Duke of 94 with his gf were really cool people. Hanging out with @aqualizardis always fun and now the addition of his partner in crime, @AtomicRaven. I didn't get to play Atomic in the round robin but hopefully we can catch more games together next year.
It was great to see that @KB27 Eric DL33 and the crew made it out from the east coast. Those guys add a significant amount of talent depth to our player pool.
Congrats Voc Caged for winning Dof94... but next time, you play on the King side!
@angryjay93 thanks for rooming up this year, that was a lot of fun being able to play that insane amount of exis 2 days leading up to the tourney. Thank you for always providing much needed insight to my game... it always helps.
Also, congrats to @kingraph for the bringing home the title this year. @angryjay93 & @kingraph, that was one of the most exciting series to view and I always look forward to the opportunity to see you 2 square up against one another. It really is watching next level 94.
@corbettkb @jer_33 I was happy I didn't have to face either of you in the tourney this year but maybe fate will have it for next year. Still always great playing some exis against you.
So awesome that Chicago had such a great turnout this year with DPS, @mort, sean slapshot. Congrats DPS on your big wins on Jam this year! Hoping we can get Tom, Phil and the rest of the crew out next year.
@smozoma @CanadianDennis -- you guys are the unsung heroes at these tourneys. Thank you so much for all your hard work over the course of the weekend to make things run smoothly.
@smozoma -- ggs in our semis my man. I think it's fair for every 2 or 3 tourneys you knock me out of, I get to knock you out of one!
To the SNES guys -- @kfed @annatar @Bob Kudelski It was great catching up with you guys. This 2 day format really lends itself to being able to hang out with you more.
For those who didn't know, @annatar came to gens exis on Friday night at my place and then watched the entire genesis tourney on Sat at the venue.. that is pretty awesome.
How about everyone's newest best bud, Mike Stanton "The Stantonator"??? For those who don't know, he is from Vancouver and came out last year to Kof94-III. He said that everyone was so great last year, that there was no way he was going to miss this year's tourney. Not only did he compete in both formats, but he fought his way out of the WC to bracket play in Gens and he finished 4th in SNES the next day!
I hope next year we can see @kgman @Mike Gartner @ZEPPELIN198 @IceStorm70 @Brutus @kevincabarello @Edge of '94 Midwest @skoolyardpuck @LeifErikson @darik(cobrakai jersey) @HABS(forget the keyboard bud and come hang out!)... of course @Evan
... and hopefully we can get @CoachMac back in the mix. @angryjay93, please start working him now
I have to say there were a lot of highlights from the trip and a lot of great memories made but meeting @clockwise has to be near the top this weekend and one of the greatest highlights I've had since being part of the 94 community.
One of the great innovators on the site and longest time supporters of the community, it really was an honor. I walked into the tourney with AJ on Sat morning and we walked by a guy who was setting up a console. Without barely looking over, he says in this matter of fact way, "Hi AJ" "Hi EA". I respond "oh hey man" and continue walking. I walked another 20ft or so and turned to AJ "hey, who was that? I don't recognize him". AJ responded that he didn't know either. I think it was Raph that I asked and he responded "oh, that's clockwise". I immediately ran over to greet the man. So looks wise, he is nothing what I expected... he's about 6'3" and looks like he plays middle linebacker for the Steelers. However, his personality is exactly what you would expect... a super nice guy, laid back, everything that you've come to know about him on the forums or playing online is the same guy when you meet him in person. A class act all the way. My only regret is not getting more 2v2 in with him but I'll make sure that happens in future Kof94s.
Post tourney 2v2s with AJ & Clockwise/Jesus