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  1. Glad to know this is sorted! (I still don't understand how it works, but you sound like you know what you are talking about! And by now you have a lot of experience with these things.) Thanks, Halifax!
  2. Idea 1: Open up tourney to game day replacements, especially if this is mentioned in a Radio spot or somehow last minute. (On the website, 48 hours before, would be a good place, too.) Since the spots are already paid for, you could let replacements join for half price, or even free? I know the participants that show up just want to play! Missing a game when there are people around sucks, especially in Toronto where anyone over 30 has played this game. Idea 2: Replace "no show" guys on a game-by-game basis with registered participants (a one-game "volunteer"). This means each scheduled game still happens, but we will make it officially a 1-0 win for the legit player. People want to play, so make sure there all scheduled games happen.
  3. Ko94 IV is in Toronto. Just like #1 was. This means: There will be a ton of local people coming Lots of no shows This was the case with the first one. Because many people are casuals -- joining because the event happens to be in their home town -- it is easy to not be bothered the day of the event, and to decide not to go. Edit: I wanted to insert these stats here, from the 1st King of 94 in Toronto: - how many forum guys, vs non forum - how many no shows But after scouring the old threads can't find them, even though I know I have seen them. Bottom line: what can we do about this, and how can we make sure that the impact is minimal, and fun factor still high.
  4. Idea 1: The "Info Table" Somewhere prominent at the venue, have a table that says "Play Online". It will be staffed with a vet (like myself!). Better yet, possibly KG or someone with connections to the underworld can get some hot strippers to (wo)man the booth? Anything to get some traffic going. It will have: a bunch of business cards (I already printed) that have a URL: a laptop with an internet connection ideally a big LCD The laptop will be used to: 1. actually walk people through joining online, on the forum 2. demo for people how to play with GENs / RA This idea, or some variation has been proposed before, but now we need to flesh it out. Since the event is in Toronto, I am 100% willing to spearhead it. But I want to make sure we take the best approach, t maximize online recruits. Hence, me seeking advice. Thoughts?
  5. What are some ways to get some of the people that come out to tourneys -- like Ko94 IV -- to join the online community? Any and all ideas are welcome in this thread. Ko94 IV is in Toronto, and we have months to prepare. How do we get some live guys to play online?
  6. Hey Halifax, I guess NYC does things differently. (The Bastards.) I do think reaching out for help is the right idea. Specifically, it sounds like you need a local guy to go by in person and try and set stuff up. The old fashioned way. There are quite a few NYC dudes, right? (MikeG you mentioned, but there is Raph, Chaos, Tex, Lupz... who am I forgetting?) Or, I like the Toronto or Montreal option! (I know this next time around in Toronto I will stepup big time. Last time I wasn't really part of the community.)
  7. Hey Besteric, I wrote a guide for new guys: It is a bit out of date, but still helpful, I think. Welcome!
  8. Hey -- I swear this is a coincidence!! -- but I just popped by the Tecnobowl site. They do what I am talking about. See
  9. Here is a thought: combine Online Leagues and Live tournaments, making it: * Leagues and Tournaments - Online Leagues - Live Tournaments Just an idea, but it seems clearer to me...
  10. I need: 4 with GoCanes 2 with Leif Ericson 2 with Darko That's it. Let's schedule here, guys.
  11. I am interested if the day and time is right? Wed or Thur 8pm-12 EST is a good window, I think? (I could be available around 9pm pretty consistently.)
  12. 100% true. And yet I still think he deserves it. Yeah, Halifax, put yourself on the ballot next year. (Or one of these Mods can do it, if you neglect to do so again!) Congrats, Chaos. You deserve it 100%.
  13. I am on vacation until Jan 7. So I am absent WITH leave. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be back, well rested, and ready to make a run for the cup!
  14. Tip C: Hotkeys (Keyboard Shortcuts) f - fullscreen i - hot swap home and away F5 - save state F6 - decrease save state slot F7 - increase save state slot F4 - load save state ESC - hard exit More to come...
  15. Tip B: Hot Swapping Home and Away with "i" Keyboard Shortcut One great thing about RetroArch is you can "hot swap" home and away. As long as the guy hosting is using Direct Connection. You can even do it mid-game or whenevs. This is super handy. To start, let's say both guys are connected. The host will be home, since he connected first. If you need to change that, do this: 1. the host hits "i" to leave (right from ROM menu or wherever, it will not reset anything) 2. the other guys hits "i" to leave, then "i" again to reconnect (he will be home now, because he is "first" to connect) 3. the original host now hits "i" to re-connect, but because he is 2nd to connect now, he will be visitor Tada!! Ideally, at least one guy will have Direct Connection ability. That person should host. (If both are Direct capable, it doesn't matter who hosts.)
  16. Tip A: Use Direct Connection (instead of Relay) if Possible Direct is better than Relay. Ideally at least one player has a Direct Connection. They should be host, and you can use the "i" shortcut (see below) to swap home and away as needed. There is a writeup for creating a Direct Connection here: RetroArch Setup Guide (it is at start, in sections 1 & 2)
  17. Issue 6: Black Flicker Fix: None Yet Description: A black flicker -- where for a brief moment the entire RA screen is black -- happens at regular intervals. Intervals can be only a couple seconds apart (making game unplayable) or every minute or so. We think it has to do with the refresh rate getting out of sync. We also think it happens more for the person connecting than the one hosting, or possibly only on the connecting side. More to come as we investigate.... In the mean time, possible play with the VSync, Refresh Rate, etc. under MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > VIDEO Also, it may help for the user experiencing the flicker to host. (Which requires that they use "Direct" connection, and "i" hotkey to be visitor.)
  18. Are you referring to issue #1, or #2? Also, can you expand on the "i" hotkey to swap players? (How to use, expected behavior.)
  19. I have two issues, which I experienced with jrolling. Issue 1: Delayed Buttons When I hosted, with a Direct connection, the timing was off. (This is almost always the case for me, with anyone, when I use RA.) It felt on my end like I was playing someone in Finland. There was a "constant lag", though it was uniform (no lag spikes). We did get a game in successfully, but I prefer using GENs because (most of the time) the button presses are more immediate. With the RA lag I experience, quick one timers are off, as are finesse dekes. On jrolling's side, he felt things were fine. (Though he is new, so maybe not acquainted with the nuances in feel, yet.) Issue 2: Jumpy Players When he hosted, with a Relay connection, it was unplayable for me. On his end, he said it was fine again. This time, even in menus, I could see it was off. His movements were frenetic when choosing his team, and flickering all over. When the puck dropped, my players were teleporting many pixels from where they should be, and jumping back again. After 5 seconds I stopped the game and said we needed to troubleshoot. Trouble(shoot) was, we are both new to RA, and had already had a heck of a time getting game 1 in, so we bailed. I was exhausted, and near tears. (Ok, I exaggerate.) NOTE: I understand I can use the "i" hotkey, to keep hosting, and have RA swap players 1 and 2, so he would be home even on my host, right? I tried this, and the behavior was strange. (I feel like it booted me out of the ROM, but maybe I hit another key?) My expectation was, at ROM menu where you choose teams, hit "i" and he would seamlessly be home, and I would seamlessly be visitor, no muss, no fuss. Is my expectation wrong? Thanks to any and all who can assist. (Probably "any and all" is poor Chaos.... *sigh*)
  20. Now that I reflect on it, 5 must be the limit. I do not think one player can get 2 penalties in one go (I have never seen it, anyway), and since goalies can't get penalized (even for brutal hits!), that leaves only 5 players on the ice that can get a call. (Less if you are shorthanded.) So, 3 must be rare. But I can't help but think -- like lightning striking 2x in the same spot -- on some rare occasion 4 and even 5 must have happened. Heck, here is a woman that won the lottery twice on the same day!
  21. I liked it better when you cast several votes by yourself. Also, didn't AngryJay win and refuse the trophy or something? And he is up again? Did Riddick Bowe get another WBC belt when he threw his first one in the trash? (I kid, AJ is a worthy nominee every year. Love that he is a top tier player and does the vids and other stuff to make others better.) And I love what Arda has done. He is in a unique position with his media ties and skills, which really benefits the community. But you gotta go with Chaos. If Chaos disappeared, it would be he equivalent of our little community getting hit with a nuclear bomb. The dude is irreplaceable. (On another note, IMO you yourself should be in the running. You definitely should be Bud of the Year one of these years, Halifax.)
  22. Just played a Christmas' series vs Atomic. It was 1 1 in the second, game 7, and the whistle went indicating I took a penalty. But then a second one popped up a the same time. Then a 3rd. All of a sudden I had three simultaneous 2:00 PIMS. Was furious. Hate when this nonsense happens in a game 7. I have played many hundreds of hours, this *must* have happened to me before. But I can't remember it? Two simultaneous is not that rare, but 3? Anyone ever take 4? (Or, gulp!, more?)
  23. As for pre-calculating things, I don't think it is necessary. It would be a pretty simple formula to calculate things, so I don't think it would be advantage to do it ahead of time. Furthermore, there are quite a few variables, so it would be a ton of pre-calculated stuff which would defeat the purpose. (I could be wrong, or missing something. I am definitely not an expert in Assembly Language, which is what I know NHL94 and its ancestors were written in. But I just don't see the calculations taking much time.) On a weird tangent, when you take a shot that rings of the corner of the post/crossbar, and it hovers there for a split second, and then goes into the net, I have always thought it is like a supercomputer crunching some insane math and it just can't come up with "Is it in, or out?" (I wonder why it does that. Makes me chuckle.)