Edge of '94 Midwest

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  1. I empathize greatly with my friends over on the East Coast who have experienced a lot of isolation and and frustration this year. I am so grateful that we were able to do what we did, when we did it. At current, things are much different here in Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee. Time will tell if we can pull off something worth holding. As most of our player base is a long distance traveling one, knowing where you guys stand is quite important, and I thank you for the frank feedback. I'll continue to poke my head into here as things develop in the world. I do appreciate each and every one of you who has been a contributor/participant this year, and in years past. We will reunite again, eventually.
  2. Sorry this is a long post, but there is a lot to get to. Well it's hard to believe, but it's been nearly 6 months since the Modano Mo Problems NHL94 tournament in Minneapolis at the Pourhouse Uptown! In some ways it feels like yesterday, and in others it feels like it was 2 years ago. So much has changed regarding public events, how they're viewed by the public, and the general risk associated with having them. This view varies depending on where you are, and how hard Covid has hit your respective communities. It's very hard to tell the future, but here are my wishes for 2021. These are not statements of what is going to happen necessarily, but if I had to jot down my wants/wishes, here's what we'd see: 1) The tournament happens in Minneapolis, hopefully in the same venue(Pourhouse Uptown) and hotel(The Moxy) 2) The tournament expands the traveling player base, as well as the local Minnesotan base, while retaining most if not all of the traveling players from 2020. I would like to break through the 40 player mark in 2021. 3) The tournament sees a surge of dedicated SNES or hybrid SNES/Genesis players to see competition like we saw in 2019. When we moved a good contingent of SNES players did not follow us from Green Bay to Minneapolis. Discussions revolving around expanding the Genesis experience and dissolving the SNES tournament have been brought to the forefront. 4) I'd see more people in town early enough Friday night at Moxy for a more focused task for Genesis 2v2 experience. 5) I'd like to have the tournament in a similar time frame as last year, but at the very least have it in the first four months of 2021 before youth sports start stealing parents away. 6) I'd like to be able to have the tournament in a climate where things like mask wearing is no longer necessary There are more granular things that come to mind, but these are big wants. I already have run a smaller Tecmo event in 2020, and have a larger one(Tecmo) coming up in September. Some precautions have been taken, but we've ultimately put the risk factor of being around other individuals in the hands of the players. Some are traveling from afar, and have been in relative isolation. Howard, WI also has a very low infection rate, as it isn't very densely populated. Public transportation really isn't a thing there, and most people drink outside in the Summer in public. No one reported Covid positive from that tournament. The risk/action factor varies per person. I'm not here to preach to you the pros or cons of attending a tournament in the midst of our social climate at this time. I'm asking you what important things need to happen to get you to book a flight, or hop in a car to be around a bunch of community members for a couple of days. To be clear, these are more in line with Covid or political climate concerns, and less about the tournament format itself. Examples could be any of the following or something else entirely: City must be able easy to get to from a flight standpoint Venue location must not be densely populated or have Covid numbers at x% per day Venue must require/must not require masks New daily Covid cases need to be on the decline for x many days/weeks before I'd commit Venue must be private in nature instead of public Tournament must be held in (insert date range here) While I doubt I can please everyone, knowing where you concerns remain will help understand what conditions I have to strive towards to continue into our 6th tournament.(I can't believe we've been doing this for that long already). Thanks for your help in this very unusual process. Please come with respect in case you see something you don't agree with coming from another poster. Some of these concerns have been known to start fights, and that's not what we're trying to do here. Everyone is entitled to their opinions/objections. It's my job to try and navigate them and act accordingly. Thanks again, Trojan
  3. The Model 3 is an official clone console if that makes sense. It was licensed by Sega, but produced by a 3rd party, and even had its own 6 button controller complete with autofire options. It works with the 1st party 3/6 button controllers. It lacks the ability to work with the add on consoles like the Sega CD, but is region free, meaning you play foreign carts with it. It's very light and doesn't take up much space. I have either 2 or 3 of them, and they work great for tournaments. My major complaint is that due to their lack of weight, they are prone to moving. I run the Edge of 94 Midwest annual tournament. We use all 3 models of Genesis, with CRT displays, but use Analogue's Mega SG FPGA console for the main stream setup, which plays in glorious HD with no scaling lag. I'm not aware of any relevant tournaments using emulators for local tournament play, but obviously that's how the community does online leagues and tournaments.
  4. That's a Mort level maneuver. His mid Tecmo tournament naps are legendary.
  5. I legit was concerned buying product from there when I saw that site. I wonder if that turns away business.
  6. @clockwiseIf there is no 4 star graphic representing GA, then what is this life for? Am I missing something, or are you scoring on the Minnesota Wild?
  7. Use this feature, but don't have users connect to it, save one-two people who will stream this on the Internet with commentary on a public platform like Twitch/Facebook/Youtube. IE Smoz competes against Chris 0 in Genesis. Smoz streams his screen to the Discord server feature just mentioned. Trojan and Angryjay capture the game footage into OBS and stream on the preferred gaming platform. Users are then invited to chat in the stream on said platform, and the general public can see this as well.
  8. Would really like to see some board sponsors like Tim Hortons
  9. Thanks so much for the great feedback EA! I can't tell you how much I've come to appreciate our friendship in the past few years. I think you either overpaid for your hotel, or got in on things before the special deal package was announced. I believe normal fare for our group was supposed to be $69 a night, which is insane. When compared to our tight quarters at Edge VR Arcade, I found Pourhouse to be immensely larger, and the only significant deficiency I felt was the bathroom capacity, well that and the allotted amount of time. I want SNES to work out. We've made the investment, and had a good contingent in 2019. For reasons I can't get into, a situation prevented the Elmhurst guys from attending. I gave the "come to Jesus" talk with several SNES players I know who have told me, "Oh man next year for sure". If I don't get hard commits with paid signups when we're on the bring of announcing the tournament, we'll strongly consider tabling SNES and expand the Genesis experience. Additional investment for a 2v2 experience would be necessary, based on our current stock of 4 way play adapters, and 3 button controllers, as well as flash cartridges. It's certainly possible. If we don't table SNES, having a dedicated 2v2 event at Moxy Friday could certainly be a thing. I also imagine if we asked far enough in advance that we might be able to secure that same space Saturday and make it an official after party, still allowing us to have our cake and eat it too. The only negative there would be no official stream if we did it that way. The day has a way of sapping your energy by that time as well, so Friday sounds much more appealing for 2v2. Without the dedicated help of "The Ref", or someone like him, not playing in the Saturday tournaments is going to be an ongoing reality. The live stream is living/breathing billboard to what's possible, and I've found these things unwatchable without a dedicated hype box. I thought we missed an opportunity in 2019 with far too many streamed games with a dedicated voice. I actually really enjoy the commentary, I just need buds to fill in on color to keep me energized in the late rounds. Leif, the Regina bros, AJ and Raph, and Kevin C all did their part to help me stay energized best I could. I do think I would have had a bit more pep had I not been battling a virus(Not the Rona) the week before. Leif Erikson's contributions made this event super special. I can only hope with the financial setbacks being experienced by so many small business owners that we can continue as we have been in 2021. You hit it on the head for Minneapolis being amazing. It's crazy to see someone wearing literally thousands of dollars worth of clothing, and then just a few steps away is a homeless person. I did feel safe in Uptown. At no time did I worry for my safety.
  10. Put Ray at Center! The Bourque giveth, and The Bourque taketh away.
  11. That won't work with what we use within the community as a whole, but if you head over to nhl94online.com, you'll get everything you'll need to play with us, including the necessary communication via our community Discord channel, so you may find opponents for pickup(exis) games, and eventually even leagues if interested.
  12. The struggle to get our content to work properly on Facebook is real, at least when it's a tournament sized video. We've tried some tricks, and will be doing a 2PM CST rerelease of the SNES tournament footage on our Facebook page. I can only hope it actually works this time.
  13. For more important discussion and updates, please join us in the Blades of Steel channel on Discord!
  14. In all seriousness, despite having a decent stream in 2019, the bar has been raised so high by @LeifErikson and his team. @Coffey did an amazing job with the KO94 stream indeed! I really enjoyed the King of 94 stream, and look forward to how it evolves as well. The more dedicated volunteers you can wrangle the better. That being said, it takes a game veteran to function well on the mic. Guys like @halifax, @kingraph, and @angryjay93 are all top notch on the mic, but alas, they're typically in the field. It's rare to find someone with passion who will volunteer for something like this, then will take themselves out of competition. Given my talents/passion are on the mic, and I needed to address the tournament as a whole anyway, my position behind the booth on the stage for Minneapolis seemed to be the most appropriate spot. We had a ton of help from the tournament guys like @mort1237 and @hankthetank and others tearing down and helping setup. There is no real right way to do this, unless you get a guy like Arda to come back and do his thing. The tournament streams are amazing, but I maintain tournaments are for the people who attend them, and the stream is a living breathing billboard to attract other buds to the events in the future. I know it's not uncommon at retro sports tournaments to either skip group play streaming, or have it go without commentary until people start getting eliminated. Then the eliminated players come into the mix on the mic. There is no perfect system. I'm just glad people still want to come to these things. Here's to hoping everyone can get their tournaments in for 2020 and quick recoveries happen. Stay healthy everyone!