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View From the Booth  (Fall 2018 DRAFT)

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  View From the Booth  (Fall 2018 DRAFT) 

Fall, 2018 

  Welcome to the autumn edition of the official NHL94.com newsletter. We hope to keep everyone informed of all that is happening in our gaming scene, with a top-down look at events, leagues, forum happenings and Discord chatter. The view from the broadcast booth is often worse than some cheap seats in the arena, but journalists require a sweeping vantage point to see everything that is happening in the game. It seemed a suitable name for a newsletter that hopes to provide a bird's eye view of NHL94 and all of it's retro hockey siblings, so take a minute to get caught up with this edition of  View From the Booth 

 As the 2018-19 NHL season gets underway, the excitement of a new season of hockey is upon us. This can only mean one thing, NHL94Online Fall Classic is almost here! Time to dust off your favorite controller, and pull out your Hamachi/Gens cheatsheets and start practicing. Games can be requested on Discord, in the #exhibition-games chat. If you haven't played in Classic in a while, or are looking to register for the first time - join the Discord chat  and introduce yourself [invite link]. 

 The biggest news, of course, is the King of '94 tournament happening in Vancouver, BC October 28th. This is the third KO94 tournament (previously held in Toronto and Las Vegas), and the community couldn't be more excited. There is a large contingent of SNES players on the west coast, and the current SNES champ @Jammer - KO94IIsnes is a local. If Sega is your console of choice, you can also fight to be crowned King against reigning KO94 II champ @angryjay93. Registration is still open, visit www.kingof94.ca to register. Arda Orcal of the MSG Network will once again be tasked with voicing the stream, you can see and hear Arda's call in previous streams from KO94II-Las Vegas, and EdgeWI-Green Bay.

 This summer saw the creation of a couple of very unique leagues, the Genesis Summer Draft League and the Euro Classic 94 League. The Summer Draft League (aka jjs summer league), ran all summer with no set schedule, and included a double elimination play-off bracket. It was well-attended and well received, with a few suggestions thrown in for next summer. Forum member, and Classic veteran @jmj decided that laggy cross-Atlantic connections didn't need to put a damper on his enjoyment of NHL94 league play. He rounded up players from the "old continent", including players from Finland, France and Taiwan and started the EURO Classic '94 league. With a good core of players, I would be surprised if this type of league didn't continue to grow in future seasons.

 

 ONLINE LEAGUES:                                                                 

  • Fall Classic - The NHL94 Standard, for most this is their first taste of competitive online play. [Register]
  • Et Tu Brute Deuce - currently running, but never a bad idea to follow along or join the waitlist. [Forum thread]
  • Euro94 - currently running, check the standings on NHL94online. [Standings]
  • VHL - hopefully after Classic finishes, keep your eyes on the boards for registration details

 LIVE EVENTS:                                                                          

  • Oct 28, 2018 - VANCOUVER, BC [NHL94 Sega/SNES]: King of 94 III another epic showdown of some of the games top players. [Register here | forum thread]
  • Mar 28-31, 2019 - BOSTON, MA [NHL94 Sega]Annual NHL 94 GENS Tourney at PAX East (Registration requires a PAXEast2019 convention pass) [Register here | forum thread]

 ROMS/HACKS:                                                                         

 FROM THE STANDS:                                                                

  • If you've participated in a live NHL event, see where you rank on the  NHL94 World Rankings [forum link]
  • @angryjay93 has posted a series of webisodes to share his knowledge of NHL94, lots of great content here for new players [Youtube videos]
  • Hockey News article
  • Russian tournament

 TECH TALK:                                                                                

  • AIM is DEAD, join us on Discord [invite link].
  • New USB adapter for your original Sega controllers, let us know if you have one to review?  [Amazon link]
  • Controllers and set-ups
  • Visit NHL94rocks.com, a website to upload gamesaves and track your NHL94 series results. Credit to @aqualizard and @AtomicRaven for this beauty.

 

  Thanks for reading folks, and as usual comments and criticisms are welcomed. If you have an idea for future stories, or links to anything related to the newsletter categories feel free to pass them along.

Keep mashing those buttons.

 

 

Bonus video for those of you who made it this far:

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