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March 1st-2nd, 2024 Modano Mo Problems IV presented by Edge of 94 Midwest and AV For You!


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Buds, I introduce to you you Modano Mo Problems IIV, the 8th "annual" tournament brought to you by Edge of 94 Midwest, with some help from our bud @LeifErikson and AV For You!

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Signup Link : https://tinyurl.com/modanomoproblems4

Preferred room rate for The Moxy Uptown: Hotel_Room $99 per night!

What : NHL94 Tournament for Sega Genesis

Where : The Moxy Uptown 1121 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408.  We will be in their lobby like last year for the Friday night activities, and Saturday Genesis tournament.

The Moxy Uptown is a hotel, and we'll be in their lobby for the event.  


If you have any issues with booking, you can contact them via phone here: (612) 822-5020

When : March 2nd, 2024, 11AM Registration, with a noon start time.  Side note : There will be side retro action at the venue Friday evening Feb 3rd, completely free to all who are signed up for Saturday's action.  Retro stations, 2v2, custom rom hacks will be live by 7PM, possibly sooner.  We've started something of a tradition of visiting our sponsor UP/Down bar arcade prior to the retro gathering at Moxy.(both are in walking distance of one another)  They have pinball, and classic coin operated arcade games, as well as a great beer selection.
Cost : $50 via PayPal to trojan1979@gmail.com  https://www.paypal.me/trojan1979

Make sure to use the "Friends and Family" aka "Someone You Know" for your payment.

Payout : Approximately 75% of the funds collected will be paid out over the top 4 places.  $15 from each paid entry will go towards the meal budget before this is tabulated.   Additionally the prize pools may be boosted by online tournament contributions.  There are approximately 4-5 staff members participating in the tournament who do not contribute to the prize pool.

Example, if $500 was being paid out
1st Place 50% $250
2nd Place 25% $125
3rd Place 15% $75
4th place 10% : $50

Food/Drink : The Moxy does not have a restaurant inside.  We will be providing pizza during the group/bracket break.  You may bring your own food or order in.  We recommend eating lunch before the tournament begins if possible.  We anticipate a 3:30-4:30 arrival of the pizza we will order.  Those who stay at the Moxy  will receive a complimentary drink ticket.  All alcohol consumed at the event must be purchased from The Moxy.

Format : Group play will precede bracket play.   A single elimination bracket will follow the group play phase.  A Maximum of 32 players will compete and all players will advance to a bracket round.  Rounds of 32/16 will be a best 2/3 series(first to 2 wins). Rounds of 8/4 will be a best of 5 series(first to 3 wins).  The championship series will be a best of 7 series(first to 4 wins).  Higher seed will pick tier and be player 1/home team for game 1.  In game 2 the lower seed is then Player 1 and the home team picking the tier.  This continues to alternate until a series winner is crowned.

Rules(subject to be updated/modified so please continue to reference) : 5 minute periods, penalties on, no offside, manual goalie. 

The Home team(player 1) has last right of substitution, should player 2 make any additional moves.  You may only substitute during a play stoppage, such as a penalty, icing, out of play puck, or in between periods.  Please do not get start button happy during intermission.  Your opponent may wish to make an adjustment.  You may only pull your goal if you currently possess the puck as this requires pausing the game to do so.

If it's in the game, it's in the game.  No game mechanics/glitches are banned.  Examples are pass shots, CB checks, hail mary shots, goalie interference goals, rebound goals on penalty shots, etc..
  A coin flip winner will be the home team(player 1) and call the tier for team selection.  The opposing player is the away team(player 2) and chooses which team they want based on the tier selected.  You may select from within or below the tier specified.    Example: Player 1 selects Tier 2.  That removes DET, BUF, CHI, VAN, MTL from selection in that matchup.  Player 1 chooses CGY, Player 2 selects BOS.   Player 1 and Player 2 may not play as the same team.     You must take a different team in the selected tier each time.  You are only permitted to repeat a team selection once you have used the other teams within that tier an equal number of times. (Exception to this rule if player 2 has selected the last remaining team available for player 1 in said tier, another team may be selected that was already used by player 1) This process resets between group play and the playoffs.

Trojan and Leif Erikson are the tournament referees in the event of disputes/complaints.

Genesis Tiers :

Tier 1: DET, BUF CHI, VAN

Tier 2: MTL, LA, CGY, WPG, BOS

Tier 3: QUE, DAL NYR, TOR

Tier 4: PHI, EDM, WSH, PIT

Tier 5: NJD, STL, HFD, NYI

Tier 6: TB, SJ, OTW, ANH, FLA

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Games cannot end in a tie.  A new game must be started in the event of a tie game at the end of overtime.  Intentional time wasting in your own zone is prohibited.  You must attempt advancing the puck into the opposing zone whenever possible.  Players caught abusing this may have goals deducted, or in extreme cases the game awarded to the opposing player.  Players are required to take a photo of their score and report to the scorekeeper.  There is a 6 goal deficit mercy rule.  The game is technically over once a 6 goal difference is reached.  However, if we are not pressed for time, you may play the game out, but any additional scoring will not count in the official standings.  6 goals is the max goal differential counted.  Players are permitted to bring their own OEM or approved 3rd party controllers.  All other equipment is provided by us.  Having equipment on hand from volunteers as spares is always appreciated, but not required.

Tiebreakers : Goal Differential, Head to Head, Goals Scored, Goals Allowed, Coin Flip

Systems/Equipment : With the exception of our stream setup, which will use a low latency high definition display paired with an Analogue Mega SG, the remainder systems are 1st party Genesis systems on CRT displays, many of which are professional video monitors.  The CRT's are provided by AV For You.  Again, competitors may bring their own Genesis controllers if they so desire, 3 or 6 button.


How can you help?  In short, register early.  Get your hotel and flight(if applicable) booked ASAP.  Invite people to join you on your journey early and often.  Show up on time with a good attitude, and just be an awesome bud to everyone you meet.

 

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Edge of '94 -- Modano Mo' Problems IV -- March 2, 2024
I would like to start off by thanking Troy (@trojanlargefarva not sure of tag on forums) and @LeifErikson for putting together and hosting such an amazing event. Leif's team was absolutely spectacular. They started setup at 10am on Friday and worked a good portion of the day to bring it all together and then stayed for hours after the event on Sat night breaking it all down. Big shoutout to Noah for running everything so smoothly behind the scenes all day on Saturday as well. I just can't express how lucky we are to not only have someone in our community who owns his own production/AV company, but is also a CRT collector/enthusiast... and to top it off, willing to essentially craft a tourney venue inside a hotel lobby.

THURSDAY
I arrived Thursday afternoon ahead of anyone coming from out of town. As I explained on discord, my brother and gf live around the corner from Moxy so I thought I would be stopping by and having dinner with them on Thu evening, only to find out a couple days prior from a pic they sent over text that they were in Mexico (lol). Needless to say, my plans opened up that day. @LeifErikson hearing about this a couple days before reached out to let me know he would stop by to set up a solo crt and mega sg setup so I or anyone else arriving Thu could play that day. Again, just a true testament to the kind of thoughtful character that we're all dealing with when it comes to Leif. I arrived at hotel around 3pm and some of the staff from the year before was there (Justine and our bartender Ben who developed the Goalie Lock in '23) so we caught up for a little bit. Went upstairs to throw my things in and when I came down Leif happened to be around the corner in the library. We played some exis, caught up and he had some time to go out to dinner before he was set to pick up his daughter so we hit up Nightingale in Uptown not too far from Moxy.  Food was ok, drinks were better, company was best part of the experience. Leif was nice enough to drop me back off at the hotel after at around 7.

I knew that @annatar and @angryjay93 (so happy I don't have to type CalmGreg) were going to arrive somewhere around dinner time. Not knowing if I was going to encounter SoCal CG or AJ which would cause anyone anxiety, I apparently walked into the lobby with enough purpose and steadfastness that I was immediately questioned by this highly energetic sprite, Maly, who happened to be the hotel manager.  She made fun of me for how serious I walked in the door... I didn't have it in me to explain what damage an insufferable SoCal CG can cause (lol) so I laughed it off as I should have.  She was really fun, Ben was there so she was getting me drinks and it was just more of the Moxy being welcoming.

Side story while I was at the bar: there was this weird guy on a tablet sitting next to us. It looked like a video stream of an overhead desert environment. He looked a bit stressed and then all of a sudden he starts swearing to himself and going on under his breath... but juuuuuust loud enough for my new pixie friend to hear him carrying on. She asked him what was going on just as I can see some house or building exploding in this tops down perspective. He's like "oh, nothing , nothing" but she can clearly see his tablet screen as well. Then she asks him if he works for the govt and he responds by saying "welllll, ya know..." then stands up, "excuse me for a moment" and walks away so disturbed. My skin was about to fall off due to the cringe factor. This mf'er was playing it up like he's bombing targets while having drinks in the Moxy lobby on a Thursday night. That is some lame f'ing garbage. All I could think when he finally paid his tab and took off is after a rousing remote Search & Destroy mission, I wonder how much 'ole Captain Carnage tips over there. 

Shortly after he left, my fun fairy asked if I wanted to head with her to the Wine Bar down the street which I was definitely agreeable. In my head, one can't help but think at that moment, "Interesting. Definitely a vibe here. Where is this night headed? I'm not sure... but I'm digging the potential. I'm game". As I turn to leave with her, who is right there at the front desk... Annatar and AJ! I introduced them to Maly and she asked if they wanted to go to the wine bar with us so they ran upstairs to drop off their things. (Listen, I had this whole jokey diatribe written out to poke fun about the timing of them as the dynamic duo of c0ck blocks but in all honesty, I couldn't have been happier in that moment when I saw those 2 guys.. AJ is a good friend and I've always wanted the chance to spend more time getting to know Annatar. especially now that there's more of an opportunity with him playing Gens).

I think the biggest takeaway on the walk to the wine bar was not only did our aggressively entertaining imp not know where Montreal was (to be fair, I did not know it was due straight north of NYC... thought it was NW of NYC), I don't think she had heard of Montreal... ever! In fact, I think the jury was out if she knew where Canada was so there was that. The wine bar was fantastic. Just a jazz duet of a singer and guitarist. Annatar hadn't eaten yet so we ordered a charcuterie and a good amount of wine. When the board was brought out, Mali had to be made fun of with her high powered flash photo that made the WORST photos I've seen. This old guy had to teach her to turn the photos off for food pictures and that this was most likely the reason none of her food pictures had any likes on her instagram until that point. haha. 

One notable interaction with our bartender/server was inspired by the skilled threat we had to look forward to on Saturday with our very own AJ... I asked her if she could impart on us the most effective way to poison someone undetected. This seemed like a good question at the time considering she had an abundance of cheeses and meats at her disposal. To be fair, she didn't really recover from the shock of the question and therefore, provided no useful information. AJ was very pleased with this outcome.

We walked back to the hotel after dropping Mali off at her car (to my dismay, she did not bob her head twice and disappear into a poof of magic dust... she just got into a Hyundai. lol) We must have got back to the hotel around 1030 to play exis in the library portion of the lobby and before I knew it, we headed to bed around 2am. Didn't know that time could fly like that when you're getting shellacked.

Thus concludes our Thursday adventures... I'll skip the part where SoCal CG heads upstairs to play with his Juicy Bits. :tangerine: 
Stay tuned remainder of the Edge weekend write-up later this week... 

Edited by IAmFleury'sHipCheck
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Wow, what an experience this was! I haven't been to a live NHL94 tournament since 2 of these ago. And this one was much better than even that one was. The setup and the people were TOP NOTCH. Thanks Trojan and Leif for doing all you did. Thanks to everyone who helped! And SEGA for being sega. (And EA for saving me :) )

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