Monday, 18 February 2019

NNW- NPUK's Road to Insomnia64 16/02/19

We decided that this year the league would be 2 rounds instead of the usual 3; simply because there's just so many things to play on the Switch, if we have any gaps in events, we can dedicate a freeplay section! Anyway, little did we know that we didn't have any time for that kind of thing, it was straight from one thing to the other. (Although obviously the freeplay still happened, as people started getting knocked out of the main qualifier tournament)

This event was the biggest event we'd ever had, and over the day we had a total of 44 attendees. (Our previous record was just over 30)
NPUK's Road to Insomnia64 is a series of 16 qualifiers across the country. The 16 winners gain tickets to Insomnia, and then fight it out for the final spot in the Top 4 final. The winner of that goes on to represent the UK & Ireland in the European cup!

Here's the original Nintendo UK article:

And here's the NPUK article:

We had exactly 12 teams of 3 sign up. A few came as a trio, and others signs up as individuals, and made teams on the day.

To give the admin time to sort out the teams, the event kicked off with round 1 of the new league season.

This year the league theme is "Games done Differently" - so the games are announced in advance, but what's different about them? You have to wait until the day to find out!

We started with Runbow, and it was fixed on the mode "Do a Barrel Roll" which meant that every item flipped the screen!

The groups were in 6s or 7s, and the most common result was 3,2,1,0,0,0!

We went straight on to the qualifier. This took up a large chunk of the day, but we tried to make sure anyone who got knocked out early had something to do, so we also put on a Mystery Challenge.

A Time Trial on Mario Kart 7 .... although most hadn't got the memo about bringing their 3DS, so we ended up changing it to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe since nearly everyone had their Switches with them!

(Well done to Dan who won that with a time of 2:15.280)

Of course, there's always chance for some freeplay, so we saw our usual table of Splatoon 2, and some Overcooked 2 on the other big screen.

Also whatever this was...

Things ran pretty smoothly for the Smash Tournament, and there were plenty of dramatic and tense moments. (Not going to forget that Kirby/Pit moment in the semi final...!) and the final was fought by two teams - one from the university's gaming league society (Team Shapiro), and the other team actually had an ex university student in it. (Ben also won a ticket when we did the Wii U Smash Qualifier back at the Christmas event in 2014!) Ben's team consisted of his friend Daniel, and also Tim, a regular around different NPUK groups.
Ben's team "Shosha" came out on top with a 3-1 victory!

The team names in general caused some amusement. And the favourite "Can I Borrow A Switch Charger?" didn't fit on the board, so Jen had to shorten it...

The Challonge bracket can be found here:

Round 2 of the league was up next, but we quickly realised we were going to run beyond schedule, so warned people as appropriate.
Super Bomberman R was as expected, but with Dylan added in as a "troll"! He wouldn't lay any bombs, but he'd chase people if he picked up a disease, and if he was bombed, he would throw his revenge bombs from the sidelines! There were 4 groups of 6, and Dylan actually managed to win one of the sets!

It was already 5pm by this point, so we made the decision to do the raffle before the final tournament, so that those who had to leave could leave!
We also had a 5-way tie breaker for the league session, but due to time, we decided we'd contact those involved and arrange an online session for the eShop credit.

We still had the other Smash tournament to do, and 24 people were still happy to carry on, so we were there until 6pm!

Ben and Jack were in the final, and Jack took the victory for the solo competition!

We still managed to have our group photo, but by that point not many were left haha!

There's a reason why we say ALL times are approximate, and it's to cover cases like this. More people than expected, busier event, more happening = need more time! All's well that ends well though, and good luck to Ben's team at Insomnia!

Our next event will take place on Saturday 23rd March, hope to see you there!

Photo credits: Jen & Emma

Saturday, 12 January 2019

NNW Mini Meet #16 12/01/19

We were supposed to be at the slightly shorter times of 11-4, but we were enjoying ourselves too much, so we stayed until 5 instead!

Lots of Smash was played, naturally (We had three set ups on TVs/big screens at a few points)
We also managed to get in some Pacman Championship, Overcooked 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart 7 as decent multiplayer sessions.
Other games were also played by individuals making use of the space too.

We tried Catastronauts, but Jen managed to set fire to herself and then run around setting fire to everyone else.... oops!!

The big occasion was #Johnwinseverything's birthday! It was a special number, so we just had to make him a super special cake!
It went down a treat!

Thanks to Chant for the creation, and Emma for the help decorating it!
(Thanks also to Rhodri and his dad for the brownies and flapjacks :) )

We also got a sort of deja vu... sort of, because he was horizontal instead of vertical.... hmm...!
(See January 2018's event!)

Our first main event of 2019 will be on Saturday 16th February, and you definitely don't want to miss it! :D

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

NNW's Snow It All Christmas Event! 08/12/18

It was definitely Smash that everyone was there for!

As soon as we got there, Smash was set up on both big screens, without hesitation!

We let people get settled, and set up the raffle...

...but first up we had to do that all important tie breaker to see who would win the league trophies for 2018!

Once Rhys got there, we were ready to go.

3 rounds, different games; first up was 1 2 Switch (much to their surprise!)

Fake Draw!
After the first two sets, Jack won the first set, and Dan won the second.

 This meant that if Rhys won the third one, the round itself may as well be void!

Thankfully(?) Dan managed to get a second victory, claiming that round for himself.

The second round was on the newly released Smash Ultimate!
The 3 guys took it in turns to do a 1 v 1 match. This time, Jack won two of the sets (as "The Duck"), and Dan won one.

This unfortunately meant that Rhys was out of the running for a trophy! It also meant we had our two trophy winners! We just had to find out which way round they placed...

The third round was on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Here they had to do 4 sets of balloon battle. The Coms joined in as team mates, but it was the individual's scores we were watching. In the end, Jack beat Dan by just one point!

We had a decent space in the day for people to try out Smash Ultimate and challenge people to fights - we saw quite a lot of 6 player + games!
We also had an additional set up at the back of the room, thanks to Ben!

Around 12pm, we greeted Jaymes from UbiSoft, as he brought Starlink and the accessories for us all to try out! Thanks for that, it was much appreciated! :D

There was quite a lot of interest, and a few people were interested in buying it afterwards. One guy already owned it, but he hadn't see all the accessories with their various attachments!

At 2pm, we commenced the Quiz!

This year Dylan decided to invite the event attendees to write their own questions. (max 3) It meant that the quiz was pretty hard, but you could guarantee you had 3 points to start you off!

Jen also added in a music round, where she played live music excerpts for people to guess :) 

The funniest question was probably this one:

One of the answers was "Get a Life, Dylan!" (There's 700 levels by the way..!)

Also, the various answers to "wubba dubba dubba, that true?" The answer of course was "yeah!" but some put "no", "hmm...." and one even put "hmph!" That made us chuckle!

The final round of the quiz was all about Drn! He'd been in every event banner for 2018, so the question was to circle his face on each banner, which was printed on to an A4 sheet of paper (The full colour versions were either on the big screen or available on our Discord server.)

After the quiz, we had more freeplay. (Mostly Smash!), while Jen added up the Quiz Scores.
Some also managed to get some Splatoon 2 in!

Well done to Jack and Tess who won the quiz with 41 points. Although since they had a team name, they had to be referred to as Team "Manwhales Minus 2 Remix HD and Knuckles Funky Edition"!!

Throughout the day, we'd had a Katamari Damacy Reroll competition too. Using the demo version, the top prize went to the biggest Katamari.

It was Dale's actual birthday, so since the piano was around, there was a rendition of Happy Birthday played for him! :) 

At around 4.30pm it was finally time to award the trophies, so 3rd went to Dan, 2nd to Jack, and 1st place to Drn :D

There's always one person who's "too tall" ;) 

The raffle prizes were then given out. (The lovely warm pacman blanket was definitely appreciated!)

And of course, we rounded off the day with our usual group photo, but this time with added Christmas stuff... :P

Happy Christmas to all our followers, we hope you've enjoyed our events in 2018, and hope to see you all again in 2019! (Our first event is a mini meet on Saturday 12th January 2019.)

- Thanks to Chantelle for taking some of the photos, and to anyone else who helped out over the year too! :D