Tuesday, 28 March 2017

SPNW & BUMPS present: Pokémon Sun/Moon Collaboration 26/03/17

I think we all just about remembered that the clocks went forward on Sunday morning, but we also started at the later time of 12. Sorry to those who missed it due to it also being Mothers' Day too, hopefully Easter won't be in such an awkward place next year!

Arriving at 11 to set up, we then chilled out with some freeplay – a bit of 1-2-Switch and then Super Bomberman R on the big screen.

We also featured the N64 as our league session:

The prizes were quite sought after this time too, as we not only had a Build-a-Bear Charmander, but also an exclusive Japanese plush: Datrix. (The pods were also exclusively from Japan) - thanks to Jack for those!
The Plush Gameboy was also from our old favourite: Tavington Crafts. 

We also had some Pokémon Goodies left over from past events, to pass on to anyone who missed out or were new :)

We asked some of our regular members if they'd kindly supply any Zelda-themed amiibo too, so that those who were playing Breath of the Wild had the option to scan them into their games. 

BUMPS took charge of the TGC, and we ran the main tournament and obviously the league session.
We didn't have as many people as usual, but we still made it work - and in actual fact, it meant that we still finished on time by the end! 

The first league round was old classic Mario Kart 64. This was the only "expected" game, as we hadn't revealed the other two.

There were groups of 3 or 4, and they raced 4 tracks across 4 cups:

Kalamari Desert, Toad's Turnpike, Sherbet Land and Yoshi Valley. It seemed that most were so used to the more modern versions of Mario Kart, they'd forgotten how to drive on the more retro version! 

We got the TCG set up then, led by Natasha of BUMPS. People seemed a bit wary of the TCG as the last time we played it was 2 collaborations/years ago, therefore we only had 4 entrants in the end, but this was OK as a single round could take an unspecified amount of time! 

The TCG carried on, and we were originally going to run the main Sun/Moon Tournament at the same time, but due to the smaller group and the fact that most competitors overlapped, we decided to wait for the TCG to finish before we did the main tournament.

Derwen from SPNW took 1st place, and Beth from BUMPS took 2nd. (Winning a pack of booster cards, and a plush of choice respectively. Beth got first pick from Jigglypuff, Lapras, Charizard Pikachu and Shiny Magikarp. She chose the Pikachu.) 

Whilst the TCG was still happening, we got on with Round 2 of the League. This is the one that people were trying to guess. We'd said that it was a "popular favourite" back in the day, so we had guesses like Smash Brawl, Pokémon Stadium and Goldeneye.
It had to be Goldeneye! Some were happy about that, others seemed less so!

Of course like the old times, we banned Oddjob, although Paintball mode could've been fun ;)
The mode we ended up with was 5 minutes, normal scenario, random level and pistols only. 

We had a bit of  a gap waiting for the TCG, so a couple of people decided to freeplay Goldeneye, but with Slappers Only. Rhys had set it to first to 5 points though, and we quickly realised that would have taken forever!

John then had a go on Super Mario 64, and we laughed at the fact that this game cartridge had never been completed. Typical of the games in Jen's collection! :)

It was time to get the main tournament underway. Due to it being on the small side again, we did 4 rounds of Swiss and then a Top Cut of 4. 

There were quite a few regular members who hadn't signed up for the main Pokémon Tournament, so we set up freeplay Super Bomberman R again as an alternative, and welcomed a new guy, before inviting him to join in. He seemed a little perplexed at first, but got into the craziness of it pretty quickly! 

The final round of the league featured Lylat Wars (Star Fox) which was the "mystery" game. We gave people chance to try it out for the controls beforehand, just while the Pokémon Tournament was concluding. 

Jack took victory in the Pokémon Tournament and bagged £20 eShop, Drn took 2nd place and chose the Shiny Magikarp plush as his prize. 

One member got really unlucky and crashed out in the last few seconds of the game - until then he had a winning score of 9, which would have given him first place. Because he'd done so well, we honoured his score (as it didn't affect the final scores of the league for that day.)

After that round was done with, we ended up with a 3 way tie for top place, between John, Derwen and Drn. 

We figured the best way for a tiebreaker was to get Mario Kart 64 out again, but on battle mode. After Dylan asked which stage, he chose the only one that no one had shouted: Skyscraper!

John took the victory overall (again) and won the £20 of eShop credit. 

We then did the prizes and raffle. 
The favourites were obviously between the Charmander and the Datrix. 
Well done to Chan for winning the Charmander, and Beth for grabbing the Datrix! Well done to everyone else who won something too :)

And of course we had our usual group photo at the end. (one of the non-gamers did make it back in time this time, so credit to Lee for the photo! :) )

A final thank you to BUMPS for being our collaborators once again, and particularly to Natasha for supporting us on the day and running the TCG/providing the first prize. 
Thanks to Bar Uno for great food/service and letting us use the space again.

Also welcome to the new faces we saw, and hope to see you again at a future event!

Don't forget that SPNW's next event will take place in Pontio on Saturday 6th May, 11am-5pm. (see StreetPass North Wales' Facebook Page for more details!)

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