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:
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2019/February/Are-you-the-UK-and-Ireland-s-best-Super-Smash-Bros-Ultimate-squad-Prove-it-and-you-could-compete-in-the-European-Smash-Ball-Team-Cup-2019-Finals--1510942.html

And here's the NPUK article:
https://nintendoplayers.uk/news/introducing-nintendo-players-uks-road-to-insomnia64

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: https://challonge.com/NNW_Road_to_Insomnia64.


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