Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Special Christmas Mini Meet 22/12/2014

The original plan was to round off the year at our big event earlier in the month, but with the prospect of having access to a massive screen out of term time and call for one last party before Christmas, it just had to happen!

Unusual venue, but a big lecture theatre in the centre of town. No lectures, just Smash Wii U, all afternoon!
People started arriving from 1pm, and we got set up with our equipment including drawing the brackets by hand. There was a big spread of whiteboards directly under the massive screen, why not?! 

Some arrived after 1.30pm, but we were taking it easy, so the actual amiibo tournament didn't start until 2pm.
We allowed people to change amiibo between rounds, but most ended up sticking with their "favourite" one. We went round at the start to establish who was entering, and asked them to declare which amiibo they intended to use.
We then drew the names out of the item box, and wrote them out on the board. 

The rules were:
- 2 stock, 5 minutes (1 shot)
- Customisations OFF
- Items OFF
- Stage: "Random Omega" 
- double elimination

We had asked on the group previously if anyone had any objections to the admin competing, and no one did, so Dylan was armed with Villager & Kirby, Jen went with her faithful Pikachu, and Rhys picked Pit, but then threw in his Diddy Kong in the final.

There were some tense matches, but the Pikachu kept winning! As it happened though, when the winners of the losers' bracket rejoined for the final, it was certainly a spanner in the works!
Jen and James were the winners from the winners' bracket; with Dan and Rhys joining as winners from the losers' bracket. 
Unexpectedly, James' Link "Rinky-Dink" got knocked out first, and then Diddy Kong "Dunston" came out of nowhere and KO'd Pika and the other Link "Pinky" simultaneously, rendering Diddy Kong the surpeme champion of the day!
Rhys had the choice of £10 eShop, a Kamek plush or a Wave 1 or 2 amiibo. 

After the tournament was done with people were playing their 3DSes (Some Luigi's Mansion 2 was seen) and 8 player Smash appeared!
4 players with their amiibo took on each other, then it was everyone as "random".

It ended with James fighting against "bob", Jen's Samus amiibo - he beat her twice, but it took some doing. Her defence stat is about +190! 

It was just about time to pack up at this point, so once everything was back in boxes, we headed over to our Hockey Hut in Varsity to have our "usual" mini meet session. 

We lost a few guys along the way as they had somewhere to be in the evening, but we also gained a few just in the evening, as our regular family came to join us for food and more games! :)

We started with some 10 player Tetris Ultimate, where the first couple of games were basically figuring out how to control things and use the items! It was its first outing for our meet, so it was interesting to see how it was received. Our own verdict was that we think at the moment we prefer Tetris Online, its predecessor; although 10 player is better than 8 right?!

We all had a break while everyone got food, and we saw various games being played including Fantasy Life and Tomodachi Life. 

One funny moment with the food - Cat and Red were brought 2 coffees... they'd ordered pizzas as far as they knew.... when they went to the bar it was worked out that they'd ordered "Americana Pizzas" not "Americano Coffees" - that kept us all laughing for a bit! People really appreciated the half price deal on all food too!

Once the food was out of the way, we got a couple of Mario Kart 7 Grand Prix in before the Manchester lot had to go home.

Those of us who were left rounded off the night with a couple of rounds of Cards Against Humanity. Was much fun, especially since it was the première of the custom Nintendo themed cards! 

Look out for our next mini meet, which will be at some point in January, followed by our next BIG meet which is set to take place on Saturday 21st February.

Merry Christmas all and see you in 2015 for some more fun and games! :D

Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Big Christmassy Smash Kart Event! 6/12/14

The week leading up to the event was pure hell because even though we booked the venue way back in October, we found out on Wednesday that the guys who needed to grant us access had no record of our booking!!!

Cue a panic, and on Thursday night, one of my helpers marched down to Academi to sort out the lack of communication between the staff there, and the security staff. We've had this problem all to often, so we now know we have to pretty much do every step of it in person... Great when all the admins have full time jobs :\

Anyway, we thought all was sorted until we turned up in the morning and there was no one in sight...
Argh! We rang security and they said they'd opened it at 8.30am for the cleaners and therefore a cleaner should let us in.
Then came the next half hour of a group of four of us waving frantically through the window trying to get the attention of the oblivious cleaner inside.... ahhh!

Sooo.... with half an hour until the actual event started, a slightly larger group of us rushed around rearranging chairs and setting up equipment. Due to it being the regional Smash Wii U Qualifier, we were expecting a bigger crowd than usual so kitted out the "meeting room" with a 2nd Wii U to play on. This Wii U was initially used for 8 player/amiibo free play!

After people started arriving at 11 and signing up, we made sure everything was in order where it should be, and then Dylan started organising the teams for the big Quiz. He had asked people to tick their strongest topics on the sign up sheet, which were: mario, Zelda, Pokémon, Smash, everything or nothing! He then assigned them randomly, but tried to make sure there was one "everything" and one "nothing" in each group of 4. 
People seemed to enjoy it, but it was Rhys' team "Banana Blitzers" which took the victory. 

Well done to Jack, Jess, Rhys, Leonie & Cat!

Some more guys turned up halfway through the quiz, so they played a bit of Smash and chatted whilst the quiz finished off. They'd come all the way from Rhyl for the qualifier.

Without much of a gap, we went straight on to the Smash tournament. People had brought their own controllers, which saved us a job working out who should borrow whos.
There were three rivalries it seemed. The "Rhyl" guys, the "BUGL" guys, and our usual "SPNW" regulars.

We used Challonge to ensure fairness, and to mix it up we shuffled it three times blind.
See the link here for the tournament standings.
Unfortunately all our guys got knocked out before the semi-final, although well done to Drn for getting that far as we could see how tense a lot of the matches were!!

Ticket for the Qualifiers :)

We had a few byes due to the strange number of 26, which ultimately meant that some of the BUGL guys met with their teammates earlier than they maybe would have liked. Same happened with some of the Rhyl guys later on, but nothing changed the fact that the newcomers ran away with the victory.
Jamie Jones from Rhyl won 1st place, Ben Tyrie from the University won 2nd place, and Chris Morelli from Rhyl took 3rd. All three will receive an invitation to the national final in Birmingham at the end of January.

Whilst the final couple of rounds were happening with Smash, we got started on the name draws for the final SPGL Mario Kart 7 session. 3 grand prixes again, but this time in MIRROR mode.
Apologies if this put off some of the newcomers to the session, it was the last one of the year and it was very close for 3rd place, so we had to throw a little bit of a spanner into the works ;)
This time, it was the mushroom, banana and special cup.

Dan and Angus came joint top for the session and fought it out on Mirror SNES Rainbow Road. Dan grabbed the eShop credit for the the session, so well done to him!

As per usual, after the Mario Kart came the prize giving and raffle!

The winning quiz team took their eShop credit, and Leonie won a little Pikachu "Pop Star" badge.

We also had a couple of special raffle prizes on this occasion. A Mario Kart "Scalextric" set, a Wall Art of Super Mario Land. We also had "an amiibo of choice" on offer, as well as a few other smaller prizes.

After the raffle we had a big group photo before certain people had to leave, and then finally, we presented the trophies for the SPGL Mario Kart.

Rhys grabbed the victory with the Leaf trophy, Dan came 2nd overall with the special cup, and Angus got the shell cup for coming 3rd. The leaf trophy was a lot heavier than Rhys was possibly expecting!

It was nice at the end - as some stuck around. Our regular members had written in a Thank You card for us, so Dan presented it to us. We also chose our winner of the Smash Snapshot competition - the custom Zelda stage ran away with the Small Yoshi Plush, even though there were plenty of funny/epic/dramatic ones to choose from. People let out the biggest gasp when the stage picture popped up, so no contest there! Well done #JohnWinsEverything ;)

It's been a fantastic year for SPNW, and we truly hope that 2015 will be just as good if not better!!
Thanks to all our regulars for supporting us (you know who you are), especially Dan, Amy, Jack, Angus, Drn, John, for helping us behind the scenes and being there for most of our events :)

Thanks to Rochelle and Mark for being our photographers at certain events too.

Also thanks to Rhys for being a great host with us, we couldn't have done it without your ideas and input! :D

Thanks to EVERYONE who got involved, for helping make SPNW what it is today! We couldn't have done it without you!

Final shout out to those who aren't currently in Bangor but would be loyal members if they were, we miss you! See some of you next year!  :)

P.S Don't forget we have a mini meet on 22nd December in Dean Street/Varsity - 1pm onwards! (Bring your amiibo(s)!)

P.P.S. The next BIG event will be Saturday 21st February! Put it in your diaries! :D