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March 10, 2013, 12:13:51 AM - ORIGINAL POST -

Brought to you by Ben (sfxazure) and Laura (Laura)
With help from Scott (Suko)
3 August 2013, starts at noon o clock sharp!
Entry Fee: $5.00 if you preregister, $10.00 at the door.
The entire pack is available here!

S.P.E.R.G.I.N.3. is go!

For those of you new to the PNWBemani scene: over past few years, we've held two not-so-serious tournaments, S.P.E.R.G.I.N. and S.P.E.R.G.I.N.2., where we ran traditional double-elimination tournaments with packs made entirely of charts submitted by entrants. They were both awesome, and we're super excited to do it again!

 EDIT: Browse the Songs!

 EDIT THE 2ND: The submission deadline has been pushed to June 30thJuly 7th to give people more time to preregister and submit charts.

 EDIT THE 3RD: Download the pack!

We’ve had some issues with hosting recent tournaments at ACME, and Suko’s graciously offered to host again! In order to ensure he does not regret this decision, we will not post his address in this thread. If you do not know where he lives, please PM Suko or one of the organizers.

The Rules

Phase One: Pre-registration and Stepchart Submission
Due Date: 15 June 2013 30 June 2013 7 July 2013

Preregistration will begin immediately and will run until the end of Phase One. Attendees who preregister will pay a discounted rate ($5.00 instead of $10.00.) Preregistration will be handled by PMing me. I'll be accepting payment through Amazon Payments, PayPal, or in person. To keep things organized, please use the title “SPERGIN3 Preregistration” for your PM.

You will have from today until June 15 to submit up to four songs (one stepchart each) to be included in the tournament pack. Please use this submission form, and make sure to identify yourself by name/forum name somewhere in the file. We encourage you to create and submit new stepcharts, but any are fine as long as you had a hand in their creation.  Submitted songs/stepcharts will be rejected if they do not conform to the following rules:

  • The chart must be to a song no longer than three minutes and thirty seconds (3:30) in length. There are many reasons for this, including but not limited to the fact that we have to keep the tournament moving and the fact that 3:30 is ACME's cutoff for a “long song.” We don’t want people to have to pay more to practice some charts than others.
  • Songs must be appropriate for play in public venues such as ACME Bowl. Please avoid profanity or find some way to work around it (clean versions, comedic censoring, etc.) Any content deemed inappropriate for a public venue will be rejected.
  • Songs must be ITG Arcade Ready. Details for preparing your songs can be found here.  If your song is over 2 minutes, DO NOT .OGG PATCH IT. Also, it is recommended that you test your file on Acme’s ITG machine before submitting it, as different machines have different syncing.
  • Stepcharts must have at least 50 hittable arrows. While there may be ways to make an interesting chart with under 50 steps, it would increase the likelihood of ties and slow the tournament down.
  • The stepchart must be Expert difficulty. This is to ensure that we can use the ITG machine’s built-in Random selector to pick tie-breakers. Submitted songs can have any number of stepcharts, but only the Expert chart can be picked during the tournament.
  • Charts that have already been submitted to a previous S.P.E.R.G.I.N. tournament can not be submitted. We want original content! If you’re not sure what counts as “the same chart”, ask us!

We also reserve the right to reject a stepfile for unusual reasons, such as the file crashing StepMania/ITG.

Note: If a song is rejected for any reason, you may submit a replacement; cleaned-up versions of rejected submissions can be submitted, as well as completely different songs/charts.  After a song has been accepted for the pack, it is finalized and can not be replaced or modified.

As soon as a stepchart is accepted into the pack, it will be made available for download at the bottom of this post.  This is because Laura and I will be entering the tournament ourselves, and we don’t want to gain an unfair advantage by viewing songs before they are released publicly.

By submitting charts to the tournament pack, you agree to enter the tournament.  While people who have not submitted stepcharts may enter, those of you who submit stepcharts must enter.  Because of this, we will not begin to evaluate stepcharts from any given entrant before they have preregistered for the tournament; consider your entry fee a form of collateral.  

Phase Two: Practice

During this period of time, the organizers will combine your charts into a pack.  If the organizers feel that there are not enough new stepcharts on which to run a tournament, we will find some quick hack to fix this issue.  This should take about a week.  After this, the pack will be released and installed on the ACME machine, so that you may practice these charts at your leisure.  This should take about a month.

Phase Three: TOURNAMENT!
3 August 2013
Please note:  You will see the phrase “Because this is not intended to be a serious tournament...” many times.  This is because this is not intended to be a serious tournament, and is supposed to be for fun!   Please do not get too caught up in minor details.

This will be a double elimination event with room for up to 32 entrants.  Only songs from the S.P.E.R.G.I.N.3. pack will be playable in this tournament.

Seeding:  Because this is not intended to be a serious tournament, seeding will be random.  If you complain about this, we will make fun of you on the internet.

Matches:  High seed gets first choice of machine side or pick order.  The other choice goes to low seed.  Each player will then pick one song of their choice to play against the other player.   Whoever gets the highest percentage (as calculated by the machine) on a given song wins that song.  (You know how this works by now.)  If both players are tied at the end of two songs, a third song will be chosen from the S.P.E.R.G.I.N.3. pack by way of the ITG machine’s “random” function.  If both players are still tied, another random tiebreaker will be chosen until the tie is broken.

Song Selection:  Each player may only use a song as their “pick” once over the course of the tournament.  Because this is not intended to be a serious tournament, either player may fail any song throughout all tournament rounds with no additional penalty - once you fail, your percentage is “locked” as your score.  

Level Caps:  Because this is not intended to be a serious tournament, there will be no level caps. Any chart may be picked at any time in the tournament, regardless of difficulty (or opponent, since seeing is random.)  

Prizes:  Once preregistration ends and we have a better idea of how many entrants we will have, we will determine a prize structure based on 100% of the entry fees.

Please note that although the “IN” in “S.P.E.R.G.I.N.3.” does stand for “In the Northwest,” out of state players are still more than welcome to participate and submit stepcharts.

« Last Edit: July 31, 2013, 10:36:11 PM by sfxazure »
Read March 10, 2013, 12:26:03 AM #1

Nice, officially announced!

I'm going to make some extra AWESOME charts this year
Read March 10, 2013, 06:42:07 AM #2

Oh em gee, I got some nice simfiles in the making to submit this time. Can't wait!
Read March 10, 2013, 04:21:02 PM #3

Most likely going to this.
Read March 15, 2013, 09:30:33 PM #4

Yeah, definitely doing this again. Maybe I'll even edit up some background videos for some real works of art.
Read April 02, 2013, 12:01:08 AM #5

To kick things off, I've submitted the first chart for SPERGIN3! Some of you may have already seen this; it's been in the works since before SPERGIN2, and I demoed it at Sakuracon this year. You can find my ~AWESOME~ chart here:


As usual, songs will appear on that website once they are accepted by the tournament organizers.
Read April 02, 2013, 12:35:09 AM #6

Hurray! First chart!

Will you link the submission form thing soon? I know some people are already working on at least there first file for this (I know I am at least). I know that charts can't be accepted until an entrant is registered, but I'm planning on registering just like last year and have no doubt that I will find a way to give $5 asap (and I might not even be drunk when I pay it this year).

Also, as SPERGIN3 has an absolute deadline and ITG Supreme has an amorphous deadline of "When It's Done", I very much hope that everyone involved with ITG Supreme would somewhat take priority with their SPERGIN3 charts assuming they are participating with both. Obviously if people are only doing one or the other it doesn't matter. I think this will save Ben and all others involved in running this tournament a lot of stress and hopefully there won't be any need to push back any deadlines. Thanks!
Read April 02, 2013, 12:46:40 AM #7

Will you link the submission form thing soon?
That submission form was a complete PITA, and most people ended up submitting charts by uploading them elsewhere. This time around, I'll accept submissions via links to mediafire, dropbox, personally delivered flash drives, stacks of floppy disks, etc.

Also, as SPERGIN3 has an absolute deadline and ITG Supreme has an amorphous deadline of "When It's Done", I very much hope that everyone involved with ITG Supreme would somewhat take priority with their SPERGIN3 charts assuming they are participating with both. Obviously if people are only doing one or the other it doesn't matter. I think this will save Ben and all others involved in running this tournament a lot of stress and hopefully there won't be any need to push back any deadlines. Thanks!
D'aww, thanks!
Read April 02, 2013, 12:49:05 AM #8

Also, I'm finding your 10 bpm slowdown easier to read than your old 1216 bpm speed up. honestly. This is easier to read than dual strikers. Not saying much I guess...
Read April 02, 2013, 09:35:23 AM #9

Floppy disk submission inbound.
Read April 06, 2013, 12:46:28 PM #10

I submitted another song that was also previewed at sakuracon! Thanks Tada for inspiring me to make this quality chart!

FWIW, this is NOT the same chart that's currently on the machine; I toned the ending down a bit because I realized how stupid BS it was with all those jumps.
Read April 11, 2013, 01:26:30 AM #11

Probably not going to be able to make this one due to work (will try and request day off, but probbly unlikely). Ill still be submitting charts Smiley
Read April 21, 2013, 12:21:49 AM #12

We have another submission! Check out M477's Pine Nut!
Read April 21, 2013, 12:56:26 AM #13

Uh...I think you posted the wrong versions I sent you.

*don't download this; it's outdated*
Read April 21, 2013, 01:00:33 AM #14

Oops, you're right. I think it's fixed now. Can you confirm, M477?
Read April 21, 2013, 01:06:58 AM #15

Yay! That's the one you guys should practice. Thanks, Ben.
Read April 27, 2013, 09:39:19 AM #16

I just uploaded another chart by M477! Check out Thermosphere!
Read May 07, 2013, 01:38:49 AM #17

haven't registered yet, but I've got something hilarious in the works. Wink
Read May 07, 2013, 09:43:02 AM #18

Same, I got 5$ for registration. When would be a good time to get that to you?

I have 2 of 4 charts so far. I'm much busier this year, but I'll get all 4 of mine done. I tend to pick famous to quasi-famous songs if you haven't noticed, so assuming most of you guys are going to pick more standard rhythm game fare, nobody else will be doing my songs.
Read May 07, 2013, 11:27:23 AM #19

Admittedly most of mine this year will be utter troll songs. I'm not letting this tournament become serious. Lol.
Read May 08, 2013, 10:14:40 AM #20

Oh man, I know you guys will write some nutso charts. I can usually head to GameWorks in the evening to pick up prereg, if that works for you guys. Alternatively, I do accept PayPal and Amazon Payments (both are very easy to set up).
Read May 13, 2013, 02:20:05 PM #21

I can't believe how far behind the trend I am on things. Take this song, for example. I'm totally going to make this a chart for SPERGIN 3.

MLP Equestria Girls-Extended Hub Promo Edition
Read May 13, 2013, 05:40:35 PM #22

Another MLP:FiM chart might be nice.. Considering making one for This Day Aria.
Read May 15, 2013, 09:02:45 AM #23

Here is my first submission for SPERGIN 3:

Equestria Girls by Shannon Chan-Kent
Singles: ( 2 / 3 / 6 / 8 )


« Last Edit: May 15, 2013, 09:08:32 AM by Suko »
Read May 15, 2013, 10:46:51 PM #24

Thanks, Suko!  Uploaded!
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