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February 23, 2014, 07:18:18 PM - ORIGINAL POST -

S.P.E.R.G.I.N.4. (Stepcharts Produced by Enterprising Rhythm Gamerz In the Northwest 4our)
Brought to you by Ben (sfxazure) and Laura (SomeLauraChick)
With help and hosting from Scott (Suko)
19 July 2014, starts at noon o clock sharp!
Entry Fee: $5.00 if you preregister, $10.00 at the door.

EDIT: The amazing fantastic submissions page is here!

UPDATE: The pack can be downloaded here!

Time for another round of S.P.E.R.G.I.N. y'all! I have tentative dates of July 19th, 2014 for the tournament and May 25, 2014June 8, 2014 for the submission cutoff. I'll follow up on this thread once the dates are finalized or if either of them change. Like previous S.P.E.R.G.I.N.s, this will be held at Suko's house (confirmed once I get the final 'ok' from him).

For those of you new to the PNWBemani scene: S.P.E.R.G.I.N. is an unserious tournament  held in the PNW every summer with a ruleset inspired by Zetorux’s DOWNS customs tournaments. Preregistrants can submit up to four songs that, once approved, compose the tournament pack. The pack is frozen after a cutoff date, and the tournament is a (mostly) standard double-elim bracket played with the competitor-submitted pack.

What's new this time around:
  • We've heard a few complaints about being unable to test charts on the ACME machine which has led to sync issues. I have a few ideas around fixing this issue but haven't landed on a solution yet. I'll update this thread once I have a solution or if USB is fixed and I don’t need one.
  • Seeding is now based on registration time. Want a high seed? Hurry up and preregister!
  • Nothing else. The format works; why change it?

The Rules

Phase One: Pre-registration and Stepchart Submission
Due Date: May 25, 2014 June 8, 2014

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 “SPERGIN4 Preregistration” for your PM.

You will have from today until June 8 to submit up to four songs (one stepchart each) to be included in the tournament pack. 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 which does not exceed 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.

We can’t stop you from preregistering, submitting charts, and then not showing up. But doing that is super lame. Come on, don’t be lame.

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.

Phase Three: TOURNAMENT!
July 19, 2014
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.4. pack will be playable in this tournament.

Seeding:  Seeding is based on registration order to encourage early registration.

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.4. 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.

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

« Last Edit: June 12, 2014, 11:03:43 PM by sfxazure »
Read March 07, 2014, 12:48:19 PM #26


It's great to see some fresh faces in the hobby. I'm glad you're so eager to join the event!

is there going to be a qualifiers tournament?
Short answer is; no. However, I usually let people play on the machine about 1 hour before and after the event. Being a newer member, I'm sure we'll make room/time for you to get some games in outside of the tournament.

I think the event usually lasts a few hours (it all depends on how many people enter). I'd expect to be there for 4 or 5 hours if you want to stay for the entire thing.

For people who can't do Heavy or Challenge, like me, go against others with the same amount of skills?
Most of us can play heavy or harder songs, but we usually try to put a few charts in the tournament that are in the 7 or 8 step range. I don't know if that's doable for you, but I hope it's at least something you could have a decent time playing. The tournament isn't for a few months yet, and you'd be amazed how quickly you could progress from Standard to Heavy. Start playing and training a lot and I'm sure you'll be ready to give it a shot!

Since this is generally a fun, light-hearted tournament, we could invent some appropriate handicaps to your opponent to give you a fighting chance if the skill level is way out of balance. I'm not the tournament organizer though, so no promises. If you go up against me, I'll definitely do something silly to make our game more fun.
Read March 08, 2014, 06:22:29 PM #27

Both years in the past, I've done 3 songs that pretty each everyone can do (9 & 10), and one boss song (13, 14) for the hardcore people that want to break their legs. I will continue this pattern this year as well and I have already selected my boss song.

I'll be doing Heart of Witch. Dibs. Dibs. Dibs.
Read March 09, 2014, 01:21:59 PM #28

I'll be doing Heart of Witch. Dibs. Dibs. Dibs.
Rut roh. I wrote a chart for that song a year ago and it was a solid, no BS 13. What are you planning?
Read March 10, 2014, 01:17:47 PM #29

I was thinking 13 myself. I'd have to do some serious stupidity to merit a 14, and I won't pull another Mona Lisa Overdrive on you guys. Also, I apologize for that chart.
Read March 11, 2014, 01:50:34 PM #30

Hello! I have a WIP SPERGIN4 chart on the ACME machine for JOMANDA by DJ Yoshitaka in the Ben's Kickin' Pumps folder. I'm planning to change the chart quite a bit before release, but I figure it's worth giving people a taste of what I have planned. I'll upload the WIP chart once I get home; for now, here's the song without any steps:

EDIT: It is here:

« Last Edit: March 13, 2014, 12:54:24 AM by sfxazure »
Read March 29, 2014, 11:55:37 AM #31

I live not even 30 mins from Suko but my only fear is being underway during this event. I'm suppose to be gone for most of the entire year. Sad
Read March 29, 2014, 10:18:36 PM #32

Guess I'll preview one of the charts I have planned, too~

Lilit Hovhannisyan - "Gnchu" [3'29", SX 9]
still WIP; I need to fix the offset and make some graphics and minor step changes
official music video, YT
Read March 30, 2014, 01:04:43 PM #33

Here are my Spergin 4 Submissions!

Demons (White Panda Remix) - Imagine Dragons - 10
Lucid - Bryzone - 11
Invincible - Borgeous - 13
The Way You Move - OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown - 16
Read March 30, 2014, 01:14:09 PM #34

in the Ben's Kickin' Pumps folder.

Is this a thing for everyone's charts in the PNW now? hahaha
Hey also I've almost got 3 of the four songs I'm working on done. I'll pre reg this week.
Read April 01, 2014, 12:34:40 AM #35

Here are my SPERGIN 4 submissions Smiley

Cyriak - Cows Cows Cows (13)
C2C - Down the Road (10)
Chiitan - Francium (12)
Tristam - Jawn (10) >YES, JAWNZZZ

Welp, have fun with these charts.

Hope you all te gustan.
Read April 01, 2014, 11:11:31 AM #36

So, are we going to have any charts under 10?
Read April 01, 2014, 11:48:09 AM #37

So, are we going to have any charts under 10?
Feel free to write some. Cheesy
Read April 01, 2014, 04:08:51 PM #38

So, are we going to have any charts under 10?
I'll make a 9, Scott! Grin
Read April 01, 2014, 04:12:47 PM #39

Obviously, my charts will be in the "easier" range, but I've been really bad about working on them lately. I hope I can get them refined a bit instead of just pushing them out the door without much QC.
Read April 01, 2014, 05:29:42 PM #40

Currently, and mine won't be done for like a month due to OCD tweaks, two of mine are shaping up to be 9's, 1 10, and 1 13.

As always, most of my songs are approachable, but I have to throw a bone to the hardcore players as well.

Also, I will be moving BACK to Washington in time for the tournament. I probably won't compete, but I'll show up and hang out.

« Last Edit: April 03, 2014, 07:51:44 PM by Tyrgannus. »
Read April 03, 2014, 07:55:29 PM #41

Here's my Dropbox SPERGIN4 folder. I will be adding to it as I go.

Daft Punk - Pentatonix (9)
Read April 04, 2014, 12:00:13 AM #42

Thanks for all the submissions! Tyrgannus and starfalcon176, your charts are all uploaded. Kevin, you still need to preregister before I can accept your charts. Sorry. :/
Read April 04, 2014, 03:54:19 PM #43

Thanks for all the submissions! Tyrgannus and starfalcon176, your charts are all uploaded. Kevin, you still need to preregister before I can accept your charts. Sorry. :/
lmao autist you know he'll probably fucking go

what if someone preregisters and doesn't end up showing!!!!!?!?!? BETTER TAKE THE SONG OUT

why not just accept stepfiles as preregges?

« Last Edit: April 04, 2014, 03:57:36 PM by Iori241 »
Read April 04, 2014, 06:47:22 PM #44

Yo Iori, we normally cool but can you dial it back a notch?  That was pretty uncalled for.

Think of it this way: You pay 5 dollars for the privilege of forcing your charts on the world.  Whether you enter or not is secondary.
Read April 04, 2014, 08:26:26 PM #45

Thanks for all the submissions! Tyrgannus and starfalcon176, your charts are all uploaded. Kevin, you still need to preregister before I can accept your charts. Sorry. :/

It's alright guys, don't argue again, please.
That's understandable, this is a tournament based upon playing the submissions of other competitors with technically no outside content?

Anyway, I may be able to pre-register soon. I need to talk to some of my advisors about whether or not I will have some sort of trip with my Summer Search program during the tournament. If not, I'll let you know ASAP and pay the fee Smiley

I am hoping this will be another tournament I can attend.
Read April 05, 2014, 12:50:33 AM #46

Dropbox updated!

Now includes submission #2, Harlem Shake - Baauer (9)

And yes, this chart works almost exactly like the meme did a year and a half ago. You'll see what I mean...
Read April 07, 2014, 02:31:46 PM #47

Dang, I really need to get crackin' on my charts. Less than 2 months left to submit. T_T
Read April 07, 2014, 06:36:20 PM #48

If yaaa smellllllllll...what the Bow chicka bow wow

Read April 08, 2014, 05:16:51 PM #49

Dropbox updated!

Submission #3! Heart of Witch by ReX (13)

The 700 combo may seem low for a 13 until you realize that you're only dancing for about 80 seconds. This is pretty relentless and is my "boss" entry for this year.
Drangus Kupcake
Read April 12, 2014, 01:09:25 PM #50

Wes that Harlem Shake simfile is sadistic af
When those hidden mines came up I lost my shit
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