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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 April 12, 2014, 02:26:02 PM #51

2nd submission! A DDR classic!
[ITG] Ghosts (Vincent de Moor Remix)
Read April 12, 2014, 08:41:53 PM #52

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

Protip: There are 3 "warp" type sections. All 3 have hidden mines on the arrow you were freezing on right before the warp. After the first warp section, the first arrow is left arrow. After the second warp section, the first arrow is down arrow. After the final warp, the first arrow is up arrow. This is sequential from left to right to make it easier to remember.
Read April 25, 2014, 03:08:04 PM #53

Final submission! Maximizer - 10

Daft Punk - 9 (Pop)
Harlem Shake - 9 (Gimmick)
Heart of Witch - 13 (Boss)
Maximizer - 10 (DDR)

I've roughly followed the pop, gimmick, boss, ddd format for all of my spergins and it seems to be a good mix.
Read May 04, 2014, 08:47:42 PM #54

I will probably contribute my mostly completed chart from last year. Unless there's another stepchart event and I end up making another.
Read May 08, 2014, 10:55:15 PM #55

Heads up, y'all! I just submitted my first chart. It's one that a bunch of you have already played: Colours of Sorrow. Enjoy or something!
Read May 14, 2014, 09:39:23 PM #56
This is what I'm officially submitting to SPERGIN 4.

Prepare for the worst simfiles:

  • The Chainsmokers? - #SELFIE WIT GIMMIX by OC (9)
- Learned how to LUA/XML. I added some fun FG changes... and moar stuff
  • Delta Heavy - Abort (15)
- Pretty much a fucking difficult stamina slash kind-of-BPM-gimmicky chart
  • madeon - Cut The Kid (9)
- A cute little BPM-gimmick/technical chart
  • Alex S - MLG Dynamo (10)
- I had to learn a whole new programming language just to make this chart lol
Read May 25, 2014, 02:53:20 PM #57

Welp, today's the deadline for preregistration and chart submissions. We have 15 charts, not enough for a fun tournament. I've decided to extend the submission/preregistration deadline by two weeks. The new preregistration and chart submission cutoff is now June 8th.
Read May 26, 2014, 03:11:29 AM #58

Cool. I have been really busy with pinball tournaments and school recently. I will have at least one chart, Red Line Mania from the pinball machine The Getaway ready by then. Possibly even two if things work out well. The Red Line Mania chart is looking like a 15 in terms of step difficulty, but it's under 2 minutes long so it's probably much closer to a 14 in difficulty. I'll try and play it on a machine soon to gauge the real difficulty. It's gonna be a technical chart with some insane footspeed and interesting rhythms! I hope you enjoy the chart I create for one of the greatest FM synth songs ever produced.
Read May 29, 2014, 01:23:58 PM #59

Yo guys! I submitted my chart for Cups to Ben, so that should be up on the page soon.  I'm also working on a few other things... Wink
Read May 29, 2014, 09:38:04 PM #60

I was mindin' my own business late one afternoon, drivin' home from work like I always do, when the pains of hunger hit me pretty hard. Lucky for me, I didn't have to go far; turned in the parking lot and stopped the car right under the big yellow sign of the Waffle House. Yeah, I'd barely walked in off the street, when the waitress said "howdy! Won't you have a seat?" You know, that Waffle House, they sure are a friendly bunch.
Read May 29, 2014, 09:45:58 PM #61

My submissions (2/3 done):

Raisins in My Toast [9]
844,739 Ways to Eat a Hamburger [?]
Good Food Fast [8]

Read May 30, 2014, 03:37:47 AM #62

Clearly the middle chart should be rated an 844,739.

Also, I love you.
Read May 30, 2014, 04:13:52 PM #63

We should have another chart making party.
Also I need to submit the chart I made at the last one.
Read May 31, 2014, 05:40:46 PM #64

Here's my submission 1/4:

Davinci - When Will The Bass Drop?

I'll try to find some time to make more before the deadline.

« Last Edit: June 06, 2014, 09:38:08 AM by jmeisburg »
Read May 31, 2014, 08:14:50 PM #65

My first sub.
Read May 31, 2014, 10:57:44 PM #66

Congrats on your first sub. It took me a while to find someone who was willing to get spanked and tied up.
Read June 02, 2014, 01:20:23 PM #67

Here is my next submission (2/4):

Portlandia - Dream of the 90s

« Last Edit: June 06, 2014, 09:38:23 AM by jmeisburg »
Read June 03, 2014, 02:11:31 PM #68

Big update! I've been slacking on accepting submissions, but I've finally gotten around to accepting all of the submissions from the past few weeks. Here's what's new:

  • Abort (Orange Chicken)
  • Somebody Loves You (NSX)
  • When Will the Bass Drop? (jmeisburg)
  • Dream of the 90s (jmeisburg)
  • The Wind of Gold (sfxazure)
  • Centipede - Remix (chrisco)
  • Brand New Day (chrisco)
  • Void Rays (chrisco)
  • Cups (that song with the cups) (SomeLauraChick)

Check them out on the song download page!
Read June 04, 2014, 02:34:04 PM #69

Here is my submission for SPERGIN 4 Smiley I had a version up earlier this morning, but by a miracle Tuan found my original version i made over 3 years ago but never finished! So i used that to update the best ideas from both of the stepcharts I created as well as some awesome ideas from Travis, so here is my finalized version that I am submitting for SPERGIN!

One - Sky Ferreira
Read June 05, 2014, 04:09:32 PM #70

Here's submission 3/4:

Tim and Eric - Doo Dah Doo Doo

« Last Edit: June 06, 2014, 09:38:41 AM by jmeisburg »
Read June 05, 2014, 06:21:16 PM #71

...and submission 4/4:

Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci

« Last Edit: June 09, 2014, 09:07:33 AM by jmeisburg »
Read June 05, 2014, 09:29:17 PM #72

I'm done with mine now, I just need to figure out the banner thing
Read June 08, 2014, 01:00:33 PM #73

YEAH I'm finished with mine now. finalized and ready to rock, roll, pitch, yaw, and otherwise mess with your headings

they are here:

  • paraoka feat. Haru*nya - "砂の花束 [Suna no hanataba]" (SX 8, 2'10", +FGs)
  • Lilit Hovhannisyan - "Gnchu" (SX 9, 3'29")
  • Pa's Lam System - "I'm Coming" (SX 11-, 2'29")
  • かめりあ feat. ななひら - 'コンベア速度Max!? しゃいにん☆回転ずし"Sushi & Peace"' (SX 12+, 1'53")
    [Camellia feat. Nanahira - 'Conveyor Speed Max!? Shining * Kaitenzushi "Sushi & Peace"']
Read June 08, 2014, 09:17:13 PM #74

Here's my submissions. Ben, I'm sending you a payment right now.




As usual, in the event they have multiple difficulties, the Expert chart is the "official" one I'm submitting. I just have a habit of filling out the other charts so people who play on the Acme machine (read: not pros) have a difficulty they can enjoy, too.

« Last Edit: June 08, 2014, 09:20:21 PM by Suko »
Read June 08, 2014, 11:55:02 PM #75

YOU GUYS. I'm behind on accepting charts (and we still have ~5 minutes to go) so this count isn't exact, but it looks like we have almost 60 charts this time around. That's so awesome. For comparison, the next largest SPERGIN pack (the first one) only had 39 charts.

I'll be getting the official pack ready for download by the end of this week. If I rejected one of your songs today, there's a grace period for you to submit a replacement chart that I'll contact you personally about. I've also received a few offsync charts. I'll let you know today or tomorrow if one of your charts looks offsync. If you want to have any of your charts resynced, let me know tomorrow and I'll see what I can do. Obviously, you don't need to do anything if you wrote an intentionally offsync chart.
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