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April 18, 2015, 09:47:38 AM - ORIGINAL POST -

S.M.H. (Stepcharts Made Horribly) ITG Tournament
Brought to you by Ben (sfxazure) with help and hosting from Scott (Suko)
July 25, 2015, Starts at 11am sharp.
Entry Fee: $5.00 if you preregister, $10.00 at the door.

SMH (formerly SPERGIN) is a 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, comprise 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.

EDIT: Charts can be found HERE as they're uploaded.

EDIT: The pack is available for download HERE.

What’s new this time around:
- Submissions must now use OGG audio so they can be played on stock setup ITG. MP3 audio, though it works on OpenITG, will be rejected.
- The start time is being moved to 11 AM.

Otherwise, the tournament’s ruleset is identical to SPERGIN4’s.

The Rules

Phase One: Preregistration and Stepchart Submission
Ends June 14, 2015

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). Reach out to me either by PM, in person, by carrier pigeon, etc. I’ll be accepting payment through PayPal (username bkirz), Square Cash (send to $bkz) or in person.

You will have from today until the submission cutoff 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. I’d prefer for 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. This keeps the tournament moving and makes it so people don’t to have to pay more to practice “long song” charts.
- 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. If your song is over 2 minutes, DO NOT .OGG PATCH IT. OGG only; songs submitted with MP3 audio will be rejected.
- 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 been submitted to any of the S.P.E.R.G.I.N. 1-4 tournaments can not be submitted. Make some original content! If you’re not sure what counts as “the same chart”, ask me.
- Don’t be a dick. Don’t crash the machine. If you do some fancy LUA scripting, clean up after yourself.

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.

I 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
At this point, the pack is finalized and preregistration is CLOSED. After aggregating the submission results, the pack will be released and installed on the ACME machine.

Phase Three: TOURNAMENT!
July 25, 2015
This will be a double elimination event. Only songs from the SMH 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 SMH 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.

« Last Edit: July 23, 2015, 09:34:13 AM by sfxazure »
Read July 26, 2015, 08:54:15 PM #26

How was the tournament?
Read July 27, 2015, 02:52:45 PM #27

It went well enough. I think everyone had a good time. Lots of people came again, though not as many from far away states this time.
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