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March 30, 2019, 04:27:29 PM - ORIGINAL POST -

Stepcharts Made Horribly 5!
The Nest, Seattle
July 27, 2019. Starts at 11am sharp.
Entry Fee: $10 if you preregister, $15 at the door.

S.M.H. 5 is a Stepmania 5 tournament in Seattle with a ruleset inspired by various custom stepchart tournaments. Entrants 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.

Previous Events: S.M.H. | S.M.H. 2 | S.M.H. 3 | S.M.H. 4

The pack is out! Download it here:

Submissions will be uploaded here as they're received.

What’s new:
  • In addition to charts submitted to previous Seattle tournaments, charts submitted to any previous U.P.S. or D.O.W.N.S. tournaments will not be accepted.
  • Entry fees are now $10 to preregister and $15 at the door. This puts S.M.H. in line with similar tournaments, increases the size of the prize pool, and helps us offset some of the costs of running the event.
  • Cabinet/pad specifics are still being figured out, but we'll be on reasonably recent versions of Stepmania 5 and Simply Love.
  • We’ll have at least one noteskin with proper lift support.
Otherwise, the tournament’s ruleset should be identical to S.M.H. 4’s.

The Rules

Phase One: Preregistration and Stepchart Submission
Ends June 22, 2019 COMPLETE

Preregistration will begin immediately and will run until the end of Phase One. Attendees who preregister will pay a discounted rate ($10 instead of $15). I’ll be accepting payment through PayPal (https://PayPal.Me/bkz), Square Cash ($bkz), Google Wallet (PM me for my email address), in person, or by carrier pigeon.

The Sean Paul J Kim Registration Rule: I can't believe I have to include this, but don't attempt to preregister multiple times to submit more songs. One registration and one set of submissions per person.

You will have from today until the submission cutoff to submit up to four songs to be included in the tournament pack. Make sure to identify yourself by name when submitting. I’d prefer for you to create and submit new stepcharts, but any are fine as long as you had a substantial hand in their creation. Submitted songs/stepcharts will be rejected if they do not conform to the following rules:
  • The chart must be playable in 3:30 or less. This keeps the tournament moving and makes it so people don’t to have to pay more to practice “long song” charts on public machines.
  • Songs must be appropriate for play in public venues. 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.
  • Stepcharts must have at least 50 hittable arrows. While there might 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 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 previous S.M.H. events or tournaments with similar formats (including U.P.S. and D.O.W.N.S.) can not be resubmitted. Make some original content! If you’re not sure what counts as “the same chart”, ask me.
  • Don't break the machine. Your simfile must not crash the machine, and you are not allowed to abuse lua to modify configuration settings that persist after the song is complete. (For example, you are not allowed to change settings via PREFSMAN) This is quite an extensive topic, so if you have any questions, please ask.
  • Don't be a pain in the ass. If your chart has a three-minute intro/outro without any notes, you are being a pain in the ass.  If your audio is excessively loud or uncomfortable to listen to, you are being a pain in the ass.  If you try to hide inappropriate content in your simfile, you are being a pain in the ass.  If you submit borderline-offensive content without PM'ing me first, you are being a pain in the ass.
  • Stepmania 5 Specific  As long as you don't do things that break the machine (see the rules above), you can use the following.
    • Allowed Notetypes:  Tap, Mine, Fake, Lift*
    • Allowed Segments:  Stops, Delays, Warps, Scroll Factor
    * While lifts are allowed, they are a noteskin dependent thing. We’ll have at least one noteskin that supports them, but most of the noteskins will probably render them as weird grey down arrows.
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.

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 you should totally come to this thing. It’ll be fun, I promise!

Phase Two: Practice
At this point, the pack is finalized and preregistration is CLOSED. After aggregating the finalized submission results, the pack will be released and installed on the machine at The Nest. At this point, songs will not be changed or removed from the pack.

Phase Three: TOURNAMENT!
July 27, 2019

This will be a double elimination event. Only songs from the SMH5 pack will be playable in this tournament.

Seeding:  Seeding is based on registration order.

Matches:  Both players play a game of rock paper scissors! Winner gets first choice of machine side or pick order, other choice goes to the loser. 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 randomly from the S.M.H. 5 pack. If both players are still tied, keep picking random tiebreakers until the tie is broken.

Song Selection:  Each player may only use a song as their pick once over the course of the 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.

Mod Selection: You may only pick mods that do not disqualify you. Turn mods are not allowed.

The Jonx Dank Strat Rule: You can't use any peripherals or humans as an aide while playing any of the charts.

« Last Edit: June 25, 2019, 08:43:20 AM by sfxazure »
Read June 16, 2019, 01:23:17 PM #1

As they are received, huh? I sent my submissions to you through a link in the PayPal comment several days ago and none of them are in the list yet. Do you have them in the pack regardless?
Read June 16, 2019, 02:48:31 PM #2

As they are received, huh? I sent my submissions to you through a link in the PayPal comment several days ago and none of them are in the list yet.
Hi. Confirming that yes, I did receive your submissions Friday afternoon. Reviewing and uploading submissions is a manual process that takes time, and I'm working through a backlog of submissions today. Thank you for your patience.

Do you have them in the pack regardless?
If they are approved, they'll make it into the pack. If not, I'll reach out to you directly to resolve any issues.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2019, 02:51:19 PM by sfxazure »
Read June 16, 2019, 10:14:38 PM #3

If they are approved...
And they were, thank you. But about the canon name, it makes a reference to a post in Stamina Nation. When I showed it to StarrySergal, he offered an annex for context.

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Read June 25, 2019, 08:59:55 AM #4

Pack's out! Check the original post for a link.
Read June 28, 2019, 01:39:32 AM #5

I've updated the pack link with a few sync and chart attribution fixes. If you've already downloaded the pack, please redownload it and clear your stepmania cache. Here's a list of the changes:

## Adjusted sync
* Cleopatrysm
* Horatio
* Made Out Of Fire
* Ring! Dong! Dang!
* Waves

## Added/Changed stepartist credit
* Friday [DUBSTEP Remix]
* Get Ready For This
* Horatio
* Made Out Of Fire
* ochinpo beam (2019 Edit)
* Ring! Dong! Dang!
* sk8r b0i
* Title Screen - Crazy Bus
* Waves
Read July 24, 2019, 09:41:35 AM #6

It's almost time for the tournament! Some details for the day of:
- Doors open at 10 AM, tournament starts at 11 AM. Please be at The Nest at 11!
- We have a parking lot at the south end of the building with a few spots. These will likely fill up quickly, but street parking is also available west of Aurora Ave. If you're driving, give yourself time to find a spot. The parking garage below the building is for residents only. Please do not park there.
- During the tournament, a few other machines will be available for free-play. The 9-panel Stepmania machine in the front room will be on, which you can use to stay warm between sets. Jubeat and Crossbeats will be enabled, with headphone support only. All other machines will be off.

**Tournament Afterparty!**
After the tournament is over, we will have a post-tournament dinner/afterparty at Optimism Brewing Company in Capitol Hill! We have a table booked starting at 7:30. If the tournament finishes before 7, I'll keep the games on free play at The Nest until then.
- Optimism is NOT within walking distance of The Nest, so you may want to coordinate a ride ahead of time. I recommend splitting a Lyft/Uber if you can, since parking on Capitol Hill can be difficult on weekends.
- Optimism does not serve food, but they allow outside food and usually have a food truck on premises. There are plenty of good dinner options within a few blocks, including Sizzle Pie, Katsu Burger, Marination Station, Bok A Bok Fried Chicken, and Chipotle.
- Don't feel pressured to drink! We picked Optimism for their capacity to handle large groups; you are welcome even if you don't plan on drinking.
Read July 29, 2019, 09:51:20 PM #7

S.M.H. 5 is a wrap! Thanks so much to the 18 players who competed, and for everyone who helped, spectated, and just came by to say hi!

Congrats to our top 3:
1: Telperion
2: Yung Lincoln Chafee
3: KrisMarqz
(Full standings are available at

Congrats also to our superlative winners:
* Favorite Song/Chart: Shakariki Hopping
* Song/Chart Most Representative of SMH: び but every time it says び it gets faster
* Most likely to show up in a real tournament: Wild Rush
* Chart you never want to play again: Fantasia
* Chart you’d be most embarrassed to play in front of your parents: Friday [Dubstep Remix]

Extra special thanks to:
* Chris M, who did an amazing job managing the stream, helping with registration, tracking the bracket and song picks, and helping with nest setup.
* Sujeet for last-minute pad modding help and for Stepmania troubleshooting!
* Frums, Sara, and KrisMarqz for help with all sorts of tournament setup.
* NSX for bringing a bunch of refreshments for us!
* Everyone who wrote and submitted charts! This tournament can’t happen without them, and y’all delivered this year.
* The many people who traveled from out of town for this silly little tournament.

I hope everyone had a great time; see you next year!

« Last Edit: July 29, 2019, 09:53:01 PM by sfxazure »
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