I'm going to be operating pretty much all of the music gaming for Kumoricon 2008. Here's what we'll definitely have:
1. 4 DDR tournaments: Standard, Heavy, Expert, and Team. Details for all of those should be up shortly.
2. 2 Guitar Hero 3 tournaments: Hard and Expert.
3. a Rock Band "Battle of the Bands", with judges.
Games available for free play throughout the convention:
Guitar Hero (all versions)
DDR* (will be run through StepMania so everything's universal and we don't waste time swapping discs, but we'll be using songs and charts from the US and Japanese PS2 games we'll have there and I'll rig up my cabinets so that you can use them with a PS2 if someone from Konami shows up and threatens suit.)
I've asked our Director of Programming to talk to Kyle Ward about Pump Pro, and I've asked a few people to bring JPS2's and Pop'n, IIDX, and PPP games. I've also requested that one of our con JPS2's be available to people wishing to play those games.
This should be a great year for Kumoricon's rhythm gaming if some of you dudes come along. I'd love to see you there!
PS, the DDR team tournament will have a total prize value of about $2500. More if I can get some of the sponsorships I'm after. Just lettin' you know.
EDIT: Apparently, there's been some confusion. There is no cash prize; all the prizes will be stuff I make or stuff from sponsors. If you're looking for a cash prize, I intend to run a standalone tournament event in late October if I'm faring well in the world, so consider keeping your calendar open around then.
EDIT2: Those wishing to run additional tournaments may do so, but should plan on providing the system, controllers, and games and will not be guaranteed any prizes.