Grand Prix Round 4 - Hacienda

Monday August 26, 2013

The long awaited final round of the grand prix is here. We've had two video games and one tabletop game so far. To keep things even, the final battle is tabletop yet again. Welcome to the Hacienda.

Hacidena makes an optimal grand prix game because you can play it for free on the web asynchronously. That really helps out our players in distant time zones. To play, you just need a free account on SpielByWeb. The the rulebook is on their site as well.

Anyone who wishes to participate in this round, simply send an email to requesting entry. On Monday September 9th I will combine entrants into games, most likely with 4-5 players. The format will be single elimination. The winner of each game will advance and all others will be eliminated. Depending on the number of players, we may be able to finish this in very few rounds of play. At the end of each game, every player in the game must submit the complete final results of points and coins via email.

In order to rank players who lost in the same round we will have multiple tiebreakers. The first is position in the game the player lost, 2nd place, 3rd place, etc. Next comes points scores in the losing game followed by final coin count in the losing game. If necessary we can dig into points scored in prior rounds or compare who allowed their opponents to score fewer points.

Good luck farming.

Grand Prix Round 3 - Galaga

Monday May 6, 2013

The long awaited round 3 has begun, and it is Galaga! At least for one round I'm just going to play favorites and pick a game I personally like, and this is it. This round will be testing skills of pattern recognition and manual dexterity.

This will be a standard high score competition, with only one catch. It's a one-chance competition! Practice all you want, but only one game counts. You must schedule a time with me, and I will watch you play one game of Galaga. Your score in that game will be your score with no re-dos of any kind. This will require most participants to use a streaming service like or use a webcam with a Google+ Hangout, Skype, etc. Anyone with an Internet connection should be able to do this, which is everybody. You may also play your game for me in person at Anime Boston, Connecticon, PAX AUS, or plain old New York City. The deadline for streaming will be July 9th, before I leave for Connecticon and PAX AUS. The round will actually end when I return from Australia probably around August 1st.

Now, there are many many versions of Galaga out there for many platforms. That should make it accessible to almost everybody. However, because there are so many versions of Galaga, there is going to be confusion about which ones are valid. They are not all the same. We will be using the NES version of Galaga as the baseline. If you want to play the original arcade version, perhaps through MAME, you need to make sure it is configured properly. The player should start with three lives at the default difficulty of rank B (medium). And the player should not be able to have more than two shots on the screen at the same time. Any other version of Galaga for another platform that is configured the same way will also be valid per my judgement. Also, be careful not to accidentally play Galaxian, GaPlus, Galaga '88, Galaga Legions (DX), etc. Regular old Galaga is the game we are playing.

Start practicing and be sure to send an email to to schedule an appointment for your one chance. Good luck.

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