OzHadou.net – now with comments!

As mentioned on the forums, OzHadou’s front page now (finally) has article comment support.

Please excuse the sketchy CSS (as the yet-to-be-released replacement front page is still a work in progress) so for now this ought to do the trick.

The comment system uses Disqus rather than the stock WordPress comments due to some historical back-end incompatibilities. The bonus is that it allows you to authenticate and leave comments via a number of popular social systems you’re likely already a member of, such as Facebook, OpenID, Google+, Twitter and Yahoo!

Please give this a shot if you’re inclined to check out the front page from time to time.

Exis [BL] VS Creamfields W&W Remix Competition

While not fighting game related, its perhaps something the community can get behind and support one of our own! Melbourne based Blanka player ‘Exis’ in between hopping over your pokes and biting your face is also an avid freelance creator of Trance music. Recently Exis has given what was once a hobby his full attention and right now is among a group of musicians gunning for the opportunity to perform at some major festivals combined with the chance to be signed by Armada Music.

Exis (image courtesy of Bosslogic)

The catch? He needs your support by way of votes and thumbs up so he can push through the final round of judging. This from Heavy Weapons via the OzHadou forums:

Fellow fighters,

Our friend Exis (Blanka player) whom I’ve known for many years has a passion for making trance music. It’s been his long-time favourite hobby but recently he has given it all his got and made it his full-time work.
In an effort to get his name out there, he has entered the Creamfields W&W Remix Competition which gives him the chance to perform at a music festival and show the world his music!

In saying that, he needs your vote to get to the final round!

As it currently stands, the competition is in the voting stage. All tracks are up for voting until midnight. If he makes it as one of the top 3 voted tracks for melbourne, he goes into the next round where a final judgement is made.
If he wins, he will get to dj at Creamfields (Melbourne) along with other high-profile djs! It will also give him a chance to get signed by Armada Music!

So ppl! Help a fellow sf4 player boost his career and reach his dreams!

Please go here and vote for Exis’ track!

– ‘Like’ the page
– Click Melbourne tab
– Vote for Exis Remix!!!


So whether you’re a Trance fan or just plain keen to support a fellow community member, please consider supporting Exis’ goal to be considered in the final round of judging.

C31: Maha's Alternate Reality features Couchwarriors!

C31 did a nice lengthy piece on the Soul Calibur qualifer that Couchwarriors held in Moonee Ponds in preparation for the Soul Symphony Event with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (around 13:58 minutes in).

In addition to the ABC feature, it’s good to see a variety of media sources feature our events. Be sure to check it out!

Also don’t forget Melbourne’s citizen videographer Burnout’s take on it all:

Burnout has been diligently documenting the FG scene in Melbourne for more than a year now, so check out his Youtube channel for match videos, pop offs and behind the scenes footage galore!

Honing Your Hypertext

As mentioned last week, a dedicated tournament website is an excellent way to communicate all the particulars about your event to the wider public. While you can choose to publish this information via a public forum such as OzHadou, a dedicated site gives you complete control over the presentation including the site URL, and allows you to embed more complex features such as advance registration.

This week I’ll go into detail on tournament websites. I’ll cover three key areas of tournament websites, namely presentation, content and updates. Throughout I’ll make reference to examples from the tournament website Goswu designed for the OHNX tournament which took place in February 2012.

Video Games Unplugged: Symphony of Legends

Great to see all the work that the Couchwarriors guys like Loki, Spoony, and Berzerk put into the CW Fighters Festival event result in something great like this.

To clarify for people, Couchwarriors organised a ranbat which had a SCV qualifier in March, and the two winners got to play on stage with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at a event hosted by Will Wheaton.

Congratulations to Woody and Ben, and although I couldn’t be there at the actual event, I still think it’s pretty damn cool.

Edit: Be sure to check out ABC’s feature on the event!

Promotion Portals

A fundamental part of any tournament is raising awareness about your event amongst potential competitors and/or spectators. The more people that know about your upcoming event, the more likely you are to enjoy a large turnout. More players obviously means more income, but it also means a wider variety of competitors which in turn is more likely to produce a close, exciting tournament for players and spectators alike.

This week I’ll talk about tournament promotion. I’ll cover the two most commonly used promotion formats, printed and online. I’ll also outline the most common delivery methods under each format, direct and indirect. Finally I’ll provide some guidelines on what you should look to include in your promotion material.

Calling Assists

As their tournament grows the organisers will find themselves in need of more people to help run the event. At the local level this is achieved by finding a few enthusiastic, reliable people and bringing them into a group maintained by the organiser. Australian examples of such groups include LanSmash (QLD), Couchwarriors (VIC), Shadowloo (VIC) and of course OzHadou (NSW, WA). However for major tournaments the event can become too large for a group’s “standing staff” to run it on their own, introducing the need for short-term staff increases.

This week I’ll continue my discussion of tournament teams by looking at volunteers. I’ll define two levels of volunteers – organisers and tournament staff – along with some examples. I’ll then cover the call-out process, assignment of tasks and finally how best to reward volunteers for their contribution to your tournament.

Allied Forces

The vast majority of successful tournament organisers can trace their beginnings back to their local community. An organiser often starts out running small, local tournaments, and as their experience and confidence builds they become interested in trying their hand at something larger. At first they’ll establish a major tournament using local resources, but there comes a point where it’s impossible to grow the event any further without seeking external assistance. Unlike financial resources, which scale relative to total attendance, the people required to run a larger event are difficult to cultivate.

This week I’ll discuss the subject of community alliances with a focus on running large scale events. I’ll provide an overview of what alliances are, how they typically work in practice, and run through the benefits and constraints involved. I’ll conclude with some examples of successful alliances taken from major tournaments in Australia and abroad.

BSG Updates – Part 3

Two weeks ago I released version 6 of the Bracket Seed Generator (BSG) Excel spreadsheet and kicked-off a 3-part article outlining the updates that have been made. In part 1 I reviewed changes made to the BSG’s rank seeding functionality and the way seeds were displayed within pools. In part 2 I provided an overview of revisions to the BSG’s regional seeding algorithm.

This week I’ll conclude this series by listing a number of bug fixes added to version 6 of the BSG. These include additional error trapping for a number of problems and a relaxation of the constraints for the “Minimum Pools” setting.

'Soul Impact' Soul Calibur V Tournament Feat. FaYd

Just a quick reminder that the ‘Soul Impact’ tournament is being played tonight in the UK. This is the promotional Soul Calibur V tournament that Australia’s ‘FaYd’ qualified for earlier in the year that saw him receive an all expenses paid invitation to participate in the European/Australasian grand finals.

FaYd is one of the organisers for the OHN tournament here in Australia who also hails as one of Sydney’s well known Tekken players. If SC is something you are interested in, or you’re just plain keen to support him at the tournament, be sure to check out the stream which is linked below.

More details on the event are available here.

A live stream of the event begins soon which you can catch here:

Watch live video from namcobandaiuk on en.twitch.tv

Best of luck to FaYd!