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The men and women of Console Freeplay are proud to present, for the second year running...
The PAX 2009 Rock Band 2 Tournament!
The deal is basically the same as last year (in fact, this post borrows heavily from its predecessor!), but with a few...optimizations. Here's how it's going down:
Form your own bands. If you need help finding members, you can make use of our LFG (Looking For Group) area to find other drifters. You don't need four people, but all parts must be represented one way or another.
Once you've formed a band, you can attempt to Qualify. At any time before 2 AM on Saturday (sort of the same day as Friday...), make your way to a Rock Band station. Qualifying means passing a song from the below list on any difficulty. Once you have a score you're happy with, nab a nearby Console Freeplay Enforcer to have your score registered (don't leave the score screen!). EACH BAND MAY ONLY REGISTER ONE SCORE. Only the top 32 qualifying scores will make it into the tournament.
Bands will be seeded and bracketed based on their qualifying score. Initial matches will be announced Saturday morning at 10 AM at the Console Freeplay checkout desk (southeast corner of 6E, for anyone looking at a map). The first rounds will begin at 11 AM, and will be staggered throughout the day, since we have limited Rock Band sets.
A match will consist of the following:
The lower seeded team will have first choice of song. For these rounds, all songs are currently fair game. Subject to change. Both teams will play the song, at whatever difficulty they each prefer. Highest score wins.
The higher seeded team then gets to pick a song, same deal.
Ties will be broken by playing a song randomly chosen from a subset of songs by Console Freeplay staff.
Winners will proceed to the next round. Failure to show up to a scheduled match will result in a loss.
All scheduling will be announced Saturday morning. Matches will be held on Saturday until four bands are left.
The final four bands will battle it out on the Rock Band Stage, same style. After the final match, a victor will be declared. The heavens will open up and a host of angels will carry you to your celestial thrones. And probably give you some cool stuff.
Songs on this list were picked to be in the same approximate score range. It's still up in the air whether we'll be able to get any of the DLC songs. For now, assume that only stock RB1/2 songs are available. I know. Shit's expensive. This may not be a comprehensive list - if you find a song that's in the same score range on Score Hero or whatnot, let me know and I'll check it out.
Remember, your qualifying score is your absolute band score, regardless of what difficulty you choose to play on.
The Main Drag - A Jagged Gorgeous Winter
Avenged Sevenfold - Almost Easy
Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Mastodon - Colony of Birchmen
Lush - De-Luxe
Nirvana - Drain You
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer
The Donnas - New Kid in School
Bang Camaro - Night Lies
Blondie - One Way or Another
L7 - Pretend We're Dead
Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
Steve Miller Band - Rock'n Me
Guns n Roses - Shackler's Revenge
Paramore - That's What You Get
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Where'd You Go?
The Grateful Dead - Alabama Getaway
FAQ What equipment will you have?
Our qualifier stations will most likely be running standard RB2 hardware, incl drum kit, guitars, mic. The Rock Band Stage, which the last two rounds will be played on, will have an Ion Kit with a sweeeeet pedal, stock RB2 guitars, and I believe a tricked out, proper mic. We'd request that you not switch out hardware during the qualifier songs (it's hard to keep track of that shit), but after that you are welcome to swap instruments out (again, no split/double pedals or the like) so long as you offer the use of them to your opponents.
Can we pleeeeease use game modifiers like breakneck speed etc?
Can Enforcers participate in this tournament?
Attendees only! Enforcers can cheer their favorite bands on from the sidelines
What about a "performance tournament"?
To be as fair and objective as possible, the tournament is strictly score-based; however, if we see a particularly spectacular performance at any point, we may decide to shower you with glories on the spot .
Can your band pick the same song more than once in the tournament?
Nope. You can only pick a song once (if your opponent picks a song, you're still free to pick it yourself later in the tournament).
SONGS AND STUFF
Based on suggestions and resulting discussion, we've decided to make the following changes:
ADDED : Alabama Getaway
REMOVED : Hungry Like A Wolf
BARRED UNTIL FINAL ROUND : Green Grass And High Tide, Panic Attack
Post with questions and/or general excitement! We'll see you at the show.