This happened a few days ago, but I felt it important to comment on it. For those of you who may not know, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former IRA leader shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II this past week.
It’s a very nice gesture of reconciliation, and reaffirms my suspicion that all Irishmen just want to shake hands with their queen.
Big news! Big, important, breaking news! Senex will be doing commentary for the New England SC2 League Grand Finals at the Microsoft NERD Centre in Cambridge MA, this weekend. Thats June 16th and 17th.
Follow the link for the full press release.
I am going to try to attend sunday. NommyManwich won’t be able to attend. He is down in Florida consulting a Voudun Bokor to try and complete Chris Bosh’s transformation into a giant Turkey. Senex was decidedly un-amused about losing 3000 dollars on that series, and demands satisfaction.
We live in a fast-paced world, and our modern society forces us to meet all sorts of competing obligations. Will I go pick up my brother from the airport, or play another hour of SC2? Will I post to the blog, or go laugh at kittens on youtube? It isn’t normally possible to bat 1.000 and balance work and fun perfectly. Then again, Senex isn’t normal.
Senex is the most reliable person I have ever met. I’m not talking about “arrive 10 minutes early to everything” reliable. No, that stuff is for Herbs. Senex arrives faster than rumor wherever he is needed most.
So, next time Vera is alone whisper-casting, just remember, Senex’s dinner desperately needs him to pull it out of the oven. And it is vital that Senex opens his refrigerator and pours out a glass full of diet coke. It is of world-shaking import that he pulls out a fork and some napkins, and the fate of nations rest on his successful tucking in of the napkin into his shirt as a sort of impromptu bib. It’s actually not that important that he burn the roof of his mouth with pizza, but he promised two weeks ago that he would, and he keeps his promises goddammit!
In addition to being a SC2 caster, life-coach, and very clever person, Senex also has an accomplished but little known songwriting career.
By far his best known song is “the Hardest working man in Kansas City”. This tune is autobiographical, and recounts Senex’s struggle find customers for his tree removal service that only utilized hand axes and wheelbarrows.
The song recently became popular as a regional anthem in Kansas City, Missouri after Royals first-baseman Eric Hosmer selected the song as his batting walk-up song in 2011.
Since making this site and help support my boy Senex, I have been getting involved with the world of Starcraft. I played a bit when it first came out but was never really good at it. So I have been trying to think of ways to entertain viewers and create games that are pleasing for both parties. There are a few things that drive people to watch a cast. One can be the commentator, Day9 had 7000 people watching him play diablo 3 this week and that was just at a random time I tuned in. This requires a good fan base and time to acquire it. Another is famous players. If your tournament has famous players, people will tune in to see them play. This requires a prize to draw them in and make it worth their time. Finally, there is entertaining games. This could be due to creative players, fun match ups, or just fun environments players are forced to play in. The third of these is what interest me the most. If i can create a fun atmosphere to watch and play in, people would. So I bring you this.
Most Tournaments are based on 2^n. If you have 4 levels that’s 16 people with 1 winner. This is a standard that almost everyone follows with the exception of starting out with a round robin. But with Starcraft you are not limited to that. What if you had a tournament based on 4. Each game, four people walk in and one walks out. Now to get four levels you would need 256 players, which is a lot. But what this brings is different game play and something interesting. People would start being paranoid of being attacked when they attack, base trades all over the place, and quick attacks to try to take someone before they know whats going on.
Some ground rules would have to be set or else these games would last forever. People would try to drag games out by running and hiding. So once someone get revealed they are out but can still harass and piss people off. Deals and back stabbing are encourages but all deals have to be made in public chat. Everyone should know of dastardly deeds. Finally, flashy creative attacks should be encourages. These would please the crowd and the king.
256 People enter the ring and only 1 stands at the end. Providing an exiting and interesting game play for both the viewer and player. There would prob need to be other rules that help the game progress and not drag on. Maybe have the viewers decide the victor after a set time. Encouraging players to be flashy and impressive and not just efficient.