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The Tournament Roll of Honour
Interview with hulmey
Optimus Prime Retires!
This weeks story:
Optimus Prime Retires...?
Hi, and welcome to the News Hound.
Optimus Prime retires as a Tournament Director. Yes, you read correct, Optimus Prime retires after a year of being a Tournament Director. The reason behind this retirement is because Optimus Prime and his wife, Luxurious, are having a baby in December, he's starting a Web Design business in a few weeks and school is getting busy. So Optimus Prime felt it was time to pass the torch to others.
But don't worry! Optimus Prime is NOT leaving ConquerClub, he will stay here and do what he does best and enjoys the most, running tournaments. Which I'm sure lots of our readers are glad for.
During his time as Tournament Director, he saw the Tournaments go from 20-30 running at the same time to over 250. His Tournament Handbook made it easy for everyone interested in making tournaments understand how to do it. The Lockerbot and Moverbot not only kept the Tournament Forums nice and tidy, but this little fellow worked all over the Forums, all from General Discussions to Suggestions and Bug Reports.
What do the other two Tournament Directors, Steelhorse and Night Strike, have to say about this?
The News Hound have spoken to both of them to get their comments.
Night Strike wrote:From the desk of the Tournament Directors:
Hello again fellow organizers. Things have been fairly crazy ever since school started back up, but hopefully we're all managing to stay afloat. As many of you may have noticed, Optimus Prime has chosen to step down from his position as Tournament Director. He has always been dedicated to his tournament organizing and used that dedication and the Director position to bring prominence to the tournament forums. Today, we average around 50 threads in the Create/Join forum and 250 in the Ongoing forum. Much of this growth can be attributed to his dedication and support for the tournaments.
This change has thrown myself and Steelhorse for a bit of a loop, but we feel that the tournaments will still be the best place in the forums. In light of this change, we are not looking to add another director at this time. Gilligan and Natewolfman have been great Tournament Assistants, and we will be looking to them to help us out with some of the bigger projects. When the time comes to add another director or assistant, we'll come calling (so please don't ask before then).
As a challenge to everybody: now that Optimus is no longer a Director, you all had better keep up with the great tournaments we know he'll provide.
~Night Strike & Steelhorse
Those words concludes this weeks News Hound, catch us again next week in the Tournament Newsletter!
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October 13th 2008: The day Optimus Prime retired from the staff jobs. We’ll miss you!
November 3rd is the Newsletter’s one year anniversary.
Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.
Card Counting Team Challenge
Class of CC Doubles Tournament
Organizer: 4 U 2 NV
128 Player Doubles Tournament
1 versus 1 Tournaments
2008 College Hoops
The 2008 College Hoops tourney is now in the signup thread for another week or so...we still have about half our schools open so sign up if you want to play through the March Madness season.
DSL vs. CC
Organizer: max is gr8
Drug Lord Hitman
Conquer Club World Cup
The Allrounders Tournament
Fuzzy’s Freshman Fiasco
Organizer: The Fuzzy Pengui
using a 7x7 windmill setup
Status: Half of the needed people booked for these nice 8 trips to 8 cities.
Brief description or update: At each city our travelling party of 49 persons will split up in 7 groups. In each city the 6 other people in your group will be different compared to earlier cities.
Rough estimate of percent complete/signed up: planned starting date is 28 October.
Dictate the Universe
Organizer: Sir. Ricco
Subprime: Zero Down, No Credit Check
Classic Singles Doubles Triples Quadruples
Qwert Championship League II
Prime’s Power League – Officer’s Division
Organizer: Optimus Prime
Prime’s Power League – Striper Division
Organizer: Optimus Prime
Trapped in the Myst of Ireland
LOTR The Catfish Cup
Royal Flush Tournament
Journey to the New World
Conquer the World
Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!
Asian Dinner Date
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
Update: As Main course we have Fugu: one mistake at preparing and the poison will kill my guests
Planned end date: January 11
Conquer the New World
The final round is underway
Global Musical Chairs
Some groups are currently in the third round, some in the second and one in the first still
CFL Tournament Doubles
Currently in Week 16. Standings updated up until Week 15. Tight playoff races. Only three weeks to go until the playoffs.
The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
All games in round five are running.
The Long Walk
All games before the next elimination are now running.
Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
5/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Waiting on 2 more games to finish before starting the final
Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.
Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002
Down and Dirty V
The Escalating Tournament II
The Championship Series
Here are some recent tournament winners.
"Lost in Translation Tournament [EIOT]" -KidWhiskey
"qwert Champion League" -qwert
"World Maps 1v1 Tournament I" -darbeslod
"Ruler of Egypt" -White Moose
"Olypmics Part I: Citius" -merz
"Foundry Update 4.1" -Bones2484
"All Holds Bar!" -amazzony
"Trips North America" -natewolfman, gameplayer, Absolute Master
"OHL Season" -BaldAdonis
"Gilligan's Bracket Tournament" -knighthawk
"Doodle Earth Doubles" -madman7 and j-mad22
"Doubles Elimination II" -Dimeat and gambler21210
"Super Quick Tournament Season 2" -kratos644
"Map Blaster III - Purge of Evil" -geigerm & graulenst
"LB's Top Terminator Tournament" -luckywar
"Triple Elimination Tournament" -Chadwick31
"Army of Darkness Invitational" -Lexitonia5
"Battle for Middle Earth Doubles" -amazzony and simor
"Doodle Earth Battle Royale" -Timminz
"Battle of Emoticons 4" -poptartpsycho18
"Winner's Choice 1v1" -Army of Achilles
"A Second Chance" -gameplayer
"Foundry Update 4.0" -knighthawk
"t-o-m's Magical Adventure" -Nystateomind
"Crazy Dinner Date" -sooupy
This week we sat down for an interview with hulmey.
Next week, our interview will be with the player and organiser, qwert. If you have any questions you can go post them in this thread. An interview with lackattack, the site's creator is coming soon as well. This is the last week for questions so post them here.
Now, on with the interview!
Q: Hello, hulmey.
Q:How did you find this website?
A: Discovered this amazing website with a couple of work colleagues during a rather extended lunch break
Q: Why did you join CC?
A:Played and loved the game since I was 10
Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?
A: I can't remember. Although I'm not a keen tournament player really
Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?
A: Seemed like fun.
Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?
A: About 1 year
Q:What tournament did you first run?
A: Great Britain vs USA
Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?
A: LOL, wanted to show those yanks that Britannia rules the world
Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?
A: Nobody really. But I like the way Marval makes his tournaments look good (graphically)
Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.
A:Hmm, I didn’t really know it would be such a challenge and a headache. Spent hours randomly selecting who will play who by writing their name on a piece of paper and then putting it in a bag, like a lottery lol.
Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?
A: I have 1 completed tournament. 4 ongoing and no plans for running anymore just yet!
Q:What tournaments have you organized?
A: 1.Great Britain vs USA (finished)
2. Assassins of the World (final round)
3. A New World Begins (final round)
4. There can only be one : Terminator (half way through)
5. FA BARCLAYS doubles premiership ( 5 matchs of 38 played)
Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?
A: Assassins of the world because it is unique and FA Barclays Double premiership because of my love for football.
Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?
A: Don’t really have a fav tournament, sorry. One that sticks out is when I lost in the final to Jack of all Trades. Think the tournament was called Qwert’s bracket tournie
Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?
Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite?
A: Doubles, but singles is easier to organize
Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?
A: I prefer to choose them
Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?
A:I don’t play in a lot of tournaments unless I have received a pm about it!
Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?
A: Not very because it was against 3 of my best friends whilst we were playing at work!
Q:Have you ever won a tournament?
Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?
A:Losing to Jack of all trades in qwert's tournament.
Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?
A:Drawing in players that would not normally play in tournaments
Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?
A:World Cup 2010 by MarVal and amazzony
Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?
A: The above.
Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?
Q: What makes a successful organizer?
A: I think the key is organisation and planning ahead.
Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?
A: I like to mass pm players. Send out maybe 1000 invites via pm and about 50 join. The rest apply through the forums, but its usually the same crowd from there.
Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?
A:People think its so easy, but its not!
Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?
A:Getting to the end of the tournament and congratulating the winner
Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?
A: Making tournaments too complicated. The tournament organizer may understand but half the players in it probably haven’t got a clue what's happening
Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?
A: Making tournaments too complicated lol
Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?
A: Hmmm, I think organizers should be allowed to play in their tournaments. Its only a fun site , so lets not take things too seriously
Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?
A:I wait until they need an update. I check every day though
Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?
A:No and that’s a big NO
Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?
A:I prefer to use a reserve if one can be found!
Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?
Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?
Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?
A:I'd like to see more Offical CC sanctioned tournaments
Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?
Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point
Q:How much time does CC take from your day?
A:Too much and I'm thinking of really limiting the time I devote to it!
Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?
A: The Untouchables
Q:Who are you?
A:Not sure I understand the question!
Q: Why did you pick the name hulmey?
A:Its been my nickname since I was a boy
Q:Where are you from?
A: I'm English, but have traveled the world with my father who was in the military, so I haven’t really got a home!
Q:Favourite play colour?
Q:Favourite and least favourite map?
A:Waterloo and Classic
A:Don’t have one
Q:Freestyle or sequential?
Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?
A: None at present
Q: Any parting shots?
A: Well done for all the good work you guys are doing in creating the newsletter
Q: Thank you for your time.
A:Thank you for your questions
Interview with qwert qwert will answer your questions in our tournament interview series.
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