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Wednesday
Jun292011

Wednesday Night Fights and Yomi

Every Wednesday in Los Angeles, California, there's a large gathering of fighting game players who compete in various games. This gathering was started by Alex Valle. You guys might not realize the significance of this event, so I'll try to put it in perspective.

Alex Valle has won too many tournaments to count, but in my opinion, the tournament win that started his long reign of Street Fighter Legend was his victory at B3 in 1996 in the game Street Fighter Alpha 2. This tournament was put on by Tom Cannon (founder of shoryuken.com) and Tony Cannon (creator of ggpo networking). It was a landmark event in the entire history of US fighting games, as it was the first time players from all over the country (and from Canada) really came together to face each other. Valle dramatically revealed his then-secret technique, now known as the Valle-CC, when he defeated another Street Fighter Legend: John Choi.

The reason I'm telling you any of that is to put it in perspective that Wednesday Night Fight events draw about 130 people each week, I hear, which is larger than the attendance of the entire B3 tournament. Every week! This event has more impact than just in Los Angeles, too. It's streamed so anyone in the world can watch, and most of the best Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players in the world just happen to live there and go to it. So I think this event is actually pretty key in advancing the level of play in MvC3 everywhere.

For these reasons, I'm proud to support the event as a sponsor, and I think tonight Mr. Valle and crew will be giving away a few copies of Yomi.

You can watch the stream tonight at 8:30pm, Pacific Time here: http://www.twitchtv.com/leveluplive
You can also follow the contest on Twitter:
@levelupseries
@alexvallesf4
Hashtag #WNF 

Reader Comments (11)

When reading this, I thought it was going in a different direction. I was expecting you to say something along the lines of, "In the same spirit of the Wednesday Night Fight event, I am starting a weekly Yomi event where all players are encouraged to gather online to watch and participate in some of the most competitive games of Yomi available in hopes of advancing the level of play and popularity of the game."

And I would have been excited to participate.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdzebra

I think someone else should do that unless you want to delay the release of all the other stuff I'm working on. Would be great if someone was the lead organizer on that. I would really like a large live event and I agree it would be awesome.

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterSirlin

It's good to see you still involved in the general fighting game scene, in one way or another.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertataki

I saw Yomi tweeted by @levelupseries on Wednesday, tried the game out on the web & promptly bought the full set the next day. This really is a fantastic game. It truly captures the essence of fighting games. I cannot wait to play with my card gaming friends. Thanks for supporting WNF, the community supports you in return.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Hey Tony, that's awesome! It's been a big hit in the board / card game world, getting game of the year from top reviewers. But strangely, I've hardly done anything to introduce it to fighting game players, even though that's my background! I'd really appreciate it if you showed some fighting game friends of yours, and hopefully it will go over well, especially when you discover the various nuances like blocked sonic boom into throw, and how Grave is secretly Daigo in that he has more dragon punches than anyone else, lol.

And big ups to WNF for getting such a big group of players together for offline play. Awesome!

July 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterSirlin

sirlin please apologise for your forced, downright wrong, not adhering to real rulesets (smashboards, not evo 08) brawl tutorials.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteran honest individual

Anonymous coward: a) that's off topic. b) my smash bros. tutorials don't say anything whatsoever about rulesets so I have no idea what you're talking about.

July 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterSirlin

Totally noticed Max's similarities to Guile when I played online. And Grave really is Ryu in a nutshell, low forward xx hado and reversal DP's all day! lol

I received it yesterday and played a little with my roommate (who is a fighting game player as well as a MTG/WoWTCG player like myself). We both see the potential for deep gameplay, even after a few hands. Thanks again, the quality is top notch! Only con I'd have to put is the card stock quality. It works fine, but I can see repeated use over time taking it's toll. Any chance of that being changed in a future run or expansion? Thicker stock with better varnish or Plastic would do the trick.

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Thanks Tony!

Actually, the card stock quality is higher than just about any other hobby game. It costs more to use cards like that than cheapy CCG cards. I understand that that might be confusing to hear, because the lower quality cards are thicker, so at first glance, that would appear to be better. But playing cards are thinner for a reason, because it's easier to shuffle them. In order to be thinner yet still strong, they need a reinforced core, just like Yomi cards have. Yomi cards also have a coating to protect from finger oils. It's called "playing card coating,' even. Uncoated, stiff, thick cards are cheaper to make, but everyone who felt the prototype cards wanted the more expensive ones that are closer to playing cards, so that's what I went with. I'm actually really happy that I was able to use the higher quality cardstock than CCGs for Yomi.

Plastic cards cost A LOT more. Like, a ton more. Quality plastic playing cards retail for $15 per set, and they are able to do enormous volume, many times larger of a print run than Yomi. If I offered a plastic Yomi set at $300, that would actually be an incredible deal, and yet ordinary people would think that's too much. I actually investigated this and by doing a bigger run than all complete sets of Yomi ever printed so far, it could get down to $200 or MAYBE $150 at even higher volume. I have a feeling I couldn't sell the many thousands and thousands of sets at that price that it would take to make investing in the print run worth it though. If I could wave a magic wand to make a plastic card version, I would though. It would be awesome.

July 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterSirlin

I didn't get into Yomi till a few days ago so I missed this, nor did i attend WNF last week. Are you going to be there again to rep Yomi? Will you have sets available for people to play? or even give away? I'm really enjoying the game so far, but I'm too broke to dump the money on the cards and I'm stuck playing online. I've been trying to get others to play too.

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJnana

I live hundreds of miles away, so I probably won't be there soon. It would be awesome if people did play Yomi there though, maybe you can get people started on it and someone else can bring the cards for you to play? Post on the appropriate forums about it, maybe?

July 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterSirlin
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