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Hi everyone.

Back when Persona 4 Arena came out we had a fun and surprisingly popular community online tournament. I and the rest of the crew that's been camping out in IRC ever since thought it would be fun to revive the tradition for the North American release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.

So with out ado here are the details.

When:

The weekend of October 4th-5th. Current the tournament is scheduled to start at 1pm PST on Saturday and run through Sunday. Tentative round times are here.

Where:

On PSN. Please join #gb_ultimax on quakenet IRC to coordinate matches and hang out.

If you want to chat or organize practice games before October 4th head on over to #gb_p4a on quakenet.

Webchat link: http://webchat.quakenet.org/

Rules:

  • The tournament will be a double elimination bracket, so players will need to lose a match twice to be eliminated.
  • Matches will be best 2 out of 3 rounds for 99 seconds each round. Winner will be best 2 out of 3 matches.
  • The final match (top 2) will be 3 out of 5 matches (both before and after a bracket reset).
  • A player that loses a match is allowed to switch characters, however a player who wins must choose the same character as his previous match.
  • If a player drops during a round, it is up to the opponent to decide if he agrees to do a rematch or not.
  • Saving a replay of your matches is recommended in case of disputes (this has not happened in a GB tournament to date, but better safe than sorry).
  • Failure to be available for your matches in a timely manner may lead to disqualification so please be punctual.
  • Shadow characters count as a character for the purposes of character lock in.
  • Characters not available in the North American version of the game at the time of the tournament are not allowed. (Margaret seems to be the only one that would fall under this)
  • This will not be enforced, but please do not skip the stage/character introductions for tournament matches. Allowing them to take place gives the netcode time to adjust to the player connection. This is particularly useful when players have 0-1 bars with each other.

How to sign up:

Post your PSN id in this thread.

The actual tournament brackets will be run at Challonge so please sign up there too signup link (note the date/time listed for the tournament is subject to change)

View Challonge Bracket here: http://challonge.com/gb_ultimax

Prizes:

1st:

  • Red Nintendo 2DS with Pokemon X. -via gravitypenguin
  • Choice of Amazon Gift Card / Paypal / USD - via InfiniteSpark

2nd:

  • Choice of Amazon Gift Card / Paypal / USD - via InfiniteSpark

3rd:

  • Choice of Amazon Gift Card / Paypal / USD - via InfiniteSpark

Random Distribution:

  • 2x Persona 4 Endurance Run Blu-Ray set - via MikeFightNight
  • PC Game keys - via c_rakestraw

Fine print: If you were not a giant bomb member prior to this tournament you're welcome to enter, but you may not be eligible for prizes. Who is eligible for each prize is up to the sponsor.

Claiming prizes: Once the tournament is complete each prize sponsor should contact the winner(s) over private messages to determine how to distribute the prize in question.

Streams:

Archives are here.

PSN Import Instructions (NA version is out now you can probably ignore this):

The instructions here are for JP PSN, but it's also available on the HK store if that's your thing.

  1. Make a JP PSN account - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixI8qGVyMIM
  2. Get some Yens! Assuming you don't have a JP credit card you'll need a JP PSN points card. You're in luck - you can buy codes digitally from PlayAsia or another of other online import retailers. The digital version is 6800 Yen if I recall correctly so make sure you have enough before hand.
  3. Got your account and code? Switch to your JP account, log into PSN and boot up the Playstation store.
  4. I'm not going to put super complete menuing instructions here, but it's easy enough to play things by ear...
  5. The bottom, or second from bottom (forget which) list item is for code entry so put in your Yen card code(s) in there. If all goes well you'll see the amount of Yen in your PSN wallet increase.
  6. Find Ultimax in the store and buy it with your Yen! You can either search for it by putting the characters "ペルソナ4" Into search or just navigate your way around the store until you find the game download.
  7. Once you have the game bought and downloaded you switch back to your normal PS3/PSN account and run it that way. Have fun!
  8. DLC characters: Alas, they ain't free if you buy the game with this method. They'll run you 800 yen a pop. You can buy them using the methods described above or you can launch the store through Ultimax itself in the PSN menu section.

Personas Behind the Madness:

FluxWaveZ: This evil mastermind is the brains behind the original giant bomb community P4A tournaments and a mean competitor to boot. His true motives are as shadowy as his Labrys.

gravitypenguin: If real life fighting game tournaments were wrestling he'd be a jobber. However, his losses haven't weakened his determination. Perhaps he can turn his luck around in this devious tournament of his own making.

The quakenet GB_P4A crew: Eternally lurking in the shadows of IRC and twitter. As the celestial event known only as "the ultimax" draws near they have returned to claim dominance in the arena.

Entrants:

Giant BombPSN
gravitypenguingravitypenguin
ServanteyJGALM14
TheFakePsychicTheFakePsychic
wumbo3000wumbo3000
ZeikZeik56
mosespippymosespippy
EpidehlEpidehl
MikeFightNightMikeFightNight
IrrelevantJohnxLLeg3ndX
YI_OrangeYI-Orange
FluxWaveZFluxWaveZ
GrantHeaslipGrantHeaslip
ESREVERMaceX
KuutochiKuutochi
Bloo561Bloo561
kaziowihorakaziowihora
risenreaper21risenreaper21
mpgeistMP_Geist
Hippie_GenocideTheNewBlack
SigmaCloudSigmaCloud
BrodehouseBrodehouse
PhatmacBlazeluminos
Spikes799Hunter509th
MDYuxxnickixx
HeyGuysBoringname123
GrantHeaslip?
aznjon12aznjonxx
Dan_PersonaDanPersona
TerachTerach-
Keystone_YinzerKeystone_Yinzer
XomeroXomero
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Well you already know PSN:Jgalm14

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I guess I'll be around as always.

PSN: TheFakePsychic, streaming services TBD.

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Awesome! I'm down.

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Sure, why not? I'm not sure I'll be in good fighting condition in less than a week, but oh well.

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#6  Edited By InfiniteSpark

Not sure if I'll participate, a chance that I could be called up to work for that weekend. :(

My prize offerings: Top 3 receives choice of Amazon Gift Card $ or PayPal $ USD, if they choose to accept. $30 / $20 / $10. [Not awarded to recent new GB members. I'll let @gravitypenguin have final say on my offerings.]

Hope to see a good number of entrants for the first GB P4AU tourney!

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Yep, sign me up. PSN is mosespippy. Anyone want to train on P4A before the game comes out?

I also think it'd be cool to do a league like they do with rugby 7s. Everybody plays everybody. The top teams playoff for the high skill championship, the middle teams playoff for a mid skill championship and the lower teams playoff for a lower skill championship. Everybody has something on the line up until the very end.

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I'd be up for this again. I'm Epidehl on PSN as well.

Let's see if my Naoto gets utterly decimated by some Mitsuru's just like last time! Probably doesn't help that I haven't really played a whole lot since the last game came out (also that I'll probably want to try out Marie a bunch).

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I'll donate two P4 Endurance Run Blu-ray sets to a raffle prize pool. As long as you show up and attend you'll have a chance at winning one. I'm not sure what my work and personal schedule will be like that weekend but sign me up as well PSN: MikeFightNight. If I do end up being busy i'll make sure to let you know before the tournament starts.

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Sign me up! If needed I can provide streaming service as well.

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#11  Edited By Bocam

This makes me rethink my idea of holding an original P4A tournament in prep for ultimax

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I hope this one is as popular as the first P4A week 1 GB tournament. That was a lot of fun.

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I'm in, with the stipulation that I'm a total scrub. I started playing P4A a few weeks ago and had never played a fighting game prior (besides Smash, if that counts). I'm "GrantHeaslip" on PSN.

Yep, sign me up. PSN is mosespippy. Anyone want to train on P4A before the game comes out?

I also think it'd be cool to do a league like they do with rugby 7s. Everybody plays everybody. The top teams playoff for the high skill championship, the middle teams playoff for a mid skill championship and the lower teams playoff for a lower skill championship. Everybody has something on the line up until the very end.

I'm totally up for some practice if you're reasonably bad at the game :). I haven't even tried matchmaking yet, but I bet I'd get destroyed to such a degree that I wouldn't be getting much out of it. Same goes for anyone else!

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#15  Edited By mosespippy

@grantheaslip: Don't worry. I'm quite the scrub. The only fighting games I've ever played are P4A and Dive Kick. I've only played one match of online P4A. I almost won a round.

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Nice, I'll be joining this.

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#18  Edited By Zeik

@mosespippy: I'm definitely up for some practice matches. I've actually been looking for some live opponents to practice against for awhile, because the few randoms left online are way too good for casual practice.

In fact, if anyone is up for any today feel free to hit me up, because I'm kind of bored out of my mind waiting for Destiny to launch.

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#19  Edited By Bocam

I have a extra copy of the asian version of Ultimax to give away if anyone wants it to get some early practice, just make a bad Sho-like pun and have at least 500 posts or be a premium member (GAVE THAT AWAY)

As for prizes I have copies of the official design works of Persona 3 & 4

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@bocam said:

I have a extra copy of the asian version of Ultimax to give away if anyone wants it to get some early practice, just make a bad Sho-like pun and have at least 500 posts or be a premium member

As for prizes I have copies of the official design works of Persona 3 & 4

Awesome, that's very (beary?) generous! Count me out of the draw -- I've already pre-ordered it on PSN.

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#21  Edited By Zeik

@bocam: Whoa, seriously? I'd Sho kill for an early copy. I can Bearly wait for the American release, so if Yu want to give it to someone I'd gladly Take-Mikazuchi it off your hands. What do you Rise? I Kanji keep going.

(...You did say BAD puns, right? I take no responsibility for that! <_<)

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Good luck to all the entrants! Hope someone streams it again.

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Hell why not

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Updated the OP with current entrants and a few more details.

I plan to add prize(s) to the pool myself so stay tuned for that and more info :)

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I've got some Humble Bundle keys I'd be willing to donate as prizes if you guys are still looking to expand the prize pool.

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Sign me up. PSN: TheNewBlack

Yep, sign me up. PSN is mosespippy. Anyone want to train on P4A before the game comes out?

Also, yes. I'm not very good at Persona; I'm more of a Street Fighter player, but I got it when it was cheap on PSN and it's a fun game.

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Signing up.

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Hey folks. Updated the OP.

I added an "import" guide for getting the game from JP PSN for people who want to play now and don't mind Japanese + spending more money :)

Also brought the player listing up to date.

More updates to come on scheduling, prizes, and streams.

Cheers.

I've got some Humble Bundle keys I'd be willing to donate as prizes if you guys are still looking to expand the prize pool.

Prizes are always welcome, just let me know what you want to give away and if you're doing raffle distribution or targeting a specific place (1st, 2nd, etc.)

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Red yellow killafella!

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You are not prebeared.

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Had a lot of fun with the first GB tourny for P4A. I'll be happy to join. My PSN is Blazeluminos

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#34  Edited By Spikes799

I'm in again.

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Count me in, my PSN is xxnickixx unfortunatly will only be available for practice once US version is released

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Hey guys just a quick schedule update.

The tournament will run starting Saturday October 4th and finishing Sunday October 5th. At this point I think we have enough people that running it on one day would rush things and this is the format we used most often in the past.

Stay tuned for more specific information about the start time, round duration, etc.

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Oh man did I not sign up for this?

Well count me in. PSN: Boringname123.

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#38  Edited By FluxWaveZ

How will this tournament handle Shadow characters? Will they be seen as entirely separate characters—fitting the already established rule—or will they be a more complicated case such as SFxT or Divekick gem switching?

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#39  Edited By c_rakestraw
@gravitypenguin said:

Prizes are always welcome, just let me know what you want to give away and if you're doing raffle distribution or targeting a specific place (1st, 2nd, etc.)

I've got And Yet It Moves, Antichamber, Cities in Motion 2, Gunpoint, Little Inferno, Mafia 2, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, Solar 2, and 140. Might have more depending on what they add to the latest bundle on Tuesday. Can do a raffle to hand them out as participation prizes so that everyone gets something.

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I can donate some guys into the prizes pot I check when I return home. Also sign me up as a stream if needed.

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#41  Edited By gravitypenguin

Hey again,

Updated the OP with prize info, and some minor rules/schedule stuff. I'm adding a 2DS to the prize pool :)

How will this tournament handle Shadow characters? Will they be seen as entirely separate characters—fitting the already established rule—or will they be a more complicated case such as SFxT or Divekick gem switching?

I'm going with shadow characters counting as a character selection. Updated rules.

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#42  Edited By FluxWaveZ

I would recommend making use of an online lobby during the organization of this tournament. That was used during an earlier tournament, and it made things a whole lot faster, with players being able to meet each other and play out their matches with ease. Far easier and more efficient than relying exclusively on player lobbies and having to send out invites. Matches wouldn't be able to be streamed by a third-party that way, but finding an isolated lobby that no one is in and making it the "Giant Bomb Tournament" lobby would be the best way to do things for matches that didn't need to be streamed.

Also, what's the verdict on Margaret's use in this tournament? She'll be available for players who own the Japanese version of the game when the tourney starts, but NA version owners won't have access to her until after the tournament is over.

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#43  Edited By gravitypenguin

@fluxwavez said:

I would recommend making use of an online lobby during the organization of this tournament. That was used during an earlier tournament, and it made things a whole lot faster, with players being able to meet each other and play out their matches with ease. Far easier and more efficient than relying exclusively on player lobbies and having to send out invites. Matches wouldn't be able to be streamed by a third-party that way, but finding an isolated lobby that no one is in and making it the "Giant Bomb Tournament" lobby would be the best way to do things for matches that didn't need to be streamed.

Also, what's the verdict on Margaret's use in this tournament? She'll be available for players who own the Japanese version of the game when the tourney starts, but NA version owners won't have access to her until after the tournament is over.

Don't know if there's a good answer on Margaret, but let's go with "characters not available in NA version are not tournament legal" on account of this being a NA launch tournament.

Reminder to entrants - The tournament is coming up in about a week and a half now. If you're still interested and haven't entered at challonge yet please find the link for that in the OP and do so. If you're not going to make it also please let me know so I can update things accordingly.

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I just signed up on Challonge. I basically haven't practiced at all since signing up earlier this month, so expect some bafflingly incompetent play on my part :).

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#45  Edited By Vashyron

As much as I would love to participate, I think that between starting a new job and it being second shift, it would be far more stressful to try and participate this time around.

Definitely next time, though.

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I just signed up on Challonge. I basically haven't practiced at all since signing up earlier this month, so expect some bafflingly incompetent play on my part :).

I signed up for Challonge but I've got no idea how to actually join the tournament, any advice?

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@heyguys said:

@grantheaslip said:

I just signed up on Challonge. I basically haven't practiced at all since signing up earlier this month, so expect some bafflingly incompetent play on my part :).

I signed up for Challonge but I've got no idea how to actually join the tournament, any advice?

You need to click on this signup link once you have an account. It took me a few minutes to figure that out as well.

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#48  Edited By gravitypenguin

By the way just so nobody freaks out when it happens:

I'll be shuffling the seeds before the tournament starts next weekend so whatever matchup shows up for you in the current challonge bracket is probably not what you'll be starting with.

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@heyguys said:

@grantheaslip said:

I just signed up on Challonge. I basically haven't practiced at all since signing up earlier this month, so expect some bafflingly incompetent play on my part :).

I signed up for Challonge but I've got no idea how to actually join the tournament, any advice?

You need to click on this signup link once you have an account. It took me a few minutes to figure that out as well.

Ah! Thanks a bunch.

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