Announcing the "Dragon's Lair High Score Contest and Live-Stream", a live-stream event which will showcase contestants playing Tursi's newest history-making technological achievement, competing for the prize of a boxed copy of Dragon's Lair, at this year's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 7.0.
VCF-SE 7.0 is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 5000 Commerce Parkway, Roswell, GA 30076 (in the Roswell Town Center mall, around the back off Commerce Parkway.)
The contest is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, from 2pm to 4pm EDT, though time will be extended to accommodate all signed-up contestants. As of now I do not see a problem with this time slot but will update if necessary.
The rules for the game are simple:
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Arcade mode and hard difficulty are expected to give the most arcade-like feel and scoring opportunities, while hints should help even the newest of players. Joystick play, again, to replicate the arcade experience, and I will have a selection of joysticks available for players to choose. Each player will be allowed the option of a best-of-three games to help offset new players and unfamiliarity with the game. As well, players will be allowed to choose different joysticks for each attempt.
I created a Twitch channel just for this event, which you will find as OLD_CS1.
During the event, viewers will see an over-the-shoulder view of game play, a capture of the game video output, as well as the leader board. If all goes well you will also be able to hear me announcing during the contest. In true arcade style, spectators will be able to watch the game on a large screen projection. I do not plan for chat as the amount of traffic at the table each year precludes chat participation.
Additionally, the game will be played on one of my board-mounted 4As to show that the game is indeed running on stock hardware, and played on a real TI monitor.
I am set up to do pre-game streaming which will consist of just the game output capture and a graphic with the time of the contest.
The only variable in the live-stream will be bandwidth. Testing on my LTE wireless access point shows I can push 10Mb/s up, which should easily handle the 720p30f I will be broadcasting (between 2.5Mb/s and 4.5Mb/s,) but I do not yet know what coverage will be like at the event. In any case, I will be uploading a full quality recording at a later time.
Special thanks to Earl Baugh, VCF-SE organizer, for allowing the live-stream, and Tursi for not just the obvious but also for entertaining my endless banter about this event and providing the prize.
Sign-up will be at VCF-SE, and pre-show sign-up in this thread. All players will complete registration at VCF -- DO NOT POST ANY PRIVATE INFORMATION IN THIS THREAD.
Now the stuff I have been advised to include.
How to Sign Up
Sign-up at the show will begin at the opening of VCF-SE, 10:00am Saturday, until the start of the stream. This thread will serve as official notification and pre-show sign-up. Sign-ups from the show and from this thread will be interspersed so as not to give one method time advantage over the other. Players will provide an email address or phone number for winner notification, and his or her name or optionally a handle or alias, appropriate for the venue, for public uses e.g. during the live-stream and future performances.
tl;dr Express your interest in playing here, or sign up on the Saturday before the contest begins, and both will be mixed for the roster. You can use your real name or a kid-friendly moniker, and I will need a way to get in touch if you win and are not around when the contest is over. You gotta be 18 or have an adult relative sign you up.
Progression of player selection
Players signed up as of the start of the live-stream event will be given time to play up until all players have played or the close of the venue at 7:00pm on Saturday, whichever comes first. Players will be called to play in the order described above. If a player is not present for his or her call, play will progress to the next player on the roster, after which the missing player will be called again. If the missing player is not present for his or her second call, that player will be moved to the end of the player roster and subject to event time limitations described above.
tl;dr The show closes at 7pm and no one else will play after that. Please stick around for your turn. (I will have a roster up to help keep track of turns.)
Players will be given the option to have the best score from three consecutive attempts accepted as the official play score. The option is given at the end of the player's first play and the player's selection is binding. If opted, the three games must be played consecutively.
tl;dr Play one game, if you are not happy with your score you get two more chances but you have to play right away.
Harassing or otherwise disturbing active players, or any violation of VCF-SE rules or policies, will result in removal from the table area, and disqualification if the offender is a player.
tl;dr Be a jerk, get lost.
Confirmation of majority and appearance release
Player confirms he or she is of majority age or has been allowed to enter by a person with appropriate legal authority. All players understand and agree this is a live-streamed event which will be made available on the Internet immediately and at a later date. While efforts are made to prevent capture of a player's face, player agrees his or her person, in full or part, may be displayed on the Internet, as well as correlated with his or her name as provided for the player roster. Furthermore, player agrees his or her performance in the event may be used at a later time for publicity or promotional purposes and relinquishes all claims to ownership of the same as part or full of future presentations and usage.
tl;dr I am trying not to catch faces in the stream, but it could happen. If you do not want to take the chance then do not play. The stream will be live on Twitch, and later uploaded to Twitch, YouTube, or somewhere else, in full and clips, and you give permission to do that and have your player name included.
If present at the end of the contest, winning player may immediately collect prize, otherwise winning player will be notified via preferred contact method to provide shipping information.
tl;dr Stick around and claim your prize right away, otherwise you will be contacted for your mailing address.
All entries to the contest shall be kept private and confidential by, and stored securely in the custody of, the contest organizer and table exhibitors, and information contained within shall not be used for purposes other than the contest event and future presentations of the event e.g. clips, highlights, or replays, or as necessary for claim, action or cooperation with proper legal or law enforcement request. Contact information for the winning player shall be shared with third-parties as necessary for prize delivery e.g. United States Postal Service for shipping.
tl;dr Your information will not be given out and will be kept secret, used as mentioned above, or to protect myself if I get sued for some reason, or if the po-po present my attorney with a legit demand. Oh, and I cannot send you your prize without telling USPS to whom and where to send it.