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Règlement / 2021 Ruleset / Règlement 2021
« le: 30 juin 2021, à 10:51:37 »
Bref, on évolue avec son temps, et si ça nous déplaît vraiment, rien ne nous oblige à participer. Pour l'instant je suis suffisamment convaincu pour continuer, on verra comment ça se passera avec une compétition davantage disputée cette année ;)

I think this is important to realize yes. If we implement it now and almost no one likes it we can switch back at any point for future editions. Just like the decision was once made to play in single elim. Like you said, I also truly think SMK is so volatile that a double elim is warranted. It also puts a little less emphasis on group stage seeding, which is otherwise completely crucial for a sub top (top 5-15) player's chances to do well versus his or her rivals. This basically allows for much greater discriminatory power between the players that typically get eliminated in barrage / top 16 / quarter finals.

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This summer the SMK Championship are making a return (17th-21st of August 2021)!  8)

We are proud to announce that registrations for #CDESMK2021 are open!  :D

Pour lire l'intégralité de ce message en français: http://www.ffsmk.org/?id=46&comments=1&lang=fr

After extensive deliberation, the IASMK has decided that this summer’s SMK tournament, to be held at Alphen Aan Den Rijn's Esports Game Arena, will be labeled a European SMK Championship (CDE). This will be the 2nd European Championship in the history of our event series, after the first CDE was held back in 2008. Due to the global situation and enduring travel restrictions this summer, the possibility of a World Championship (CDM) was never under consideration. However we are very thankful that a sufficient number of European players will be able to attend and have already pre-registered for this event.

The event agenda can be found here: http://www.ffsmk.org/?task=agenda
The event rules can be found here: http://www.ffsmk.org/?task=rules 
Join the discord channel dedicated to the championship to share with community members and challenge your rivals! https://discord.gg/kVrFzn3Srn

Note that registration for this event is required. If people are bringing any extras, they also have to register, even if they will not be participating.
We encourage you all to register before August 1st, 2021. The pandemic is still affecting our plans and freedoms in an ever changing way, so we will be lenient with last minute registrations. Registrations will be kept track of via the FFSMK website again (http://www.ffsmk.org/?task=participants).

The registration form can be found here:
https://forms.gle/ZjnumSrs4pjeMivaA


The event costs are 15 Euros per day, including the ceremony + free play day (Saturday 21st). Saturday tickets are mandatory if you participate in more than 2 modes (people are actually expected to pick up their medals and prizes). Optionally you can also sign up for a restaurant quality lunch + dinner for 15 Euros per day, thanks to our very generous sponsor (and community member) Lars! :goldmario: Note that Saturday there will only be a lunch (7.50 Euros). Finally, IASMK will charge 5 euros to cover organizational costs and benefit the future sustainability of these events. Once you have submitted the Google Registration form you will get an email from the organization with an invoice + payment details. 

Some typical examples of a CDE package:
-Full event without food deal: 15(*5) + 5 = 80€
-Full event with food deal: 30(*4) + 22.50 + 5 = 147.50€
-Single day ticket: 15 + 5 = 20€
-Single day ticket with food: 30 + 5 = 35€
-Spectating all days with food deal: 15(*4) + 7.50 + 5 = 72.50€

Again, if you are bringing any extra people, please have them fill in the registration form too. Especially if they want to make use of the food package (lunch + dinner) of de Beren.

Please let us know via the form what day / time you will arrive. We strongly encourage people to arrive Monday evening (especially those traveling from abroad), because the event is projected to start with an opening lunch at 13:00 (TT is projected to start at 16:00). Please also inform us if you can bring any equipment (SNES set-up + SMK + TVs) and finally if you require any assistance in finding a place to sleep.

We have all been looking forward to experience an SMK Championship again, let’s all enjoy and celebrate the community and its favourite game!  <3



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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 25 mai 2021, à 21:13:05 »
Thomas renegotiated the Alphen hotel deal to 50 euros per person per night without breakfast. Please speak up if you're interested this asap so I know how many rooms we want there (if any).

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 25 mai 2021, à 16:30:47 »
Salim, can I put you on the pre sign-up list? It would mean that you're not committed to come yet, but if you can, you will!  ;)

I agree with the stuff you posted (minus the BM nonsense). The hotel deal is pretty bad, it's too expensive and not much discount. Too bad becasuse the hotel is so close to the Esports game arena. Reminder that people from abroad can sleep at Martin's or Mike's if they contact him early enough.  ;)

We are also leaning towards calling it a CDE yes. Especially if Geo and Neo will indeed be present (their gold medal history at CDM speaks for itself  :D). Like you said, we can't cancel Wimbledon everytime a top player can't make it. I'd really love it if ScouB can make it after all too, that would completely remove most discussion points. We'll have to wait and see. :) But I do think we need to make the final decision in a few weeks so we can prepare the medals with the appropriate event name.  ;D

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 24 mai 2021, à 13:12:05 »
Quick announcement about the hotel arrangements:
There is a new hotel that opened up right next door to the Esports game arena (like literally 2 minutes walking distance). It's not a cheap one, but Thomas managed to negociate a bulk discount. He reserved 10 rooms (but they can still be cancelled if no one wants the deal). https://www.stadsherbergalphen.nl/?lang=en

The price he got for us is 60 euros per night per person. They're 2 person rooms and breakfast is included. Please let me know if you're interested in this deal so I know what to tell Thomas. The alternatives are still the Avifauna hotel which is less expensive, but much further away (it was in the 35 euros per person range last year if I remember correctly), arranging your own Airbnbs or crashing at a local karter's place (limited capacity and people outside of NL have priority).

If you need any help arranging your stay in Alphen, don't hesitate to drop me a message!  :)

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 19 mai 2021, à 10:29:02 »
Great news, hopefully we'll be able to be enough to officially (Geo) label it as an official championship this time.

I see what you did there (Label lol)  :D
If we get ScouB on top of all the names listed it's almost a no brainer. But even now it's not looking too bad. Let's wait a little to see how things develop.

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 18 mai 2021, à 22:13:32 »
Dear karters, time for an update regarding the summer tournament!

First the really good news: Thomas has confirmed that the Esports Game Arena in Alphen wants us, will be open and is available for the suggested dates (16th-21st August)!  :etoile:

This event will have a 32 participants cap. Because we’re expecting more interest than for last year’s SMKAS event we have to consider two different approaches for sign-ups. Normally it is first come, first served. Normally this is not a problem as the number of participants is usually a bit below the 64 person cap. And last year for SMKAS it was well below the 32. This year might be different, I can sense people are hungry for SMK. We may decide to reserve a few wildcards for top players / core community members that might be forced to sign up late (during the pandemic this is even much more understandable than before), depending on how the (pre) sign-up process goes.
Lars is still interested in giving us a daily lunch & dinner deal. So yes, his restaurant survived the year, cheers for Lars!  :plume: We’re still discussing the details of the deal. Last year it was ~8 euros per meal, which is very generous. Hopefully he will offer us a similar deal.

Tickets will be available in two different packages (I’m also still discussing the venue price with Thomas), one with and one without lunch options. We’re also discussing a deal with the local hotel (in the same street). It’s expensive if you arrange your own traveling plans (unfortunately), but maybe Thomas can talk us into a decent bulk deal.
Now on to the second big reason I’m posting this announcement: we’re keen on learning who of you is up for this event, so we can start planning accordingly. I will be posting a (pre) sign-up list and updating it.
I also want to know if you can bring equipment (SNES + SMK or even TV(s) if you live in the Netherlands). Disclaimer: Anyone put on the list is interested in joining and has the intention to join if circumstances allow. Obviously we’re not dealing with certain sign-ups this year (though arguably we never really are anyway).
Once we have a list of the karters interested, the discussion whether this event should be labeled a SMKAS part 2 or CDE 2021 can be held in a meaningful way. Until this is clearer we at the IASMK feel it’s premature to have such a discussion, simply because not all the relevant factors are on the table.

Cheers,
KVD

The sign-up for SMKAS2 / CDE 2021 is as follows (update 18-5-2021):
1 Neo
2 Geo
3 KVD
4 Mario86
5 Jarmou (she might bring a team this year, we will wait for more info)
6 Lafungo
7 Martin (MvH)
8 Aron
9 Zarkov
10 Moll
11 SparksF1
12 MeridianPrime
13 Sjors (the drunk strawberry)
14 Mike (Bl44tje) (GP and TT only?)
15 Mark Duivesteijn
16 Rub (Gerard Roodhorst)
17 Rune (BM only potentially)
18 Wild
19 Gijs Vos (supernal)
20 FF
21 Salim
22 Come (Kusumer)
23 MJ (not there for GP day)
24 Edwin (TT + BM only)

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 08 avril 2021, à 15:13:38 »
Doing a French based event somewhere this year would be nice of course (for those that cant go to NL), but I'll leave that up to you all of course.  :D
International travel is indeed complicated and probably will be for some time, but it is possible. Within the bounds of Europe at least.

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 08 avril 2021, à 13:28:13 »
مرحبا سالم ، مترجم جوجل يعمل  ;D

Discussions on the TT format change took place on this forum, at live events (Winter Cup and ASMKC), on the Discord and in the international SMK WhatsApp group. The vast majority of people that engaged were in favor of treating TT equally and justifying this by extending the Last Karter standing. There were a few voices against (a handful of French only), but I'm sure everyone understands it's unreasonable to expect unanimous support for every decision. We then field tested this new TT implementation at CDM 2019 and the extended format at SMKAS 2020 and it was very well received both times.

For the sake of clear communication then, it is possible we did not formally announce the final decision in this matter (even though the discussion ended over a year ago), but here it is: TT will be implemented in the fashion described by the rules outlined above in any tournament organized by the IASMK going forward.

I don't know how we can possibly be more transparent than this.  ;D


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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 07 avril 2021, à 13:13:04 »
Bonjour Narnet.  :plume:  :D

C'est une blague, c'est ça ?  ::)

Unfortunately the real joke is what happened when none of the people that are so vocal about the rules stepped up to save the FFSMK when it was dying / disbanding.  :-X

But let's not just point fingers here. What you say is true: this version of the rules document was proposed first in September 2020 in a period when focusing on the next tournament was difficult. We can of course empathize with this point you make.
You mentioned nothing of the Swiss system in your first post in this topic. You just referred to the fact that SMKAS was not a CDM (which we all agree on to begin with) and the old TT coefficient discussion, which is the one thing that has been debated extensively in the community more than a year ago (starting January 2020 to be precise). Discussions on the TT format change took place on this forum, at live events (Winter Cup and ASMKC), on the Discord and in the international SMK WhatsApp group. The vast majority of people that engaged were in favor of treating TT equally and justifying this by extending the Last Karter standing. There were a few voices against (a handful of French only), but I'm sure everyone understands it's unreasonable to expect unanimous support for every decision. We then field tested this new TT implementation at CDM 2019 and the extended format at SMKAS 2020 and it was very well received both times.

For the sake of clear communication then, it is possible we did not formally announce the final decision in this matter (even though the discussion ended over a year ago), but here it is: TT will be implemented in the fashion described by the rules outlined above in any tournament organized by the IASMK going forward.

The other changes were first suggested in the September 2020 topic (and some of them were also field tested and well received at SMKAS a month earlier). We intended to test the Swiss system at SMKAS, but it didn't make sense to do so with only a dozen players. So I think it is fair that these changes can still be up for discussion. I apologize for my tone making them seem almost final (I was mostly referring to the TT part there, which is the only thing you addressed in your first post). We have been discouraged by the lack of supportive messages about SMK events on this forum, so that may have triggered my tone a little. You say the window was 5 days, but the window was never closed so it's been open for at least 6 months. By the way, the proposed switch from Belgian to Swiss system is also largely born out of pragmaticism. I doubt even Djo (the creator) knows exactly how the Excel code works behind this system and of the people in the IASMK organisation only Patrick can sort of run it. And when I say sort of, I mean he does run into trouble with bugs and stuff almost every time it is used.

I will say the odds are high that this summer's SMK tournament will be a SMKAS part 2 and not an official Championnat (again), so it will give us one more opportunity to field test the new format and this time hopefully with a higher number of participants. For the sake of clear communication once again then: the format and associated rules that are being suggested and tested are not just for a spinoff tournament series. The intent is clear here: if the format is approved it will be applied to any SMK tournament organized by the IASMK tournament going forward (including CDM 2022, etc). I hope that is clear.  :)  If you or anyone has any questions or remarks about the switch to a Swiss system or other proposed rules, now would be the time.

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 05 avril 2021, à 21:16:31 »
@ Narnet and ScouB, I did not imply that SMKAS 2020 should be considered a CDM retrospectively. I just said that it was the de facto PAL SMK championships of 2020, that is hard to deny. It had much more of an official tournament structure than the Winter Cup (for example no Jey importing his drunk friends in the middle of the event  ::)), regardless of who participated. I'd like to eventually see SMKAS (and ASMKC 2019 & 2020 and future editions) to be added to the historical SMK tournament result archives at http://www.ffsmk.org/. Obviously NOT as CDMs, but both as standalone SMK championship series. This becomes even more crucial if we do decide to call the 2021 edition (if there will even be one) SMKAS 2.0 instead of CDE. I'm perfecty fine with NOT labeling it an official Championnat event btw, if that's the general community vibe. Then it'll just be SMKAS 2.0. For the record I also agree that a 15 people Gasny event would not have been a CDM in 2020.

About the rule changes, they were proposed more than a year ago on this very forum and no one bothered to reply. The window to object against this has long closed. I mean, feel free to do so, we will listen, but likely won't change them at this point (unless it becomes a very vocal majority).  :)

Also, please let's focus on the important message here: there might be an SMK event this year.  <3

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CDM 2021 / SMK PAL Championships 2021 (CDE/SMKAS part 2)?!
« le: 29 mars 2021, à 19:38:56 »
First off, sorry for the English message, but DeepL is your friend!  ;) https://www.deepl.com/en/translator

Hello fellow karterrrs!

It’s almost April already and no news about a potential SMK PAL Championships this summer. The reasons are obvious to anyone, it’s just very hard to plan any kind of meet-up involving more than 5 people while the COVID pandemic has not been resolved. However, there is reason for cautious optimism (vaccinations!). We as IASMK are planning to set the wheels into motion for a PAL SMK Championships in August, in the style of CDM/CDE/SMKAS. It probably will not surprise you when I say there are a lot of uncertainties, but we can at least share the provisional concept we’re aiming for.

Location: Esports game arena (very likely the most suitable location, assuming they’ve reopened and are allowed to organize an event for an arbitrarily large number of people)

Dates: 3rd week of August as usual (16th-21st August). Just so people that are interested can take those dates off.

Rules: Here is the document for the tournament: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/423885073285251074/825734832293806110/CDM_rules.txt

In all likelihood this will NOT be a full-fledged CDM (due to some intercontinental traveling restrictions expected to still be in place), but if this event takes place it will be the de facto SMK PAL championships of 2021; very much like SMKAS turned out to be for 2020 in retrospect. Whether we will call this a CDE (and count it for the official Championnat statistics) or a SMKAS part 2 is still up in the air and also depends on how the community decides to view the event to take place. There may still be a limited cap on how many people are allowed to participate, though this is impossible to predict in advance. The normal year CDM cap is 64 btw.
If you have any questions or remarks, please let us know. We’ll try to set the wheels in motion with the Esports arena soon (fingers crossed they survived the pandemic in ok health, both literally and figuratively).

Karel on behalf of the IASMK

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[GP] Section Principale / The Narnet Challenge
« le: 24 février 2021, à 11:21:27 »
Who knew that vraie grandeur (true greatness) can be found in being small?  ;D

EDIT: My BC3  :plume: :plume: 5-lap was also a Narnet point aves les quiches.  0:)

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[GP] Section Principale / The Narnet Challenge
« le: 23 janvier 2021, à 23:30:16 »
;D ;D ;D

Excellent! Belle résurrection!  ;)

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Bowser/Donkey / POY 2020?
« le: 31 décembre 2020, à 13:31:57 »
I'd add Aron, Lafungo, Guilherme and Goomba to that mix. It's a very hard one to decide this year.

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