What other major has a Wawa in the parking lot of the venue? What other major has after hours laser tag money matches? What other major has dozens of restaurants within walking distance of the venue? What other major lets you waste away in a jacuzzi in a beautiful Florida October? CEOtaku 2016 Play Skullgirls 2nd Encore! Win money! Meet people! Get naked! actually don't do this Party it up! The Major: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Begins October 1st and ends October 2nd. I'm going to push for Primetime Saturday, again. Even if we get double the entrants we did last year (which is a very real possibility), it should be doable supposing we get a legitimate number of setups to match. Wait, I thought you said September 30th in the Event info? Yeah, we'll get to that. Tournament stuff first. The Venue: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler The Wyndam on I-Drive, again. Same CEO venue we've been using since 2010. Same 24-hour pool. CEOtaku will actually take place in the main ballroom this time. Popeye's is not closing, contrary to rumors, although it remains unsaid whether or not tournament badges will garner a 10% discount there, again. Watch this space for info. Orlando International Airport is within 11 miles driving distance, and Downtown Orlando is less than 10 miles away. Mears Shuttle runs 24 hours a day between the airport and the hotel. Shuttles depart from the airport approximately every 30 minutes. To arrange your shuttle travel to the hotel, go to the nearest Mears Transportation counter on Level 1 of Orlando International Airport when you arrive. All transportation will depart from Level 1. The counter personnel will direct you to your vehicle. The cost per person round trip is $30.00. Taxis are available at Orlando International Airport on both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal, on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1), at Commercial Lane parking spaces. Cab fare from the airport to the Wyndham Orlando Resort is approximately $40 one-way. You can take the city busses (Lynx) from the airport to get to the venue, of which there are many. Additionally, if you find a way to International Drive somehow there is the I-Drive Trolley that's just a fancy bus but goes up and down it and can take you anywhere from Mall of Millenia to Sea World. There also may be local drivers willing to pick you up. That's what this thread is for! The Tournament: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler We will be fighting on the main stage. Autumn Games is providing a $1000 pot bonus. Bring your best. Skullgirls 2nd Encore will be played on PS4. PS3 sticks are allowed, of course, but not Dual Shock 3's because they obviously just don't work. Wireless controllers are technically allowed as per last year's rules, but once again I am going to enforce a zero-tolerance policy vis a vis disconnecting your controllers. Your only warning will be during announcements at the start of your pool. Because of the expected larger turnout, I'm going to outright ask for no button checks. It's Skullgirls. If you can physically get into the game, you have already checked your buttons. You have to set your face buttons during Character Select in Tournament Mode, and selecting a team requires you to move your joystick. If your stick is so unreliable that you need to see if it'll fail after 2 minutes of being plugged in, find a setup long before your fight and don't ever disconnect from it. Or just find a new stick! It'll probably fail during a fight at some point, so either maintain that shit now or deal with random losses. I am not going to extend the tournament the length of a potential fight each one of your sets because you're a unique snowflake. That said, all sets will be 3 out of 5, double elimination. What has been tournament standard up until now will remain. This unfortunately might mean that we may not be able to complete the tournament on Saturday night, which is fine by me if the reason is "too many entrants to do in a single day." The Extracurricular Activities: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler So, Friday, September 30th, we are going to Wet 'N Wild. It's actually pretty cheap, the park will be closing at the end of 2016, it's one of the largest and highest-rated water parks in the world, it's a mile from the venue, and since we'll be going in the autumn I'm expecting there to be no lines (I used to be an annual pass holder and this was basically the best time of year to go). The park's hours are going to be from 10am to 5pm (give or take an hour, watch this space for info). Tickets are $40 for Florida Residents, $50 for out of state people if bought online (and good for repeat visits every day for 14 consecutive days), and $60 in person (only good for 1 day). There's also an UNLIMITED BARBEQUE OPTION that adds like $15-20? (watch this space for info) to your ticket but gives you access to UNLIMITED ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BARBEQUE FOOD HOW COOL IS THAT. So, when you book your flight, land early Friday morning (before 9) or land Thursday night. 7 hours is a long time to spend at an amusement park when it has no lines, but there might be a ton of us and I don't want to take any chances with random Brazilian tour groups clogging up the place. Worst case scenario, we go back to the venue and chill. Oh, right. I guess there's other stuff, too. The Orlando Eye is a gigantic ferris wheel surrounded by restaurants and shops and a healthy contender for top 100 worst arcades ever. We're right next to Universal, but that place costs like a million dollars so you'd best come a few days earlier and plan your entire vacation around it. There's Ripley's Believe It or Not!, there's Wonderworks (and its laser tag arena). And then there's Whirlydome. Whirlydome is the terrifying tourist trap we all tumbled into after the tournament last year. It has pool, bowling, air hockey, arcade games, a full bar, food, laser tag, and Whirlyball (drunken bumper car jai alai). I'm willing to bet there might be some grudge matches awaiting here. Salty Suites?: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler It's been mentioned that our community is too large to just do casuals in a random hotel room. There has been no announcement on this topic, but I have no reason to believe the Wyndham will change in such a way as to allow us a 24-hour ballroom in which to play. Additionally, there's a very real chance that all the Saturday after-hours time will be occupied by non-fightgame activities. If all goes to plan, we'll have all day Sunday to play casuals in the venue. Friday night? Well, that's something we can discuss. How much will Wet N Wild run?: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Florida Resident (infinite visits for the rest of the year): $39.99 Out of state (online purchase only, infinite visits for 2 weeks): $48.00 Out of state (in person, single day): $58.00 How will we get to the water park from the venue? Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler For those of you who want to do this, I'll pick you up from the venue hotel and drive you there Friday morning. It's only like a mile and a half, so multiple trips aren't an issue. Chime in if you're down. Again, watch this space for info! CEOtaku will kick off the 2017 major season with a blast, although since SG2E revolves around Combo Breaker and not Evo, it will technically be the finale major for the 2016 season! Unless people go to NEC or whatever.