Earlier this week, the MAGFest 7 Challenges were posted. This year is going to be interesting for a couple reasons. First and foremost, as compared to last year’s booth, there are a much higher percentage of games I’ve never actually played before (Though in talking to some other people, it seems a lot of us are in the same boat on that front). Last year, Metal Dream (You may remember him from such performances as “Taking second in last year’s Challenges Booth” and “beating my ass at Dr. Mario“) noted that I have an analytical play style when it comes to gaming. I suppose this is true, as it almost has to be to be a successful speedrunner (Where moreso than in ordinary gaming, you have to be ultra-prepared for every possibility and ready to adjust your gameplan on the fly depending on what you see), though I wasn’t conscious of it until he pointed it out. In any event, over the next two-plus months, we’ll see how true that really is as I prepare for this year’s Challenge Booth.
The other monkey wrench in the plans this year is a decided SDA presence. The administration decided to have an SDA gathering, and MAGFest was chosen as the gathering place. Put another way, there’s likely to be more competition than there was last year, at least as far as the top 10 went, where as few as 8 points was good enough for a shirt (As a reminder in case you didn’t click the above link, Kareshi had 51 points by the end, Metal Dream and myself had 50, and 4th place had 28). Or it should have been, had a series of events not conspired to ensure that we won’t get the shirts until arriving at M7.
Time to practice!