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April 27, 2019 End of Year Bash!

By April 21, 2019 April 24th, 2019 Current Event, End of Year, Event Coverage, Misc., Spotlights

EVENT OVERVIEW

It’s almost the end of the 2018-2019 school year and we’ve done a lot in regards to foundational development. We know that chill community-focused programming feedback has been given throughout the year too! So we’re wrapping up this year with a social mixer with energies for everyone. There are several things going on throughout the day, one that requires signup, the others just require you. Please take the time and read through the day of programming and we hope to see you there!

PRIZING

Prizing is sourced from funds raised through our various departments, direct registration fees for this event’s Decades of Gaming Olympics, and donations made to the organization. We greatly appreciate the opportunities to develop our efforts and celebrate it through programming like our End of Year Bash. Prizing will range from gift cards, miscellaneous odds and ends, shirts, some computer accessories, and more!

EVENT RSVP

By RSVPing early, we can better plan for food, drink, and apparel that needs to be provided to Olympic participants; this also helps us see who you want to be on a team with and how many more teammates you will need to be paired with during the event. The first 30 people to RSVP to the bash will get a small goodie bag upon arrival!

EVENT INTINERARY

  • 12PM – Doors open/setup/cooking begins
  • 1230PM – Food available – provided and prepped by Shoutcasting Director David Kaucic
  • 1PM – Welcome/Introductions/Future Roadmap – President Jack Counts and Vice President Jasmine Graves
    • Last call for Decades of Gaming Olympics check-in/registration
  • 130PM – Multiple
    • Decades of Gaming Olympics Begin – $5 ENTRY FEE – facilitated and referee’d by Community Director Callie Simonton
      • *REFERENCE NEXT SECTION FOR FULL DETAILS 
    • Free-play areas around the iHub
      • Board games – Provided by Loot & XP
      • Jackbox station
      • Switch Stations
      • Rock Band 4 Setup (XB1)
      • Virtual Reality
        • Beat Saber
      • Retro game stations
          • Smash64
          • Halo3
          • Wii Sports
  • 3PM – Hearthstone Fireside Gathering – Hosted by Ambassador Noah Hassoun
  • 11PM – Olympics Awards Ceremony

Additional notes: Matthew Miller, our Streaming Entertainment Director, will be walking around and might tap some of you on the shoulder for interviews on our stream in real-time. You are always welcome to decline his request, but please be aware this will be going on throughout the event. Additionally, we will have our own photographers on location to document the event throughout the day.

DECADES OF GAMING OLYMPICS OVERVIEW

THERE IS A $5 ENTRY FEE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OLYMPICS!! THE OLYMPICS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 1:30PM TO 11:30PM, LAST CALLS FOR CHECK-IN WILL BE AT 1:00PM.

The Decades of Gaming Olympics is our way of celebrating how gaming together has evolved over the years. The event covers games from their roots to their branches. Starting with Pong and ending with the newest Nintendo Switch games, teams will work together to accumulate the most points. We’ve even mixed some fun and easy outdoor activities in there!

Points are awarded to teams (or their representatives) that finish in the top three for each event; the top three teams with the most points at the end of the day will receive some awesome prizes!

*Events and schedule are subject to change due to time constraints or other unforeseeable issues. 

WHY IS THERE A $5 ENTRY FEE FOR THE OLYMPICS?

The $5 entry fee helps cover your team apparel (white t-shirts for the paint war and customized headbands), as well as helps contribute to the pool of prizing for both winners and even some secret prizes for participants! This fee can be paid in cash or Venmo at check-in.

DECADES OF GAMING OLYMPICS ITINERARY

  • 1:30pm – Inside – 1970s
    • The Games Begin – Decades of Gaming Olympics
    • First Event is Pong. Bracket is created on the spot based on # of teams, teams choose their representative. Points awarded to teams with representative in 1-3rd BO3 rounds. This event is designed to go as quick as possible.
  • 2:15pm – Outside (weather contingency = *replaced with musical chairs inside.)
    • Egg toss, 2 representatives per team. Points for 1st , 2nd ,3rd
  • 2:45pm – Inside – 1980s
    • Super Mario Bros Level 1 run. Points awarded for highest score. One representative per team.
      • About four minutes per run.
  • 3:15 – Outside (weather contingency = *replaced with __________)
    • Three-legged race BUT with three participants (middle person is tied to both people on left and right)
      • On side lawn or field across the street
  • 3:45 – Inside – 1990s
    • Super Smash Brothers (Original), One representative per team, if more than 4 teams, top two from each fight play in final. Point awards for top 3 finishers.
  • 4:30 – Outside – Big Event – King of the Hill: Champion Combat
    • Foam sword battles between teams on a One-on-One basis.
    • One player is crowned King. A player from the other team challenges the King in single combat. The fight is over when one player yields or falls on the ground.
    • Whoever defeats the King becomes the King and must face the opposing team’s challengers.
    • The last team standing wins.
  • 5:30– Intermission/Cool off – Free Play and Board games/ Giveaway Announcement (Laptop)
  • 7:00pm – Games Begin Again – Inside – Takeback 2000s
    • Pt. 1 Wii Sports
      • Wii Sports Tennis – Two representatives from each team OR can sub at any time.
      • Bracket made on the spot, top 3 finishers win points for their team.
  • 7:45pm
    • Pt. 2 FPS
      • Halo 3.
      • Team Deathmatch 2v2s OR 4-person split screen with one representative per team.
  • 8:30pm – Our Decade – Rock Band Rock Off
    • At least one representative per team up to all four, bonus points for more participants.
    • May opt out of participating but will not get points OR one representative can play Beat Saber or Just Dance instead.
    • Must complete two songs of choice, judges will vote on first second or third places based on skill and performance.
  • 9:30pm
    • Speedrunners and/or Mario Kart (Switch)
      • Relay, each teammate completes one lap and passes it on to the next player. Points for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • 10:00/10:15 (If schedule is on time by this point keep going, if not disregard)
    • Overcooked (2) (Switch)
      • Each team member plays to get the best time on the clock/the most points. Teams in 1st 2nd and 3rd get points.
  • 11:00pm – Awards Ceremony

Credit and Thank You

The OU Esports Club End of Year Bash is a collaboration between the OU Esports Club and the Tom Love Innovation Hub. It has been developed and headed by our Community Director, Callie Simonton, and her team of ambassadors/TOs. As we continue to grow and mature, we are constantly learning more and more about what works best for our abilities as well as the communities and cultures at OU and surrounding areas. We welcome any and all feedback directly through any of our leadership which can all be found HERE. You can also message us on FB, IG, and Twitter at @ouesports. Lastly, you can email us directly at ouesports@ou.edu.

Mike Aguilar

Author Mike Aguilar

Mike "Moog" Aguilar is the Lead Advisor of the Esports Association at OU. He works for OU IT doing project management and business analysis. He is a US Army veteran, has worked for Apple, worked in the public sector, and is a photographer of almost two decades. Mike has been a gamer since the Atari and also currently serves as a committee member for S.E.A.T.

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