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  1. Like many of you on this forum, I believe Tecmo Super Bowl for the Nintendo Entertainment System is the greatest sports video game of all time. The reasons for this are many, and the players of this forum already know the reasons why. My question is this; Is Tecmo Super Bowl in its natural 100% organic state still the greatest sports video game of all time? Is lurching broken? Does putting position players anywhere in offensive formations make it unfair? Finding out the answers to these questions is what motivated me to create the Tecmo Super Bowl Hardcore Championship taking place in Chicago, IL on Saturday, June 9th 2018 at Dmen Tap. Now I already know what you are probably thinking….I'm off my rocker. And yes, if you have played this game for years in online leagues and live tournaments in an established proven format I get where you are coming from. Maybe this format is not for you. All I'm asking players to do, is play Tecmo Super Bowl in a live tournament the way it came fresh out of that box back in 1991 to determine a Champion. So let me give a little background of where I am coming from with this. Up until almost exactly 10 years ago when I played my first game on the Tecmo Players Circuit, I had never played Tecmo Super Bowl with any in-game bans or substitution bans. In the hundreds of games I played against the CPU and with their default playbooks, it was pretty clear the nose tackle dive was broken. Sacks were extremely easy to rack up against the CPU, and after a while it got boring using the lurching move all the time. Luckily for me, I had a brother, an uncle, and a few cousins who loved playing Tecmo Super Bowl as well. We would always play it randomly when we saw each other during family visits. This commonality of affection for one video game ultimately led to the inception of the annual Family Christmas Eve Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament in 2006. The tournament is still an annual Christmas event and we have yet to set any rules. From my experience in these tournaments the right playbook selection makes lurching at best a very risky gamble. The majority of the time the lurch fails against a player with quick recognition passing skills, or almost any run play that isn't a run up the middle. The lurch failure usually leads to a huge gain for the offense or a touchdown. My cousin Ryan is a notorious lurcher in these tournaments and every once in a great while he breaks up a play with a lurch. Now once I see him attempt a lurch or two, I'm licking my chops waiting to call the right running play to blow up that Nose Tackle and take it in for the touchdown. This happens pretty much every year I end up playing him, which leads to him staying away from user controlling the Nose Tackle simply because he now recognizes it's not his best option on defense when playing an experienced player. The way this plays out is the Nose Tackle dive is only used in infrequent spells to throw off your opponent or catch him off guard. It's not an every down thing and if it were, an experienced player would destroy you. As far as substitutions, most notably Wide Receivers at Running Back, this has never been broken. All it does is increase the value of some of the teams by having a faster Running Back. Teams like the 49ers, Oilers, Eagles, Dolphins, Rams, Redskins, Vikings, Falcons, among others can benefit from choosing to have a faster Running Back. After pondering for a while if I should throw a tournament without the conventional rules, I asked Mort where the lurching ban came from. His response made complete sense. He said it came from the online lag that had to be adjusted for using the Nesticle emulator. Players were not able to adjust to the lurch in time to make the game very playable. It was deemed a cheap move for online play and was banned ever since. If any of you have played on Nesticle, you know how bad the lag was. After hearing this historical reference, I knew now was the time to bust out the Hardcore Format! In the coming months, I will be explaining in more detail the Tier List you see below as well as giving playbook suggestions for the Hardcore Format. The entry fee, prizes, tournament format, and entry fee inclusions will be revealed after Kumite VI and Lincoln VIII.
  2. Chicago, IL - 6/9/18 - Tecmo Super Bowl Hardcore Championship

    Surprised @mort1237 didn't want to hang this on the wall next to his bed. This masterpiece needs to make it way out of storage. Thanks! @red98sethuthut
  3. Green Bay, WI - 02/23/2018 - King of Tecmo

    Ha Ha! I'm going to have to bring in a big gun. That's for sure. Have to starting recruiting at the Galloping Ghost Arcade.
  4. Green Bay, WI - 02/23/2018 - King of Tecmo

    I got a guy that can beat you in MK 2.
  5. Bloomington, IL - 01/27/2018 - Bloomington Tecmo XV

    Live stream in its entirety:
  6. Bloomington, IL - 01/27/2018 - Bloomington Tecmo XV

    @tecmobo Great Tournament! You now are officially Illinois State Champion! I know your confidence was a little shaken after that OT game with Chris, but you hung in there and pulled it out. That belt is a masterpiece. You’re a talented player and I’m not surprised in the slightest that you won.
  7. Bloomington, IL - 01/27/2018 - Bloomington Tecmo XV

    Where’s the MD 20/20????? Just playing. Looks like a good time. Did you get Coors Light because the grocery store was out of bottled water?
  8. Ahh..I’m hoping you’ll be too drunk to win.
  9. Detroit, MI - 03/03/2018 - Detroit Tecmo Kumite VI

    I had your tournament on my radar last year, but could not find anyone to go with from Chicago. This year I'm planning / hoping to be there. I'm really intrigued by the swiss rounds in a Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament. I already let Mort know I'm intrested in a car pool to Detroit if he is going.
  10. 6th annual tecmo TurkeyBowl aka squah madness

    Cool! Do you have a link to the playback of this? Or was it just live? Looks like you guys had a good time.
  11. Thunderdome X: Bounty Details!

    That was a work of art! Incredible musical choices.
  12. Berwyn, IL - 10/14/17 - The Equalizer - Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament

    Here are the complete results: http://challonge.com/theequalizer Better late than never.
  13. Chicago Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament - "The Equalizer" When - Saturday October 14, 2017 Where - Michael Anthony's Pizzeria - 6434 W. Ogden Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 Time - Registration 11:45am to 12:15pm, Kickoff Time 12:30pm Buy In - $20 - Registration through paypal to retrosportsgamertom@gmail.com Format: 20 players maximum 5 groups of 4 players playing round robin (3 games for each player) -Groups will be separated by skill level, past tournament experience, TPC / online record. Top players will all be grouped together; newer players will all be grouped together. -Group play will use provided tier list for choosing matchups All 20 players will advance to a single elimination playoff round based overall record in tournament and the draft lottery. There will be a draft lottery for seeding based on your record after group play. It is based on the four possible record outcomes: Record - 0-3 - 20th seed will randomly be selected here, then seeds will continue to be selected until there is no player that was 0-3 left Record - 1-2 - Seeds randomly selected until there are no players that were 1-2 left Record - 2-1 - Seeds randomly selected until there are no players that were 2-1 left Record - 3-0 - Seeds randomly selected until there are no players that were 3-0 left, 1st pick will be last player selected -Determined seeding for the single elimination playoff creates the order for players to choose their team for the remainder of the tournament. (Tier 1 is excluded) For example, the first seed chooses their team first, then the second seed, third seed etc. 20th seed gets last choice of team. -There will be a championship game, as well as a third place game for the two participants eliminated in the final four. Prizes: 1st Place - $300 Cash 2nd Place - $100 Cash 3rd Place -$50 Gift Card, Play it Retro -$20 Gift Certificate, Michael Anthony's Pizza 4th Place -$25 Gift Card, Play it Retro -$20 Gift Certificate, Michael Anthony's Pizza I'm locking in and guaranteeing all the prizes for this tournament! Rules: 1. Tier list for group play. Winner of coin toss is player 1 and chooses tier. Loser of coin toss chooses team from tier player 1 selected or a lower tier. Winner of coin toss chooses team second from tier originally chosen or lower tier. 2. 49ers are allowed in group play with limitation. Either Joe Montana or Jerry Rice has to be on the bench. They cannot be on the field at the same time on offense. You can switch them in and out once per quarter and an additional time at the end of half / game. 3. We will not keep track of teams used during group play. Choose the team that best suites you in group play under the tier list guidelines. 4. Customizing Playbooks and Lineup Changes. You are allowed to change your selected team's playbook before each game. Checking the change / substitution screen is allowed during gameplay. Once per quarter for each player is the recommendation. 5. WR/TE at RB: A WR/TE cannot carry the football unless it is a reverse. You can insert a WR or TE into a RB slot for lead blocking purposes, but he cannot carry the football. To further clarify, players such as Ernest Givins, Ricky Sanders, and Andre Rison cannot carry the football unless it is a reverse. 6. No ties. If a game is tied when regulation concludes, competitors will proceed to OT. All OT’s will be 5-minute sudden death periods. If no one scores in the first OT, the second OT will be only the first quarter in a new game. This process will be repeated until a winner emerges. So that one competitor does not start with the ball in every OT period, the receiving team (i.e. team that gets the ball first) shall alternate beginning with the second OT period. 7. Defensive Lineman Lurching is prohibited. In this tournament, lurching is defined by user controlling a defensive lineman, not engaging a blocker, then diving at the quarterback or running back. If you go around the offensive line, you are allowed to dive at the quarterback. Going through the offensive line is permitted with a defensive lineman, but diving at quarterback or running back would be considered lurching. 8. Nintendo Malfunctions: If there is an equipment failure in the first half, games will be replayed from the start. If equipment malfunctions in the 2nd half, only the second half is replayed. In that event, the scores from each half are added together to obtain a final score. If the game was uncompetitive or the equipment malfunctioned due to human error, the tourney organizers reserve the right to declare a winner without replaying any portion of the game. 9. Tournament Disputes: Tom Stahnke and Francis Mort Buennagel are the tournament referees. They will decide all disputes unless one of them is a player in the game. If one or both is a player in the disputed game, a referee to be determined will resolve the dispute. 10. Competitors are allowed to bring their own controller, but it has to be an official Nintendo rectangle controller, official Nintendo dogbone controller, or the official Hyperkin Cadet NES controller. Live Stream: The Retro Sports Gamer Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_b9V5HP0eJZyLuhuEmDf_g -A live stream will be set up for the top rated round robin group during group play -Single Elimination Playoff will showcase a selected game during each round, the 3rd Place game, and the Championship. Players that register and can't make the tournament with at least one week notice will be fully refunded. Please contact me at retrosportsgamertom@gmail.com if you have any questions about the tournament. Thanks! Registered Players: 1. Tom Stahnke (allamerican1569) 2. Jeff (TecmoBo) 3. Todd Daniels (immortal) 4. Kyle Floetl (FLO) 5. Francis Buennagel (Mort) 6. Sean Cunningham 7. Matt Stahnke 8. Joseph Moore (Green Majik) 9. Kyle Miller (Regulator088) 10. Joey Venchus 11. Louis Buennagel (red98sethuthut) 12. Daniel Slattery 13. Dave Watski (The Shark) 14. Phil N. (Dmen Tap) 15. James Kuhn (player121xk) 16. Black (Shallahbey) 17. 18. 19. 20.
  14. Team Tiers for Default Settings Tournament

    I think MIN would fair better against the RAM, WAS, and DET. Minnesota's speed on D makes is easier to stop Barry Sanders. The Joey Browner interception factor helps increase picks against DET and WAS as well as combat covered catches of the RAMS passing game. Minnesota is one of those teams where the defense can win some games for you. Since the defense is always static in any format, MIN's D would be greater than a locked in Broncos default playbook.
  15. Team Tiers for Default Settings Tournament

    I see! I was wondering about lurching as if it was allowed it would change the team rankings a bit some too. With playbook changes allowed, DEN, DET, and WAS all match up pretty well against each other. Although in your format I would say DET > WAS > DEN. Detroit has the best playbook of the 3 and an elite running back. Washington's motion playbook can be a bit confusing to defend and if the player controlling the skins is a good tapper, it is actually a solid playbook given the running plays. If I remember correctly DEN has that crappy run 2 and flea flicker, that would hurt them quite a bit as those plays are auto blow ups.
  16. Please fill us in on how this goes. I'm interested to see who places where in each game you play. Good luck!
  17. Team Tiers for Default Settings Tournament

    Do you guys ban lurching (nose tackle dive)? Given their default playbooks, I think ATL and DEN match up fairly well.
  18. Team Tiers for Default Settings Tournament

    Looks like a pretty interesting system of tiering the teams. I can't say I have all the default playbooks and starters memorized, but I can see why a team like the Lions would be higher on your tier list. They have a pretty standard run and shoot playbook minus a couple plays that would give you an advantage versus other teams that would usually be considered in their tier, but have a lesser playbook. The other thing to consider though, is Mel Gray can't be utilized in this format, and that would bring their value down a tad. Given your format I don't see anything that jumps out at me as totally out of place. Usually the Falcons are lower and Bengals higher, but I'm pretty sure the Bengals have a default flea flicker and reverse in their playbook. It looks legit. I think it is pretty cool that everyone has their own unique way of playing the same game. Anyway you play it, it's still a blast.
  19. Bloomington, IL - 01/27/2018 - Bloomington Tecmo XV

    I will definitely let you know. Not opposed to multiple cars if I can rally the troops. I don't know bro, people were saying @ShallahBey put on a better performance then a drunk ass Flo probably would of. I don't know, that's just what I heard.
  20. Bloomington, IL - 01/27/2018 - Bloomington Tecmo XV

    I've seen pictures of this belt online for a few years already and have heavily coveted it. I can't pass up an opportunity to try and take that puppy home. @tecmobo May be the Chicago Tecmo Super Bowl Champion, but the Illinois State Championship is still up for grabs.
  21. Based off my experience at Tundra Bowl 4, Nathan runs a top notch tournament, but I'm sure most of you already know that. I really got kick out of the locals playing blind volleyball in Halloween costumes with a DJ playing at 9:30am on a Saturday in January at the Watering Hole. Green Bay is a much different place than Chicago. I'm bummed I'll be missing out on Tundra Bowl V, but I have to attempt to go get that Tecmo Bowl Illinois State Championship Belt in Bloomington, IL.
  22. Berwyn, IL - 10/14/17 - The Equalizer - Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament

    It was definitely a fun stream, but the initial shock value of the commentators swearing lead to the chat letting them hear about it (during the first game). Then that devolved into a back and forth between the one commentator and the chat. It was all in good fun, but the combination of the commentators not knowing the people in the chat and what was being said was not a good mix. The humor and energy had the Tecmo crowd going at the bar, but the feedback from the people watching the stream was mixed. I'll still go through the footage and upload some of his zingers. As for me, I'm personally one that doesn't like to swear on the internet too much, but I'm also not in the business of filtering it either. I mean come on! I have Nick The Commish as a co-host on Retro Sports Gaming Monthly.
  23. Berwyn, IL - 10/14/17 - The Equalizer - Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament

    You did a superb job completely shutting down my run game. I usually count on breaking a few runs with Rozier in a Falcons / Steelers matchup and I don't remember getting more than 3 yards on a carry.
  24. Berwyn, IL - 10/14/17 - The Equalizer - Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament

    I've listened to some of your guys feedback and the "cleaner" part of the stream is back up. The beginning part of the stream is down and needs some heavy video editing for obvious reasons. Looking back on it, I should of gave some initial indication about experimenting with my buddy Chris on stream as a commentator as my channel does not usually contain content with heavy cursing. There is still some random outbursts from people on the later part of this stream, but it's now listed as NSFW for that reason. This is most likely the first time someone can say that when @ImFlo hopped on the stream as opposed to the previous commentator that it was like changing the channel from HBO to PBS.