...and we have a winner.
I don't have many pictures or videos from the event. The ones I do have have already surfaced. I do want to throw out some very well-deserved thank you's in hosting the second iteration of Burning Mort...which is two more iterations than the world really needed to see. Thanks to all of the North Dakota Tecmo group for taking time away from real life over the course of the last few months to put together ideas, props, idiocy for something that is most decidedly not real life. Special thanks to Dr. Frolf - the amount of work he puts into this thing is just insane. He takes it from shirtless camping trip to techno dance remixes and Disneyland maps. Your work on Burning Mort cannot be understated or undersold.
Thanks to to the Conjurer and his assistant. What was once a simple afterthought piece of Burning Mort quickly became the centerpiece and it's awesome. We are all in their debt, for Tecmo and for life.
Thanks to Dave Murray and Brude for all the work they put in. The custom ROMs were a huge hit, and Dave's constant work on the multimedia is fantastic. I am still laughing at the Conjurer vs. Orenga scene on eatshitorenga.com right now. Both coasts collaborating to hit a homerun in the Great Plains. The Tecmo community is pretty rad.
Thank you to all of the competitors. It is simply ridiculous that you would travel as far as you do for something so ridiculous, but we are glad you do. There were 16 competitors, and 11 of which traveled. It was a blast having each and every one of you there, and I had an uproariously good time with all of you. My face hurt from laughing dozens of times that day, and the night before. That was a righteous group of idiots that we put together.
At the end of the night, the Conjurer handed out awards. These were entirely his picks:
Champions - Tribe Chet
MVP - Mort
Rookie of the Year - Segathon
Conjurer's Pet - sonofpatbeach
Finally, I figured I would throw in one inside joke memory about each participant that stands out to me:
Chet - Passing out around 1:30, and being threatened the next day to be added to the Burning Mort graveyard
Josh - Stocking my fridge with Bud Light and buffalo chicken burritos
Orenga - Getting pissed that we didn't throw BUF/NE in the beer helmet round to set the proper tone. We blew that one.
Durch - Shedding his Gannonball Run shirt for the belly Badgers model. Paperboy savant.
Segathon - Having Burning Mort written all over everything - car, flesh, shorts
Beef Juice - Ordered a Colt 45 40 to start the weekend and put that SOB on Twitter
arncoem- Made up a story to his wife, burned a thousand darts while he was free, and slept most of Sunday away with me (in a mostly non-gay way)
Dot Don - The chief of the coolest tribe there. Must have ninja'd out way early before we could properly pay homage.
Mort - Put up with the drunken mess; declared Burning Mort to be the best time other than his sexual conquests
Lou - Slept in a van instead of the bare ground. Sacrificed his Tupa Bowl shirt to the fire.
Murray - Tetris vs. Mort. Ruthless domination.
Dr. Frolf - Somehow got a band with a giant mixing board, lights, and talent to perform in the woods
Barry - Asking the band, "So is the first time you've played a Burning Mort?"
Tucker - Pounded Chet in mirror Tecmo
Bryce - Contributed "Good Ass Beer" - three words that will live in Burning Mort infamy
Enjoy those gold pants, gentlemen.