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What: “Tecmo IX: Marino Royale” When: March 2, 2013 (registration opens 1/5/13) Where: Badger Bowl, 506 East Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713 Field Size: 224 Tournament Website: http://tecmomadison.com Entry Fee: $35. Includes a tournament t-shirt (size to be selected during registration) How to Register: Tournament registration, through the website, opens on January 5, 2013. You cannot register for TecmoIX unless you have already created an account with the website. If you already have an account, simply access the site and click on “Sign up for Tecmo IX.” Your login information is that which you provided when you initially created the account. If you have forgotten your password, click on the “I forgot my password” link and a new one will be forwarded to the email account of record. If you need to create an account, click on the “Create an Account Now” link (top left of screen), follow the prompts, and you will then be in a position to register. This year, the registration process includes payment of the entry fee. No one will be registered until the entry fee is electronically processed through WePay. The entry fee will be non-refundable, so make certain you wish to and can attend on March 2, 2013. We do not want guys “reserving” spots when they have little intention of actually attending. Payouts will be made by check on tournament day to the top four finishers. Because this is the first year we are using WePay, unanticipated problems may arise. Please be patient with us while we work out the kinks. Tournament Rules, Format, & Preview: All of this information is available on the site, as are past tournament results, pictures, competitor profiles, and a general tournament history. Please be advised, however, that the tournament format is changing this year. As explained on the site, the change is necessary to accommodate increasing demand. Bottom line: please make note of the format change before choosing to register. Equipment Needed: This tournament requires at least 24 systems to operate properly. If you can bring an NES, a cartridge, or a television to the tournament, please indicate such during the enrollment process (the website will automatically seek this information when you register). Any help is appreciated. Questions: If you have a question potentially applicable to all competitors (rules, tournament format, etc), please post such below. This is the official tournament thread. If you have an individual question that requires our attention, you can reach us at [email protected] Final Word: Last year’s tournament had 176 competitors from 27 different states. Even greater numbers and state diversity are expected this year. The NFL Films piece unearthed many previously undiscovered Tecmo enthusiasts and prompted numerous claims of Tecmo invincibility. Make no mistake guys—this is a national tournament featuring many of the country’s best players. Please prepare accordingly. For some, that might mean extra time in the film room. For others, it might mean installation of a bionic thumb. Whatever the case, just do that which is necessary to get here and conquer what could be our most competitive field yet. Good luck and long live Tecmo!