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Well, this summers Midwest NARP has come and gone, and my goodness was it a success. I can't even believe the amount of fun we had over the time we spent together.
I traveled 400 miles... LET'S WATCH THE INTERNET!
So yeah, everyone showed up in Toledo, and we partied, ate, drank and played games until the wee hours of the night all weekend.
I think this is the only time we left the house. Seriously.
Somewhere in the middle of all this madness we found time to have a tournament that we lovingly named the Destructathon. It was a tough haul through Twister, Mario Kart 64, Clue, Super Meat Boy, and in the final round the surprise game was Chess. The twists to each round were unique and added a good deal of fun and suspense to the tournament. In Twister, each participant could choose a hand to be exempt, but had to have a drink in it at all times, without spilling.
Cataract was not very good at this.
Mario Kart 64 was improvised at the last minute, as we realized there was not enough equipment for our original plan of Left 4 Dead 2 (the twist was Left 4 Friends). Mario Kart was 1 v 1 battles, with the twist being that you had to finish your beer before you defeated your opponent, and you had to set your controller down while you were drinking.
Not pictured: Senisan doing this round with a 9% beer
The Clue round was a more subtle twist, in that while the rules remained the same, you could only look at, or take notes once every round. We also made people give us their guesses in secret, so the remaining players could stay in until the 4 winner spots were filled.
It was Ms. Scarlet in the ballroom with the candlestick, in case you were wondering. Or trying to think of a name for a Clue themed porno.
The Super Meat Boy twist was a doozy. Teams of two, with each team member controlling only one half of the controller. This was probably the most intensely spectated round of the entire tournament, and deservedly so.
It's not gay though because balls weren... oh wait. Nah, they totally were.
The big secret reveal for the final round was Chess. The twist? Three games, simultaneously, and any time you lost a piece, you drank. At this point it was down to ZombiePlatypus and NihonTiger90, and they circled that table like fucking hawks.
There is no picture that shows it, but they played this shit in the motherfucking sunset.
NihonTiger90 won a board early, but ZombiePlatypus came back to take the championship. We did a small bit of an award ceremony afterwards.
Congrats ZP! And again, thanks to our Forums Momerator, Zodiac Eclipse for the custom plushie!
After that, we just hung out, ate, drank, played games, hugged, laughed, played music and just had an all around great time.
Senisan almost beat Diverse like that.
For more pics and some videos, I suggest the forum thread. I can't stress enough how much you should go look through that, but I'll provide some direct links as well.
Somehow there are no pictures of it, but several of us drank a bottle of Yellowtail in honor of a certain naked feline of days gone by. That is all I'll say about that.
And that's it for Dtoid Midwest NARP 2011 news! It was even better than 2010, and I didn't think that was possible. I can't even imagine what next year will be like.
Before I move along to other to other Midwest news, I'd like to post my favorite picture. For some reason it reminds me of the tip of the hat we all give in some form when we part ways.
See you next time, friends.
So who among us is going to PAX Prime? If you do, take pictures! Tell people you're from the Midwest and watch them be jealous! Make out with someone for me!
We've been growing quite a bit lately, which is awesome. I'd like to start doing a monthly spotlight on members from the midwest. It would show newcomers that even though we are spread all over this wretched wasteland we call home, there are a lot of us out there. It would help the Midwest group grown and expand, and would hopefully lead to new NARPs and other opportunities. Sound like a thing you'd be interested in? Leave a message in the comments!
As always, feel free to drop into our forum thread if you are new to the site or just want to say hi! You might be surprised to find someone in the midwest near you.