GRAPSF returned to ULX after a three week sabbatical this Saturday… getting the Monty Python reference out of the way, “and there was much rejoicing”. Four new faces made their first appearance at a GRAPSF meetup: Phildo (TELEDILDONICS REPRESENT!), SwiftyMcQuik, Randall Son, and… Fred. Jolly Pirate Nickname to follow shortly. All four were great fun to have around and made excellent sports. Please make them welcome, folks.
Ranbat 1.3 was another exciting installment that had Slappy taking first with his fucking evil Zangief. There was a great match between Cuban Ace and Haypultone that came straight down to the wire, with HPT’s brutal Sagat finally grounding Cuban’s impressive Vega. Randall Son made an excellent first impression, taking fifth overall with his Chun Li, while Singe makes his first top eight appearance at number four after running through the gauntlet of Sagats with Ryu and Gouken. I suffered this week, taking second to last place: I guess I need to practice a bit!
The final results for 1.3 are as follows:
1) Slappy (8)
2) Haypultone (7)
3) SmurfTac0s (6)
4) Singe (5)
5) Randall Son (4)
6) Tru Talon (3)
7) Cuban Ace (2)
8 ) HotSauce! (1)
The exhibition match in Third Strike, featuring Singe’s Ken and MrBaggs’ (who finally returned to the fold!) deceptively evil Sean was a blast to watch, with MrBaggs’ giving Singe some trouble, though Singe finally came out on top. MrBaggs took his frustration out on ALL COMERS in Blazblue, using Ragna to great effect. My Arakune and Taokaka weren’t up to the task, which pretty much describes everyone who attempted to take him out. Singe, not to be outdone, stomped everyone is Third Strike, showing that low forward into super is still a bitch to deal with even ten years later. Tekken 6 was sampled and ultimately rejected on grounds that real games don’t have panda bears or boxing kangaroos in them. I thought I heard some people playing MvC2, but it might have been my imagination. All in all, it was a great time.
Our next meetup is next Saturday at ULX, starting at the usual time. The season is well underway, with seven more installments to go (ending on January 2nd). It’s still anyone’s game: practice your execution, drink cough syrup, jog naked late at night…whatever you have to do, because it’s only going to get crazier from here on out.