Guide: Traveling to an Event

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So you have found 8WAYRUN.com, and you are starting to like the people, conversations, and atmosphere of the place. You’ve maybe heard of tournament players or have already considered the idea of entering a tournament, but the idea of traveling anywhere farther than a few hours can be a scary prospect.

In this article we’ll demystify traveling and reveal some options what will make getting to the big leagues a lot easier.

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WHY SHOULD I BOTHER?
Before getting to the technical aspects of travel and planning, you might be left wondering if these events are even worth going to. It depends on the type of person you are, really. If you’re anti social or argumentative, then tournaments probably aren’t the best place to hang out at. Even if you aren’t extremely competitive, the fighting game community can be a very altruistic and rewarding experience as well. Events like these can give you a chance to build on your social skills, too. Yes, it’s based around competition, but teamwork and cooperation are just as important. There’s something very exciting knowing that you can make friends all over the world and be a part of a group of strong likeminded people.

If you aren’t looking to make friends just yet, then maybe you’re looking to test your reflexes, memory, and instinct. Tournaments give you a chance to forge your mind in fire and duel with the smartest players. Tournament experience offers skills that go beyond gaming—skills that you can take into the workforce, college, or even to your own personal projects in the future.


MAP OUT YOUR ROUTE
Before anything, use googlemaps or mapquest to map your route and get an idea of the location and distance from your starting point. You can also get a sense of the time it will take to arrive at your destination. You can use satellite view to actually look around in first person mode so that you can recognize landmarks when you get there.

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TRAVELING VIA CAR

GPS
The most essential device necessary for DIY transit is a GPS. That Garmin GPS runs about $122 at the time of writing this. You can also find GPS apps for your phone that can work well too. There is something extremely relieving about entering in the destination and having a voice guide you there. The stress and hassle of wondering where you are going is almost completely removed, aside from strange bends or turns in large roadway systems that can be initially confusing until you reach them en route where they’ll make more sense.

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FRIENDS
Traveling for the first time can be pretty scary. If you’re able to convince a friend to “go on a road trip” for the weekend, a scary experience can be turned into a lot of fun. Driving longer than four hours can be very tiring as well, so having friends take turns driving can break up the monotony of it. If your friends aren’t interested in tournaments or fighting games then you can always entice them by finding some cool places worth visiting around the tournament venue.




TRAVELING VIA BUS

Megabus is extremely cheap and direct. Transport fromCincinatti,OhiotoAtlanta,Georgiais about $45-$50. Duration is about 9 Hours. Try to arrive as early as possible when boarding and make sure to bring something to entertain yourself with.

· Cheaper and more direct/faster.
· Upper deck makes more space than a normal bus.
· Sometimes megabus runs deals at certain times so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

Megabus is very simple. That’s pretty much all there is to it!

http://us.megabus.com/



TRAVELING VIA PLANE

The most expensive option, but depending on your distance from the event, sometimes flying makes the most sense or is the only available option. Most west coast players will have to fly to Final Round, unless you want to take a several-day road trip across country.

Reserving a ticket months in advance can make the flight much cheaper. Sometimes, if the flight isn’t popular, the prices will come down over time. Prices tend to increase over time though. Keep checking prices every Tuesday night to see if they are dropping. Book a plane ticket about three weeks before the event.

http://www.hipmunk.com/
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Airports can be a rough place. If possible, travel with one carry-on bag to avoid a lengthy bag-check process. Try to get there about an hour to 1 ½ hours earlier than you should because bag checking and security can give you trouble. Don’t be surprised if you get profiled or stereotyped by security, either. The worst that can happen though is that you receive some dirty looks and they waste some of your time.

After that process is done you can relax and wait for your plane to become available.



HOTEL
Reserve your tickets online when you preregister online for the event. Remember to preregister to let the Tournament Organizer(TO) know exactly how many players there will be. That will let them plan the event better. Remember to print out the email confirmation for both and keep them on hand when you arrive.

Parking costs money. The hotel uses their own parking lot with an attendant who will let you in. Remember to bring a credit card or about $20 or so.

Most times, major tournaments are held in the main floor of a hotel. In the case of NEC 12, the main floor branched off in to many different side rooms; each room was dedicated to a particular game. Seasons Beatings took place in a large open ballroom and all of the stations were located along the perimeter of the wall.







Final Round is being held at in theHiltonAtlantaAirporthotel. FR is being organized by Shin Blanka. March 29th -31st Atlanta, Georgia.



ShinBlanka said:
The Hilton @ Atlanta Airport has a inside heated pool, a nice resturant, a full Sports bar, coffee spot, and a barbershop in the hotel for FR16. So if players want to get a nice hair cut before they step on to the top 8 stage they can get it done in the hotel!

Online registration is the key to getting everything done in a timely manner. We urge everyone register online for their badges and games asap, so we can properly make the pools in advance and post them 3-7 days prior to the event date. If you do the emergency registration at the door you'll only have a 4 hour window on thursday evening (7pm-11pm) and friday morning (8am-12noon) to register for tournaments during the event and you WILL NOT BE SEEDED IN ANYWAY! You'll be placed in the 1st available spot in the pools and no effort will be used to seed you by skill level or by city/state. Door registration is one of the main reasons why any event start late IMO. I was going to eliminate at the door registration at this event, but I do understand that it's hard out there these days and sometimes people don't have the money to attend until the last minute.

IF that happens and your only option is to sign up at the event at least you have a chance to compete, but we will not remake/reseed the brackets/pools for anyone that signs up late. The pools will start on time. We can't hold up the pools to reseed them for those that didn't register online. So we at FINAL ROUND are asking everyone that seriously plan to attend FR16 to use the online registration to help us run a smooth event. It not only helps us make the pools well in advance, but it's also cheaper to sign up online than at the door. (online reg = $40 and at the door emergency reg = $50) We hope to see everyone that came last year at FR16. Thank you guys for your continued support and i'll see you in March!

If you can't make it to FR you can still watch the stream at these links.

Team Spooky-- http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky
Finalroundbats-- http://www.twitch.tv/finalroundbats/


PASSPORTS
There are two ways to get them: A long process that takes longer than a month, and an express way that costs more but you get it quicker. If anyone knows more about how passports work, let us know.
http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html




Hopefully this article has been helpful at revealing some of the uncertainties of travel and what you can expect before arriving at a tournament. I remember, before I started traveling, I had no idea what to expect-- I had something to prove and in the end it was a very humbling experience that I am really grateful to have. Anyway, good luck!

We hope to see you there!For more information about tournaments check out this thread.
 

Comments

This is great, very helpful for newcomers like myself. This really should be on the front page imo... also where them shades at partisan? XD
 
I'm with Norik on that one, but i got another year before that happens. Either way this guide will be very helpful in the future, thanks.
 
Always travel with enough funds to do what you need plus a little extra incase of an emergency. Traveling with no funds is not much fun and other people get really annoyed.
THIS. Always bring more than you think you will need and put some money away from your spending money in case something happens. Also remember that the bus fucking sucks and will always take longer than the estimated time they give you.

When I went to EVO the bus ride was supposed to take 6 hours, it ended up taking around 9 hours and the bus was crowded for the entire trip. It is probably the cheapest option though so you get what you pay for.
 
Generally it's good to have contingency plans if your accommodation, ride etc opts to crap out on you for whatever reason.
Or your ride could decide to steal the console of the person you where staying with. Road Trips can go either way. If you take a road trip the rule of thumb is this. Only go with people you trust and know. Their actions will reflect heavily upon you. Trust me, you dont want to get into a situation where you are 800 miles from home with no money. Its not fun.....
 
Or your ride could decide to steal the console of the person you where staying with. Road Trips can go either way. If you take a road trip the rule of thumb is this. Only go with people you trust and know. Their actions will reflect heavily upon you. Trust me, you dont want to get into a situation where you are 800 miles from home with no money. Its not fun.....
Generally if your ride threatens to kick out out of the car within 10 miles of home just to get their way, it's time for plan B.
 
Generally if your ride threatens to kick out out of the car within 10 miles of home just to get their way, it's time for plan B.
Never Do Greyhound as Plan B unless you are only one state away and it is direct. Otherwise it's going to smell and its going to suck. Think they have wifi on the busses now though...
 
Never Do Greyhound as Plan B unless you are only one state away and it is direct. Otherwise it's going to smell and its going to suck. Think they have wifi on the busses now though...
Greyhound is a hoot. Given some of the drivers I've seen, they'd kick you off for using it. (One dude would even start his bus until one guy turned off his headphones.)