Rocketmakers First Summer Smackdown Tournament is a Great Success
Due to doubling in size during the pandemic, we outgrew our old office based in central Bath. This prompted us to go up in the world, literally two floors up! Our new office, on the third floor of 20 Manvers Street is around double the size of our previous first floor home and features a state of the art auditorium, complete with big screens perfect for gaming, as well as for serious work matters, of course.
Keen to test out our new equipment, Harry Hartley-Saunders organised Rocketmakers’ first Summer Smackdown tournament featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Chess, the classic board game and team favourite.
With the pizza delivered and drinks flowing, battle commenced.
Danny, Emily, Frank and Phil became the first four players to be eliminated while Marcus, Vince, Adam W, Harry, Adam C, Greg, Alex and Lottie progressed to the next round. After round three everyone had been eliminated except for Lottie and Harry, who prepared themselves for one final battle. The final game proved to be the most controversial yet, when Harry used the “sacrificial ko” rule to win the first game. The sacrificial ko is when a player eliminates themselves and their opponent at the same time using a special move, in Harry’s case using King Dedede’s ability to eat an opponent, then jumping off the edge of the arena. Tournament rules would say that Harry won because he initiated the move whereas Nintendo had programmed the game to say that Lottie was the real winner. After much deliberation it was decided that the game should be replayed, since Lottie wasn’t aware of the rule. In the end it didn’t matter, because Harry won the match and was crowned champion. He was presented with a bespoke trophy, made by Matt H and his 3D printing machine.
Nick established himself as the one to beat with some early wins. Shea and Danny’s match ended in a draw when both clocks ran out of time and with an illegal move being played at the most crucial of moments. One game finished in checkmate after just 13 seconds (names have been redacted to protect any fragile egos).
The evening was such a huge success that there is talk of rolling it out and inviting other technology agencies in the South-West. Get in touch with [email protected] if you would like to hear more.