The First FFR Stepcharting Workshop is an interactive, intimate one-month event where stepcharters will step a 4-key file for either FFR or Stepmania, offer and receive constructive feedback, and revise their files accordingly. It will run from Sunday, March 2 to Saturday, March 29 and be open to stepcharters at every level, from seasoned veterans to beginners. There will be no afterparty with a bonfire and s’mores, but you are free to have your own if you so desire.
Some may wonder what the purpose of such a structured workshop is, but there are no catches or rewards here beyond learning more about stepcharting from one another and having a lot of fun. And really, why else are we all here?
Those interested should private message me (moches) with the subject line “Workshop Registration.” The deadline for registration is the midnight of Saturday, March 1. Spots may be limited to 24 participants. In order to get a proper headcount, I also ask that questions and other messages be sent under different subject lines.
I sincerely hope you consider joining us for what’s sure to be a great time.
At the risk of sounding dictatorial, I would very much appreciate it if you could go and take a look out of whatever window is the closest to wherever you might be situated at this present moment in time. Don’t worry about the reasons underlying my request right now, for if history has taught us anything it’s that thinking things through is very rarely a wise idea. Right now, your job is to simply gaze out of a window. The make, the model, and the location are all irrelevant. Think long and hard about what you see, committing all that you possibly can to memory before reporting back to me. So, please go and do that right……now.
Did you do it? I doubt it, but if for some reason you did then I want you to know that during the brief amount of time that you were distracted, us kindhearted folks over at FFR took advantage and hacked into your computer’s mainframe using the classic QRZVW Firewall Override trick so that we could install a Super Advanced Obedience Program (SAOP) on your motherboard. What this means is that regardless of the breaks that you inevitably will one day decide take or the long-winded “I’m leaving for real this time!” forum posts that you make, you will come to find it exceedingly difficult, if not wholly impossible to depart from FFR permanently. We apologize for the inconvenience as well as the inexcusable disregard of your privacy, but we’re certain that you’ll find the effects of this program to be quite beneficiary to you and your community as the years go on. Take me as an example: if it wasn’t for the SAOP, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Therefore the program is good.
Now, before we continue on to the meat of this update, I’d like you to think back to whatever you saw out the window a few moments ago. Don’t worry, this isn’t a trick like last time, as we’ve already gotten what we’re after. All I want you to do is to picture in your mind’s eye what you saw and to keep it there as you play through the four new files that we have on offer this week so that you may come to realize that the outside world pales in comparison to the vibrant, multicolored yet mostly black-backgrounded world of FFR.
[February 7th Released Songs]
No Money Down, Low Monthly Payments by Nero’s Day At Disneyland (DossarLX ODI) – Difficulty: 11 / 1:16 / Misc / IDM
Still Blastin [Light] by Nemesis Theory (SKG_Scintill) – Difficulty: 16 / 1:52 / Arcade
T&J “complete ver.” by Cranky (ilikexd) – Difficulty: 82 / 7:42 / Rock / Progressive Rock
Twirling Star by Maxo (Wayward Vagabond) – Difficulty: 85 / 5:59 / Misc / Celestial Chiptune
Our first release of the week, which also doubles as our easiest, brings together the familiar duo of Dossar and Nero’s Day At Disneyland in a way that is atypical from previous releases. Many of the Nero’s Day At Disneyland files that are presently available to play are relatively difficult, ranging anywhere from Arrogant Cobbler’s 66 difficulty rating to Dossar’s earlier Hero Reconsidering, which is at a now-stable 85. No Money Down, Low Monthly Payments breaks this mold as its difficulty comes in at a much more manageable 11. The song, which is only a little bit over a minute in length, will test players in their abilities to chain together pitch relevant jumps during a steady 12th note groove. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s fun, and it will only cost you about the same price as about a cup of coffee a day*†‡§?¶, so go and give it a try.
Next on the agenda for today is Still Blastin [Light]. Some of you might remember that the original Still Blastin file from TC_Halogen was part of the stepfiling contest held a year and a bit ago which also gave us Blackout [Breathe Carolina] and Within Life. SKG_Scintill’s version of Nemesis Theory’s chiptune heavy song brings the difficulty of the original file down by fifty-three points so that it can be enjoyed by those who might not be ready to tackle the trickier patterns in the original. The [Light] version of the song tends to follow the main melody with single notes and uses an incredibly light layering scheme to factor in the occasional percussion note. The file also ignores anything higher than an eighth steam; in fact, the only two 16th notes in the entire file are isolated, and anything 24th or higher never appears once. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy this high energy song without the same high energy output on your fingers then now is your chance.
If I can offer you one piece of advice regarding the penultimate file in this week’s set of releases, it’s that you should go to the bathroom before you play it. T&J “complete ver.” is, at the time of this update, the fifth longest song in all of FFR, promising to take up seven minutes and forty-six seconds of your life if you agree to play it. Even if random face itches and creepy shadows appearing in your peripheral vision will be sure to sap your score at some point, passing up on this file would be a huge mistake. Similarly, it would also be an error to assume that this song is typical of cranky’s usual sound. Don’t think Party 4u or R176; rather, think more along the lines of Tenimuhou or Twister. Make sure to stay on your toes at all times as award-winning stepartist ilikexd is going to be challenging you with pretty much every pattern in the book, yet he does so in a way that’s so smooth and consistent that you could spread it over a piece of toasted marble rye. Once your bladder is empty and your fingers are all stretched and warmed up, head over to the Rock section and prepare to embark on your marathon.
The fourth and final release of this week is similar to T&J in that it is lengthy, difficult, and incredibly diverse in terms of both the song and the chart structure. Although the various components of the song are bounded together by an overarching “celestial chiptune” motif, very rarely does Maxo’s Twirling Star linger in one style, BPM, or soundscape for an extended period of time. If you’re familiar with files such as 12 Bar Bloops or Phi-dentity Crisis then you should have some idea of what I’m referring to. Veteran stepartist Wayward Vagabond has lovingly charted Maxo’s debut release on FFR as a particular difficult piece, featuring a cavalcade of tricky patterns such as jackhammers, jumpstreams, trills, and fast 32nds, the likes of which appearing both chained together as streams and appearing sporadically as quick bursts. Make sure not to expend all of your energy too early as the last leg of the song features more than enough spots that are as ready as they are eager to ruin your AAA, full combo, or ability to pass the file. However, with great struggle comes great reward, and rewarded you will be.
And so we reach our conclusion once again. Since there were no veteran songs included in the last set of releases non-veterans should now be fully caught up with their blue-named peers. In addition, the results of the 2013 FFR Forum Awards were released two days ago, so make sure to check those out over in the forums if you haven’t already (and you’re interested, of course). Other than that, I’m afraid that you’ll have to wait until next time. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem though, right? After all, you aren’t going to be venturing off anywhere soon thanks to the SAOP that we definitely, 100% really, truly did install on your computer.
Howdy folks. Three new savory songs are now available for consumption.
[January 23rd Released Songs]
Extratone in a Perfect World by Annoying Ringtone (DossarLX ODI) — Difficulty: 90 / 1:46 / Skill Token / Speedcore
Fuse Gymnast by kandyfan (kommisar) — Difficulty: 83 / 2:18 / Arcade / Chiptune
Wake Up, Gladiator by The Flashbulb (VisD) — Difficulty: 71 / 2:35 / Secret [21,000] / Liquid Funk
To unlock Extratone in a Perfect World, snag a Full Combo on Extratone Pirates. No accuracy stipulations are in effect for this token, so feel free to bobeck your way to victory.
Also be sure to wet your whistle with some luscious jumpstream in Pollyanna Rocks Your World, last week’s veteran song which has now been made public, if you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet.
Hello everyone! Just wanted to give people two bits of information.
The 2013 FFR Forum Awards are currently in progress. For the second year in a row, it is being hosted by one of our two new forum administrators, Sky Kitten. If you haven’t gone to vote for people in a category — don’t fret, you still have until February 2nd to place votes. Give the thread a look when you have a chance.
Also, for those of you unaware — today marks a very special birthday; if it weren’t for this man, we would not have a community to come to, a game to play (and later build upon), and we probably wouldn’t know each other as we do now. Let’s all give a really warm-hearted Happy Birthday to the person who conceived this game idea and evolved it into a community. We might not be as strong as we were before, but after 11 years, we’re still around.
Happy Birthday, Synthlight! Have a great day with your family, and from one Chicagoan to another — stay out of the snow and cold!
Three new songs this week — two regular releases, and a veteran release. The veteran song is purchased, and will cost you 3,500 credits.
[January 15th Released Songs]
Felix^3 by SessileNomad (MarioNintendo) — Difficulty: 71 / 1:36 / Misc / TBD
All i wanna do is touch your powerpoints by Loli Ripe (I like it) — Difficulty: 78 / 2:15 / Misc / TBD
Pollyanna Rocks My World by Furries in a Blender (YoshL) — Difficulty: 76 / 2:14 / Purchased [3,500] / TBD
Enjoy — feel free to post comments about them.
“Doctor! The patient is awake!”
A man dressed in a stark white lab coat (who suspiciously resembles Professor Oak) hastily strides across the ward, and stops next to your hospital bed.
“Hello, my name is Legit Doctor! I am sure you have a lot of questions, but please remain calm. Last night, you were involved in a tragic high-five accident. To cutoff the awesomeness of that very high-five from spreading to the rest of your body, I was forced to amputate all but one of your fingers.
Luckily, a local mom has discovered one weird trick to fully regenerate your hands, and save your FFR career! We will begin by injecting you with 19 CCs of corn juice (from concentrate), and activate its regenerative properties by blasting your hands with Gamma rays and unstable Halogen isotopes. Over the next 24 hours, you will be assigned to an accelerated one-fingered rehabilitation process while your fingers grow back. You will receive credits as compensation for your compliance. Good Luck!” *results will vary, skillboost to D7 not guaranteed
THREAD FOR EVENT: http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/vbz/showthread.php?p=4059326#post4059326
This event has concluded!
- PrawnSkunk and the FFR Events Staff
Let’s restart the year with good habits. I may not possess the same verbal exuberance as moches or MrPopadopalis25, but having some information is better than nothing.
First off, I would like to apologize to my official tournament winners for not getting their moment in the sun on the front page. You guys did a great job, and deserve to be commended for your efforts!
Congratulations for being one of an elite few to beat out everyone in an official tournament in your division, and good luck in the higher divisions to follow (except for D7, no one really cares enough about them to make another division after that).
Here are the songs of the week — this is just a notification post; play the files yourself to see what they’re like!
[January 4th Released Songs]
Paraclete by LeaF (ilikexd) — Difficulty: 74 / 2:15 / Dance 2 / Sacred Art
Purple Drank by Kola Kid (kommisar) — Difficulty: 81 / 2:09 / Arcade / 8-Bit Breakcore
Song of Storms Dubstep Rap Remix by Ephixa feat. NoneLikeJoshua (DarkZtar) — Difficulty: 34 / 1:51 / Dance / Dubstep Rap
thinking of you by goreshit (I like it) — Difficulty: 89 / 3:05 / Dance 2 / Dancecore
The veteran song, thinking of you, will be available for public play on the 11th. Non-veterans, sit tight!
Hungry fire consumed the halls around the Battledome, the corpses of slain warriors vanishing in a ball of crimson; those who had survived to the end hobbled, crawled, and limped into the center of the dome. There were seven towers, each with a series of steps spiraling around a circular core and a doomsday button at the top–and around each tower, three swords were buried into the ground. They would either have to kill each other on the ground or scamper to the top before anybody could reach them.
DIVISION 1 – I Can’t Wait – Celldweller
Ippikiryu, CarrotCake94 and Xonica eyed each other as they stepped towards the tower. With the gravity befitting a deed yet to be done, they rested their hands on each blade and thrust it out. The earth beneath them began to quiver.
“What’s going o–” CarrotCake94 didn’t get to finish. The sand beneath them cracked and disintegrated, revealing a gap ten feet wide on every side; they were only inches from a precarious fall. What was done here would be definitive.
“WELL, YOU’VE ALL MADE IT THIS FAR, AND I WOULD CONGRATULATE YOU,” tittered the mysterious loudspeaker voice, “BUT I THINK ONLY ONE OF YOU WILL GET TO HEAR IT. OH! HOW ABOUT SOME TUNES? THIS ONE’S FROM MY TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S FAVORITE BAND. SHOULD GET THE BLOOD PUMPING…”
The song wasn’t the fastest they had seen in the tournament, but it was certainly no slouch at 188BPM–and the number of 16ths, jumps and jacks would make this one a toughie to get through. Xonica groaned as the guitar started and almost lost grip of his blade. Such wangst. So teenager.
Ippikiryu had spent his life getting through every situation with his mad kawaii power, but by this point all hint of anything fuzzy and adorable in his personality had been weathered away. He grabbed his blade and faced the two people standing between him and Touhou, osu, tanks, LoL, conventions, and singing.
DIVISION 2 – A Crimson Rose and a Gin Tonic (YMCK 8bit Mix) – YMCK
“I wish we didn’t have to do this,” linebro sighed as he approached the foot of the tower marked District Two. RARAWR almost made a sound but found himself too emotionally conflicted to express his feelings.
The floor was wet, unusually so. The moment all three players pulled out their swords, chiptune began to play.
“WELL, I SAW HOW YOU’VE BEEN DOING. THAT LITTLE STUNT AT THE BAR WAS MY TREAT, YOU KNOW. A LITTLE ALCOHOL NEVER HURTS, EH?” boomed the loudspeaker. “THIS ENTIRE FLOOR IS SOAKED IN GIN AND TONIC. YOU’RE ALREADY DRUNK AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.”
“Oh, aweso–,” Toxophilis caught herself. “I mean, oh noooo.”
This song was weird–or maybe it was just the alcohol. Arrows that were supposed to be pink and purple were…green. And then brown. And they kept changing in the middle of the song for no reason. It was pleasant enough, but Clocktown had been pleasant too. They had to keep their guards up to the very end.
DIVISION 3 – Grad Erlija – Grand Thaw
“Toccy, what the hell?” Emanresu13 caught up to his former ally, panting.
“RAWR!” Mokisaurus was angry.
Toccy shrugged. “Hey, it’s every man for himself.”
“HE’S RIGHT, YOU KNOW.”
Great, just when things couldn’t get any worse…
“THAT’S BEEN SOMETHING OF A RECURRING THEME, HASN’T IT? ALL OF YOU WERE SO LOCKED INTO THINKING OF THIS AS A TEAM BATTLE THAT YOU NEVER SAW WHAT THE TOURNAMENT WAS REALLY ABOUT. ALL YOU CAN DO IS HOLD ONTO YOUR LIFE, FRIENDSHIP AND LOYALTY BE DAMNED.”
“NOW,” the loudspeaker demanded, “DANCE FOR ME, MY PUPPETS.”
Accordions and pianos kicked in, and drums began to swell in the background. Toccy already had his sword out, staring the other two down with his eyes (and fingers) as he dangled the blade. If this was the last day of their lives, at least the soundtrack was apt.
DIVISION 4 – Shitsubou Choco – LeaF
EVeryBOADY WAS STiLl tRIPENG BLLLZZZZ.
“HAHAHAHA, SSPEED IS DEAD!” LAUGHED DISSONANTMUSE!! HE STUMBLED TO TOWER AND PULL OUT SWORD.
“hey, stop that! now i have to speak in lowercases to distinguish myself!” complained the loudspeaker? “you guys! seriously! stop!”
“OH HO HO HO!” MUTTERED KEKEB, “LOOKIE HERE @ THIS HERE SWORD! DEVILCHILLY TAKE PICTURE OF ME, PLEAZ!”
“LOL NO!” DEVILCHILLY REPLIED AND SLASHED HIS FRIEND IN THE ARM. BLOOD SPURTED OUT.
“okay, guys…i’m really scared now. this is weird. i’m not even in danger here. why is this so horrifying? should i turn this song off? it’s even faster and more hyper than the last round’s song. wait, iTunes is frozen again. crap.”
“DOESN’T MY NAME SOUNDS LIKE KABOBS, GUYS?!” KEKEB GIGGLED. “DOESN’T IT SOUND LIKE KABOBS?!”
DIVISION 5 – Future Invasion, YMCK
Josemba was already halfway up the tower. omega_grunt666 and klimtkiller could only look on.
“WHAT’S THE MATTER, GUYS? OR SHOULD I SAY G8YS, YOU LITTLE GIRLS? WELL, I SHOULDN’T, REALLY, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE HOMOPHOBIC, MISOGYNISTIC AND REALLY GROSS. AND SHAME ON WHOMEVER IS WRITING THIS TOURNEY POST, EVEN IF HE’S USING ME TO MAKE A POINT.”
omega_grunt666 just peered up and dropped his sword. “It’s futile,” he sighed. “He’ll get to the top, press the button and the aliens in that spaceship hovering above us will come and take us away for good. I say let him have it. At least second place isn’t too bad.”
“Still,” klimtkiller interjected, “wouldn’t it be nice to at least end on one more kill?”
“Well, that’s more your thing, isn’t it?”
“GUYS, THIS IS SO ANTICLIMACTIC! THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS,” insisted the voice on the loudspeaker. “REMEMBER HOW YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU WOULD SURVIVE THAT SUBMATIK SUBMARINE ATTACK IN THE FIRST WEEK?”
“You set that up, didn’t you?” asked omega_grunt666.
“THAT’S NOT REALLY THE POINT. THE POINT IS THAT FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU TWO ARE THE LAST THING STANDING IN THAT GUY’S WAY, AND IT WOULD SUCK TO HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR AND NOT AIM A LITTLE HIGHER. SO GO PRACTICE.”
DIVISION 6 – Herbie Goes Ballistic – Venetian Snares
It was RagedBerserker’s turn to break down. NekoGon wasn’t moving: his pulse was down to 0. Meanwhile, SaFyre13 was brooding on the horizon; he hadn’t picked up a weapon yet. With everybody around him dead, his mind was slowly coming back. Where was dAnceguy117? Why didn’t he hear ___________’s voice (oh, wait, he was mute, wasn’t he?) Who had taken their lives?
Suddenly he remembered everything–and though a wave of horror rushed over him, he fought it and stood up. He stepped tentatively towards his two remaining friends. “We need to get out of here, Gon. Wake up.”
“GUYS! FOR PETE’S SAKE, YOU NINCOMPOOPS,” roared the loudspeaker. “DID YOU LITERALLY FORGET THE POINT OF THIS TOURNAMENT? I MEAN, THE PART WHERE YOU ALL KILL EACH OTHER? I’M SICK OF THIS. BRING IN HERBIE!”
Lindsay Lohan came in wielding the remains of a glass bong–it had been fashioned into yet another sword. She thumped it into the ground; the shock waves threw everybody back. NekoGon almost rolled off the edge of the platform, now a good fifty feet above the ground below, but SaFyre grabbed his hand in the nick of time.
He turned. “No, Herbie, don’t do it!”
The beats kicked in. It was too late.
DIVISION 7 – Heterochromia Iridis – FOLiACETATE
Anthony continued to find his desire for bloodlust frustrated with each passing district: L.B.D.D already stood at the top of the tower for District Seven, looking down at smartdude1212 and DossarLX_ODI. It was fine: he had no intentions of pushing the button anytime soon. All three members held swords against their necks; they would all pull a joint Katniss Everdeen if they had to.
The loudspeaker crackled before a new announcement was made:
“FROM NOW ON, THERE CAN BE TWO VICTORS CROWNED IF ONE OF THEM IS ALREADY IN THE GREEN. THIS IS BECAUSE ALL OF YOU ARE HYPERCOMPETENT NINNIES AND I’M SICK OF YOU GUYS UNDERMINING ME WITH YOUR MAD TALENT. ANTHONY OUT, HOMIES.”
Even with his IQ of 1212, smartdude1212 was confused. “Hey, Dossar, what’s green supposed to–”
“IF YOU DIDN’T SCREW UP AGAIN AND AGAIN FOR ONCE MAYBE YOU WOULD FIND OUT!” roared the loudspeaker. “NOW GO WIN BEFORE I MAKE IT RAIN FOLIACETATE ON ALL YOUR PATHETIC BUTTS!”
It was hard to refuse an offer like that. But smartdude and DossarLX_ODI couldn’t bring themselves to look one another in the eyes. Could both of them make it to the end, or was this curtains for one of them? Or both?
They eyed the staircase around the tower: it was steep, forcing them to step roughly 17 times a second, with jumps everywhere; it was rickety, having been built at 223 beats per minute with steps of every color wedged awkwardly in between. But it was only a two-minute climb up, and they had an entire week.
Steeling themselves, they took their next step.