Swarm of Hearts [General Discussion]

Discussion in 'Events' started by OldEnt, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. OldEnt

    OldEnt Well-Known Member

    Swarm of Hearts: a StarCraft II Arcade charity event organised by the Community

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    • This thread (copy to share)
    • Introduction
    • Announcements
    • Supported cause
    • How can I help now: what we currently need
    • List of things to do
    • Promotional campaign
    • Live streams and VoDs
    • Rules
    • Contact and links

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    Hello NotD Community, let me introduce myself.

    My name is Greg Dabrowski a.k.a. OldEnt and I am Community Ambassador for Star Battle, one of the most popular StarCraft II Arcade games. With the approval of Night of the Dead developer Ability I would like to invite NotD Community to Swarm of Hearts, a StarCraft II Arcade charity event organised by the Community to show the best it can offer.

    Participating Arcade games will run their own tournaments or other special events simultaneously on a single day and an official stream presenting each game will be run by appointed streamer and invited special guest or guests. The point of this event is to show the best of Arcade, we need quality maps with good communities and people who can get the job done in fashionable manner. Night of the Dead has a long history, quality content and excellent Community so is should be no surprise to see it invited.

    The event will take place on April 13th 2013 on NA and EU Battle.net servers, making use of Global Play which was stealth launched recently and will be introduced officially when Heart of the Swarm launches (expansion will not be needed to participate).

    My experience

    I am best known for hosting SBT EU3 (123 participants) and World Star Battle Tournament 1 (over 400 participants from 40 teams). I am also helping with running Terran Star Battle League (12 clans participating). I manage social media sites for Star Battle and hold administrator position of our TeamSpeak 3 server. I am familiar with project management theory and practice and writing legal documents. Hosting together with jzerg a global tournament which attracted 400 participants allowed me to gain invaluable experience in fields of planning, organising, fundraising, promoting, running and closing an on-line event.

    Introduction

    Today's StarCraft II Arcade is different from what it was at the beginning. We have lots of quality maps and many of them evolved a pretty organised Communities around them. Arcade tournaments and other events are not uncommon, although they are still not as highly organised as professional ladder tournaments. The Arcade provides fun in vast quantities and flavours, there is something for everyone. Many players bought StarCraft II and play it solely for the Arcade. Map makers spent countless hours improving their creations and players spent much of their free time not only playing games but also improving the Community by posting on Arcade forums, organising events and providing feedback to map makers and Blizzard.

    A devoted custom map Community deserves a proper recognition and events on the level, something which was lacking over past years. The Community deserves Swarm of Hearts, a Community-driven charity event which will show the best we have: quality games, Communities thriving around them and everlasting desire to improve. This will be a joint effort of the most organised Communities in the Arcade to show that Arcade is mature enough to be reckoned with.

    Hundreds, if not thousands of players will actively join the cause, a tenfold number of participants of all but the biggest StarCraft II tournaments. Every player will be able participate because it is an average player who makes StarCraft II live, not celebrities. Each participating Arcade map Community will run an official tournament simultaneously on a single day and everyone will be free to join and have a shot at becoming a champion of the biggest StarCraft II Arcade event in his map of choice.

    An official live-stream will feature every participating map and its Community. A special guest will assure the event will get the coverage it deserves. And if people will appreciate our hard work and resolve we might raise just enough money to support a cause of our choice.

    Details

    Summary

    What:
    Swarm of Hearts, a StarCraft II Arcade charity event organised by the Community.

    Goals:
    • Raise funds to selected charity.
    • Promote StarCraft II: Arcade games outside and inside StarCraft II playerbase.
    • A joint effort of Arcade Communities to build a better Arcade scene.
    Guidelines:
    • Featured Community content only.
    • Organised by Community.
    • Media, professional and honorary patronage.
    • Official tournaments/fun events of selected Arcade games run simultaneously.
    Date:

    The Swarm of Hearts will take place on April 13th, 2013 (Saturday) on EU and NA StarCraft II Battle.net. Participating Communities might extend their tournaments to Sunday if they deem it necessary.

    Participating Communities
    • Aeon of Storms - The Map Creator RNG approved project and confirmed that Aeon of Storms will participate. RedHydra is to host AoS side of the event;
    • Star Battle - The Map Maker zedu approved project and confirmed that Star Battle will participate. WildFire is likely to host SB side of the event;
    • The Star Strikers - JinAndJuice a.k.a. RuffRidah, CherrYmooN and JAW will run TSS side of the event;
    • Night of the Dead - Map Developer Ability approved project and confirmed that Night of the Dead is willing to participate. Reaper is current coordinator

    Maps had to meet several criteria to be considered:
    • Not a StarCraft II melee gameplay.
    • Quality and complete product.
    • High enough organisational level of Community for event hosting (including functional and moderated official forum).
    Tournaments

    Every Arcade map will run its own official tournament on the same day. This and the sheer number of participants being on-line on the same day will show how well organised we are. Tournaments (or other events) will be organised solely by map's Community without interference from Swarm of Hearts host. Tournament participants will be awarded in accordance with given map Community's way. Be it special model, unique in-game Swarm of Hearts achievement or elite decal.

    Participation in Arcade tournaments will be possible only through sign ups on official forums of Arcade maps. There is a reason for that: it will bring new players to Community hubs. There is a high chance such players will stay after the event and contribute to the scene.

    Official live-stream

    While each map might have its own streams for tournament, there will be one main stream running for a couple of hours during event. Every game will be featured for two to three quarters of an hour by presenter, invited guest or guests and given map representative. Casters will feature maps in a form of either a showmatch of handpicked high level players or stream of tournament game, depending on map Community's choice.

    Supported cause

    During Swarm of Hearts StarCraft 2 Arcade charity event we will raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. In 1999, Doctors Without Borders received the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Promotion

    Promotion will include (but will not be limited to):
    • Professional gaming media patronage.
    • Official TeamLiquid.net thread.
    • Official Blizzard EU and NA forum thread. May use interpreters/translators for non-English speaking forums.
    • Ad-hoc professional looking site for easy information access.
    • Professional looking press pack with Arcade games presentations for gaming industry media.
    • Single official Event Facebook/Twitter/YouTube and streaming channel.
    • Single trailer on all participating Arcade games’ channels.
    • Anthem / music theme (may use Creative Commons music)
    • Single logo.
    • Single official poster and unified banners.
    • Arcade games media pack for fans (wallpapers etc.)
    • Voluntary in-game advertising with preset text.
    • Add-on banner for Arcade games loading screens.
    • Official chat channel and group.
    • In-game Arcade games awards for participants, including achievements if implemented.
    • Set up VoIP servers for each Arcade map (TeamSpeak 3, Mumble etc.).
    Contact

    Host:
    Grzegorz (Greg) Dąbrowski a.k.a. Oldent.728 EU / .600 NA ( contact@swarmofhearts.org ) Skype: oldent85

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    Announcements

    For the most recent news please visit our Swarm of Hearts feeds:


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    Supported cause

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    We are happy to announce that during Swarm of Hearts StarCraft 2 Arcade charity event we will raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

    In 1999, Doctors Without Borders received the Nobel Peace Prize.

    About MSF

    MSF's (fr. Médecins Sans Frontières, MFS) work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Ninety percent of MSF's overall funding comes from private, non-governmental sources. In 2009, MSF had 3.8 million individual donors and private funders worldwide.

    In the countries where MSF works, one or more of the following crises is occurring or has occurred: armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, natural disasters, or exclusion from health care. In 2009, MSF medical teams carried out more than 7.5 million outpatient consultations; delivered 110,000 babies; treated 1.1 million people for malaria; treated 200,000 severely and moderately malnourished children; provided 165,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; vaccinated 7.9 million people against meningitis; and conducted 50,000 surgeries.

    As an organization, MSF is neutral. It does not take sides in armed conflicts, provides care on the basis of need alone, and pushes for increased independent access to victims of conflict as required under international humanitarian law.

    Every year MSF sends around 3,000 specialists to work alongside over 25,000 locally hired staff. They are doctors, nurses, logistics experts, administrators, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians, mental health professionals, and others who work together in accordance with MSF's guiding principles of humanitarian action and medical ethics.

    MSF volunteers go unarmed into warzones to provide medical assistance to those in need, often risking their lives. MSF personnel risks injuries from stray bullets, mines and epidemic disease alongside with direct attacks such as raids, ambushes, rape, political imprisonment and kidnapping.

    In 2008 a documentary film about MSF was released: "Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders" which depicts stories of four doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care in extreme conditions.

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    About Fundraising campaign

    Doctors Without Borders encourages using social fundraising tools such as JustGiving and DonorDrive and presents fundraising campaigns on it's websites. A tool which allows to process payments directly to the organisation will be used, meaning Swarm of Hearts organisers will not have access to raised funds. Amount raised will be updated live and donors will be able to leave a message in donors list if they desire to. Fundaising campaign page will be open by the end of February and the whole fundraising process should last two months, giving everyone enough time to donate. More information will follow.

    More information about Doctors Without Borders can be found on MSF USA http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org and MSF Facebook http://www.facebook.com/msf.english/info

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    How can I help now: what we currently need

    At this very moment:
    • NotD Community needs organise notd event.

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    List of things to do

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    Promotional campaign

    Campaign start date is to be announced. Please refrain from contacting media until we have basic work done.

    Whenever you are advertising Swarm of Hearts please follow netiquette and local rules of media on which you represent Arcade Community. All posts, e-mails and IM messages should meet standards of orthography and grammar in respective language. Carry a conversation in civil manner and do not get trolled. People will respect us and the effort will turn a profit sooner or later.

    Promotion is split into two levels:
    • individual tournament (each participating map),
    • Swarm of Hearts.

    Promotion will focus on following areas:
    • Battle.net
    • Battle.net forums
    • Participating Arcade games' sites
    • Social media
    • Gamers' media
    • Professional gaming media

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    Live streams and VoDs

    Main stream of the event will feature each of participating map and its Community. Every game will be featured for two to three quarters of an hour by presenter, invited guest or guests and given map representative. Default presentation will include a short briefing on a map and Community, a showcase match involving skilled players and post-game Q&A and interview with Community representative or map developer.

    Every tournament will run its own live-stream if maps Community decides to do so. Links to all streams will be aggregated in single place.

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    Rules

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    Contact event staff

    Event staff
    • Swarm of Hearts host: Grzegorz (Greg) Dąbrowski a.k.a. Oldent.728 EU / .600 NA ( contact@swarmofhearts.org ) Skype: oldent85
    Tournaments' hosts
    • Aeon of Storms tournament (temp title) host: JustSAfrican.406 NA
    • World Star Battle Tournament 2 host: WildFire.427 NA / .560 EU [Skype: schalljohn]
    • Night of the Dead event host: Reaper
    • The Star Strikers tournament: JAW

    Links

    Tournaments of participating Arcade games:

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  2. Ability
    • Development Team
    • NOTD Creator

    Ability NOTD Creator

    OldEnt needs a volunteer who can run the NOTD event. Anyone up for it? You'll need to pass him your Skype ID as well.
  3. OldEnt

    OldEnt Well-Known Member

    Thank you! ^^

    Sorry about the mess in first post. Forum merges subsequent posts of the same person into one bigger so navigation is a bit clumsy.

    We also need a competent party for main Swarm of Hearts stream showcase game.

    Terminus and Kerberus are our graphics staff but they could definitely use some help.

    Big thanks to all those who showed me how to play the game earlier this evening on NA server, especially to MissHumpz. I finally got my microphone working in Ventrilo so next time it should go much smoother.

    Event homepage is not ready yet but will be available at http://www.swarmofhearts.org/

    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are up but only Faebook page has any content. Like to get the latest updates.
  4. HipHopDragon
    • Warden

    HipHopDragon Warden

    Is anything planned or are there any proposals what kind of event notd will do?
  5. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    Uff as much as i love you oldent I shall never be next to terminus -_-.

    Hip i think Notd should do a nm game where we blow stuff up so people are entertained ^_^ who doesnt like big explosions that go BOM BAM KABOOM!! ?
  6. HipHopDragon
    • Warden

    HipHopDragon Warden

    If i understood that correctly for the stream there will be something like a showmatch for which lots of explosions could be a idea. But what i was wondering about is what kind of event notd would do for the majority of the players.
  7. Ramses II
    • Donator

    Ramses II Help, I can't change my title!

    Best idea I have at the moment is that Reaper/someone else interested and a small group of people make a series of (secret) NOTD Challenges, players split into teams of 8, the teams get into lobbies with one of the Challenge Makers as an observer. At a specific time the first challenge is released, and the first team to complete said challenge (they have an observer watching them so no replay-watching necessary) wins. Other teams get 15 minutes to finish their games, and 5 minutes to set up lobbies again. Then the next challenge is released. Teams receive X points for being the first to complete a challenge, Y points for completing that challenge before the 15 minute deadline afterwards, and Z points for finishing a challenge later than that (if a team decides to keep going after the deadline, they may be starting the next challenge after the other teams have already started). Once all of the challenges are completed, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd(?) place teams get some combination of forum rep, credit reward, +rating, whatever else.

    We have a few months to flesh out whatever we end up doing.
  8. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer


    I think there may be a slight issue with this that needs to be looked into. I am unsure whether or not this has been fixed but there is an old bug that sometimes occurs when an observer/spectator enters the game. It somehow messes with the minis, the civs and the doctor which all causes them to become neutral rather then allies and they no longer follow the team or their set paths. This will probably need to be tested asap.

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    You're very welcome and I hope you join us on Ventrilo again soon :)
    Please don't hesitate to let me know when you're ready to give NOTD another tackle ;D
  9. Ramses II
    • Donator

    Ramses II Help, I can't change my title!

    I think that was dealt with but if not, I'm sure Ability & Co. could find some work-around if they go for my event proposal.
  10. ArcanePariah
    • Development Team
    • Map Developer

    ArcanePariah Miracle Worker

    I believe the problem is that there is no player slot set aside for an observer, I will need to add one. I tihk currently an observer just ends up being the player slot of the minis/neutrals and by default are allied/enemies of no one.
  11. Ability
    • Development Team
    • NOTD Creator

    Ability NOTD Creator

    Yup - would have to turn Player 11/12 into Observer Slots maybe.
  12. Omega Death
    • Donator

    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    What about 2 or 3 teams doing a streamed speedrun with all objectives??
    The winner team gets something decided by Ability. The observers could do the stream and comment the game.
  13. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    Just doing a "normal" game + all objectives and being rewarded for it doesn't sound fair.

    Displaying a game like EC NM NA/EU Old school style or A Sec nm. Showing that every character has a role etc would be est. Than for example having show cased a game where 5-7 players are carried by few people. Also would be nice if things such as pathing abuse(if still there by then) wouldn't be shown. Since technically that is a bug.
    Something that actually shows notd as a team play would be nice. E.g. a boss fight such as Ere2, eos, pers, hades, apo etc.
    Showing parts such as "scouting" would make me as a watcher would make me check back on it later. Like watching people just fight creep in aos(dota) just fighting creeps for 20minutes and only seeing 5 kills overall. Or seeing a starbattle composition made for a lategame meaning turtling for 40minutes. However thats just how i see it. Most will agree and disagree ;D :D
  14. Omega Death
    • Donator

    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    What about EC Nm Misfits (explo demo, combat eng,delta, mobcon, asstank, smm, nano med and crofl), including speed and chems?
  15. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    From my prospective yes, that strat is also "team work based" when I saw it played out 2days ago. People shouldn't even make ac nm an option unless some epic side challenge.


    I think chem was still bugged?
  16. Omega Death
    • Donator

    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    For now, ac nm would only be a challenge if it was a knife only ac nm xD. We could try a no camping surv nm too.
  17. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    knife only is no problem. since ra > titan.
    Far as "what should be done" have people bring up suggestions and then maybe ability/etc can make a poll or something blah blah blah. Its only the 4th of feb, pretty sure by 2months should all be set and ready. Wouldn't take that long. However we need a non fail rambo team/s :D
  18. Ramses II
    • Donator

    Ramses II Help, I can't change my title!

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we're supposed to have one showcase game for the stream and a longer "NOTD Event" for the entire community (or at least those who are interested) to participate in.
  19. Omega Death
    • Donator

    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    Use that (or other ideas) for the Event, and something else for the stream.
  20. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    Just a suggestion:
    If we're going with the concept showcasing NOTD and how each class has an important role, shouldn't we pick a storyline that not everyone has access to? I.E. Easy Company is available to all via pubs. Whereas not everyone whose had a dabble at NOTD would have been able to access SEC and see the different range of classes, the variety of bosses, and even the varied starting locations. In my opinion, this would seem more interesting to watch then Easy Company which anyone has access to.

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