Feature: Ultimate Summer Smash

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE, er TWO--no, THREE! TOURNAMENTS! (note: we cannot legally rule out yet more future tournaments)

Final Destination — the final destination for our tournament.

Summer has arrived–and, with it, The Day Tonight’s Donation Drive!

THE YEAR IS 2011, and Lusipurr.com launches its first Summer Fundraiser drive. FIVE YEARS HAVE PASSED, –five years, with the space of five long winters, and it is 2016, when Lusipurr.com launches a site-wide feature for a Smash Bros. Tournament. STILL MORE TIME PASSES in a year of days and a year of nights to the summer of 2017, when Lusipurr.com refined the Summer of Smash in an attempt to give readers even more participation than ever before. THEN COMETH THE HOUR when Lusipurr.com became The Day Tonight; THEN COMETH THE MAN as Caspius withal. AND FINALLY, dear traveller, you arrive in the present, whereat you hold temporal position as the nausea induced by your reckless time travel washes over you.

Overview: HELLO and WELCOME to the STARLIGHT MEGAexplanation of the fundraiser rules, terms, and conditions. At the end of this Donation Drive, a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament will be held without any human players. Instead, the tournament will use computer-controlled AI characters at the maximum difficulty level without any further customisation. Each Fighter will represent a Participant’s entry in the Summer Fundraiser. All events will be broadcast live on Twitch, with commentary from Caspius and other staff members as available.

Each digital Fighter carries the hopes and prayers of a donator, driven to an act of desperate charity by a desire to make Caspius play and review selected games.

Trinkets are OUT! Digital fighters are IN!

First Place: A Caspius-completed featured review (at least 1,000 words) of the selected game.
Second Place: A Caspius-hosted podcast devoted entirely to the selected game.
Third Place: A Caspius-written poem celebrating the selected game.
Last Place: An editorial on the selected game by the donator’s choice of any current staff member, other than Caspius.
All Participants: Entry into the end-of-the-year drawing to win a new game on Amazon or Steam valued at up to $100 US.

Shipping Note: Physical prizes require the provision of a mailing address.

Our donation target is $500 (the break-even point for our annual budget). Additional donations help to pay for reader rewards, software upgrades, recording equipment, etc.
Thank you for your donation!

How to Participate
Phase 1: Donation Round: 14 June – 14 July
A. For every $5 donated during Phase 1 (and including all Patreon donations received before the donation drive), a SLOT will become available. During Phase 2, each SLOT can be filled by with a selected FIGHTER. The more SLOTS that are unlocked in Phase 1, the more FIGHTERS (and associated GAMES) can be entered in Phase 2.

B. At 00:00 (US Eastern Daylight Time) on 15 July, Phase 1 will end. Donations received after that time will not unlock further SLOTS.

Phase 2: Entry Round: Begins 15 July
C. As long as there is at least one open SLOT remaining, anyone may become a PARTICIPANT and may claim one open SLOT per day for doing one (1) of the following:
• Publicly recommend this website (or a post on this website) on Facebook.
• Publicly recommend this website (or a post on this website) on Twitter, mentioning @TheDayTonight.
• Post a comment (at least 100 words) that engages with a post on this website.
• Create and display a viral marketing display for this website.
• Recommend a new reader to the site who posts here (on this post) and joins our Discord chat.
Upon doing one of the above actions, the PARTICIPANT must then post on this thread with the name of the recommended reader; or, a link to the social media post, site comment, or picture of their displayed viral marketing.

D. In addition to the evidence included above, the PARTICIPANT must include their selection of an available Super Smash Bros. Ultimate FIGHTER of their choice to fill the available Slot. Once a FIGHTER has been claimed, it may not be claimed again by another PARTICIPANT until the entire roster has been selected, at which point all of the FIGHTERS will become available for a new round of selection. (Optional: PARTICIPANTS may also specify a desired cosmetic costume for the FIGHTER; once selected, the same option cannot be used again by any PARTICIPANT).

E. PARTICIPANTS must also select the GAME of their choice–one per FIGHTER–subject to the exclusions below. Once a GAME has been selected, it may not be selected again by any PARTICIPANT.

F. Once the PARTICIPANT’S entry has been validated by Caspius, this post will be updated to indicate the selected FIGHTER and GAME.

G. Phase 2 ends when all SLOTS are filled. The tournament will then be scheduled to take place, and the streaming schedule and tournament bracket will be added to the bottom of this post.

No, seriously, the goal here is to have Caspius play and review Final Fantasy VII. Right?

This tournament seeks only a fair and balanced outcome which leaves Caspius playing Final Fantasy VII.

Tournament Format
• Battles will be set to three stock with a fifteen minute timer (used to enforce a result).
• In the event of a tie, play-offs will be held between the tied characters to enforce a result.
• In the qualifying and knock-out rounds, eight characters compete in a single battle with the top four characters proceeding to the next round.
• In the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, four characters compete in a single battle with the top two characters proceeding to the next round.
• The final round takes place between four characters in a single battle, competing for first through fourth place.
• For each non-final round, stages will be chosen at random, items will be on with default load-out and frequency. The final round will be played on Final Destination, items will be off, excepting Smash orbs.

Game Selection
Platforms: Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, ColecoVision, Famicom Disk System, Intellivision, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Game Cube, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Nintendo Wii, Odyssey, PC-Engine, PC-FX, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Saturn, Sega SG-100, Sony PlayStation, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony Playstation Portable, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx-CD, Vectrex, Wonderswan, Wonderswan Color.
Region: Officially released in English.
Publisher: Legitimately published full releases: no self-published, pre-release, knock-off, unofficial, browser, or otherwise incomplete titles.
Availability: In circumstances where availability is a problem (due to scarcity, cost, or compatibility), entrants will be offered the chance to select an alternative game.
Exclusions: No MMOs, no games requiring a subscription or monetary transactions, no digital exclusives for non-current systems, and no non-game ‘entertainment software’ (i.e. there must be valid victory/defeat conditions, rules, possibility of failure, etc.). Games with an online component may be rejected. In addition, several games have already received a full Caspius Review and are excluded from selection.


Number of SLOTS unlocked by Donators


Thank you to our Summer Donation Drive supporters!
– Imitanis
– Fumunshu
– Bup


List of Fighters and Games selected by Participants
(Coming in Phase 2)

Times are in 24-hour format, US Eastern.

Date: TBD
(Coming after Phase 2)

[Tournament Bracket Coming after Phase 2]

3 comments on “Feature: Ultimate Summer Smash”

  1. We’re up and running!

    Please note that the rules have changed considerably to keep us within the ‘laws and customs of the realm’, as it were. The contest now has two phases: a donation phase (where money donated makes slots available for fighters), and a participation phase (where site comments, social media posts, viral marketting, and reader recruitment allows people to select fighters and games for review).

    As promised, existing Patreon supporters get their monthly donations counted twice: for both June (at the start of the drive) and July (around the 8th of that month, if still current). Note that new Patreon supporters will only be counted if they sign up before 1 July.

    Thanks to our two existing Patreon supporters, and our FIRST donator–Bup–we’ve already unlocked FOUR slots on the first day. We have thirty days to go, and our minimum target is 100 total slots (the break-even point for the site budget). Anything beyond that will be graciously accepted, and I will start throwing ‘overkill bonuses’ out if we get to that point.

    Note that we’ve gone back to the original equivalent of $5 fighter slots (2011 style), instead of $10 (2017 style). I think it is more fun for people if there are more, not fewer, games and fighters on the tournament table. And, the new list of ‘approved systems’ for game selection is much larger than it was before, so we wanted to have room for lots and lots of games.

    So, thank you for your donations in advance, and let’s get ready to Smash!

  2. This should be the greatest Smash tournament we’ve hosted. I’ll drop another donation in once I get my overtime pay at the end of the month.

  3. It could be—the number of potential games on the list is UNLIMITED.

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