Newsletter #31 for December 19th, 2022

Howdy, y’all!

Joe Hills here, with help per usual from our community liaison ThatTommyBoii!

This will be our final newsletter of 2022!

I think that these have been really helpful for keeping me organized each week, and I hope you’re getting something out of them too!

Please leave any feedback you have in Joe Hills Meta > #feedback-newsletter on our Patreon Discord!

Our first newsletter of 2023 will be on January 9th. We’ll be off the next week in observance of Martin Luther King Day,  and will resume our regular Monday publication schedule January 23rd.

Quarterly meeting for January 2023

Our next Quarterly meeting is January 21st at 11am US Central time.

More Discord channels

To ensure your idea gets added to the list to be considered at the meeting in mid-January, please post your suggestion with the following format.

[channel] Channel name
Overlap: justification for why this overlaps with my interests in a way that isn’t better left to be owned by a community member elsewhere
Plus: any other notes that can be read quickly during the meeting.

Channels submitted for consideration:

  • Dwarf Fortress
  • Food
  • Space
  • Spam things you wrote
  • Pokemon

Please add more!

The actual list will end up in the January 9th newsletter before the next Quartly Meeting, so please try to have your suggestions in by January 8th to Joe Hills Meta > #feedback-more-channels

Upcoming Community Events

December 28th: DS9 New Years Parade build contest

Team Radical will be hosting the Deep Slate Nine New Years build contest at noon US Central time on Wednesday, December 2022.

If you’d like a space on the parade route, please let us know in the Activity Sign-Ups >  #dec-28-new-years-parade channel.

December 29th: HermitFan UHC qualifiers

Our second and final HermitFan UHC qualifier will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 2:00 PM US Central time, and will be organized and run by Yirrgzmb, with Tommy streaming the action.

More details about the HermitFan UHC can be found in issue #28 of this newsletter.

Upcoming Stream Schedule

Thanks for your patience with the uncertainties of holiday planning so far this season. I’m still attempting to maintain my regular five night-a-week schedule as best I can, but here’s a few things to note this holiday season:

  • Today’s HHH will not occur at the usual time due to an embargoed Zedvancement group recording
  • This year’s Christmas Carol streams:
    • Stave I: Sunday, December 18th at 8:30pm US Central Time 
    • Stave II: Monday, December 19th at 8:30pm US Central Time
    • Stave III: Tuesday, December 20th at 8:30pm US Central Time (yes, I know I normally take Tuesday off, but the holidays are weird)
    • Stave IV & V: Thursday, December 22nd at 8:30pm US Central Time
  • No streams due to Christmas obligations on December 23rd, 24th, or 25th.
  • No streams due to New Years obligations the evening of December 30th, 31st, or the morning of the 1st.

One of the biggest take-aways from the Empires Crossover was the importance of streaming more when the Euro-crowd is awake, so I’ll be trying to do more bonus streams earlier in the day next year.

Pinball FX3 Weekly Tournament

Black Rose for December 2022

Congrats to Toxxic Glitter for his first win of 2022!

It’s also his final win of the year as week-long pinball tournaments have concluded for 2022.

1st: ToxxicGlitter. 2nd: Forgantly. 3rd: MagentaAvocado. 4th: Mr_Hardluck. 5th:WrexVerdi. 6th: ButterflyGirlKMC. 7th: Laxmi13. 8th: NJCoffeeJunkie. 9th: MisterLantz. 10th: Qwarkeh. 11th: Parker. 12th: Kindalas. 13th: DarkHorseAsh. 14: ChefNutmeg25. 15th: JoeHills.

2022 results

In 2022, Forgantly was our winningest competitor with 18 weekly wins!

Mr. Hardluck and Wrex Verdi tied for 2nd, with two weekly wins each!

Here’s the tables we played this year, and who won each. You’ll see some repetition as we played more games than there are tables.

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: Parker
  • Monster Bash: Forgantly
  • Medieval Madness: Forgantly
  • Junk Yard: Kindalas
  • Getaway: High Speed II: Forgantly
  • Attack From Mars: Mr_Hardluck
  • Black Rose: MisterLantz
  • The Party Zone: Forgantly
  • Theatre of Magic: Forgantly
  • Champion Pub: Forgantly
  • Safe Cracker: Joe Hills
  • White Water: Forgantly
  • Hurricane: Forgantly
  • Red and Ted’s Road Show: Mr_Hardluck
  • Cirqus Voltaire: Forgantly
  • No Good Gofers: WrexVerdi
  • Tales of the Arabian Nights: Forgantly
  • Space Station: Forgantly
  • Doctor Dude and his Excellent Ray: Forgantly
  • FunHouse: Forgantly
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: WrexVerdi
  • Monster Bash: Forgantly
  • Medieval Madness: Forgantly
  • Fish Tales: Forgantly
  • Junk Yard: Forgantly
  • Getaway: High Speed II: Forgantly
  • Attack from Mars: NJCoffeeJunkie
  • Black Rose: ToxxicGlitter

Pinball Tournaments in 2023

Our Pinball FX3 tournaments will resume the week of January 9th, 2023.

If folks have the chance to pick up the Williams Pinball FX3 packs cheap on the Steam Christmas sale, they can do so with confidence we won’t be switching over to the new mac-compatible Pinball FX for at least half a year.

Even if the new version’s steam launch surprises us by launching earlier, we’ll test its tournament-readiness with hour-long on-stream tourneys until the summer.

If it turns out that the new Pinball FX isn’t tournament ready by this summer, we’ll extend the Pinball FX3 tournament series deeper into the year and re-assess as appropriate.

Notable Streams this week

Upcoming conventions

I hope to see some of y’all in March for Tennessee Game Days Spring!

Until next year, y’all!

Thanks so much for hanging out in 2022. I’m confident 2023 can only be an improvement!

This has been Joe Hills from Nashville, Tennessee. Keep adventuring!