Last month, Pineapple Mania and team worked with Rapidculture, owned by YJ, to promote Precious Memories via a series of campaigns, called ‘Precious Memories, START!’. This is a somewhat belated report due to the delayed setting up of the site, but do have fun reading it!
Shop front of Rapidculture at Funan Digital Life Mall
Let’s see if you can spot yourself in the upcoming pictures, shall we? (^.^)
The crein a w first started off by hosting a series of PreMemo workshops, with participants getting to know the basics of the game first. Participants also stood a chance to win an tournament exclusive promo card (PR) in a lottery just by learning how to play, increasing the excitement of the workshops!
As part of Rapidculture’s promotion of the game, K-On! Part 2 SDs (Starter Decks) were on sale at a discounted rate to help new players start off easily with their very own deck ヽ(´▽`)/
Looks like someone’s having fun~
Held over the course of a month, the workshops turned out to be a great success, managing to spread awareness of Precious Memories out into the market. With the active presence of tutors in the shop, those who didn’t manage to attend the workshops in time were still able to learn the rules of the game through our friendly crew members.
In addition to workshops and discounted rates for SDs, the crew invited a secret character to add a little more fun to our campaign. Yes, he loves Coca-cola and brute force, and he can find good food anywhere in Singapore. The Food Guru of Rapidculture posed as a ‘boss’ type of character to participants; they were welcome to play a game of PreMemo with him, and regardless of the outcome, they will be able to receive a tournament exclusive PR after the match!
One of our brave participants challenging the Food Guru’s Mio Beatdown deck. Nice try, but no cigar!
The Food Guru proved too much to handle for our new participants, and he achieved a clean-sweep record throughout the entire campaign. To those who lost to him, don’t be too discouraged by the loss! It’s all about having fun and making new friends while playing the game! Do come back for more friendly rounds of PreMemo (*´ω｀*)
To conclude our month-long campaign to raise awareness about PreMemo, we finally held our first ever shop-supported Tournament!
Players all revved up and ready to go!
To level the playing field of the tournament and eliminate disparities in card collections between players, the Tournament’s restriction was only SDs allowed; no modifications, any series of your choosing. With a 25minute 1 set match via a modified Swiss format, players also had to race against the clock since tournaments in Japan are genearlly 40minutes 1 set match instead. Yours truly was the judge of the day (and subsequently all tournaments days, as you’ll find out next time).
Let us see the Series Breakdown;
K-On!! Part 1: 3 (Gabriel, P, QJ)
Bakemonogatari: 2 (Kwan, Freya)
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls: 2 (Zhi Kai, JM)
Shinryaku! Ika Musume: 1 (Guo Zhen/Ika Boy)
Total participants: 8
A bit of SD analysis here;
K-On!! Part 1‘s SD Exclusives were immensely powerful in this format, easily fulfilling the requirements for the +10/+10 Coin. With 50AP and (in Mugi-chan’s case) 50DP, nothing much can stop them here. However, the advantage of strong SD Exclusives and also relatively good and cheap (in terms of Cost and Source) cards such as the ‘Gym Clothes’ and ‘Jersey’ characters was outweighed by the fact that the SD had way too many events for it to be effective. Event hands were what plagued the K-On!! Part 1 players.
Bakemonogatari was old-school, taking us back to the days where 4/1 40/40s were the Meta. What was good then was still effective now, and players did have trouble getting past the ‘Fatties’ (as the archetype of those cards are called). What doomed Bakemonogatari players was the fact that there was only 1 copy of each card in the SD, and the deck is very, very inconsistent.
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls was the newest SD on our SG shelves at the time of the tournament, and it shows. The SD has the ‘Fatties’ of Bakemonogatari, while having characters holding many of the game’s keywords such as ‘Active’ , ‘Airhead’, and the most recently introduced ‘Co-operation’. The card count in this SD still made this deck rather inconsistent, but the presence of search cards made it that much more formidable.
Shinryaku! Ika Musume was a surprise entrant in this tournament. I do admit I have never seen an Ika Musume SD in action before Guo Zhen (our dear Ika Boy) played it, and I’m rather impressed with the deck. Once again with ‘Fatties’, a key archetype in this format, the deck focused on characters supporting Ika Musume herself. The series is famous for being incredibly destructive in a Single format tournament, with many of the series’ cards pumping Ika Musume to tremendous levels. This trait can still be seen in the SD itself, though it traded search and draw power for raw AP/DP strength via its Global Field Pump.
Oh, and if you ask me what series I’ll choose to play in this format? Definitely OreImo (though I haven’t had the chance to look at Madoka yet).
And so, we are off with our Tournament!
First pairing underway…
By the way, I’ll like to remind tournament participants that drinks are prohibited to be placed on the table, anywhere near cards. P, you know I’m talking about you in this picture.
And the curse of the Event Hand strikes poor P…
Ika Boy Guo Zhen prepares to unleash a world of hurt using his Global Field Pump.
Also, Pineapple Mania crew members Freya and P having fun.
I’m just here doing my job as a judge. That is, standing around and watching them play.
After four rounds of PreMemo, we finally had our winner! But first, as per standard operating procedures in Japan, I gave out the tournament entry PRs on behalf of the shop, to thank the players for their support of the tournament and the game.
Fast and eager hands of players collecting the PR
And here’s a big group photo of all players!
Happy smiles after a fun day of PreMemo games!
JM won the tournament with his Hyakka Ryouran SD, and therefore was awarded an additional Winner’s Exclusive PR! But of course, at the end of the day, it’s the new people we meet and the laughter we share playing the game that rewards us all (:
A big thank you to YJ and Rapidculture for agreeing to host the tournament and providing us with PRs for the players, the Pineapple Mania crew for their hard work during the campaign, all players who turned up for the tournament and of course, everyone who expressed interest in the game throughout our month of PreMemo promotion. I sincerely hope that more people will join us for tournaments and even casual games next time at Rapidculture, and I appreciate your time in reading this post.
Hopefully this post will encourage shy players to step up and take part in our activities! Don’t worry, the Pineapple Mania crew are fun and friendly people, so do approach us for any queries you might have about the game. We would more than happy to share our love for the game with you :D
Till next time, Good Night, and Good Luck.
(All photos are courtesy of Rapidculture.livejournal.com, link available under the sidebar to the right –>)