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Holiday Party Tournament Rules

The SPLI Holiday Party is SUNDAY 12/18 starting at 4PM at AON Gaming! (RSVP here if you haven’t already!)

We’ve announced a lot of fun activities, including TWO Tournaments! Now is the time to share the format and rules for the tournaments, so read on for all the details!

Amiibo Only Tournament

Ever since Amiibo figures hit store shelves, SPLI has been one of the few groups on Long Island to run “Amiibo Only Tournaments.” Since it’s been a few months since our last tournament, we decided to bring it back for the Holiday Party!

Amiibo Only Tournament Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Level 50 Amiibo recommended
  • Doubles format: teams of 2 amiibo vs. 2 amiibo
  • 3 Stock
  • 5 min time limit
  • Stages: Battlefield or Miiverse (competitors decide on omega)
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Musical Master Sword Amiibo Stand

Don’t have 2 amiibos to battle with? No worries – SPLI will provide ‘rental’ amiibo that you can borrow, while supplies last.

Pokémon Sun and Moon Tournament

The latest installments in the Pokémon series are Sun and Moon, and the games introduce a new battle style: The Battle Royal! We thought it would be fun to try out this new format for the Holiday Party! If you need some tips on this new battle format, check out this guide!

Battle Royal Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Pokémon Sun/Moon required
  • Level 50 Pokémon recommended
  • Special Pokémon: Banned
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Eevee Knit Beanie

If you have any questions about the rulesets, please feel free to contact us! Remember, while tournament participation is encouraged, it’s definitely not required. All we want is for everyone to have a great time and collect StreetPass tags!

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Pokemon Sun & Moon Launch Party

Pokemon trainers have been waiting all year for the launch of the newest games – Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon! The release date is finally upon us, on November 18th. To celebrate this highly anticipated game, SPLI is throwing a Pokemon Sun and Moon Launch Party!

Join us at AON Gaming for a party celebrating the new games on Sunday, November 20th starting at 4PM! We encourage everyone to come join us to battle and trade Pokemon, get StreetPass tags and make new friends!

If you don’t play Pokemon, that’s ok too! We can play other multi-player games such as the new Mario Party: Star Rush, Animal Crossing: Welcome Amiibo, Mario Kart 7, Tetris, Smash Bros. and more!

DATE: Sunday, November 20th

TIME: 4PM – 7PM

WHERE: AON Gaming – Deer Park, NY

RSVP: Click here for our Event Page on Facebook

SPLI at AONGaming!

How long have you been a member of SPLI? We’ve been around for 4 years now (crazy how time flies!!) and those of you who were with us from the beginning will remember we used to host events at a venue called Empire Gaming. While we loved it very much, unfortunately the venue closed down a few years ago and we’ve been searching high and low for a new home base!

Recently, a new gaming store has opened up in Deer Park called AONGaming, and here at SPLI we are pretty psyched about it! Not only does this venue specialize in Smash Bros tournaments (pretty much all gens, by the way!), but they are welcoming SPLI to host events at their store! (RSVP to our event here!)

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We’re going to take them up on this generous offer starting Saturday, October 1st! Join us starting at 4pm and bring your 3DS, because we’re hosting a casual Multi-player Meetup! There’s even a chill out spot for people who aren’t participating in AON’s ongoing tournaments.

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So come out, make some new gamer friends while playing multi-player 3DS games, and support a local business too! Join our SPLI Facebook Group to get in on the Nintendo conversation, and learn more about the event by checking out the official SPLI at AONGaming Event Page!

Pokemon GO Trainer Tips!

Hey Pokemon Trainers! We know you’re all playing Pokemon GO and if you aren’t… well, what are you waiting for??

SPLI is hosting a Pokemon GO meetup on Sunday 7/24 and we wanted to share some tips to help everyone who wants to be the very best, like no one ever was!! There have been a lot of strategies going around, and we are working on making a comprehensive guide for Long Islanders. Since the game is so new, this is a work in progress currently. But until that is complete… here’s some tips we’re working on!

First of all, you’re going to need a smartphone (and a fully charged battery) and the app! Get that before heading outside – it’s hot out there! Pro Tip: Bring your 3DS with you too! It’s very likely that Pokemon GO players will StreetPass you as well. 

Here are some great Pokemon GO Meet Up tips (originally written by Six Flags – how cool! – but we tweaked it) to follow:

Before You Arrive

  • Update your app. Make sure you have the most current version of the Pokémon app (currently 1.01). The newer version is more secure, and crashes less often.
  • Bring an external battery pack (or two). Pokémon Go has been said to use a lot of battery life, but with a good external battery you should be able to keep playing all day. 
  • Set your phone to use as little battery as possible. Lower your screen brightness, mute the volume, and disable background apps. Turn off bluetooth and wi-fi. If your phone has a built in power saving mode, test it with Pokémon Go before you get to the park — some people have found that it can interfere with the app.
  • Turn on the game’s built in power saving mode. When in the game, click the Pokéball, click Settings, then check the box next to “Battery Saver.” This will dim the screen on your phone whenever it is upside down (in your pocket).
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen. Nobody will be impressed with your skills as a trainer if you come home from the meetup event looking like Crawdaunt or a Corphish.
  • Stock up on Poké-supplies. Make sure you bring plenty of Pokéballs, Great Balls, Master Balls, Incense, Lures and a (virtual) bag big enough to carry everything.

At The Meetup Event

  • Turn off augmented reality. AR makes the game more fun, but it also makes it harder to hit the Pokémon with your Pokéballs and it uses up more battery.
  • Visit every Pokéstop you see. You get 50XP for every PokéStop you visit, even if you don’t pick up any items.
  • Don’t waste time at PokéStops. After you spin the sign you don’t have to click all of the bubbles to claim your loot — just click the (X) at the bottom to collect the items.
  • Keep only the Pokémon with the highest CP. Depending on how much you play, you will collect dozens of Pokémon during your visit. If you are running out of room, save only the Pokémon with the highest CP. Transfer the rest to the Professor.

Make the Most of Your Visit

  • Look for floating leaves. That’s where you can find the closest Pokémon.
  • Keep an eye on the tracker. It’s in the lower right corner of your app. It tells you how close nearby Pokémon are. Each footprint is approximately 100 meters.
  • Showering petals at a Pokéstop means that someone has activated a Lure! Head over to benefit from their generosity. Conversely, activate a Lure of your own at a Pokéstop and you’ll be surprised at how many friends you make.
  • Use good Poké-targeting skills. The last thing you want to do when you’re far away from home is waste valuable Pokéball. Always until the green, yellow or red target circle is at its smallest before you throw.
  • Did you miss? Grab that Pokéball! If you get it before it disappears it will be returned to your inventory.

Exercise Safe Training Practices

  • Don’t go into unauthorized areas. Under no circumstances should you go into any areas that aren’t clearly open to the public. Don’t hop fences, don’t crawl past any barriers. It’s a matter of safety!
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Always keep one eye on the path ahead of you. If something seems unsafe, don’t go there!
  • Keep your head up. While it can be tempting to walk around staring at the screen, this hinders your ability to see where you’re going and staying aware of your surroundings. If you are walking around, keep your phone at your side or in your pocket, and listen to the game with headphones so you don’t pass any Pokémon.
  • Stand still while battling or catching Pokémon! It’s worth stopping and focusing on the game when you are in a battle or trying to catch a rare Pokémon. Don’t do it on the move. Stop and focus so you don’t walk into an unsafe situation by accident!
  • Under 18? Bring a parent. There are a lot of safety concerns popping up in the news, and SPLI is not a babysitting service. We want everyone to be safe but we cannot be held responsible for the safety of any individual. If you are under 18 and you want to participate in one of SPLI’s Pokemon GO meetups, please bring a parent or guardian with you.

If you don’t want to wait to get started on the hunt, here is a map that shows many Pokestop locations! Whoa!

Got any more tips? See a tip that is inaccurate? Please let us know in a comment!

SPLI Upcoming Events

Wondering when the next StreetPass Long Island event will be? There are lots of fun events planned for SPLI members, so here’s all the info you need!

March 20 (2pm to 5pm) – Amiibo Tournament at A Store of Fire and Dice

Bring your trained Amiibo figures and battle in a singles format tournament (1 v 1, 3 stock, 6 minute max) to see which Amiibo has the most skill! A prize will be awarded to the winner! ASOFAD is also running a regular Smash tournament for those who wants to get a taste of the action for themselves.

March 23 (8:30pm) – Amiibo Wars at Lizard Lounge

The Amiibo Wars tournament is back at the Lizard Lounge! Bring up to 4 Amiibo figures to battle it out in 8-Player Smash mode. $5 Entry Fee. Also enjoy drink specials and karaoke throughout the event. 21 and up only, please!

April 8 (8:00pm) – Night of the Nerds at The Velvet Lounge

Those who have been to a Night of the Nerds event before know about all the awesomeness – including awesome bands playing live, classy burlesque dancers, and of course incredible cosplay! We’ll be hosting a video game tournament at the event as well, keep an eye out for more details!

April 9 (5:00pm) – Monster Hunter NYC 3rd Anniversary

To celebrate their group’s 3rd Anniversary, Monster Hunter NYC is collaborating with local StreetPass groups such as SPLI and SPNYC (and others!) to host an epic event at McMahon’s Public House in Brooklyn! Tournaments that have been announced include MH4U, Smash Bros. and Pokemon!

What You Missed: SPLI at Eternal Con!

Last weekend, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City was host to the 2nd annual Eternal Con, which is Long Island’s pop-culture event of the summer! And just like last year, SPLI was there to represent and support our local Long Island con and we hosted two panels!

Our first panel was “Unleash the Power of Amiibo” where we discussed different Amiibo training strategies and recommended lots of great places to find Amiibo competitions and tournaments. We also had to use this opportunity to show off some of our Amiibo collections, as well as some awesome custom paint jobs!

The second panel hosted by SPLI was the “Ask a Pokemon Gym Leader” panel, which was extremely popular! We filled the room with Pokemon fans who came to learn more about new battle strategies and get tips on what Gym Leaders do to try and outsmart their opponents. It was a lot of fun and we were pumped to see some Pokemon Trainer cosplayers at the panel too!

Check out our photos from Eternal Con, and maybe next year you will join us in the fun!

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SPLI at Eternal Con!

SPLI has been very busy preparing for Eternal Con this weekend, June 13 – 14! We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting not one but TWO panels at Eternal Con this year! Both panels will be held on Saturday, June 13th in Panel Room #2. Read below for the deets!

2:00: Unleash the Power of Amiibo!

Nintendo’s Amiibo figures have created quite a stir in the gaming community this year! Retailers are scrambling to keep up with demand, customers are hunting and trading for rare characters, and Smash players are training their Amiibo figures hard for tournaments. StreetPass Long Island has been hosting a monthly Amiibo Tournament series on Long Island and we are ready to answer all of your questions about how to unleash the power of your Amiibo figures!

4:00: Ask a Pokemon Gym Leader
Do you have what it takes to be a Pokemon Gym Leader? You’ll need a strong team, a battle strategy, as well as experience to be ready for the challenge. The SPLI Pokemon League brings you some of their mono-type Gym Leaders to answer your battle questions, learn how to create team synergy, and maybe show you some new tricks to bring your Pokemon battle skills to the next level!

If you want to check out our newest Panels, you’ll need a ticket to Eternal Con! Weekend passes and single day tickets are still available, so act fast and reserve your spot! Be sure to follow our Event Page on Facebook for all of the latest news. We’ll see ya there!

 

Gym Leader Spotlight: Elite Four – Fire Type!

StreetPass Long Island is proud to share the next of our Gym Leader Spotlights for the SPLI Pokémon League! If you don’t know about the SPLI Pokémon League, then you should definitely click the links for the league’s main page, which explains how the league works! You can challenge any Gym Leader by selecting their Gym from the League dropdown menu and submitting a challenge using the form on the Gym page. If you’d like to apply to be a Gym Leader, please send us an email and we might put you on the waiting list for next season!

In anticipation of the upcoming SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge on Sunday, March 15th, we wanted to introduce to you one of our Elite Four Gym Leaders!

Elite Four: Fire Gym Spotlight

Gym Leader: Wes

Battle Format: Singles – Normal Rules, Items Clause

Accepting Challenges: Sunday, March 15th from 5pm-8pm at the SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge at GameHut in Babylon, NY

Gym Leader Interview

SPLI: The big Elite Four Challenge event is coming up shortly! Are you ready to face the challengers? One question we always ask Gym Leaders is about their rules and format. What made you decide on the Fire Gym’s format?

Anthony: It was the most familiar Battle Style I can choose. [That is why] I chose Normal Singles.

SPLI: It can definitely be a good thing to stick with what you know! What about your favorite Pokémon on your team? Would you like to share that with us?

Anthony:  I would say Magmortar. I love its design and I think it’s surprisingly good movepool gives it an edge over most of the other Fire Pokemon with moves like Thunderbolt and Psychic. It also appeals to me because not many people seem to like the Pokemon, so it kind of appeals to me, but I think it might actually be out of pity. Regardless, it’s still amazing.

SPLI: Lots of people want to know hints and tips to help them beat your team. Do you want to share your secrets??

Rick: Not really, given I am an Elite Four, people can just look at my type and anticipate what I would likely use.

SPLI: It seems like you’ve got a lot of experience when it comes to battling! Do you participate in PVGC and other competitions?

Anthony: 8 Years ago, I won the Pokemon National Qualifier Tournament. This important for me because I really proved to myself that I accomplished being a real life Pokemon Master. [Also, I am always looking for new friends to play videogames with.] I want to be able to play co-op with people. If anyone would be interested email me at voltcatfish@gmail.com.

SPLI: Wow, you are definitely going to be tough to beat! What do you think, SPLI? Do you have what it takes to win? Come to the SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge on 3/15 and battle your way to the top!

If you would like to challenge Wes and the Fire Gym, you must first have beaten 8 regular Gym Leaders from the SPLI Pokemon League either via WIFI or at our SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge! Once you have 8 wins against the SPLI Gym Leaders, then all you have to do is wait for the event on 3/15! You can also battle a sample of the E4 Fire Gym by scanning his Secret Base QR code below!

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E4 Challenge – What You Need to Know

The SPLI Pokemon League Elite Four Challenge is almost upon us! We’ve been sharing little tips about the E4 (the fourth Gym’s spotlight article is coming this weekend!) and we know that everyone is really excited to battle! But as this is not a tournament, there may be some confusion as to how this event is going to work! We wanted to give you guys an overview on what to expect at our event on Sunday, 3/15 at GameHut in Babylon, NY.

  • This is not a formal organized tournament. This is a low-key event, you are not penalized if you can’t stay for the entirety or if you show up late. No stress!
  • We are trying to emulate the Pokemon League in real life. So naturally, all challengers will need 8 Gym Badges before they can challenge the Elite Four.
  • Regular Gym Leaders will be on hand to accept challenges at the event. They will be wearing name tags and they will be keeping record! All challengers must successfully BEAT 8 Regular Gym Leaders in order to earn the right to face the Elite Four.
  • When facing the Regular Gym Leaders, challengers are allowed to change their Pokemon teams. Just like in the videogame! Keep type match-ups in mind and choose the best Pokemon to beat the Gym you are challenging.
  • The Elite Four consists of 3 Singles Gyms and 1 Doubles Gym. Just like in the game, all challengers must earn 4 CONSECUTIVE WINS AGAINST THE ELITE FOUR to be named a Pokemon League Champion.
  • All challengers MUST use the SAME TEAM when facing the Elite Four. Since there are 3 Singles Gyms and 1 Doubles, we will allow you to change your team once, ONLY when facing the Doubles Gym (Ghost). Changing moveset w/TM’s between Gym battles is ALLOWED. Again, just like in the videogame!
  • The first ten participants to successfully earn 8 Gym Badges and earn the right to challenge the Elite Four will get a small prize! (One per challenger, while supplies last.)

Got any questions about the event or the rules? Please contact us on the Event Page or send us an email at info@spli.org! See you on Sunday, and good luck!

Gym Leader Spotlight: Elite Four – Ghost Type!

StreetPass Long Island is proud to share the next of our Gym Leader Spotlights for the SPLI Pokémon League! If you don’t know about the SPLI Pokémon League, then you should definitely click the links for the league’s main page, which explains how the league works! You can challenge any Gym Leader by selecting their Gym from the League dropdown menu and submitting a challenge using the form on the Gym page. If you’d like to apply to be a Gym Leader, please send us an email and we might put you on the waiting list for next season!

In anticipation of the upcoming SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge on Sunday, March 15th, we wanted to introduce to you one of our Elite Four Gym Leaders!

Elite Four: Ghost Gym Spotlight

Gym Leader: Wolf Atlas

Battle Format: Doubles – Normal Rules

Accepting Challenges: Sunday, March 15th from 5pm-8pm at the SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge at GameHut in Babylon, NY

Gym Leader Interview

SPLI: The SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge is only a few days away! For those who have been busy prepping, we’d like to share a little information about your team. What made you want to be the Ghost Gym Leader?

Wolf Atlas: Ghost Pokemon help you hone your skills in a different way. Battling is not about just strength, it is also about wisdom and smarts. Without these as well, you won’t get far in life.

SPLI: That’s true, those are very important qualities! You’ve clearly put a lot of thought into this. But how did you choose your Gym’s format?

Wolf Atlas:  Double battles offer more to the table. Testing one trainer’s ability to handle 2 Pokemon over 1 will bring more out of them.

SPLI: Are there any tips or hints that you would like to share on how to prepare to challenge your Ghost team?

Wolf Atlas: As long as you have good synergy with your team you should be fine.

SPLI: Looks like you are all set to take on challengers at the SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge! What other games do you play in your spare time? 

Wolf Atlas: Check out my Youtube channel nighthawk12211 where I upload gaming content for fun. Games such as Pokemon, Smash 4 and more are played on this channel.

SPLI: Awesome, we’ll definitely check it out! And to everyone else, don’t forget that you need to earn the right to battle the SPLI Elite Four by beating 8 regular Gym Leaders! Come to the SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge on 3/15 and battle your way to the top!

If you would like to challenge Wolf Atlas and the Ghost Gym, you must first have beaten 8 regular Gym Leaders from the SPLI Pokemon League either via WIFI or at our SPLI Pokémon League Elite Four Challenge! Once you have 8 wins against the SPLI Gym Leaders, then all you have to do is wait for the event on 3/15! Until then, you can also scan Wolf Atlas’ Secret Base QR code, which has a small preview of his Ghost Gym team!