The manipulation we have is designed for the JP version of the game, and it might only work when you're at the end of the game and have everything that we would have at that point in a 100% speedrun. RNG is a little bit weird in this game. Also, the movement into the figurine house is specific, just watch one of the 100% runs to see what you have to do (it's not very difficult)
I didn't see this thread earlier, sorry
This was the first time I ever got to attend a speedrun marathon.
My experience as an attendee:
The location was easy to find and had good pizza nearby. It was right next to the main station, so getting there was never a problem. The venue itself was sufficient, the 2 main rooms were big enough and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Next time, maybe get a big sign that says "KITCHEN THIS WAY", so that the practice room is a little less crowded at times, but overall I don't have anything to complain about.
As a runner:
First of all, thank you again for letting me and Yadra show off Four Swords Adventures! The game really deserves to be shown to people, and I never thought a co-op playtrough would ever have a chance at a marathon. Regarding the run itself: The setup took a while, which honestly isn't a problem/too surprising, as the run does require a somewhat interesting setup. After the setup though, everything was pretty flawless. Sometimes, the game audio was a bit too loud when a lot was going on, but I got used to it quickly. Communicating with Yadra, the host and tech worked perfectly. I really enjoyed the high-quality headsets, they were very comfy and the mic was really good. I'm not used to equipment of such quality, so it was a nice treat for me. The chairs were comfortable as well. At times, people were talking quite loudly in the streaming room, which was a little bit irritating, but that's just a minor complaint. The headset usually made it so that I couldn't hear anything that was going on outside. We finished about 30 minutes earlier than expected, as the run was quite good. Luckily, this didn't turn out to be a problem, as we even got a bonus run in for zet. Being able to see the the actual stream and timer was also nice, I didn't think we were going to be able to see those.
The practice room was equipped with enough CRTs, I was always able to practice when I wanted to. Sometimes, the room got a little bit too crowded, as people were also using it as a room to talk about their lives and other stuff, which made it a bit difficult to concentrate/hear the game audio. I liked that we were able to see the stream from there as well, also let know us when our run was about to start. Apparently, people brought water/lemoade and other things, but no one actually knew if we could just take and drink them. This is just something very minor, but when I ran out of stuff to drink, I would've liked to know if I could just take something without feeling bad lol. Overall a really nice experience, all the complaints I have are just very minor.
As a viewer:
The stream seemed fine to me, but apparently people were complaining about the mods being a bit too harsh. I personally can't say much about that, though. The chat seemed mostly chill and was always down to meme when a donation comment wanted them to. From what I can tell, the audio levels were good. Only really during our run I noticed that it was difficult to hear me sometimes, but that's mostly my fault since I have a very quiet voice in general. The schedule offered a variety of games, some more known as others of course, but there was always something interesting to look forward to. As I've mentioned, it was nice that I could also watch the stream in the practice room, as it also allowed me to talk to other people while watching.
Overall, I'm really happy to see that the event went well, and I'll definitely try to attend the next one as well. I had a lot of fun and met so many cool people. I don't know how the bigger marathons handle the anonymity, but maybe try to have name tags next time? Apparently I met a lot of people that I actually know without noticing.
Thank you for the amazing experience, I'm looking forward to the next one!