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Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament – Sunday 10/2, 7pm

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer TournamentOur monthly Killer Queen Arcade League Night has evolved! We’re hosting casual “mixer” tournaments that are a great opportunity for new players to learn the game and seasoned veterans to mix it up with new teams.

Mixed up teams of five will compete in matches in a Round Robin style. Winner of a coin flip will choose their pick of map or cabinet, and the loser will then make their alternate choice. Maps will alternate every game.

Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. No names will be taken after 8pm. Once the list is full, team captains will privately pick and meet with their teams. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Not Your Father’s Root Beer from Small Town Brewery!

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament · Sunday 10/2 & Every First Sunday · 7pm · FREE · 21+ 

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Street Fighter V Release Night Tournament – Monday 2/15, 11pm

Street Fighter VJoin us for a special release night tournament on Street Fighter V, the latest entry in the legendary fighting franchise!

Sign up from 11pm-11:45pm on Monday February 15. At midnight, we’ll unlock the game and kick things off!

We’ll be playing on PS4. Bring your own controller or stick if you’d like, but we’ll have controllers on hand!

The top winners will receive Ground Kontrol gift certificates, and the grand prize winner will also receive 2 weekend passes to Wizard World Comic Con, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center February 19-21!

Street Fighter V Release Night Tournament · Monday 2/15 · 11pm · 21+ · FREE

Killer Queen Competitive Clash – Monday 12/21

Killer Queen Competitive ClashDecember’s Killer Queen Competitive Clash returns with TWO sponsors and TRIPLE the prizes! Not Your Father’s Root Beer by Small Town Brewery is teaming up with The Kraken Rum to make sure we’ve got plenty of delicious drinks on hand and massive prizes for the winning teams.

Sign up to compete on the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, in our lounge! This game’s hard to find and harder to miss – two giant cabinets support 5 players each (with drink holders for your beer, of course). Teams compete as worker bees, warriors and Queens battling it out to be the first to collect the most pollen, decimate the opposing Queen three times, or ride the snail to their base. It’s one of the best multiplayerexperiences we’ve ever seen in arcades! Sign up for the tournament and you could win up to $150 in Ground Kontrol credit and champion pins! Tournament sign-ups take place 7-8pm, and the first game kicks off at 8.

The tournament will feature best-of-five matches in a Round Robin or Double Elimination format. All skill levels welcome! Broadcast live online with play-by-play commentary!

It’s the Killer Queen Competitive Clash – one of Ground Kontrol’s biggest tournaments, featuring our most dedicated players!

PRIZES:
* 1st Place: $150 in Ground Kontrol credit
* 2nd Place: $75 in Ground Kontrol credit
* 3rd place: $30 in Ground Kontrol credit
Thanks to our sponsors Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Kraken Black Spiced Rum!

WHAT: Killer Queen Competitive Clash

WHEN: Monday 12/21. Signups starting at 7pm. Killer Queen Tournament kicks off at 8pm!

COVER: No cover! Free to sign up and play. 21+ only.

YAS (Killer) QUEEN: Free Play Party & Charity Event – Sunday 11/29, 5pm

YAS (Killer) QueenGround Kontrol is teaming up with 2 Towns Ciderhouse for a special free play night and Killer Queen tournament featuring their limited Prickle Me Pink cider and benefiting Outside In!

With cold, crisp weather settling in, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a craft-brewed cider while warming yourself in the glow of your favorite arcade games and pinball tables. While we host two popular free play parties every month, the chance to feature 2 Towns’ limited-edition Prickle Me Pink cider and raise money for Outside In was too good to pass up!

Prickle Me Pink is a brand-new, super-limited seasonal cider selection crafted from 100% fresh-pressed NW apple juice and California whole Prickly Pear. The cider leads with aromas of fig nectar, watermelon, and an unbelievable fuchsia color derived solely from the prickly pear. The cactus fruit’s flesh is naturally bright pink, with a spiny exterior that makes it tougher than most fruits, and the result is a cider that tastes like fresh watermelon without too much sweetness at a 6% ABV. We’re lucky to get some of the last bottles around for this event, so don’t wait to try it!

This event will feature a special tournament on the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, honoring the true queens of our local scene. The game has a strong following in Portland and beyond, and this tournament will be organized and run by some of the most dedicated KQ ladies in Portland! All are welcome, but both casual and veteran female players are strongly encouraged to enter this free tournament and win prizes from Ground Kontrol, 2 Towns Ciderhouse and The Hollywood Theatre! Those who aren’t feeling competitive but perhaps are feeling lucky can also enter our charity raffle for just $1 per ticket!

Getting in is easy: Show up wearing predominantly pink and you’ll only pay $5 plus you’ll get a special raffle ticket, free! If you’re not in pink, it’s still a good deal at $10. Keep in mind we’ve got a full bar, so Ground Kontrol is 21+ after 5pm.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Outside In, who has been providing much-needed services to homeless youth and other marginalized people in the Portland area since 1968. Outside In helps provide housing, employment, counseling, meals, medical care and creative outlets along with much-needed medical care with over 21,000 visits each year from the most vulnerable members of our community. $2 of every cover, $1 from each sale of Prickle Me Pink cider and every raffle ticket sale will benefit Outside In and help them provide services, especially during the colder winter months.

Free play on every game, a delicious limited-edition cider, and a tournament all for a good cause: YAS (Killer) QUEEN is the perfect excuse to extend your holiday weekend just one more night!

YAS (Killer) QUEEN – Free Play Party & Charity Event · Sunday 11/29 · 5pm-close · $5 if you’re in pink, $10 if not · 21+ only

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Sponsored by Brew. Dr. Kombucha – Sunday 9/6, 7pm

 

Typically, our Killer Queen Monthly Mixer offers a fun and casual environment to play Killer Queen and learn strategy from other players. This month, our last mixer of the tournament is also offering prizes and product samples courtesy of Brew Dr. Kombucha!

Register for the tournament, and you’ll be invited to sample the variety of flavors offered by Brew Dr. Kombucha. Each one is 100% raw, certified organic and craft-brewed in Oregon. Whether you love “Love” or prefer a to keep a “Clear Mind” for berry running, you’ll find something you like among their 9 unique flavors.

Once registration is closed, randomly drawn teams of five will compete in best-of-three matches. If there are five teams or fewer, the tournament will be run Round Robin style. If there are six or more, the tournament will be Double Elimination. All matches start on day map, but the losing team of the last game can pick the level in the next game.
Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. The tournament organizer, Dylan, will not take any names after 8pm. Once the list is full, we’ll start drawing colors. Please return to the table at 8pm to draw your color and meet your teammates. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

One card of each color will have a Q on it. This means that player is the team’s designated queen. If you draw a Q and DO NOT WANT to play queen for ANY REASON, you can put it back and draw a new card.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

The top winning teams will receive Brew Dr. Kombucha to take home!

Don’t forget, Ground Kontrol serves draft beer, draft cider, PBR, Tecate, Coors Light and well cocktails at happy hour prices from 5pm-midnight every Sunday! Be sure to join Killer Queen Mercury Squad Portland to keep up with fellow players, special events and bee puns!

WHAT: Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament Sponsored by Brew Dr. Kombucha
WHEN: Sunday 9/6. Registration opens at 7pm, first match begins at 8pm. Killer Queen Monthly Mixer repeats every First Sunday.
COVER: Free! 21+ only w/ ID.

Mortal Kombat Night – MK2 & MKX Tournaments! Sunday 7/26, 7pm

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Test your might! We’re pitting the best kombatants against each other for killer prizes including Ground Kontrol gift certificates, passes to The Hollywood Theatre, and our grand prize: Weekend passes to MusicfestNW!
The Mortal Kombat series was born in arcades, and to this day, the original arcade series is one of the most visceral and memorable gaming experiences out there. When the franchise went strictly console, it took a bit of time to find its footing – but with the past two entries (Mortal Kombat AKA MK9 and Mortal Kombat X), it’s once again a visually striking fighter with game play that’s easy enough to pick up, but tough to master.
We want to see the best of the best in the arcade classic Mortal Kombat II, and the brand-new Mortal Kombat X. Get over here on Sunday July 26 and sign up for one or both tournaments between 5-7pm, and we’ll kick things off soon after 7. The top winners will walk away with Ground Kontrol gift certificates, free movie passes for The Hollywood Theatre, and the first-place winner of each tournament will square off in a final  match for the grand prize: A pair of weekend passes to MusicfestNW! That means whether you reign supreme in MKII or dominate MK9, a flip of the coin will determine whether you face your foe in the 1993 arcade klassic, or the 2015 bleeding-edge brawler. Not sure you’ve got the skills in one or the other? Better practice up!
Bonus: Ground Kontrol features happy hour every Sunday night from 5pm-midnight!
WHAT: Mortal Kombat Night – Mortal Kombat II & Mortal Kombat X Tournaments
WHEN: Sunday July 26. Sign-ups 5-7pm, first matches begin 7pm. 
COVER: It’s FREE to enter! 21+ only.

Killer Queen Competitive Clash featuring Not Your Father’s Root Beer – Monday 6/20, 8pm

Killer Queen Competitive ClashWhat’s better than your average root beer? Root beer with alcohol! What’s better than your average arcade game? Killer Queen!

This month’s Killer Queen Competitive Clash is sponsored by Not Your Father’s Root Beer, a delicious product that just made it to our coast from Small Town Brewery, based in Chicago (where, curiously, the other strongest Killer Queen community in the country resides…)

Not Your Father’s Root Beer is an “ale with the taste of spices”, which is another way of saying it’s a delicious root beer with an extra kick. At 5.9% ABV, it’s smooth and spicy, and we’re positive it’s going to pair well with a scoop of ice cream, some cold-brew coffee, or maybe even both. You’ll just have to check out our specials!

Then, sign up to compete on the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, in our lounge! This game’s hard to find and harder to miss – two giant cabinets support 5 players each (with drink holders for your beer, of course). Teams compete as worker bees, warriors and Queens battling it out to be the first to collect the most pollen, decimate the opposing Queen three times, or ride the snail to their base. It’s one of the best multiplayer experiences we’ve ever seen in arcades! Sign up for the tournament and you could win up to $100 in Ground Kontrol credit and champion pins! Tournament sign-ups take place 7-8pm, and the first game kicks off at 8.

The tournament will feature best-of-five matches in a Round Robin or Double Elimination format. All skill levels welcome! Broadcast live online with play-by-play commentary! Make sure to pick up your unique participation badges, sold one-time-only every month for a dollar each.
It’s the Killer Queen Competitive Clash – one of Ground Kontrol’s biggest tournaments, featuring our most dedicated players!
WHAT: Killer Queen Competitive Clash sponsored by Not Your Father’s Root BeerWHEN: Monday June 20, starting at 5pm. Killer Queen Tournament kicks off at 8pm!

COVER: No cover! Free to sign up and play in the Killer Queen Tournament at 8, too. 21+ only.

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament – July

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament - JulyOur monthly Killer Queen Arcade League Night has evolved! We’re now hosting casual “mixer” tournaments that are a great opportunity for new players to learn the game and seasoned veterans to mix it up with new teams

Randomly drawn teams of five will compete in best-of-five matches. With five teams or fewer, the tournament will be run Round Robin style. With six or more, it will be Double Elimination. All matches start on day map, but the losing team of the last game can pick the level in the next game.

Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. The tournament organizer, Dylan, will not take any names after 8pm. Once the list is full, we’ll start drawing colors. Please return to the table at 8pm to draw your color and meet your teammates. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

One card of each color will have a Q on it. This means that player is the team’s designated queen. If you draw a Q and DO NOT WANT to play queen for ANY REASON, you can put it back and draw a new card.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

Don’t forget, Ground Kontrol serves draft beer, draft cider, PBR, Tecate, Coors Light and well cocktails at happy hour prices from 5pm-midnight every Sunday!

Be sure to join Killer Queen Mercury Squad Portland to keep up with fellow players, special events and bee puns!

WHAT: Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament

WHEN: Sunday, July 5th. Registration opens at 7pm, first match begins at 8pm.

COVER: Free! 21+ only w/ ID.

Portland Pinbrawl 2015 – And the winner is…

Players battled it out on over 30 pinball machines in fantastic condition thanks to our techs. Photo by Dylan Higgins.

Players battled it out on over 30 pinball machines in fantastic condition thanks to our techs. Photo by Dylan Higgins.

Mako Honig locked in an epic game of "Funhouse" where one shot could make or break a champ. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

This year’s Portland Pinbrawl once again had an exciting finish! The final match pitted Maka Honig of Seattle against Raymond Davidson, also of Seattle. Maka reached the final undefeated, and Raymond’s only loss was to Maka on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Being a double elimination tournament, Raymond needed to beat Maka twice to emerge victorious, and could not afford to lose a match. The pressure was on!

Portland Pinbrawl 2015’s finals machine was “Funhouse”, the 1990 Williams classic designed by the legendary Pat Lawlor. It’s a tough and very unforgiving table, and scoring 5 million will usually earn you a replay. Being really good at pinball, both players had no trouble doing so.

Raymond quickly won the first two games and thus the first match, then won the first game of the second match, putting the pressure on Maka. For him it was win or go home time, and he won the second game handily.

After 13 hours of playing pinball, it all came down to one game. The winner would take home the grand prize of $750 cash and the 2015 Pinhead Trophy. The loser would take home $500 – and the regret of having come so close without succeeding. Maka led with a strong ball 1, and continued to build his lead on balls 2 and 3, finishing with 18,752,830 points. When Raymond stepped up to play his final ball, he only had 6,592,500 points. Many thought the deficit was too large to overcome. But Raymond chipped away at it, until he activated Funhouse’s “Millions” mode. Each shot into the trap door would score more points. 1 million. 2 million. 3 million. Suddenly, Raymond had 15,453,500 points, and one more shot would score 4 million, pushing his score past Maka’s. Could he do it before the trap door closed? The seconds ticked down. Raymond lined up his shot…yes! The ball went in the trap door, putting him in the lead. There was no more to play for, so he turned around, victorious. After the bonus was counted, Raymond’s final score was 21,729,800, almost 3 million more than Maka’s. If he hadn’t made that last shot, things may have ended differently.

Raymond Davidson takes on "Funhouse", a tough game that demanded precise play. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

The final results:

1st Raymond Davidson
2nd Maka Honig
3rd Tim Tournay
4th Aaron Nelson (a previous Portland Pinbrawl champion)
5th Kevin Birrell
Garret Hays
7th Kevin Nickel
Andy Cobb
9th Jeff Gagnon (also a previous champion)
Blake Mitchell
Robert Gagno (another past champion)
Todd Rafacz

We’d like to thank Raymond and Maka for the suspenseful final matches as well as everyone else who competed, Isaac Ruiz and Team Brackelope for officiating a very well-run tournament, PAPA for sanctioning Portland Pinbrawl as part of their official tournament circuit, PBR for promotional prize items and a tent, Hopworks Urban Brewery for more prize items, and last but not least, the Ground Kontrol tech team for tuning our tables to tournament trim.

If you missed out, don’t worry – Ground Kontrol will host Portland Pinbrawl 2016 next April. Save your quarters, and start practicing now!

Ground Kontrol CEO Jeffrey McEachin awards Portland Pinbrawl 2015 Champion Raymond Davidson the coveted "Pinhead" trophy. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

Ground Kontrol CEO Jeffrey McEachin awards Portland Pinbrawl 2015 Champion Raymond Davidson the coveted “Pinhead” trophy. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

 

Killer Queen Arcade Tournament – Monday 3/16, 7pm

Killer QueenBring your best to Ground Kontrol for our monthly tournament on the world’s only ten-player arcade game, Killer Queen!

Killer Queen challenges two teams of up to 5 players to take control of worker bees and their Queen working to defeat the opposing team in one of three ways: Filling your hive with pollen, riding the snail to your base, or killing the Queen (of course!)

The game is gaining a steady following in the handful of locations across the USA lucky enough to feature one, and we’re excited to bring the Portland Killer Queen community together and introduce some new players to one of the best arcade games we’ve ever played.

The tournament will be a double-elimination, best-of-five format, “Chicago style”. You can sign-up on-site from 5-8pm.

Special thanks to Killer Queen Mercury Squad of Chicago for their help and advice. Is a Chicago-Portland tournament in our future?

Be sure to join the Killer Queen Arcade PDX Community to connect with fellow players and keep up on upcoming events:https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerqueenarcadepdx/

This tournament is powered by Brackelope: Tournament Builder.

WHAT: Killer Queen Arcade Tournament
WHEN: Every Third Monday. Sign-ups 5-8pm, first game 8pm.
COVER: Free to enter, $50 Ground Kontrol credit to top team, $25 to 2nd and $10 to 3rd. 21+ only, please bring ID!