Butchertown Classic Tournament (08/15/2019)

Butchertown Classic

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Butchertown Classic Tournament!

Butchertown Classic

Join Nerd Louisville and Copper & Kings on East Washington Street and compete for glory and prizes in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Butchertown Classic Tournament. The doors open at 7 PM and the tournament begins at 8 PM on the dot.

Pre-registration for the tournament is available until august 12th, and requires a $3 donation to Nerd Louisville. On-site registration is free and begins at 7 PM. We ask that pre-registered attendees check-in at least 30-minutes prior to the start of the tournament, otherwise we may have to give your spot to another player. Spaces are very limited.

Please note that all donations are used to fund our organization and support Nerd Louisville’s Next-Gen Nerds initiative.


 → Tournament Rules

  • Single or double elimination (depending on number of attendees)
  • Each set is best two out of three
  • 3 stocks
  • 7 minute time limit
  • Stage hazards off
  • Final Smash meters off
  • If time runs out, winner is determined first by remaining stocks, then by percentages
  • First stage pick is chosen at  random from the list of starter stages
  • Following stage(s) chosen by loser from list of starter and counter-pick stages

→ Stage List

Starter Stages

  • Final Destination
  • Battlefield
  • Smashville
  • Town & City
  • Pokemon Stadium 2


Counter-pick Stages

  • Lylat Cruise
  • Kalos Pokemon League
  • Castle Siege
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Unova Pokemon League
  • WarioWare
  • All Battlefield and Ω stage forms


Online Registration Policy: 

1. Please check with event co-ordinators by 7:30 PM. 

2. Other than the occurence of a cancellation of the event, there are no refunds for online registration. 

3. If you have not checked in with event co-ordinators by 7:35 p.m. you forfeit your reservation and your spot may be given to someone else. 

The Nerd Louisville Code of Conduct:

All attendees agree to follow the Nerd Louisville Code of Conduct. We strive to create an inclusive, fun, and safe atmosphere for everyone. We ask that all participants at Nerd Louisville events conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the enjoyment and safety of other event participants.


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Gaming For Heroes Bro-B-Q

Gaming For Heroes

Gaming For Heroes Bro-B-Q

Story by Nerd Louisville Staff

Gaming For Heroes is holding a charity barbecue this Saturday at the Active Heroes Military Family Community Center here from 2-6 p.m. Gaming For Heroes will be live-streaming video games, like Sbobet and casino games like EasySlots, in an effort to raise funds for locally headquartered veterans non-profit, Active Heroes.

Attendees can purchase barbecue at the event and proceeds go to help Active Heroes’ numerous veterans programs, especially those focused on assimilation back into society and fighting veteran suicide.

Active Heroes

“It’s a dual event which is what makes it cool,” said Michael Snyder, a volunteer with Active Heroes that leads the Gaming For Heroes initiative. “People coming in from Louisville get to see what this new program has to offer and at the same time we’re raising money online and informing people about Active Heroes.”

Snyder said Gaming For Heroes began when his PS4 gaming community, Remnants of an Empire, hosted a 22-hour online gaming marathon and raised $1500 that went to support Active Heroes programs. Then follow with casino players from starslots.com and other online casino community. The number 22 was decided upon because at the time veteran suicides were averaging 22 per day. The stream had more than 1,000 unique viewers during the event. Now, Snyder wants to do an event locals can participate in. Thus, a barbecue and an online live stream.

“It was so successful we decided to do more,” Snyder said. “Why not do something awesome and turn this into something bigger?”

Snyder met with Troy Yocum, president of Active Heroes, and his wife, Mareike Yocum, vice president of programs originally just to do a follow-up event, but the meeting sparked the idea for a broader arm of Active Heroes specifically focused on gaming.

“I wanted to say this is the official gaming community of Active Heroes,” Snyder said. “We can do a little bit better. Let’s make this Gaming For Heroes. The Yocums have been incredibly supportive of the idea.”

The event will be a “charity tug of war”, which means for every $50 total that is donated to Active Heroes, the Gaming For Heroes stream will go for another hour of time. Snyder said he chose live-streaming for the fundraiser because of the interactive nature of the entertainment.

“Why do people watch other people play videogames? You’re interacting with them,” he said. “They’re asking questions. You’re telling them what you’re doing and why. It’s really unique entertainment.”

Veterans and non-veteran gamers alike can join Snyder and Gaming For Heroes this Saturday for the barbecue or follow the stream online at twitch.tv/romngaming. If you are a PS4 gamer and are interested in joining Snyder’s gaming community, visit the Remnants of an Empire website.

You can learn more about Active Heroes and their programs on their website. Notably, they have a retreat in Shepherdsville, Ky. with cabins, community center, and a lake, where veterans can participate in activities, like camping, archery, etc., and other programs for free (public admission is $22).

Louisville’s Video Game Community

heart shape made of video game controllers

Louisville’s Video Game Community

by Dave Mattingly, originally posted on his blog

Louisville’s video game community is strong.

Besides the various places that rent or sell games, like you can find anywhere, there are businesses, groups, and events geared around gaming.

Louisville Arcade Expo
Louisville Arcade Expo

If you like playing arcade and pinball games, or even classic console games, this is the event for you.

Every year, hundreds of gaming machines and thousands of attendees gather for days of flashes and beeps. Some national championships are even held at the event. There are vendor tables with game cartridges, comic books, clothing, and other related merchandise. There are two costume contests, including one just for the kiddos, and seminars from industry professionals.

The expo is a nonprofit event run by a group of friends and coworkers. Proceeds go to charity, usually Kosair Children’s Hospital.

It’s a fun way to spend a weekend. The flat fee at the door makes sure you don’t need to carry around pocketfuls of quarters.


The SimCave is a new venue with an interactive dance floor, and two octagonal rooms with giant screens on its walls and a ring of seats in its center.

It can be rented for birthday parties and corporate events, or just enjoyed an individuals.

They have hundreds of video games in stock, or you can bring your own.

The Rec Bar

It hasn’t opened yet, but the Rec Bar will include video games, pinball, board and card games, and other types of recreation. Plus edibles and potables.

Warp Zone

Warp Zone is a coworking space dedicated to developing games.

Similar to iHub, The Park, LVL1, Xlerate Health, Chef Space, Warp Zone lets game developers share an office, tips and tricks, and fellowship. Plus, y’know, they play each others games a lot.

I love that Warp Zone is here, since it has the ability to really propel Louisville’s video gaming future.

Game Dev Louisvillegdl

This monthly game development group is a wonderful place to learn how to get started in game development.

They offer occasional classes, and plenty of time to compare notes with other game developers.

More Stuff to Do


Update: Over on Twitter, @Metro Mapper recommended we also add Zanzabar and the Broken Token podcast


Zanzabar is, of course, a local bar on Preston St. home to a variety of retro arcade and pinball games. They have a variety of machines, including:

  • 1986 Vs. Nintendo Super Mario, ExciteBike & Castlevania
  • 1981 Midway Ms. Pac-Man cabaret
  • 1979 Atari Asteroids
  • And, more! Find the full list on their website.

The folks who run Zanzabar are also organizers for the Louisville Arcade Expo that we (and so many others) attended March 4-6.

Broken Token

The Broken Token is a local podcast dedicated to “the vibrant hobby of collecting, restoring and playing the arcade and pinball classics from the late 70′s to today.” The Broken Token was most recently at the Louisville Arcade Expo.

This is a guest article by Dave Mattingly. Dave has a background in technology, writing, and speaking, who works with data for a living. He loves learning, and speaks at database conferences on topics such as geospace, governance, and analytics. Dave is also incredibly versed in nerdy stuff around Louisville. Check out his blog for more information. Want to write a guest article? Send us a note

Episode 7 – Louisville Arcade Expo & Cosplay

Louisville Arcade Expo 2016

Episode 7 – Louisville Arcade Expo & Cosplay

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In Episode 7 – Louisville Arcade Expo & Cosplay of the Nerd Louisville podcast, we visit the Louisville Arcade Expo 2016, talk with attendee, David Buschermohle, who regularly attends the convention with his pinball group, Rogue League (soon to be Louisville Pinball League). We plan to have a proper Louisville Pinball episode on the Nerd Louisville podcast soon. If you’re interested in the next league, check out the Louisville Pinball website. They play at Zanzabar on Preston on Friday nights when the league is happening.

We also talk with Jenna Rae (aka Goldberry Cosplay) of Louisville Costumed Performers about cos-play and how her group and others are working with local charities.

Finally, we speak with Cindy Thomas of ConGlomeration and discuss the cos-play track that will be at ConGlomeration, including contests, a ball, and more.

The crew:

  • Mike Pfaff
  • Matt McCloud

We recorded this episode in the hallway of the Ramada Hotel Plaza.

Intro / Outro music is The White of Noon by STRFKR, graciously provided with permission by Polyvinyl Records.


  • David Buschermohle discusses his local Pinball league
  • Arcade Expo’s old school atmosphere, the lights and sounds
  • Circuit play arcade tournaments
  • David’s childhood visiting Bashford Manor Mall and playing at Alladin’s Castle
  • David’s work at Ft. Knox and discovering Attack of Mars pinball at the local mini-mall
  • Rogue League becoming Louisville Pinball League next season
  • Cosplay with local player Goldberry
  • Making your own costumes, where to find base pieces and materials
  • Louisville Ghost Busters, Kentucky Heroes, and cosplaying to raise money for charities like Kosair Children’s Hospital
  • Cosplaying at conventions, deep fandoms and detail in cosplay
  • Staged photoshoots, play acting, and theatrical rivalry
  • Sharing costumes and props, growing the cosplay community
  • 411 on the ConGlomeration cosplay contest and masquerade with Cindy Thomas
  • Sourcing materials, costuming panels like “Money-saving costuming tips”
  • Programming and competition vs. attending the con in costume
  • Nerd Louisville staff panels at ConGlomeration