Vampire Savior/Community

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Here you'll be able to find info on where to connect with fellow Vampire Savior players, online or offline, to trade information or play with.

While obviously Vampire Savior doesn't have the largest community in either the West or the East, we have an extremely dedicated and friendly playerbase that is willing to accept and teach you. If you're are interested, by all means, reach out and we'll respond.

Playing Online

This is where most people end up wanting to get their feet wet before attending an offline tournament or event, which is understandable. There are several options here so consider them all.

Fightcade (PC Emulation)

Download from http://www.fightcade.com/

Fightcade is a recently developed netplay client built from GGPO. It uses an updated client to connect to games and has its own servers, but still uses the same version of Final Burn Alpha as GGPO. It also uses a modern NAT traversal technique that allows to connect two players without having to forward ports. Just install it and play. It is actively maintained unlike GGPO and more updates are expected in the future.

For the moment the Vampire Savior community's main hotspot is GGPO rather than Fightcade, but we may make a switch to Fightcade in the future. Finding matches is still possible on Fightcade though and it is very useful for playing friends who have trouble opening their ports.

Recommended Settings: http://wiki.mizuumi.net/w/Vampire_Savior/GGPO

GGPO (PC Emulation)

Download from http://ggpo.net/

GGPO is an arcade emulation netplay client, and one of the two best ways to play Vampire Savior online, along with Xbox Live/PSN release. There are a few benefits and negatives to this over Resurrections' online play. Generally speaking, the player base tends to be at a higher level on GGPO, and the added ability of easier interaction makes learning much quicker. Also, while Resurrection uses GGPO netcode as well, players usually notice that long distance connections on the PC client typically run much smoother. Rematching the opponent is also much faster on PC. The problems with PC GGPO arise from the fact the emulator used is dated and runs poorly in modern operating systems - this means frame stutter or drops are common and the game runs slightly faster than it would on actual arcade hardware or console. Many users have trouble opening ports on their router so they can connect with other users on GGPO, though this also affects Resurrections online play to a slightly less degree.

One of the more appealing uses of GGPO may be the GGPO Vampire Savior Weekly Tournaments. The lobby system on GGPO makes arranging and spectating matches for a tournament a breeze, which ends up being a very drawn out process on Resurrection. The tournaments typically happen every weekend, on either Saturday or Sunday, with an average of 20 entrants who are of a high skill. For updates future tournaments, join the Vampire Savior Community Facebook group listed down below, or follow Rotanibor's twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rotanibor. The tournaments are also streamed on his Twitch.tv channel at http://www.twitch.tv/rotanibor.

An article on Mizuumi giving advice on how to open ports on GGPO and configuring it to run smoothly is in the works.

Darkstalkers Resurrection with Xbox Live & PSN

Purchase on Xbox 360
Purchase on PlayStation 3

Released in 2013, Darkstalkers Resurrection is the closest arcade perfect release of Vampire Savior, and a quick and easy way of getting online to play. Since its not relying on poor emulation like the GGPO PC client it is a much smoother experience, plus it may be a bit easier to get online and start fighting other players. The downside of this release is that, despite using GGPO netcode, it is a little more sensitive to distance and lag than the GGPO PC client for whatever reason. Also, while it is possible to find strong players, I'd say the competition is a bit stronger on PC. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have about the same size of communities between the two of them, with no cross play obviously, so get both or just pick the one best suited for you.

Other

Chinese Netplay Clients

There are a few options here between Arclive/Suparc, and GOTVG. Setting these up tends to be much more difficult than either GGPO and Supercade due to the language barrier. At the moment we won't be going to deeply into these, but the option is there in case GGPO dies one day. Some people have the opinion that they have better netcode than Supercade at least.

P2P

Years ago, P2P Kaillera used to see a decent amount of Vampire Savior play from what I understand, but those days are long gone.

Online Networking

Facebook Group

The Vampire Savior Community Facebook group is the largest English speaking hub for Vampire Savior today. You'll be able to find most community organizers on there and information along with information about upcoming events or live streams currently happening. In addition it is very useful for coordinating online matches.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/vampiresavior/

Something I'd like to touch on that I hear a lot of resistance towards is people who don't have a Facebook account and don't want to make one. To them I suggest making one and using it only for FGC purposes. Besides the Vampire Savior Community group, there are many other active fighting game communities that are based on Facebook these days and you'll be missing out on potential tournaments and events if you're not involved with them. Simply make a blank account and treat Facebook as a bulletin board.

Dustloop Forum

Our section on Dustloop isn't nearly as active as the Facebook group, and it isn't really used to update people about tournaments or events, but it serves a purpose. The Dustloop forum ends up being on the technical side of things, to discuss specific particulars about the game. A useful resource.

http://www.dustloop.com/forums/index.php?/forum/154-vampire-savior/

IRC

Offline Vampire Savior Communities Around the World

North America

California, Los Angeles Area

Organizer: Rotaniborhttp://www.twitter.com/rotanibor / http://www.facebook.com/Rotanibor
Currently one of the larger Vampire Savior communities in the US and actively growing. We started in late 2010 by holding tournaments at Family Fun Arcade(now defunct).
We usually play Vampire Savior on a UD-CPS2, which is a consolized CPS2(aka original arcade hardware), with a CRT television. The UD-CPS2 has built in USB ports to accept pretty much any 360/PS3 arcade stick or pad.
Actively Held Events as of January, 2017
  • Game Realms137 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502http://game-realms.com/
    A weekly tournament on Fridays at Game Realms. The event typically starts at 8pm PT. Venue fee for the night is $5, but tournament entry fee is free. It's ran together with the Skullgirls' Salty tournament series, along with Guilty Gear Accent Core +R. Contact Rotanibor for more information.

California, Bay Area

Organizer: Hagurehttp://twitter.com/hagure
Organizer: JDRhttp://twitter.com/JDRDelRosario

California, San Diego Area

Organizer: SkankinGarbagehttp://twitter.com/GLJamie
Organizer: Jinxhandhttp://twitter.com/jinxhand

Cincinnati, Ohio

Organizer: Ailerushttp://twitter.com/AilerusAL

Chicago, Illinois

Organizer: Typhashttp://twitter.com/KaT_Typhas
Both of us (Typhas & MightyMar) usually bring our setups for Vampire, and we welcome any new players. If you plan to go make contact with Typhas first to make sure people will actually be there.
Active Locations Where You Can Potentially Find Players as of January, 2017
  • WIT Gaming on Saturdays
http://www.witgaming.com/
We're not here every week, so hit us up to see if we'll be here that weekend. We have a supergun available for arcade Vampire Savior we may bring with us.
  • Round 1 on (various days)
http://www.round1usa.com/location/stratford-square-mall/
We don't have a set schedule for visiting here, but we'll go and play on the Vampire Savior arcade cabinet occasionally.

New York, New York

Organizer: DaiAndOhhttp://twitter.com/DaiAndOh1
Contact DaiAndOh to be added to the group twitter or Facebook DMs for meetup information.

Seattle, Washington

Organizer: Kyle Wattulahttp://twitter.com/VMP_KyleW

Europe

Japan

Vampire Savior Tournament/Event Wikihttp://seesaawiki.jp/vswiki_event/

Resource for upcoming and past Vampire Savior events in Japan, separated by region.

Vampire Savior Location Information (Provisional)http://savior.s98.xrea.com/

Not sure if this is still being maintained, the (Provisional) part makes me wonder, but it lists locations Vampire Savior events are held at in Japan. The Tournament/Event Wiki up above may be slightly more current.

Kansai Vampire Savior Information Officehttp://yaplog.jp/k-vs/

Tournament Results

For a history of tournament results and recordings of Western Vampire Savior tournaments, check the tournament results page here:
http://wiki.mizuumi.net/w/Vampire_Savior/Tournaments


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