Dynasty A-Flow Geese Darts Photos

These Dynasty A-Flow Geese (Silver Line) darts was bought months back, but only now have I had time to take more pics. The shafts are Ultima Sakura, while the flights are Pro Sakura. These were all bought at the DartsHive.

Dynasty’s Silver Line of darts are 80% tungsten and are very reasonable $48. The entire line ranges between 16-17 grams.

I’m a big fan of Japanese culture, and what more appropriate than to dress up these Japanese darts in Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Flowers. I’m sure the chicks will dig it at future stints at the Dartslive machines. And BTW, I’ve always considered my darts female. LOL. Treat them good!

Also different is the added graphics for a much needed different flavor. The graphics in the last 2 pics are copyright DynastyJapan Inc.

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Huge Night for the Philippines- IDF Darts World Cup Team Champion, Ilagan wins The World Stage 5

It was a huge night for the Philippines last night as Lournence Ilagan won the fifth stage of “The World” darts tournament coupled with the Philippine National Team win of the IDF World Cup Team Championship.

Ilagan joined Ronald Briones to become the 2nd Filipino “The World” Stage winner. It also marks the third time in 5 Stages a Filipino has won as Brinones won Stage 1 as well as the most recently played Stage 4. Brinones was notably absent during this fifth Stage which was played in Shanghai China. Paul Lim was the opponent in the finals, and it was Deja Vu as Ilagan defeated Paul Lim in the finals of last year’s Stage 5.

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=680748665285759

Later that night, the Philippine National Team consisting of Lourence Ilagan, Angelyn Valmadrid, Eduardo Santos, Alain Abiabi, Brunno Parungao, Ramon Sabalboro captured the IDF World Cup Team Championship, defeating the US National Team. I was able to watch a cricket leg of a laggy stream of the finals against the US before the stream froze… and all I can say it was tense and very close with the game seeing both teams over 1000 points.

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http://2013idfworldcup.com/index_en.html

Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii, I am of Filipino ancestry and stand today being very proud of the Filipino soft tip dart players, as it looks like the Philippines is producing some of the very top talent today.

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Dynasty Katana Masamune Dart Photoshoot

Bought a new set of darts… and that means another PHOTOSHOOT! Wanted to try a heavy, long, and flat barrel. These fit the bill. The Masamune is a very long dart at 55mm. Price of Dynasty’s Katana line is pretty affordable at $69USD.

Dynasty Katana Masamune
90% Tungsten
2BA
55mm length
18g barrel only weight
6.5mm max width

Comes with DEE flights, L-Shaft Lock shafts, Lippoint tips, and L-Style Shell Locks.

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How to customize sounds, award movies, etc… on PC-Darts 2

A huge selling point about the PC-Darts 2 board is that the sounds and visuals are customizable. A roadblock for customization to westerners is the manual is written in mainly Japanese. Luckily, small parts of it are in english and I was able to guess how to do these customizations.

First off, get the physical manual or download it at Epoch’s PC-Darts 2 website. We are primarily going to use page 29 and 30 which shows how to name the customized files.
http://epoch.jp/tv-darts/pc2/img/2manual.pdf

All files and folders on the computer for PC-Darts 2 are at:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2

Taking a look at page 29, the first of the four sections describes how to change the background image.
Your image files must be put into:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/BG
Image files can be either JPG (Jpeg), BMP (Bitmap), or PNG (Portable Network Graphics). PNG offers the advantage of “green-screening.” They can have any name, as long as they have the proper suffix of .jpg/.bmp/.png. The background image can be toggled on the ‘SET UP’ screen by clicking on ‘BG.’

Next up is how to change the background music.
Audio files must be put into:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/BGM
Audio files must be ‘wave’ type and named exactly ‘BGM_01.wav’ ~ ‘BGM_04’ without the quotation marks. You can only have 4 music files, with each one the number changes… i.e.: ‘BGM_04.wav.’ Obviously, it will help if you know how to export different audio files into a .wav file. Audacity is a free and powerful audio editor for mac and pc.

Third is how to change the cards used as user images. It tries to replicate the cards used on Dartslive and Phoenix boards.
Images files must be put into:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/CARD
Cards again can be .jpg, .bmp, or .png. 24 cards can be made, and must be named ‘card01.jpg’~’card24.jpg’. They also must be 110×164 pixels in size.

You can see in the image above that I used PNG’s as they allow a transparent color or “green-screening.” For example, card #1 (thats me in the pic) has a transparent background. You can also use green-screening to make the cards have rounded corners. A good idea is to look on the web and download and use different Dartslive or Phoenix card images.

Last on page 29 details how to change the Bullseye image that pops up when a bull is hit.
Put the image files into:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/BULL
The image must be 320×240 pixels and like before, be .jpg, .bmp, or .png with the name of the file being BULL.jpg, BULL.bmp, or BULL.png respectively

Page 30 details how to change the award movies that play after hitting special marks, like getting a Hat Trick or a White Horse.
Put the movie files into:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/AWARD
Page 30 shows how to name the files. They must be named exactly how it shows, with upper case/lower case being sensitive. This is true for all the file naming. Movies also work best if they are made using the WMV3/WMV9 codecs. The original movies included in PC-Darts2 are WMV2 files, which obviously works but the older codec has much more compression artifacts. Lastly, they must be smaller than 30MB in size.

What the manual doesn’t say is that the sound effects also be changed.
Put the audio files into:
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/SE
You can download some of the Epochs sound effects here:
http://epoch.jp/tv-darts/pc/koukaon.html
Some of these sound effects have spoken english.
Names for the files are ‘se01.wav’~’se30.wav’. If you look in
C/Epoch/PC-Darts2/UserData/texpt
you can find the original audio files used in the game, and you can listen to them and get an idea of what the sound is. Here is what I found:
se01.wav= “click/select/enter on keyboard chime”
se02.wav= “arrow presses on keyboard”
se04.wav= “esc presses on keyboard”
se06.wav= “throw start”
…7= “bullseye”
…8= “round start”
…9= “player change”
…10= “final round”
…11= “single segment hit”
…12= “double segment hit”
…13= “triple segment hit”
…14= “winner”
…15= “5-9 hit round effect”
…16= “finish”
…17= “bust”
…22= “closed number for player in cricket”
…23= “double bull”
Learning to use Audactiy certainly helps in creating a customized sound.

Happy customizing!

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Basara Miyabi Dart Photoshoot

Got my package from Darts Hive a couple days ago. Darts Hive is a massive darts chain in Japan and I buy most of my dart equipment from them. I will detail in a future post how to purchase from Darts Hive, as international customers can only purchase from the web shop through deputy purchasing services such as Tenso. For now, take a look at their Japanese only web shop, or browse their international web shop.

Two of the various items I bought were a Trinidad darts stand and a set of Basara Miyabi darts. Me being me, I had to do a photoshoot.

Basara package their darts in what has to be handmade trifold boxes that have an outer black sleeve decorated with Basara’s art. They are totally unique to the darts world. Just as an Apple product like an iPhone where it’s packaging elevates the product within, Basara’s packaging similarly gives you a confidence that the company takes their craft seriously. The barrels IMO are exquisite and in my experience, the weights are always +/- 2 to 3 micrograms. They come with Ultima Sakura shafts and L-style’s Lippoint tips.

Information:

One note, the darts in the Trinidad Stand are Basara Tsumobi, and all images are enlargeable.

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Lourence Ilagan Dartslive 43 straight bulls on BULL MASTER

Holy frickin Mackerel! For me, getting a Hat Trick is hard enough, but 14 straight? You gotta be kidding me.

The cool thing about the Dartslive boards are the stat rankings that are accumulated and tracked worldwide. There is a game on the Dartslive boards called Bull Master, and basically its a game that counts how much bullseyes you hit in a row.

Here is the rankings as of today (7/25/13).

1. Lourence Ilagan – 43
2. Royden Lam- 40
3. Josh Payne- 35

Here is the up to date current rankings as of this moment for Bull Master on Dartslive’s website:
http://www.dartslive.com/ranking/bmaster.html

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PC-Darts 2 by Epoch

Darters looking for a home board similar to those found in Japanese “darts bars” in terms of having ‘awards movies’ on a screen should look no further than Epoch’s PC-Darts 2. It not only has it’s version of award movies and sounds, but they are also customizable. Furthermore, PC-Darts 2 also has a host of practice modes. What PC-Darts 2 essentially is… is an affordable way to get the experience of coin-op dart boards like Dartslive or Phoenix home, but with a Windows PC as the CPU.

PC-Darts 2 Opening Screen

First off, the award movies. This is what really makes darts that much more enjoyable in my opinion. If you’re not familiar with the coin-op soft tip dart boards commonly found in Asia, and only now is starting to gain traction in Europe and America, you will find that these modern coin-op darts boards using the more advanced and bigger screens available today; unlike the small CRT’s found some other older dart boards of several years back. They not only display information and static pictures, but when you have a great marks for your round, like a ‘hat trick’ or a ‘white horse,’ you get rewarded with an award movie for your particular achievement. The default movies are OK, but I replaced them with 720P resolution (woohoo!) Dartslive and Phoenix award movies I found on YouTube. There is a ‘user data’ folder in the ‘PC-Darts 2’ folder that is created when you install the software. Basically, you dump all customized files in these folders, as the original movie files are untouched.

Here I am playing a practice game of Count UP (8 rounds), where I Low Ton the 4th and 6th rounds. The movie is from Dartslive ‘Rock’n Girls’ series of awards movies that i lifted from YouTube, although the whole set is unavailable. Notice also that I customized the sound effects to the ones found on a Phoenix board. Someone was nice enough to have ripped it and made it available. The player change button is the red button at the ‘2’ segments on the board, otherwise the ‘enter’ button on the keyboard can be used.

This is a demonstration of some other award movies from Phoenix and Dartslive on a game of 301. Obviously, I was not throwing. Notice here that you select players from an available selection of 24. You an customize the cards and names, which I again lifted from images like of myself and misc. objects, to Dartslive cards that can be found throughout the net. Each player slot has saved stats! Each time a game concludes, stats are displayed and saved. In addition, these stats can be exported to a file, and can be downloaded to a memory card so you can use it at another location with a PC-Darts 2 board (2 of my friends just got their board). Also, did you notice the suggestions the CPU makes when you can close game out in that round?


That’s me in slot 1. Slots 5, 6, and 8 are the ugly default ones. The teddy bear and watermelon are obviously there for the females when they are bored.


I found these interesting, ahem, Dartslive card images floating around the net.

Heres a video showcasing a single player game of Cricket and the various award movies. Yeah, again, I was not actually playing (I wish!)

Customizable Background shown is this pic above, as well as the various data saved and tracked by the software. This makes practice fun and useful. The marks for the Count Up practice games are tracked, showing you where you are mostly hitting- just move the cursor over the segments to see the amount of times and percentage of hits.


Good thing they’re mostly in English!

BTW, the background music is customizable or you can turn it off, as well as the bullseye picture displayed when the bull is hit.


Check it out, just like a Dartslive machine, you can input up to 3 different messages that are displayed after the award movie is played.

For even more information, you can download the PC-Darts 2 manual from the PC-Darts 2 website, as well as additional sound effects and voices.
http://epoch.jp/tv-darts/pc2/

And you can watch the official promotional movie…

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