If you are into SC events, and especially if you’re from North-West of US, Chapter XLVII is a name that you will inevitably see popping in your Twitter timeline or in conversations. If you wish to learn more about this PNW event organizer and team FAUSTIAN manager, read further!
If you had to introduce yourself in three sentences to some SoulCalibur player who didn’t know you, what would you say?
Hey, I’m Chapter. I’m with the FAUSTIAN SOULCALIBUR crew. Let me know if you need anything, okay?
What is the origin or meaning of your nickname?
Succinctly, it’s final form evolved from a scene in S05E04 of The Wire where they discuss Chapter XLVII. In the US Legal Code, it is the section on defining fraud and false statements. Therefore, I’m Chapter XLVII, here to prove you’re a fraud.
How did it happened you end up playing fighting games?
Growing up in South Carolina, racism is ingrained early on, so you came to fear and/or hate people that were different from you. The fighting game cabinets at the local mall was one of my first exposures to a community that was multicultural, somewhere that I saw people like myself that didn’t fit into the binary of race South Carolina wanted to perpetuate.
My little ass was trash and got beat by everyone, but I kept coming back until I ended up in the system (state ran group homes and orphanages). By the time I aged out, malls and arcades had died sadly, but those memories kept me into fighting games.
Who do you main in SC6 and why?
Everyone who knows me will find this question hilarious because I’d have to actually play the game to main someone.
I enjoyed S1 Azwel because I’m a monster, but since then keeping PNW SOULCALIBUR going had mostly been a one-man job until I started working with others like Battle Lounge and had locals like Florida Man stepping up to learn some of the behind the scenes TO stuff. It meant I had less and less time for the game in order to make sure tourneys and everything else was there for those truly hungry, which is what the FAUSTIAN crew has evolved into.
What is your opinion regarding SC6?
Hmm…I’m going to give the opinion of a TO and an observer.
I love watching it and think that it easily conveys what is hype, what was a great read, and what was bullshit even to a casual watcher. SOULCALIBUR still feels like the red-headed stepchild of BANDAI-NAMCO, but the community worked real hard to make this the most successful entry yet. 2020 was meant to be our year finally, but alas…COVID-19 and you know, everything else in the US as well. Hopefully the powers that be at BANDAI-NAMCO will give us some of that Tekken love and a S3.
If you could change one single thing about SC6 what would that be?
The net code. There is nothing else more important in terms of the longevity for the series and continued growth.
What you consider to be your greatest SC6 achievement and why?
Reinvigorating PNW SOULCALIBUR. I’m not the reason it started nor the reason it is still around, but giving it the initial resurrection injection with a labbing event I put together…makes me feel pretty decent.
Please answer a single question that you were not asked but you would like to answer!
Remove your ego. Your skill and gameplay is far less impactful a contribution to your FGC community than you think. Simply being a decent person and knowing when to shut the fuck up (and when not to) goes a lot further.
Also buy FAUSTIAN merch so I can keep funding PNW events: www.faustianfgc.com/merch.
Thank you for the interview!