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July contest - ended

Postby Harry Dresden » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:23 pm

Begins July 1st

Contest: Complete these four kinds of runs, using all four classes. At the end of the month, post your fastest run of each type. Remember: each class must be represented - if your best No Pulls run and Some Pulls run are both the same class, you must choose the second best of one type. Prizes will be awarded based on fastest total time count of four run types.

    * No Pulls, All Permed Skills, Diet, Sidekick
    * Some Pulls, No Permed Skills, Decaf, No Sidekick
    * Max Pulls, only class skills, Naturally Hyper, Sidekick
    * All Items, No Permed Skills, Abstainer, No Sidekick

Prizes:
1st Prize - One of anything that I have 2+ of in my display case
2nd Prize - 2 stars
3rd Prize - your choice of 100 TNT or 400 recognizer bots

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Re: July contest - early stages of details

Postby Cristiona » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:57 pm

That's an interesting mix.
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Re: July contest - early stages of details

Postby mara » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:27 pm

Cool idea for a contest. Count me in. Also count me as someone stalking your DC and taking screenshots ;-)

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Re: July contest - early stages of details

Postby acidcat » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:38 am

That's different! I'm in, but if people finish as quickly as I expect my holiday days in July may affect my chances badly.

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Re: July contest - early stages of details

Postby Harry Dresden » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:50 am

mara wrote:Also count me as someone stalking your DC and taking screenshots ;-)


Stalk away. I already took out the item I didn't want people to select. :P

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Re: July contest - early stages of details

Postby Hardware » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:07 pm

Sure, I'll be in. I don't stand a chance in Hell, but I'll go for the gusto. Just to be certain, you do mean the first person to START and complete each of the runs beginning on July 1, correct? The way that its currently written, one could argue that they could start a run prior to July 1, and then complete it on July 1 to count as the first run.

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Re: July contest - early stages of details

Postby Harry Dresden » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:10 pm

The contest doesn't begin until July 1st, so the first run can not start sooner than that.

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Cristiona » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:55 pm

I think I'll go for this. I'm bored to tears on my march to 100 already, so if I'm not done by the first, I'll just scrap that and do this.

Edit: Also, I think I'll take one of your precious Ebon Eyes! BWAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!
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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Harry Dresden » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:18 pm

Cristiona wrote:Also, I think I'll take one of your precious Ebon Eyes! BWAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!


If you want to be that cruel and heartless, go for it. I'd buy it back for 2 stars.

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Hardware » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:22 pm

Don't know what I'd take, since I looked and didn't really see anything that I'd be apt to use. Not that I'd have to worry about that, though. I was hoping that the contest would only get three participants. :P

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Cristiona » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:34 pm

A gold star's always useful. Or one of the donation items.

Or an ARF pass! :P
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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Hardware » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:58 pm

I have ARF passes. I still haven't figured out how to use them effectively.

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Hardware » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:17 pm

My plans....

    * No Pulls, All Permed Skills, Diet, Sidekick - Elementalist
    * Some Pulls, No Permed Skills, Decaf, No Sidekick - Psion
    * Max Pulls, only class skills, Naturally Hyper, Sidekick - Gadgeteer
    * All Items, No Permed Skills, Abstainer, No Sidekick - Naturalist

I might even have a chance at this.

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby acidcat » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:14 am

I'll probably try these:
* No Pulls, All Permed Skills, Diet, Sidekick - Elemental
* Some Pulls, No Permed Skills, Decaf, No Sidekick - Gadgeteer
* Max Pulls, only class skills, Naturally Hyper, Sidekick - Psion
* All Items, No Permed Skills, Abstainer, No Sidekick - Naturalist
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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Hardware » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:29 pm

Just to clarify, "fastest" is based on total time in run, not days in run, correct?

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Harry Dresden » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Fastest is indeed total run time for this contest, and days don't matter at all. Mostly because all 4 have to be done in 31 days, so it's not like someone can sit on a 5 Pull run for a week grabbing all kinds of goodies to speed up the run.

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Hardware » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:01 pm

Maybe they could, if they do all of the other runs fast enough that they can afford to waste a few days. Seeing some of bmara's runs, it shouldn't be that hard for her to sit on her 5-pull run for a few days, especially if she blasts through the all-items run on a Frayday. I'll definitely be carefully planning out these runs if I'm going to even stand a small chance.

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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby mara » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:19 pm

No real goal in mind.

Status:

No Pulls, All Permed Skills, Diet, Sidekick:
Done as elemental. Day 1 went as planned. Hit level five and did all the relevant quests. Day 2 down. Halfway through the level 7 quest. All other quests done and high-jump boots farmed. Not terribly pleased so far, but there's still two days of potentially favorable rng to go. edit: day 4 now down. 3 turns shy of 4 days. Day 5: lost to the Mick a half dozen times before finally getting a critical hit. Final time: 42h 46m 58s.

Some Pulls, No Permed Skills, Decaf, No Sidekick
Done as a naturalist. This run was utter trash. Spent 2+ levels trying to find the encryption key running everything I could have to speed it up. Stopped worrying about being optimal at this point and just finished the run. If I have rl time I'll go back and do this one over toward the end of the month, but I doubt I will. Final time: 31h 22m 50s

Max Pulls, only class skills, Naturally Hyper, Sidekick
Done as psion. Pretty standard run. Pulled my normal stuff and then two days worth of stuff that roughly sped the run up by 4 minutes/pull... Final time: 25h 58m 9s.

Grand total: 100h 07m 57s
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Re: July contest - contest updated

Postby Hardware » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:29 pm

My personal strategy is to knock out the all-items and no-pulls runs at the start, and then see where I stand for the 5- and 10-pull runs. I already started day late, so I'm hoping that it doesn't make a huge difference. I don't think that I had the resources to take advantage of Freyday, anyway.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Cristiona » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:39 pm

Stupid no-skills Elemental run...

Proper Grounding - 5176.44 min
Air Shield - 5508.5 min

I mean, honestly, this is getting silly. It's only day 2!
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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Hardware » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:15 pm

Well, my day 2 in the no-pulls run started out a bit better when I snagged Wraith. However, things slowed down quickly when I hit the level 5 quest and couldn't pull memory tubes to save my life. I ended the day on level 6, and I'm still waiting on a second memory tube so I can start decrypting. Hopefully, I'll be able to overcome this glitch in my plans. Curse you, RNG!

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Cristiona » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:38 pm

On my 10 pull run, so of course, the first freaking turn in Cochise is the stupid semi-rare.
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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Cristiona » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:34 pm

I'm all class:

You activate the atomic wedge, which zips over to The Mick and jams into them in a particularly painful fashion, delivering 55 damage. You can tell they're not going to be moving very quickly in the near future, neither while trying to hit nor while trying to dodge.

Victory! You beat up your foe and win the combat!


Oh, I'm also done.

No Pulls, All Permed Skills, Diet, Sidekick: Psion; 5 days; 44h 11m 50s
Some Pulls, No Permed Skills, Decaf, No Sidekick: Elemental; 6 days; 38h 32m 0s
Max Pulls, only class skills, Naturally Hyper, Sidekick: Naturalist; 4 days; 30h 38m 5s
All Items, No Permed Skills, Abstainer, No Sidekick: Gadgeteer; 3 days; 22h 8m 25s
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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Hardware » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:51 pm

By comparison, all of my runs are looking to be like ten hours longer than Cris's, so I'm a shoe-in for fourth place. :P I even did badly on my no-pulls run, which should have been something of an equalizer. I made a few stupid moves towards the end, though. My only hope to even look like I was really trying is to pull off a good 5-pull run. Since I have the rest of the month to do it, I might have a chance to at least have a respectable ending.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Cristiona » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:12 pm

<reading comprehension failure removed>

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Hardware » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:31 pm

Wasn't that exactly what I said?

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby mara » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:21 pm

Cristiona wrote:I'm all class:

You activate the atomic wedge, which zips over to The Mick and jams into them in a particularly painful fashion, delivering 55 damage. You can tell they're not going to be moving very quickly in the near future, neither while trying to hit nor while trying to dodge.

Victory! You beat up your foe and win the combat!


Oh, I'm also done.

No Pulls, All Permed Skills, Diet, Sidekick: Psion; 5 days; 44h 11m 50s
Some Pulls, No Permed Skills, Decaf, No Sidekick: Elemental; 6 days; 38h 32m 0s
Max Pulls, only class skills, Naturally Hyper, Sidekick: Naturalist; 4 days; 30h 38m 5s
All Items, No Permed Skills, Abstainer, No Sidekick: Gadgeteer; 3 days; 22h 8m 25s


Nice.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby mara » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:40 pm

Finished.

129 Elemental 2012-07-07 15:15:23 5 42h 46m 58s 11 12 0 N/A Balanced
130 Naturalist 2012-07-12 05:11:56 6 31h 22m 50s 11 17 0 N/A Balanced
131 Psion 2012-07-15 10:47:03 4 25h 58m 9s 11 10 0 N/A Balanced
132 Gadgeteer 2012-07-20 16:38:56 2 14h 6m 0s 11 13 0 N/A Balanced

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Cristiona » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:01 pm

Beat me by a handful of hours on each!

Congrats.
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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Hardware » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:58 pm

Acidcat is already finished, too, I think, though there might be time to try to re-try one of the runs to get a better time. My own times are merely a technicality, since most of you have shorter times for your four runs than I did with only three, so my final run isn't going to change my chances. :P

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby acidcat » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:05 am

Yep, as Hardware said I'm also done now. I've been trying to re-run some runs faster, but there is no way I'll even be the same ballpark as mara.

Wouldn't have beaten mara at the best of times, but holiday season, new jobs, new house and everything has made everything a little more difficult. (UK is slightly 3rd world, internet takes 4 weeks to get plumbed in...)

Congrats mara, good luck to Cris and hardware

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Hardware » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:02 pm

Luck isn't going to help me. :P I'm in fourth place, no matter how you slice it.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Hardware » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:01 pm

Finished, and boy does it suck. :P

38 Naturalist 2012-07-07 04:57:59 6 33h 29m 26s 13 13 0 57 Balanced
39 Elemental 2012-07-11 23:02:24 6 53h 48m 8s 11 12 0 7 Balanced
40 Gadgeteer 2012-07-17 15:50:21 6 39h 22m 53s 11 10 0 204 Balanced
41 Psion 2012-07-26 22:19:24 11 44h 35m 55s 11 17 0 157 Balanced

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Harry Dresden » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:10 am

Tomorrow is the last day, in case any of you are still trying to improve a run time.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby acidcat » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:49 am

Turns out I can't go faster than my first four runs anyway.

116 Psion 2012-07-05 14:28:57 4 30h 45m 47s 11 10 0 N/A Judicious
117 Gadgeteer 2012-07-10 13:28:04 6 33h 43m 11s 11 17 0 N/A Balanced
118 Elemental 2012-07-15 16:40:45 6 43h 45m 54s 11 12 0 N/A Balanced
119 Naturalist 2012-07-19 00:42:16 4 21h 40m 15s 11 13 0 N/A Altruist

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Harry Dresden » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:44 am

Short of my math being off, here are the results:

1 - Bmara
2 - Acidcat
3 - Cristiona
4 - Hardware

Bmara, tell me which Display Case item you want. And Cris needs to tell me if she wants the TNT or recognizer bots. Prizes will go out tomorrow.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Cristiona » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:59 pm

*shakes a fist at acidcat*

Um. Guess I'll take the TNT.
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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby Harry Dresden » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:42 am

Prizes sent.

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby acidcat » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:33 am

Sorry Cris.
Well done mara, no idea how you manage to be *so* much faster than anyone else on these runs.
Hard luck hardware, well done for just taking part.

Big thanks to Harry. It was fun :)

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Re: July contest - contest in progress

Postby mara » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:38 pm

I use more resources, acidcat :P

Thanks again for hosting, harry. It was a lot of fun!


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