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 All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament 2017: Round of 16 qualifiers
Posted by hbix on September 17th, 2017 @07:15AM

Below are the list of qualifiers for the Round of 16 stage.

 

For the first round of the single-elimination bracket, a seeded player will face a randomly-drawn non-seeded player. Two players who were in the same group cannot be drawn against each other in the Round of 16 set of matches.

 

Seeded players comprise of the top eight (out of ten) group winners, and are sorted by number of wins and then by best race time.

 

Non-seeded players comprise of the remaining two group winners and then the top six (out of ten) runners-up, determined by number of wins and then by best race time.

 

Seeded Players

[1] krille71

[2] Spef

[3] Mazerak

[4] twiggle

[5] Buddy7heElf

[6] dtea

[7] hbix

[8] Moliman

 

Unseeded Players

Vlad

Stuoid

Grooomp

curticus

GreatStriker

patchesfaces

ShinGraywords

Linkruler

 

Round of 16 Draw

The draw for the bracket stage was made on Monday, September 18.

 

The Round of 16 stage will take place on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23.

 

krille71 vs. Vlad

curticus vs. Moliman

Buddy7heElf vs. ShinGraywords

patchesfaces vs. twiggle

Mazerak vs. Linkruler

Stuoid vs. dtea

hbix vs. GreatStriker

Grooomp vs. Spef

 

Related Link: All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament group stage results

 

 
 
 All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament 2017: Group stage round-up
Posted by hbix on September 17th, 2017 @06:35AM

40 runners. 10 groups. 60 matches.

 

Only 16 could make it to the knockout stage.

 

 

Here's how it all went down.

 

Group A

Group A was dictated by two key races. ix (Pot B) had an incredible race against krille71 (Pot A), on pace for sub-19, but an untimely death meant that Krille fought back to win -- with a 19:20.88, the best in the entire group stage. If krille71 was rusty, he did not show it as he emerged from the group stage undefeated and as a favourite to win the whole tournament.

 

patchesfaces (Pot C) then managed a shock win over ix, producing a brilliant personal best time of 21:19.36. patchesfaces sealed runner-up status and qualified for the Round of 16 with victory over BisleyT (Pot D).

 

 

1. krille71 (3 wins)

2. patchesfaces (2 wins)

3. ix (1 win)

4. BisleyT (0 wins)

 

Group B

Many tipped Group B to be competitive, and indeed it was. Buddy7heElf came out of a tough group undefeated, which included solid wins against JakeYoshimitsu (Pot B) and Linkruler (Pot C) and a time of 21:12.62 against Eddiesaurus87 (Pot D).

 

Linkruler finished runner-up with victory over JakeYoshimitsu, a time of 22:32.99 enough to qualify for the next stage.

 

1. Buddy7heElf (3 wins)

2. Linkruler (2 wins)

3. Eddiesaurus87 (1 win)

4. JakeYoshimitsu (0 wins)

 

Group C

The return of dtea (Pot A) got many people excited, and the anticipation was justified as he rattled off three wins to top the group. His best time was 22:19.21 against TicTacFoe (Pot D), a late replacement for The Mad Murf who pulled out at the last minute.

 

The rest of the group turned out to be relatively even-matched, with a three-way tie for second. TNF (Pot B) took the runner-up spot by virtue of superior time after beating TicTacFoe. TicTacFoe bested LF (Pot C) in a solid performance, but LF’s win over TNF meant that TNF could not progress to the next round.

 

 

1. dtea (3 wins)

2. TNF (1 win)

3. TicTacFoe (1 win)

4. LF (1 win)

 

Group D

Out of the ten groups, Group D turned out to be the most brutally fought. Stuoid (Pot B) produced an upset against Curticus (Pot A), and appeared to be on his way to topping the group. Pot D runner Kirby703, however, pulled off an even bigger shock against Stuoid, with an excellent five-minute personal best.

 

At one stage, with two races remaining, Stuoid, Curticus, and Kirby703 all had a chance to become group winner. In the end, Kirby703’s defeats to Twyn (Pot C) and then Curticus (who smashed it with a stunning 19:38.47) ensured that Stuoid and Curticus finished with two wins each, Stuoid ahead due to their head-to-head record. They both qualify but will be unseeded in the knockouts.

 

1. Stuoid (2 wins)

2. Curticus (2 wins)

3. Twyn (1 win)

4. Kirby703 (1 win)

 

Group E

Moliman (Pot C) showed he was no pushover, causing two upsets against the powerhouses Grooomp (Pot A) and Saibot (Pot B) on his way to topping the group. He managed a 24:01.78 time against Saibot, which proved just enough to nab seeding status for the Round of 16 draw.

 

Grooomp beat Saibot and then achieved an insanely fast 19:31.40 against Elad Difficult (Pot D), the second-fastest time in the entire group stage, to confirm a runner-up spot and a place in the knockout stage.

 

 

1. Moliman (3 wins)

2. Grooomp (2 wins)

3. Saibot (1 win)

4. Elad Difficult (0 wins)

 

Group F

Mazerak (Pot A) comfortably won the group with three impressive runs, his best one coming against Deviltifa (Pot C) -- a time of 19:39.27.

 

Berumondo (Pot B) finished second, beating Deviltifa and Cloiss (Pot D), but his best time of 24:42.89 (against Mazerak) was not fast enough to rank him as one of the top six runners-up. 

 

1. Mazerak (3 wins)

2. Berumondo (2 wins)

3. Deviltifa (1 win)

4. Cloiss (0 wins)

 

Group G

Group G turned out to be unpredictable, but hbix (Pot B) topped the standings, firstly upsetting meowmixmix (Pot A) and then winning their remaining matches. hbix’s best time was 23:07.07 against Zigouigoui (Pot D).

 

It was rock-papers-scissors with the other three runners: meowmeowmix beat the much-fancied Khold (Pot C), Khold beat Zigouigoui, and Zigouigoui beat meowmixmix. Khold had the best time of the three, and so finished second in the group -- but his record wasn’t good enough to qualify.

 

 

1. hbix (3 wins)

2. Khold (1 win)

3. meowmixmix (1 win)

4. Zigouigoui (1 win)

 

Group H

falafel_raptor (Pot A), a fair few people’s pick to win the tournament, surprisingly failed to qualify, finishing third after defeats to Vlad (Pot B) and GreatStriker (Pot C). GreatStriker summoned an impressive 20:05.50 personal best to beat the group favourite before winning against AlphaChannel (Pot D) to secure passage to the Round of 16 via a runner-up place.

 

There was no stopping Vlad, who won three out of three races. Against AlphaChannel, he achieved a 24:19.04.

 

1. Vlad (3 wins)

2. GreatStriker (2 wins)

3. falafel_raptor (1 win)

4. Alpha Channel (0 wins)

 

Group I

The ‘Group of Death’ lived up to its name, with a number of unpredictable results. denis1080 (Pot D) became the underdog nearly everybody was rooting for. He beat MikeIsMyIke (Pot B) and put himself in contention to qualify, almost pulling off the impossible. Alas, a defeat against the reliable ShinGraywords (Pot C) ended his tournament.

 

twiggle showed his class and weaved his way through the intense group with three comfortable wins (including a 21:09.71 against denis1080), while ShinGraywords’ time of 21:51.53 against denis1080 was enough to qualify.

 

 

1. twiggle (3 wins)

2. ShinGraywords (2 wins)

3. denis1080 (1 win)

4. MikeIsMyIke (0 wins)

 

Group J

Spef (Pot A) stormed ahead without looking back to take the group with three convincing wins, and will no doubt be one of the favourites going into the bracket stage. The highlight? A 19:37.14 over saturnin55 (Pot B).

 

With both winning over armantis (Group D), saturnin55 and Pojopoopoohead (Pot C) ended up in a winner-takes-all match to determine who would finish runner-up. saturnin55 emerged victorious but his best race time of 23:39.07 meant that he just missed out on a place in the Round of 16. Heartbreaking.

 

1. Spef (3 wins)

2. saturnin55 (2 wins)

3. Pojopoopoohead (1 win)

4. armantis (0 wins)

 

 

Related Links

Challonge Tournament Page

Results Page

Confirmation of Qualifiers

 

 
 
 My Favourite Games #10: saturnin55
Posted by hbix on September 6th, 2017 @12:40AM

‘My Favourite Games’ is a regular MossRanking feature which gives us a chance to get to know our fellow Spelunkers a little better. In each edition, we put the spotlight on one member of the community, as they pick three of their most treasured video games ever and give their reasons why. Featured members are allowed to pick whatever games they want... except for Spelunky.

 

The tenth entry is also the season one finale, and who more fitting to speak to than MossRanking boss saturnin55. A vital member of the community, Saturnin's contributions over the years cannot be understated -- and he is an excellent Spelunker to boot. Here are his three games...

 

 

“As a young 5- or 6-year-old, I wanted to fight dragons, solve puzzles, and save the world. When I discovered that I could do all of that in Adventure, I was hooked!”

 

Adventure (Atari 2600, 1980)

For Saturnin’s first game, we have to travel back to 1980. Roguelikes may be commonplace nowadays, but nearly 40 years ago, this Atari 2600 game had randomised elements which encouraged repeated playthroughs.

 

Adventure sees the player tasked with going out into an open-ended environment and bringing a chalice back to the castle. “There are three dragons -- green, yellow, and red -- each more and more ‘intelligent’ and difficult to kill,” Saturnin explains. “You also can’t move more than one object at a time, so being without your sword is risky -- but it is often needed because you have to juggle a bunch of items.”

 

Speaking about the game’s replayability, Saturnin describes: “The items are coloured keys for each of the three castles: sword, magnet, bridge, and chalice. When playing on the hardest difficulty, the starting locations of the items are randomised throughout the four mazes, three castles, and the many paths. Also, a bat roams around and shuffles the items, and can steal whatever you are holding. So each game is different.

 

“It even had a fog of war effect in some mazes!”

 

Most impressive for its time, for sure.

 

“I can say without a doubt that playing this game opened up a world that fueled my imagination and got me in fantasy. It got me interested in everything Dungeons & Dragons-related for the rest of my life,” Saturnin adds. “Playing Adventure today, knowing what we all know today, would probably be quite boring. But if you place yourself back in the early ‘80s, it wasn’t. At least for me!”

 

 

“One of the first games I bought with my own money, and it is still today the game I have the best memories of.”

 

Crystalis (NES, 1990)

While many NES owners were enjoying The Legend of Zelda, Saturnin was charmed by SNK’s action RPG named Crystalis -- and it all started with the packaging.

 

“I basically bought the game blindly, looking at the box and thinking it looked cool,” he says. “I bought this game knowing next to nothing, and I was blown away by the amount of content the game had. So many quests, and everything about it felt right and kept me captivated. It was an all-around surprise to discover I had such a game to play.”

 

In the game, the amnesiac protagonist sets out to combine the four elemental swords into the legendary Crystalis -- and defeat the main villain.

 

One of Crystalis’ greatest strengths lies in its mechanics and how well it plays. “The controls are so smooth compared to most similar games of the time,” Saturnin explains. “You can move in any direction and change direction quickly, unlike in The Legend of Zelda which had more rigid (and painful) controls. The character in Crystalis moves quite fast, too. I remember spending a long time playing this game, exploring dungeons, figuring the puzzles out, and leveling up.

 

“There were a lot of items, puzzles, magics, bosses -- and the music is great, too! There is a lot to explore.”

 

 

“Since playing this, I’ve been interested in Ancient China history. The movie Red Cliff -- in which you see many of the main characters -- is one of my favourites of all time because of the connection I have with this game.”

 

Destiny of an Emperor (NES, 1990)

Saturnin’s final pick is the strategy game Destiny of an Emperor. “I fell in love with this game because of the unique combat mechanics and the deep historical plot which is based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms with Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu,” he shares. “The game is quite long, has a rich map to explore, and has many caves and fortified cities.”

 

Destiny of an Emperor is a title that was ahead of its time in 1990.

 

Although the player starts off with only a few units, they can recruit unique generals -- often through bribery of money or horses -- after defeating them and their armies in battle. This adds to 150 playable characters. “You can have up to seven generals in your active army, but up to 70 in total in reserve,” Saturnin says. “Some generals are more into magic, others are more melee type. Boss battles are quite tactical and require a lot of micromanagement each turn. I just loved that I could do different styles of combat, and it was very rewarding.”

 

Much care was given to ensure that the 150 generals actually felt like individuals, as Saturnin explains. “They all had their own specific artwork and abilities, which made the game even cooler. And that they could betray you or you could have notorious bad guys join your party made it really unique.”

 

Honourable Mentions: Uncharted Waters (NES, 1991), Romance of the Three Kingdoms II (SNES, 1991), The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES, 1992), Tecmo Super Bowl (NES, 1991), Baseball Stars (NES, 1989), Final Fantasy II (SNES, 1991), The Faery Tale Adventure (Amiga 500, 1987).

 

 

'My Favourite Games' goes on hiatus as the All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament kicks off on Friday, September 8. Season two will start later this year.

 

'My Favourite Games' season 1 in full:

saturnin55 (#10)

SAIBOT (#9)

MrEikono (#8)

Kazzy (#7)

Konato_K (#6)

ShinGraywords (#5)

Meowmixmix (#4)

MikeIsMyIke (#3)

Twiggle (#2)

Kinnijup (#1)

 

 
 
 My Favourite Games #9: SAIBOT
Posted by hbix on August 28th, 2017 @04:08AM

‘My Favourite Games’ is a regular MossRanking feature which gives us a chance to get to know our fellow Spelunkers a little better. In each edition, we put the spotlight on one member of the community, as they pick three of their most treasured video games ever and give their reasons why. Featured members are allowed to pick whatever games they want... except for Spelunky.

 

In the ninth entry, we go to SAIBOT, an experienced and incredibly fast speedrunner who has, among other impressive runs, a 4:14 Max Low% and a 2:12 Any%. Below are his three games...

 

 

Dark Souls (PC, 2012)

Saibot’s first pick is the notoriously tough Dark Souls. Saibot has finished the game three times now, and his love for it stems largely from its unforgiving but fair difficulty. “The unforgiving difficulty is important, because it forces you to learn the optimal way to play the game,” he explains. “The difficulty is fair because it never makes you lose without giving you ample opportunity to escape the situation or overcome the challenge.”

 

Among other things, Saibot appreciates the “detailed areas and nuanced enemies”, and praises the world of Dark Souls and how meticulously it was put together. “The world itself feels truly natural, which makes the setting seem more believable,” he says. “The areas are often interconnected in very clever ways, which both contribute to the natural feeling and also eliminates the tedious running from one area to another that one might expect in such a game. Possibly more significant, though, is the sheer detail and the intricacy that each area has.”

 

It sounds like he’s not done with the game, either. “I find myself going back to play the game in new ways that provide extra challenge and fun,” Saibot comments. “For example, my second run of the game was Soul Level 1, which prohibits you to level up your character throughout the whole game.”

 

 

Super Meat Boy (PC, 2010)

Next is indie platformer Super Meat Boy, another game which is noted for its difficulty. When asked about what he loves about being challenged, Saibot answers: “I think difficult games provide a much more intense feeling of pride and accomplishment when you conquer them."

 

Super Meat Boy, which features 300 levels and puts a huge emphasis on split-second timing, made Saibot's list because of its “tight controls and masterful level design”, and he explains that the way these two elements combined contributed towards a truly memorable experience for him. “This game fulfilled my platforming needs before I played Spelunky,” he comments. “It forces you to execute moves that you didn’t think were possible before. The precise controls were crucial, because without them, the game wouldn’t feel fair as having adequate control of your character is needed in a tough platforming game.”

 

The other notable aspect of the game Saibot loves is the impressive variety of playable characters, many of which have unique attributes. “The unlockable characters help provide an extra incentive to collect the bandages in each level, which add extra challenge,” he says. “Also, their varying playstyles expand the ways and routes to beat each level.”

 

 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC, 2012)

For his final game, Saibot chooses Valve’s multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Saibot has spent around 500 hours on the game, and a large part of it is because of its “focus on teamwork” and “economic decisions”.

 

The money system is particularly interesting. Earned through winning rounds and completing various objectives, cash can be spent on better weapons during matches to give you the upper hand against your opponents. Explaining the allure and the depth of this system, Saibot says: “A good example of a thoughtful economic decision would be to not buy weaponry and other equipment at the start of the round when your team’s funds aren’t fully adequate, such that the next round you can fully buy everything you need to have a good chance of winning that round.

 

“This feature makes the experience compelling because, while in theory I like the concept of the first-person shooter, most games in that genre are unfortunately mindless and don’t involve much strategy or thought. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s emphasis on mindful play and strategy makes it far more interesting, and a more interesting game than most other shooters I’ve played.”

 

And on the teamwork component of Global Offensive, Saibot adds: “The focus on teamwork makes the game much more enjoyable for me, because it forces me to coordinate strategies with either friends or random teammates. This coordination increases the depth and makes the strategy of the game more complex.”

 

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What's ahead... 'My Favourite Games' season one wraps up this coming week with entry #10, which centres on saturnin55. Very exciting. The series will then go on hiatus as the All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament launches on Friday, September 8. Season two will start later this year.

 

Previous 'My Favourite Games' entries:

MrEikono (#8)

Kazzy (#7)

Konato_K (#6)

ShinGraywords (#5)

Meowmixmix (#4)

MikeIsMyIke (#3)

Twiggle (#2)

Kinnijup (#1)

 

 
 
 My Favourite Games #8: MrEikono
Posted by hbix on August 21st, 2017 @10:22PM

‘My Favourite Games’ is a regular MossRanking feature which gives us a chance to get to know our fellow Spelunkers a little better. In each edition, we put the spotlight on one member of the community, as they pick three of their most treasured video games ever and give their reasons why. Featured members are allowed to pick whatever games they want... except for Spelunky.

 

In the eighth entry, we go to MrEikono, a regular member and occasional streamer. You can find him on Twitter and Twitch. Below are his three games...

 

 

Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PlayStation 1, 1998)

For some people, their first video game they can remember playing is special. That is the case with MrEikono and Crash Bandicoot: Warped, the third game in the popular platforming series. “When I was a small child, we used to have a PlayStation 2 and a motley assortment of games, one of which was this one,” MrEikono shares. “Though I never did beat it, it was my favourite PS2 game as a child and actually the first real game I think I’ve ever played.”

 

The game sees the player control both Crash and Coco, as they travel through time. MrEikono never finished the game, but years later, Warped remains inspiring and meaningful to him.

 

“Even though the furthest level I beat was level six, it all still made me think, ‘Wow! Actual video games are really cool!’, and in that regard was the very first thing that pushed me in the direction I hope to go in the future, working as an indie game developer,” he says. “I loved how the controller would rumble in my hands as certain things happened, and I generally just enjoyed the whole aesthetic of going through lots of different time periods, running away from dinosaurs and stuff.”

 

And one of his favourite memories with Warped lies with the first boss -- a large beast named Tiny Tiger. “In particular, I remember sitting there trying to beat it for ages, accompanied by the undying encouragement (and sometimes attempts to help) from the rest of my family, before I finally won the fight. I’ll never forget that,” he recalls.

 

 

Fantasy Online (Browser, 2010)

MrEikono’s second game is this browser-based MMORPG. Heavily inspired by role-playing games of the Super Nintendo era, Fantasy Online took over MrEikono’s life until it shut down on New Year’s Day in 2014. “I loved it to death,” he says. “I would play it all the time. It had an incredible amount of depth, the pixel art was gorgeous, and it’s the Flash game I have the fondest memory of.”

 

MrEikono did it all -- including being part of a guild and making friends during his time with the game. He even went through ‘rebirth’, a new game plus feature of sorts. “In Fantasy Online, reaching level 60 allowed you to rebirth, which put a skull next to your level number and made you start from the beginning again but with perks,” he explains.

 

So it felt like the end of a significant era when Fantasy Online closed. “I had put a lot of time into the game, and then I found out that it was being shut down because [developer Pixelated Games] wasn’t willing to be in charge of the game anymore and didn’t want to put anyone else in charge of it. Absolutely ridiculous,” he says. “I kept playing up until its end, though.”

 

 

Terraria (PC, 2011)

MrEikono’s favourite game of all time is none other than Terraria. This 2D sandbox game blew MrEikono away. It was the first game he bought on Steam, and to this day he has spent 700 hours on it. "As soon as I saw it, I had to get it. I knew," he says.

 

“The thing about Terraria that made me spend so much time with it was the amount of depth it had. Going from being a useless nublet to an overpowered monster took a long time, but you had a lot of things to do along the way. A lot.”

 

MrEikono calls Terraria “timeless”, and does not hesitate to call the game -- at least for him -- perfection. It has an incredible amount of replayability, and for MrEikono, it will probably never get old. “When you finish everything by yourself, that’s the point where that world and that character pretty much transitions into creative mode, because you’re able to gather anything you need to build anything you want, no risk,” he says. “And you can go through everything with a friend or multiple friends, bringing more experiences you just can’t get alone!

 

“I just about died of laughter when one friend helped me figure out -- after almost 600 solid hours -- that planting acorns make new trees! Such a stupid, trivial thing that I figured out so, so late.

 

“Terraria is a game that, to me, really can be played forever. Terraria has just got something about it that makes it absolutely perfect.”

 

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What's ahead... 'My Favourite Games' season one will be wrapping up, with entries #9 and #10 coming over the next two weeks. The series will then go on hiatus until (at least) after the end of the upcoming All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament. If you would like to express interest in being featured for 'My Favourite Games' season two, contact me on the Spelunky Discord.

 

Allow me to also say a big thank you for everyone's support. It's been amazing to see the positive response this feature has received.

 

-- hbix

 

Previous 'My Favourite Games' entries:

Kazzy (#7)

Konato_K (#6)

ShinGraywords (#5)

Meowmixmix (#4)

MikeIsMyIke (#3)

Twiggle (#2)

Kinnijup (#1)

 

 
 
 All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament in September and October!
Posted by saturnin55 on August 17th, 2017 @07:12PM

Hey Spelunkers,

 

You may have read the post about the interest form for the AS+O tournament sent out a few weeks ago.

 

Thanks to all the input we got, we are proud to announce that the format is finalized and the schedule for the All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament of 2017 has been decided! The tournament will have two stages: a round-robin format followed by a 16-player bracket.

 

To sign up, please read this document carefully so you don't miss any important details.

 

Then fill out this form.

 

If you filled out the previous interest form, all you have to do is confirm that you are still participating in the #aso-2017 channel on our discord. Thanks!

 

Again, if you have any questions feel free to comment on this thread or message any of the names below. We also would like to encourage everyone to join our discord server as we have a super helpful community there that can help you learn the category, give you useful resources, and are just a blast to hang out with!

 

Hope to see you there,

 

saturnin55, twiggle, hbix, meowmixmix, kinnijup, kazzy

 
 
 All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament IN September and October!
Posted by saturnin55 on August 17th, 2017 @07:12PM

Hey Spelunkers,

You may have read the post about the interest form for the AS+O tournament sent out a few weeks ago.

Thanks to all the input we got, we are proud to announce that the format is finalized and the schedule for the All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament of 2017 has been decided! The tournament will have two stages: a round-robin format followed by a 16-player bracket.

To sign up, please read this document carefully so you don't miss any important details.

Then fill out this form.

If you filled out the previous interest form, all you have to do is confirm that you are still participating in the #aso-2017 channel on our discord. Thanks!

Again, if you have any questions feel free to comment on this thread or message any of the names below. We also would like to encourage everyone to join our discord server as we have a super helpful community there that can help you learn the category, give you useful resources, and are just a blast to hang out with!

Hope to see you there,

saturnin55, twiggle, hbix, meowmixmix, kinnijup, kazzy

 
 
 My Favourite Games #7: Kazzy
Posted by hbix on August 12th, 2017 @04:52PM

‘My Favourite Games’ is a regular MossRanking feature which gives us a chance to get to know our fellow Spelunkers a little better. In each edition, we put the spotlight on one member of the community, as they pick three of their most treasured video games ever and give their reasons why. Featured members are allowed to pick whatever games they want... except for Spelunky.

 

In the seventh entry, we go to Kazzy, Twitch global moderator and familiar face to the Spelunky community. Below are her three games...

 

 

The Binding of Isaac (PC, 2011)

Kazzy’s first pick is a game often compared to Spelunky. The Binding of Isaac is a roguelike title which features procedurally generated dungeons and permadeath. Since its release in 2011, the game has undergone several evolutions and iterations. “I learnt everything about the game inside out and inevitably played hundreds of hours of it,” Kazzy says, adding that The Binding of Isaac was also the first Twitch community she properly got involved in and the first game she attempted to speedrun. “It was only natural to progress from vanilla to Wrath of Lamb to Rebirth -- which was a complete remake of the game -- and then Afterbirth.”

 

For Kazzy, one of the more appealing parts of releases like The Binding of Isaac is that runs aren’t particularly long, affording her flexibility. “I like games I can play without needing to commit a lot of time to in one sitting. I like being able to pause pretty much anywhere, and a game short enough that I didn’t mind quitting midway.” She has logged more than 2,000 hours on the base game and a further 900 hours on the Rebirth remake, which was released in 2014.

 

 

Dofus (Browser, 2004)

Browser-based MMORPG Dofus became a huge part of Kazzy’s life for a long while. Although Dofus is more well-known in France than the rest of the world, it hooked Kazzy in, firstly as a casual player and then to the point where she became obsessed. “It is a tactical and turn-based game,” she explains. “It’s unique in the sense that one had the freedom to build one’s character in any way, dress them in any equipment to allow any sort of stats, and play it the way one wanted to.”

 

While in combat, players take in turns to use Action Points and Movement Points. Such is the depth of Dofus that there are numerous different character classes, which led to Kazzy having 22 paying accounts. “I wanted different characters of different builds for different purposes,” she says. “When I was playing it, it had twelve classes with four basic elementals. You could even combine elementals for different combinations. Each had their own strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, one would find other players to do stuff with, but I wanted to be able to provide them with whichever class and element a group needed.”

 

Kazzy ended up being part of a major guild, and she made plenty of good friends as a result. “I was second-in-command of one of the biggest, most prestigious English guilds on my server,” she shares. “We frequently had hang-out sessions with guild members where we’d run around and do silly things together. It made for great times and lots of laughs.” You can check out a couple screenshots of Kazzy's time with The Reapers (her guild) below:

 

 

 

"Epiphany and I have been partners in the game since 2010, and we share everything -- accounts, in-game money equipment, houses, everything," Kazzy adds. "During my first visit to the US in 2015, I went to visit him."

 

 

Don't Starve (PC, 2013)

Lastly, we have Don’t Starve, an indie survival game with plenty of roguelike elements. In Don't Starve, the player is thrown into a randomly-generated open world and must survive as long as possible, managing health, sanity, and hunger. Permadeath is also a significant feature -- if your character dies, it’s game over for good. “I love everything about Don’t Starve,” Kazzy comments. “The art, the music, the gameplay. It’s the only game I truly love every aspect of. I love how they’ve spaced out their expansions (Reign of Giants and Shipwrecked), I love all the characters in the game, and I love the difficulty of it.”

 

Kazzy praises the player-created mods for adding extra value to what is already an impressive game. “They’re very easy to install and range from making the HUD neater to adding completely new characters with their own stats to play with in-game,” she says. “I particularly enjoy having new characters and challenges when one has exhausted the native ones.”

 

But Don’t Starve wouldn’t be as good as it is without its implementation of permadeath. Unlike Spelunky and The Binding of Isaac, where runs often last mere minutes and regular resets are expected, Don’t Starve is all about exploration, the gathering of food and resources, and ultimately survival. Games last hours, not minutes. “It has a steep learning curve, and is completely punishing and unforgiving,” Kazzy explains. “But the sense of achievement one gets after surviving a couple of seasons is satisfying. Without permadeath, the game would become monotonous. One becomes more careful in order to progress and discover new areas.”

 

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Previous 'My Favourite Games' entries:

Konato_K (#6)

ShinGraywords (#5)

Meowmixmix (#4)

MikeIsMyIke (#3)

Twiggle (#2)

Kinnijup (#1)

 

 
 
 My Favourite Games #6: Konato_K
Posted by hbix on August 7th, 2017 @01:27AM

‘My Favourite Games’ is a regular MossRanking feature which gives us a chance to get to know our fellow Spelunkers a little better. In each edition, we put the spotlight on one member of the community, as they pick three of their most treasured video games ever and give their reasons why. Featured members are allowed to pick whatever games they want... except for Spelunky.

 

In the sixth entry, we go to Konato_K -- Reddit moderator, boss of the Spelunky Wiki, and all-around expert on the mechanics of the game. He also has some hugely impressive runs to his name. Here are Konato's three games:

 

 

Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation 1, 1997)

Final Fantasy VII has drawn plaudits from around the world in large part due to its ambitious storytelling, but Konato had a rather different perspective. On his first playthrough, his English wasn’t strong enough to understand the dialogue. “Can you think of playing and completing a whole game that is very story-driven in a different language you can’t understand? Then years later go back to it and be able to get the story and the whole plot, and everything starts to make sense?”

 

Nevertheless, Konato had a blast with his first playthrough. “From what I could understand, you followed a group of people trying to save a world,” he says. “That’s good enough for a kid, isn’t it?” Konato was also complimentary about the turn-based combat, adding that his enjoyment from it lead him to try other games in the long-running role-playing game series.

 

When Konato revisited the game with a considerably stronger grasp of the English language much later, what he experienced was a narrative which grabbed him from start to finish.

 

“The story also has some ‘hidden’ things that you can only find by visiting certain places with specific characters or by doing specific actions,” he adds. “Those things made part of the story and explained other things that just aren’t explained otherwise. That kind of happens in a lot of games, but it somehow felt special in this one for me.”

 

 

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Game Boy Color, 2001)

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most revered gaming franchises, and Konato actually lists the underrated Oracle of Seasons for the Game Boy Color as one of his favourites. “I never owned this game,” he says. “It was a cartridge that our cousin lent us for a while, and I played it so many times. It was the most polished 2D game that I played at the time.”

 

Oracle of Seasons was released alongside Oracle of Ages. Seasons was more combat-oriented, while Ages had a greater focus on puzzles -- and Konato says it was Seasons’ approach to the action that truly elevated his experience with the game. “The combat was very interesting in the boss fights,” he explains. “It wasn’t just mashing buttons. You had to make use of the tools you found in the dungeons to be able to hurt the bosses. You can obviously find this in other games, but I felt like the way it was done with the 2D restrictions was pretty good.”

 

Another aspect of Oracle of Seasons that stands out (shared with Ages) are the three animal companions Link can encounter during his adventure. Each one comes with unique abilities -- for example, Ricky the kangaroo can climb up cliffs while Dimitri, a reptilian, helps Link travel on water -- but they also cause the landscapes of certain areas to change.

 

“The section of the map basically changed a lot depending on which one you had,” Konato comments. “Ricky had mostly cliffs and small holes, while Dimitri had pretty much everything surrounded in water. But they were not only useful here. They were other parts of the map where you could make use of them, or even just use them as combat companions if you wanted to.”

 

 

Blockwick 2 (PC, 2015)

Konato’s final pick is a neat puzzler which many people may not have heard of. Blockwick 2 is a simple yet colourful block-pushing game which asks the player to connect the colours. “It starts simple,” Konato says. “You just got to slide blocks and put ones of the same colour together.”

 

Blockwick 2 has a huge 300 puzzles and took Konato 22 hours to 100%, but where it truly succeeds is keeping the gameplay fresh throughout the campaign with smart implementation of new types of blocks. “The difficulty increases with new types of blocks that make you see puzzles in different ways -- for example, blocks that make others ‘sleep’, sticky blocks that you can’t move directly, and caterpillar blocks that move like a train rather than a solid box,” Konato explains. “It never feels like you’re doing the same puzzle over and over again.”

 

Konato is complimentary about the different levels of difficulty as well. In Blockwick 2, there are multiple ways to approach each puzzle, depending on how much of a challenge you’re looking for.

 

“If you find a ‘hidden’ moon pearl, you can skip to the next level. It’s good for whenever you’re stuck with a puzzle,” Konato says. “You can complete puzzles the easy or the hard way. The easy way is to just put together the blocks of the same colour and that’s it. The hard way is to have the blocks placed in a way that they cover certain glyphs on the ground. I think the difficulty is just right, and it only gets to be a real challenge if you want to complete it the hard way.”

 

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Previous 'My Favourite Games' entries:

ShinGraywords (#5)

Meowmixmix (#4)

MikeIsMyIke (#3)

Twiggle (#2)

Kinnijup (#1)

 

 
 
 All Shortcuts + Olmec Interest Form
Posted by meowmixmix on July 31st, 2017 @07:51PM

We are excited to announce that the MossRanking team will be hosting an All Shortcuts + Olmec tournament!

 

For those who are unaware, All Shortcuts + Olmec (AS+O for short) is a category where the player starts with a clean save file, unlocks all the shortcuts, and finishes by slaying Olmec as fast as possible. You can read the exact rules of the category, and see tons of videos of runs from a variety of people: here

 

Just like the Scoreathlon the AS+O tournament will feature:

- A live re-stream

- The world's best Spelunky players as commentators

- Post-run interviews with willing participants

 

In addition, one of the big things we were able to get and are extremely excited for this tournament is to host the semi-finals and finals on SpeedGaming twitch channel! Make sure to follow them so you won't miss those final butt-clenching rounds!

 

Before we can begin setting up brackets, race times, etc. we need to know who is going to participate so we can organize this event to best fit the number of people interested

 

If you are interested in running...
Please read this document for rules and general information!

 

And then fill out this form to sign up!

 

By filling out this form, you are not committing to any times or dates yet, just simply voicing your interest in participating in the tournament so we can figure out what matchups/times works best for everyone.

 

If you just want to watch....that's cool too!
Make sure to follow the MossRanking twitch channel so you don't miss a thing when we start doing the tournament!

 

We don't have any dates confirmed for this event so expect updates in the future.

 

If you have any questions feel free to comment on this thread or message any of the names below. We also would like to encourage everyone to join our discord server as we have a super helpful community there that can help you learn the category, give you useful resources, and are just a blast to hang out with!

 

Hope to see you there,

-saturnin55  -meowmixmix  -twiggle -hbix