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 MossNews World Record Summary: - $6,625,575 Score by d_tea
Posted by GruntingCrunchy on March 9th, 2019 @07:59PM

 

The score craze inspired by the render duping discoveries has still not died out yet, it seems. D_tea has now claimed the Score world record for the third time (his second post-duping world record), with an incredible score of $6,625,575, an improvement of $18,950 over the previous record by Kinnijup. The run is chock-full of exciting moments, so let’s jump right into the summary!

Aside from teleporting into an arrow trap which very nearly threw him into spikes, the run gets off to a very smooth start on 1-2 for everyone’s favorite cyclops. With a jetpack, mattock, udjat, and altar gloves, this stereotypical score start had everything except bombs (foreshadowing, perhaps?). With a 1-3 altar, d_tea was able to obtain the kapala and still anger Kali a first time to prepare for some early ball-and-chain strats (which ended up not happening) . Aside from a gem-rich 1-3, it is not until 1-4 that we really start to see this run take off. With a second snake pit and a vault, this is the perfect environment to do some early render duping. Consistently pulling off difficult ghosting tricks with relative ease, he took advantage of conveniently placed pushblocks to dupe the vault for a total individual level score of just under 300k.

Entering the jungle with a near fresh mattock, Tea’s low bomb count is not a pressing issue. Tea also locates the Black Market entrance in the bottom of 2-1, allowing an early resource boost. One interesting choice is that d_tea chose to break the pots by whipping or throwing them to save a bomb (which turned out to be very useful later on). As some of the old-timers know, d_tea has been infamous for getting very low-bomb count BMs. Unfortunately, this streak continues with a skimpy 9-bomb Black Market. However, not all is lost! A very fortunate hired help save at the beginning of the level allowed Tea to begin implementing the powerful HH dupes much earlier that expected. Although it did cost him a few bombs in the later levels to create safespots, the money gained by taking advantage of early HH dupes far offset the resource cost. After skillfully dispensing with the shopkeepers, tea collects the money and exits the level $100k richer. Tea makes short work of the next two levels while taking full advantage of his early lead by attempting to dupe nearly every gem, and using clever bomb placement to have a guaranteed vault HH dupe in 2-3. D_tea exits the jungle 6 bombs, $422k, and 1 HH richer than he entered.

One major disadvantage for Tea entering the Ice Caves is his lack of a mitt, which makes finding safespots considerable harder. He does manage to make one in 3-1 by manipulating a UFO into mining a hole (right in the middle of the level, which leads to some scary ghosting), and uses similar strats in 3-2. D_tea opts to anger Kali once again, and ends up Ball-and-Chaining the rest of 3-1, breaking the $1 million benchmark. Dealing with the ghost, a HH, and the BnC all at the same time is no mean feat for even the top score runners. 3-3 is another action-packed level, featuring a vault, a shop, the Moai, and even some more Ball-and-Chaining (this time with a perma-ghost). After an attempted dupe on the vault (which did not work to full efficiency), tea continues on to 3-4. Not needing the HH anymore, as he’ll get the robot in the Mothership anyway, tea “disposes of” (read : brutally sacrifices) his now-unneeded teammate. After a predictably explodey Mothership, our hero exits with a powerful alien explosive weapon and a robot programmed to murder anything it sees (what could go wrong?). A convenient early safespot in 3-4-2 allows tea to enter the Temple after an astonishing $740k Ice Caves.

d_tea performing a thwomp dupe in 4-1


4-1, considered by many score runners the trickiest (or at least most stressful) level in the game, goes relatively smoothly for d_tea, as he quickly finds a 2-bomb safespot and disposes of Anubis. Tea manages to rack up an astounding $1.18 million in this vault level by performing his signature thwomp dupe. After another million dollar dupe in 4-2 (a Kali pit level), tea enters the legendary City of Gold just a tiny bit under the previous world record. Despite having a lavafall and some unfortunate mummy wrappings, tea performs a series of HH dupes to collect an impressive $1.38 million, the most profitable level in the run. The boss Olmec proves to be no match for our orange cannon-wielding friend, as he systematically destroys all of Olmec’s lair and steals its riches (including 9 bombs, the same measly amount tea obtained in the Black Market), and he enters Hell well above the $5.5 million mark.

Hell, however, claimed its first victim as the suicidal robot dramatically threw itself onto spikes early in 5-1. Tea, however, continues on despite this tragedy and manages to rake in the money on the later Hell levels, taking in $650k between 5-2 and 5-3 (including collecting nearly $380k in 5-2, despite a lavafall)! D_tea finishes up the end of the run in strong form, dispatching the Lord of the Underworld with ease before stealing his wealth and exiting in just over two and a half minutes. With a final score of $6,625,575, d_tea secured the world record by $18,950.

GG Tea!



SPLITS:

Mines: $521,400
Jungle: $422,125
Ice Caves: $740,150
Temple: $3,855,500
Hell: $1,086,400

Total: $6,625,575

Full splits on Primotendo

 
 
 Introducing: MossRanking Achievements and Tiers
Posted by Kinnijup on January 7th, 2019 @01:07PM

 

Hey everyone. This is a new feature getting added to MossRanking in the coming weeks, just for fun. We assigned 5 tiers to many of the individual categories. They are available to players of all skill levels, and the first tier always consists of just completing the category (except for some score runs).

 

Then, we combined similar categories into groups and created achievements. You need to reach the tier in each category of an achievement to acquire that achievement. There are only two exceptions to this rule. First is the Challenger achievement, which has 5 categories (No%, Landmine%, Showball%, Key to Yama and Udjat Run). Here, you gain a tier for each category completed. The other exception is the Moss Tier achievement. In this achievement, a tier is gained each time all of your runs in Mosspoint categories meet the following criteria: all completed, all 20%, all 40%, all 60%, all 80%.

 

Here's an example: Speedrunner tier 3 (blue background) is achieved when a runner has satisfied the tier 3 requirements for all included categories, which are Any%, Hell% and Low%. Tier 3 times for those categories are sub 3, sub 8 and sub 4, respectively. Lower tiers must be met to achieve a higher tier (you can’t be at tier 3 without satisfying tier 1 and 2).

 

Here is a nice graphic saturnin made to give you an idea of what this is going to look like (the colors chosen for the background of each icon reflect the coloring of the worlds in Spelunky - gray background signifies inactive/no achievement). Some have creative names:

 

MossRanking Achievement Tiers

The specific categories in each of these achievements will be revealed later, but you can get an idea of what some of them will consist of from their names.

 

Happy Spelunking,

 

- Kinnijup

 

 

 
 
 Spelunky Discord Community Awards 2018: Winners
Posted by hb on December 31st, 2018 @04:57PM

 

Last week, the winners of the 2018 Spelunky Discord Community Awards were announced as part of a live stream by Grooomp, Kinnijup, and ix. But in case you missed it, here's a text article confirming which of the nominees won.

 

For each category, the percentages of the top three nominees are revealed. Aside from the winner, all nominees are listed in alphabetical order (except for Best Kapala Cup Moment, which is listed in chronological order) and not in order of votes. The majority of winners are also accompanied by a short written blurb highlighting why they shone in 2018.

 

Congratulations to all winners and nominees, and happy new year.

 

Favourite Spelunky Streamer

 

WINNER

Kinnijup (40%)

 

 

Kinnijup wins the award for a second consecutive year. Comfortably drawing the biggest numbers in the community, the number-one ranked Spelunky player proved as popular as ever on Twitch in 2018. The addition of regular voice and face-cams engaged viewers even further, and the huge score runs in the tail end of the year were not only gripping and memorable but also informed viewers not in the Discord server about duping discoveries and Hired Hand strategies.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

chocolatecake5000 - 3RD (11%)

ix - 2ND (17%)

Mazerak

ShinGraywords

Spef

Vlad

 

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Newcomer of the Year

 

WINNER

Carlibraun (47%)

 

 

Carlibraun takes the award by a large margin, having enjoyed a fruitful first year in competitive play. He became an incredibly active member in the Discord server and finished the year on MossRanking in the top 40 with close to 540,000 Moss Points (before the impending formula changes), while also providing plenty of entertaining streams. One of Carlibraun’s highlights was providing the winning moment for Team World under pressure and with 1HP in the final race of the Kapala World Cup.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Baq - 3RD (14%)

Beens

Geordie May Cry - 2ND (17%)

samcv

tuabiht

Yandie

 

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Favourite Spelunky Commentator

 

WINNER

ix (40%)

 

 

ix has been the most prominent commentator in the Spelunky community, and for good reason. While ix is often praised for his humour and entertaining commentating style, it would be a disservice to ignore how informative and accessible his commentary can be particularly for the more casual Spelunky viewers, of which there were many across the numerous events MossRanking held in 2018. ix seems to be a natural fit in practically any pairing, and also provided commentary at AGDQ and GDQx.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Beens - 3RD (14%)

Kinnijup - 2ND (20%)

Lauren

meowmixmix

Spef

Vlad

 

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Most Improved Player

 

WINNER

chocolatecake5000 (38%)

 

 

chocolatecake5000 edged Kirby703 in a two-horse race, impressing the community with his rapid improvement over the past twelve months. chocolatecake5000 has shot up to 16th in the MossRanking leaderboard (before the impending formula changes), and is a regular and enjoyable streamer. Some of his highlights in 2018 include Speedlunky Low Hell% (7:49.670) and No Gold Hell% (7:59.503) runs and a $3.9 million score run. He also came fourth place in the All Shortcuts + Olmec 2018 tournament.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

GruntingCrunchy - 3RD (15%)

Kirby703 - 2ND (32%)

Mazerak

TheNitromeFan

 

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Daily Challenge Scout of the Year

 

WINNER

84BombsJetpack (61%)

 

 

84BombsJetpack is the runaway winner, securing the biggest overall percentage and the biggest winning margin in any award category this year. A skilled player in his own right, he is known for his commitment in providing thorough and well-formatted scouts. 84BombsJetpack is happy to leave the Hired Hand and duping strats to the likes of d_tea, Kinnijup, and Mazerak. But a large number of the daily score PBs of all skill levels were made possible by his scouting, and this award recognises that.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

hb - =2ND (11%)

Kinnijup

Mazerak

MNC mascot - =2ND (11%)

saturnin55 - =2ND (11%)

 

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Spelunky Community MVP

 

WINNER

hb (44%)

 

 

Thank you for everyone who voted. It’s flattering, particularly given the amazing community members who were also nominated in this category. As it turns out, saturnin55 and I were tied going into the final few hours before the voting closed, and one final single vote was the deciding factor. saturnin55 was the person I personally voted for: his continued dedication to MossRanking is awe-inspiring, and I couldn’t have done the Kapala World Cup without his help. Thank you, saturnin55. You’re my winner.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

ix - 3RD (8%)

Kinnijup

meowmixmix

saturnin55 - 2ND (42%)

Spef

 

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Favourite World Record

 

WINNER

Spef - Udjat Run (35:25, 1st completion) (54%)

 

 

Spef stunned the community with the first ever completion of an udjat run. The udjat run originated as a meme which hardly anyone expected to be completed. MilcMan popularised it, and the likes of Kinnijup, Konato_K, and ix have tried over the years. But Spef achieved the near-impossible, showing an extraordinary level of patience, perseverance, and high-level and intelligent play to bring the udjat to Yama and kill him with it. Spef’s Tutorial% world record was wonderful as well.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Kinnijup - Low% (2:32) - =2ND (11%)

Kinnijup - Hell% (3:30)

Kinnijup - Score (6.6m) - =2ND (11%)

Krille71 - No Gold% (1:50) - =2ND (11%)

Spef - Tutorial% (1:14)

 

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Best All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament 2018 Race

 

WINNER

MikeIsMyIke vs. Grooomp - Mike's comeback win (29%)

 

 

OTHER NOMINEES

chocolatecake5000 vs. Vlad - into Olmec together - =3RD (14%)

d_tea vs. Spef (Grand Finals) - d_tea wins the tournament - =3RD (14%)

ix vs. TheNitomeFan - 12-second win

Mazerak vs. curticus - 18:45/19:41 first-round match - =3RD (14%)

samcv vs. meowmixmix - samcv pulls off upset win - 2ND (21%)

 

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Best Kapala World Cup Moment

 

WINNER

Day 3: AS+O 4v4 Relay (Finale) - MikeIsMyIke survives dark 2-4 and ice caves with 1HP on key split (36%)

 

 

MikeIsMyIke wins both Best All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament 2018 Race and Best Kapala World Cup Moment. His key split in the Kapala World Cup was perhaps the most nerve-wracking moment in the entire tournament. In the winner-takes-all final race, Mike was entrusted by Team World captain Vlad with delivering the key. He dropped to 1HP in 2-3, and had to endure a scarily dark 2-4 and then the whole ice caves without taking any damage whatsoever, knowing that a death would hand a clear tournament advantage to Team USA. Mike did it, handing the baton off to Carlibraun, and the rest is history. A wonderful final race to cap off the Kapala World Cup.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Day 1: All Journal Entries Co-op - ix and Kirby703 win with a sub-26 time - 2ND (18%)

Day 2: Temple Shortcut% (Tier 4) - Maplestrip beats Yandie with neck-and-neck Olmec fight - 3RD (15%)

Day 2: All Journal Entries 1v1 (Tier 1) - ix wins in troll RNG race

Day 3: Low Hell% (Tier 1) - Kinnijup completes a 9:00 run in high-quality Grind race

Day 3: AS+O 4v4 Relay (Finale) - Carlibraun wins it for Team World with 1HP fast Olmec fight

 

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Spelunky Moment of the Year

 

WINNER

Kapala World Cup trailer by Suspense (34%)

 

 

Suspense’s masterful Kapala World Cup trailer came out on top of the Spelunky 2 gameplay trailer, and it is well-deserved. Edited to Little Dragon song ‘Please Turn’, the trailer -- which showcased the participants’ finest Twitch clips in quickfire fashion -- had the community buzzing. Every time the trailer was played during the Kapala World Cup, the enthusiasm from Twitch chat was palpable as they quoted the clips in unison. Suspense’s trailer no doubt played its part in hyping up the tournament. A shout-out to Konato_K for the trophy artwork, which is also featured in the trailer.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Render duping discoveries by Spelunky scientists - 3RD (18%)

Score world record explosion with Kinnijup, Mazerak, and d_tea

Spelunky 2 gameplay trailer - 2ND (24%)

Spelunky at AGDQ 2018 with Kinnijup (January 2018)

Spelunky at GDQx 2018 with meowmixmix (October 2018)

 

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Best Moss Points Category

 

WINNER

All Shortcuts + Olmec (28%)

 

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Hell%

Low%

Low Hell% - 2ND (22%)

No Teleporter Any%

Score - 3RD (16%)

 

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Best Meme Category

 

WINNER

Udjat Run (38%)

 

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Death% - =3RD (11%)

Draining Olmec - =3RD (11%)

Temple Shortcut% - 2ND (32%)

Tutorial High Score

 

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Best Miscellaneous Category

 

WINNER

All Journal Entries (32%)

 

 

OTHER NOMINEES

All Achievements - 3RD (14%)

Low% Score

Max Low No Gold Hell%

No% - 2ND (27%)

Shield Run

 

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Best Speedrun Challenge

 

WINNER

Tetris (44%)

 

 

Tetris became the biggest Speedrun Challenge of the year with more than 20 active members of the community trying to achieve the fastest 100-line sprint time they could. Friendly rivalries formed and some got deep into learning about terms like finesse, as the challenge culminated in a special tournament, only the second time it has happened after Celeste. Kirby703 was the primary driving factor and influence behind the Tetris Speedrun Challenge. She provided the inspiration for the nomination in the vote, mesmerised the Discord channel with her ridiculously fast times, and organised and co-commentated the tournament (which she also won with ease).

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Celeste - 2ND (38%)

Crypt of the NecroDancer - 3RD (19%)

 

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Game of the Year 2018

 

WINNER

Celeste (45%)

 

 

Celeste may not have won Best Speedrun Challenge, but the platformer did capture the attention of a sizeable percentage of the community when it came out in January. Tight and rewarding platforming coupled with a heartfelt story which touched on topics such as anxiety, Celeste impressively emerged as the winner ahead of a number of blockbuster-budget releases.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

Detroit: Become Human - 3RD (12%)

Into the Breach

Monster Hunter: World

Red Dead Redemption 2

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 2ND (18%)

 

 
 
 Spelunky Discord Community Awards 2018: Nominations Announcement
Posted by hb on December 9th, 2018 @12:35AM

 

The nominations have been counted. Now, we can reveal the final nominees for all 15 categories of the 2018 Spelunky Discord Community Awards.

 

The default number of nominees for each category is six, but some have five or seven based on nomination points. Best Speedrun Challenge has three nominees, due to the smaller nature of the category. All nominees are listed in alphabetical order in this article, with the exception of Best Kapala World Cup Moment which is presented in chronological order.

 

The final round of voting has now opened -- you can vote here.

 

The deadline for voting is Saturday 15 December at 23:59 GMT / 18:59 ET / 15:59 PT.

 

Favourite Spelunky Streamer

chocolatecake5000

ix

Kinnijup

Mazerak

ShinGraywords

Spef

Vlad

 

Newcomer of the Year

Baq

Beens

Carlibraun

Geordie May Cry

samcv

tuabiht

Yandie

 

Favourite Spelunky Commentator

Beens

ix

Kinnijup

Lauren

meowmixmix

Spef

Vlad

 

Most Improved Player

chocolatecake5000

GruntingCrunchy

Kirby703

Mazerak

TheNitromeFan

 

Daily Challenge Scout of the Year

84BombsJetpack

hb

Kinnijup

Mazerak

MNC mascot

saturnin55

 

Spelunky Community MVP

hb

ix

Kinnijup

meowmixmix

saturnin55

Spef

 

Favourite World Record

Kinnijup - Low% (2:32)

Kinnijup - Hell% (3:30)

Kinnijup - Score (6.6m)

Krille71 - No Gold% (1:50)

Spef - Tutorial% (1:14)

Spef - Udjat Run (35:25, 1st completion)

 

Best All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament 2018 Race

chocolatecake5000 vs. Vlad - into Olmec together

d_tea vs. Spef (Grand Finals) - d_tea wins the tournament

ix vs. TheNitomeFan - 12-second win

Mazerak vs. curticus - 18:45/19:41 first-round match

MikeIsMyIke vs. Grooomp - Mike's comeback win

samcv vs. meowmixmix - samcv pulls off upset win

 

Best Kapala World Cup Moment

Day 1: All Journal Entries Co-op - ix and Kirby703 win with a sub-26 time

Day 2: Temple Shortcut% (Tier 4) - Maplestrip beats Yandie with neck-and-neck Olmec fight

Day 2: All Journal Entries 1v1 (Tier 1) - ix wins in troll RNG race

Day 3: Low Hell% (Tier 1) - Kinnijup completes a 9:00 run in high-quality Grind race

Day 3: AS+O 4v4 Relay (Finale) - MikeIsMyIke survives dark 2-4 and ice caves with 1HP on key split

Day 3: AS+O 4v4 Relay (Finale) - Carlibraun wins it for Team World with 1HP fast Olmec fight

 

Spelunky Moment of the Year

Kapala World Cup trailer by Suspense

Render duping discoveries by Spelunky scientists

Score world record explosion with Kinnijup, Mazerak, and d_tea

Spelunky 2 gameplay trailer

Spelunky at AGDQ 2018 with Kinnijup (January 2018)

Spelunky at GDQx 2018 with meowmixmix (October 2018)

 

Best Moss Points Category

All Shortcuts + Olmec

Hell%

Low%

Low Hell%

No Teleporter Any%

Score

 

Best Meme Category

Death%

Draining Olmec

Temple Shortcut%

Tutorial High Score

Udjat Run

 

Best Miscellaneous Category

All Achievements

All Journal Entries

Low% Score

Max Low No Gold Hell%

No%

Shield Run

 

Best Speedrun Challenge

Celeste

Crypt of the NecroDancer

Tetris

 

Game of the Year 2018

Celeste

Detroit: Become Human

Into the Breach

Monster Hunter: World

Red Dead Redemption 2

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

To vote, click here and fill out this form.

 

 
 
 21 Questions With... Mazerak
Posted by hb on December 1st, 2018 @04:09AM

 

Welcome to 21 Questions With #12.

 

In each entry, the spotlighted individual is asked a variety of quickfire questions about themselves. What's the story behind their username? What's their favourite video game? What do they really think about the community? These are just some of the potential questions, and hopefully you will get a satisfying insight into that member.

 

21 Questions With... Mazerak

 

What is your first name? Ethan.

 

Where do you live? Western Washington.

 

What is your occupation? Student.

 

How did you come up with your username? It's pretty boring. About eight years back, I was thinking of making a new username for myself, so I just picked the first thing that sounded cool and got Mazerak.

 



What is your Discord avatar? It's a picture of my cat with red eyes for some reason.

 

Who was the first Spelunky streamer you remember watching? I remember watching both d_tea and SchnitzelDX way back in like 2014, and their high level of play just amazed me.

 

What is your favourite category? Oh, it's gotta be score. I started off by doing dailies, and from that I've grown to love doing score runs.

 

What is your proudest run or contribution? My 2:59.902 Low% run. After about a year and a half of grinding Low%, I finally got the sub-3, and I consider it better than even my score runs. Mazjump is pretty cool too, though c:

 

 

What is your favourite part about the community? Personally, I'd say the Discord server is my favorite. It's a great place to hang out and chat about Lunky and other nonsense.

 

Favourite video game? Besides Spelunky, probably Terraria. I've invested tons of time into it, and I always enjoy coming back for another playthrough.


What is it about Terraria that makes you come back for more? There’s so much variety in how you can play the game, and you can always mix it up a bit. For example, my most recent playthough has the added rules of no flight and summoner weapons only.

 

Favourite movie? I'm a big Marvel fan, so I've gotta say Avengers: Infinity War.

 

Who is your favourite Marvel superhero, and why? I’d say Thor. He’s changed for the better so much in recent movies, and I can’t wait to see where he’s taken next.

 


 

Favourite TV show? Stan Lee's Superhumans. I personally find it fascinating to learn about these people who do things that are seemingly impossible.


Favourite food? Salmon. I'm a big fan of most fish, but salmon's just the best.

 

Favourite hobby? Cross-country/running.

 

Describe your personality in three words. Lazy, obsessive, calm.

 


 

What is your perfect day out? Probably running or racing a 5k, seeing a good movie, and then chilling on the computer for the rest of the day.


What is the last movie you cried at? Coco.

 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Teleportation. Maybe then I could finally get a sub-2 any% run.

 

Do you have a message you would like to give to the community? I’m getting that 6-million score run soon.

 

 

Thank you for your time, Mazerak!

 

Previous entries: #11 Graywords | #10 Stuoid | #9 TheNitromeFan | #8 courgette | #7 chocolatecake5000 | #6 JakeTreester | #5 Linkruler | #4 Vlad | #3 ContraMuffin | #2 GruntingCrunchy | #1 Meowmixmix

 

 

 
 
 21 Questions With... Graywords
Posted by hb on December 1st, 2018 @03:23AM

 

Welcome to 21 Questions With #11.

 

In each entry, the spotlighted individual is asked a variety of quickfire questions about themselves. What's the story behind their username? What's their favourite video game? What do they really think about the community? These are just some of the potential questions, and hopefully you will get a satisfying insight into that member.

 

21 Questions With... Graywords

 

What is your first name? Ansel.

 

Where do you live? San Antonio, TX.

 

How did you come up with your username? It's the last name of a character in the anime "Slayers". I've been using it in some capacity for over 20 years, now.

 

What is your Discord avatar? Richter Belmont from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. HYDRO STORM!!!

 


 

Give an interesting fact about yourself. Back before I got interested in the Japanese language, I wanted to be an astronomer when I grew up.

 

How fluent are you in Japanese? I can hold my own in most day-to-day conversations, owing to the past 25 years or so of immersing myself in the language off-and-on. However, I am not near native speaker level; my vocabulary is more limited than I would like it to be. The most difficult part, though, is the reading and writing! Listening and speaking skills can fall into place fairly naturally, but the system of reading and writing requires an entirely different set of skills and is far more daunting, in my opinion.

 

What is your proudest run or contribution? For runs, probably my Any% - never thought I would get a sub-2:30 run. Apart from that, I'm most proud of my sprite tweaks and community emote contributions (e.g. ThinkingYama, zooLUL).

 

What is your favourite part about the community? The camaraderie, the friendly rivalries, the interesting community-run events, and the research teamwork that is *still* creating new discoveries about this game five years after release!

 

 

Favourite video game? See my My Favourite Games entry. [hb: The link is here - Graywords picked Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Secret of Mana, and Rocket Knight Adventures.]

 

What is the first video game you remember playing? The first game system I owned was a Commodore VIC-20, and I have memories of playing Jungle Hunt a lot. However, the NES was probably the most formative video game experience for me. I was absolutely in awe after seeing The Legend of Zelda for the first time, and I sank many hours into the game as a child.


Favourite music artist? Lots of great artists out there, but I'll go with one of my old favorites: X Japan.

 

Favourite food? Sushi!

 

Favourite hobby? I don't get to do it as often as I like, but I love metal detecting!

 

What are some of the best things you’ve found while metal detecting? A few years ago, I found a really cool little medicine/pill box from the 1920s or '30s.  A couple of weeks ago, I found a silver Ben Franklin half-dollar from 1952.

 


 

 

Describe your personality in three words. Silly, logical, introspective.

 

What makes you happy? Love and peace.

 

What makes you sad? The news, almost every day.

 

What is the last movie you cried at? Your Name.

 

Who is the most famous person you have seen or met? Kinnijup!

 

 

Which famous person would you most like to meet? Mr. Vlad, from Paris, France!

 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To imbue empathy into those without it.

 

Thank you for your time, Graywords!

 

Previous entries: #10 Stuoid | #9 TheNitromeFan | #8 courgette | #7 chocolatecake5000 | #6 JakeTreester | #5 Linkruler | #4 Vlad | #3 ContraMuffin | #2 GruntingCrunchy | #1 Meowmixmix

 

 

 
 
 21 Questions With... Stuoid
Posted by hb on November 23rd, 2018 @06:30PM

 

Welcome to 21 Questions With #10.

 

In each entry, the spotlighted individual is asked a variety of quickfire questions about themselves. What's the story behind their username? What's their favourite video game? What do they really think about the community? These are just some of the potential questions, and hopefully you will get a satisfying insight into that member.

 

21 Questions With... Stuoid

 

Where do you live? That one fake country right above the US. We use Monopoly money, it's weird.

 

Describe yourself in one sentence. I barely take much of anything seriously, and that's about it.

 

How did you come up with your username? My original username was essentially a copy of my friend's at the time, but after we had a falling-out a few years ago, I was pretty desperate for a new one. I accidentally said "stuoid" instead of "stupid" in a message to a friend, so I just made it that. Later I added "sause" from a YouTube comment and "plotis" from a Steam review, both of which are typos. When corrected my name, is "Stupid Sause Plot Is".

 

What is your Discord avatar? Donkey Kong from the knockoff GameBoy Color game Donkey Kong 5: The Journey of Over Time and Space.

 

Give an interesting fact about yourself. I find my life overall has been absurdly uneventful. I've never really met anyone famous in the slightest, I never had any notable classmates or school stories, etc., and I just don't have that many interesting things going on at any given time.

 

What is your Twitter handle? @Stuoid_S_Plotis

 

 

When did you join the community? According to the 2017 Spelunky Discord Community Awards rules, I joined in 2016 when I submitted my 3:56 Low% to MossTier, but I really joined on August 1, 2017 for the 2017 All Shortcuts + Olmec Tournament.

 

What is your favourite category? Hell% with teleporter by far. The most fun I can have with the game is using the teleporter, and if a run prolongs that without going to the worm or mothership, I'll gladly run that instead of regular Any%. I enjoy the Hell route more than regular Any% overall as well, so running that is just more fun for me.

 

What is your proudest run or contribution? I suppose by default, my proudest contribution is bringing awareness to ‘slow look’, as I haven't really done anything else and my runs aren't all that fantastic. I suppose I also sort of popularized the whole penguin trend of early 2018 by recoloring the clipart penguin for kinni.

 

What is your favourite part about the community? I think how conversations never really devolve into politics is something to be valued. I firmly believe that politics should be left out of almost everything it doesn't need to be in, and I'm glad that the community has largely strayed away from potentially dividing itself by talking about such things.

 

Favourite video game? I'm conflicted on whether it's Terraria or La-Mulana, so I'm just gonna say it's a tie between the two. [hb: Stuoid previously did a My Favourite Games and picked Lethal League, Terraria, and La-Mulana. Link here.]

 

 

What do you think about La-Mulana 2? I'm honestly not sure. I was very excited for it, of course, and when it released I played for like 25 hours and had a lot of fun, but then from about a week after launch to now I haven't had much motivation to play the game. It's not even that the game's bad or I don't enjoy it or anything, I just never feel like playing it. Since then, the only progress I've made is with ShinGraywords in my stream chat guiding me through, because I just don't care enough to go through myself.

 

It's not even a problem with the game. The game's good. I think the general consensus is that it's not as good as La-Mulana, but it's still good. I'm sort of thinking that using the hint-based guide for La-Mulana is what I really enjoyed about that game, and losing that just makes me not want to bother with progressing?

 

Favourite song or album? It's a bit of a strange choice considering why it even exists in the first place, but I really enjoy ‘Soulless 4’ by ExileLord. It's strange in that it was made primarily for Guitar Hero which I don't even play but I genuinely like the song a lot. I'm not sure why.

 

Favourite food? Crepes are objectively the best food. That is a fact.

 

Favourite hobby? Since mid-July, I've really been getting into editing videos. It's really basic and I've only really done three full ones so far, but it's been a very enjoyable experience for me and I'm really satisfied with the results.

 

What sort of videos have you been editing? I've just been editing together highlights of playthroughs with friends and such. So far there's ‘fORTNITE Funny Moments’, ‘fORTNITE 2 Funny Moments 2’, and ‘i really love some zombies’.

 

fFM is just me and SiIverGoId (who started the Spelunky +More mod a while back) going through Portal 2 for an hour and a half, which I edited down to like 50 minutes or so. f2FM2 is a bunch of games from some streams I did in September, totalling like 7 to 9 hours of footage I think, edited to 2 hours and 10 minutes. i really love some zombies is just me playing with random people online in Call of Duty: Black Ops zombies and I edited it down to what I thought were the most enjoyable parts of the game.

 

I'm also planning on putting together an analysis of sorts on Not Another Needle Game (which I've been planning on doing since February 2018). It's nothing really that special or high-quality, but I enjoy making them and I enjoy the results a lot.

 

 

What makes you happy? Being able to do the things I enjoy without overdoing it or having frustratingly few opportunities to do them. Nothing else, really.

 

What makes you sad? I'm not sure why, but stuff that really gets to me is various things people do on the internet. Being that vague about it doesn't really help make it sound reasonable in the slightest, but I don't want to call out a community or group of people on something like this, so I'll just leave it at that. Just know that it's pretty depressing. Also, for some reason seeing hoarding makes me feel absolutely awful.

 

What is your main vice? I can be pretty harsh when joking around, and some people might not be that comfortable with it.

 

Cake or pie? Pie is superior unless the cake is cheesecake.

 

Do you have a message you would like to give to the community? gg people, great Hell runs. lol.

 

Thank you for your time, Stuoid!

 

Previous entries: #9 TheNitromeFan | #8 courgette | #7 chocolatecake5000 | #6 JakeTreester | #5 Linkruler | #4 Vlad | #3 ContraMuffin | #2 GruntingCrunchy | #1 Meowmixmix

 

 

 
 
 21 Questions With... TheNitromeFan
Posted by hb on November 23rd, 2018 @06:28PM

 

Welcome to 21 Questions With #9.

 

In each entry, the spotlighted individual is asked a variety of quickfire questions about themselves. What's the story behind their username? What's their favourite video game? What do they really think about the community? These are just some of the potential questions, and hopefully you will get a satisfying insight into that member.

 

21 Questions With... TheNitromeFan

 

Where do you live? Seoul, South Korea.

 

What is your occupation? Full-time undergraduate student, majoring in mathematics and computer science.

 

How did you come up with your username? When I was young (back in 2006), I discovered an online flash game website/company called Nitrome. I deeply enjoyed the games they put out, as they were always consistently high-quality and kid-friendly. When I had to create a username for my YouTube handle, I picked "The Nitrome Fan" to indicate my love for the games. To this day I still use it.

 

What is your Discord avatar? The Nitrome Cuboy, official mascot of Nitrome.

 

Who was the first Spelunky streamer you remember watching? Bananasaurus Rex. I knew of him through another speed game of his, Portal 2, which he absolutely dominated as well. I was subscribed to his YouTube channel, and that's how I found out about Spelunky.

 

What is your favourite category? All Characters%.

 

 

Why is All Characters your favourite category? Several reasons. For one, I think it’s at an appropriate length (~1 hour), which makes it appealing to play without being tedious, while also having plenty of gameplay to be engaging. It’s also a category that’s easy to learn but hard to master, so there’s something to enjoy at all levels of experience. The necessary knowledge of the coffin spawns and how you need to plan your run depending on what coffins are left makes the category exciting to play.

 

Finally, there are surprisingly few elements of RNG that cost major amounts of time (compared to, say, All Journal Entries), so in theory any run could be a good run with perfect play, which is appealing to someone like me who is a bit of a perfectionist. I think the category is criminally underrated, and would certainly like to see more runners take a stab at it.

 

What is your proudest run? I'm fairly proud of my RTA runs, especially All Characters and All Shortcuts + Olmec.

 

What is it about RTA runs that you enjoy? For me, a large reason that Spelunky is so enjoyable to speedrun is that, being a randomizer, it forces you to make strategies and improvise under a time constraint. I think the RTA categories really shine in highlighting this aspect of Spelunky. Every RTA category has improvisation to varying degrees, and knowing that good strategic planning can make or break a run makes the categories fun to watch and very rewarding to play.

 

There’s also the fact that you see a timer ticking by as you play the game. There’s something to be said about categories like All Characters and All Achievements where you see the LiveSplit timer while you exit and restart the game multiple times.

 

What is your favourite part about the community? I like how it's always supportive and encouraging. I've been in many online communities, and this one is one of my favorites simply because of all the positivity.

 

Favourite video game? Ice Breaker (Nitrome game). [hb: TheNitromeFan previously did a My Favourite Games and picked Ice Breaker, Portal, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Link here.]

 

 

What was the first video game you remember playing? Having grown up during the era of online flash games (2006~2009), I have many fond memories of old Nitrome games. My very first game that could be considered a “video game” was a Nitrome game called “Scribble”. It’s a puzzle-platformer game where you draw lines to manipulate the environment to help ink-blots walk to their goal. Looking at it now, it has a very similar feel to Spelunky. Now I gotta play that game again for old times’ sake…

 

Favourite food? Spaghetti.

 

Cake or pie? The cake is a lie, so... pie?

 

Favourite hobby? Reading and learning about new and unfamiliar topics.

 

Describe your personality in three words. Analytical, optimistic, determined.

 

What is your main vice? My inability to read social cues.

 

What is your perfect day out? Going for a peaceful walk, then having a nice lunch out on a sunny day.

 

What is the last movie you cried at? Inside Out.

 

 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to read minds. It would simplify a lot of facets of life.

 

What would you use the ability to read minds for? Mainly, I would use it to be able to understand a person’s feelings. I have a mental disorder that, among other things, makes it difficult for me to gauge other people’s emotions when engaging in conversation, which has often led to conflict. The ability would help immensely in this regard.


Do you have a message you would like to give to the community? Thanks for all of the support you've given me for the past years, and although I'm more of the silent lurker type I do appreciate all of the contributions by the members and those trying to tie the community together. I love you all .

 

Thank you for your time, TheNitromeFan!

 

Previous entries: #8 courgette | #7 chocolatecake5000 | #6 JakeTreester | #5 Linkruler | #4 Vlad | #3 ContraMuffin | #2 GruntingCrunchy | #1 Meowmixmix

 

 

 
 
 Spelunky Kapala World Cup: Schedule and trailer
Posted by hb on November 10th, 2018 @06:20PM

 

 

The Spelunky Kapala World Cup schedule is out.

 

Captains for Team USA and Team World submitted team selections on Friday, the full line-up of races to be streamed live on MossRanking's Twitch channel on Saturday 24 November, Sunday 25 November, and Saturday 1 December is available to view here.

 

Also, check out the trailer below!

 

 

Thanks to Suspense for the trailer and Konato_K for the trophy image.

 

See you on November 24!

 

 

 
 
 Spelunky Kapala World Cup: Team line-ups and captains
Posted by hb on November 4th, 2018 @01:37PM

 

 

Spelunky Kapala World Cup sign-ups have now closed, and a massive 41 people are taking part! Team USA and Team World have 20+ members each, with names such as Kinnijup, Mazerak, Grooomp, and Twiggle representing USA and d_tea, Spef, Krille, and Curt representing World.

 

Over the weekend, both teams decided on their captains and vice-captains. Team USA will be led by JakeTreester as captain and Mazerak as vice-captain. Team World will be led by Vlad as captain and GreatStriker as vice-captain.

 

Teams have been given the full list of races and have until Friday, November 9 to make their team selections. The full schedule is planned to be released on Saturday, November 10. The stream events are on November 24 (Saturday), November 25 (Sunday), and December 1 (Saturday).

 

 

We will have 16 Tier Races (including Tier 1 Low Hell%!) and 5 Multi-Tier Races. The Multi-Tier Races feature:

 

- All Shortcuts + Olmec 4v4 Relay - each of the four team members is responsible for one area split (Mines, Jungle, Ice Caves, Temple);

 

- All Journal Entries Co-op - two team members must complete a combined journal with assistance from their Journal Manager.

 

The full list of commentators is also confirmed. Commentators will commentate in pairs, one from USA and one from World. For USA, we have Kinnijup, meowmixmix, Lauren, ix, Beens, JakeTreester, and Katty/msp. For World, we have Spef, Vlad, MikeIsMyIke, DiMono, Khold, Polo, and Maplestrip.

 

See you on November 24!