Icedhope and I have decided to hold the Great Monkey Island Race of 2009. Starting Monday morning, the two of us and anyone else who wants to participate will begin playing through the entire series from Secret to Tales in a race to finish first.
It is required that you play all five games in the series in order. Sequence breaking is not allowed. You must play Secret, Lechuck's Revenge, Curse, Escape (yes, Escape), Narwhal, Spinner Cay, Leviathan, and Trial and Execution in that order.
Both editions of The Secret of Monkey Island are fair game, however if you choose to play Special Edition, you are not allowed to toggle between classic and special edition modes. This does not mean you have to play in special edition mode, but you must choose a mode at the start and stick with it.
Skipping dialog or cutscenes is not allowed.
The credits count as a cutscene. Since the SoMI: Special Edition credits are longer than the original version, switching during the credits is allowed. You're finished when you see "Turn off your computer and go to bed", "Turn off your computer and do something constructive", when Curse and Escape auto-quit, and when the Tales episodes return to their menus.
The race will begin at 16:00 (4:00 PM) GMT on Monday. If you struggle with time zones, this post was made at 12:40 PM on Saturday in that time zone, so adjust accordingly. If that seems late, it's because Icedhope and I are at GMT -6 and -7, respectively, so we're starting at 9 and 10 AM. All entrants must make a post in this thread when they begin. Late entrants will be allowed in, as long as they make a post when they start, but it's preferred that everyone start at the same time to make it easier to determine the winner. Also, as I will be participating in the race and probably not checking the thread, late entrants will not be added to the entrants list until I finish.
We're mostly doing this on the honor system, however it's preferred that you provide some sort of documentation. This idea sprang from the MonkeyThon 2009 thread, so Icedhope and I will be doing this in the form of a live stream on...er...Livestream. This can cause sluggish performance in some games, so if you prefer not to take the same route, other forms such as Twitter are okay. If nothing else, it's fine to post status updates in this thread. It is not required that you maintain the same form of documentation throughout, such as if you'd like to stream the lower performance games and Tweet the higher performance games. If you choose to document, please include a link to where you're documenting it so we can add it to the list.
Certain puzzles in Escape from Monkey Island cause problems on certain PCs. The use of previously made saves is allowed as long as it is only for the following problems:
The raft locks up when Guybrush tries to disembark at Deadeye Dave's.
The timing for the boulder puzzle is incorrect because you have a faster PC.
You may NOT use it to skip Monkey Kombat.
Feel free to suggest any other situations where a problem with the game necessitates the use of saves.
Saving the game during the race is allowed, and may be a good idea in case of a game crash (though I only see that as being likely to happen in Escape). Loading saves made during the race is fine (but other than a crash, why would you want to?). If your game crashes and you haven't saved, er...I really have no idea what happens then.
A 10 minute break is allowed after finishing each game or episode.
The winner is whoever posts that they are finished in the shortest time. Entrants who start at the start time automatically win if they get the first "finished" post. Late entrants will have to have their time calculated first.
The only prize is bragging rights.
We'll be adding rules from now until Monday as we think of them. Suggestions are encouraged, really.
GuruGuru214 - http://livestream.com/monkeython2009
Icedhope - http://livestream.com/thegreatmonkeyrace2009 and http://www.twitter.com/monkeyrace09
Secret Fawful - http://livestream.com/thegreatmithon2009
Teeth - (Dropped Out)