It's that time again...
Dates and Times
The race is set to take place from December 19th to January 15th. This race is four weeks long both to compensate for people's scheduling conflicts and so people can participate in both this and the concurrent Sam & Max race. If this is still not enough time, I'm willing to extend the races up to the entire two months of December and January if necessary.
Participants will set their own race times and race on their own schedule during the week. Approximate race times will be submitted to me so I can try and draw up a viewing schedule, as well as to make it easier for me to keep track of what times to document.
Broadcasting and Documenting
Documentation in the form of a post in this thread at the start and end of each game (or chapter of Tales) is required. This is how I will record times and determine winners. If you wish, you may time yourself and submit times along with your "finished" posts.
To clarify: If you do not post in this thread at the start and finish of each game, I cannot record your times.
In the past, a few of us broadcasted our races on Livestream, and it was a lot of fun, both for us and the people watching. However, this can cause sluggish performance in some games and can be difficult to make work with others, so if you prefer you can also provide updates on your progress over Twitter, post in this thread, or even come to one of the Livestreams and chat with everyone. What's fun about this is the added community element. If you choose to document, please provide a link to where you will be documenting and an estimated time (and time zone) that you will begin playing each game so I can add where and when to watch next to your name on the entrants list.
If anyone's interested in using Livestream and needs help, feel free to ask. Several of us have experience with it from previous races and will be happy to help.
Currently, these rules are mostly unaltered from the last race. If anyone has any ideas on how to improve them, let me know.
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, Narwhal, Spinner Cay, Leviathan, Trial and Execution, and Pirate God in that order.
Both editions of The Secret of Monkey Island are allowed.
LeChuck's Revenge and its Special Edition cannot be timed fairly against each other, so for this race we will be using the Special Edition. However, if you absolutely do not have access to the Special Edition, you may use the original version and add a five minute penalty to your time.
If you are using LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition, you must switch to classic mode to watch the opening credits.
The hint feature is not allowed.
In games that feature voice acting, voices must be enabled.
LeChuck's Revenge and Curse must be played in not-Lite and Mega Monkey modes.
If you choose to play the original version of The Secret of Monkey Island, text speed must be set to default settings +1 (or two below the maximum). If you choose to play the Special Edition, you must switch over to classic and set the text speed to maximum. However, if you play Special Edition in classic mode, the same rules apply as if you were playing the original version. The original version of LeChuck's Revenge is to be played at the same text speed as the original version of Secret.
The double-click room teleport in Curse and the room exit button in Escape are allowed.
Skipping dialogue or cutscenes is not allowed. Bypassing optional dialogue is allowed, but once a dialogue option is picked, you must let it play out uninterrupted. There is an exception for accidentally picking an identical dialogue section a second time (especially in Tales).
The credits count as a cutscene. You're finished with a game when you see "Turn off your computer and go to bed", "Turn off your computer and do something constructive", when Curse auto-quits, when Escape's credits stop rolling, and when the Tales episodes return to their menus. In SoMI:SE, you can stop timing when the classic mode credits reach "Turn off your computer and go to bed". In MI2:SE, you're done when the credits reach the end.
Since the Special Edition credits are longer, you can consider yourself finished when the original version credits finish if you are playing that version. However, you'll either have to self-time or alt-tab out of the game, as these games don't let you return to the menu during the credits.
There is a possible glitch in LeChuck's Revenge where the skeletons will get stuck in a dancing animation during the bone song if you've adjusted the text speed. If this happens to you during the race, you may wait until the bone song music ends and then press Esc to continue the race.
It is strongly recommended that you play the patched version of Escape from Monkey Island. The patch corrects several potential problems with the game that could completely upset a race run. The patch can be found on the LucasArts website, or can be downloaded through Quick and Easy's EMI Setup program or EMI Launcher.
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.
The use of saves made outside the game is only allowed if the saves strictly take you to a previous point in the game. That is, you may not gain any new inventory or bypass any puzzles, even if you also lose inventory and puzzles become unsolved. If the save has the exact same inventory and solved puzzles or fewer, you may use it.
Certain puzzles in Escape from Monkey Island cause problems on certain PCs. The use of previously made saves in order to advance the game is allowed as long as it is only for the following problems:
The game locks up when the chess players start fighting.
The raft locks up when Guybrush tries to disembark at Pegnose Pete's.
The timing for the boulder puzzle is incorrect because you have a faster PC.
You may NOT use it to skip Monkey Kombat.
If you need to make use of this rule, please try to make sure of where you are in the game ahead of time. I know that last time, I accidentally skipped picking up the chicken grease and whacking Herman with the coconut but also had to pick up the Eau de LeChuck twice, so I'll be trying not to make those mistakes again.
Feel free to suggest any other situations where a problem with the game necessitates the use of saves.
If you should load a saved game for any reason, you may not reuse an old Monkey Kombat chart.
Since we're splitting the race apart, the winner will be determined by time. Time will be determined by forum posts made at the start and finish of each game.
Each player is allowed two do-overs. If you don't like one of your times, you may elect to try that game again. You may only redo each game once. Note that this only applies to completed runs. If you play a game over and do worse, your best time will be kept.
Maybe. Not likely.
Participants and Broadcast Info
All start times are estimated and subject to change. All times listed are GMT.
GuruGuru214 - http://livestream.com/guruguru214
OzzieMonkey - http://www.livestream.com/ozziemonkeycast
apenpaap - http://www.livestream.com/apenpaap
monkeymovies - http://www.livestream.com/monkeymovies
Mandahaya - http://www.livestream.com/mandahaya
Blooglspash - http://www.livestream.com/blooglspash
tbm1986 - http://www.livestream.com/tbm1986.
alkapel - http://www.livestream.com/alkapel
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:11
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:07
The Curse of Monkey Island: 2:32
Escape from Monkey Island: 3:28
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:06
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:07
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:18
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:18
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:28
Total LucasArts: 10:18
Total Tales: 6:17
Final Time: 16:35
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:10
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:55
The Curse of Monkey Island: 2:55
Escape from Monkey Island: 4:20
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:18
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:21
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:29
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:30
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:48
Total LucasArts: 12:20
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:20
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:15
The Curse of Monkey Island: 2:54
Escape from Monkey Island: 4:46
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:25
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:18
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:23
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:31
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:37
Total LucasArts: 12:15
Total Tales: 7:14
Final Time: 19:29
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:54
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:36
The Curse of Monkey Island: 3:15
Escape from Monkey Island: 4:19
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:25
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:22
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:51
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:46
Rise of the Pirate God: 2:08
Total LucasArts: 13:04
Total Tales: 8:32
Final Time: 21:36
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:50
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:40
The Curse of Monkey Island: 2:48
Escape from Monkey Island: 4:10
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:16
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:13
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:24
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:31
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:36
Total LucasArts: 12:28
Total Tales: 7:00
Final Time: 19:28
Fastest time on The Secret of Monkey Island:
Fastest time on Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge:
Fastest time on The Curse of Monkey Island:
Fastest time on Escape from Monkey Island:
Fastest LucasArts time:
Fastest time on Launch of the Screaming Narwhal:
Fastest time on The Siege of Spinner Cay:
Fastest time on Lair of the Leviathan:
Fastest time on The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood:
Fastest time on Rise of the Pirate God:
Fastest time on Tales of Monkey Island:
First finisher: alkapel
Most endurance (longest time on Escape from Monkey Island without giving up):
Most stick-to-itiveness (overcame overwhelming odds to finish):
After the Race
You didn't think the race was over when the last person finishes Rise of the Pirate God, did you? As sort of a celebration, nine of us will be choosing one game and streaming it again after the race, this time for fun and taking suggestions from the audience. We'll be going through all the jokes we skipped over during the race, so it should be a good time!
Between now and the end of the race, everyone can sign up for one game to play through for fun after the race. This is an audience participation sort of thing, so being able to broadcast on Livestream, Ustream, or a similar site is a must. Once we start getting closer to the end of the race, if all the slots aren't filled, I'll be opening it up for people to sign up for a second game. For now, this is only open to race participants, to make sure nobody competing gets aced out. This is an event celebrating the end of the race, after all. I'll open it up to everyone else closer to race day.
We'll be determining dates and times after the race is over. The games will be played in order, so we'll be taking turns to decide when to play each of our games.
Since the fun runs sort of fell through for the last race, the participants who were signed up last time have first dibs on their old spot. Right now I'm opening up all the spots for volunteers, but know that I may bump you if that person wants their spot again. If your name is listed with a strikethrough, let me know if you still want that spot and I'll unstrike you.
The Secret of Monkey Island: chyron8472 The Highway
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: OzzieMonkey
The Curse of Monkey Island: GuruGuru214
Escape from Monkey Island: Mandahaya
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal:
The Siege of Spinner Cay: hamza721
Lair of the Leviathan: apenpaap
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: Blooglspash
Rise of the Pirate God: doodinthemood