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The Second Great Monkey Island Race of 2009

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Okay, there's been demand for a second Monkey Island race, and I have an updated list of rules for it, so I decided to start a new thread instead of changing the rule list from the unfinished first race.

Dates and Times

The biggest lesson learned in the first race was not to try and do it all in one day. The second race will be split into three days. The overall winner will be determined by combined times rather than finishing first. This will be the schedule:

Saturday, December 26th - The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Sunday, December 27th - The Curse of Monkey island and Escape from Monkey Island
Monday, December 28th - Tales of Monkey Island

To allow for a wide variety of time zones and varying schedules, there will be no set start time. This will allow for the most possible participants.

Rules

Both editions of The Secret of Monkey Island are allowed.

LeChuck's Revenge and Curse must be played in not-Lite and Mega Monkey modes.

Maximum text speed in Secret and LeChuck's Revenge is allowed.

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 and Escape auto-quit, and when the Tales episodes return to their menus.

We're mostly doing this on the honor system, however it's preferred that you provide some sort of documentation. The last time we did this, Icedhope, Secret Fawful, and I 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 so I can add where and when to watch next to your name on the entrants 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.
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.

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.

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.

Prizes

Currently, we don't have any prizes to offer. If anyone is willing to donate a prize (maybe an art request or something?), that would be awesome, but for now the winner only gets bragging rights.

Participants and Broadcast Info

GuruGuru214 - http://livestream.com/monkeython2009
Start Time Day 1: N/A
Start Time Day 2: N/A
Start Time Day 3: 5 PM GMT

Icedhope

Secret Fawful - http://livestream.com/thegreatmithon2009
Dropped out?

apenpaap - http://livestream.com/apenpaap
Start Time Day 1: Secret at 11 PM GMT on the 25th, MI2 at 8 PM GMT on the 26th
Start Time Day 2:
Start Time Day 3: 6 PM GMT
Start Time Day 4: 7 PM GMT

harald - http://www.livestream.com/hagmo
Start Time Day 1: 6 PM GMT
Start Time Day 2:
Start Time Day 3: 4 PM GMT

OzzieMonkey

Times

GuruGuru214:
The Secret of Monkey Island: 3:25
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:40
The Curse of Monkey Island: 2:30
Escape from Monkey Island: 5:45
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:10
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:10
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:25
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:25
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:35
Total LucasArts: 14:20
Total Tales: 6:45
Total: 21:05

Icedhope:
The Secret of Monkey Island: 1:23
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 1:45
The Curse of Monkey Island: 3:43
Escape from Monkey Island: 12:00
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 2:00
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 2:21
Lair of the Leviathan: 3:00
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 3:15
Rise of the Pirate God: 4:00
Total LucasArts: 18:51
Total Tales: 14:36
Total: 33:27

apenpaap:
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:46
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:45
The Curse of Monkey Island: 3:42
Escape from Monkey Island: 5:00
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:20
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:20
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:25
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:24
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:39
Total LucasArts: 14:13
Total Tales: 7:08
Total: 21:21

harald:
The Secret of Monkey Island: 2:48
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:27
The Curse of Monkey Island: 3:48
Escape from Monkey Island: 11:08
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:51
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:53
Lair of the Leviathan: 2:10
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 2:13
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:55
Total LucasArts: 20:11
Total Tales: 10:02
Total: 30:13

OzzieMonkey:
The Secret of Monkey Island: 1:45
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: 2:00
The Curse of Monkey Island: 2:35
Escape from Monkey Island: 3:30
Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: 1:05
The Siege of Spinner Cay: 1:06
Lair of the Leviathan: 1:20
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood: 1:13
Rise of the Pirate God: 1:20
Total LucasArts: 9:50
Total Tales: 6:04
Total:15:54

Results
1st - OzzieMonkey - 15:54
2nd - GuruGuru214 - 21:05 (+5:11)
3rd - apenpaap - 21:21 (+5:27)
4th - harald - 30:13 (+14:19)
5th - IcedHope - 33:27 (+17:33)

The Next Race
The dates of The Great Monkey Island Race of 2010 and The Great Sam and Max Race of 2010 have yet to be determined. When interest picks up in the two ideas, the people on these lists will be PMed and planning will begin. If you're not on the PM list, either post here or PM me and I'll add you. If I stop checking in here, I'll say something so someone else can get the PMs out.

Monkey Island
apenpaap
Icedhope
Mandahaya
Tpravetz
Captain Mickey
puzzlebox

Sam and Max
Icedhope
Mandahaya
Captain Mickey
Tpravetz
apenpaap

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  • @Tpravetz said: Wow. How'd you know? Hopefully I'll get a better computer, and might be able to participate. But if not, I'll just blab away on your streams. :D You can always e-mail me or Twitter me too...

    But could you get over your hatred of Escape in order to play it?

    So are any of you three also interested in being notified of the Sam and Max race, or should I only put you down for Monkey Island?

  • Well...I only have Ice Station Santa so...I guess not unfortunately =\ But I will go on the sidelines and root everyone on for both races.

  • @GuruGuru214 said: It's cool to see you taking interest. All of the completion times per game are posted throughout the thread, and I have all of them collected in the first post. We even broke Tales down by time taken to complete each chapter.

    Ooh thanks. Shame on me for not checking the OP.

  • @GuruGuru214 said: But could you get over your hatred of Escape in order to play it?

    So are any of you three also interested in being notified of the Sam and Max race, or should I only put you down for Monkey Island?

    I could suffer though Escape if I got a new computer...

    I'd love to watch a Sam and Max race!

  • @puzzlebox said: Likewise. Please. :)

    Why must you make me think things puzzle...why...?

  • So I picked up both seasons of Sam and Max while the 25% off offer was going on. So far I've made it through Hit the Road and Culture Shock. They've been entertaining (though bizarre), but I'm not sure I'd want to race them. We'll see how I feel after I make it through the 10 remaining episodes, but I might just stick with an officiating/watching role in the Sam and Max race. On the plus side, the rules should be a lot more simple than the rules for Monkey Island, from what I've seen.

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    You should put a rule for season 2:
    All the driving mini-games should be completed to gold level (Though the optional decals should be left outside since it's occurrence is random)

  • I only watched someone play Curse for a little while, but it was fun! Thanks for putting this on. It was a great idea. We should do more of this. Heck, I'd even watch someone play live just for fun.

  • @jmm said: You should put a rule for season 2:
    All the driving mini-games should be completed to gold level (Though the optional decals should be left outside since it's occurrence is random)

    Erm...why? Not skipping cutscenes is one thing, but making things that aren't necessary to complete the game mandatory kind of goes against the idea of a race to me. Or am I missing something?

  • @GuruGuru214 said: Erm...why? Not skipping cutscenes is one thing, but making things that aren't necessary to complete the game mandatory kind of goes against the idea of a race to me. Or am I missing something?


    No your not, the basic rules that are and were set up by You and Myself will be in state for the Sam&Max race.

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