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#1 DZ-Jay OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 8:30 AM

The tournament is over and we have reviewed carefully all entries. It is now time to announce the final results of the championship, so that the winners may bask in eternal retro-gaming glory and start preparing a spot on their shelves (or kitchen cabinet) for their trophy.

On behalf of Left Turn Only Productions, the Intellivision® High Score Club, and myself, I'd like to thank all who participated for their enthusiasm and camaraderie. I'd also like to congratulate everyone for their magnificent achievements; some of you took the game to extremes and earned some unbelievable scores.

And so, without further preamble, we present to you the official winners of...

Christmas Carol vs. The World!

(Official Leaderboard)



1. Top Ranking Elf: WispFollower

Wisp practiced all month to achieve not only the highest score, but a fantastic and insanely high score! Although not the first one to do so, he managed to roll-over the score display and activate the color-coding feature that lay dormant and unused until then.


WispFollower will be awarded the coveted personalized Special Edition of the Christmas Carol game. Moreover, for beating the additional Master Challenge, he will also be awarded a personalized commemorative mug.


High Score: 14,034

Highest Level Played: 136

Highest Rank Achieved: Grand Elf Master

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2. Master Challenge:

Eight participants rose to the secondary Master Challenge and thus will also be awarded a personalized commemorative mug. These represent the most trusted, resourceful, and admired elves among the ranks of Santa's Elite Elf Squad.

  • Grand Elf Master WispFollower
  • Grand Elf Master Liduario
  • Grand Elf Master Oscar G.
  • Grand Elf Master Jesus
  • Grand Elf Master 1980gamer
  • Master Elf Scalpel
  • Grand Elf Master Arquillos
  • Grand Elf Master Cparsley

(Please note that the Master Challenge was an additional contest offered as a secondary challenge, so its award is in addition to any other prize earned for the CvW Championship.)



3. Top 10 Elite Elves:

Out of all of Santa's helpers, we single out the Top Ten Elite for special recognition. This tight group of enterprising elves changed constantly over the course of the tournament, with newer rookies displacing old veterans at times. The final list below earns a commemorative patch of the tournament for their remarkable achievement.

  • Grand Elf Master Liduario
  • Grand Elf Master Oscar G.
  • Grand Elf Master Jesus
  • Grand Elf Master 1980gamer
  • Master Elf Scalpel
  • Grand Elf Master Arquillos
  • Ranger Elf Fushek
  • Ranger Elf JacobZu7zu7
  • Ranger Elf Karima K.
  • Ranger Elf JasonlikesINTV

All contestants and their final scores are in permanent display on the Carol vs. The World! Championship Official Leaderboard page. Visit the leaderboard and marvel at the remarkable accomplishments of all of Santa's Helpers.

Once again, on behalf of all the championship organizers, I'd like to thank everybody who participated for making this contest a wonderful success.

Edited by DZ-Jay, Sat Jan 5, 2013 11:04 AM.


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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 8:34 AM

This was really great! Congrats to all the winners!

And major congrats to you, DZ. The enthusiasm I saw on the boards for your game must be very satisfying.

Now to get working on a game of my own... :)

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 8:34 AM

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 8:37 AM

And a further note... 136th screen??? My mind is wobbling on that one! I thought I was doing pretty good getting to screen 20!

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 8:40 AM

And a further note... 136th screen??? My mind is wobbling on that one! I thought I was doing pretty good getting to screen 20!


I know! Isn't it insane? Wisp is truly a master.

-dZ.

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 10:36 AM

Dz,

Thanks again for hosting this and creating a great game. I'm looking forward to setting my patch next to my special edition with pride!

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 11:00 AM

Dz,

Thanks again for hosting this and creating a great game. I'm looking forward to setting my patch next to my special edition with pride!


Thanks, but I must say it was truly my pleasure. The entire event was lots of fun, and I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of camaraderie and friendly competition. Even though it was a contest, people shared strategies and tips with each other, and enjoyed themselves.

I would not mind in the least hosting another one of these in the future. ;)

-dZ.

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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013 12:25 PM

Thank you, DZ for organizing such a fun and exciting event! Congratulations to all involved.

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Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013 4:36 AM

Thank you DZ for organizing the Carol Winter Experience. Congratulations to all the participants!

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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013 12:55 PM

Thank you very much, Dz!

You and Cparsley made the best tourney I have played. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013 1:00 PM

You are very much welcome! Having CParsley integrate it into the HSC was awesome. :)

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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:42 AM

I received the personalized mugs today from the branding company! I'll be shipping these along with the other prizes this week. :)

Thank you all for your patience and your wonderful support. I'll post some pictures later today.

Congratulations again to WispFollower and the rest of the elves!

-dZ.

Edited by DZ-Jay, Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:43 AM.


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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:25 AM

Somewhat belated, but here's a picture. All prizes, except for Wispfollower's, have been shipped already, so expect them soon. Development of Wisp's bespoke Special Edition game is complete, and it will go into manufacturing very soon. I'll post lots of details on it once it's ready.

Cheers!
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WispFollower's CvW Winner mug:
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:07 AM

I apologize for the delays and the silence on the topic, and I wanted to give everyone an update on the situation.

All prizes have been sent as of the middle of January. If you are one of the winners and haven't received your package yet, please contact me immediately to resolve this.

All prizes, that is, except the Grand Prize. Development for the custom game was completed by the end of January. I am just waiting for LTO to manufacture the cartridge and packaging so that it can be delivered to WispFollower, our admired winner. There have been some delays due to Left Turn Only HQ's relocation, and other pressing matters, but it is underway.

Wisp and I had a very interesting conversation regarding the design of his game, and we came up with lots of cool ideas for the special edition. It seems he had been thinking about it for a while. I was very impressed and thrilled with his suggestions--so much so that I decided to include them ALL!

(Fortunately for Liduario, his exploding Jack-in-the-box idea was not usurped, so it's still ripe and ready to be included in a possibly upcoming sequel.)

Once the game is ready and delivered, and WispFollower has had a chance to experience it first, I will then post lots and lots of details on its development, including game-play and animation sequence videos.

While only Wisp will get to play it first hand, everyone will get a glimpse of (and a chance to lust after) this extra special and unique prize.

Congratulations once again to WispFollower, the Grand Elf Masters, and all the participants of the Carol vs. The World! Championship--you are all winners!

dZ.

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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:42 AM

(Fortunately for Liduario, his exploding Jack-in-the-box idea was not usurped, so it's still ripe and ready to be included in a possibly upcoming sequel.)


Congratulations to all. A sequel for Carol vs Ghost? Greatest news ever! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:34 PM

Congratulations to all. A sequel for Carol vs Ghost? Greatest news ever! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


This. Any pictures of the new box art for Carol 2? Just sayin. :)

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Posted Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:45 PM

Thank you very much Dz-Jay! :thumbsup:
This is a great and happy Intellivision day! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
I just received the Mug, stickers, certificate, buttons and pencils! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :grin:

Buttons and pencils?! Yes, customs decided to free my brotherhood buttons sent by Rev when they saw my Christmas Carol's Elf Merit Certificate. They arrived together.

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Posted Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:47 PM

Thank you very much Dz-Jay! :thumbsup:
This is a great and happy Intellivision day! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
I just received the Mug, stickers, certificate, buttons and pencils! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :grin:

Buttons and pencils?! Yes, customs decided to free my brotherhood buttons sent by Rev when they saw my Christmas Carol's Elf Merit Certificate. They arrived together.


LOL! That's Santa's influence on the World. :)

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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:42 AM

dZ.. I enjoyed the contest so much, and I know you started with a pacman game.
I created a demo game Mirror Man, a new twist on pacman.
TRON inspired... What happens when pac man goes through the tunnel?
Well, It all seems so easy from the other side of the screen...
For me, Pac Man wraps around the screen and plays from the backside of the maze.
The dots are imbedded into the playfield, You must eat both sides of the maze, the power pellets only have power on the frontside of the maze.
On the back of the maze, left/right control is reversed. Because I am nice, I give 2 sets of control. like Auto Racing!
Keys for realistic control are E,S,D,X AND directional control I,J,K,M .

You can check this out in the TI99/4a programming section. " A new twist on pacman".
I started as simple demo... but it morphed into an actual game.

Maybe with some graphical changes, it could be a different enough game for you to consider for the Intellivision! ???
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:59 AM

dZ.. I enjoyed the contest so much, and I know you started with a pacman game.
I created a demo game Mirror Man, a new twist on pacman.
TRON inspired... What happens when pac man goes through the tunnel?
Well, It all seems so easy from the other side of the screen...
For me, Pac Man wraps around the screen and plays from the backside of the maze.
The dots are imbedded into the playfield, You must eat both sides of the maze, the power pellets only have power on the frontside of the maze.
On the back of the maze, left/right control is reversed. Because I am nice, I give 2 sets of control. like Auto Racing!
Keys for realistic control are E,S,D,X AND directional control I,J,K,M .

You can check this out in the TI99/4a programming section. " A new twist on pacman".
I started as simple demo... but it morphed into an actual game.

Maybe with some graphical changes, it could be a different enough game for you to consider for the Intellivision! ???
Gene


I recall reading your other thread on this. I must admit that the concept of the "secret lives" of arcade characters behind the scenes, fascinates me; which is why I love TRON and Wreck-It Ralph.

However, I feel life is too short to spend on other people's ideas, and want to dedicate to wholly original games. (And by "other people's," I'm referring to Namco's Pac-Man characters, not your concept.)

I love Pac-Man, and understanding its internal workings was a life-long desire of mine, and pursing that allowed me to reach where I am now: making my own games. Now it's time to channel my own creative works, good or bad.

That's not to say that I wouldn't love to take your concept and run with it. It just means that I don't wish it to be Pac-Man--and it shouldn't have to be, really.

Consider this, one of the things I liked most about Wreck-It Ralph is that, for all the classic character cameos, the story was still about the "behind-the-scenes" lives of completely new characters with a completely made up game and backstory. Yet, it still worked--much better than had they just decided to make the game about, say, DK Mario's life or something like that.

I believe that with a good concept and solid story, we can do that too. :)

I really want to check out your game. Is there an emulator for the TI99?

dZ.

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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:09 AM

Hi dZ This link has a few emulators for the TI99/4A

http://www.atariage....ment-resources/

I use CLASSIC99 and Win99/4A.

Classic is easier to use. You can just drop the .DSK file into one of the DSK folders.
Select the Extended Basic cart.
Then start the TI. Press any key , Then press 2 for extended Basic.
From the prompt, OLD DSK(1,2,3) the folder you dropped my file into. OLD DSK2.VER2-C for example
The latest post has the latest version. But you could look at early versions to see how much it morphed..
From a DEMO/Proof of concept into Pacman. I actually liked the BLOCK graphics from the early stages.
But as I continued on, I looked at the Atarisoft version and I figured I would do the REAL ARCADE maze!
Now I have added 2 more mazes based on Ms. Pacman but with the side doors at the same location.

If you have Emu ?'s or TI usage ?'s let me know.

Believe it or not... I have not seen RALPH yet! It is on my list, but I may just buy the BLU-RAY at this point.
Is the 3D worth it? Or should I just get the 2D version?

Can't wait for Carol 2. or whatever you come up with next!
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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:12 AM

Hi dZ This link has a few emulators for the TI99/4A

http://www.atariage....ment-resources/

I use CLASSIC99 and Win99/4A.

Classic is easier to use. You can just drop the .DSK file into one of the DSK folders.
Select the Extended Basic cart.
Then start the TI. Press any key , Then press 2 for extended Basic.
From the prompt, OLD DSK(1,2,3) the folder you dropped my file into. OLD DSK2.VER2-C for example
The latest post has the latest version. But you could look at early versions to see how much it morphed..
From a DEMO/Proof of concept into Pacman. I actually liked the BLOCK graphics from the early stages.
But as I continued on, I looked at the Atarisoft version and I figured I would do the REAL ARCADE maze!
Now I have added 2 more mazes based on Ms. Pacman but with the side doors at the same location.

If you have Emu ?'s or TI usage ?'s let me know.

Believe it or not... I have not seen RALPH yet! It is on my list, but I may just buy the BLU-RAY at this point.
Is the 3D worth it? Or should I just get the 2D version?

Can't wait for Carol 2. or whatever you come up with next!
1980gamer


Thanks for that, I'll get on it.

About the movie, I didn't see it in 3D, so I don't know what it could add. 2D was perfectly enjoyable. :)

dZ.

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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013 11:24 PM

Kill screen and Grand Master Elf revealed!



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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013 7:33 AM

Great work, Liduario!

On a side note, I'm still waiting on LTO to manufacture the CvW Special Edition, and then I'll make a big announcement of the cool stuff designed especially for the winner, WispFollower.

So, stay tuned...

-dZ.




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