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In Topic: High Score Competition (April: Blasto)

Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:36 PM

Welp this is as far as I can get to date. Are joysticks better than keyboard in this case? I'm also going to try it on real hardware. Sometimes I do better there for unfathomable reasons  :D



I don't know if this will help, but here's a quick play-through I did, just to give you a feel for how I scored around 30000 points. This was done using keyboard controls in Classic99.


In Topic: High Score Competition (April: Blasto)

Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:01 AM

Vorticon: The key is to play on the faster speeds, with trails, and high mine density. There is only a single screen on which you need to clear all the blue mines as fast as possible. This is because the major points are in how much time is left on the timer when you clear all the blue mines (1000 points x amount of time remaining). Typically, you get around 8000 points (give or take about 1000 - it varies) by clearing all the blue mines. So for the scores you see posted, you can deduct 1000 x time remaining to see how many points were scored via shooting all mines.


For example, in my high score: 35430 - 28x1000 = 7430 points from destroying screen objects.

For globeron's ridiculously high score: 39490 - 31x1000 = 8490 points from destroying screen objects.


What this means is that globeron likely had about 20 additional blue mines than I did, as the blue mines are worth 50 points each. The more blue mines, the higher your potential points from destroying them, not to mention time savings from the chain reactions caused by them.


The reasoning for the game choices are:

- speed: the slowest speed, while giving you the most time, isn't offset enough by how slow everything moves. Your tank moves slow and so do the explosions. The other two speeds reduce the time limit but can be made up by how fast your tank moves and explosions occur

- trails: reduces the amount of small (green) mines you have to get rid of which are only worth 10 points. The best strategy is to clear the board as quickly as possible, so wasting time on 10 point targets is bad strategy.

- high mine density: more points due to sheer volume and the chain reactions they set off, again saving valuable time in clearing the board.


Hope that helps in planning a strategy.


Here is my latest high score, still not touching either of globeron's amazing scores. I am using the RAPID speed, as I get the most consistently high scores this way. Tried FULL TILT numerous times but more often than not I end up with only 10-15 seconds left on the clock, resulting in scores of around 15000-22000.

In Topic: High Score Competition (April: Blasto)

Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:00 AM

Here's my best so far which I think was a fluke by how many mines there were and how close they were together. Higher scores definitely depend on clearing the field quickly, as you get 1000 points per second left.

In Topic: TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:19 PM

Okay, on a recent sale for $20 + $7.42 shipping, PayPal hit me up for $1.10 (roughly 4%,) and eBay charged me $2.47, 10% of the sale. 




In total, my $20 sale netted me $16.43, or 82% of my sale price.  That is like a tax bracket.


Looks like that's 9% of the item + shipping ($27.42 x .09 = $2.47). This is how I've always understood it. Certain item categories have differing percentages and if you have an ebay store (also a monthly fee), the percentages are slightly lower.


The lower your price, the more they take as a percentage. When I sell $2.99 CDs or DVDs with $3 shipping, I net about $1 after all is said and done (subtract ebay & PayPal fees, cost of shipping and cost of packaging). I sell them since I'd prefer not to throw them away, but sometimes I feel it's just a fool's errand.

In Topic: TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:39 AM

TI-99/4 in original, albeit water damaged, box. No indication that it actually works and very sparse description, so buyer beware. Looks like it also includes a cassette cable but no Program Recorder.