Hmm, the Sandra's I know are timid and not too deadly... as far as I know... I'll be more careful around them...
I'm looking forward to it at least, also to play this on stream using the poker chips as intended instead of my half-arsed paper-method (with the camera showing this part on the table as well). I'd still want to check if I can lower my time
I've had a Lynx during my childhood and still have some fond memories of it. For instance, Lynxing up for Rampage, Xenophobe and Todd's Adventure in Slime World, but also my masochistic attempts through Batman Returns, breaking my childhood brain over higher levels in Chip's Challenge or raging at Bill & Ted.
It is pretty niche, especially if you'd compare it to the Gameboy crowd. For me it started living again earlier this year. I've been (more seriously) speedrunning since... March or so, where I was picking up other niche titles (the CDi Zelda games). At one point I was just going over my childhood games and ran into the Lynx games. As my mother actually carefully stored pretty much everything, I had access to 2 Lynxes (my brother doesn't want his) and quite some games. So I started looking into whether it'd be possible to somehow stream the Lynx.
And that was the point for me where things took off. I ran into an article about Wyvern Tales, which was just released at that point. As someone who really enjoys (J)RPG's, I was really intrigued by this title, so I ended up here and I'm on the waiting list (hoping I'm part of the upcoming batch). From there I ran into the McWill mod, which has been applied by McWill this summer (thanks again!). Using that, I've worked out a setup which I can use to stream the game to my PC so I can record or stream it. So basically it became a small hobby project to get this going. Because this is now possible, it opens up a basically untouched goldmine of speedrunnable games. Emulators are generally a bit frowned upon for in-person marathons, but using the McWill mod + the setup I've created, these become possible as well. For instance, I'm currently planning to do a speedrun of Zaku in November and / or maybe the Easy adventure of Todd's Adventures in Slime World (I think that can be finished within 10 minutes, would have to time it). But bigger would be the speedrunner Janglestorm who will run Gordo 106 at AGDQ (start of January), which is the biggest speedrun marathon worldwide. He'll use my Atari / setup for it, so my Lynx is going to get world fame
I'm hoping this will also lead to some more exposure to the library of the Lynx. Sure, not all of it is good, but there definitely are some gems in there. But for me, the staying power are definitely the homebrews that are being worked on and the games I haven't touched yet. I still want to play Ninja Gaiden III for instance, so I'll order that one soon. Likely add Fat Bobby to it, etc. As a speedrunner I'm also really enjoying Karri's 'Shaken, not stirred' in combination with the challenge. The main downside would be the initial costs to get into it. Getting a working Atari may proof difficult for some people (depending on country / region), you'd have to hope it's still working and if you really want to get the most out of it, a McWill mod would be great to have. However, the Everdrive-esque solution of the Multi-SD card will also really help revitalize the scene, I'd wager.
I've checked the VOD of my playthrough yesterday and did discover a pattern. Using that, I've played through the entire game yesterday to try it out and after some tries I did get more consistent at killing that boss. I'd love to hear from others what their strategy was, but to help you out:
The attacks follow a certain pattern as in:
- First attack will be shot from the bottom
- Second attack will come from the top
- Third attack from the bottom
This means that for the first attack, you should stay around the top of the screen (not at the left-most edge, since an 'upwards' attack from the bottom can still reach the corner). Then move to the bottom, same deal, don't be at the far end. And follow that strategy for a little bit. After some cycles of top - bottom (around 8 to 10 projectiles fired), you'll notice that the projectile that was usually fired from the bottom is moving further and further up and will likely be fired from the middle. From this point onwards, the safest area is to stay at the bottom, around the horizontal middle of the screen.
During this I just barraged the boss with the small bullets. I think she's too slim for the big shot to do enough damage, and she's too far to the right to damage-boost and use the thrusters. Maybe she can be hit around the head with thrusters, but I'd advice against it as the fight itself is pretty long.
I've spent some more time at Shaken, not Stirred last night and ended up with a lower time for hard:
Hard 03:41:17 20D9
As this is getting quite a bit lower than the times posted at the eJagFest topic, I'll actually start streaming / recording the attempts for lower times. I'll also add these clips to any time I'll place here, so you can see the strategies I use and how I play the game (which in turn will hopefully result into people beating my times, let's get this contest rolling ).
After being on the fence I've ordered Zaku from Songbird as well. Even though it felt a bit like a steep price, I'm guessing I won't get another chance any time soon. The lower shipping to Europe did give me the last push I needed, so I'll gladly make use of that.
Looking forward to it and thanks Carl for putting them up this way .
I think the problem for my Lynx was mostly that the plug of the adapter was deteriorated to the point where it couldn't go all the way into the socket. That was the first thing I noticed when I tried plugging in my brother's Lynx, the plug simply went further into the socket. When I used his adapter on my Lynx, it worked fine until I put the Lynx on the sofa for a moment, but that was simply due to his adapter cable being flimsy (there was a reason there was some tape around a part of the cable).
I've used the (new) universal adapter (at 9V, I can reduce to voltage if necessary) and I've been able to play for an hour / 1,5 hours without any trouble. To be sure, I've also been trying different positions of the Lynx, what happens if the adapter turns a bit (stuff like slightly tilting), etc. but everything was just really stable in that aspect. I didn't lose power at all.
I'll still keep the above site in mind though, the prices are good and the price of shipping to the Netherlands isn't bad either. If the McWill mod works out well, I may put it in the second Lynx as well for some multiplayer goodness (and do a socket replacement to get a general idea of modding / fixing the Lynx)
Hmm, that may also explain why wiggling it around a little sometimes caused the Lynx to get power.
Depending on the state of the Lynx I'll grab tonight I'll see which one I'll open up and check if I can do the soldering of the power socket myself. I'm assuming I can just use the original power socket for this (assuming it just came lose)? The power socket soldering seemed relatively easy at least, so I'm guessing it's managable without having much experience with soldering.
I should also receive a new adapter tonight, so I'll give that a shot as well