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  1. AtariAge and that dude who made a game some time ago present... Carol vs. The World! 2015 Championship It is Christmas time once again and the fourth annual Carol vs. The World! Championship is upon us. Throughout the entire month of December, all boys and girls--naughty or nice--will have the opportunity not only to earn bragging rights, but to win actual prizes! This year, in an effort to encourage novices and newcomers to play, we are changing things a bit. We will separate the veteran players in their own category, so that they will not compete with newer players for prizes. We hope that this will balance the contest better and make it more fair to newcomers. There will be two categories: The regular players and the special "Elite Knight Elf" for veterans players, each with their own rankings and prizes. Veterans are those who have won awards or have submitted scores higher than 1,000 points in previous competitions. Please visit the Contest Rules and FAQ pages for more details on contest rankings. All that said, there are prizes for players of all skill levels, veterans and novices alike, and many other surprises! We encourage everyone to participate, submit their score, and join in the fun! Once again, we've partnered with AtariAge to include some more great prizes! The Top Players on each rank will receive a $25.00 gift certificate for the AtariAge Store, and the Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $50.00 gift certificate. How's that for a stocking stuffer? We've also changed the top prize! At stake this year is a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind Ultimate Video Arcade Marquee. Made with the same process and materials that classic arcade cabinets use, it will look just as great on your MAME cabinet or wall. Plus, the winner gets to help design his own Christmas Carol themed artwork! Like every year before, the championship starts at Midnight (EST) on December 1st, and goes all the way until Midnight (EST) on January 1st of the new year. The rules are simple: Play the Christmas Carol game on your Intellivision® console or PC. At the end of the game, record your final score by taking a photograph or screen-shot of the game screen. This will serve as proof of your score. Announce your points to the judges by posting the image right here or sending it via e-mail to the judges at: <[email protected]>. Be sure to include the name you want to have displayed on the leaderboard. Wash, rinse, repeat as many times as you'd like, until the contest deadline of December 31st, 2015. That's it! There's nothing to buy and no registration required. Whether you play the game cartridge on an Intellivision® console, or the ROM edition on a PC or Mac, it's all the same. Just send us a photo or screen-grab of your score and you're in! We'll post all entries to the Official CvW Leaderboard as they come in, where they forever will remain immortalized on the Internet. Will you save Christmas from the twiggy arms of the Evil Snowman? Is the Ghost Of Christmas Presents your friend or foe? Can you attain a Perfect Christmas? Join us here in the official discussion thread of the CvW Championship! Get Ready... Go! Days Left: 1 Official Leaderboard Current Ranking: Top rankings generated on: 12/31/2015 10:19:46 Number Display Name Old High Score New High Score Level Rank Status Consecutive Days 1 grips03 14,325 16,955 172 Grand Master Veteran 4 2 pimpmaul69 5,702 14,062 142 Grand Master Veteran 30 3 Darrin9999 4,904 7,674 78 Grand Master Veteran 31 4 scalpel 7,079 5,040 51 Master Veteran 1 5 SiLic0ne t0aD85 0 4,244 48 Ranger 1 6 Opry99er 0 3,828 47 Ranger 1 7 JasonlikesINTV 4,036 3,596 38 Ranger Veteran 1 8 Yeliz K. 3,043 2,738 32 Helper Veteran 1 9 stupus 1,574 2,589 32 Helper 1 10 TrekMD 2,635 2,574 31 Helper Veteran 1 11 Iwantgames:) 1,898 2,073 24 Helper 1 12 Wilson T. Oyama 2,933 1,810 20 Helper Veteran 1 13 BurritoBeans 0 1,807 23 Helper 9 15 Saturn 0 1,223 17 Helper 1 14 Canonitis 2,459 1,317 16 Novice Veteran 1 16 Nour K. 1,044 1,081 14 Novice 1 17 Schmeg 0 1,074 14 Novice 1 18 Illtiger1 0 1,059 15 Novice 1 19 Gorfy 1,960 1,048 15 Novice 3 20 save2600 549 1,007 12 Novice 1 21 Apollo's Bow 0 861 11 Novice 1 22 gamer1867 0 853 10 Novice 1 23 atariron82 0 714 9 Novice 1 24 Murrex Ferreus 0 693 9 Novice 1 25 intellivotion 0 647 9 Novice 1 26 BuckoBrand 0 447 6 Novice 1 27 Dante Is Awesome 0 447 6 Novice 2 28 bradd1978 0 392 5 Novice 1 29 jblenkle 249 249 4 Novice 1 30 IVY 0 31 1 Novice 1 . General Statistics: Output for "build-lb" generated on: 12/31/2015 10:19:45 GENERAL STATISTICS: ------------------- Total Entries Processed: 573 Disqualified Entries: 67 Non-Participating Entries: 4 Veteran Entries: 9 Total Qualified Contestants: 30 CHAMPIONS PER RANK: ------------------- Novice: 15 Helper: 4 Ranger: 2 Master: 0 Grand Master: 0 VETERANS PER RANK: ------------------- Novice: 1 Helper: 3 Ranger: 1 Master: 1 Grand Master: 3 LAST STAGES BY RANK: -------------------- Haunted Hollow: 12 Novice: 3 Helper: 3 Grand Master: 6 Frosted Maze: 36 Novice: 12 Helper: 15 Ranger: 3 Master: 2 Grand Master: 4 Candy Cove: 69 Novice: 4 Helper: 48 Ranger: 2 Master: 12 Grand Master: 3 Icicle Lane: 11 Novice: 3 Helper: 8 Snowflake Garden: 15 Novice: 10 Helper: 3 Grand Master: 2 Freezer Burn: 44 Novice: 7 Helper: 4 Grand Master: 33 Krystal Keep: 26 Novice: 7 Master: 10 Grand Master: 9 Twisted Toyland: 31 Novice: 5 Helper: 13 Ranger: 6 Grand Master: 7 ACHIEVEMENTS EARNED: -------------------- One Smart Cookie: 0 The Spirit Of Christmas Present: 30 The Spirit Of Christmas Past: 7 Ice Cave Raider: 29 Cavern Explorer: 29 Santa's Magic Touch: 28 The Boss Is In: 17 Elf In Training: 25 Elf Apprentice: 20 Santa's Elite Elf: 11 Elf Superstar: 4 Practice Makes Perfect: 5 The Perfectionist Elf: 11 I Have A Sweet Tooth: 5 Icy Flower Power: 8 Frozen "P": 9 A Perfect Christmas: 3 Five Golden Rings... Of Life: 9 Savior Of Christmas: 14 The Twelve Days Of Christmas Carol: 3 Elf On Duty: 6 Santa's Little Helper: 14 I, Ranger Elf: 7 I, Master Elf: 4 I, Overachieving Elf: 3 I, Christmas Savior Extraordinaire: 5 Walking On Egg Shells: 5 Code Breaker: 0 To Kill A Mocking Ghost: 3 Tread On Yellow Snow: 2 A Perfect Christmas Supreme: 0 Exalted Elf Knight Of Christmas: 0 A Clockwork Orange: 0 Story Teller: 0 Breaker Of Ice: 1 Nine Elf Ladies Dancing: 2 Kickin' It Old-Skool: 4 Bake A Humble Pie: 7 The Twenty-Four Days Of Christmas Carol: 2 Elf Of The Month: 2 The Ghost Of Birthday Presents: 10 Veteran Elf: 15 It's Someone's Birthday And I Play If I Want To!: 8 The Ghost Of Birthday Presents Supreme: 4 Twice The Challenger Of Birthdays: 6 The Christmas Hero: 5 The Twelve Scores Of Christmas: 5 The Twelve Scores Of Christmas Supreme: 4 . Helpful Links: CvW Championship web site Official contest rules CvW Championship FAQ Official Prizes & Awards List Game Achievement list Official CvW Leaderboard Official Christmas Carol game web site Pre-contest riddles (for bonus achievements) Tips & Tricks discussion thread (CvW 2013) Download ROM Right Here: Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - Windows Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - Macintosh Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - ROM Only Game Instruction Booklet
  2. Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents Following some false starts and many delays, I am very proud and happy to announce that the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is finally available for sale to the general public. Christmas Carol is a wholly new and original game concept for the Intellivision® Master Component, designed and programmed by James Pujals (a.k.a "DZ") and professionally produced by Left Turn Only Productions. As Carol Greenleaf, one of Santa's most trusted elves, you must explore the dark and frozen Ice-Cube Caverns to retrieve all the presents before the Evil Snowman returns. Packed with whimsical charm and exciting arcade action, Christmas Carol offers fun for kids and adults alike, and is destined to become an instant classic! The game comes complete with instruction booklet printed on high-quality glossy paper, and hand-controller overlays, all packaged in a glorious "gate-fold" style box. For more information on the game, or to place and order, please visit the official Christmas Carol web site at: http://www.CarolVsGhost.com/ The game is sold directly by Left Turn Only, LLC. Make sure to visit their site for information on additional game titles and other products available for sale. Also, visit the official game site often to stay abreast of the latest development in the world of Christmas Carol. "Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost of Christmas Presents" the game, title, characters, and all other related material are wholly owned by James Pujals, a.k.a. "DZ-Jay". The game cartridge is produced and distributed by Left Turn Only, LLC. INTELLIVISION® is a trademark of Intellivision Productions, Inc. - Neither James Pujals nor LTO are affiliated in any way with Intellivision Productions, Inc.
  3. Christmas Carol vs. The World! Christmas Championship Extravaganza - 2014 With the closing of the year, so we close another season of the high-score championship. With a fantastic turn out and great participation throughout the month, we celebrate another successful and most enjoyable contest. The other judges and I have reviewed all entries, and it is now with great pleasure that I announce the official winners of the 2014 Championship. As always, you can see the full list of participants, the winners, and their achievements in the Official Carol vs. The World! Championship leaderboard page. Please visit the Prizes section of the contest page for more information on the awards. And now, without further ado, I present to you, the winners in all their resplendent glory: Grand Prize: Top Ranking Elf: Fushek - 29,159 Fushek is not only the top ranking player in this year's competition, but he is also one of three players who have rolled over the color-coded score display twice! Plus, he also beat the previous Christmas Carol High Score World Record! Top Rank Prize: Top Master Elf: grips03 - 14,325 Top Ranger Elf: Darrin9999 - 4,904 Top Helper Elf: Emerson - 3,086 Top Novice Elf: stupus - 1,574 Runners Up: Top Elite Master Elves: Oscar G. - 9,463 Scalpel - 7,079 bcprs1 - 6,442 pimpmaul69 - 5,702 Top Elite Ranger Elves: JasonlikesINTV - 4,036 Yeliz K. - 3,043 Top Elite Helper Elves: Wilson T. Oyama (a.k.a. oyamafamily) - 2,933 TrekMD - 2,635 Canonitis - 2,459 Iwantgames:) - 1,898 Top Elite Novice Elves: ChefPepper - 1,277 zapiy - 1,185 Gorfy - 1,158 RetroAl - 1,154 BalloonFighter - 1,105 Special Honors: I've said many times that all scores in the championship are high scores, and this year we decided to recognize all those first-time Novice Elves who tried very hard but were still overshadowed by the fantastic scores of veterans and other skilled players. New participants are the spark that lights up our community, and we want to prove to you and everybody that your scores are just as important. For this, we've created a new honorary rank with a special prize, just for you: Top Elite Rookie Elves: JoeMusashi - 1,011 save2600 - 549 First Spear - 548 Milinea - 538 Greyfox - 504 Congratulations to all Rookie Elves, and welcome! Achievements: Along with the prizes, we've also awarded some extra-special virtual achievements to recognize some outstanding accomplishments this season. These are also posted in the official leaderboard for all the world to see. Overachiever Extraordinaire: The participant who earned the most achievements by far. Oscar G. (34 achievements) High Elf-Esteem: The participant with the most marked score improvement throughout the championship. Fushek (From 7,480 to 29,159 points) Workaholic Elf: The participant who played for the most consecutive days. Darrin9999 (31 consecutive days--that's the entire month of December!) Prolific Elf: The participant who submitted the most individual entries. pimpmaul69 (71 entries) Higher Elf-Esteem: The participant with the highest average score from his first entry to his last. Fushek (From 7,480 to 29,159 points in 31 days) Head Of The Class: The participant who advanced through the most ranks throughout the championship. pimpmaul69 (5 ranks) Busy Bee: The participant who played for the most days throughout the championship. Darrin9999 (31 days--that's the entire month of December!) Rookie Of The Year: The first time participant with the highest average Novice Elf score. zapiy (From 121 to 1,185 points in only 12 days) Rookie Overachiever: The first time participant who earned the most achievements as a Novice Elf. ChefPepper (11 achievements) On behalf of myself, the judges, and the AtariAge leadership, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition. I hope you all had as much fun and enjoyment as we did. Thank you not only for playing the Christmas Carol game, but also for sharing your progress and for maintaining the spirit of community and camaraderie that we all cherish. It is this spirit that turns a simple high-score contest into a magical experience year after year! See you all next year! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Last Updated: 01/12/2014 - 05:45:00
  4. AtariAge and that dude who made a game some time ago present... Carol vs. The World! 2014 Championship It is Christmas time once again and the third annual Carol vs. The World! Championship is upon us. Throughout the entire month of December, all boys and girls--naughty or nice--will have the opportunity not only to earn bragging rights, but to win actual prizes! At stake, like always, is a one-of-a-kind edition of the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents, made exclusively for the player with the highest score. There are prizes for players of all skill levels and many other surprises! This year, we've partnered with AtariAge to include even more prizes! The Top Players on each rank will receive a $25.00 gift certificate for the AtariAge Store, and the Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $50.00 gift certificate. How's that for a stocking stuffer? The rules are simple: Play the Christmas Carol game on your Intellivision® console or PC. At the end of the game, record your final score by taking a photograph or screen-shot of the game screen. This will serve as proof of your score. Announce your points to the judges by posting the image right here or sending it via e-mail to the judges at: <[email protected]>. Be sure to include the name you want to have displayed on the leaderboard. Wash, rinse, repeat as many times as you'd like, until the contest deadline of December 31st, 2014. That's it! There's nothing to buy and no registration required. Whether you play the game cartridge on an Intellivision® console, or the ROM edition on a PC or Mac, it's all the same. Just send us a photo or screen-grab of your score and you're in! We'll post all entries to the Official CvW Leaderboard as they come in, where they forever will remain immortalized on the Internet. Will you save Christmas from the twiggy arms of the Evil Snowman? Is the Ghost Of Christmas Presents your friend or foe? Can you attain a Perfect Christmas? Join us here in the official discussion thread of the CvW Championship! Get Ready... GO! Done! The championship is now closed. Below are the final and official rankings. Official Leaderboard Current Ranking: Top rankings generated on: 01/11/2015 14:26:15 Number Display Name Old High Score New High Score Level Rank Consecutive Days 1 Fushek 10,863 29,159 308 Grand Master 1 2 grips03 4,047 14,325 149 Grand Master 1 3 Oscar G. 7,619 9,463 102 Grand Master 1 4 Scalpel 5,692 7,079 73 Grand Master 1 5 bcprs1 0 6,442 64 Master 1 6 pimpmaul69 0 5,702 62 Master 29 7 Darrin9999 3,101 4,904 48 Ranger 31 8 JasonlikesINTV 3,150 4,036 43 Ranger 1 9 Yeliz K. 2,059 3,043 37 Ranger 1 10 Wilson T. Oyama 1,180 2,933 31 Helper 1 11 Emerson 0 2,917 31 Helper 1 12 TrekMD 2,283 2,635 31 Helper 1 13 Canonitis 0 2,459 31 Helper 1 14 Iwantgames:) 0 1,898 21 Helper 1 15 stupus 0 1,574 16 Novice 1 16 ChefPepper 0 1,277 16 Novice 1 17 zapiy 0 1,185 14 Novice 1 18 Gorfy 1,960 1,158 16 Novice 1 19 RetroAl 0 1,154 16 Novice 1 20 BalloonFighter 0 1,105 14 Novice 1 21 JoeMusashi 0 1,011 12 Novice 1 22 IntellivisionDude 3,125 950 12 Novice 1 23 Nour K. 1,044 846 11 Novice 1 24 save2600 0 549 7 Novice 1 25 First Spear 0 548 8 Novice 1 26 Milinea 0 538 8 Novice 1 27 Greyfox 0 504 7 Novice 1 28 Victor R. 0 154 3 Novice 2 29 Mrs. Fushek 0 102 2 Novice 1 30 Andrew 0 29 1 Novice 1 General Statistics: Output for "build-lb" generated on: 01/11/2015 14:30:17 GENERAL STATISTICS: ------------------- Total Entries Processed: 418 Disqualified Entries: 39 Non-Participating Entries: 2 Total Qualified Contestants: 30 CHAMPIONS PER RANK: ------------------- Novice: 16 Helper: 5 Ranger: 3 Master: 2 Grand Master: 4 LAST STAGES BY RANK: -------------------- Haunted Hollow: 17 Novice: 4 Helper: 3 Ranger: 5 Grand Master: 5 Frosted Maze: 36 Novice: 3 Helper: 12 Ranger: 12 Master: 7 Grand Master: 2 Candy Cove: 25 Novice: 5 Helper: 10 Ranger: 3 Grand Master: 7 Icicle Lane: 21 Novice: 8 Helper: 11 Ranger: 1 Master: 1 Snowflake Garden: 24 Novice: 10 Helper: 3 Ranger: 7 Grand Master: 4 Freezer Burn: 29 Novice: 16 Helper: 3 Ranger: 2 Master: 6 Grand Master: 2 Krystal Keep: 31 Novice: 6 Helper: 9 Ranger: 10 Master: 4 Grand Master: 2 Twisted Toyland: 40 Novice: 16 Helper: 7 Ranger: 7 Master: 5 Grand Master: 5 ACHIEVEMENTS EARNED: -------------------- One Smart Cookie: 3 The Spirit Of Christmas Present: 30 The Spirit Of Christmas Past: 9 Ice Cave Raider: 29 Cavern Explorer: 28 Santa's Magic Touch: 27 The Boss Is In: 18 Elf In Training: 27 Elf Apprentice: 21 Santa's Elite Elf: 13 Elf Superstar: 6 Practice Makes Perfect: 6 The Perfectionist Elf: 14 I Have A Sweet Tooth: 7 Icy Flower Power: 10 Frozen "P": 10 A Perfect Christmas: 3 Five Golden Rings... Of Life: 8 Savior Of Christmas: 14 The Twelve Days Of Christmas Carol: 4 Elf On Duty: 7 Santa's Little Helper: 14 I, Ranger Elf: 9 I, Master Elf: 6 I, Overachieving Elf: 4 I, Christmas Savior Extraordinaire: 8 Walking On Egg Shells: 2 Code Breaker: 0 To Kill A Mocking Ghost: 2 Tread On Yellow Snow: 2 A Perfect Christmas Supreme: 0 Exalted Elf Knight Of Christmas: 1 A Clockwork Orange: 1 Story Teller: 0 Breaker Of Ice: 2 Nine Elf Ladies Dancing: 6 Kickin' It Old-Skool: 7 Bake A Humble Pie: 8 Twenty-Four Days Of Christmas Carol: 2 Elf Of The Month: 1 The Ghost Of Birthday Presents: 13 Veteran Elf: 12 PLAYER STATISTICS: -------------------- Overachiever Extraordinaire: Oscar G. (32 achievements) High Elf-Esteem: Fushek (From 7,480 to 29,159 points) Workaholic Elf: Darrin9999 (31 consecutive days) Prolific Elf: pimpmaul69 (71 entries) Higher Elf-Esteem: Fushek (From 7,480 to 29,159 points in only 31 days) Head Of The Class: pimpmaul69 (5 ranks) Busy Bee: Darrin9999 (31 days) Rookie Of The Year: zapiy (From 121 to 1,185 points in only 12 days) Rookie Overachiever: ChefPepper (11 achievements) Helpful Links: CvW Championship web site Official contest rules CvW Championship FAQ Official Prizes & Awards List Game Achievement list Official CvW Leaderboard Official Christmas Carol game web site Pre-contest riddles (for bonus achievements) Tips & Tricks discussion thread (CvW 2013) Download ROM Right Here: Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - Windows Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - Macintosh Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - ROM Only Game Instruction Booklet
  5. AtariAge and that dude who made a game some time ago invite you to another very special edition of the High Score Championship. Presenting... Carol vs. The WORLD! (Carol's Super-Duper Christmas Championship Extravaganza) Play the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents and help Carol Greenleaf save Christmas from the Evil Snowman. Rise to the top of the ranks of Santa's Elite Elf Squad and submit your top score to the judges. The person with the highest score received by the deadline of December 31st, 2014, wins a very special gift from Santa Claus himself! Everyone's A Winner Santa Claus always acknowledges hard work and effort, and although there can be only one Grand Prize winner, Santa will award various other prizes to the top players on each rank, in recognition of their high status among Santa's Elite Elf Squad. Plus, all scores submitted will be published on the Carol vs. Ghost web site as well as in a soon to be announced forum thread in AtariAge, so even if you're not in the highest rank, you still get to brag about your score. There will be prizes awarded for every skill level--plus a few surprises--and everyone is invited, so there's just no excuse not to participate! A Present Under Every Tree As if bragging rights and great prizes were not enough, Santa has decided to give away the game to everyone! That's right, Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is now available in ROM format as a free download. So start practicing and head on now to the official Carol vs. The World! web site for more information about the championship,: http://www.CarolVsGhost.com/cvw/pg_contest.html Spread the joy. Spread the word. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - Windows Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - Macintosh Christmas Carol ROM Edition Game - ROM Only
  6. As the Carol vs. The World! championship continues, Santa has added a new twist to the challenge... Game Achievements! Achievements are small incremental goals that track your progress through the game. They can serve as additional personal challenges or provide extra bragging rights. They are completely optional, and do not really affect your chances in the competition. They're just neat to earn and brag about, and lots of fun! All your earned achievements will be shown right next to your high-score in the official Carol vs. The World! Championship leaderboard. So, head on down to the main contest web site and visit the Achievements section for more information. http://www.carolvsghost.com/cvw2013 With 27 achievements in total, how many can you earn? How do they work? Some achievements are earned automatic, meaning that they occur as you play normally. These can be inferred from the score, so submitting your high score photo as usual is sufficient. Others require that you submit proof separately. For instance, consider achievement "Santa's Magic Touch," which is earned when you reach 300 points. When you submit your normal high score entry, if the score is greater than 300 points, you will be awarded the achievement automatically. In contrast, to earn the achievement "The Perfectionist Elf," you must submit a separate photo showing proof that you got a "Perfect Level Bonus." This may or may not be your high score entry submission. For more information on achievements check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.
  7. A Grand Ole Prize. In honour of WispFollower's epic achievement in the Carol vs. The World! Championship, and to celebrate Carol's upcoming first anniversary, I have prepared an article describing in great detail Wisp's extra special bespoke version of the game, entitled... Christmas Carol - Elf-Knight Edition The story is available on the Carol Vs. Ghost web site, and includes plenty of screenshots, videos and photographs of the very special package prepared exclusively for WispFollower. To whet your appetite, below is a video of a new introduction sequence animation created especially for the Elf-Knight Edition. It shows Carol Greenleaf in full suit of armour, including a helmet-crown and a long sword. http://vimeo.com/71571549 You can also visit the Trailers page on the game's site to view all four new videos of the Elf-Knight Edition in action, or visit the Vimeo channel directly. -dZ.
  8. Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents Following some false starts and many delays, I am very proud and happy to announce that the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is finally available for sale to the general public. Christmas Carol is a wholly new and original game concept, designed and programmed by James Pujals (a.k.a "DZ") and professionally produced by Left Turn Only Productions. As Carol Greenleaf, one of Santa's most trusted elves, you must explore the dark and frozen Ice-Cube Caverns to retrieve all the presents before the Evil Snowman returns. Packed with whimsical charm and exciting arcade action, Christmas Carol offers fun for kids and adults alike, and is destined to become an instant classic! The game comes complete with instruction booklet printed on high-quality glossy paper, and hand-controller overlays, all packaged in a glorious "gate-fold" style box. For more information on the game, or to place and order, please visit the official Christmas Carol web site at: http://www.CarolVsGhost.com/ The game is sold directly by Left Turn Only, LLC. Make sure to visit their site for information on additional game titles and other products available for sale. Also, visit the official game site often to stay abreast of the latest development in the world of Christmas Carol. Thank you all for your patience. It's been a wild and difficult ride to this point, but we've made it. I hope you all enjoy the game as much as I've enjoyed making it. It truly is a fun and charming game. Regards, dZ.
  9. After almost 20 months of anticipation, Left Turn Only Productions proudly presents, Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents A new and original game, packed with retro-arcade game action. The game will be released in cartridge, packed in a beautiful "gate-fold" style box, complete with full-color glossy manual and hand-controller overlays. Carol will make her grand debut at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, so if any of you are attending, please stop buy the Left Turn Only/Elektronite booth. We will have few games and other goodies ready to sell. General release and online purchase options will be announced later in the official web site for the game, at: http://www.ChristmasCarolTheGame.com http://www.CarolVsGhost.com So bookmark the page, and watch this space, and remember... The children of the world are counting on you. Can you save Christmas?
  10. Part I: Who's Your Daddy? I was going through my e-mail archives today looking for a particular topic, when I inadvertently stumbled upon the actual birth of Christmas Carol! It's a conversation I had with Joe Z. during December 2010, while working on my port of Pac-Man. We were commenting on the colour limitations. It's funny how things turn out. It started out as a quick-and-dirty distraction and it ended up taking over my life for a significant period of time. Notice those fateful words at the end of the first message, "I'll continue with Pac-Man after Christmas." Well, I've seen that movie and I know how it ends! Anyway, below is the full conversation, at least those pertaining to the Birth Of Christmas Carol, which occurred at noon on Sunday, 19 of December, 2010. Watch the story unfold and read how the characters came to life. I've included the different versions of the ROMs as they were sent throughout the conversation. Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:55:22 -0500 On Dec 19, 2010, at 11:44, Joe Zbiciak wrote: > You're using color 13 (light blue, which is a bluish purple). Is color 12 > (pink) too close to red? Exactly. Color 13 was the only one that worked for Pinky. #12 looked more like bright Fuchsia than Pink, and so was too close to red--at least in jzIntv. > As for the eyes... yes, low res is a pain, isn't it? Tell me about it! *sigh* dZ. P.S. I decided to take what I have of Pac-Man right now and transform it into a quick and dirty game with a Christmas motif by changing the sprites and the maze. This is just as a "treat" for the guys on the list. I think I can pull it off in a couple of days, since it's mostly graphics changes. The logic will be just stupidly scripted antagonists moving around. I hope to have enough time to even include Arnauld's tracker playing a little Christmas ditty. It should be cool! I'll continue with Pac-Man after Christmas. dZ. Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:29:12 -0500 On Dec 19, 2010, at 11:55, DZ-Jay wrote: > P.S. I decided to take what I have of Pac-Man right now and transform > it into a quick and dirty game with a Christmas motif by changing the > sprites and the maze. This is just as a "treat" for the guys on the > list. I think I can pull it off in a couple of days, since it's mostly > graphics changes. The logic will be just stupidly scripted antagonists > moving around. > > I hope to have enough time to even include Arnauld's tracker playing a > little Christmas ditty. It should be cool! > > I'll continue with Pac-Man after Christmas. Here's a first test. I just redrew the background and re-configured the maze. Right now it's just blue blocks (ice cubes?), but I plan on changing it soon. The ghosts are there for testing, they will go away soon. Pac-Man will be replaced by a little elf sprite. The antagonists will be two: one ghost and an evil snowman. The power-pellets have turned into magical snowflakes. The fruit will be a wrapped present. The game is called "A Christmas Carol: The Ghost Of Christmas Presents". Yes, that's "presents," as in gift Here's the premise: An evil snowman has stolen Santa's Christmas presents and hid them away in a cave near the North Pole. The cave is haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Presents, who enjoys very much the company of wrapped packages and will not easily let them go. Santa has sent Elvin the elf to hunt down the snowman and bring back his presents. You must avoid the Ghost and retrieve the package from the cave before the evil snowman returns and kills you. There are four magical snowflakes strewn around the cave which, when touched, will temporarily make Elvin invincible. dZ. cc_test1.zip Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: Joe Zbiciak To: DZ-Jay Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:24:23 -0600 dZ, Cute! I think everyone will love it! BTW, I played around with it for a couple minutes and found a couple minor bugs. In the first screen shot, you can see that I managed to get PM to stop at a "dead end" at a half-card boundary (ie. I turned at the right spot, and I think the cornering logic did something funky, since you have some wide-open spaces that it's not accustomed to yet). In the second, PM is stuck. Once he hits the indicated spot, he stays stuck. --Joe Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:13:07 -0500 Regarding the half-card boundary, that was by design, but admittedly a stupid idea. I thought it would give the sprite a bigger range of motion, but it just ended up being weird. The other bug (screenshot #2) was real: That tile had a an open exit toward the wall, so as soon as Pac-Man enters the block, he can't get out. I fixed that. I also removed the half-card movement, so the Pac-Man can only move within the center of the paths, as you would expect. Can you try it now, please? dZ. cc_test2.zip Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: Joe Zbiciak To: DZ-Jay Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:23:16 -0600 dZ, Yep, the one hanging location is fixed. I did find another... --Joe Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 21:28:53 -0500 Gosh, I saw that one, sorry. I think that's all of those. The "maze" is defined as an ASCII map with exit attributes. What you are finding are those boo-boos such as this: ........ .######. ........ #......# ...^.... #......# ........ #......# .....>.. #......# ...v.... #......# ........ #......# ........ .######. Where a tile has an open exit pointing to a wall. I think there aren't any more. I'm working now on a simple Auto-Pilot script to move the Ghost around the maze. That way I don't have to worry about AI (at least not for the ghost). dZ. Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: Joe Zbiciak To: DZ-Jay Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:36:02 -0600 On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 8:28 PM, DZ-Jay wrote: > Gosh, I saw that one, sorry. I think that's all of those. Cool. > The "maze" is defined as an ASCII map with exit attributes. What > you are finding are those boo-boos such as this: > > ........ .######. > ........ #......# > ...^.... #......# > ........ #......# > .....>.. #......# > ...v.... #......# > ........ #......# > ........ .######. Ah yes, that makes sense. You can make similar sorts of "inconsistent world data" in Space Patrol by placing rocks and craters too near each other. Leads to some fun graphics glitches. > Where a tile has an open exit pointing to a wall. I think there > aren't any more. I'm working now on a simple Auto-Pilot script > to move the Ghost around the maze. That way I don't have to worry > about AI (at least not for the ghost). Coolness! :-) --Joe Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 21:54:43 -0500 OK, got the script ready! The Ghost goes on a pre-determined pattern, and your goal is to avoid him. Right now, collisions are not being checked, so it's just visual. Collisions are detected easily with the Pac-Man engine: it's a matter of comparing the virtual tile coordinates of the sprites after every move. Attached is the latest build with the Ghost script. In case you are curious, I have attached the script file. I also include the maze source file, in case you feel adventurous and want to play with the configuration (or search for more inconsistencies). I can honestly say that this silly, simple game is about 80% complete! dZ. cc_test3.zip Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 22:01:00 -0500 Oops! There's a rather big bug: When you eat an energi^H^H^H^H^H^Hmagical snowflake, the ghost disappears after flashing white. I went cleaning up the code that loops through four ghosts at a time and I may have messed up something there. I'll deal with it tomorrow. Talk to you later! dZ. Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: Joe Zbiciak To: DZ-Jay Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 21:02:34 -0600 I was just about to report that. Guess you found it on your side. :-) Yeah, the AI state machine stuff can be easy to mess up in unique ways. I remember having some weird crashes in SP when trying to get ships to exit, for example. Subject: Re: Pac-Man auto-pilot test From: DZ-Jay To: Joe Zbiciak Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 06:42:53 -0500 OK. I fixed the frightened color issue. Although in this mini game, the frightened mode should just make the elf twinkle (for invincibility) instead of changing the ghost. I also altered the script to introduce pauses every so often, where the Ghost looks around. Sometimes he does a "double-take" before moving It's all definitely non-random, but my focus is to use my already existing assets, and I don't have any AI or random elements pre-fab. I'll spend some more time in the maze (my wife wants me to add Christmas trees), and then I'll start working on collisions. Oh, and a slight change of title. The game is now "Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost of Christmas Presents." Carol is the elf, you see. (Please don't kill me dZ. cc_test4.zip
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