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Christmas Carol vs. The World!

Christmas Championship Extravaganza - 2013

 

 

With the closing of the year, the championship has ended; and once again it was a resounding success! We had a much higher turn out than last year, great participation throughout the month, and it seems everyone had a great and joyful time.

 

The other judges and I have reviewed all entries, and it is now with great pleasure that I announce the official winners of the championship. You can see the full list of participants, the winners, and their achievements in the Official Carol vs. The World! Leaderboard page.

 

Please visit the Prizes section of the Christmas Carol web site for more information on the awards.

 

 

Grand Prize:

Top Ranking Elf: Liduario (a.k.a LidLikesIntellivision) - 23,205

Liduario is not only the top ranking player in this year's competition, but he also roll-over the color-coded score display twice, plus he now holds the Christmas Carol High Score World Record!

 

Top Rank Prize:

Top Master Elf: Fushek - 10,863

Top Ranger Elf: Scalpel - 4,159
Top Helper Elf: ebelhaki - 2,433
Top Novice Elf: Felson42 - 1,209
Runners Up:
Top Elite Master Elves:
  • arquillos - 8,714
  • Jesus - 8,108
  • Oscar G. - 7,619
Top Elite Ranger Elves:
  • grips03 - 4,047
  • mphokie - 4,026
  • SBAZ - 3,716
  • Karima K. - 3,206
  • JasonLikesINTV - 3,150
Top Elite Helper Elves:
  • TrekMD - 2,283
  • 1980gamer - 2,159
  • Yeliz K. - 2,059
  • Gorfy - 1,960
  • JacobZuz7zu7 - 1,808
Top Elite Novice Elves:
  • Wilson T. Oyama - 1,180
  • voltron - 1,147
  • Loktar - 1,134
  • Nour K. - 1,044
  • intvsteve - 889
Along with the prizes, we've also awarded some extra-special virtual achievements to recognize some outstanding accomplishments this season:
Overachiever Extraordinaire:
The participant who earned the most achievements by far.
Liduario (30 achievements in total)
High Elf-Esteem:
The participant with the most marked score improvement throughout the championship.
Liduario (From 2,758 to 23,205 points)
Workaholic Elf:
The participant who played for the most consecutive days.
mphokie (14 consecutive days played)
Prolific Elf:
The participant who submitted the most individual entries.
SBAZ (46 entries in total)
Higher Elf-Esteem:
The participant with the highest average score from his first entry to his last.
arquillos (From 4,667 to 8,714 points in only 6 days)
Head Of The Class:
The participant who advanced through the most ranks throughout the championship.
Oscar G. (5 ranks in all)
Busy Bee:
The participant who played for the most days throughout the championship.
Fushek (21 days played)
On behalf of Left Turn Only Productions and the Intellivision High Score Club, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition. I hope you all had as much fun and enjoyment as I 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 truly was another magical experience!
See you all next year!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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Lid gaming skills. Congrats. I could never get past the guy who shots at me.

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Lid gaming skills. Congrats. I could never get past the guy who shots at me.

 

 

You should watch some of Liduario's or S.BAZ's videos. They show some techniques on how to beat the robot. There's always next year! :)

 

-dZ.

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Grats to the winners! DZ, if you could, please PM me scans of the various patches for the website.

 

All, consider this a 'bleg' for these scans just in case DZ is busy dreaming up nest year's prizes already :D

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I really enjoyed the competition. For me, the only "problem" was the travelling I had to do this year, that prevented me from catching Scalpel at the end. :)

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Thank you Dz for the results and for ensuring that the competition was fun. December is the Intellivision month in AA and Carol leads the charge...

 

I was thinking that in the same way as Battle Kid is the poster boy of the new generation of NES games, Carol is the poster girl of the new generation of Intellivision games… Can't wait for Carol 2!

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Thanks! DZ-Jay had fun! sucks getting knock out of prize contention last day. :_(

I'm sorry, I know how it is. Your score was very good, though. Plus, there's always next year. :)

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Busy Bee:
The participant who played for the most days throughout the championship.
Fushek (21 days played)

 

No wonder my wife doesn't like the Intellivision :).

 

Another great year of Carol competition! Liduardo Jesus, Arquillos and Oscar all forced me to keep playing just so I could come in second (my winning game ended after 4 AM!). They were great to compete with ... look forward to facing off again next year.

 

I REALLY wanted a mug this year after missing out last year and now I'll have one :-D. Between having the special edition of the game, a mug and several patches, Carol is the jewel of my homebrew collection!

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No wonder my wife doesn't like the Intellivision :).

 

Another great year of Carol competition! Liduardo Jesus, Arquillos and Oscar all forced me to keep playing just so I could come in second (my winning game ended after 4 AM!). They were great to compete with ... look forward to facing off again next year.

 

I REALLY wanted a mug this year after missing out last year and now I'll have one :-D. Between having the special edition of the game, a mug and several patches, Carol is the jewel of my homebrew collection!

 

Well, I'm very happy to say that you earned your mug and patches. You should be very proud. :)

 

-dZ.

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By the way, to everyone who's on that winners list: Check your PM.

 

-dZ.

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Here are the final statistics on the participants of the championship:

 

 

 

Output for "build-lb" generated on: 01/06/2014 06:13:11

GENERAL STATISTICS:
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	Total Entries Processed:       426
	Disqualified Entries:           10
	Non-Participating Entries:       3
	Total Qualified Contestants:    43

CHAMPIONS PER RANK:
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	Novice:        23
	Helper:         8
	Ranger:         7
	Master:         0
	Grand Master:   5

LAST STAGES BY RANK:
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	Haunted Hollow:        47
		Novice:         5
		Helper:        25
		Ranger:         3
		Master:         4
		Grand Master:  10

	Frosted Maze:          37
		Novice:         8
		Helper:        10
		Ranger:        14
		Master:         4
		Grand Master:   1

	Candy Cove:            71
		Novice:        10
		Helper:        46
		Ranger:         3
		Master:         4
		Grand Master:   8

	Icicle Lane:           53
		Novice:        27
		Helper:        18
		Ranger:         5
		Grand Master:   3

	Snowflake Garden:      39
		Novice:         8
		Helper:        26
		Ranger:         4
		Grand Master:   1

	Freezer Burn:          38
		Novice:        21
		Helper:        12
		Ranger:         1
		Master:         1
		Grand Master:   3

	Krystal Keep:          40
		Novice:        27
		Helper:         4
		Ranger:         5
		Master:         1
		Grand Master:   3

	Twisted Toyland:       64
		Novice:        16
		Helper:        31
		Ranger:         7
		Master:         3
		Grand Master:   7


ACHIEVEMENTS EARNED:
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	One Smart Cookie:                     3
	The Spirit Of Christmas Present:     43
	The Spirit Of Christmas Past:         9
	Ice Cave Raider:                     41
	Cavern Explorer:                     41
	Santa's Magic Touch:                 38
	The Boss Is In:                      23
	Elf In Training:                     33
	Elf Apprentice:                      25
	Santa's Elite Elf:                   16
	Elf Superstar:                        5
	Practice Makes Perfect:               9
	The Perfectionist Elf:               13
	I Have A Sweet Tooth:                10
	Icy Flower Power:                    10
	Frozen "P":                           9
	A Perfect Christmas:                  4
	Five Golden Rings... Of Life:        13
	Savior Of Christmas:                 20
	The Twelve Days Of Christmas Carol:   8
	Elf On Duty:                          8
	Santa's Little Helper:               20
	I, Ranger Elf:                       11
	I, Master Elf:                        5
	I, Overachieving Elf:                 5
	I, Christmas Savior Extraordinaire:   6
	Walking On Egg Shells:                2
	Code Breaker:                         0
	To Kill A Mocking Ghost:              1
	Tread On Yellow Snow:                 2
	A Perfect Christmas Supreme:          0
	Exalted Elf Knight Of Christmas:      1
	A Clockwork Orange:                   1

 

 

A few things of note that can be gleaned from that are:

  • 20 people saved Christmas, six of them did it twice before Christmas Day
  • 8 people completed the Twelve Days Of Christmas Carol (that's a lot of playing!)
  • 8 people played on Christmas Day
  • 13 people completed levels with "Perfect" bonus
  • Nobody found the last secret code
On the levels achieved, I see:
  • Candy Cove is still where most Elves go to die, especially Grand Masters. It seems that if you are skilled enough to beat the game a few times over, you still are most likely to end up dying on the next Candy Cove.
  • More Novice Elves die on Krystal Keep than on Twisted Toyland.
  • Helper Elves have a higher incidence of death on Candy Cove than on any other stage. So it seems that as soon as they earn enough skills to save Christmas, and upon being promoted to Helper Elves, they end up caught in the Candy Cove trap. Apparently this early trauma is enough to affect their gameplay even as they advance to Grand Masters. :o

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Grats to the winners! DZ, if you could, please PM me scans of the various patches for the website.

 

All, consider this a 'bleg' for these scans just in case DZ is busy dreaming up nest year's prizes already :D

 

Sorry, almost missed this. I'll PM soon.

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The design of the new Top Ranking Prize commemorative mug for the CvW 2013 winners is complete. It's based on last year's design, but slightly bigger and more refined. Take a look:

 

post-27318-0-83763500-1389568710_thumb.png <-- Click to enlarge

 

Next step is manufacture. Once I receive the actual items I will start shipping the prizes. We're on schedule! :)

 

-dZ.

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The design of the new Top Ranking Prize commemorative mug for the CvW 2013 winners is complete. It's based on last year's design, but slightly bigger and more refined. Take a look:

 

attachicon.gifTop Elite Elf Mug - 2013 Sample.png <-- Click to enlarge

 

Next step is manufacture. Once I receive the actual items I will start shipping the prizes. We're on schedule! :)

 

-dZ.

 

I look forward to drinking some hot chocolate out the mug :). (Actually, I'm terrified of leaving a stain in the mug, or dropping it ... or ruining it in the dishwasher, or getting a fingerprint on it ... allow me to refine my statement):

 

I look forward to drinking some hot chocolate while STARING at the mug.

 

There ... that's better. Much less stressful ;).

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Ah! For those of you who last year received your mug, but were afraid to use it: don't fret!

 

My wife and I have been using our own CvW mugs exclusively, daily, for drinking coffee, and it has survived an entire year of hot liquids, microwaving, dish washing, and soap and other stuff.

 

It's still as good as new, so you needn't worry about using it. They are good quality ceramic mugs. :)

 

dZ.

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The envelope was AWESOME!!!! With Christmas stickers. My daughter (4) helped me open it, then took the patch to play with. Very cool of you Dz.

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I'm glad you guys are enjoying your prizes, they were well deserved. I'm still waiting for the mugs to return from the manufacturer. They should be here by next week. I expect to ship them by the first or second week of February.

 

-dZ.

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The mugs are in, along with the most delicious and festive hot cocoa mix. I'll be shipping these this week.

 

Thank you all for your patience.

 

-dZ.

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