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High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« on: October 05, 2010, 04:28:01 am »
The last 52 competitions:

#1 - Shinobi - Winner: Destructor, Second: fixedpigs
#2 - Jungle Hunt - Winner: CrazyKongFan, Second: DeLuSioNal29
#3 - Zoo Keeper - Winner: DeLuSioNal29, Second: Ummon
#4 - Q*Bert - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: CrazyKongFan
#5 - Robotron 2084 - Winner: (+_+), Second: opt2not
#6 - Joust - Winner: (+_+), Second: Shoegazer  (Changed the winner to (+_+), unless someone can explain why his score shouldn't count.)
#7 - Elevator Action - Winner: FrontyDev, Second: Zebidee
#8 - Mr Do - Winner: DeLuSioNal29, Second: rotheblog
#9 - Hyper Sports - Winner: drawfull, Second: Ummon
#10 - Wonder Boy - Winner: DrFrag, Second: drawfull
#11 - Bubble Bobble - Winner: mrclean, Second: isucamper
#12 - Gun.Smoke - Winner: isucamper, Second: Ummon
#13 - Ghouls 'n Ghosts - Winner: Ginsu Victim, Second: Zebidee
#14 - Ms Pac-Man (with speedup hac) - Winner: CrazyKongFan, Second: wooowman93
#15 - Frogger - Winner: CrazyKong Fan, Second: Jasonbar
#16 - Grobda - Winner: mimic, Second: Cornchip
#17 - Bank Panic - Winner: ahofle, Second: Jasonbar
#18 - Juno First - Winner: RayB, Second: Shoegazer
#19 - Rolling Thunder - Winner: DrFrag, Second: isucamper
#20 - Terra Cresta - Winner: isucamper, Second: Jasonbar
#21 - Gladiator - Winner: Jasonbar, Second: Hewskie
#22 - Alcon (Slap Fight) - Winner: DrFrag, Second: Bender
#23 - Galaga - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: ToddH
#24 - Defender - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: tcleary
#25 - Klax - Winner: CrazyKongFan, Second: TAG
#26 - Funny Mouse - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: Epyx
#27 - Rampart - Winner: isucamper, Second: john_abey
#28 - Satan's Hollow - Winner: jasonbar, Second: ummon
#29 - The Speed Rumbler - Winner: Epyx, Second: mimic
#30 - Black Dragon - Winner: Epyx, Second: CrazyKongFan
#31 - Twin Cobra - Winner: ArcadeNerd, Second: jasonbar
#32 - Tetris - Winner: DrFrag, Second: qlunch
#33 - Gyruss - Winner: Hurray Banana, Second: vorghagen
#34 - Mappy - Winner: Jasonbar, Second: TAG
#35 - Bump 'n' Jump - Winner: Comtek, Second: DrFrag
#36 - Popeye - Winner: CrazyKongFan, Second: isucamper
#37 - Pengo - Winner: CrazyKongFan, Second: MazzMn
#38 - Bomb Jack - Winner: bpark42, Second: Flaptop
#39 - Smash T.V. - Winner: jasonbar, Second: quarterstringer
#40 - Rygar - Winner: Cakemeister, Second: jasonbar
#41 - Krull - Winner: jasonbar, Second: I/O
#42 - Tutankham - Winner: DrFrag, Second: creatine28
#43 - Astro Blaster - Winner: mimic, Second: WhereEaglesDare
#44 - Son of Phoenix - Winner: jasonbar, Second: syph007
#45 - Metal Slug - Winner: doteater, Second: Hewskie
#46 - Puzzle Bobble - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: Benevolance
#47 - Street Fighter 2 - The World Warrior - Winner: isucamper, Second: jordanshadow
#48 - Crazy Climber - Winner: jasonbar, Second: quarterstringer
#49 - Strider - Winner:Jasonbar, Second: Bender
#50 - Donkey Kong - Winner: wweumina, Second: javeryh
#51 - Champion Wrestler - Winner: Vorghagen, Second: Bender
#52 - Karnov - Winner: DrFrag, Second: darcyp

I thought I'd pick something classic and well known, but also something unlikely to have a clear winner from the start.



Gauntlet.  The bottomless money pit of 80s arcade games.  But this time you can't pump in coins to get further, you're going to have to go the distance on one coin. :-)

You can pick any character you like.
Level warps are permitted, if you think it'll help.

IIRC the first 7 levels are set, and after that they're random.  Level 1 has a warp to 4 and 8, and Level 4 has a warp to 8.  One day my brother and I decided to start up MAME to see if we could finish the game.  We gave up after level 250 and noticing we were repeating a lot of levels.

Good luck!

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ROMSet: gauntlet, Gauntlet (rev 14)

DEFAULT DIP Switch Settings

Service Mode: OFF

Settings accessable via Service Mode:
Multiplier: 1
Bonus Adder: None
Game Difficulty: 4 - Moderate
Health Per Coin: 700
Coins to Start: 1

These are the default settings, so you shouldn't need to make any changes.

Note that Gauntlet uses an nvram file, so you might want to delete/rename this to avoid confusion if you've played before and have high scores.

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- One coin only (700 health)

- No continues or adding health with coins!

- No MAME cheats!

- Last day is Monday October 18th (11:59:59pm Pacific Daylight Time), 2010.
 
- High score wins.

- No savestates, savestate practices, etc. during the round.

- MAME INP recordings are optional, but encouraged!

- A screenshot is required to enter a score (press F12 to save screenshot showing your final score) or take a photo of the screen if playing on a real machine.

- If you're a MARP competitor on this title (like there are any...), keep in mind this is just a friendly competition amongst forum members, so maybe you shouldn't enter. However, if you're a forum member and this is a game you're good at and nobody knows about it, this is your time to shine!

- Even if you don't have a competitive score or if you don't *think* that you have a competitive score, please post it anyway to keep the thread fun & to give everybody a good sense of score ranges.

Best of luck!


Please if you are a Twin Galaxies competitor and such there is already a place for you, so let this be a friendly competition amoung us mortals
Please make sure your sores are from games that take place during the competition period (no posting your best score from last year, etc.)

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2010, 09:47:31 am »
I'm not a fan of the Gauntlet games, but I'm sure this will be a popular competition. I look forward to seeing how this one plays out.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2010, 10:30:13 am »
Too bad there's no easy way for a team competition. 

Great choice! (I think?) It won't be easy.
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2010, 11:48:58 am »
I played a run through and scored about 8000.  Then I tried again but point leeched by shooting ghosts from the second pile of bones (as Warrior) until my health ran out.  I scored 30,000.  So I thought I'd accidentally made a bad choice for this competition, but with a bit of effort you can get higher scores by progressing with caution.  It's interesting how much of a different play style this is from what I'm used to with Gauntlet.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2010, 01:57:50 am »
Managed to get something in the 6000s on my best game (w/ Valkyrie).  I know that Gauntlet isn't going to work out for me...

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2010, 11:11:23 am »
haven't tried this yet but I will.  your life drains automatically right?

perhaps it should be whoever can get to the furthest level, with ties to be settled by total points?
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2010, 12:31:17 pm »
While there is no way I will be entering this contest, I would like to know what level everyone ended up on.


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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2010, 01:26:03 pm »
Valkyrie: level 4, 6000-something.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010, 03:45:42 pm »
How about multplying the level times the score?  ;D
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2010, 03:04:10 pm »
I played a run through and scored about 8000.  Then I tried again but point leeched by shooting ghosts from the second pile of bones (as Warrior) until my health ran out.  I scored 30,000.  So I thought I'd accidentally made a bad choice for this competition, but with a bit of effort you can get higher scores by progressing with caution.  It's interesting how much of a different play style this is from what I'm used to with Gauntlet.

I don't understand how you got 30000. You have 700 health that drains at one per second, the white ghosts are worth 20 points. If you kill one per second, you get 14,000 pts.
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2010, 03:02:45 am »
Have you tried it?  They spawn faster than one per second.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2010, 03:54:17 am »
1. Find a spot with plenty of bones.
2. Stand so that any ghosts come toward you single file.
3. Rest a couple of heavy books on the attack button.
4. Go make a sandwich.
5. Return to find a score of 29320.  :dunno
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2010, 06:19:27 am »
I got just under 7000 by playing in a "normal" way. I haven't tried the "rest something on button/Make sandwich" method yet though :)

Perhaps points can be added for who makes the nicest sandwich before the credit is up. ;)
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2010, 06:31:06 am »
1. Find a spot with plenty of bones.
2. Stand so that any ghosts come toward you single file.
3. Rest a couple of heavy books on the attack button.
4. Go make a sandwich.
5. Return to find a score of 29320.  :dunno

What kind of sandwich works best?   :applaud:

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2010, 07:35:32 am »
1. Find a spot with plenty of bones.
2. Stand so that any ghosts come toward you single file.
3. Rest a couple of heavy books on the attack button.
4. Go make a sandwich.
5. Return to find a score of 29320.  :dunno

What kind of sandwich works best?   :applaud:

That was rare roast beef with lettuce. But I think a combination of leg ham, beer and roast chicken would work best...
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2010, 07:52:04 am »
I don't have any leg ham, but the beer and roast chicken worked wonders.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2010, 10:44:14 am »
I don't have any leg ham, but the beer and roast chicken worked wonders.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2010, 11:27:00 am »
1. Find a spot with plenty of bones.
2. Stand so that any ghosts come toward you single file.
3. Rest a couple of heavy books on the attack button.
4. Go make a sandwich.
5. Return to find a score of 29320.

3. Press F10

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2010, 12:59:24 pm »
WAIT!!!  It has auto-shoot?!? I've been mashing the attack button like crazy!!%^$!%^$^!%
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2010, 04:04:01 pm »
Gauntlet was a lot of fun when there were 4 players willing to pump in quarters. Now it's boring having to play as a single player. I played normally and could only get to level 6 with 25 thousand. Then I tried point leeching and got 63,680.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2010, 07:18:58 pm »
I played this game for a while and found it a tad boring.  Having said that, I found some bones and a one way entrance and quickly got up to about 35,000.  I quit after realizing I could get infinity using this strategy.
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2010, 09:52:13 pm »
I played this game for a while and found it a tad boring.  Having said that, I found some bones and a one way entrance and quickly got up to about 35,000.  I quit after realizing I could get infinity using this strategy.
How did you stop your health from running down?

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2010, 05:45:54 am »
You find more health :)

The trick to the game is to be able to find more health quick enough to make up for whats gone down...  But knowing when to wait and clear an area first.  I used to play for a long time, but I don't remember if I payed more then one quarter to get to where I was self sufficient. 

btw, guantlet was one of the first PvP games out there.  A friend worked at an arcade when I was a teenager, he would throw us the keys when we came in.  I remember opening up the doors on guantlet with a friend and get to endless health.  When we got to the screens 'shots hurt other players' it was a free for all! 

I'll give it a shot and see how my old skills are treating me.

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2010, 12:34:59 pm »
Food gives you 100 health.  Getting hit by a single level-3 ghost does 24 damage.  If you can find enough food to keep up that balance, plus enough to make up for your health running down, then you deserve first place.  ;D

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2010, 05:47:14 pm »
19k and change without sitting on a generator.  You really need a few hidden potions before I was able to go for a long time.  Elf with shot power is pretty useful...

Can we go for a bit.... then let our health go down to 700 and start from there  ;D

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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2010, 11:14:33 pm »
I didn't really get into this game back in the day, so I've been blowing this off. Here's a first try. I think I encountered only one food in three or four levels, and didn't touch with that many monsters, so I don't know what else I could've done to get farther.
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Re: High Score Competition #53 - Gauntlet
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2010, 11:22:49 pm »
Hmm. Here's a little better one. I point-pressed a little on the first level. This is really a team game.
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