It's been a while since I wrote in my blog and the kong off 3 was held. Kongrats to the winner and all the participants. Due to several qualifiers above me declining to go, I believe the final online qulaifier spot was passed down to me and it was a tough decision but I finally decided not to go. Maybe next year!
So I've been practicing on mame a lot since I last blogged. I havn't even played on my cab. But my game has progressed now. I always get the bottom hammer now and always get both elevator prizes. I also do barrel grouping at the top. I went through a lot of bottom hammer practicing but now my standard practice routing is try to complete all of level 5 without dying and then seeing how many points I got on that level.
The way I estimate is like this:
Level 5 starting score: 100,000. Most average level scores are a few thousand over fifty thousand so as a base 50,000 x 17 = 850,000. 850,000 + 100,000 = 950,000. 950,000 is my base score I do the rest of my math against. Seventeen is the number of levels between level 5 and 21. So if I complete level 5 with a score of 58,000. I say 8000 x 17 = 136,000 and then 136,000 + 950,000 = 1,086,000. So everytime I complete a level I can estimate my pace and its usually roughly in the same range like maybe 3000 x 17 puts me on a million pace.
My problem now is I just die too much all the time in different random spots. I think it is partly because I am practicing and dont care when I die. But trying to complete one level without dying while point pressing can be tough. Usually I restart the level when I die to restart my estimate but if I keep going I can usually complete the level without dying again but I think I only have completed two levels in a row without dying like once maybe. I clear all the boards all the time but I'm doing so much more now there many more chances to die. That's where just crazy practicing comes in, practicing so many different situations. I tried not grouping at top of barrels to see if I could still pace for a million but there are too many additional point opportunites when grouping. There are many different grouping combinations that can kill you easily but I have been improving quite a bit over average now. Just still have that problem with consistency. But I am excited for the skill improvements I have made with grouping.
I also have an best standard point estimate for each of the boards. Like 8,400 for a pie factory free pass etc. If I add up my all my best average estimates for the level and count 13,500 for each barrel level (my best). It comes out to 1,177,800. Now that is in reality way inflated due to all the boards where you lose all the bonus time like rivets or pie or get bad barrels etc. But that is my highest estimate I have made. Usually I average level 5 for an estimate of just over exactly 1 million. So when I come up with some ways to occasionally get higher barrel points (13,500 is my best, 11,000 is average), I think it is possible I could pace over one million.
Also I should be getting a new laptop soon and I'm hoping I will be able to twitch stream my mame practice on there since I have only streamed my cab before.