Let's start with the pace calculation at the end of a completed level, since it's the simplest model. If you require a more flexible formula, one that can be used at any point in the game, I'll build one.
There are only 3 components to the overall pace value:1. Current Score (actual)2. Future Levels (estimated)3. Future Deaths (estimated)
We'll use Dean's recent WR game as our example (at the end of Level 14):1. Current Score = 759,300
The current score includes the 5,800 points gained from the 2 deaths on L8-2 (2,900) and L8-4 (2,900).2. Future Levels = 427,840
This value is calculated by taking the average score per level (points from deaths are not
included) and multiplying by the number of remaining levels.
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So, estimated score on future levels = 7 x ( 611,200 / 10 ) = 427,8403. Future Deaths = 5,700
I use a standard value of 5,000 for the first 3 deaths, and 700 for the killscreen. There are other approaches. Mitch uses 5,000 until the first death has occurred. He then uses the points from death #1 as an estimate for the second and third deaths. After the second death, the average points from deaths #1 and #2 are used to estimate the 3rd death. I prefer to stick with the standard value, since I'm not convinced that previous deaths are a reliable predictor for future ones. You should use whatever value and/or method works best for you.
In our example, 2 deaths have already occurred. We'll use 5,000 for the 3rd death, and 700 for the 4th (on Level 22-1).
So, estimated points from future deaths = 5,000 + 700 = 5,700Overall Pace (without rounding) = 759,300 + 427,840 + 5,700 = 1,192,840
As a final step, I divide the result by 100, round to 0 decimal places, then multiply by 100 (since a valid DK score must be an even multiple of 100 points).Overall Pace (rounded to nearest 100) = 1,192,800
The rounding option is a matter of personal preference. It's another choice that's entirely up to you.