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Alfonzo

The DWIronman League dies to: Scythe

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Best of wishes to your endeavors Fonz. All hail overlord @NaZa!

Gotta make time for this momentous Ironman.  Wanna see how I can handle Scythe years later :)

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@Alfonzo Much appreciated for hosting the Ironman League for the last three years! It's been a great time to participate the league with other people from the community, and read the comments about the participant's attempt from the leaderboard for fun. To be fair, that's one of reasons that I joined the league. :D And I'm glad that @NaZa, who has been managing the unofficial (well, I think that now it's safe to call it "official") scoreboard of Ironman League. Congratulations!

 

For the wad of the month, I played Scythe a long time ago. All I want to say is that I hope I'm fast enough to survive the infamous MAP28... come to think of it, let's hope that I manage to reach MAP28 during the attempt. That'd be more important, hehe.

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1 minute ago, antares031 said:

To be fair, that's one of reasons that I joined the league. :D

 

Ah, that's great to hear! Thank you! I really wish I could have kept pace these last few months if only for this reason. Obituary writing was one of the most attractive parts of hosting for me, too. I'll make sure I cover each and every run before December is out :)

 

On a related note, I think it's important that character continues to play the biggest part in this "comp". That's why folks like @Pegleg are so great to have on board, and why having something like the Britbowl naturally emerge out of the League is so heartening. @TMD used to throw caution to the wind in his old runs just for the audience, so his runs were among my favorite to watch on-stream in 2016/17.

 

If it were all just about placement and numbers, it'd all be a bit of a dirge. I think we've managed to avoid that and there's a big future for this thing, yet, the more we focus on the fun asides like streaming and rivalries.

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I’ve not been playing Ironman long but it’s fun to do and thanks for hosting @Alfonzo! And thanks for taking up the reins @NaZa
 

Very interesting pick, a set perfect for something like this. Doubt we’ll see many (any?) Cat 1 demos this month

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@Alfonzo So sad to hear of your retirement from hosting Ironman, but I can truly sympathize. Not only am I still catching up on watching the Abcess runs -- a mere 6 maps! -- but life commitments mean I only get time for about 10% of the DW activity I'd like to do. Having tried from time to time to watch more than a couple Ironman demos per month, I long ago realized just how much work is involved in staying on top of this, especially in months with super-popular wads that draw in 20+ players, half of whom are very familiar with the mapset and thus go deep into it, or even survive. That's a lot of hours watching demos! I couldn't have done it, I know that. 

 

As with @antares031, a prime reason for me participating in the League was the obits. Nothing like a good-hearted, wry observation on our flailings to make the day go better. :) But I also wanted to test myself, to see if I could move from being a savescummer to a survivor. Well, I haven't survived a single mapset so far, but that day may yet come before we go ice-skating in Hell. ;D

 

So thanks, Alfonzo, for coming up with this great idea. It's been a blast, really my favorite thing on DW, and perhaps even moreso now that I plan to do both Blind and Prepared runs. My sympathies to @NaZa, but look on the bright side, my Blind runs will be very short. ;D

 

Lastly, Alfonzo, I hope your life commitments are of the fun and enjoyable kind, and perhaps very lucrative, and I look forward to seeing you around as a participant as often as possible. :)

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Oh boy oh boy. It's THAT wad

 

I bet i am (and probably many others are) gonna get roasted on map 21 ;D

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I’ll be amazed if I get to map 21. I fear I might panic and die on the dropdown on map 06, and if I make that, I think I’ll struggle on map 11

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Scythe? I might actually join in for this one. I don't know how to make demos, I presume a continuous video is fine? It's mostly irrelevant because even having played the maps several times, I'll probably die on map01 still.

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Since this is complevel 2, am I supposed to finish my recording in one sitting? I'm not good, but if I were, would I have to play through 32 maps in one playing session? I've tried looking around the forum but all I could find were confirmations that yes, it is one playing session indeed.

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5 minutes ago, Leszczynek said:

Since this is complevel 2, am I supposed to finish my recording in one sitting? I'm not good, but if I were, would I have to play through 32 maps in one playing session? I've tried looking around the forum but all I could find were confirmations that yes, it is one playing session indeed.

Yes, indeed you'll have to sit through it all.

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@Alfonzo

Thanks for coming up with this idea and carrying on with it. I second Steve D's comments are your upcoming real world commitments. We hope to see you back here from time to time.

 

@NaZa

Congratulations on taking over as caretaker of DWIL. I suppose this essentially just makes official what has been the practice for the last several months. I suppose this now means you'll have to maintain both the "Blind" and "Prepared" leaderboards.

 

One more thing:

7 hours ago, Alfonzo said:

SIGIL (winner: leodoom85)
Vanguard & Lunatic (winner: Bdubzzz)
2017 Collection (winner: an_mutt)
Revolution! (winner: NaZa)

Monster Hunter Ltd. 1 & 2 (winner: Bdubzzz)

Abcess (winner: Demon of the Well)

 

It's nice to see variety at the very top of the monthly leaderboards.

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Salutations, Alfonzo.  These Ironman threads are some of my favorite things on these doom forums, and add more entertainment & structure to playing doom than just picking up miscellaneous maps from Wads and Mods.  I'm glad you started this monthly event.

 

Also...

DEAD: Map04 (cat 2)

hasty play, quick death. at least its dinner time.

noisy_scythe_ironman.zip

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Standard Run, Category 3. I have played these levels before. I have watched playthroughs of them. I've opened some of them up in DoomBuilder before (Not during or in preparation for the run - Just highlighting how well I know the maps).

 

 

 

Dead Simple apparently isn't so simple. Died on Map07.

 

Biggest struggle for me was having to turn freelook off! Had a lot of trouble controlling Doomguy because of that mouse movement.

Edited by Magicana

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The witty obituaries are a big part of the draw for me.  My dominant train of thought on seeing the torch pass on is "about time."  No criticism intended; it takes quite a lot of energy to administrate these, I imagine.

 

Wrote a fan obituary for an-mutt's 2017 Collection run to acknowledge the accomplishment - Survived: an_mutt - "For the first time in the history of the league, creator takes part and surpasses all challengers.  Hats off to an outstanding performance."

 

Would ya' believe I've never played Scythe?  Part of me is not inclined to but some other part is interested in producing a blind attempt for the fails collection.  Stay tuned.  (or not, considering my sluggish pace in an unprepared attempt)

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Though I normally don't do Ironmans, I thought to myself a while back that if Scythe gets picked, I'll have to participate. It's the megawad I've casually replayed the most times and a good introduction to playing without saves. I haven't done a proper playthrough in months so this run is my first take:

 

Cat 2: Survived in 3:29:08 (How not to play Fire and Ice Edition.): S01_ScytheMan_32908.zip

 

Why is it so damn long!? I played carefully and did all kills and secrets on every map except for 28, because I sure as hell am not risking attempting a max there. Also, there should be a completionist category or bonus for us non-speedrunners. Enjoy!

Edited by Spectre01

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Awesome mapset here!  That means it's time for yours truly to just speedrun the sucker and see how long it takes for me to die.  Being half asleep when attempting this doesn't help though.

 

Despite all that, I made it quite far rather quickly.  Made it to map 20 before a giant ass goat demon blocked me, then said hi with a rocket to my face.

DWIronman_Scythe_AnimaZero.zip

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17 hours ago, ReaperAA said:

I bet i am (and probably many others are) gonna get roasted on map 21 ;D

 

Well I managed to get 3 maps further than I was expecting.

 

Demo: scythedemo.zip (Category 2)

Used: Glboom+ 2.5.1.7um (Complevel 2)

Dead on: Map 24 (reached at around 1:30:00)

 

The moment I met those horde of revenants on map24, I kinda knew I wasn't gonna survive. Still I am satisfied with my performance considering that the last time I played this was about 3-ish years ago.

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I died in map 24 (I did the two secret levels).

 

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/638860117298905100/650972870083739648/roofi_scythe_im_24.lmp

 

I'm pretty satisfied of my run. I was expecting to die in map 28 because of its gimmicky gameplay.

 

It's been a long time since I played Scythe (2012/2013). There are some levels that I remembered very well and others that I had totally forgotten. Unfortunately, I couldn't rediscover my favorite map (map 26)

 

Category 2

 

 

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Pretty happy with how far I got considering I'm a massive newbie to playing Doom stuff, especially on PrBoom.

Never played Scythe, which I know makes me a bit of an outlier here, as I've heard the name thrown about long beforehand.

There were some total shit-your-pants moments in that run, I'm very surprised I survived the Chaingunner trap in MAP08. The drop-down on MAP06 was also pretty brutal, and that was one of the most cramped Dead Simple remakes I've ever played.

 

Died in MAP10 to the death exit, which for whatever reason did not work for me, that sucks!

I did like that I never truly felt safe, every button and item pickup was just seeping with the feeling of dread. A lot of them felt perfect for this kind of ironman style deal, quickly acclimating to seemingly completely overwhelming odds felt great.

 

Demo: (Category 1)

Used: PrBoom+ 2.5.1.4 (Complevel 2)

Dead on: Map 10 (at 00:21:28)

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21 minutes ago, Fairweather said:

Died in MAP10 to the death exit, which for whatever reason did not work for me, that sucks!

It looks like you pressed the use key after dying, which restarted the map. Scythe's death exits take around 4 seconds to end the level properly. It's unfortunately a common problem with longer death exits where a player can accidentally restart the level.

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1 hour ago, Fairweather said:

Never played Scythe, which I know makes me a bit of an outlier here

 

I, too, have never played Scythe, so you have some company. Scythe (and Scythe 2) were recommended to me in response to a statement I once made that I typically don't play megawads because it takes a long time to play through 30 levels, so I'm looking forward to playing it this month.

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25 minutes ago, Pegleg said:

 

I, too, have never played Scythe, so you have some company. Scythe (and Scythe 2) were recommended to me in response to a statement I once made that I typically don't play megawads because it takes a long time to play through 30 levels, so I'm looking forward to playing it this month.


Scythe 2 takes much longer to complete than Scythe

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So I made it to map13, then realised that I really should be going to bed and rushed a little too much.

Call this a category 2 for the sheer fact I haven't played this in a couple of years.

scythecb.zip

Edited by cannonball : Shocking write up error... for shame

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