BetaSigX20's Blog - Jan to Mar 18 (8 followers)

PermalinkHappy Birthday Trueachievements!
This blog entry is a bit later than planned, but I still wanted to get it out there. Basically this is just a recap of my achievement run for the 2018 Happy Birthday Challenge, and I would have posted it right after I finished the challenge, but I caught the flu right after I finished it, and basically didn't get out of bed for three days.

Anyway, when the challenge was announced on Friday, March 9. Technically, we had a month to complete the challenge, but if we could get it done by Wednesday, March 14, we could earn a month of TA Pro, so I decided to go for that.

I started looking for a roadmap to get it done using the fewest amount of games or maintaining the highest possible ratio or something like that, but with 29 achievements in the challenge, it quickly became apparent that it would be hard to do this challenge according to any sort of plan like that, at least as far as I was concerned... I had a lot of stuff to do that weekend, so I knew I was going to have a limited amount of time to get it done in time to get the prize. In fact, I didn't even get to start until Sunday afternoon, and then knowing that I would have to be at work on Wednesday, I basically had three nights to get it done. Ultimately I decided to just grab the first couple of achievements from the game I was currently playing already, Star Trek, and then from there I'd move on to whatever was available.

Sunday Night - Day 1
Star TrekHonorary CommendationBetaSigX20The Honorary Commendation achievement in Star Trek worth 225 pointsComplete half of all Optional Objectives
Star TrekAway Team: Mission InitiatedBetaSigX20The Away Team: Mission Initiated achievement in Star Trek worth 16 pointsComplete one chapter in co-operative play
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Kinect Sports: Season TwoPerfect RaceBetaSigX20The Perfect Race achievement in Kinect Sports: Season Two worth 43 pointsRace a perfect race (don't miss any gates) on both ski runs when playing Skiing
Kinect Sports: Season TwoPeak PerfectionBetaSigX20The Peak Perfection achievement in Kinect Sports: Season Two worth 75 pointsRace a perfect race on all three hills at Sunny Peaks
Kinect Sports: Season TwoYou're the judge, I'm the juryBetaSigX20The You're the judge, I'm the jury achievement in Kinect Sports: Season Two worth 24 pointsHit a line judge with the tennis ball when playing tennis

Kinect Sports: Season TwoBalloon BusterBetaSigX20The Balloon Buster achievement in Kinect Sports: Season Two worth 98 pointsScore more than 25 points in Pop Darts
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DestinyInspectorBetaSigX20The Inspector achievement in Destiny worth 22 pointsInspect another player.

Monday Night - Day 2
Forza HorizonRave PaintBetaSigX20The Rave Paint achievement in Forza Horizon worth 12 pointsCreate and save a Paint Job.
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GRID 2Remember Me?BetaSigX20The Remember Me? achievement in GRID 2 worth 39 pointsLap a competitor.
Layers of FearThe artist's impressionBetaSigX20The The artist's impression achievement in Layers of Fear worth 27 pointsCollect a rat sketch
Stikbold! A Dodgeball AdventureHome GameBetaSigX20The Home Game achievement in Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure worth 34 pointsPlay a match with custom rules
CastleStorm – Definitive EditionDropping Like FliesBetaSigX20The Dropping Like Flies achievement in CastleStorm – Definitive Edition worth 17 pointsScore a x10 or higher killing streak.
Kinect Sports: Season TwoAce PitcherBetaSigX20The Ace Pitcher achievement in Kinect Sports: Season Two worth 32 pointsUse all pitching techniques and speeds when playing baseball
Carmageddon: Max DamageYou're Once, Twice, 10x a PsychoBetaSigX20The You're Once, Twice, 10x a Psycho achievement in Carmageddon: Max Damage worth 30 pointsGet a x10 Ped Kill Combo

Assassin's Creed: RevelationsThe Early YearsBetaSigX20The The Early Years achievement in Assassin's Creed: Revelations worth 24 pointsComplete Desmond Sequence 1.
Fable IIIRemodellingBetaSigX20The Remodelling achievement in Fable III worth 17 pointsRemodel 5 different houses by changing the furniture.
Fable IIIUnnatural LawsBetaSigX20The Unnatural Laws achievement in Fable III worth 33 pointsDefeat Witchcraft Mary.
Assassin's Creed: RevelationsEscape To New YorkBetaSigX20The Escape To New York achievement in Assassin's Creed: Revelations worth 28 pointsComplete Desmond Sequence 3.
Saints Row: The ThirdA Better PersonBetaSigX20The A Better Person achievement in Saints Row: The Third worth 16 pointsBuy your first Upgrade from the Upgrade Store.
Assassin's Creed: RevelationsCraft ManiacBetaSigX20The Craft Maniac achievement in Assassin's Creed: Revelations worth 30 pointsCraft 30 bombs.
Fallout 4Homerun!BetaSigX20The Homerun! achievement in Fallout 4 worth 18 pointsGet a Homerun
Layers of FearInspired OCDBetaSigX20The Inspired OCD achievement in Layers of Fear worth 48 pointsSearch 100 drawers and cabinets
Styx: Master of ShadowsExpendableBetaSigX20The Expendable achievement in Styx: Master of Shadows worth 26 pointsLet 15 clones die

Tuesday Night - Day 3
I was actually surprised by how much I got done Monday night (staying up until ~3 a.m. for the second night in a row). However, Tuesday night I was really starting to feel quite sick, so had to hurry to finish up.
Star TrekVulcan Repeater TinkererBetaSigX20The Vulcan Repeater Tinkerer achievement in Star Trek worth 81 pointsBuy all upgrades for the Vulcan Repeater
Guitar Hero IIExtra Credit AwardBetaSigX20The Extra Credit Award achievement in Guitar Hero II worth 14 pointsView the credits
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GRID 2Eat It!BetaSigX20The Eat It! achievement in GRID 2 worth 34 pointsWin the first round of a career Touge event using the 5 second rule.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't DieMemories and CloversBetaSigX20The Memories and Clovers achievement in D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die worth 9 pointsComplete one Extra Case from Roland Walken.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't DieEasy WinBetaSigX20The Easy Win achievement in D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die worth 60 pointsComplete the stunt scene with Amanda in Ep 2 without any MISS or POOR ratings.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't DieNothing Escapes My GazeBetaSigX20The Nothing Escapes My Gaze achievement in D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die worth 70 pointsActivate Vision 100 times.
Assassin's Creed: RevelationsThe Reluctant AssassinBetaSigX20The The Reluctant Assassin achievement in Assassin's Creed: Revelations worth 27 pointsComplete Desmond Sequence 2.
Assassin's Creed: RevelationsShow-OffBetaSigX20The Show-Off achievement in Assassin's Creed: Revelations worth 33 pointsParachute onto a zipline.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is just a really weird game. It had several achievements that I needed, though... Easy Win was the last "E" achievement that I had available, so I didn't have much of a choice. Glad I had been playing Assassin's Creed Revelations lately, though, because if not for that I wouldn't have been able to use all those Desmond trial achievements.

About 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday (shortly after I got the "Eat It" achievement) the TA scanners went down for some reason, which was unfortunate. Prior to that, I'd been forcing a scan every achievement or two, just to make sure everything was counting as it should, so I was a little nervous when I couldn't scan in at all for the last five achievements or so. I was tired, though, and sick, so I just crossed my fingers and went to bed. I ended up calling off work the next day (and the next two days after that), but I did check in once to make sure I had completed the challenge.

Once again, Happy Birthday to the TrueAchievements site -- keep up the great work! Thanks for the extra month of Pro!
Posted by BetaSigX20 on 22 March 18 at 18:46 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkFebruary 2018 Stat Roundup
An even 100 achievements this month, thanks mostly to the OlympicsAn even 100 achievements this month, thanks mostly to the Olympics

Since I just put out a blog the other day detailing my efforts for the TA Winter Olympics, I'll keep this month's stat blog fairly brief. Of the 100 total achievements I earned this month, 81 were earned during the Olympics event. 57 of those were specific achievements tied to the individual events, like Biathlon or Giant Slalom, and the other 24 were ones that popped along the way.

Probably the most notable thing about this event was that it made me dig up the old Xbox 360 Kinect in order to pop achievements in Kinectimals, Kinect Sports: Season Two, and Just Dance 3. For some of these games, I had almost written off the possibility of ever going back to them (in fact, I had given the Kinect sensor and all the 360 Kinect games to my niece), but I'm glad this event gave me the excuse to borrow that stuff back and pick up some achievements in those games. Hopefully I'll make some more progress with these games in the coming months, which will help my overall achievement percentage. Plus, my almost-4-year-old daughter really liked the downhill skiing in Kinect Sports 2. smile

Pool Nation FXPool King!BetaSigX20The Pool King! achievement in Pool Nation FX worth 908 pointsReaching Level 100 and getting more than 5700 XP

The other big news was that the event finally pushed me to finish off the Pool King achievement in Pool Nation FX. That was by far my highest-scoring single achievement of the month, worth 100 gs and 936 TA Score. Apparently I was the 200th gamer on the site to complete this game, out of 86,094 gamers who have this game, so this is by far my rarest completion (only 0.23% have completed it), and I'm pretty happy with it. Definitely one for the trophy case.

My other completion this month was not nearly as impressive. I normally don't buy games just for easy completion (haven't touched an ACA NEOGEO game, for example), and I've been trying to avoid starting new games until my Bean Dive is recovered, but I broke both of those policies for the sake of the Olympics, and bought the 15-minute 1000g Energy Cycle in order to pad out my Speed Skating run. Not in the Trophy Case, as it has a >94% completion rate, but it did help the stats this month.

The single game I popped the most achievements in (20) was Goat Simulator, which will basically retire it as a contest achievement farm for me. I've only got three achievements left in the base game (the two for collecting trophies and the infamous Flappy Bird), so I'll pick those up at some point. Not yet sure whether I'm interested enough to spring for any of the DLC.

I did manage to play some Ryse: Son of Rome for the TA Playlist this month. Didn't get as far into it as I would have liked, since the Olympics took over, but hopefully I'll get back to it soon.

I'll have this month off from the TA Playlist, since they're doing Fable II, and I just completed that game back in November. It's still fresh enough in my mind that I think I'll be able to discuss it even without playing it currently, so I'll just participate in the forums and play other things on my own time.

One of the games I'll be working on will be Star Trek, which as I detailed last month, is on the list of 360 games I want to try to clean up a bit before my 360 dies. I only had one achievement in it before, but hopefully by the time next month's recap rolls around, I'll have some pretty significant progress in this game. I don't know if I can 100% the game (depends how easy it will be to get some of the co-op achievements just using two controllers), but I think 90-95% should be doable. So far, it's not nearly as bad of a game as I remember it being made out to be, so hopefully this won't turn into too much of a slog.

  • Milestones

Actually quite a few milestones this month:
On February 11, I hit a TA Ratio of 1.7, and crossed the 200,000 TA Score mark. I believe both happened while playing Kinectimals for the Winter Olympics event.
On February 23, around 1 a.m., after finishing Pool Nation FX and taking a couple of high-ratio achievements from Goat Simulator for Curling, I went into the top 50,000 on the TA Ratio Leaderboard
On the evening of February 23, while playing Energy Cycle for the Speed Skating event, I scored my 5,500th achievement, and later than night (technically early morning on 2/24) I went above 55% completion ratio while playing Goat Simulator.
My current completion percentage as of March 1 is 55.09%, so I've recovered 5.43% of my 7.57% Bean Dive. Still 215 achievements left to recover the Bean Dive, and I think I can get that done in the next three months.

Not much else to say for the month of February. Looking forward to (hopefully) better weather during the month of March (it's been 60°F here for the last few days, but today it just started snowing... stupid Midwest weather). Fingers crossed!
Posted by BetaSigX20 on 01 March 18 at 20:24 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkWinter Olympics 2018 -- No medals here, but fun nonetheless.
The 2018 Winter Olympics was another great Community Event from TA, and like most of those in the past, it really upped my stats for the month.

Now, I must admit, I went into this feeling a little bit like the Nigerian bobsled team... I knew there was no way I was going to get on the podium in any of these events, but it's still fun just to be in the mix. Plus, I enjoyed the planning aspect of some of the events, going through my collection and finding what games I could use to get those objectives the quickest.

  • Ski Jumping -- Final Place: 164/2432
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  • Long Track Speed Skating -- Final Place: 909/2432
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  • Giant Slalom -- Final Place: 71/370
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  • Biathlon -- Final Place: 85/475
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  • Chair Lift -- Final Place: 68/243
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  • Curling -- Final Place: DNF*
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  • Speed skating -- Final Place: 34/168
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After using so many high-ratio achievements for the other events, I didn't even make a run at the half-pipe... there just wasn't any ammo left in the chamber. I wouldn't have minded doing the Cross-Country skiing, but it was apparent from the beginning that the winner there would be someone who started it day 1 and put all their time into just extending that chain over the course of the event. I knew I wanted to try other things first, and by the time I got around to it, it just didn't seem worth it to finish down near last place.

Despite a somewhat sour end, though, I really enjoyed the event overall... very fun, very interesting challenges, and kudos to the community events team for coming up with these ideas. Great work, keep them coming!
Posted by BetaSigX20 on 27 February 18 at 19:26 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkJanuary 2018 Stat Roundup
Nothing spectacular, but not bad.Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

I know, it's already halfway through February, so it's a bit late to be publishing a January stat summary blog. I started working on this at the beginning of the month, but I usually write these in my downtime at work, and it's just been a busy time. I did start this at the beginning of the month, but it got put on the back burner a bit.

Anyway, January was a decent month for me. Nothing too crazy, but I did manage to make some progress on some things, and I'm overall happy with the month.

One slightly disappointing thing is that I've already been eliminated from the GTASC. This was my first GTASC, so I guess I underestimated the amount of change that would happen on the leaderboard as the deadline approached... when I looked Tuesday night, I was safe by over 200 points, but when I checked Wednesday morning, I was 70 TA points below the safety line, and it was too late to use my Ayudame bonus to stay alive. Plus, being at work, I didn't have the opportunity to pick up any achievements to get back in.

Even worse, this weeks bonus was to score twice as many achievements as you scored in the previous round, which would have been pretty easy for me if I'd managed to stay in (or activate my Ayudame bonus), so I would have been in the contest for at least a few more weeks probably. Sad, yes, but I was never going to go out of my way for GTASC, since I knew I wasn't going to be in it for the long haul. I had hoped to last a few more weeks than this, but oh well.

  • So what happened this month?

On the plus side, I completed 4 games this month, which is pretty good for me. First up was Plants vs. Zombies (WP) -- Played through the main campaign a long time ago, and got most of the achievements, but lost all progress when I had to reset my phone. I had to play through the main campaign most of two times to get one of the achievements I still needed, but managed to pick up all the rest along the way to get the completion.

Pretty much the same situation for Rabbids Big Bang (WP)... I lost all my progress a while back and just hadn't gotten around to restarting it. It seemed a lot easier this time around... hardly any of the levels had me stuck for more than a few tries, and it only took a few days to get three stars on all the levels and mop up the rest of the straggling achievements.

I also completed Secret Service, which is a crappy old 360 game that I started for last year's Easter Egg Hunt, since it had a couple of 0g achievements. I've been working on it off and on ever since, but it's a bit of a slog, and other things just kept taking priority. I used it as one of my eight games during the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, though, and that helped motivate me to get it finished.

Finally, I polished off the rest of The Wolf Among Us. This is a game I downloaded when it was Games with Gold, and it sat on my hard drive until I played the first episode for UHH2. It then sat dormant until UHH3, when I had to play episodes 3 & 4. I used it for Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge (story-related achievements), and that left me with just the final chapter to play. This is a good story game, so I decided to go ahead and finish it rather than letting it languish until the next UHH.

I did manage to get in some HITMAN to go along with the Playlist. I actually completed the prologue, and I've got most of the Paris achievements. I also have the Sapienza episode, but haven't purchased the rest of the season yet.

I also played some Assassin's Creed: Revelations this month, since the inclusion of Origins in last month's TA Playlist made me realize just how far behind I am in this series. However, since I have the disk and it's backwards compatible, I switched away from that to play Dark Sector, from my list of "games I sent back before I got all the achievements I could, and that I want to finish up before I finally cancel my GameFly subscription." Not the most pithy title for a list, I grant you, but it conveys the point. More on that after some stats:

  • January Milestones

Only one milestone during the month of January -- Finishing The Wolf Among Us put me at 85 completed games, on January 19.
I didn't mark it down at the beginning of the month, but discounting what I've done so far in February, I believe I ended January with a completion percentage of 54.15%, having started no new games. That's an improvement of 0.38% over the course of the month, and about 4.49% of my 7.57% Bean Dive recovered. I think I'm still in good shape to recover my Bean Dive before July, but I can't let off the gas too much... it's going to take a good 50-60 achievements per month to get there. February should be a good month, though, thanks to the Winter Olympics.

  • So, what's up next? Well, that's where that list comes in...

There was a time when I didn't care so much about achievements, and when I got a game out from GameFly, I'd just play through the main storyline and send it back. Lately, I've decided that GameFly is not a good value for me, because I don't play through games as quickly as I used to. Before I cancel, though, I wanted to see if there was anything worth going back to clean up. I went through my game collection and set all those games that I once rented and then sent back to "No Longer Have," which resulted the following list:
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I'm not seeing many in this list that are completable (I'm just not interested in setting up boosting sessions to grind out multiplayer achievements, which is what most of these would require), so I think these games are really only worth going back to if I can actually get the completion, or else pick up a significant number of achievements to increase my completion percentage.

So, taking all that into account, these are the games that I think are worth getting again:
Call of Duty 3 -- 3 /26 (11.54%) -- Potential: +14 (17/26, 65%)
Enchanted Arms -- 4/25 (16%) -- Potential: +21 (25/25, 100%)
Left 4 Dead -- 9/50 (18%) -- Potential: +34 (43/50, 86%, not including DLC)
Overlord II -- 36/49 (73.47%) -- Potential: +8 (44/49, 90%)
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action -- 15/42 (35.71%) -- Potential: +27 (42/42, 100%)
Star Trek -- 1/49 (2.04%) -- Potential: +45 (46/49, 94%)

Between those six games, I could pick up a total of 149 achievements, with two potential completions, so it wouldn't be a bad thing to clean some of those up, since I don't know how long my 360 will still be running. The disc tray is getting really bad, and eventually I think I'm just not going to be able to get the disc back out. While it's got life left, though, I'd like to clean up some of these. GameFly is sending Star Trek, so I'll start on that later this month, probably after I'm done with Olympics stuff.

Okay, that's probably enough for this blog... just wanted to get all this down for the record. If you're reading this and you're not me... why? laugh Good luck out there!
Posted by BetaSigX20 on 12 February 18 at 17:38 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkDecember 2017 Stat Roundup
Out with a bang, thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas ChallengeOut with a bang, thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

It was a good month. I earned 109 achievements in December, about 10% of my total achievements for the year, and still managed to get plenty of time away from the Xbox for holiday-type stuff. With the exception of one achievement earned in a Windows Phone game while I was just messing around, all of my stats this month are due to the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge, which I really enjoyed.

I detailed some of my early progress with the Challenge in previous blog entries (here and here), and I was going to make a final blog entry for the rest of it, but since I didn't actually finish the challenge until December 30th, and I didn't really do any gaming apart from that this month, it didn't make sense to spin off another entire blog about it.

Suffice it to say that the final five days went pretty much according to plan, and I was able to finish the entire challenge using only 8 games, and using only one game per day, except, of course, for days 7 and 12, where that was impossible.

My final 12 Days of Christmas Challenge page: BetaSigX20

I didn't start any new games for the Challenge, which was one of my goals (though admittedly not that difficult of a goal, given that I Bean Dived my entire backlog back in July and still have plenty of games laying around with only one or two achievements popped). Still, I tried to pick games that I really wanted to get cleaned up and finished off, rather than just picking easy games that could get me through the challenge the quickest, and I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out.

A quick recap:
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I thoroughly enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, and I'm looking forward to the next one! I signed up for the 2018 GTASC (individual only), but I don't expect to make a deep run in that. I'll just play games as normal (other site contests/challenges will probably take priority), and when it's my time to lose, that's fine.

Stats for all of 2017Stats for all of 2017

The 109 achievements in December put me at 1093 achievements for the year, making 2017 by far my most profitable year in terms of achievements (my wife would certainly argue with the use of the term "profitable" there, but whatever). In 2016 I earned 777 achievements, and not more than 500 in any year prior to that. I credit TA with a lot of that -- the contests and challenges give me a drive to unlock achievements that I just don't have otherwise.

Naturally, that means I also scored a lot more GS and TA score than in previous years, and I also just played a lot more games -- I played 138 different games over the course of the year, and even without the 40 or so from the Bean Dive, I still would have played more different games than in any previous year. Some of those were apps from the Easter Egg Hunt, though, so again, it was the site contests that helped to make this my best year ever, stat-wise.

Really, the most unbelievable stat to me is the 34 completed games. Looking back over my period summary history, that's just an insane amount! I finished off 14 games in 2016, and prior to that, I don't think I ever topped 5 completed games in a year. I just wasn't that concerned about completions until I started tracking stats on here.

So, a couple of notable milestones during the month of December --
As for score, I hit two milestones while doing the Day 12 challenge... I passed the 115,000 gamerscore mark on December 29, and the 195,000 ta score achievement on December 30.
Percentage-wise, I'm up to 53.77%. I'm more than 50% recovered from my Bean Dive (4.11% recovered out of 7.57% total) with 348 achievements left to recover from the Dive. So far, I'm on track!
Posted by BetaSigX20 on 03 January 18 at 16:59 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.