: UHH 2 match up: angelsk vs D1SCOResult
: 14-16 (my loss)Final Rank
: 14th (92 out of 120 possible achievements) - Top 128.
I AM THE LEGO MASTER!! This one may come down to time. And plastic instruments. At least I own all of those, but there's at least one that I have no chance of doing. Looks like my opponent has all the instruments and is probably good at them (though compared to me, anyone is a genius on plastic instruments). I think Rock Band is my worst genre and there are 7 of those this week! Honestly my first thought when looking at this week's list was, "I'm going to lose".
What to start with? Thunder and Lightning is on my RTDL this month, would be good to get one more I suppose :) Plus it may psych my opponent out a little bit, coz they've not started the game yet... though I do have a blog post detailing how long it takes from a previous week.
Knocked out 7 in a brilliant start, over 4-5 hours on Monday; opponent (Dave, I think) played from 3pm til 2:30am, after taking a break mid-evening. God, I do sound stalker-ish don't I?! Managed to stay ahead 7-5. Probably go for the rest of the Lego games tonight, maybe the other Alan Wake too?
Played more Lego games on Tuesday, did another 4-5 hours. Opponent pulled another 2-3am run, drawing even with the Alan Wake Chapter 3 achievement, so good on them. I snuck in the Nightmare achievement in on Wednesday morning to get ahead 10-9.
Ready for another Lego push on Wednesday to knock out the final one in Batman. Then that leaves Fallout, Ducktales and plastic instruments. You can feel the enthusiasm, can't you? :)
Finished Batman, that game was a bit more glitchy than I remember, had to dashboard and restart a couple of levels, which was annoying; but completed all story levels in about 8 hours over two nights; jeez, this competition is long-haul! I also popped in Rock Band 2 to see my gig venue progress, ack, bit dire - so I did a bit of singing to earn some stars. My opponent pulled out the plastic instruments and managed two impressive streaks and then started on Batman; but it appears they didn't have the energy to go the whole way, and to be fair it does look a little like they took a nap during level 3 ;) Bless.
I was working from home on Thursday, so took advantage of no commute to knock out a very easy drums on expert (lol) achievement, thanks to the solutions on TA and the people in Z2Z discord pointing out that one. If I can manage some streaks at lunch time, I shall feel in good stead. If I can't, then I'm going to feel like I cannot make this week work :( I shall still try for Fallout on Friday, feels doable, and then back to RB2 for the gigs.
Okay, so decided to go for the gigs on RB2 first on Thursday, because they didn't require much concentration on easy; just a case of humming and pressing A (whilst waiting for things to compile and tests to run). Game froze a few times, once losing me progress on a long gig - annoying! Jeez, not having much luck here. Managed to get to 6 gigs missing from 32, a whole bunch of code written, and then took a break and went to the cinema (Doctor Strange is good). Then I finished off the gigs, and tried for the streaks, but was too tired. The weekend for sure.
Fallout 3 on Friday night, hoping I have enough of a progress advantage to keep ahead of my opponent who just picked up the same game, mainly because I still have to get home and eat ;) Good thing Fallout is a long a confusing game. Made it through by the skin of my teeth just before midnight, now I'm going to sleep!!!
Had a good sleep Saturday, tried for most of the morning to get a 500 note streak in RB3 (with the keytar, as it was easier for me than the guitar) - managed a max of 208. Then I had a nap. Decided at that point that I wasn't going to play any more with plastic instruments as they were frustrating, not fun and my sanity and health is more important. Picked up the LEGO Force Awakens DLC and had a fun evening.
I may decide to have a quick go at Ducktales on Sunday, but I'm also happy to call it a day here. I can't win against pre-loaders, and there are a bunch of other competitors who have way more skill and patience than I do, and who deserve to win. I'm just happy to have made it so far, and thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of me
. It's nice to have made some new friends. Top 128 baby! Not bad ;)NOTE
: I do realise that at the time I gave up I was up 14-13, but my opponent was very valiantly slogging through Fallout 3, so I fully expect to wake up on Sunday morning with the score 14-14 (to me on ratio); and then they've got all of Sunday to just get one more (or more). The RB2 Drums one is very easy. Or they might manage the streak on the Beatles; or Ducktales. In the end, this one came down to skill rather than time. I had enough of the one, but not the other.
Okay, so my opponent didn't get the achievement on Saturday night, but they completed the mission before, so I fully expect they will get it soon (writing this bit on Sunday evening). Then not sure what they will go for next. Fully expecting to be losing by 8am on Monday, but I am seriously okay with that. Played more LEGO Force Awakens and finished the DLC, played a bit of AC4 to help out a friend with the sharing achievement (and popped it myself); had a massage, and now I'm going to have steak and watch some TV. Looking forward to playing what I want next week, and I have a fairly full November ahead as well.
Well done to D1SCO Dave, who not only finished Fallout 3 but also pulled off the two RB2 achievements easily on Sunday night; good luck with the next round - I shall be rooting for you :) I fully expect you to win now!
Next year, no plastic instruments, just games - and we'll see if we can make it past Round 6/ Top 128.
PS: Also been watching the Librarians films, I'd seen the show but didn't realise there were films! If you like Indiana Jones with more geekiness and magic then give it a go :)
PPS: If you got to the end of this one, good for you. Twas a long blog this week. Thanks for reading.// BREAKDOWN// XBOX ONE
0// XBOX 360
14/20 (1 new game)// XBOX 360 STANDARD ACHIEVEMENTS
: Find a place with flash bangs and taken and reload checkpoint. I wonder if this works on poltergeist objects? I definitely have killed a few, maybe a dozen. But I'm in the right Chapter for this. I imagine it will not take long to grind this one, sub 1 hour. Opponent has barely started the game and this requires chapter 3, so advantage me.The Reality
: Couldn't use it on possessed objects, but was easy to get past those and to the next checkpoint and grind there; only took 15 mins-ish. And knocked a cheeky one out for RTDL October ;)The Plan
: No real advantage here, except I may be closer to 100 prisoners. Start with the timed match, use pause and the solver I found that is good :)The Reality
: I think you may have to play some of the "story mode" to unlock people, which I'd done - and also gotten a few prisoners. Took about 20-30 minutes for the timed match, 4 players always takes longer. Then 4 playthroughs of the first prisoner challenge, which took around an hour.The Plan
: This is a short game. Took 45 minutes on the One.The Reality
: 45 minutes. Easy.The Plan
: Next but one level. Then the level after. Then two levels after. So 5 to complete. Sub 5 hours. Same place as opponent.The Reality
: Took an hour and 3/4. These Lego games have much shorter levels than the newer ones :) Which is obviously better. Just played through, to get them done by midnight. Then decided I'd had enough for the night.The Plan
: This is the next level. So an hour max (Probably sub-15 minutes in reality). I'm only one the first level as I dived this one, so no advantage.The Reality
: 15 mins for the level, 5 mins to get to the level ;)The Plan:
Level 5, I just did level 1 (as did opponent). Level 15. Eep, good 12 hours there; defo go for level 5, and see what time I have at the weekend. Okay, these Lego games seem shorter than the newer ones, so might not take as long! Maybe 7 or 8 hours?The Reality
: Played around 4 hours and did 6 levels on Tuesday evening. Another 8 remaining - so maybe 5 hours? This one is slightly longer than the Hobbit, plus you have to unlock bits in the base station etc to be able to continue, which takes time. Also had an annoying glitch and had to restart a checkpoint on level 5. Another blinking glitch meaning restarting a level on Wednesday too; took another 4-ish hours. So that was around 8 hours total, also picked up a quick one for the RTDL on the way, as it was literally 2 minutes out of my way, and not going to disrupt the flow.The Plan
: If Arcade is unlocked from the beginning, then this one looks easy. And there are a lot of solutions. If you have to beat the game, well we're both at a disadvantage. It is unlocked from the beginning.The Reality
: Picked this up on Wednesday morning just to pip ahead of my opponent, but also because it only took just over 10 mins. I failed at jumping on a post, so spent ten minutes backtracking with the torch (after only one restart coz I panicked and fired at the beginning). Wasn't too bad.The Plan
: Hello my friend, it's this one again. I'm in a much better place for this one now; opponent has only just escaped the vault. It's probably a good 4-5 hours though.The Reality
: About 5 hours and I made it, almost didn't, and surely made some poor choices, but left lots of saves. Finally got this one ;) Total of about 9 hours on the save file, and a few deaths.The Plan
: Ack. I know I have a save game I abandoned on this level, because I was going for the destroying the statue one; either way, it's near the beginning of the game. It just looks hard. :(The Reality
: I gave it a quick go. The save was in the right place, but the video on the solution makes it look much easier than it is and I really couldn't be bothered. I'm sure it's doable, just not this week.// XBOX 360 MUSIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Oh dear lord!The Plan
: Polly by Nirvana. 8 notes; even I can manage that!The Reality
: Okay, got this. But nothing stopping my opponent getting it either :( (Unless they don't have access to drums or RB2 ;))The Plan
: Not sure how close I am to unlocking this one; I know I'd done a decent proportion of venues at one point. Opponent seems to be slightly ahead as they're on the list (the Hall of Fame). Loaded up the game and checked venues, I'm about halfway done; 32 venues unplayed, and a handful still locked. I reckon this is around 8 hours to complete now, so doable, just time consumingThe Reality
: Played 4-5 gigs on Wednesday night, then knocked out most of the rest whilst waiting for stuff to run (working from home) on Thursday. Easy to do on easy, just humming along to the short songs. Only a few required concentration and higher difficulties. Knocked it out in the end, but would have been stuck if I hadn't gained 3 hours from no commute and lunchtime. All in all, was time consuming. Wonder how much progress my opponent has made, they've not loaded up RB2 yet.The Plan
: Possible on medium on Smoke on the Water, or easy on Free Bird. So just requires a bit of practise. Good thing I bought new batteries.The Reality:
I tried. The Who was a good song and a possibility, but my fingers kept spazzing, and the best I managed was 208 on the keytar. Given infinite time, sure. But not worth it in the end.The Plan
: Also possible on medium.The Reality:
Though not for me.The Plan
: Also possible on medium.The Reality:
Though not for me.The Plan
: Potentially possible with practise, or not. There are 76 beats; and it requires the pedal. Can play with the buttons, but need to figure out the kick pedal. Need to get 100% on a short sequence, turns the drum set green. Maybe do the higher speed, to reduce time.The Reality
: Managed the first few at 80 fine, but will only get harder, and requires the pedal, which I hate! So decided to give it a miss; too much time involved.The Plan
: No chance.The Reality:
Didn't even try.// ACHIEVEMENTS
14 for UHH
Started 1 new game
15 in LEGO Force Awakens DLC
1 in AC4: Black Flag