The Great TrueAchievements Score Challenge XI is coming soon

By Rich Stone,
Howdy folks!

I'm here to let you all know that we're nearing the 11th run of the Great TrueAchievements Score Challenge.

GTASC XI starts on November 8th, 2021 and will run for 25 weeks.

GTASC XI: How it works

There are two separate but concurrent contests — the Individual Contest and the Team Contest. You can enter both contests if you want to, or just one.

Both contests run for 25 periods of one week, and at the end of each period, the lowest scoring teams in each contest are eliminated and the leaderboards are reset for the next period.

At the start of each period you will be shown how many bottom teams will be eliminated, and it's your (and your team's) job to stay out of the elimination zone and survive to the next period.

How do you score points?

Scoring this year is based on TrueAchievement Difference (aka TA Difference) — this is the difference between TrueAchievement Score and Gamerscore.

For example, this achievement in Descenders has a TrueAchievement Score of 61, and a Gamerscore of 25:

DescendersThe Rampage BeginsThe The Rampage Begins achievement in Descenders worth 61 pointsReach the canyon

So this achievement has a TA Difference of 36.

For the contest, every competing gamer has their Gamerscore and TrueAchievement score stored at the start of the period. Their TA Difference is the difference between these two numbers. As their Gamerscore and TrueAchievement score change throughout the period, their TA Difference is constantly recalculated automatically on the contest leaderboards, and the change in the TA Difference between the start and the end of the period is their score for that period. Believe me, it's simpler than it sounds!

It's also worth remembering that an achievement's TrueAchievement scores are fluid. They change over time as more people start a game or unlock a particular achievement. These changes are also factored into your GTASC scores. That means that it is actually possible to earn score without unlocking achievements just as its possible to earn negative score while unlocking achievements. For this contest, we don't track the actual achievements earned — it's literally just the gamer's TA Difference change from start to finish that we use to determine what they 'earned.'

What's new for GTASC XI?

The feedback from last year's shorter contest was good, as was the scoring system so nothing is changing on that front. However, teams this year are made up of three gamers rather than four.

Here's a quick overview of this year's event:
  • Starts November 8th
  • Scoring is based on TA Difference
  • The contest is 25 weeks long (if you make it all the way to the end)
  • The team contest is for teams of three
  • Both contests are open to Gamertags with 20,000 Gamerscore or more
  • Gamertags must have full tracking to enter
  • Bonuses (weekly challenges) and Badges (weekly extreme stat leaders) will return
Get chatting with friends about teams and we'll open registration shortly — GTASC Series XI is about to begin!

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Rich Stone
Written by Rich Stone
Yo! Rich here - I was the one that created TrueAchievements back in 2008 as I felt the Xbox Gamerscore system could be improved. The site has evolved massively since then and it's now the biggest and best Xbox community on the planet! Racing games and open world shooters are my thing, but I'll give most genres a go. Except RPGs - those things are evil.