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    Quote Originally Posted by gstrain View Post
    Yeah, the early romsets give so much health you can take tons of breaks. TER also has the comment on his Gauntlet rev 9 submission at MARP, "Elf, Level 304. Apologies again, frequent long breaks for sleep, meals, normal life things etc. Eventually died because I misjudged how long it would take to do the grocery shopping."

    Yep, the common dilemma of competitive gaming, dying because you misjudged how long grocery shopping would take.
    Hands down my favorite MARP comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gstrain View Post
    Yeah, the early romsets give so much health you can take tons of breaks. TER also has the comment on his Gauntlet rev 9 submission at MARP, "Elf, Level 304. Apologies again, frequent long breaks for sleep, meals, normal life things etc. Eventually died because I misjudged how long it would take to do the grocery shopping."

    Yep, the common dilemma of competitive gaming, dying because you misjudged how long grocery shopping would take.
    Well, I gotta have milk in my coffee!

    I've often thought of calculating the optimal starting level to maximize your chance of an arcade marathon. Not that I have access to either Gauntlet or Gauntlet II cabinets any more :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsertCoins View Post
    Is the Gauntlet score for real? 4,400,000? That's amazing. That has to be at least level 100 on 1 quarter.

    I have played the original Gauntlet a lot since it came out and I can't believe that score. I mean, level 8 and above get very difficult. Is there some trick involved? What's the story here? What character did they use?


    RTM REPLY - I personally verified the 4.4M by Charles Nagle back when I was operating as chief referee for Twin Galaxies. Seems like that has been beaten by Dwayne Richard since then, another very accomplished and widely recognized classic arcade gamer.

    For players that know what they are doing, and I am sure that Dwayne did as well, accumulating a massive health reserve is entirely possible. I can't remember what character Charles used, nor if I even mentioned that in an accompanying article as some aspects of world records were kept secret at the request of the submitter back in those days. I have no idea what Dwayne used, or if each of the playable characters is possible to use for marathon gameplay on this title.

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    Dwayne used wizard the last 30 mins of his gameplay was on Justin tv before it got shut down if I recall he did around 320 levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terencew View Post
    Well, I gotta have milk in my coffee!

    I've often thought of calculating the optimal starting level to maximize your chance of an arcade marathon. Not that I have access to either Gauntlet or Gauntlet II cabinets any more :(
    ive worked out the maze sequence and it follows a pattern based on its default order there are several sequencing patterns it uses once all mazes have been played. It's never changes the sequence from game to game so it's possible to work out what maze will be next till it resets back to its default sequence.

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    Level 999
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    Just before 10 million
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    Cool how long did that take? Was it arcade version?

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    This is the arcade version. Played this game around October 1986 for 36 hours, scored 25,100,000. The picture above should say just before 20 million. After level 999 the game returns to level 8. I made it to level 1,260.
    Greg Degeneffe

    Frogger ------ 294,150 (1982) - Galaga ----- 4,800,000 (1983) - Pac-man -- 3,166,150 (1983) Reached Split Screen
    Q*Bert ----- 8,000,000 (1983) 16 hours - Gauntlet - 25,100,000 (1986) 36 hours
    Pictured in the December 1982 Activision Newsletter http://bit.ly/1AjazwY
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