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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: April 22, 2009 (10:37 AM)
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Sneaky stuff, Woodhouse.

I'm going to be mired in pre-completed letters for a while, so someone can forge a lead if they tried.

I feel the need to offer you all hints now.


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Author: aschultz
Posted: April 22, 2009 (03:22 PM)
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Here's what I have.

C: Champions of Krynn
J: Jawbreaker
G: Gegege no Kitaro 2
S: Secret of the Silver Blades

Might have a few more once games are added to the HG database. And also if I manage to write in what I want to be added.

I also have some rewrites from gamefaqs which I assume don't count.
B: Beyond Zork
P: Progress Quest
T: Taxman
Z: Zork I/II/III


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: April 22, 2009 (04:31 PM)
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I'm of the mind that if a rewrite was extensive, then it counts towards your score. So I'll let you decide if they should count towards your tally or not.

I'll put four down for now. If you think any of the others are rewritten enough to count, then add them to the top list and I'll bump up your score.


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Author: WilltheGreat
Posted: April 22, 2009 (04:29 PM)
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Entry updated elsewhere.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: April 29, 2009 (05:17 PM)
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Archmage and Odin Sphere brings me up to 13, boyo.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: April 29, 2009 (05:24 PM)
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Rather than give Zipp the temporary illusion that he is ahead of me, I'll chime in and note that I'm up to 14.


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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: May 01, 2009 (02:31 PM)
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I just doubled up on "M". And I think every single game I'm currently playing is for a letter that I've already covered. Which means that the only thing that will keep my progress from grinding to a total halt is my ability to run through a blah old NES game during boring afternoons to come up with the periodic bash review.


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Author: aschultz
Posted: May 01, 2009 (05:52 PM)
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Thanks for the clarification!

"B" is moot because I wrote for Bard's Tale 2. Taxman is a legitimate rewrite. And "M" is for Miner, which I think I forgot to include first time around.

B: Bard's Tale 2(NES)
C: Champions of Krynn
J: Jawbreaker
G: Gegege no Kitaro 2
M: Miner
S: Secret of the Silver Blades
T: Taxman(*considerable rewrite)-but I still want to write another

I'll be happy clearing 15 this year. But I have a few letters targeted with my next few review(s).


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: May 01, 2009 (06:52 PM)
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Personally, I think rewrites should only count if the old review is taken off the site first.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: May 03, 2009 (06:56 PM)
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I'm at 15.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: May 04, 2009 (05:10 PM)
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Virtua Fighter brings me right behind Suskie, at 14.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: June 17, 2009 (11:09 AM)
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4 now thx


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Author: aschultz
Posted: June 24, 2009 (02:16 PM)
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Update:

A: Airball
B: Bard's Tale 2(NES)
C: Champions of Krynn
D: Defenders of (the) Dynatron City
J: Jawbreaker
G: Gegege no Kitaro 2
H: (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) A nearly complete rewrite, but I have a few H games in the wings.
M: Miner
S: Secret of the Silver Blades
T: (Taxman) This was a nearly complete rewrite, as between the original GameFAQs submission and now I wrote a FAQ for it, but I think I will be writing for the IIgs's Tower of Myraglen soon, rendering any rewriting rules moot.
U: (The) Usurper: Mines of Qyntarr. I sent it to GameFAQs a month ago and here today.

So, I'm up to 9 (11 if I bend the rules.) I could conceivably write for 26, not having anything new for Z--my Zork reviews were just pulled over. But I think I will have to target letters to get to 26. I'm going to do better than half, and that is good.

Anyone else find N and O unusually hard to find games for despite these being common letters? I'm surprised how few games start with these letters. I found an X before either of these.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: June 24, 2009 (02:19 PM)
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I had trouble with N last year, so it became pretty much the first one I did this year. O I waited for the obscure tourney to sneakily remove.


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Author: JANUS2
Posted: June 24, 2009 (02:25 PM)
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A = A Fading Melody
B = Braid
D = Dragon Blaze
M = Mass Effect
R - Resident Evil: Degeneration
S = Sonic the Hedgehog

I now have five. Not that it changes my place, but oh well.


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Author: radicaldreamer
Posted: June 24, 2009 (05:40 PM)
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What is the reward for all of this?


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: June 25, 2009 (10:12 AM)
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Same as all the other events. Bragging rights.

I've not bragged in a while. Did I mention I was the only person manly and awesome enough to ever beat this challange? Because I am. This makes me roughly 7.4 times more awesome that you, random reader.


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Author: Calvin
Posted: June 28, 2009 (04:30 AM)
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#: 3 on 3 NHL Arcade
C: Crazy Taxi 2
F: Frogger
S: Spyglass Board Games

Is it okay to count reviews brought over from Thunderbolt if they weren't written this year, or is that cheating? If it's not okay, I'll need a new strategy.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: June 28, 2009 (05:59 AM)
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Ports are fine, but they do need to be from this year unless heavilly revised. Otherwise you're just cheating yourself.


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Author: jerec
Posted: June 28, 2009 (06:01 AM)
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Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: June 28, 2009 (09:57 AM)
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I'm pretty determined this year to be the second person to ever complete this. It is a tough task, but I've got two more letters on the way. That brings me up to 17, and only 9 more letters needed.

I WILL get them if it takes ghost writers to do so.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: June 28, 2009 (12:17 PM)
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Might as well use this opportunity to remind you guys that I'm at 19.

Yeah, I've been winning for a while.


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Author: Calvin
Posted: June 28, 2009 (12:29 PM)
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B: Banjo Kazooie, makes 5.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: June 30, 2009 (06:35 PM)
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Bioshock and X-Men brings me up to 16. Only ten more to go, and I've got one in the works that will cover that pesky "M." Still haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do for Y... but it will come to me.


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Author: woodhouse
Posted: June 30, 2009 (06:46 PM)
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Okay, I'm up to 18. Right now I'm not sure what to do about K, plus I still have Q and Z left.


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