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  1. M11k4

    CCZ-TT-1605.ccl

    Version (2.0)

    46 downloads

    Welcome to the May 2016 Time Trial! The two levels in this set are: 16.2 A - Off the Humble Shelf - by Miika Toukola 16.2 B - Time Trial Mix II - by Miika Toukola, compiled from pieces by Tom P and SugarHue123 Play them, send your solutions, and wait for the results. More info here. Enjoy! -Miika
  2. First Time Trial starts in late February and only has one level—this year is off to a pretty slow start. See what i did there? *cough* Anyway, here's the level: http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/file/541-ccz-tt-1603/ Now, if you've already looked at the level before reading this, or your name is Jeffrey Bardon, you probably know that something is odd about the level: Chip is missing. That's because you get to place him on the map! You can place him anywhere you want, as long as it's not one of the places marked with an X in this image. You also can't place him where a creature or block is, and the level must remain Lynx-playable (specifically: he must be on the top layer, and if you wish to place him on a non-floor tile, that tile must be moved to the bottom layer). Put in more simple terms, you cannot place Chip such that the level can be solved in less than a second, or such that the tank mechanism no longer works. Technically technical technicalities, technically copied from technically Miika technically: 1) The person with the highest time wins! Ties will not be broken. 2) You may enter in either MS or Lynx, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis), along with either your starting position stated in the email body or a .dat/.ccl showing your starting position, to my own email, ryanDOTrandom8ATyahooDOTcom. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The level isn't too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. 5) This is part of the 2016 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12 points, third place 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a Time Trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. 6) Submission deadline is end of March, 2016 where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning during the following days but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in earlier rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designer of the level may enter the competition, but he chooses not to, so whatever. 8) The level may receive an update within the first week of its release. This will only be done if there is some significant problem with the first version of the level. Please contact me if you suspect something is off. 9) A participant may 'freeze' their scores at some point after submitting their own solutions. They will not be able to send in any more updates after this, but they may talk about the levels and their times with other people who have frozen their entry. I will update a public list of people who have frozen their scores. ----- People who have frozen their scores:
  3. random 8

    CCZ-TT-1603

    29 downloads

    "Cycloids", the level for the March 2016 Time Trial competition. See competition thread for details.
  4. Anyone craving for a Time Trial? I am. It's time we finish off the year with a bang! I made two levels for you to try. The first is a simple 'dodge the monsters'-level, which I was happy make a bit more chaotic with an addition of a toggle button. The second level is an item fetcher I really enjoyed playing, and even optimizing it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it could be. Give them a go! http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/file/519-%7B?%7D/ Deadline is the first weekend of January. Send your solutions to me at valeosote at hotmail dot com, thank you. No freezing of scores this month, to keep the suspense at the end of the year. Standard technicalities apply: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the two levels wins! There may be a tie in overall score. 2) You may enter in either MS or Lynx, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. (Avoid the other emails this time, sorry.) Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. (This month, we won't use 'freezing' of scores.) All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels aren't too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving both will obviously place higher. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a Time Trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. 6) Submission deadline is January 3rd, 2016 where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the during the following days but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designer of the levels, may enter the competition, as long as they feel to not have gained any significant advantage as a result of having some advanced knowledge of the levels. 8) The levels may receive an update within the first week of their release. (Note that the levels are not being released all at once this time.) This will only be done if there is some significant problem with the first versions of the levels. Please contact me if you suspect something is off. Enjoy! -Miika
  5. M11k4

    CC-TT-1215.ccl

    Version zip

    41 downloads

    Two levels for the December 2015 Time Trial: 15.8 A - Seven is Not Nine 15.8 B - Point Break Check the thread for details on the competition (This download is a zip file that also includes two dac files. If you just want the ccl file, click on the first version on the right.)
  6. Another month, another Time Trial! Thanks to Jeffrey (IHNN) for allowing two of his Ultimate Chip 5 levels to be used. You can download them here. http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/file/506-%7B?%7D/ Technicalities copied from Miika: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the two levels wins! There may be a tie in overall score. 2) You may enter in MS or Lynx, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to my own email ivorydreams at me dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels aren't too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a Time Trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. 6) Submission deadline is November 15, 2015 where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the during the following days but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designers of the levels, may enter the competition, as long as they feel to not have gained any significant advantage as a result of having some advanced knowledge of the levels. 8) The levels may receive an update within the first week of the competition. This will only be done if there is some significant problem with the first versions of the levels. 9) A participant may "freeze" their scores at some point after submitting their own solutions. They will not be able to send in any more updates after this, but they may talk about the levels and their times with other people who have frozen their entry. I will update a public list of people who have frozen their score. People who have frozen their scores so far: Hornlitz, IHNN, Syzygy, J.B. Lewis.
  7. With the release of CC2, the competitions went on hold for a while. But why should they remain stopped? In the interest of feeling out how future CC2 competitions may go, you may submit times for this Time Trial in MS, Lynx, or CC2. To help ease back into things, I've crafted 3 relatively short levels that should all carry a fair amount of optimization depth. The levels can be downloaded here, in a zip file containing 2 .dacs and .c2g. Enjoy the levels and the return of the competitions! Technicalities copied from Miika: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the three levels wins! There may be a tie in overall score. 2) You may enter in MS, Lynx or the CC2 engine, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx or CC2 solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to my own email jbardonjr at charter dot net. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels aren't too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a Time Trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. 6) Submission deadline is October 7th where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the during the following days but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designers of the levels, may enter the competition, as long as they feel to not have gained any significant advantage as a result of having some advanced knowledge of the levels. 8) The levels may receive an update within the first week of the competition. This will only be done if there is some significant problem with the first versions of the levels. 9) A participant may 'freeze' their scores at some point after submitting their own solutions. They will not be able to send in any more updates after this, but they may talk about the levels and their times with other people who have frozen their entry. I will update a public list of people who have frozen their score. To close the post, have some quotes from Miika about why this is set up the way it is. [6/6/2015 5:35:20 PM] Miika: Would you mind making a couple levels for one Time Trial and maybe running it too? [6/6/2015 5:41:17 PM] Miika: I think we should stick with CC1 levels for now, at least for the Chip Cup this year. If someone makes a CC2 comp, that is ok (and cool!) but I think it won't be fair at this point for all the participants to include it in the Chip Cup. [6/6/2015 5:45:58 PM] Miika: It would probably be best for Sempteber... I figured that still allowing people to enter in CC2 under the same proviso as the Lynx ruleset has been would be a good idea. List of frozen scores: IHNN J.B. Lewis
  8. Version 1.0.0

    34 downloads

    The two levels for the October 2015 Time Trial, created by Jeffrey Bardon. They are: 1. Cemetery of Onbashira 2. Chemical Fire
  9. As promised, the new Time Trial is starting with a week of overlap with the old one... well kind of. You can already get the levels here... well kind of. They should be really fun and all tested and ready to go... well kind of at least partially in some sort of way at least if you look at it from a certain perspective. What I'm getting at is that there are three levels but only two of them are ready to go right now. I still need to test the third one a bit and tinker with its details, but I will soon get to updating that. In the mean time, you can already work on these first two levels. Just be sure to play them in Lynx, as this is the second time our Time Trial is not held in MS! Enjoy and come back for the update! Technicalities: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the three levels wins! There may be a tie in overall score. 2) You may enter in only in Lynx, not MS. You may send in your MS time on the second level, but this will not have an effect on the scoring. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com, or to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels aren't too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a Time Trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. 6) Submission deadline is May 24th where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the during the following days but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designers of the levels, may enter the competition, as long as they feel to not have gained any significant advantage as a result of having some advanced knowledge of the levels. I personally will probably not take part this month. 8) The levels may receive an update within the first week of their release. (Note that the levels are not being released all at once this time.) This will only be done if there is some significant problem with the first versions of the levels. 9) A participant may 'freeze' their scores at some point after submitting their own solutions. They will not be able to send in any more updates after this, but they may talk about the levels and their times with other people who have frozen their entry. I may update a public list of people who have frozen their score. This may also be my last time trial for quite some time, so I hope it all works out well. It's been a fun ride. -Miika
  10. M11k4

    CCZ-TT-1505

    Version (5.0)

    109 downloads

    There are three levels for the May 2015 Time Trial: 15.5 A - Rivaldi (by M11k4) 15.5 B - Bathing in Battery Acid (by Ihavenoname248) 15.5 C - Age of Ultron (by M11k4, updated) The competition is run in Lynx. Apologies for the updates, but things should now be better. These should be fun to play even if you don't enjoy optimizing! The last level still needed a bit of testing (and the first version included was just a taste), but you could work on the first two earlier. Check the thread for details on the competition (and for more apologies on the updates)
  11. The winning route (found by J.B. Lewis) for one of the levels (made by Ihavenoname248) from the March 2015 Time trial (run by Miika).
  12. A level made for the May 2015 Time Trial. Totally worth your time!!

    © Miika Toukola

  13. The first week of March flew by and finally we have a new competition starting! Your task is to download this file and complete the first two levels as quickly as possible. The first one, Fly Me to the Stars, involves some boosting, so I have dedicated it to Paul Gilbert who always beats my scores on boosting levels. The second one, Time Trial Mix I, is the first level in a (possible) series that collects pieces from earlier Time Trial levels to create a new experience. It is dedicated to Tom Patten, as all the levels it borrows from are his. It has some random elements, so I added a third level, Time Trial Mixed I, which you may use for practice. If you don't solve the second level, I will accept any solution on the third level to replace it, but do note that the time limit is a second shorter. (Though the randomness is not really too bad.) I can't wait to see how you all solve these puzzles! Enjoy! Technicalities: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the two first levels wins! You may use the third level in place of the second one if you wish, but note that its time limit is one second lower. There may be a tie in overall score. 2) You may enter in either MS or Lynx, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com, or to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels aren't too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a time trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. I may consider dedicating a level to you in a future Time Trial this spring if you are the first to send in solutions this month. 6) Submission deadline is April 1st where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the during the following days but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designer of the levels (myself), may enter the competition, as I have not optimized them, nor will I have significantly more time to work on them compared to the rest of you. I never work on my own scores after seeing someone else's solution. However, if someone protests against this, I may exclude my own submission. This month it looks like I won't have time to participate anyway. 8) The levels may receive an update within the first week of the competition. This will only be done if there is some significant problem with the first versions of the levels. -Miika P.S. I have played all the levels submitted to the February Create Comp, so expect some results soon, though not immediately.
  14. M11k4

    CCZ-TT-1503.ccl

    41 downloads

    The levels for the March 2015 Time Trial, by Miika Toukola. TT 15.3 A - Fly Me to the Stars TT 15.3 B - Time Trial Mix I TT 15.3 Z - Time Trial Mixed I (may be used instead of the previous one) For more details, check out the thread. Enjoy!
  15. I like these Time Trials in general. I like the levels and the atmosphere of competitive fun. However, it's not always easy to run the perfect Time Trial because there are so many details that have to go right. One of the things I've tried to do, is to have more than one level in each competition, and yet have a simple level in the mix. This month, we're using two of these 'simple' levels. You can download them here: http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/file/438-ccz-tt-1502ccl/ You'll notice that both levels utilize blocks and we just had an intense block pushing level last month. I actually made the first level for last month's competition and saved it for this month precisely because of that reason. I had also planned for the second level to be used in March, but didn't want three consecutive months to use block oriented levels, so I thought to use it here instead. Though there are blocks in both levels, I feel that the first as a strong element of monster manipulation mixed in, and the second remains more of a chip collecting exercise than a Sokoban. If this all still disheartens you, then you'll be delighted to know that next month the focus is totally off the blocks. Enjoy! Just a few technicalities if you're interested: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the two levels wins! 2) You may enter in either MS or Lynx, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. There may be a tie in the overall score, but since that happened last month I might issue a new tie-breaking round at the start of March (if that happens, the tie-breaker is possibly the same levels but in Lynx and with an extra week of time). 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com, or to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels aren't hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. Both levels have a time limit of two minutes. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a time trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. If you want a special prize for effort, you can try requesting something from me. 6) Submission deadline is March 1st where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the following week but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designer of the levels (myself), may enter the competition, as I have not optimized them, nor will I have significantly more time to work on them compared to the rest of you. However, if someone protests against this, I may exclude my own submission. -Miika
  16. New Year, New Chip Cup! J.B. has won the last two (congratulations!). Will anyone rise this year to challenge him? This time this time trial is as simple as it gets: just download the competition levels from here and send in your submissions! Ask about any clarifications, though here are a few details on what's going on: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the three levels wins! 2) You may enter in either MS or Lynx, with the former being the primary rules. This means that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. There may be a tie in the overall score. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com, or to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others before the competition results are announced. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels shouldn't be too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. The levels have time limits of 110, 60, and 999. 5) This is part of the 2015 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a time trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. If your name is Michael, I'll allow you to name one level in the next time trial. 6) Submission deadline is February 1st where you live. I will judge the submissions without warning the following week but will accept submissions until I do. If you need a more specific time, you can always ask. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competition is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 7) The designers of the levels (myself and random 8 (thank you!)), may enter the competition, as we have not optimized them, nor have we had significantly more time to work on them compared to the rest of you. Enjoy! -Miika
  17. It's time for a new Time Trial! It's also the first Super competition on the forum! That means it's a bigger competition that couldn't be contained in a single month and participants will be awarded twice as many Chip Cup points as usual! (For a summary of the competition, skip to the end of the post.) Last year I went back and looked at all the levels that had been made for any competitions on these forums. I compiled them into a single download here: http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/file/305-cc-zone-competition-goodie-bag/ It includes some information on the competitions, but I would like to improve it by including some solutions to at least the time trial levels. However, several of the Time Trials never received any participants and thus there is no official time for those levels. Now I'm giving everyone a chance to revisit those levels before any solutions are released. For January, we're reusing all the levels from months that didn't receive entrants, namely September 2009, January 2010, October 2011, and December 2011. Some of these levels aren't ideal for a Time Trial, so the scoring will be a bit different and won't require participants to optimize all the levels. For every level you complete you get some 'chips' and the participant at the end of February with the most chips wins the competition! The levels in question are all from CCZoneTT.dat (found in the download above), and for January the levels are: Level 9 - "CCzone TT Challenge #5A" - 10 chips for completion. Level 10 - "CCzone TT Challenge #5B" - 10-20 chips for completion, see below for details. Level 12 - "CCzone TT Challenge #7" - 10 chips for completion. Level 27 - "11.3 - Not Red, Green and Blue" - 10 chips for completion. Level 29 - "11.5 - December 2011 Time Trial" - 10-20 chips for completion, see below for details. For levels 10 and 29, I will award between 10 and 20 chips for any solutions and use my judgement on how this is done by taking into account the time remaining on the levels. I don't want to force anyone to work too hard on the long block pushing level, so I might award 20 chips to each participant who optimizes that level decently. (Because of possible ties, it is hard to commit to the exact method of distributing chips, but basically I want to award the two quickest solvers equal chips and the rest get lower amounts staggered between 10 and 19 chips.) So the time you get on these levels matter, but there still should be a point where you can feel confident that squeezing another second from the solution won't make a difference. For February, we will add other levels to the mix, so check back for an update then. I will then also explain how the scoring will deal with cases where someone can only participate during one month, and not the other. February Update: The other levels for this competition fall under the theme "were part of a competition but the results were never announced" which basically means a repeat of the five levels from November 2010. You can find them in the same file as the previous levels and the number of chips you'll receive for solving them is: Level 19 - "#9A: TT Nov 2010 - CODE BREAKER" - 10-20 chips for completion, see below for details. Level 20 - "#9B: TT Nov 2010 - PORTAL" - 10 chips for completion. Level 21 - "#9C: TT Nov 2010 - DIAMOND" - 5 chips for completion, and an additional 5 chips for tying with the best time. Level 22 - "#9D: TT Nov 2010 - RANDOM" - 10 chips for completion. Level 23 - "#9E: TT Nov 2010 - DIRECTIONAL" - 10-20 chips for completion, see below for details. For the first and last of these levels, the person who submits the best time on each will receive 20 chips. The second best scorer will get 19 chips, third will get 18 chips and so on down to 10 chips. (If it makes no difference in the result, I might round these steps to two or five chips each.) I will be interested in seeing who scores the best times on the other levels too, but I can't make those matter for the competition, as it would be too much work for you guys. I will also try my hand at what scores I can get. Remember that the person with the most chips at after all these ten levels wins! I can't reveal how many participants we already had in January, but if you feel like it is too late to join in you would be wrong! Even with half points available from the first levels you can still place pretty high and start off the year with a big pile of Chip Cup points. It's even possible that some participants will drop out this month and someone else entirely will come and claim first place! Other notes: 1) The person with the most chips after all levels from January and February wins! 2) As not all levels are playable in Lynx, this time you may enter the competition only in MS. You can send in your Lynx solutions as well, but those won't count towards the competition. You do not need to solve all levels to enter. There may be a tie in overall score. 3) You may use the levels in either CCZoneTT.dat or the original smaller sets as released (they should be identical). Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com, or to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) This is part of the 2014 season of the Chip Cup. The winner will be awarded 30 points, second place 24, third 20 points, and so on according to twice as much points as for normal competitions. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a time trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. If your username starts with a K, I will create and dedicate a level to you. 5) Submission deadline is at the end of January where you live for the first five levels, and the end of February for the rest of the levels. Results will be announced in March. More exact deadlines will be posted, but get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the deadline hasn't passed, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 6) Now that it is February, you may still enter the competition, but if you did not submit anything in January, you will only receive half points for those levels. Summary of competition: Download and extract CCZoneTT.dat from: http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/download/305-cc-zone-competition-goodie-bag/ Try getting a good time on levels #10 and #29. Attempt solving levels #9, #12, and #27. Make a silent wish that you already would have done all that in January. Then try getting a good time on levels #19 and #23. Also attempt solving levels #20, #21, and #22. Send in your solutions to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com or valeosote at hotmail dot com. Check back in March for the results! Report any problems or ask any questions here! Enjoy! -Miika
  18. Here are the levels for this month's time trial: http://cczone.invisionzone.com/index.php?/files/file/225-ccz-tt-1304ccl/ Important! The levels were updated to version 2.0. Do not use the initial release for the competition! Everyone knows what an item swapper level looks like, but these are not quite like that. I wanted to make some easier levels this time, but still keep the optimizing a challenge. The result is these three levels that I'm dubbing "item fetcher" puzzles, as you keep fetching free items after losing your earlier ones (as opposed to an item swapper, where you are rewarded with new items for using your old ones). I have seen this concept explored in at least the custom levels Full Houses (#43 of geodave3.dat) and Combinations (#32 of ajmiam-pit-or-100-tiles.ccl), but would be interested in hearing of more examples. I'll post more on the creation of this set once I start receiving submissions. The scoring is a bit different this time, so you might want to read the specifics below, but basically if you have the fastest time you'll win. Enjoy! EDIT: The first versions of the levels were a bit too complex to be as fun as they could be, so two of them were updated. Make sure you have version 2.0, which includes more levels but only three for the competition. See details in posts below. (Red text in this post highlights changes during the update.) Details: 1) Instead of looking at the combined time remaining on the three levels (Freshmen Fetcher, Sophomore Fetcher, Junior Fetcher), this time we will focus on the relative placement of entrants for each individual level. The full method I have in mind is a bit complicated, as it takes into account all sorts of ties, but the idea is that first place on a level is worth a little over twice that of second place, which in turn is worth more than two third place finishes on a level and so on. The winner will thus be someone who has the best time on at least on of the levels, and if someone has the best time on two levels (not tied), it won't matter what time they scored on the third level. Once the winner is decided, the remaining players will be examined as if they were the only entrants and the winner out of this group will come second overall, and so on until everyone's placement is settled. If there are unforeseen problems with this method, I will settle it as fairly as I can. 2) You may enter in either Lynx or MS, with the latter being the primary rules, meaning that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category. There may be a tie in the overall score. 3) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to CCZoneNextLevel at gmail dot com, or to my own email valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 4) The levels shouldn't be too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. You may enter if you solve at least one of the levels, but solving more will obviously place higher. The levels have time limits of 120, 240, and 240, and you most likely can complete each one on your first try if you are careful. (The original versions had time limits of 120, 360, and 360 seconds, which might not have been enough to guarantee that you could solve them all on your first attempts, but competitive runs should still have left over half of that time unused.) 5) This is part of the 2013 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a time trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. If your name is James, I will write you a short poem in my CC blog. 6) Submission deadline is at the end of the month. During the last week of April, I will announce a precise cut-off time that will be at the start of May, after which no more submissions will be accepted, and judge the competition soon after that. To avoid losing on time (it is a time trial after all), get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competitions is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. This is subject to change due to the update on the levels. Specifics to follow in good time. 7) I reserve the right to update the levels within the first week of release. If you find any odd things about the levels, please give me a nudge. I will only apply changes that make the competition better, which means I might fix a ridiculous bust or some other aspect that is obviously meant to work in some other fashion. If any updates are made, I will alert you in this thread. However, no updates will be made after April 11th in any case. (See? I knew I'd need this rule some day.) Report any problems or ask any questions here! Have fun! -Miika
  19. Here are the levels for this month's time trial: http://cczone.invisi...ccz-tt-1303ccl/ I worked on these levels quite a bit, so I am interested to see how you guys respond to them. The first one, Hexominos, is partially inspired by the previous time trial levels from August 2009 and January 2012. All of these are relatively simple to chip collecting missions, but to do so optimally is no easy task. The other level, Nested Replay, is my attempt to make a level where you can pick which rooms to visit. There are four quadrants, each with four rooms, but you only need to visit three quadrants and three rooms in each of those quadrants. Once I get a submission or two, I will post some more comments on making the levels. If you know the routine, you are set to go. Enjoy! Here are more details if you must know: 1) The person with the highest combined remaining time on the levels #2- #3 wins! You may enter in either Lynx or MS, with the latter being the primary rules (meaning that any Lynx solution times that exceed the best MS solution time will be considered equal to that MS time, but otherwise all the times will be compared together in one category). Ties in overall score won't be broken. 2) Please send your solutions (either the tws file or avis) to me at valeosote at hotmail dot com. Do not post your solutions or solution times or share them with others. All times will be published at the same time, and the quickest solutions will eventually be released. I will strive to respond to your message by a confirmation that your score has been recorded. 3) The levels shouldn't be too hard to solve. Don't be afraid to send in your solutions even if you sense they aren't perfect, and simple casual solutions are also appreciated. To give an idea of how long the solutions are to the levels, eat a doughnut and that should take about as much time. 4) This is part of the new 2013 season of the Chip Cup. Winner will be awarded 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, and so on. If you win a competition here for the first time, you receive the "You're Winner!" award. All participants who haven't participated in a time trial earlier receive the "Run, Chip, Run" award. If your name is James, I will write you a poem and post it in my blog. 5) Submission deadline is at the end of the month. In practice this means I will post here during the first week of April announcing that no more submissions will be accepted, and judge the competition soon after that. This can happen sooner than you hope, so get your solutions in early rather than later! You can send in improvements while the competitions is running, so there is no downside to sending in something you know might not be your best effort if you had forever to work on it. 6) I reserve the right to update the levels within the first week of release. If you find any odd things about the levels, please give me a nudge. I will only apply changes that make the competition better, which means I might fix a ridiculous bust or some other aspect that is obviously meant to work in some other fashion. If any updates are made, I will alert you in this thread. However, no updates will be made after March 12th in any case. Report any problems or ask any questions here! Have fun! -Miika
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