- Jason Killingsworth – 5-4 – $537,175 – Old age!
- Michael Cook – 4-1 – $37,375 – Cooking With Bombs
- Anthony Burch – 3-3 – $50,775 – Psychic blast/bomb combo
- Chris Livingston – 2-2 – $33,200 – Pancaked by Black Knight
- Graham Smith – 2-1 – $20,950 – Shopkeeper with a sticky bomb on his face
- Philippa Warr – 2-1 – $15,400 – Hopping vampires, local ale
- Tom Francis – 1-3 – $5,950 – Shopkeeper throwing me into a wall
- Richard Boeser – 1-2 $27,200 – Some wines, then daily, bad idea
Spoilery discussion after the break.
Tom Francis: I made so much money on level 1, but used two bombs to do it. Soon: much better uses for my other two bombs. But still no actual bombs. And by the time I found a bomb shop, I was being chased by a giant spider I’d aggroed by not having any bombs to kill him with.
Took me a while to work out why the shopkeeper got mad: when I killed the giant spider, one of the gems it dropped hit the shopkeeper in the head.
All I’ve really learned is what I already knew: don’t spend your third-to-last bomb on money, and don’t spend your second-to-last bomb on anything but survival. Anyone else have bomb rules? Anyone else ignore them and die?
Anthony Burch: My bomb rules are: only bomb for money if you’ll get at least two gems/rubies/whatever out of it; bomb everything that strikes you as even remotely scary if you have more than ten bombs, especially if you’re past the jungle; save your last two bombs for blowing away the environment to get past hazards; ignore all the previous rules and steal the bombs you need from shopkeepers until you have enough bombs to build a throne of them that reaches the heavens, defying Derek Yu’s very existence on your chair made of explosives.
Chris Livingston: It felt like a solid run until I bit off more than I could chew with my first ever encounter with The Black Knight. I assume bombs + staying safely above him are the way to go. I got the first part right.
My voice seems slightly, oddly out of sync, about a half-second ahead of the video. So in the playback I scream slightly before the things that make me scream, make me scream. Anyone know what the cause/solution to this might be?
Tom Francis: I noticed that in your run yesterday actually. Are you using FRAPS for both game and voice? I don’t have a technical explanation, but you might be psychic.
Chris Livingston: Yeah, using Fraps for both. I’m sure I’ll eventually find a solution on Google, just wondering if anyone else had ever come across that before.
Chris Livingston: Also, I should probably be talking about the seed instead of my stupid audio problems! I thought it was a great seed, actually! A free compass (which I missed but saw in someone’s video), a free web gun, a free pickaxe, a bomb shop and a weapon shop, including a shotgun, all in the mines. I feel like I didn’t exploit it fully.
Mike Cook: Everything goes right today, including an unbelievable close call in the third world. I get lucky (I think?) with a shotgun that lets me deal with a lot of the danger that comes my way for a few levels. One of my best Spelunky runs ever, overall. So chuffed! I also used a bunch of stuff I learned over the last month or so watching other people play via the Club here.
I don’t think I’m disciplined enough to have bomb rules yet, but I know I’ll sacrifice almost anything for a crate. With the exception of the Wadjet Eye – a tradeoff which came up today, funnily enough.
Graham Smith: I made a sudden snap decision for no good reason, where on 1-4, shortly after finding the mattock, I decided I should buy a shotgun, kill the shopkeeper, and then leave the shotgun behind anyway because really I wanted the mattock more. The ghost was coming and there was a good item right by the till and it turns out this is what panic buying is.
Philippa Warr: For the most part today went a lot better. I wonder if maybe it’s because I’d had a little to drink but not too much and so I wasn’t second guessing everything. It seemed to flow a lot better. Obviously, as soon as this became apparent I said it out loud then leapt in front of an arrow trap, had a snake spit venom on my head and took a spider to the face.
Tom, that trick shot with the rock was amazing.
Richard Boeser: Philippa, drinks really work? I had some wines before the run. Felt like I was doing really well. Made it until 1-2 : | No video, but don’t worry you did not miss a thing.