- Jason Killingsworth – 5-4 – $714,400 – 14th overall!
- Tom Francis – 2-4 – $89,250 – SPIKES
- Graham Smith – 2-2 – $67,775 – Spikes? Vines? Gravity?
- Richard Boeser – 2-2 – $53,175 Bad karma?
- Anthony Burch – 2-2 – $41.400 – Derek Yu
- Mike Cook – 1-3 – $30,700 – Spider straight outta nowhere
- Chris Livingston – 1-3 – $19,800 – Shotgun theft = Shotgun death
Spoilery discussion after the break.
Tom Francis: Where were the bombs?! Did I miss them? Where were they?
Mike Cook: The first three levels were pretty light on everything, bombs included. I died doing something that would’ve been safe in a light level, in a dark level. I don’t know if I was being stupid there and should’ve made a beeline for the exit, but I went exploring and a spider knocked me right into spikes. Stupid Mike. Recording up later this evening!
Richard Boeser: Can anyone tell me why the shopkeepers were angry with me?
Chris Livingston: Richard, I couldn’t see anything from your video that showed why the Black Market went hostile! Something must have happened downstairs somewhere.
Are night levels more common in the jungle? It seems like I rarely see them in the mines, though today, in my warm-up runs, I came across them twice.
Tom Francis: A commenter said something like ‘perhaps it’s best you didn’t get to the Black Market’, so maybe today was one of its angry days. Luckily it’s a bitch to get to.
Chris, I think they’re equally likely in Mines, Jungle and Temple, but now that you mention it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dark Ice Caves level in my life. They might be forbidden because it’d be too hard to see where you’re dropping to.
Anthony Burch: Yep! Today was an Angry Day for the Black Market. Which is really exciting to me, because now it’s not just some weird fluke — it’s A Thing. A Thing that I now have to plan for and be wary of. A Thing that might potentially be waiting for me, every day.
Tom Francis: I always like to get to the bottom of these things. In the comments, mmiasmostati notices there’s a snail in the Black Market, on the lowest floor of shops. That floor contains a kissing parlour, and the shopkeeper rage message is “Hey, you can’t do that!” – which is what they say when an… employed damsel gets hurt. The snail must hit her with a bubble, but interestingly it sounds like it happened at different times for different people. Maybe the randomisation of enemy behaviour is not determined by the level gen seed, so can unfold differently for different players.
Graham Smith: My run today combined Richard and Anthony’s dying-on-2-2 with Tom’s falling-into-a-spike-pit, for a perfect Spelunky experience. Two thumbs up.
Jason Killingsworth: Two jetpacks in today’s run! Getting spider paste from Kali blessing in ice caves was the most unbelievably lucky, pivotal, fate-altering drop imaginable. Without it, I seriously doubt I would’ve gone the distance.
Richard Boeser: Jason, congratulations, that was a really great run. The highest score yesterday was a million more, how is that even possible. Do you know in what way their strategy differs from yours?
Jason Killingsworth: Thanks, Richard. To answer your question, I’ve broken a million a couple times and the strategy is basically identical. You just have to systematically ghost run every single level instead of cherry-picking a handful of choice stages like I’ve been doing. I’ve shied away from going into full score-chasing mode primarily because ghost-running makes for incredibly boring television. Also, it balloons the length of your run, which would make file sizes and upload times get out of control. I’m happy to aim for completing Hell and doing a tiny bit of ghost running when there’s an accessible gem vault, etc.