This thread has been outdated and replaced with the new, new runs thread:http://steamcommunity.com/app/113020/discussions/0/620700960964754884/
December 27th to January 3rd's Newest Runs:http://imgur.com/DhYslvw
Archived runs lists:http://imgur.com/a/QxDWm#0
(records starting August 2nd)http://pastebin.com/u/FreeMarket
(anything pre-August 2nd)
So what is this anyways?
Basically, this is a somewhat regularly updated list of the newest speedruns on the Monaco leaderboards. If you want to know how the leaderboards have changed, week after week, you'd normally have to go through the listing in game and go, "Huh, I didn't notice that entry last time." Instead, you can open up these links and see a compact list of only the changes. So if a someone like "Free Market" got a new all-time record on Banque Albert this week, it would show up in this list. But a record from 2 months ago, or a year ago, or so on, wouldn't show up in this particular list. The other big thing to note, is that my current cut-off for a speedrun is a top-50 ranked run (it's just a practical thing, I only have so much time to gather data each week, and those cutoffs are already ~5000 entries each week!)
How are you supposed to read this list?
First, let me explain each column, left-to-right. First you have the rank of the entry. So if you opened up the leaderboards, this would be the rank you see. Next is the player's name holding that rank. After the player's name, there's the completion time of the speedrun. So at the end of a game, this is the time you'd see after the 10 seconds per missed coin is added. It's also the time on the leaderboard entry for the run, if you looked it up. The seemingly random letters you see next are actually a code for the different characters in Monaco: [l]ookout, lock[s]mith, [c]leaner, [p]ickpocket, [m]ole, [g]entleman, [h]acker, [r]edhead. Sometimes this field will be "BLANK", usually because the lookout campaign listings are bugged, but occasionally because my computer doesn't like you. Depending on when this list was created, you might see a column for coins. That's the coin total for the run. This was added recently, so some of the old lists will be missing coins. Right after this is the level name. So stuff like "BANQUE ALBERT" or "PROLOGUE: LOCKSMITH". The last column is the type of leaderboard. So things like Enhanced Singleplayer, or Classic Multiplayer. The list is sorted first by leaderboard type, then alphabetically by level name, and then by the rank of the entry.
"Why is my name mispelled?" (and other such errors):
So, I don't do this by hand. That'd be crazy. I take pictures of the leaderboards, and then use a computer program called Tesseract OCR to turn the pictures into text. Spelling errors are pretty common, because some letters look a lot alike, and the pictures themselves get just a bit fuzzy from things like my brightness settings. With regards to names, you'll sometimes see, "ERROR - Parser Failure" instead of the correct name. That's the worst case scenario, when Tesseract just can't read a name at all, so I need to assign a placeholder to avoid breaking the lists. Also, because they are screenshots, if you change your name frequently I might have the outdated one on the list. As I mentioned above, there are also occasional errors in the character code, usually denoted by "BLANK". Level names and leaderboard types also are mispelled sometimes. I'm working on cutting down on the spelling errors, but my personal rule is that I absolutely do not make manual fixes. If I want to fix a name, I'm going to do it by fixing how the computer reads it rather than editting by hand. This is why stuff like the levels are still mispelled sometimes, even though it should be obvious to fix. Also, I'm working on fixing the instances of "ERROR - Parser Failure". Again, not by hand. But if you see that show up for some reason, let me know. I kind of want to prioritize fixing that. One last, more obscure note, there like a 1 in a few thousand chance that your new all-time doesn't show up at all here. Like, if you managed to get the exact same time as a previously existing run, and had the exact same characters on the run, and the game happened to list those characters on the entry in exactly the same way as the older run, then you might just have fallen through the cracks. Congratulations, you got [un]lucky!