Solid May 10 @ 7:10am
Gold Challenge
To everyone who is reading this I am sorry. The Gold Challenge is over. Qinji Made the challenge look easy with his L4; 5_3 run. I will leave this post up so that everyone can see what was on the table, how it ended, and view the related runs. I will post another challenge after the next update is released (or it is confirmed that there will not be no update).

-Original Post-

Hello. Apparently the challenges I've put up are becoming a thing. To the new people; welcome (you've got some catching up to do). To the people who have done this before I'll get to the point.

In the recent past there have been discussions about how good/bad the golden weapons are. The person who posts the furthest most single player recording of a Nuclear Throne run while holding onto a golden weapon through out the run before May 17, 2014 will receive a game via steam (note the rules below).

Run Specific Rules: Y.V. can be used, but the golden revolver (his starting weapon) is excluded from this run (to be fair to all characters). Each run must start with a character that has a golden weapon unlocked for it (again no revolver). Officially for it to count the player must enter and exit every level with a golden weapon equipped. Players are allowed to drop golden weapons during a level as long as they reequip a golden weapon before exiting the level. One golden weapon can be exchanged for another during the run. Any characters can be used, any mutations can be picked, any crowns can be chosen (including no crown), there is no limit to character levels, all character abilities can be used, aside from one weapon being gold there is no limit to what the second weapon is or how much it is used.

Complete Standard Rules: The run must be done with update 26 (the current update). After the run ends please leave the death screen up for at least 5 seconds so the end level can be confirmed; the distance of the run will be determined by the death screen assuming it appears accurate (and thus will determine who wins). For this run the distance of the run can also be determined by the last level where the character spawned with a golden weapon (the ending distance in this case will be determined by the last level where the player had a golden weapon before failing to keep it). The official time cut off time for responses to this post will be at 11:59 pm on Friday, May 16th, 2014 (right before it becomes May 17th, 2014) based on the GMT time zone (but because I am a stupid American I MAY accept runs that are posted after that time). The player who does the best in the challenge will be offered a game. (yes, games other than nuclear throne will be the reward although do not expect anything too new or expensive). The game cannot be modded aside from the use of recording software. The run must be done on a version of the game that all Nuclear Throne players have access to. The video must also be viewable in the U.S. so that I can confirm the run happened (strongly suggest Youtube or Twitch). The videos must be imbedded in responses to this post or have a direct link to the video in the response to this post. Please do not put any visual or time related edits (aka cuts) into the video during the duration of the run (audio edits and voice overs are fine). If you pause or go afk during the run just leave it in the video. If there is a tie I will deal with it as the situation allows. Previous challenge winners can still win this challenge. Whoever wins will have to accept their game through steam by using the friend system (yes, this means I will friend the winner to pass over the gift, no you are not required to keep me on the friends list after the exchange). I should get around to claiming the victor and trying to contact them around May 17th, 2014 (but that is entirely on the basis that my internet provider remembers to pay their electric bills again).

Post additional questions, clarifications, and ideas in the comments.
Last edited by Solid; May 16 @ 5:52pm
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Ganil Ganilder May 10 @ 7:25am 
I like this one Solid ;) I´ll try to get some golden weapons for the guys later!
Solid May 10 @ 7:26am 
Originally posted by Ganil Ganilder:
I like this one Solid ;) I´ll try to get some golden weapons for the guys later!

I'm really curious how people will play this one.
elminister696 May 10 @ 7:50am 
well! looks like its time for YV to crack out the golden laser pistol....
Solid May 10 @ 7:52am 
Originally posted by elminister696:
well! looks like its time for YV to crack out the golden laser pistol....

And this is why you've got some time; yay farming.
Hademar May 10 @ 7:58am 
Nice one! Will definitely try this later.
Wizard_Amul May 10 @ 8:26am 
This one's interesting. This doesn't seem to be that difficult of a requirement to fulfill (especially since you can switch out golden weapons), but it will be interesting to see how people do it nonetheless.
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elminister696 May 10 @ 8:31am 
I have to say I'm very curious as to what golden weapons people will choose, any thoughts? Or are you keeping your strats' secret...
Solid May 10 @ 8:40am 
Sorry; made a slight edit to make it clear that this is not a gold weapon only run. Players are allowed to carry and use normal weapons as long as they leave each level with a gold weapon on their person as per the rules. I want all the gold weapons to be viable, but I'm concerned at this time that some (golden shotgun and golden grenade launcher) will not stand on their own.
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Solid May 10 @ 8:49am 
Originally posted by Wizard_Amul:
This one's interesting. This doesn't seem to be that difficult of a requirement to fulfill (especially since you can switch out golden weapons), but it will be interesting to see how people do it nonetheless.
Originally posted by elminister696:
I have to say I'm very curious as to what golden weapons people will choose, any thoughts? Or are you keeping your strats' secret...

I think it will be really interesting to see how various players handle this. I suspect some people will run with whatever the first gold drop they see is. I know others will theory craft some strat based on having to use what is basicly a level 1 weapon on runs that may involve some looping. My bet is that most people will try to get whatever gun type they normally like the most and treat it as a looping run with one of the weapons being gimp.
Hademar May 10 @ 8:50am 
To be fair I normally already prefer to do all my runs with a golden weapon anyway, so it's literally just gonna be "try to get as far as possible".
Solid May 10 @ 8:52am 
Originally posted by Hademar:
To be fair I normally already prefer to do all my runs with a golden weapon anyway, so it's literally just gonna be "try to get as far as possible".

Do you normally keep the golden weapon?
Hademar May 10 @ 9:01am 
Yup, I always play chicken and I prefer to start with something else than a sword. Golden Xbow is my favourite starting weapon ^^
Solid May 10 @ 9:17am 
Originally posted by Hademar:
Yup, I always play chicken and I prefer to start with something else than a sword. Golden Xbow is my favourite starting weapon ^^

I would say this will be easy mode for you then, but I think this will be another tough race at the end. A lot more people will be able to make a lot more progress than previously, but at some point the palace and looping will get serious. All your skill and practice will be tested once again. (Also as I have talked with people about the various horrible challenges I'm thinking over it always seems there is at least one person who is like; "I always use weak character X as melee only because thats fun for me" or "I dualwield screwdrivers because logic." Someone, for reasons I don't understand, always seems to be ready for whatever we think up.)
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Hademar May 10 @ 9:29am 
Originally posted by Solid:
I would say this will be easy mode for you then, but I think this will be another tough race at the end. A lot more people will be able to make a lot more progress than previously, but at some point the palace and looping will get serious. All your skill and practice will be tested once again. (Also as I have talked with people about the various horrible challenges I'm thinking over and it always seems there is at least one person who is like; "I always use weak character X as melee only because thats fun for me" or "I dualwield screwdrivers because logic." Someone, for reasons I don't understand, always seems to be ready for whatever we think up.)

Yeah that'll probably always be the case haha. I don't think doing challenges with very specific weapons would work though because you'd have to find them first, so I'm wondering what other ideas you have!
Solid May 10 @ 9:37am 
Originally posted by Hademar:
Originally posted by Solid:
I would say this will be easy mode for you then, but I think this will be another tough race at the end. A lot more people will be able to make a lot more progress than previously, but at some point the palace and looping will get serious. All your skill and practice will be tested once again. (Also as I have talked with people about the various horrible challenges I'm thinking over and it always seems there is at least one person who is like; "I always use weak character X as melee only because thats fun for me" or "I dualwield screwdrivers because logic." Someone, for reasons I don't understand, always seems to be ready for whatever we think up.)

Yeah that'll probably always be the case haha. I don't think doing challenges with very specific weapons would work though because you'd have to find them first, so I'm wondering what other ideas you have!

I'm going to do some more testing to see what kinks I can find in the current system, but I will note that at least one of the next ones I do is purely based on suggestion. Normally when I put up a challenge I say why its here (this one helps inform the golden weapons debate), but some of the suggested ones are just going to say something like "X person suggested this and now you will see level 1_1 a lot. In a day or so I think I may have to ask a question about how hard is too hard and how to deal with it."
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