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General Discussion / LF meetup, Leeds, Sat 5 August
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:20:40 PM »
As a reminder, we decided on a meet-up in Leeds on 5 August, which is next Saturday. I'm starting a new topic so that we can keep track of who is definitely coming, so that on the day we know when we've got everyone.

Unfortunately it looks like it might be raining on the day, but I'm sure it will still be great to see everyone and we can have a good time.

The plan is to meet at 11:30 on the main concourse of the railway station, then when everyone has arrived, go for lunch together. There is a Wetherspoon's at the station, so we could eat there unless it's too crowded -- quite possible on a Saturday -- in which case there are plenty of places nearby.

After lunch we could walk around town and chat if the weather is okay; if not, maybe we could establish a base at the Waterstones bookshop? I would be happy to take any other suggestions if anyone has ideas.

Ste Woz Ere
∫tan x dx
Crane (confirmed on discord)

NeoLemmix Levels / Spreadsheet of NeoLemmix packs
« on: July 05, 2023, 11:12:21 PM »
Here is a spreadsheet of almost all content posted on the NeoLemmix Levels board as of today (5 July 2023). The only packs I've excluded are any that were fully incorporated into later packs, and migrations of the original levels. (If I've missed any packs I should have included, let me know!)

In many cases, I've trusted authors as to their claims of how many ranks and levels were in a pack, so let me know if any of these are wrong. The "date posted" column has the date in the first post of the forum topic; for NL conversions of older packs, this may not match the actual date of publication. I haven't gone to the trouble of looking through the long Lemmings Plus topic to get a publication date for each pack.

Since this is a spreadsheet, you may find it interesting to sort by author or by number of levels to get some interesting statistics. You could also use this spreadsheet to track your progress on packs solved (I would be interested to see kaywhyn's especially!)

Is there any other data you'd like me to add to the spreadsheet? Please bear in mind that other data (such as talismans, or yes/no on whether the pack exclusively uses the original 8 skills) might be a lot more time-consuming to collect, as I would have to install all these packs and examine them in the Level Select menu, so I make no promises about when I might get round to this.

General Discussion / Gauging interest in a UK meetup, summer 2023
« on: May 13, 2023, 03:19:16 PM »
Following on from a chat on the discord today, we are thinking of organising a meetup for those Lemmingsforums folks who live in the UK. It will most likely be in the north, since we discovered that at least three of us are located in Leeds and Liverpool, but nothing is set in stone yet. Some points to discuss before we go ahead with making definite plans:

* Who's interested?
* Anyone responding, please say where you live and whether it's possible for you to travel to a meetup location.
* What dates would be best / are there any dates we should avoid?

Closed / [SUG][PLAYER] Slight tweak to level select
« on: March 15, 2023, 12:06:57 PM »
I know that no new suggestions are allowed now, but this is such a small tweak I felt it couldn't hurt to ask...

When viewing a pack or rank in level select, the talisman window is just short of being able to fit information on six talismans with names, and it would be nice if it fitted. (Also, the "p" of "completed" just above the talisman window is cut off in a weird way.)

Spoilers for GemLems level titles and talisman names, I guess....

Lix Levels / Proxima's notes on Ramond's streams
« on: December 16, 2022, 08:34:48 AM »
I've started watching Ramond's streams and every so often I'm going to pause and note any comments I have, whether it's issues I think should be fixed or just general reflections. This will include my feedback on Simon's comments from the other topic. (Simon -- feel free to merge the topics if you think it's better that way.)

L4 Diamond Dash: This should provide a few walkers instead of imploders and blockers.
L8 Climb to Freedom: It was suggested that we should separate the two snow levels. L8 is very simple so maybe it could even move earlier?
L10 Escape the Pit: Unintended solution by digging and bombing horizontally through the terrain. I checked and this is even possible with imploders alone. I think it's fine to leave multiple solutions so the player can exercise some creativity, but the replay collection should showcase the intended solution (platforming over the pit).
L11 Beneath the Lab: There was a suggestion to move this later. Maybe switch it with L17 Solar Eclipse?
L15 Put Your Lix on Ice: Hacky unintended solution by repeated mining to break through the pillar. Again probably best to leave this alone. Pillar just before the exit should be less precise to find the place where a miner can break through and then stop herself.
L19 Let's All Go Down the Strand: The crowd can be turned around at the very top or on the second step. Any solution is fine here, but the "main" solution is to have the entire crowd go down and build back up.
L20 The Borderland: Requirement of 30/60 allows saving either group while ignoring the other, with the assumption that doing so is a bit tricky and first-time players will be nudged towards saving most of both groups. Is this okay, or should we just make it 40/60?

Lix Main / Extra tiles
« on: December 03, 2022, 07:11:26 PM »
I recently added these tiles to the NeoLemmix version of my tileset. Do we want to have them in Lix as well? One problem is that the NL versions are scaled down so that each pair of tiles has a 32x32 and a 16x16, but for Lix we would want them to be 64x64 and 32x32.

Closed / [BUG][PLAYER] Levels sometimes don't preview
« on: November 19, 2022, 04:33:38 AM »
In the level select menu, clicking on a level sometimes doesn't display its preview, but continues to show the preview of the old level.

I observed this with the pack BadLems, and it might be because some of the levels have the same ID. I spent some time clicking on levels in Lemmings Redux and they all previewed correctly.

If it's decided that this won't be fixed because having levels with the same ID is just something you should not do, then I would suggest that packs on the NeoLemmix Levels board should be fixed to avoid this issue.

Closed / [BUG][PLAYER] NL crashing
« on: October 02, 2021, 05:11:45 PM »
I opened an unfinished level file (originally created with an older version) in the editor, finished and saved it, and edited my GemLems levels.nxmi to refer to it. The level loads fine in the editor and playtest mode, but trying to open it in NL causes a crash. I've screenshotted the error message, and attached the level file just in case that helps to pinpoint the problem.

[EDIT: Since I am no longer experiencing this problem, I've removed the level file.]

Closed / [SUG][EDITOR] Levels with no exit
« on: October 02, 2021, 03:09:22 PM »
During building of a level, it is quite common to have no exit, simply because you haven't yet built the part of the level that will contain it. It is also quite common to want to playtest the level, for instance to check how many skills it takes to get from A to B, before the exit has been placed.

Even though a level, by default, starts with 40 lemmings and a save requirement of 20, when there is no exit then NL changes the save requirement to 0. This means that any playtesting of the level will be a successful completion, and will result in saving a junk replay. While these don't take up much space, generating junk files can be an annoyance and can make it harder to find replays that you actually want.

I suggest that either exitless levels don't have the save requirement changed to 0, or if there's some other reason why that has to be kept, don't autosave replays on levels with a requirement of 0.

Closed / [SUG][PLAYER] Spacing on records screen
« on: September 16, 2021, 04:40:45 PM »
If a level has 100 lemmings and I save 100, when I view my records, the "100/100" runs awkwardly into the clock icon. The clock could easily be moved to the right as there is lots of unused space.

Closed / [SUG][PLAYER] Tweak to jumper physics
« on: June 26, 2021, 03:07:26 PM »
I asked namida over discord for permission to make this topic, in view of the decision about "no new physics suggestions". This is actually a suggestion I made a while back that got sidelined, so namida said it was okay to bring it up.

The attached level (requires proxima_greenhill style) shows a problem I have with the jumper: on rough terrain, if you assign it just before a step of at least 2 pixels, the jumper immediately stops, effectively wasting the skill. This is uncomfortable, and my suggestion is to relax terrain checks at the very start of the jump.

namida points out that any change could affect existing content, but I think this is such a small tweak that it would be unlikely to break anything, especially as it's very undesirable for backroutes to be blocked with single pixels.

Any support for this?

Closed / [BUG][PLAYER] Rank select doesn't update main menu
« on: March 11, 2021, 07:21:27 PM »
Let's say I want, for whatever reason, to combine two or more packs into a mega-pack, so that the structure is:

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Mega-Pack > Pack A > Ranks A1, A2, A3
            Pack B > Ranks B1, B2, B3

This is relatively simple in NL: put both packs inside a mega-pack folder, remove "BASE" from their levels.nxmi files, and make a levels.nxmi for the mega-pack.

However, there's one small issue. NL's main menu displays the name and author of the current pack, just above where it displays NL's version number. This information is, correctly, read from either Pack A's or Pack B's info.nxmi, rather than that of the mega-pack.

Now, if I use the arrow keys to select a rank, I move from A1, A2, A3 to B1, B2, B3, but when I move onto the B ranks, the name of pack A is still displayed.

Challenges / [NeoLemmix] Karoshi challenge
« on: March 06, 2021, 11:56:24 PM »
Taken from WillLem's "Ideas for challenges" topic. The idea is to find the fewest number of skills per level to kill all lemmings instead of saving them. Nuke is obviously disallowed, and so is running out of time.

Lemmings Redux

|Rating | 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 |
|Gentle | 2  0  0  *  1  2  6  2  1  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  1  0 |
|Quirky | 4  0  1  0  1  1  1  2  7  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  1  2  2  0  0  2  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  1  0  2 |
|Zany   | 1  1  0  8  0  3  1  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  2  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  4  0  0  0 |
|Manic  | 1  0  1  0  *  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0 |
|Lunatic| 0  0  0  2  0  3  1  1  1  2  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  3  1 |

* On this level it is impossible to kill all lemmings.

Closed / [SUG][PLAYER] Don't delete pixels from high-res tiles
« on: February 24, 2021, 02:38:37 PM »
I would like to add high-res graphics to proxima_tile, which is after all my "flagship" tileset in the same way that willlem_lemminas is WillLem's.

The biggest problem with doing so is the spheres:

(Left: the high-res tile as seen in NL. Right: the actual tile, pasted in with GIMP.)

As I understand it, NL deletes pixels where the low-res graphic has an empty pixel. I understand the argument for doing this -- that it makes the physics clearer -- but choosing high-res is in any case a decision to prioritise appearance over physics (look at the lower-right of the sphere; you cannot tell exactly which pixels are solid at all), and the player always has the option of turning on clear physics mode if they need to check the precise physics for any reason.

I want my high-res tiles to look hi-res rather than having the janky, pixellated edge seen in the above screenshot.

Non-Lemmings Gaming / Speedrunning
« on: February 22, 2021, 03:38:26 PM »
Speedrunning the Lemmings games has been getting quite a bit of attention on the forum and Discord lately, but I don't think we have a topic for speedrunning in general, so this feels like a good time to start one! :thumbsup: So... who else here has experience of speedrunning other games? Anyone have any achievements or anecdotes to share?

I know we have at least one speedrunner in our community: Simon is (at the time of writing) the world record holder for Jazz Jackrabbit, and has posted about his experiences in this topic. Of course, trying to go fast is still speedrunning no matter at what level, so please don't feel you have to be a world record holder or contender to participate in this topic!

Some games have time as the sole metric for scoring or competing, so I suppose that my introduction to speedrunning was trying to surpass my personal best times in Minesweeper, which occupied a lot of my free time when I was in college. My best achievement, and my first introduction to the thrill of setting a good time, was an 18 on Intermediate -- my best score on Expert was a much less satisfying 76.

Around the late 2000s, I discovered that my all-time favourite game series, Repton, had been remade for PC, so I bought all three games, completed them within a month, and then started to compete for best scores. In Repton 3, your score has three components: in-game score (diamonds, monsters and crowns); lives bonus (1000 per life remaining after each level); and time bonus (900 minus time taken in seconds). However, if you complete a full scenario (8 levels) in one sitting, then the in-game score will always be the same, since all its components are required for completing the levels at all; lives bonus will always total 24000 for a deathless run; so the difference in two scores will always equal the difference in times. In other words, Repton 3 scoring is speedrunning, just without an explicit statement of time in minutes and seconds.

When I first started scoring Repton 3, the online high scores were dominated by Chris Paul Andrews, except for the "Prelude" scenario, where Peter Van Ek's score was top. I remember that at the time, I felt Peter's score might be completely impossible to surpass -- the Repton games are entirely grid-based, so there are much more limited options for what you can do to improve a time, and the "Prelude" scenario doesn't have the luck-based elements that some other scenarios have -- for example "Egyptian", where on Level 5 one monster must be killed by fungus, which grows randomly. Still, I persisted with working out better routes, eventually surpassing Peter's score by 36 seconds, and claiming first place on all 32 scenarios, with a total score beating CPA's by just over 10,000 points (almost 3 hours!)

The trouble with Repton 3 scoring/speedrunning was that I never really had any competition. My friend Jonathan also did runs (and beat CPA's time on "Oceans" before I did, so he briefly held a world record), and Matthew Thompson was a spirited competitor, but neither was a serious threat. It's now over ten years since I improved any of those scores, and all my records are still standing. I have half a feeling that I'd like to submit the Repton series to so that I can motivate myself to play them again, but without the factor of competing with others, I'm worried that it would feel like drudgery and I'd lose interest quite quickly.

Recently, I've gotten a bit more into speedrunning through Steam achievements. Both Legend of Grimrock games have an achievement for completing the first level under a set time -- LOG 1 gives you four minutes, which is very tight; LOG 2 gives you six, when four would be about the same difficulty as it was in the first game.

But by far the game I've spent most time on is Hollow Knight. Again, my interest was kicked off by Steam achievements: there is one for beating the game in 10 hours, one for 5 hours, and one for 20 hours with 100% completion. The first and third of these are trivial to achieve on a second playthrough when you know where everything is; the 5-hour achievement is the interesting one. That may sound odd, considering the world record is a mere 33 minutes. But Hollow Knight is a metroidvania, with upgrades all over its map. The WR achieves this time by skipping everything that can be skipped -- which makes the boss fights extremely hard. In order to make the 5-hour achievement doable, I had to plan out which upgrades I would get, and what order I would get them in so that every boss in the run would be within my ability with the upgrades I had available. This was a very puzzle-like challenge, which I enjoyed immensely. I intend, if I am ever able to afford a faster computer that can cope with recording HK, to make a video showing the route I constructed, so I have continued to practise on the same route, and got my time down to 2:49. I believe that with my current skill level, I could get my time down even further by skipping some of the upgrades, but again, I don't feel motivated to work on this right now when I am unable to record my progress. I have also done a 100% run in 6:54, which is far above a good leaderboard time, but serves as a starting-point for bringing my time down.

Well, that's my wall of text :P Anyone else want to take a turn?

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