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See attached video. Something I discovered while investigating some ceiling shenanigans: If a lemming is one pixel below the deadly ceiling, you cannot assign the builder skill. All other skills can be assigned. This makes me wonder if the builder was made a special case for this situation, but this seems completely unintentional/a bug and very odd if all other skills can be assigned except for the builder when near the ceiling.

This came about, as I was investigating a jumper behavior with the ceiling that I found odd. I also show this near the end of the video. At the time I assign a jumper, there is a brief moment where the lemming is outside the playing field completely for a single frame but he still survives. I do find this odd, but I think as was explained to me by Icho, he hasn't completely left the level, as I think what determines that he survives is some of him is still inside the grey border. At the same time, the jumper skill shadow is completely at or below the grey border, meaning it doesn't lie about whether the lemming survives or not due to the deadly ceiling. I think if I zoom in so the border isn't there then it should be very clear that he's still inside the level.

edit: Ah, no he still disappears completely for a single frame even if the grey border isn't showing.

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Just like the title says, perhaps the character limit for talisman names can be increased. Not a major problem or anything, but in Armani's Lemmings Uncharted pack, he wanted to name a talisman "Don't try this at home if you are not kaywhyn." Armani said that he used the default Windows text program for this which allowed him to put this name for the talisman. However, in the NL player, when clicking on the talisman icon it simply says "Don't try this at home if you are not" and hence it leaves my username out. I checked this out in the NL editor, and turns out it's due to hitting the current character limit for talisman names. Indeed, that's what the name of the talisman shows as in the text box in the editor and therefore the same thing is displayed in the NL player. When you type the talisman name, it doesn't allow you to type my username due to hitting the character limit at the word "not." So, for the time being, I suggested to Armani to simply name it "Don't try this if you are not kaywhyn," and all of it does fit and displays correctly in the NL player. However, I'm in agreement that what Armani originally wanted for the talisman name is better than my suggested one.

If this does get approved, what should the new character limit be?

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SuperLemmini / LPing SuperLemmini Packs
« on: September 24, 2021, 11:24:19 AM »
Ok SuperLemmini people/fans,

Although I seem to be well-known for LPing Neolemmix packs, I was, at one point, a long-time and heavy player of SuperLemmini, and still occasionally am, for several years before I made the switch to NL near the end of 2019. This is simply due to how I'm generally a traditionalist when it comes to Lemmings. Therefore, despite how I've grown quite fond of the convenience tools of NL, I think it's safe to say that I will also definitely be LPing packs for the SuperLemmini engine as well. In regards to LPs, I'm not stopping anytime soon, so you all can rest easy on that. What keeps me still doing them is the very positive reception my LP videos have been getting from this community, as well as how I still enjoy myself doing them a lot :) So really, it's all thanks to this awesome community that I'm still LPIng level packs to this day, so thank you very much for this! :thumbsup:

So, a question for you SuperLemmini people is what a good first pack to LP on the engine would be. Obviously there's way more packs for the engine than the ones I listed, but there is an "other" option for that. If you vote for that, tell me in a post and I might consider the pack(s). As the member base is smaller here, I don't expect to be much responses here, but even with just a few it still helps.

This will likely not be for some time, but I sure would love to LP packs for SuperLemmini as well.   

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General Discussion / Something Positive That Happened In the Week For You
« on: September 07, 2021, 10:01:55 AM »
Since the last year and a half has been quite rough for pretty much everyone due to the ongoing pandemic, I thought I break the mold and try this to see if we can all lift each other up, as I think we can all use some kind of support/encouragement: Post something positive that has happened to you during the week. Of course, you're more than welcome to post more, not just one, if there's been multiple positives throughout the week.

I got inspiration for this from an education course I took for my teaching credential at the college/university I did my post-baccalaureate back in 2017, where my professor did exactly this at the start of every class session. I thought it's a pretty good idea, and likely something I would like to do with my students in my future classroom. I kind of also got inspiration for this from mobius' 2020 Positives thread, so thank you for that ;)

I'll start. Last week, my cousin got me in touch with a friend of hers who is a teacher and hooked me up with getting a teaching job, which I will likely start either later this week or the following week. So, I have much to thank my cousin for later on if all goes well. I was sent all the hiring paperwork to fill out, and I believe I have finished all of it, so now I just need to schedule a meeting with the person to go through it and process it, and then I should be set. This will be the very first time I'll be working a job in about 1.5 years since I've been shut out of one due to the pandemic, so I'm definitely looking forward to working again.

I was thinking of maybe also making this a thread where we can post at least one good thing about any forum member here, but perhaps that's best for a separate topic instead. So yea, let's hear some positives and get to know one another even more! ;)

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Something that I've been thinking about a lot lately as a result of a discussion I've had with a forum member on Discord, and that is some level designers have been kind enough to tell me that I've helped inspired some future levels of theirs due to a solution I found to a level. Off the top of my head, Armani and Flopsy are two such members who each have told me that I've inspired a level for their future level packs. The former was due to a trick I used in my solution to one of Nessy's past contest levels, and he has already released his pack, so I look forward to playing it and seeing if I can identify the level I gave Armani inspiration for. For the latter, it was due to a solution I found to a SEB Lems Migration level.

Truthfully, I feel very honored whenever a level designer approaches me and says that I've been inspirational with future levels for the author, because it means that I've been helping out the person with level ideas based on my solutions I've found to some levels. So really, I honestly had no idea I've been very instrumental in helping level designers with future level ideas of their own because of my solutions that I've found to either one of his or her own levels or due to watching my solution to a level that isn't his or hers.

As further examples, I've recently been going through and uploading my video solutions to some packs for really old versions of NL. I will use Gigalem's packs as the example here. While going through and seeing the levels again after so long to his zombie pack, I've noticed that plenty of the levels resemble some of Icho's Lemmings Reunion ones. A few borrowed the structure(s) in a few parts of the level, others were complete remakes so that if you already played the level in Reunion you will likely recognize it in Gigalem's pack and hence where he got the inspiration from.

Also, I completely recognized a level from the zombie pack where Gigalem took 4 levels from namida's Doomsday pack and made it a complete disjoint union level, very similar to Synchronised Lemming in that it was 4 mini-levels in one. I recognized it only due to how I had played Doomsday Lemmings shortly before I played Gigalem's zombie pack.

As another example, this time involving one of my own, I got inspiration for one of my levels from a part of the intended solution to one of Icho's Lemmings Reunion levels, and the level happens to be one of my absolute favorites of the pack! This is why when I need level ideas, I been rewatching my level solving commentary video series and/or level solutions. However, I've only made a total of 6 levels so far, but I'm certain that I will no doubt have more levels inspired from solutions that I see too!

If I didn't mention you, feel free to post to let me know if I've been inspirational to you for a future level of yours due to a solution I've found to one of your levels or just from seeing my solution to someone else's level you happened upon by chance! This should be a fun one ;)

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Contests / LPing All Past Contest Levels
« on: August 26, 2021, 10:17:28 AM »
Something that I've been thinking of a lot lately, and something that a couple of members of this community suggested I do, as I seem to be one of the big guys when it comes to level solving around here and the main, established LPer of Lemmings level packs (at least in modern times, as I'm not aware of anyone else who is currently solving packs LP style like I am), and that is, me LPing all contest levels, starting with #1 and working all the way up to the present LDC. I've already done both LDC #22 and LDC #23, so really it'll be up to LDC #21. By LP, I think I'm just simply going to be showing off my solutions and just orally explain them out loud, rather than do a blind playthrough, as honestly that will likely take forever.

Regarding the Lix entries, I'm not sure if I'll be doing those as well, but I might. At least if it's not too much of a hassle to get them up and running, although I'm wondering if any will have solvability problems in the most recent version. If not, then I'll likely just stick with the Neolemmix/Lemmini/Superlemmini entries.

So, what does the community think of this? Think it's a good idea? I put up a poll on this.

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The Lemmings Stampede conversion to New Formats NL is finally here! Lemmings Stampede is a level pack by bulletride which originally started off as an Old Formats pack for NL. I figured the best way for me to make the foray into level pack making is to start with taking an Old Formats NL level pack and converting it to New Formats NL. So, I took the liberty of trying my hand at converting Lemmings Stampede to New Formats NL, as I saw around the Forums that this can easily be done without any major reworking being required.

So why my interest in converting the level pack to New Formats NL? It pretty much came about because in the past month or so, I recently remembered and played through some old packs on Lemmini/Superlemmini, most notably RotL and ssam1221 Dos/Lemmix packs. Lemmings Stampede also happens to be a pack that I remembered being really good. Even though I got stuck hard quite often with Lemmings Stampede and it's not an easy pack at all, it's still one of my favorite level packs of all time. Bulletride really has a knack for making very deceivingly tough levels, which are definitely my type of levels I love playing and solving. There are a lot of favorite levels of mine in this pack!

Another is that I came long after bulletride is no longer active here on the Forums. Since I really like this pack a lot, his pack, work, and legacy definitely deserves to be preserved. I think there was talk of converting the pack to New Formats, but surprisingly it hasn't been done yet, until now. Also, going through RotL, I apparently have played some other levels of bulletride's outside of Lemmings Stampede. I definitely remember how difficult but really good his levels are. His levels kind of remind me of both Clam Spammer's and Nepster's level styles in a way of being difficult ones.

The conversion went completely well without a hitch! It was a simple process of using namida's nxp extractor and using an older version of a v12 NL player to cleanse the .lvl files so that they are in up-to-date nxlv file format. Originally, I tried using Nepster's conversion tool for level packs, but it always kept throwing an error at Tame 9 due to not finding the OWAs for the marble tileset. After some sleuthing around, I found a post where namida talks about putting the .lvl files into a subfolder in the levels folder of a v12 NL player and simply cleansing the levels, so I did that and it worked without any problems.

The only thing that didn't carry over were the backgrounds, so I had to open each level in the editor and put in the backgrounds wherever one was present in the Old Formats version. Also, I matched the music track to each level that plays on the Old Formats version as well.

As for compiling the level pack itself, I simply imitated the file structure of a level pack. Once I saw that everything loaded correctly in the NL player, I realized how very easy it is to put together a level pack for New Formats NL! It's not that hard at all, and definitely far easier than putting one together for Old Formats NL ;)


The level pack can be downloaded in the attachments. Extract to your NL directory. Everything should fall into place.

Music pack download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t49zau78a15bit1/Lemmings%20Stampede%20music.rar?dl=1. Extract to your NL directory. Everything should fall into place.

The pack only uses the OL and ONML tilesets, as well as the Christmas tilesets, hence why the conversion was quite easy. Any styles that are missing, you can either download them from the NL website or use the in-game style manager, but I think all the levels should load fine for anyone.


Lemmings Stampede was a level pack that I played through whenever I got stuck hard on Lemmings United (I generally played through other level packs in the meantime whenever that happened), and I got to say this is one of my favorite level packs of all time. It starts off easy but then gets very difficult really fast. I would even say that Lemmings Stampede is pretty much on par with Nepsterlem's difficulty! The Moon and Comet ranks of the latter are pretty much of similar difficulty to the Tame and Crazy ranks of Stampede, while the Wild rank of the former is pretty much Planet/Sun difficulty of the latter, etc.

The Tame and Crazy ranks weren't too much of a problem, but once you get to the Wild rating then the difficulty picks up considerably. Immediately right out of the gate Wild 1 stumped me very hard. From that point on, it was very slow going through the remaining 30 levels of the pack. Eventually, I hit another major roadblock with Wicked 5 and didn't come back to the pack for about a month or so, when I got stuck hard on United. I still struggled with the level, but eventually I was able to solve it. The solution I came up with is extremely messy and almost fails had skill assignment at the bottom not worked out. The rest of the Wicked rank wasn't too bad, but they were still very challenging! Finally, the entire Havoc rank was just a very long struggle to the end, as I pretty much struggled with every level in that rank, save for Havoc 4, which I felt was easier than Part 1, which is the Wild rank finisher. Needless to say, I eventually solved the entire pack after much struggling and without any help and was very satisfied having gotten through it all.

As for my Old Formats replays, when I ran the mass replay check, I had it refresh the replays, and out of the 50 replays, I only needed to fix 3 of my replays: Tame 7, Crazy 4, and Wild 4. All my Old Formats replays for these 3 levels broke because I used the ceiling in my solution, whereas it's deadly in New Formats. Also, the only level that was impossible in New Formats NL is Wild 4 due to the solution requiring interacting with the deadly ceiling, and so I added a small piece of terrain in the places where that occurs to prevent dying to the ceiling so that the level becomes possible.

Have fun with this mind-boggling pack!


Thanks to

-  bulletride for the level pack
-  namida/Nepster for the nxp extractor and for NL
-  Lemmings Forums community for all their support and for just being very awesome people   

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Ok, Oskar's Lemmini PSP HD pack conversion to Superlemmini is finally complete! Download the pack in the attachment. As mentioned, it originally was intended for Lemmini. The pack is simply all 120 levels of the OL and the 36 special levels found on the PSP version, all with PSP graphics, as well as an additional Special2 rank consisting of 11 Genesis levels remade with PSP graphics. There are also two levels in the Special2 rank with the exact same title as Special 30 - The stairs are not floored, and I'm assuming they're test versions from Oskar. However, Special2 1 has the flashing lightning blue background (pretty cool!), while the second one has a purple star background.

If you want the Lemmini version of the pack, you can download it here: https://mega.nz/file/OYtQBZbY#C0MXxi7X2-cZmAChkU6NcWQgsz1jzD_TMMcHD4ExV5I. Simply extract the contents to your Lemmini directory, and everything will fall into place. Also, replace Tricky 10 with this file, which is attached to download below. For some reason, the pack has the wrong Tricky version of "The Fast Food Kitchen." I don't remember how I got a working copy of Tricky 10. The only thing I can think of is that I simply copied and pasted the ini file of Mayhem 15 and changed all skill counts to 20, save requirement to 94, and time limit to 8 minutes to match the PSP version.

Because the Lemmini version is Oskar's pack, I left the contents as they are instead of editing them just like I did for the Superlemmini conversion, as I want his Lemmini work to be preserved. Plus this also means that you can see some differences in how the levels play out. So yes, it does mean that I have the Lemmini version set up, with all the levels unedited (all of them are solvable anyway), meaning, the .ini files are kept as they are, with Spanish level titles, a lot of the extra unnecessary .ini files that are in the download, etc. I also have my Superlemmini conversion with a lot of the levels edited (massive changelog detailed below) so that they match the PSP version in the stats and everything else. Therefore, I will only be updating the Superlemmini version if there are other problems that I didn't catch before release.

Download the music for the Superlemmini conversion here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xj7395ozok7b3si/Oskar%27s%20PSP%20HD%20music.rar?dl=1

The intended music for the Lemmini pack is the Amiga standard rotation. However, I provide two choices of music for the pack, the PSP tracks or the Canadian soundtrack (PC CD Dos version). Thus, the level pack contains two levelpack.ini's, one labeled PSP music, the other labeled Dos music. Simply rename the appropriate ini file for the music set you want to play in the pack to levelpack.ini. Later on, if you want to switch to the other music set, rename the current one something else and the other .ini file "levelpack.ini."

The reason for the Dos music is because I grew up with it and I prefer it over the Amiga soundtrack. Since these levels all use PSP graphics, I decided to use the PSP music for the pack. I remember its music being really good when I played the PSP version back when I was a junior in high school way back in 2006. It's been a very long time since I last heard them, so it brought back memories/nostalgia. Even more, I have been completely unaware that I have heard some PSP music that plays on some levels in some custom NL packs in the last few years, so more recent than I thought! From memory, I believe I heard it in one of Gigalem's packs, as well as SEB Lems. I simply didn't remember they came from the PSP version, as it's been so long ago since I last played the PSP version of Lemmings and hence last heard the PSP tracks.

During the whole ordeal, I was able to fire up the PSP version via an emulator to see what I could find out about the music. Yes, the music on each level is random, and a different one may play for the same level on different playthroughs of the game. However, it turns out that the music chosen is indeed by tileset. There are 3 different soundtracks for each of the 5 tilesets, and any of those 3 can be picked. For example, Fun 1, which is "Just dig!" either earth1, earth2, or earth3 (due to being a dirt level) will play. Which track that plays is completely random. Similarly, Fun 2, which is "Only floaters can survive this," either egypt1, egypt2, or egypt3 (the pillar tileset is called egypt in the PSP version) will play, and again which one is completely random. In addition to the music chosen by tileset, there is also a chance that one of the 3 oldtune tracks will play as well. These 3 oldtune tracks are not tied to a particular tileset. So really, every level has 6 possible tracks that could be picked to play.

As an example, I had oldtune1, which is the Can-can of the PSP, play on a fire, egypt, and marble (called roman in the PSP version) level.

So, the music chosen for every level is by tileset, with for example Fun 2 playing egypt1, and Fun 3 playing egypt2. For the 3 oldtune tracks, I gave Fun 1 oldtune1 and simply had every other third level of the pack play the oldtune tracks in sequential order. So, this means Fun 4 gets oldtune2, Fun 7 gets oldtune3, and then resets with Fun 10 getting oldtune1, and so on. I thought this was a good way to have all 3 oldtune tracks play an equal number of times throughout the entire pack, especially since I really like the PSP version of the Can-can, "She'll be coming round the mountain," and Pachelbel's canon.

While doing this, I was quite surprised to see how very little crystal levels in the OL there are. Hence, these tracks are the least heard in the entire pack. There are only 2 Fun, 2 Tricky, 3 Taxing, and 2 Mayhem levels that are crystal levels, respectively. In contrast, there are way more crystal levels in the two special ranks.   

As for the conversion to Superlemmini itself, it took a really long time to finish, as a lot of levels needed editing. Many levels needed the exit to be adjusted so that the lemmings can exit. Same goes with traps on some levels, as sometimes lemmings could walk through them without getting killed due to being placed at least a pixel too high. Yet there were also some levels that were impossible, mostly because a climber wasn't able to successfully climb a wall even though they're able to on the Lemmini version, due to tiny slits in the wall.

However, it's important to note that when opening the levels in the 1.43nc editor, they're all saved as an image. Therefore, it's impossible to select any terrain pieces, as when you attempt to it will select the entire level instead, as indicated by a huge yellow rectangle around the borders. In lieu of that, only objects can be selected and moved. Indeed, if you open the "level list window," you'll see only objects listed and the only terrain listed as the entire image of the level.

It was particularly frustrating to fix unusable exits due to them being placed too high, whereas they're all fine on Lemmini. I even nearly gave up on the Superlemmini conversion due to so many problems along the way, in particular not being able to get other pieces into the editor so as to edit some levels that were impossible to make them solvable, mostly due to climbers not being able to climb walls when they didn't have any problems on Lemmini despite small slits in the walls. Turns out that I didn't have the entire style set for some reason, so once I got the full set then I was able to get them to load fine in the editor. Now there were plenty of much smaller pieces to use as eraser or to fill in tiny slits in the walls to make them climber friendly instead of one very huge column terrain piece that would had resulted in very messy level appearances. So, I persevered and finally saw this entire conversion project through despite all the frustrations and problems along the way.

The changelog is huge, so let's see if I can remember them.

-  Changed all level titles to the English version, as well as better organize the contents of the level pack by numbering the .ini's and removing all the extra unnecessary files

-  Removed the Present rank, as I see no point in it due to the levels simply being the way they're found on the Genesis port, ie, none of them use the PSP graphics. If you want to play the Present levels, either download the Lemmini version (link above by oskar12345) of the PSP level pack or play the Genesis Megadrive pack, which I believe now comes with Superlemmini.

-  In many levels, the Lemmings wouldn't exit due to the exit being placed too high. That's because the checks for Lemmings interacting with objects in Lemmini are different from Superlemmini. In the former, it checks at the middle of the Lemming, while in the latter it checks at the foot of the Lemming, which, while seemingly odd, is how the games work on the other ports. Hence, I lowered all the problematic exits by two pixels so that they can exit. Even more, in-game I guess I could had been able to tell ahead of time due to the exit being a pixel above the ground, but it's sometimes hard to notice or they might be on the ground but don't work. This was very time consuming, as I had to play through the levels to see which exits did or didn't work.

-  Traps would sometimes crash Superlemmini, so I added a ,1 in the oskar.ini for the style to the sound for some of the traps so that it doesn't crash the game.

- With few exceptions, changed the stats on many levels to match the PSP's version. In particular, I went through the PSP levels on Youtube and made sure the time limits and skillset stats matched. For example, for the first several Fun levels, they gave the standard 5 minutes, and after some debating with myself, I ultimately decided to match the time the PSP gives and hence I increased the timers to 7 minutes, even though all levels are possible under the time limits given on the Lemmini version. These are PSP levels, after all, and it seems that oskar matched the PSP stats for nearly all levels in the pack, so I wonder why the same wasn't done with the first several Fun levels with the timers.

Fun rank

-  Fun 9 - As long as you try your best Moved the right-most shredder trap that's on the isolated platform past the exit to right by the exit, as that's where the PSP version has it. Note that these aren't the same ones as the shredder trap on the PSP, where it has a much smaller hitbox. Also, lowered the traps so that they would properly kill the Lemmings. Before, they were able to walk by them without getting killed due to being placed too high. The trigger areas are apparently very funky here for this pack, though they do work properly on Lemmini as it is far harder to avoid getting killed by traps on that engine. Finally, removed the rotating red triangle exit top above the Brick exit, as I find this odd and unnecessary.

-  Fun 11 - Keep your hair on Mr. Lemming Set OWAs to "only on terrain" so that they properly disappear when destroying the wall with destructive skills.

-  Fun 12 - Patience Removed the rope snare trap that's located just behind the entrance. I find it really odd it's there in the Lemmini version even though it's not present in the PSP version.

-  Fun 13 - We all fall down Changed number of lemmings from 20 to 10, save requirement to 10, and increased time limit from 3 minutes to 4 to match the PSP version. Yes, the 20 diggers is correct, since that's how many the PSP version gives, so I kept it at that. Quite odd there's more diggers than the amount of lemmings in the level, though.

-  Fun 17 - Easy when you know how Lowered the hidden masher traps so that they worked and to hide the trap triggers. The triggers might be visible on the PSP version, but it's hard for me to tell in the Youtube video. The traps here on SL don't work when the triggers are visible, anyway.

-  Fun 18 - Let's block and blow Removed the fire objects near the entrance and some at the bottom, as they're not present in the PSP version. Also removed the floating exit and fire in midair right where the exit is (really odd and something I didn't remember happening either in the Lemmini version)

-  Fun 21 - You live and lem Lowered bear trap so that it works and kills the Lemmings   

-  Fun 24 - Konbanwa Lemming San Added the masher trap, as I found it odd that the Lemmini version doesn't have it. Also, it's present on the PSP version, and hence I matched it.


Tricky

-  Tricky 12 - Bitter lemming Moved the entrance up so that lemmings will splat without a floater. Before, it was a non-splat hatch. I honestly didn't remember this in the Lemmini version.

-  Tricky 19 - Postcard from Lemmingland First level of the pack to be impossible on Superlemmini. Before, I changed the skillset by giving an extra miner, but I found out way later that I didn't have the full style set. Once I added in the other pieces to the editor, then I was able to use eraser pieces to remove the overhang on both walls that prevented the climbers from getting over them. Climbers can climb them just fine on the Lemmini version, although only for the second wall (he's still stopped by the first wall). Also removed the odd water object in midair that's way past the right boundary of the level

-  Tricky 23 - From the boundary line Shifted the level over to the right so that lemmings who turn around while the wall is still being bashed through will fall off the bottom of the level and die. Before, the level was right by the left edge of the screen, and sides are solid in Superlemmini. Therefore, it was possible to save everyone. This has been fixed so that you do lose lemmings.

-  Tricky 24 - Tightrope City Same as Tricky 23. Shifted the level just slightly over to the right so that lemmings will fall to the bottomless pit when going to the left, since before the level was right on the left boundary of the screen 

-  Tricky 26 - I have a cunning plan Adjusted the traps so that they properly kill the lemmings due to being too high and therefore they could walk through them without getting killed. Interestingly, the right-most trap is correctly placed right by the exit, not like the Fun version.

-  Tricky 29 - Rainbow Island Moved traps down so that lemmings will die when walking into them.


Taxing

-  Taxing 2 - Watch out, there's traps about Made both bear traps visible

-  Taxing 5 - The Prison! Manually added steel areas so that the blocks at the bottom are indestructible.

-  Taxing 6 - Compression Method 1 Same as Fun 17's changes

-  Taxing 13 - Upsidedown World Added bear trap that's missing in the Lemmini version for some reason. Also, interesting a climber can climb the wall after the first OWW just fine, but on Lemmini he cannot climb it. Level's still solvable even if it's not scalable.

-  Taxing 18 - Tribute to M.C.Escher Set entrance to "no overwrite" so that builder staircases are visible

-  Taxing 28 - POOR WEE CREATURES! Filled in tiny hole on the wall on the right in the starting area so that a climber can successfully climb it, making solutions that involve climbing this post possible instead of just having only the building up in the starting area solution. On Lemmini, a climber can climb successfully. Also, used an eraser piece on the crystal so that the climber can go out to the left instead of turning around due to hitting the ceiling, which is solid on SuperLemmini, and shifted the level over to the right so that he can fall to the bottomless pit. Finally, added a bear trap near the exit, where a ghostbuster trap is present on the PSP version. No trap is there on Lemmini, oddly enough. Perhaps Oskar couldn't rip the ghostbuster trap graphics as well.


Mayhem

-  Mayhem 3 - It's hero time! One of the few levels where I used a mix of matching and non-matching stats to the PSP version. Kept the RR of the PSP version, but instead of the 2 minutes available on PSP due to the much slower speed of the Lemmings, I reduced it to 1 minute for SuperLemmini, just like in all the other versions. The level's just too iconic with a 1 minute timer in addition to being a really great and challenging level! Finally, unlike the Fun version, the smasher trap is present here, so I didn't need to add it in. In contrast, I kept the 2 minute time limit for Mayhem 4 instead of reducing it to 1 minute like on other versions. The PSP version has 50 lemmings, and with how the Lemmings are faster on SuperLemmini, you will not run out of time, unless you allow some to turn back to the left.

-  Mayhem 9 - Last one out is a rotten egg! Made the wall climbable by filling in the tiny slits despite how the level's still very much possible even when it wasn't climber friendly completely. On Lemmini, a climber can climb successfully with no problems. Removed water object way past the exit that's apparently there on the Lemmini version.

-  Mayhem 12 - The far side Made the pit climber friendly, as it wasn't possible to send a climber out to the left in the starting pit. Again, on Lemmini can climb with no problems.

-  Mayhem 16 - Just a minute.. Adjusted traps so that they kill the Lemmings. Just like Mayhem 3, I reduced the 2 minute timer to just 1 minute so that it fits the level title. Lemmings on SuperLemmini are faster than they are on the PSP, and got to make the level difficult like it should be!

-  Mayhem 21 - With a twist of lemming please Made the entrance a splat hatch, as well as shifted the level over to the right so that climbers who go out to the left of the starting area will fall to the bottomless pit.

-  Mayhem 22 - A BeastII of a level Manually added steel areas so that you can't shortcut your way on the bottom in the starting area.

-  Mayhem 23 - Going up...... Added a 10 tons trap where the electric orb trap would be. Guess Oskar was not able to rip the trap from the PSP graphics, and the 10 tons trap is the closest I can get to it, anyway. As for hitting the ceiling near the starting area, I didn't do anything with it even though the Lemmings on PSP will walk through to the ceiling and hence you can't assign any further skills if that happens. They still survive, they're just be outside the level. It's the same with the left and right edges.

-  Mayhem 26 - The Steel Mines of Kessel Same as Fun 21's change

-  Mayhem 27 - Just a minute (Part Two) Same as Mayhem 16's changes. However, the one change I can't do without messing up the looks of the level is getting rid of the terrain underneath the thin platform so that lemmings will fall to the bottomless pit when digging. So, rather than try, I left that area as is.

-  Mayhem 28 - Mind the step Added in the smasher trap that's absent on the Lemmini version.


Special

-  Special 3 - Dig Down, Bash Across Took out the miners and gave 5 bashers, just like it should be in the PSP version

-  Special 4 - Block first, Explode second Adjusted traps so that they will kill the Lemmings.

-  Special 18 - The run around Another level of the pack that was impossible, so made it solvable by making the first wall climber friendly by filling in the tiny slit, where a climber can climb with no problems on Lemmini

-  Special 19 - Three steps to heaven Added in bear traps to take the place of the ghostbuster traps. They're the closest I can get to the ghostbuster traps.

-  Special 20 - Seeing double! Lowered trap so that it kills the Lemmings instead of passing through it unharmed

-  Special 23 - The Flood Another level that was impossible due to being a splat hatch. Lowered it so that lemmings don't splat. Weirdly, the lemmings on Lemmini survive, whereas on SuperLemmini they splat. Does that mean the fall distance on Lemmini is only a teeny weeny bit higher?

-  Special 24 - ...with a little help from my Lem Adjusted trap so that it kills the Lemmings

-  Special 25 - Not as easy as it looks Took away the miners and gave 3 diggers, just like the PSP version

- Special 29 - A Bridge Over Lemmings Slaughter Adjusted trap so that it will kill the Lemmings

-  Special 33 - Cagey Business Added a tiny platform right by the trap so that lemmings can fall on the left side without getting killed

-  Special 34 - Born a blocker, die a blocker Yet another level that was impossible. Adjusted the traps so that they kill the Lemmings, as well as added in a shredder trap that's missing on the Lemmini version. For this one, it is right in the middle to fit the gap instead of at the very top like it is on the PSP version, as the trap's hitbox width is much bigger and it's not the PSP's shredder trap, anyway. Still the same puzzle. Fixed unclimbable walls, one near the start, and the really tall one in order to make the level possible, as well as removed the overhang to make the final wall at the top of the level on the right side climbable.


Special2

-  Even though these are remakes by Luis of Genesis levels with PSP graphics, edited the level titles so that they match the Genesis's titles, as well as Gronkling's level to match the level title in his Gronklems5 pack.

-  Special2 1 - The stairs are not floored (A) Set exit, entrance, and trap to "no overwrite" so that they're visible. They show up properly on Lemmini. Also, edited the .ini file of the Oskar style so that Superlemmini doesn't crash when the trap goes off

-  Special2 2 - The stairs are not floored (B) Same as Special2 1

-  Special2 3 - Catch more floaters Moved the entrance to about the location where it's found on the Genesis version so that it's now a splat hatch. Also, made the wall near the exit climber friendly by filling in tiny slit.

-  Special2 4 - Lemmings in the attic Adjusted traps so that they properly kill Lemmings instead of being harmless due to being placed at least a pixel too high

-  Special2 8 - Dark dawn Changed # of lemmings to 100. Not sure why oskar gave 99 on the Lemmini version

-  Special 13 - Room with no exit Manually added steel areas on both sides in the chamber on the right so that you cannot bash through them


Well, that hopefully covers it all. I'm sure I missed plenty, but most of the other changes were changing the stats of the skill counts and time limits to match the PSP version of the levels. Enjoy! I have started uploading my solutions to the Superlemmini conversion of the pack on my Youtube. Unless otherwise noted, Special2 rank is the only one with an author field, where I credited them as Genesis/luis (the port where you can find the levels and the person who remade them with PSP graphics, respectively). The only exception is "Restoration in Process," which I listed as Gronkling/lems5/luis as that is a level by Gronkling found in his Gronklems5 pack remade by Luis with PSP graphics.

Special thanks to

-  Sony for the PSP port of the game

-  oskar12345 for the Lemmini version of the pack and the tileset/ripped PSP graphics.

-  ericderkovits for the PSP tracks which I downloaded and used particularly for this pack since these are levels with the PSP graphics.

-  luis for the remakes of some Genesis/custom levels with PSP graphics for the Special2 rank

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Steps to reproduce:

  • Load a pack that has pre-text, eg, Neolemmix Tutorial Pack
  • Enter the level, and here you can either press the esc key to exit out, solve the level, or load a successful replay and let it play out
  • On the post-results screen, click on "select level"
  • Load another level in the same pack that you know that has pre-text.
  • On the preview screen of the new level, click to enter the level. Instead of the pre-text loading, it just goes into the level.

Once you exit out of NL and then load the player again, then the pre-texts will work fine. This seems to happen only when you click on "select level." If you load a level with pre-text and exit out while on the pre-text screen before entering the level or just exit the level on the post-results screen, but if you load the next level when you're on the main menu, the future pre-texts load fine. It's only when you load new levels via "select level" on the post-results screen then this bug occurs of pre-texts not loading for the rest of the session until you exit out of NL.

Also, if you load up a different pack from the initial one that has levels with pre-text, they will load fine, until you select another level in the same pack via "select level."

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SuperLemmini / [Superlemmini] Deceit's Lemmings
« on: April 01, 2021, 09:12:20 PM »
UPDATE: I have uploaded V2 of Deceit's Lemmings. The download link has changed. The pack is available as an attachment to download, while the link for music is the same, as it's too large to attach here.

All rightie, I have converted Deceit's pack Deceit's Lemmings to Superlemmini, and so the pack is now available for Superlemmini. The pack originally started out as a Lemmix pack, had an Old Formats NL version, and finally got converted to New Formats NL by Nepster. This means that the pack only uses the OL/ONML tilesets, and so it was a very easy pack to convert to Superlemmini. Also this is just a really great pack that I absolutely enjoy and thought it should receive a Superlemmini treatment. Luckily, the Old Formats NL version is still available for download from the New Formats NL level pack topic. Here I simply used the nxp extractor to get .lvl files and was able to mass convert them to SL. Also, most levels didn't need any editing and could be left as is after mass converting to SL. However, there were still a couple of things I needed to fix on some levels.

Tricky 9 - Stairway Garden According to the preview image of the level in the OP of the NL level pack topic, the sky background missing from the exit is intentional, but I decided to add it in for the SL version just because it looks better with it. The level still worked before I added it in, but IMO it looks really weird without it.

Tricky 13 - And, take a little guess Superlemmini complains when there's a comma in the level title, and so this level has the same title, just without the comma. No changes to the level itself were made.

Taxing 3 - I My Me Mine Miner The steel near the exit wasn't working and hence the level was impossible. I have corrected this so that it's non-destructible.

Taxing 4 - Symmetrical Structure System The exit trigger is either too high or too low and hence the lemmings couldn't exit. I have fixed this by lowering the exit.

Taxing 14 - Bubble Trouble Same as Taxing 4, I needed to lower the exit so the lemmings can exit.

Mayhem 21 - Enter at your own risk... This was the most problematic to fix in terms of what should be the intended solution, as it doesn't work as is. I tried many things to get the intended solution working, and the closest I can get to make it work is by increasing the number of climbers and floaters. Everything else has stayed the same, including number of lemmings, save requirement, and the RR that is the equivalent of New Formats NL's. The solution is just very iconic, and so I wanted to preserve it, even if it means making changes to the skillset to get it to work. Also for some very strange reason when I first solved the level I saved the requirement exactly, but when I ran the replay it now shows me as saving 1 over the requirement ???

Mayhem 22 - It appears that the level originally intended to have the Superlemming gimmick enabled. Indeed, this took me by surprise when I loaded the level in Superlemmini. I think I remember the Lemmix version having the gimmick enabled, so I decided to leave it in for the level. Even then, the level's still very easy... if you pause! For those who want a challenge, you can try and solve it without using pause, which should still theoretically be possible. Indeed, according to the gimmicks list for the level, it had Superlemming, Frenzy (no pause), backwards walkers, lazy lemmings (builders and destructive skills only happen for a few bricks/strokes), non-permanent skills, disobedience, rising water, and clock gimmick enabled. However, in Superlemmini only the Superlemming one is supported. Maybe one of these days I will try it out in very Old Formats and see how very challenging it is. It makes sense, as otherwise it's an extremely easy level in both Old Formats and New Formats NL.

Also note that Mayhem 22 doesn't have a level title. I don't know if it ever had a title, or if it was always blank. The Lemmix version of the pack might have had a title for Mayhem 22, but I'm not sure. I don't know if I still have it somewhere on my laptop, but I could always look around for it. Then again, it appears that the Old Formats NL version didn't have a title for the level, and so this would indicate that it being untitled is intentional.

Some levels have steel that doesn't function, although they can be solved without interacting with them. Some examples like Mayhem 1 and Mayhem 19, where in the latter I tried using the solution I used in my LP of the New Formats NL version. Thus, no changes were made to them. Most glaring, however, is Mayhem 17, where the solution I used in my LP should work, but it doesn't because the steel doesn't function properly to stop the basher. Nevertheless, the level can still be solved with the given skillset, hence no changes were made. In any case, I tried everything to try and make the steel destructible, but it doesn't seem to work? It might even be tied to tileset, where perhaps the Dirt steel doesn't work? Or maybe I'm just not doing the settings right. In any case, it's quite a hassle to fix, as selecting pieces in the NL v1.43nc editor is very annoying, but if any SL people want to fix the steel, be my guest. There might be far more levels with broken steel, as I haven't checked all of them.

Also, the fall distance was doubled the default in all of the .ini level files when I used the mass converter feature of the NL 1.43nc editor. The fall distance should be correct in all of the levels now.

Since the pack just uses the same ranking names as OL, this made it very easy for me to write up the levelpack.ini file, as I could simply use the one for OL and replace all the level names with that of the Deceit's Lemmings pack.

Download the music here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0obudvnc8van4s/Deceit%27s%20Lemmings.rar?dl=1. I would attach the pack here (I have now as of V2), but it along with the music was only slightly over the limit. Therefore, I had to make it a Dropbox link. It contains the level pack and the music. Here, I simply followed the music sequence that plays whenever I loaded up my physical copy of the CD version of the game. My CD bundled both OL and ONML games, but ONML used the first 6 OL soundtracks only. So, I decided to use the 6 Dos ONML soundtracks for this pack in addition to the OL ones. Also, the OL tracks are Icho's copy from his Canadian CD soundtrack. My CD has the exact same soundtracks, but each track has several seconds of silence at the beginning before it plays. Here, I think he said he trimmed out the silence at the start. Thanks again for it :)

Simply extract the folders to your Superlemmini base directory. Everything should fall into place. Load up Superlemmini, select Deceit's Lemmings, and enjoy!

I went through every level, and yes, all levels are possible. I have working replays for all of them. However, I'm not going to post my solutions at this time, especially since there aren't any intended solutions anywhere, and hence these are just my solutions I found to the levels. I might post them in a few weeks or so. If I ever end up making a pack later on, don't expect me to post replays along with the pack's release :P My goal is to help people improve their level solving ;)


Update: 6/25/21 My replay collection for the pack is now included, as I felt enough time has passed since the pack's release.   

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General Discussion / kaywhyn's Blog
« on: January 06, 2021, 10:54:45 PM »
All rightie, I'm doing it. Joining some of the others here who already have blogs. Actually, I did at one point maintain a blog on Wordpress, but as I have left it untouched for the last several years, I'm pretty much deprecating it. Also, my very first forum post for 2021 :P

To start off, my family trip to Vietnam last year from February 2020 to March 2020. I stayed for 3.5 weeks, almost a month long. As you may or may not remember, in my introduction post I mentioned that I was born to Vietnamese parents, but I was born here in the USA, since they moved here almost 10 years before I was born in the 1980s. Thus, this makes me Vietnamese-American. This was the very first time I have ever gone to my parents' former native home land. So glad that I finally got to go after almost 31 years. Because I loved my stay, I would definitely love to come back to visit again sometime in the future.

I finally got to visit some never-met-before relatives of mine. Before this trip, I had corresponded with some of them via Facebook. However, I haven't met most of them in person until this trip. Even with 3.5 weeks in Vietnam, there's still many I have yet to meet. I have a lot of family still in Vietnam, although I have many here in California as well. In particular, one of my uncles on my dad's side that I finally got to meet in Vietnam is the only one who still hasn't visited the USA. I have an aunt on my dad's side whose husband lost his struggle with cancer and passed over the summer. I have never met him before this trip, but I'm so glad I finally got to meet him, even if my total meeting time with him was only 15-20 minutes before we parted. It's even more romantic with how he was one of my dad's high school friends who ended up marrying my dad's sister. This means he eventually became my dad's brother-in-law. Aww. 

Regarding the climate, every day it was 90+ degrees in Saigon, Vietnam, This is in February 2020. Way too hot for my liking. Even worse, it's super humid, so you're constantly sweating. There was some comfort from the heat at nighttime, but not much. So, I feel the next time I come back to visit Vietnam that I would visit some other time, just not February. Then again, had we gone to the north, I heard it was raining a lot and nowhere near as hot. Unfortunately, due to Covid and time, we couldn't visit Hanoi this time. 

The crazy thing is that my family and I went at just the right time during the midst of the Covid pandemic. Had we gone a week later, we would had been stuck in the country for who knows how long and not been able to return back home to the USA. In particular, my dad returned home 2 days before everything shut down on March 18, 2020. In this case, he was very fortunate to have returned home safely. During our vacation, we were unfortunate that some of the places we wanted to visit were shut down due to Covid, but I think we still did a fairly great job of being able to see plenty. We weren't able to go visit the north this time, but hopefully we'll get to the next time we come back in the future. I was really looking forward to visiting Hanoi. In particular, I wanted to see Ha Long Bay, which is pretty much a very highly recommended place to visit if you're ever in Vietnam. I have seen pictures of it online and in some online videos, and the place looks extremely nice.
     
All rightie, now the photos themselves, as well as short descriptions. I stayed in Saigon the entire time I was in Vietnam. These first several photos of the city at nighttime is my very first night in Vietnam. And yes, that is a picture of me holding my milk tea drink. Photo credit goes to my brother. Thus, everyone now knows what I look like. Don't let my youthful appearance fool you, though. I'm apparently older than a lot of the registered forum members here. Or, if you're subscribed to my Youtube channel, my profile pic is a picture of me from back in either 2008 or 2009, when I was in my early years of college. Not sure if any of my YT subscribers figured that's me in the picture.

My brother and I also explored the night market in Ben Thanh. As you can see, plenty of things are in English, which is fortunate for the both of us, since we don't know how to speak the Vietnamese language too well. Or, at least not as well as we used to. We lost a lot of the language growing up, as we learned English and switched to it completely. Even then, a lot of the people in Vietnam know English as well, so if you ever go visit, don't be afraid to speak in English. They're quite friendly for the most part, although watch out for pickpockets.

February 10, 2020: First day in Vietnam/Saigon 


















You can think of these next two photos as like the city hall of Saigon. Quite lovely at night. Both dated 2-11-2020.






This is Bui Vien street in the city of Saigon. It's pretty much the go-to place for the nightlife in the city, where plenty of tourists/visitors go to hang out and live music entertainment. The second photo is of a bar on Bui Vien street where some of my cousins took me to hang out. Great and fun night, although I definitely had too much to drink that night, as I was quite hammered :crylaugh: First photo dated 2-10-2020, while the second one is dated 2-18-2020.






February 23, 2020

These photos were from during our tour of Saigon. This is our first night in the city of Hoi An. In case you're wondering about the lanterns, that's because at the time we came it wasn't too far off the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, for 2020. Hence, why the place is still highly decorated at that time of year. Even then, it was still a great time when we came, as it's just so lovely at night. I got to go on a boat ride in the river where we released the lanterns in it. I think what I would like to do at some point is to visit Vietnam during the actual Vietnamese New Year, so that I can compare how different it is in the country than from how my family celebrates it in the USA. It's only 3 days long in the USA, but in Vietnam it goes on for at least a week. Also, students are generally off during the holiday, but no such thing in the USA. They still go to school during Tet.








February 24, 2020

These last set of photos are in the city of Da Nang/Ba Na Hills. This is where the Golden Bridge is located, which is the bridge that looks like it's held up by the marble hand.








Later in the day, back in the city of Hoi An, we met our tour guide and had a nice ride on a basket boat. I believe the photos of me were taken by our tour guide. The tour guide and I rode in the same boat. Regarding my shirt, UCLA is the name of the 4-year university that I attended in southern California for college from 2007-2011. It is part of the UC system and is an extremely prestigious university. It is currently ranked #1 among public schools in US News and World Report magazine. It wasn't always #1, though. My school has only recently achieved the top spot in the last 3-4 years. Before that, it was second, behind UC Berkeley. 








Well, hope everyone enjoys the photos. Definitely go visit sometime. I of course will be posting about other stuff or whatever I would like to reflect on from time to time here. Keep checking this space.

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Steps to Reproduce:

  • Make sure both Online Features and Update Check is Enabled
  • Click on empty space on the title screen to go to level preview screen, load a different level pack from the F2 menu, or click on Style Manager from the F3 menu

When doing any of these three actions in Step 2 with both settings enabled, there is an extremely long pause (easily seen because the scroller text stops scrolling) of at least 10-15 seconds. Once the game does unpause, doing these same actions in the same session, i.e, if you haven't yet exited out of NL, will be fine, loading after only a second. After you exit NL, the long pause problem returns. IIRC, the NL player didn't have this problem before the most recent server move when both were enabled, only happening not long after the move was complete, so it might be related to it, but I'm not certain. v12.9.4 and below are not affected, so you can have both settings enabled and there will be no long pause.

A temporary workaround appears to be to have one or both settings disabled. Then there won't be the long pause problem. I have already tried doing an antivirus scan and adding a firewall exception and/or whitelist NL, but these didn't fix the problem. I think before the server move I never had the long pause problem when both settings were enabled on v12.10 or beyond, and I prefer to have them both enabled. In the meantime, one of the settings disabled will do for now.

update: If online features is enabled, the long pause only occurs when clicking style manager or when prompt to download missing styles when trying to load a level with missing styles. The other two occurrences of clicking to go to the preview screen or loading a different level pack will not have the long pause problem when online features is enabled.

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Just like my topic listing packs that I have completed, currently playing, and thinking of playing, I have decided to keep a similar list of my completed LPs of Lemmings packs and upcoming LPs of packs and will be keeping track of all of them in the OP here. As this topic is currently, links to my LPs are scattered everywhere, so it can make it quite difficult to find them.

Links to my Completed LPs of Lemmings Packs

- Lemmings Migration (thanks to both Proxima and Strato for the recommendation): Kaywhyn's LP of Nessy's Lemmings Migration (11 videos)

- Doomsday Lemmings (suggested by kaywhyn [i.e, me :P]): Kaywhyn's LP of namida's Doomsday Lemmings (11 videos)

- Yippee! More Lemmings (suggested by kaywhyn again): Kaywhyn's LP of Niesch's Yippee! More Lemmings (8 videos)

- Sammings 1 (suggested by kaywhyn again): Kaywhyn's LP of mantha16's Sammings 1 (2 videos)

- Lemminas (thanks to WillLem for the recommendation :)): Kaywhyn's LP of WillLem's Lemminas (11 videos)

- Sublems (New Formats NL, thanks to Strato and Swerdis for the recommendation): Kaywhyn's LP of Colorful Arty's Sublems (13 videos)

- Lemmings Plus 1 (New Formats NL, suggested by kaywhyn): Kaywhyn's LP of namida's Lemmings Plus 1 for New Formats NL (13 videos)

- Clammings (New Formats NL, suggested by Turrican, added to list 12/19/20): Kaywhyn's LP of Clam's Clammings (17 videos)

- Nuked Lems (suggested by grams88, added to list 12/24/20): Kaywhyn's LP of grams88's Nuked Lems (9 videos)

- SEB Lems NL New Formats: Kaywhyn's LP of Flopsy's SEB Lems for NL New Formats (75 videos, although it's technically 76 since there's supposed to be an additional video on Murder 5 but I foolishly didn't have OBS open :forehead:)

- Artlems v1.3: Kaywhyn's LP of Arty's Artlems (16 videos)

- Lemmings Plus 2: Kaywhyn's LP of namida's LPII (14 videos)

- Gronkling's Animal Pack 1: Rodents: Kaywhyn's LP of Gronkling's GAP 1: Rodents (13 videos)

- The Lemmings Have Grown: Kaywhyn's LP of David's The Lemmings Have Grown pack (36 videos)

- Deceit's Lemmings: Kaywhyn's LP of Deceit's Deceit's Lemmings New Formats NL (6 videos)

- Assorted Gubbins: Kaywhyn's LP of SQron188's Assorted Gubbins (7 videos)

- LemRunner: Kaywhyn's LP of tan x's and Dexter's LemRunner Pack (31 videos)

- Lemmings Destination: Kaywhyn's LP of Nessy's Lemmings Destination (29 videos)

- Festival Millas 2018: Kaywhyn's LP of Gigalem's Festival Millas 2018 (6 videos)

- Lemmings Plus 3: Kaywhyn's LP of namida's LPIII (13 videos)

- Insane Steve's World: Kaywhyn's LP of Insane Steve's Insane Steve's World (20 videos)

- Ski Sloping Lemmings: Kaywhyn's LP of grams88's Ski Sloping Lemmings (13 videos)

- Integral Lemmings: Kaywhyn's LP of tan x's Integral Lemmings (11 videos)

- Long Live Lemmings!: Kaywhyn's LP of Niesch's Long Live Lemmings! (8 videos)

- MegSEGAbytes: Kaywhyn's LP of Flopsy's/Wafflem's MegSEGAbytes (21 videos, although technically it's 23 videos, as I don't have the original recordings for Lightspeed 5 and Lightspeed 6, both of which would of had their own video, but alas OBS resetted my audio device settings, which I wasn't aware of :()

- Inverse Lemmings: Kaywhyn's LP of WillLem's Inverse Lemmings (3 videos)

- Lemmings Uncharted: Kaywhyn's LP of Armani's Lemmings Uncarted (66 videos)

- All Hallow's Eve: Kaywhyn's LP of tan x's and Dexter's All Hallow's Eve (6 videos)

- Mazulems New Formats NL: Kaywhyn's LP of Martin Zurlinden's Mazulems (2 videos)

- Holiday Gigalems 2017 Old Formats NL: Kaywhyn's LP of Gigalem's Holiday Gigalems 2017 (10 videos)

- Holiday Lemmings Plus New Formats NL: Kaywhyn's LP of namida's Holiday Lemmings Plus (1 video)

- Lemmings Plus Omega New Formats NL: Kaywhyn's LP of namida's Lemmings Plus Omega (13 videos)

- Mike's Lemmings New Formats NL: Kaywhyn's LP of Turrican's Mike's Lemmings (8 videos)

- Lemmings World Tour New Formats NL: Kaywhyn's LP of Strato's LWT (38 videos)

- Lemmings Quartet: Kaywhyn's LP of Apjjm's Lemmings Quartet (6 videos)

- Zemmings Complete: Kaywhyn's LP of zanzindorf's Zemmings Complete (7 videos)

- Festival Millas 2019: Kaywhyn's LP of Gigalem's Festival Millas 2019 pack (6 videos)

- FestiveLems: Kaywhyn's LP of WillLem's FestiveLems (3 videos)

- Lemmings Cranium Preview - Challenge Rank: Kaywhyn's LP of Crane's Lemmings Cranium Preview - Challenge Rank (5 videos)

- Lemmings Plus IV: Kaywhyn's LP of namida's Lemmings Plus IV (14 videos)

- Mobilems 2022: Kaywhyn's LP of mobius' Mobilems 2022 (12 videos)

- Lemmings Plus V: Kaywhyn's LP of namida's Lemmings Plus V (18 videos)

- Sammings 2: Kaywhyn's LP of mantha16's Sammings 2 (4 videos)

- Lemmings Halloween 2017: Kaywhyn's LP of Raymanni's (Ryemanni) Lemmings Halloween 2017 (6 videos)


Upcoming Lemmings Packs to LP

- Clammings (suggested by Turrican)

- Nuked Lemmings (suggested by grams88)

- SEB Lems New Formats NL (personal decision)

- Insane Steve's World (suggested by Proxima)

- Artlems v1.3 (personal decision)

- Deceit Lemmings (suggested by Swerdis)

- Mazulems New Formats (personal decision, as well as by vote from this community)

- MegSEGAbytes (personal decision, also I promised Flopsy a very long time ago, and I still haven't done it yet :forehead:)

- Inverse Lemmings (personal decision)

- Long Live Lemmings (suggested/recommended by Armani, and also suggested by Niesch)

- Integral Lemmings (personal decision)

- Lemmings Uncharted (personal decision)

- Angry Lemmings (returning the favor to eric and I want to show his pack some loving ;))

- Lemmings Plus 2 (personal decision)

- Lemmings Quartet

- Zemmings Complete

- Integral Lemmings - Alpha Rank

- Lemmings Cranium Preview - Challenge Rank

- Festival Millas 2019

- Ryemanni's Halloween Pack

- Mobilems (2022)

- MASTER-88 1st, 2nd, and 3rd packs

- Sammings 2

- Lemminas 2

- RotL (New Formats)

- Casualems 2.0 (New Formats)

- Casualems (Troll Rank only, Old Formats NL version)


Other LPs

- Lemmings 3D (Dos): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbp2m4KlFpJuJwy0hXSuM-vucom5aK78M (25 videos)

- Lemmings Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbp2m4KlFpJvZA2nsGzLZhfwJfZq88Ka9 (17 videos)

- Gobliiins (Floppy DOS VGA): Kaywhyn's LP of Gobliiins (3 videos)

- Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama: Kaywhyn's LP of Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama (4 videos)


Suggestions/recommendations for packs to LP are always welcomed, as usual. Seems like everyone here is enjoying my LPs so much and as a result they're garnering so much positive reception, so it makes me all the more glad that I got into LPing Lemmings packs :) No one suggested to me that I should do it. Instead, I made the personal decision to get into doing LPs. You all are awesome! ;)


Original Post before heavy modification:

Now that I've gotten into recording Lemmings videos with OBS and have joined the wagon in uploading them to my Youtube, and so far it seems that my post-commentary video series on Lemmings United is getting quite the positive reception, I figured that I should get into LPing level packs just for the fun and experience. Also, I figured this community could always use more LPers. This is where I would like your help: What level pack(s) would you like to see me LP? Most importantly, what's a good first pack to LP? Would any of you watch them? I prefer to do level packs that I haven't played yet, since I'll be doing a blind playthrough this way and it should be a more authentic experience, given that I don't know any of the solutions, but I'm also open to doing any packs that I have already played and completed. For the former, see this list of mine that I have compiled of packs that I've sorted into completed, currently playing, and thinking of playing: Kaywhyn's list of packs completed, currently playing, and thinking of playing. In particular, the packs listed under the red list are preferable, but again I'm open to any pack that is suggested. I'm also open to doing either Old Formats or New Formats. Don't worry about difficulty. If anything, I could always do a post-commentary video on levels that I get stuck on if I think I won't be able to get it solved in a reasonable amount of time.

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General Discussion / New Laptop Has 2 M.2 NVMe SSD Slots
« on: October 24, 2020, 09:14:49 PM »
My new laptop arrived today, and I wanted to get some help regarding putting 2 SSDs in it, as I've been unable to find guides online that explain what and what shouldn't be done. My laptop has two M.2 SSD slots, and according to the manual they can support either 2230 or 2280. I don't have problems doing the installation itself, as I've done hard drive upgrades before, just never ever used a machine with two hard drives installed. Right now, it has one M.2 SSD in it, and I plan to stick another M.2 SSD in it that's much faster than the first one where I plan to install Windows 10 on it. If I do this, is it recommended that I wipe out Windows 10 that's pre-installed on the stock SSD? I haven't opened the box yet, and it should be fine to simply stick in the second SSD from the getgo, right? Also, I think I have seen plenty of guides that say that it's recommended to remove the first SSD before installing Windows 10 on the second one to avoid issues during and after installation. In a way, I'm kind of reluctant to do so, since the first SSD is in a heat sink. Do I need to reformat either of the SSDs? Or would you say let the Windows 10 installation handle the partition making? So far, I've always deleted the partitions using the Windows installation, never the disk manager after logging onto Windows.

I'm quite excited to be using my new laptop soon, as it's a newer model of the one I'm currently using that's no longer being produced, and hopefully won't have any prominent issues that the first batch released earlier this year had. I just want to make sure I don't run into any technical issues with two internal SSDs while setting it up out of the box. Until this laptop, I have used laptops with only 1 internal SSD slot for the past 13 years, so I don't have any experience with multiple internal SSDs.   

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Hi all,

I've been contemplating a lot recently about recording and uploading Lemmings videos to my Youtube, so I decided to check out OBS. This wasn't recommended to me by anyone. Rather, from what I can gather in the forums, most seem to be using OBS to record, hence why I know about it. Initially, I had problems with a black screen for the display capture, but thank goodness for video tutorials on how to fix this. It's just like the person in the tutorial said, the problem is that my laptop is choosing my NVIDIA GPU rather than the Intel GPU to render it. Once I followed the steps to fix it, I was able to get my laptop display to show in OBS. I did a couple of video recording test runs with OBS, and it works swell! :) It was much easier to setup than I thought it would be, so I absolutely agree, OBS is very easy to set up, only takes a few minutes. I did have a problem figuring out how to start recording when I'm in NL and how to stop it after a level is solved, but that's an easy fix thanks to another OBS tutorial I saw, which is simply assigning a hotkey to them. I currently have start recording to F1 and stop recording to F2. Only thing I don't like is that F2 is also the key to bring up the level select menu. So, what would you suggest as hotkeys for starting/stopping recording?

With this, I may be jumping on the wagon of recording/uploading videos of Lemmings to my Youtube soon. For one thing, my Youtube channel can certainly use more content. All that's currently on there are about 10 videos, most from way back in 2008. However, don't expect me to record videos of any other games, as my channel will mostly be limited to Lemmings videos. For another, since this community seems to think that I'm one of the better solvers of Lemmings level packs (not trying to toot my own horn here, just simply what I gathered from the feedback and praise from others I've gotten on my own My Solving Abilities topic), I'm sure this will be much appreciated, not only by the community, but also for pack authors of packs that I'm covering. Not to mention another forum member covering packs via video ;)

This is where I would like your input: the format my Lemmings videos should take. In order of preference, I can do 1) silent ones, where I simply upload my solution of the level, 2) post-commentary, where I upload my solutions, as well as give my thoughts/feedback on the level, or 3) blind playthrough of a level pack, either with or without commentary. Since I currently live with my elder folks, #1 is the easiest for me, since both #2 and #3 will be quite difficult for me to do in peace. The only way I can get around that is by recording late in the evenings. Of course, I could video edit, but as I'm not very good at it and prefer to avoid doing it, that's pretty much out of the question. At the same time, I love giving feedback, as you can tell by the huge posts that accompany when I post my replays, so I can certainly do #2 or #3. If I decide to go the audio commentary route, do expect a lot of fumbling and a lot of pausing in between voicing my thoughts, as I'm not very good at quickly thinking on my feet, but I don't mind, as I've seen from the other videos of LPers that we all get stuck in articulating our thoughts from time to time. Obviously, some are naturals at it, but we all seem to run into a block in our thoughts every now and then.

Also, for recording audio, do any of you use anything else in addition to OBS? Or do you just use OBS? From what I can gather, most seem to say that the audio recording is not so good with OBS. If that's the case, what software do you recommend for recording audio? At the same time, in my own video recording tests, the audio with OBS isn't too shabby, so I might just use OBS only for the audio too.

In regards to streaming, I think that's pretty much out of the question, since I prefer to solve levels in peace, as well as figure out the solutions on my own. Nevertheless, I might give it a try just for the experience. Now, I do have a question, and that is are Youtube and Twitch streams the same in that only the person recording can be heard, while the rest can only interact via chat? Are there advantages/disadvantages of Youtube vs Twitch? The other problem, of course, is finding a good time for people to make the stream, but of course I would announce the date and time in advance. I'm just not sure if late evenings are fine for people, since that tends to be the best time for me to record.

Along the same line, I wonder if I would be a welcome addition to joining a Lemmings stream and providing help if the person is stuck on a level. The problem I see with this are with packs that I haven't myself played yet. In this case, I can probably just not join, since nothing will be spoiled for me this way. It won't be a problem if it's a pack I already played, since nothing will be spoiled for me anyway.

Finally, as to when I announce that I have videos up, I might just wait until I have a full rank of a pack uploaded first before providing my link. I might also wait until I get a newer laptop in about a month or so before recording and uploading videos. My laptop has a problem in that it's pretty much a nose cam due to the awkward placement of the integrated webcam on the bezel of the laptop. With the newest Dell XPS model, the webcam placement is finally in the right location, and so with that I might also do webcam capture videos as well in the future. Also, the audio quality might be much better as well, given that the speakers will be in a better location and supposedly the speakers are higher quality than they are in the current Dell XPS laptop I have.

Looking forward to doing this soon! ;)

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