Custom Map: Nice Job 12: The Collector

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on: May 27, 2010, 11:33:27 am
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Author: UpperKEES

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During the initial phase you will have to retreat after picking up the items of your preference. Defending this position will be the hardest part and might cost you a few tries. Once established you'll be able to advance rather fast. From that moment moving to the 2nd page will be the toughest job.



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Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 11:47:30 am
Title:
Nice Job 12: The Collector
Difficulty:
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Creeper type:
Land only
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During the initial phase you will have to retreat after picking up the items of your preference. Defending this position will be the hardest part and might cost you a few tries. Once established you'll be able to advance rather fast. From that moment moving to the 2nd page will be the toughest job.
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You are not only a Creeper World addict, but also a dedicated collector. The CW items have become your collector items that you store in a special book. One day this collection might be worth a lot of money!

Today is a happy day; you've finally found the Thor tech and your collection is complete!

When you place the tech in your book, you realize something terrible....
Emitters can't be stored without being capped!

You quickly decide to use the items to save the collection.... and yourself!
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Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 03:58:41 pm
man this one is beating me up too.  I've figured out not to float the city to get the first techs and i was able to hold things off for a while, i moved one blaster i shouldn't have, to try and keep the moat between the book and the land down and that cost me on my latest try, i'll have to attempt it again later.

Edit: oh yeah i noticed you decided to bump back the soccer player, i was confused at first when i saw the collector instead, lol.



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Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 04:39:07 pm
You're certainly right about getting out of the corner being the toughest part... How you beat it in 20 minutes is beyond me. It's also interesting how by the time I could get the thor built, I already had all of the emitters capped. I would've really appreciated it if the mortar or drone tech was closer to the start, though.

A hint for anyone who's having trouble: You can defend for several minutes with two blasters. Use that time to build reactors, although you will eventually need a third blaster.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2010, 04:42:45 pm by mthw2vc »



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Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 05:25:09 pm
man this one is beating me up too.  I've figured out not to float the city to get the first techs and i was able to hold things off for a while, i moved one blaster i shouldn't have, to try and keep the moat between the book and the land down and that cost me on my latest try, i'll have to attempt it again later.

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Edit: oh yeah i noticed you decided to bump back the soccer player, i was confused at first when i saw the collector instead, lol.

Yep, I decided to switch them, because I expect the Soccer Player to be more popular with the world championships getting closer. ;)

You're certainly right about getting out of the corner being the toughest part... How you beat it in 20 minutes is beyond me.

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It's also interesting how by the time I could get the thor built, I already had all of the emitters capped. I would've really appreciated it if the mortar or drone tech was closer to the start, though.

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A hint for anyone who's having trouble: You can defend for several minutes with two blasters. Use that time to build reactors, although you will eventually need a third blaster.

Exactly. You've played it well! :)
« Last Edit: December 12, 2010, 10:21:26 pm by UpperKEES »

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Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 05:37:16 pm
You built reactors on the book? I didn't need any once I got up there in the first place. Also, what I mean when I say I would've appreciated the mortar tech being closer to the start is that it would be easier to advance once you built them (I honestly considered floating to get it in the beginning). As it stands, without air-juggling, I needed every last spot I could save to get onto the book and I actually needed more time rather than energy to save the blasters I had going down the left side once I was finally on the offensive. I'm certainly going to try this one again.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2010, 05:43:48 pm by mthw2vc »



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Reply #6 on: May 27, 2010, 05:43:13 pm
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Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010, 05:45:30 pm
The thing about them is that the have a long range and target the pools. This can be good for clearing out the book in a short amount of time. I had the second book page almost clean within 2 minutes of building my mortars.

Also, do not forget that the slots are each 2 units deep. As for their only being effective on the pools, I disagree. I used one of them to clear out the backflow in the lower-right corner, and you can fly them to attack every pool almost at the same time.

[I am not trying to argue here. I am trying to explain why I would've liked the mortar tech to be easier to get.]
« Last Edit: May 27, 2010, 06:20:13 pm by mthw2vc »



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Reply #8 on: May 28, 2010, 12:05:54 am


Nah, I think you'd lose too much energy by floating. I just build 2 collectors (what else do you have? ;)) to the left top of the book and collect the blaster tech, the reactor tech, the speed tech, the storage tech and 3 upgrades (just in time with about 1 second left). In the meanwhile I have built 2 more collectors below OC and start building one reactor. You'll probably lose all collectors on the book and the right most above the book; I don't even try to protect them. When the first reactor is finished I build a blaster to defend against the creeper coming from the right top. Then I build one the defend against the creeper from below. After that I keep building a couple of reactors and add a third blaster later when the pressure is rising. Moving the blasters is indeed tricky, so you should make very small steps when advancing. Also make sure you reserve your last free spots for more blasters to enter the book again.


A hint for anyone who's having trouble: You can defend for several minutes with two blasters. Use that time to build reactors, although you will eventually need a third blaster.

Exactly. You've played it well! :)

I gotta say you collect a lot more than i did, i stopped after the blaster and reactor.  speed and storage won't do much good early on but are nice to get out of the way, i'll definatly pick up the upgrades and use them all on the green slots, I'll take faster building of reactors/blasters over better fire rate/range.

The only major thing i did diffrent was i was able to stay on the top corner of the book with just one blaster for a while followed by a second one when the creeper...well started creeping up around one of the collection holes.



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Reply #9 on: May 28, 2010, 02:06:29 am
Well I beat this one, not a pretty score, although I'm glad most the other people are in the 40min range as well, i could shave a few minutes off i'm sure, only used two mortars to get into the second page so it worked out pretty good for me, i battery powered my way back onto the first page of the book, lost a few blasters but once i had a foothold and a few of the storage holes covered i knew i'd win this time.




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Reply #10 on: May 28, 2010, 05:01:50 am
The thing about them is that the have a long range and target the pools. This can be good for clearing out the book in a short amount of time. I had the second book page almost clean within 2 minutes of building my mortars.

Also, do not forget that the slots are each 2 units deep. As for their only being effective on the pools, I disagree. I used one of them to clear out the backflow in the lower-right corner, and you can fly them to attack every pool almost at the same time.

[I am not trying to argue here. I am trying to explain why I would've liked the mortar tech to be easier to get.]

Don't worry, I always like a good discussion and seeing/understanding somebody else's point of view. It's just that I like the start to be hard. You'll have to clear about 33% of the book without mortars (without doubt the hardest part), but you can use them for the remaining 67%. As I love blaster fights I often offer mortars and/or drones later on in my maps. Besides that mortars are really not as efficient as a lot of people think (unless you keep moving/deactivating them). Even the fastest time on Corvus(!) has been set by using only 2 blasters. I hardly use mortars at all and certainly not when drones are available. Here is a nice discussion about this.

Though if you really want to, I guess it's possible to get the mortar early (at the cost of missing some upgrades and the speed tech).

I tried this, but without success.

I gotta say you collect a lot more than i did, i stopped after the blaster and reactor.  speed and storage won't do much good early on but are nice to get out of the way, i'll definatly pick up the upgrades and use them all on the green slots, I'll take faster building of reactors/blasters over better fire rate/range.

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The only major thing i did diffrent was i was able to stay on the top corner of the book with just one blaster for a while followed by a second one when the creeper...well started creeping up around one of the collection holes.

I recall doing the same thing a month ago when I created and tested this map, but if I remember correctly it did cost me more energy than I gained from it. Not sure though....

Well I beat this one, not a pretty score, although I'm glad most the other people are in the 40min range as well, i could shave a few minutes off i'm sure, only used two mortars to get into the second page so it worked out pretty good for me, i battery powered my way back onto the first page of the book, lost a few blasters but once i had a foothold and a few of the storage holes covered i knew i'd win this time.

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« Last Edit: December 12, 2010, 10:23:29 pm by UpperKEES »

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Reply #11 on: May 28, 2010, 05:31:13 am
Yikes that was heavy going  :D

Second time was much better as I overbuilt a bit the first time. Not sure how you got upto 7 energy before you went on the page UpperKEES - my space was pretty full and I was at 5.5.

Once you are established striaghtforward enough  - the difficulty is a good score. Not sure how you got it to 20 mins.

I dont think the mortar pacing is a problem. I mostly use blasters anyway and I built only 2 to clear out the deep water to make the 2nd page easier.

For the second page, I went from the bottom up so thor was actually the first upgrade I got. I did start building it but had everything locked down just as it finished building.

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Reply #12 on: May 28, 2010, 05:34:06 am
I had a similar (as in almost identical after you'd said what items you go for) set up on my completion run, except i lost the collector for speed/upgrade before it was finished, oh well just having upgrades for building faster and less costs helped out some.  and i couldn't hold the corner of the book this time had to drop back down all the way and sacrificed some blasters in my effort to get back on the page.


RichiRich-i did the same thing with thor, and it finished just as i was finishing the map as well.



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Reply #13 on: May 28, 2010, 05:44:49 am
Yikes that was heavy going  :D

Second time was much better as I overbuilt a bit the first time. Not sure how you got upto 7 energy before you went on the page UpperKEES - my space was pretty full and I was at 5.5.

Once you are established striaghtforward enough  - the difficulty is a good score. Not sure how you got it to 20 mins.

I dont think the mortar pacing is a problem. I mostly use blasters anyway and I built only 2 to clear out the deep water to make the 2nd page easier.

For the second page, I went from the bottom up so thor was actually the first upgrade I got. I did start building it but had everything locked down just as it finished building.

Thanks - as always - for the map. Great fun.

Also thanks to you, nice to see players sticking around. :)

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I had a similar (as in almost identical after you'd said what items you go for) set up on my completion run, except i lost the collector for speed/upgrade before it was finished, oh well just having upgrades for building faster and less costs helped out some.  and i couldn't hold the corner of the book this time had to drop back down all the way and sacrificed some blasters in my effort to get back on the page.

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RichiRich-i did the same thing with thor, and it finished just as i was finishing the map as well.

I'm glad to read this, because I never want Thor to be used on one of my maps! ;)
« Last Edit: December 12, 2010, 10:24:04 pm by UpperKEES »

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Reply #14 on: May 28, 2010, 06:54:37 pm
The thing about them is that the have a long range and target the pools. This can be good for clearing out the book in a short amount of time. I had the second book page almost clean within 2 minutes of building my mortars.

Also, do not forget that the slots are each 2 units deep. As for their only being effective on the pools, I disagree. I used one of them to clear out the backflow in the lower-right corner, and you can fly them to attack every pool almost at the same time.

[I am not trying to argue here. I am trying to explain why I would've liked the mortar tech to be easier to get.]

Don't worry, I always like a good discussion and seeing/understanding somebody else's point of view. It's just that I like the start to be hard. You'll have to clear about 33% of the book without mortars (without doubt the hardest part), but you can use them for the remaining 67%. As I love blaster fights I often offer mortars and/or drones later on in my maps. Besides that mortars are really not as efficient as a lot of people think (unless you keep moving/deactivating them). Even the fastest time on Corvus(!) has been set by using only 2 blasters. I hardly use mortars at all and certainly not when drones are available. Here is a nice discussion about this.
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Yes, blasters are usually better. This map isn't quite the same as corvus in that regard, though. By the time you can get to the mortar tech (Indeed, it does seem impossible to save it before the initial rush of creeper), It really mostly helps in that you don't need very many to clear the page, whereas you'd need more than 8 blasters to do that in under a minute (it only takes 4 mortars), although using the spare blasters to keep down the toughest emitters will still be needed. If you have enough spare blasters to clear it out in under a minute... I'm afraid I must question that.