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KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



AGDQ 2018 is over! A big thank you to everyone who in any way participated in getting over 2.2 million dollars raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!



Come one, come all, it's time for the traditional start-of-the-year speedrunning marathon!

And by that, I mean that it's time for Awesome Games Done Quick 2018, taking place from January 7th to 14th! For those new to GDQ, it's an annual speedrunning marathon for charity, featuring runners from speedrunning communities across the world and the web: Speed Demos Archive (SDA), Speedrun.com, SpeedRunsLive and TASVideos, all working together for the worthy cause of collecting money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

You may notice that we have two AGDQ 2018 threads going - it was something that was first done (somewhat unintentionally) for AGDQ 2017, and happened again for SGDQ 2017, and it was a pretty good idea to actually have two threads, so now we do it on purpose. The other thread, for this event made by beep by grandpa, is meant for more fast-paced live-reaction chatting, and this one intended to tend more towards slightly more indepth discussion about the event, the runs, and all that surround it. A thread that doesn't have 539 new posts to get through just because you went to the bathroom.

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First things first - the ever-important schedule will automatically adjust to your timezone if you have Javascript enabled for the GDQ site, so you can always know what time the runs you want to watch are supposed to start - of course, the times will change somewhat as the marathon progresses due to many runs finishing under estimate, but there are measures that will try to ensure that runs start when they're supposed to. Do expect minor shifts, though. The schedule is also available on Horaro (also time zone-adjusted).

You'll be able to watch the marathon at the GDQ main site, which when the marathon starts will have the stream and an embedded chat and all of that jazz. As it's streamed on Twitch, you can use the GDQ Twitch channel to watch as well, but the main site is usually preferable if you're going to watch through a browser.

But! You can also watch the marathon in your media player of choice, instead of Firefox or Chrome or what-have-you. For that, you want a little program called Streamlink. If you've been using Livestreamer, you want to switch to Streamlink - it's literally a better Livestreamer, being a more developed fork of it under a different name. As with Livestreamer, there is also a Streamlink Twitch GUI to go with it - might need a bit of easy configuration. If you're having issues, ask either here or in any of the goon chats. We'll be happy to try to help you. I personally prefer to use it with mpv, but most anything that'll play video should work with it.

If you miss a run you really wanted to watch, don't fret - it might not be as exciting as watching it live, but recording of all runs will go up eventually on the GDQ Youtube channel. The excellent website GDQ VODs, run by fellow goon Steve Holt!, usually also tries to keep up with timestamped links to Twitch VODs during the marathon, and should that also fail you, there tends to be a thread for the same purpose on Reddit. To minimize the risk of people recording the stream and uploading monetized videos of the AGDQ runs on Youtube during the marathon, GDQ staff will make an effort to get at least temporary versions up on the Youtube channel during the marathon, so that should be the first place to check.

And what would a live marathon be without watching it together with others? The GDQ experience is usually heightened much by reacting to things together, so hop into one of the chats available. Stay away from Twitch chat, though. It tends to be quite toxic, and under very heavy load - has a decent chance of getting flipped to slow and/or subscribers only mode. Your two options for chatting should instead be IRC and Discord.

GDQ IRC: #sdamarathon at irc.quakenet.org
Direct link | Quakenet Webchat
GDQ Discord

Goon IRC: #speedruns at irc.synirc.net
Direct link | synirc Webchat
Goon speedrunning Discord

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If you want to score some cool GDQ swag, look no further! GDQ traditionally partners with a couple of web stores during the event for a collection of GDQ merch, available throughout the event. A percentage of the profit from these will be donated to the charity during the event. You can find shirts and some other trinkets over at The Yetee, and a variety of things can be gotten from Fangamer.

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So you've gotten this far, and now you might be asking yourself: "But what does AGDQ do?"

We will be happy to answer that question for you! Games Done Quick got started in 2010 with Classic Games Done Quick, a modest event that literally happened in Mike Uyama's basement collecting money for CARE. The following year, the first Awesome Games Done Quick was held, already then for the benefit of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Since then, GDQ has grown a lot, and now hosts two huge speedrunning charity events anually - Awesome Games Done Quick in January, benefiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Summer Games Done Quick in July-August, benefiting Doctors Without Borders. Currently, GDQ is the largest fundraising event globally for both charities. In 2014, AGDQ became the first GDQ event to break one million dollars in donations for a single event, and since the first marathon, GDQ events have to date raised a total of over twelve million dollars for charity, including some one-off causes through online marathons such as Japan Relief Done Quick in 2011 and Harvey Relief Done Quick in 2017.

100% of the money collected during Awesome Games Done Quick goes directly to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. There is no cut taken by any of the staff or participants, all attendees pay for their own travel and living expenses. You might hear people saying that they do get some of the money - the truth is that AGDQ has become such a large event that putting it on is essentially a full-time job for many of the closest involved, so the Prevent Cancer Foundation employs the core staff to make sure that AGDQ can happen as it does.

The event keeps growing every year, and more and more work is always being put into improving the quality of the stream - but mistakes always happen, and with the sheer amount of tech involved, expecting everything to work 100% flawlessly over the course of a week-long 24/7 live-streamed event is just not realistic. The tech staff are, after all, only human, and we haven't finished the research on cloning UraniumAnchor yet. And PJ is physically present, so, y'know.

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Of course, now you feel like you want to contribute to this cause as well. So how does that work, you ask? Just be patient, and I'll tell you all about it!

Once upon a time there was a donation widget called ChipIn, which AGDQ used up until it exploded badly during AGDQ 2013. Resident coder SMK stepped in and wrote an entirely new, standalone donation system, which (with addition development since) is still used to this day (ChipIn closed down shortly after AGDQ 2013 - go figure).

To donate, simply go to the Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 donation page. Here, you'll be able to make your donation and leave a comment with it, as well as see what prizes you'll be eligible for by donating at the time (more on that soon). If you make a good enough comment, it might get read out by a host on stream - during the early marathons, all comments (barring those that were rejected for other reasons) were read out, but these days there are so many donations that it's a total impossibility. Thus, there's a filtering system for comments in place - any donation of less than a dollar will be automatically filtered out, and anything containing insulting language or memes or other kind of spam will most certainly be manually filtered out in the screening process. To maximize your success in having your comment read out, don't make it too long, be creative and/or funny, have it be especially relevant to the current run/runner, or a personal story relating to the cause (yes, this means there'll be many donation comments talking about cancer - it's a charity event for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, so what did you expect?). There'll also be a scrolling ticker for some donation comments that weren't read out on the main page.

So, anyway - I mentioned prizes. If the good of your heart isn't enough to want to drop some money, there are two other reasons to do so - raffle prizes and donation incentives.

To start with the latter, when you make your donation, you can have your money go towards one of the many donation incentives or bid wars that are available for several different games. These range from simply naming characters in games with, well, nameable characters, to playing different modes or extra stages/challenges in certain games, to in a few cases even choosing which game will be played or to make another game appear on the schedule. All these bids and incentives can be found - where else? - on the tracker.

And then there's the raffle prizes! Just as with the incentives, the tracker of course also has a prize index where you can see a list of them all. How it works is that there's a minimum bid for all prizes, and a period during which the prize is available - if you make a donation of at least the minimum amount specified during that period, you will be entered into the raffle for winning the prize, to be drawn after the event is over. Most prizes have a buy-in of five dollars, and the donation page will tell you what prizes you can make yourself eligible for and how much you need to donate for them. The things you can win include some choice stuff, such as...

A speedrunning cross stitch.


Symphony of the Night Shadow Box perler.


Retrowave Samus portrait.


Toaster dog plushie.


Acrylic Final Fantasy 6 painting.


Donkey Kong Country soundtrack - on vinyl, no less.


Watercolour A Link to the Past painting.


And... orb?


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I'm sure there's more questions you might have - so here's some of the more common ones!

Q: What runs should I watch?
A: There's... not any single good answer to this question. Read the schedule, and find games that you're interested in, or that you think will be interesting. Awful Games Done Quick is usually a solid watch, and we're going to try to keep a running list of recommendations as the marathon progresses.

Q: Will ____ be there this year?
A: Check the schedule. If they're not listed as a runner or commentator, it doesn't really matter if they're there or not. There's been some, let's say, controversial runners/commentators in the past - it's for the best if we don't bring that up.

Q: Why isn't ____ on the schedule?
A: Because there's simply not enough room for it. AGDQ has grown so much that it's not even remotely possible to let everyone who wants to attend have a game on the schedule anymore. There's going to be hundreds of people there, and while not all of them are runners, many games and people have had to be cut from the schedule to fit it into a weeklong marathon.

Q: Yeah, but why isn't Super Metroid on the schedule?
A: So, okay, as a GDQ first, Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 does not include a run of Super Metroid. This means no donation war for killing or saving the animals. The reason for no Super Metroid run is simple - there weren't any good submissions for it. No game gets a free pass just because it's always been in. Not even Super Metroid.

Q: What's this about GDQ banning fun?
A: Just a silly misconception. There's no fun police, and certainly no rules in place that state everything has to be super serious and clinical. A rule that is in place is that people on camera who aren't the runner shouldn't be taking focus or attention away from the run or the runner(s). When you're an event the size of GDQ, allowing people to do whatever they want on camera just isn't possible.

Q: Where is this happening?
A: AGDQ 2018, like AGDQ 2017 before it, takes place in the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia.

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As a final word, do remember what's important and why we're here - the speedruns and the speedrun chat. Please don't take this as an opportunity to bring up drama, especially not drama from GDQs past. Of course, this is a thread for AGDQ 2018, so talking about things that happen at AGDQ 2018 is perfectly fine - just don't let minor incidents be blown up into major shitstorms that they really aren't. Be very wary about unverified pastebins, Reddit claims, and Twitter storms. Above all, be respectful towards the runners, commentators, and all the GDQ stuff that puts in so much time and effort to put on this event for you - it may be for charity, but it's also for the viewers. Without an audience, there wouldn't be any AGDQ to enjoy.

Should you still have any questions, about the event, the organization, or something else relating to Games Done Quick - simply ask! There are a couple of goons that are directly involved with the event, some part of the staff, a few more simply attending as runners or general audience, and many other goons that are to various degrees involved with the speedrunning community in general. So there's a lot of us here who would be happy to answer any questions you might have, either in the thread or in the aforementioned goon chats, and do also remember that we have a general speedrunning thread to check out (yes, the information in the OP of that one is outdated at the moment - stay tuned for updates).

So let us all have a good marathon together!

KennyMan666 fucked around with this message at Jan 14, 2018 around 11:01

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KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Recommended runs (recommendations from various goons)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Wall of Spain - A marvelous trainwreck with funny tricks and glitches.
Gunner's Heaven by CavemanDCJ - A chill run of a wonky run'n'gun.
Contra co-op by TheMexicanRunner and angrylanks - How much in sync can two runners be?
Magical Pop'n by Sent - Cute game that was worth the watch.
Disney's Aladdin by Le Hulk - Great movements, featuring singing: the EU edition.
Wario's Woods by peteyboo - A run with cool technobabble that was super interesting.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest race by V0oid and waffle42 - Simply a very good race.
Donkey Kong Country Reverse Boss Order by V0oid - Utterly loving mental.
Mega Man X race by ColonelFatso, Tokyo90 and Walrus_Prime - The runners actually take different paths for once!
Metal Gear Solid by plywood - Just a really well done run, start to finish.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater by Jaguar King - The run is a mix of unbelievable execution and "I've never seen that before" failures, so YMMV on this one.
Burnout Paradise by espumbrajolt - The fuckup that spawned a donation spree meme.
El Matador by DrTChops - Spinning and sliding. Physics and walls optional.
Rayman by Glackum - Great commentary even if you don't like Rayman.
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance by VB__ - Really cool run with an insane bonus any% at the end.
Super Mario 3D World by peteyboo - Just a good time.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard by Carcinogen - Entertaining and experienced runner, and there are some great moments in the run.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis race by Bawkbasoup and wusscakerace - Just seems like a good run.
Silent Hill by SuccinctAndPunchy - Punchy's guide on how to open doors.
Batman: The Video Game race by dxtr and EndySWE - A very close and very exciting race by two great runners.
Battletoads Arcade by PJ - PJ breaks something once again, and it's absolutely glorious.
Battletoads by TheMexicanRunner - TMR pulls through as usual, including a bonus blindfolded Turbo Tunnel run at the end.
Dragon Warrior by NESCardinality - A human TASbot destroys a game.
Strider Live Tutorial Showcase by jimmypoopins and darkman78 - If you want to see someone being taught how to speedrun a game live.
Seriously just all of AwfulGDQ by a lot of runners - People seem to have especially liked Arabian Nights, but just watch it all. Starts with Superman 64 and ends with Deadly Towers. With a little bit of an encore with Princess Rescue later in the marathon.
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy by CovertMuffin - Jedi-like speed and precision from an extremely enthusiastic runner.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition race by Vulajin, sigma, Terra and Hydra - Perhaps the best race of the marathon with some extreme movement going on.
Cat Quest by SNeaky - Meow?
Densha de D: Lightning Stage by Konasumi - Multi-track drifting, probably.
Super Monkey Ball by TASBot - Just watch this.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! & Super Punch-Out!! by zallard1 - It's a guy speedrunning 2 games at the same time. Enough said, really.
Diablo by Funkmastermp - Run for fun with good commentary.
Dark Souls 3 by SayviTV - Rough start, but picks up and is very smooth. With some blindfolded action too.
Bloodborne by heyZeusHeresToast - Embrace the banter.
Super Dram World 2 by grandpoobear - Very good run of one of those SMW hacks. Make sure to stick around for the TAS demonstration after the actual run too.

Fanart and poo poo

by Pants Donkey

KennyMan666 fucked around with this message at Jan 15, 2018 around 10:16

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



^ Fixed

DizzyBum posted:

Are they bothering with Twitch bit incentives this time around?
There's probably no reason to not have them, but hopefully they learned their lesson from last time to not ramp up the thresholds that quickly. Last time there was a massive jump to 5 million bits and that just didn't work. People would probably be more likely to pitch in bits if they saw that the next goal was always kinda within reach, so they should do, like, steps of 500k at most.

KennyMan666 fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2018 around 20:20

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



According to UraniumAnchor, there'll be no bits incentives for AGDQ 2018.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



24 hours to go. Prepare your Streamlinks!

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



PJ has arrived.

https://twitter.com/TheSuperSNES/st...780706053500928

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



The Lobster posted:

How does he manage to break everything he touches?
lol, you think he actually has to touch it first.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Shirts are here

Probably getting Dark Beast and Glitched Light Mythology myself.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



An hour left to go. Hoping for the threads to get stickied soon.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



And here. We. GO!

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



axeil posted:

Anyone have the link to the GDQ schedule where the current game is highlighted? When things start slipping later in the week it's a godsend.
That would be the Horaro schedule. Link's in the OP!

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Doc Hawkins posted:

I definitely don't recognize glitched light whatever. I am a fake gamer girl.
Kid Icarus.

Edit: Also thanks to the mod that stickied the threads, either VideoGames or Palpek since they're the ones I contacted about it.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



This DKC RBO is mental.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



PJ's attack button dies at an extremely bad time.

Classic PJ.

Edit: Not just that - his attack button transformed into an insert credit button.

What.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



DizzyBum posted:

e: Also are you going to adding recommended runs to your reserved post? We've got a lot queued up at this point and plenty of people in the chat thread are asking for recommendations.
Yes. I've just been busy, I'll probably go through the thread and update that post during Superstar Saga. So anyone who wants to post any updated rec lists as of right now, you have until Superstar Saga to do it.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



There we go, list of recommended runs in second post. Might add more of the games that have been already been played, but keep 'em coming.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



This Jedi Academy run is definitely going on the recommendations list.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Yeah nobody else has to mention that Ori race for recommendations because holy poo poo

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



And we have one million dollars!

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Cuntellectual posted:

I was talking to one of my friends and she reminded me, wasn't there a plan to switch to MSF instead of the PCF at one point?

PCF is fine and all, but I'd rather donate to an international charity than a local one for a country I don't live in.
After feedback about PCF, GDQ were in talks with other charities. However, MSF was not considered an option for AGDQ, since they already do MSF for SGDQ and don't want to have both events for the same charity. But none of the other charities contacted really ended up viable, so they stuck with PCF.

Specifics here.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



beep by grandpa posted:

I just had an idea for this thread

I think next time it might be a good idea to rebrand it something like the GDQ Discussion/Recommendations Thread.

I do not think it'll hurt or curtail any of the natural discussion that goes on here (which is def a good thing++) and it would prob keep people from asking what's a good run to check out so often.

I notice most people come to this thread mostly share or ask what good runs were worth checking out after some time away sleeping/working/etc and to just have that be in the title I think would streamline the discussion and get more people talking about *why* they liked the run that they liked. I think it would bring more eyes to the event too. We're all chatty mofos and it wouldn't turn into just a list thread, which is what I don't think anyone wants.

Anyway what do you think? Was just sorta kickin that idea around in my head as I lay in bed smoking a cigarette to come down from that loving Diablo 1 run.
That's what this thread already is. At least what the intention has always been while there's been two threads.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



TeaJay posted:

But obviously you can post pics and memes here too. There's been LOADS of great picture edits this AGDQ, I hope someone can collect them all.
I've always wanted to collect fanart and stuff in the second post along with the recommendations but people are bad at posting them in this thread.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Hello, speed friends. New donation record - niiiiice. I am probably later today going to scrape the thread for the second round of suggestions, past the ones that are already on the list, and update that.

In the meantime, may I perhaps bring your attention over to the general speedrunning thread? The current thread is quite outdated, and with it not being terribly unlikely that a GDQ would start bringing in new speedrunning fans, I am currently in the process of writing a new one. There's some sections of that new thread that I want some input for, so feel free to add your thoughts.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Have updated the list of recommendations. Let me know if you think there's something more that definitely should be on there, otherwise this would be final.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



RE7 and double Punch-Out added to the recommendations. I think that's going to be final.

As for best run of the marathon, I'm going to have to toss my vote in for the Ori race because that was sick.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Def thanks to beep for putting that together, a very very compressed form of that list (only linking to the threads) will be in the new speedrunning thread too.

KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



Rirse posted:

Which GDQ was almost literally in someone house, as it just had a couch full of plushies.
That was the I think two first SGDQs that took place in Essentia's house. The very first GDQ, Classic Games Done Quick in 2010, was in Mike's basement.

Edit: Either way, the marathon is very over. I think I'll close this thread in a few hours, so if you have something more you want to say about AGDQ 2018, do so now. Otherwise, take it to the general speedrunning thread, soon to be replaced by a new and improved general speedrunning thread - and then I'll see you for the ESA Winter thread. Because of course I'll be making an ESA Winter thread.

KennyMan666 fucked around with this message at Jan 15, 2018 around 18:39

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KennyMan666
May 27, 2010

The Saga



The most important video of the marathon has been posted, courtesy of protomagicalgirl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOyJMr5Q9cY

You know what? I'm just going to end the thread on that. See you in the general speedrunning thread, and prepare for completely new thread strats. The routing's changed a lot since that thread got posted in 2011.

Thanks to everyone who posted with us, see you next marathon!

KennyMan666 fucked around with this message at Jan 15, 2018 around 20:28

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