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TopStarRacer's ExciteBots Experience
« on: January 14, 2012, 06:25:24 PM »



This topic details my ExciteBots experience since I started playing the game in late 2009, early 2010. It's officially my all-time favorite game and you'll see why when you read this exciting tale!

Table of Contents:
12/05/2010 - Chapter 01 - Before the Forum
12/06/2010 - Chapter 02 - Newbie of the Board
12/07/2010 - Chapter 03 - Record Breaking Bonanza
12/08/2010 - Chapter 04 - Completing My Stats
12/09/2010 - Chapter 05 - Community Projects
12/10/2010 - Chapter 06 - The Growing Season
12/12/2010 - Chapter 07 - Summer of Surprises
12/16/2010 - Chapter 08 - Achieving Excite Win #5,633
12/19/2010 - Chapter 09 - After Claiming the Title
12/20/2010 - Chapter 10 - Statistical Advances
12/23/2010 - Chapter 11 - Retiring the Wheel
03/22/2011 - Chapter 12 - The Grand Finale!
03/22/2011 - Chapter 13 - What Lays Ahead
07/27/2012 - Chapter 14 - Debots and Relapse
10/29/2012 - Chapter 15 - The Roach That Spoke
12/14/2012 - Chapter 16 - Crossing Red Lines
05/18/2013 - Chapter 17 - Zero Success on a ZLP



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Chapter I - Before the Forum
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012, 06:26:02 PM »
Chapter I - Before the Forum

My ExciteBots journey began as far back as October of 2009. I was in Wal-Mart with my dad completing a shopping list when we walked by the video game department to see what was new. That was when I spotted ExciteBots: Trick Racing behind the glass doors. I was beyond thrilled because it appeared to be the sequel to Excite Truck and it was. Excite Truck was a launch title for the Wii and was one of the games I received with my Wii back in 2006. When I opened it up that Christmas, it looked to me like one of those cheap third party off-road racers that really wasn’t going to be that much fun. Excite Truck proved to me that a video game couldn’t be judged by its cover and it became a huge favorite of mine. Seeing ExciteBots on that store shelf made it a guarantee addition to my wish list that year.

That Christmas I received the game among others such as Super Mario Bros. Wii. When I first opened it up and played it, I was obsessed in finding all the similarities the game had with Excite Truck. It had Excite Mode, Super Excite Mode, a variety of vehicles to start with, dioramas for each kind of trick (tree runs, air spins, etc.). The games were already so similar that I knew before unlocking Super Excite that there was going to be some sort of final course (Crystal Nebula) as well as a new collection of super bots (Scorpion – Boulder). All of the offline features already had me hooked enough then I checked the online.

I hopped online for the first time that winter and I was thrown into a lobby with two players I assumed to be hackers. Great, my first time online and these two hackers were going to ruin all the fun. Indeed they did ruin all the fun but it turned out JamesSk and CodyRs weren't hackers and that their stats, 9,999,999s, was achievable in the game.

Throughout January I was playing off and on, alternating between the other Wii games I recently obtained. Seeing other racers with cool names and with my lack of interest in using my real name, I eventually came up with the name TopStar. I had several reasons for choosing that name. It worked well with the Star Coin icon that you unlock through offline poker and the star has always represented to me as a symbol of good luck and power. I’m also a guy that enjoys the endless possibilities of our universe. So as you can see the "Star" part of my name goes beyond the fact that stars are the collectable points in this game, although I have to admit…that did play a role as well.

Towards the end of January, I discovered the GameSpot Forums for ExciteBots by googling the unstoppable JamesSk. No matter how many times I raced him, I always fell short to him, always. When I found the forums, I was thrilled to see JamesSk, Dragon, LOONEY!, and DynamO (just to name a few) all here communicating in one place. I was star struck.  I spent a week or so lurking the boards, reading the Discuss Recent Races thread and looking over the numerous record threads. Before joining, I actually tried to break some of the Super Excite 1st Place Star Records, Dragon's School Finland in particular. I always came up short on that record as well as the rest. 

The last weekend in January marks one of the greatest moments I’ve ever experienced in this game.  I beat JamesSk not once, but three times. My first and most memorable victory against him was on Silver Egypt. I tied with him with 388 stars on January 29th, 2010. Yes, my first victory over him was a tie and that’s what makes it all the more incredible. It was such an amazing moment, I had to capture a photograph of it.
The victory also landed me a spot in his Top 25 Players for the first time. The next day I proceeded to beat him again in Silver China 291-289 (As you can see, I'm barely pulling these victories). On January 31st, I beat him for the third time that weekend in Gold Fiji 447-400 (Ok now that felt good). Despite these victories, he was still the better player, beating me in many, many races over the course of those three days. Three wins against James landed me a spot as #9 in his Top 25.

After the awesome weekend and reading posts being made about my recent success, I hopped aboard on February 1st, 2010. I was first welcomed by JamesSk, followed by DynamO, theJude, and others. It felt so cool to be a part of such an awesome community because I knew I was in the company of the best.


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Chapter II - Newbie of the Board
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012, 06:27:42 PM »
Chapter II - Newbie of the Board

During my early encounters with JamesSk, there was nothing that impressed me more than his Excite Win count. He had over 5,000 wins and was still going. He also had 0 bets lost and almost maxed 9's but that win count of his made my mouth drop to the floor.  I dreamed of one day passing his win count up and owning the Excite Wins record but the fact he was 5,000 wins ahead of me and that he was still an active opponent that continuously won, my dream was more of an unrealistic fantasy that was absolutely never going to happen…

As a fresh newbie to the board, I was glad to be a part of a new but short lived event called the ExciteBots Nightly Racing Emporium. It was an event created by theJude where players from the board meet up every weeknight to race some good quality racers or friends of the forum instead of the newbies online. The event usually lasted no more than an hour and always ended when the host called it quits. The Nightly Emporium was the event that started to show my rapid improvement early on in this game. During the first week or so it was myself, theJude, DynamO, and a few others trading wins with each other. By the second week of the event, attendance started to slip and it was often just 1-on-1 races, usually among a few. It was during this week where I was becoming a pain in the butt and winning a lot more than I was before.  I believe I ended up winning thirteen races in a row against theJude and DynamO, completely sweeping one of the nights. That was completely surprising to me.  The ExciteBots Nightly Racing Emporium eventually ended due to lack of interest but my spirit to race did not.

February was also the month I participated in my first ExciteBowl, ExciteBowl IV.5. ExciteBowls are tournaments founded by JamesSk where all 25 courses are raced in order. Players received a point for every player they beat and there’s a 2 minute intermission during the event for bathroom runs, etc. KENT, Aaron, Dragon, theJude, and I all participated in the event. The cool part about this bowl was that it was the bowl that determined who would go to ExciteBowl V with JamesSk, LOONEY!, and RAY. There were five of us with only three open seats so only the top three players could take the spots. KENT finished first, winning EBIV.5. I followed in second and Aaron came in third. It was a thrill coming in second in my first bowl! I knew I didn't stand a chance against KENT, who was a few notches below JamesSk score-wise. So there it was, I was going to be racing JamesSk, LOONEY!, RAY, KENT, and Aaron in EBV come March. What was I about to get into?

Two months into the game and I was already starting to grow into the online community. I ran into a lot of challenging but fun opponents online. Barbie was always the enigma that I continually struggled to beat on many occasions. BigShOw was another notable celebrity. The player !DANNO! was an interesting fellow, he never ever bet. VIDRIO, another good player, was around the same skill level as me at time which made for a good rival. XCITPUP too was fun to race as well and we both had similar win counts. Oh and let's not forget BIG AIR with his cute little sword icon and his oh so scary purple bat.  The online community both here and on the tracks was addicting.   

March had finally arrived! The month I was going to compete with JamesSk and several other near unbeatable players from online.  Suddenly though, big news came on March 5th, 2010. JamesStock announced retirement from the game.

This was shocking news for everyone including myself. I had only been a part of the board for a month and I was just getting to know the legend. It saddened me as well as others that he was leaving. Despite his announcement, I assumed he would eventually return to the game once things started to settle down for him. With JamesSk gone, many doors opened up. A victory in EBV was slightly more possible. I still had to deal with KENT though. JamesSk accomplished a lot with his time on ExciteBots. He owned the majority of the records on the forum and had over 5,000 Excite Wins (the exact amount unknown) on a profile that reached 9,999,999 Bets Won with 0 Bets Lost. I was sad that the player I considered to be the leader of the board was leaving the game, perhaps for good. I was excited however that this announcement made my unrealistic fantasy of owning the Excite Wins record a prophetic reality. I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and begin my grand quest for the Excite Wins title.


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Chapter III - Record Breaking Bonanza
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012, 06:29:43 PM »
Chapter III - Record Breaking Bonanza

Being a part of this community of only a month and I was already heading to my third tournament. ExciteBowl IV.5 was an absolute thrill to be a part of as well as the first ever BeelinerBowl. I ended up winning that bowl against JamesSk, LOONEY!, and DynamO. It was the first and only bowl I had ever raced JamesSk in before he left. P.S. Both JamesSk and I rode roaches and finished in the top two spots. Maybe that will give everyone a hint not to use the lobster for competitive speed racing. ;)

ExciteBowl V was upon us. Dragon was next in the lineup from EBIV.5 to replace JamesSk. Everyone had signed up for the March 13th date except KENT. Turned out KENT couldn't make the time so BTC took his place. Now both JamesSk and KENT were eliminated from the tournament, leaving me with an even easier chance of victory, right? :? The entire tournament was a blast and all six of us played well with the exception of RAY, who had to leave early due to Wii remote problems. :( The winner of the tourney barely pulled the win off. The victor was none other than, drum roll please, me! BTC came in a very close second, 3 points and 76 stars behind me. :o He is one heck of a lobster racer. So there it was, I won EBV and I was cleared to skip EBV.5 along with BTC and Aaron. Dragon, LOONEY!, and RAY had to go duke it out for a spot in EBVI. :)

With EBV under my belt it was time to look forward. March was one of my biggest months in ExciteBots for several reasons. First was my 1,000th excite win on March 12th and second was my ExciteBowl V victory title. The next thing that followed in March was the beginning of the end for JamesSk's many records. That evening that James announced retirement, I had laid out a plan to take down his records while he was "defenseless" and unable to take them right back from me (yes I'm thinking of you Aaron ;)). Remember I thought he was going to return in April or May so I let no time go waste and I immediately started my takeover.   8)

First came the offline Super Excite 1st Place Star Records that JamesSk used to become as great as he was. When I arrived to the board, he had 20/25 of them, BTC had 3, and KENT and Dragon had 1 each. BTC pulled some magic later on, achieving up to 12 before JamesSk started invading again. Anyways, that weekend I started to take down what records I could. Some were still too hard for me to break while others I was able to get above, some almost barely. My first post of my new records came on the 7th, just two days after his retirement had been announced. I broke School Mexico, School Fiji, School Canada, Bronze Kilimanjaro, Silver Finland, Gold Mexico, and Platinum Fiji. This made the count BTC-8, JamesSk-7, TopStar-7, and Dragon-3. By March 25th, 2010, I had 24 of the 25 records. BTC's Crystal Nebula was out of the question because it's simply impossible to loop that many times and get first with the roach. There was no way I was even going to bother with that record. :o While I would love to blog about each play by play of my twenty day takeover of the offline records, it would be easiest if I just gave the link to the domination thread.

March was ending and April was arriving. April was another successful month for me because the second part of my takeover plan took hold. By the end of March, I was wrapping up the offline records and beginning the takedown of the online records. JamesSk owned most of the online records as well. The offline practice had really paid off because in 27 days since taking almost all the offline records, all the online records were mine. :D

Aside from the record breaking, April was full of other milestones and surprises to be had. The return of a lost legend, the arrival and rise of another ExciteBots player, and the coming of my 9's are just a few of the things of what was to come in the month of April. :) To Be Continued…


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Chapter IV - Completing My Stats
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012, 06:31:16 PM »
Chapter IV - Completing My Stats

9,999,999 lifetime stars, 9,999,999 bets won, and 9,999,999 wallet stars. This is what was known as someone's "completed 9's". It's considered the end point of one's profile because the only things that could increase beyond this point are the win counts and bets lost. The achievement had different effects on everyone that made it. Some players left and either played significantly less or stopped playing all together. This was known, as JamesSk put it, as the 9,999,999 disease. I, however, didn't have this feeling of quitting.

April was the month my 9's were to be achieved. I had 9,997,499 lifetime, 9,997,499 wallet stars, and 15,000 bets lost. I had only around 400,000 or so bets to win to finish my 9's. Unfortunately, during that last and final stretch of betting, my Wii froze on me during a Platinum Guatemala race vs. A GIRL. I was disappointed in having to reset my Wii and lost a bet, bringing it up to 17,500.  >:(

During my final few days of betting, I ran into someone I thought was long gone from the game. This particular player had me nervous because he held the number 2 spot behind JamesSk. This player was James' biggest rival who raced very much like him. This particular player was none other than CodyRs. :o He had 2,100 excite wins, completed 9's, and 53,500 bets lost. I was indeed nervous, not knowing how well I was going to do against him. This encounter happened on April 2nd and our first race together was in Bronze Mexico. I lost that first race: 359-346.

I knew I had a problem in my hands now.  :'( However though, CodyRs wasn't as big of a problem as I first imagined him to be. I proceeded to win the next two races against him, followed by more later that evening. :D I guess I didn't realize how much my record invasion had changed my skills as a racer.  :o

I completed my 9's sometime after that encounter with Cody and I had around 1,800 excite wins. I was also stuck with 17,500 bets lost. I hated that number.  >:( So instead of keeping it, I bet 2500 and reset my Wii. This rounded my bets lost to 20,000 which I felt much more content about. :) Eleven days after the encounter, I also achieved my 2,000th excite win. I was catching up to BigShOw and Cody! :twisted: (If I'm not mistaken, I think I had already passed Barbie, who was one of those hurdles I wanted to pass up ;).)

So there I was, maxed out stats, over 2,000 excite wins, and a new rival to replace KENT. I was finally as good as he was before he mysteriously vanished around this time. Nobody knows what happened to him. :( Anyways, April also brought a couple of new board members, one of which would eventually become my second pain in the butt. :P RockJoe was one of the two. He was a great player that hung out on the board and on the tracks. He always loved to switch up his bots, that I liked about him. :) The other player, who I never would have guessed to be one of my biggest rivals later in the game, was BIG AIR. Yes, the BIG AIR I mentioned in Part II. BIG AIR joined the board and was welcomed by many.

April had been full of surprises, accomplishments, and the start of new chapters. I completed my 9's, achieved 2,000 excite wins, met a new rival, took the last of the online records, and welcomed new members to the board. April was the turning point in my ExciteBots journey that would lead to newer things in the months to come. :) To Be Continued…


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Chapter V - Community Projects
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012, 06:32:35 PM »
Chapter V - Community Projects

Four months had gone by and many things had happened already in the community. Many familiar names had disappeared from the tracks: !DANNO!, Cogollo, Spanky, BOOTZ, and KENT. However, many new players began making familiar names for themselves: BIG AIR, FireGuy, and MONKEY. We found out that MONKEY was actually LOONEY!'s daughter, which easily explained why she was so good. ;) FireGuy, who formerly went by FireSt, became notorious for his stalling of the lobby clock. That got on many, many, many people's nerves.  >:( BIG AIR was a rising star of the game, getting better and better as the days went by, despite being so modest about it.  ::)

Despite the slow changing community, community events were still going strong around here. RAY revived poker to the board by having weekend poker nights. He got me started on poker and taught me the power of the flushes. ;) I loved it so much that I introduced a one week only event for poker that ran similar to the Nightly Racing Emporium from February. Aaron, DynamO, Dragon, and I were the large participants in this event. It was this poker event that helped me pass Barbie's poker win count, back when she had around 66 ;). Other events included the EB Anniversary Event, BeelinerBowl 2 (which I won, again), and the BotBowl 2 (a tournament series I still haven't been in yet… ) The community here and on the tracks was still as great and as addicting as ever. :))

May was the month that introduced several big projects that would change the forum forever. First came the Super Excite All Bots / All Courses Project. This involved running all 20 bots on all 25 courses, attempting to pull the highest score possible coming in first place. The goals of this challenge was to have a larger pool of records for players to work at and to have a guide that showed which bots were good or bad. It was a large undertaking for me but it had been done before. JamesSk, Dragon, and LOONEY! had done it before for the special paint designs but none of them actually recorded the full results I was looking for. I had the help of Dragon to improve some of the scores I put up which was great. Unfortunately though, after doing only two or so courses, I gave up due to loss of interest. :roll: This project did get revived but several months later.

The second project was and still is the biggest undertaking for this entire community. It was an idea, originally thought of by BIG AIR, to create a high score ranking system for online records. Obviously BIG AIR wasn't liking the fact I was holding the majority of the records. :)) I originally didn't think it was a good idea and that it would work. I threw together a single thread, all 25 courses with five ranks each. I thought this was a decent layout but it proved to be disastrous for BIG AIR (because of all the copying/pasting that was occurring) so he setup five separate ranking threads, one for each of the cups. I was frightened and hated this idea at first because it was just too many record threads, which we had enough of already.  ::) I eventually just went with it and grew to appreciate it. It wasn't until the end of the month I began working on improvements to the formatting and adding more names so the rankings didn't look so boring when copied and pasted by everyone.

Besides those community projects, something else happened on the forum that shook things up a bit. theJude, before taking his hiatus from this game, came up with an advertising campaign idea where we, here on the board, can go online and flash names like GameFAQ, GamSpot, or Go2 4UM. His brilliant idea paid off significantly because we were able to recruit a few new members before the summer came. CodyRs was my major focus on this campaign. I managed to get him over here with the help of these messages. :) It was certainly a thrill to get the legend here on the board, after he had returned from a several month break. Another name we brought over was CoprHed, another good racer from the game.

Events on the board started to slow down a bit. There was however one tournament known as the Non-Main Bowl. This was a tournament were players got together and participated with bots other than their mains (roaches and lobsters were banned basically.) It was a fun tournament and it was definitely a thrill to see BTC riding something other than his clunky old lobster (bat.) :o Hopefully someday I'll see him ride the roach. :lol: Anyways, BTC, Dragon, DynamO, Aaron, and I all participated in the event. I pulled victory but only barely, almost losing to BTC (felt like EBV all over again, but with bats :P.) The tourney was a blast and unfortunately the last one I participated in for quite a while. :o

May had been full of activity. From the big community projects that were quickly developing to the new method of communication that will later bring more veterans of the silent world over to the forums. I achieved my 3,000th excite win that month. I continued to improve well beyond JamesSk's skills. I even picked up a clone that parodied my name quite a bit : BiGsTaR. He first appeared as TOPSTR3 then STARTOP before settling on his now famous BiGsTaR name. I soon learned that BiGsTaR was VIDRIO from part II. :)) Now that I got a kick out of. What a May it was and what a summer it was going to be. To Be Continued…


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Chapter VI - The Growing Season
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 06:34:39 PM »
Chapter VI - The Growing Season

Spring had passed and summer was arriving. It had been a blast the last six months meeting and competing against many different players. I even managed to race two early pioneers of the game: teknik and cme. Teknik made his reappearance in April and it was definitely a pleasure to race him (I also enjoyed taking his Silver Kilimanjaro record too :P.) cme was another pioneer that I only saw in one session. :( By this point in time, I had given up on the chance that JamesSk would return, after months of anticipation…

By June, my rapid improvement in skill was beginning to slow down but not stop. I was still tough competition for CodyRs, and BIG AIR was growing ever more threatening (maybe I shouldn't of let him follow me in Bronze Egypt… ) I continued to break records, some of which would of earned me hacker status back at this game's release. :lol: I was beginning to take jump combos to the next level as well as use barriers more to my advantage. TopStar always stayed one step "behind". ;)

Many new racers came about around this time as did new board members. Feeble, CORINA, Jmv Rce, Miley, NOBAMA!, 50nance, HAMMIII, and No Good were just some of the notable racers from online. Feeble and Jmv Rce both found and joined this forum. Jmv Rce formerly went by TopRace, a spin-off of my name, which led me to inviting him over here. 50nance turned out to be m0m…!, a long time veteran of the game who I guess gave up that profile for a betless one. NOBAMA! and Miley, though they weren't completely new, became more active as the summer arrived. No Good was an interesting racer, always persistent with that ladybug and was always betting 0 whenever I raced him. CORINA and HAMMIII were also fresh faces to the courses, playing frequently and earning stars. :)

New faces on the tracks helped keep things interesting, especially since I still had over 2,000 more wins to go before reaching JamesSk's excite wins record. I didn't achieve my 4,000th excite win until June 25th. :)

June was also the month where the online rankings project, which was started in May, began evolving into a larger, simpler system. I created an Excel document where I was able to track profiles and scores on all the familiar faces from online. It took the month to setup and organize but in the end, we had a new system where I updated the rankings weekly instead of everyone copying and pasting every new score they achieved. :roll: Besides the rankings, I also introduced the Theoretical Online Scores. Those are scores that can be achieved if someone performed the best known base with the best bonus (80-85.)

By July, the summer was in full swing. Even more players came to the forums, both veterans and new players alike. First came the mysterious No Good. Next up came FREDDY, another familiar face. Third came XCITPUP, a veteran racer that I enjoyed racing back in the winter. :) The boom continued with FireGuy and Barbie joining the community. Turns out that all the times FireGuy stalled was actually his dad leaving the controls or himself getting up for a sandwich…:x really? Barbie, after playing this game for almost a year, finally found this board thanks to, yes you guessed it, the advertisement campaign! Last but certainly not least came FLASH, a relatively new racer and rising star that BIG AIR focused on bringing over here.

In just June and July alone we had eight new members that joined the forums. Talk about the growing seasoning! :lol: With all of these new faces on the board, many more adventures were to be had in the remainder of the summer that followed. To Be Continued…


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Chapter VII - Summer of Surprises
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012, 06:37:12 PM »
Chapter VII - Summer of Surprises

The summer was definitely the highlight of my ExciteBots journey because of the many things that happened over those three months. Some of those happenings involved poker, hackers, an offline re-venture, a major surprise, and a betting craze.

Poker racing had always been underplayed in this game. The poker lobbies were empty nearly all the time, with maybe a few random players popping in on each other every now and again. Back in April, when I introduced the poker week event to the board, I was closing in on 100 poker wins. When I finally made it, I chose to stop there because there was no hope in finding anyone to play poker with. I had passed up Barbie, who had the most poker wins prior to me. It felt great to have the poker wins record.

Before Barbie joined the forums, something very interesting began to happen. Barbie's poker wins began creeping up at a pace I didn't see coming.  She was originally 40 wins or so behind me and if all she was doing was searching for random matches, it was going to take her months to catch up to my 100. She was coming up fast but I still didn't bother increasing my poker wins. When she was getting close, I decided to start peeking into the poker lobbies. Not only once but multiple times did I catch her racing the player Miley. How are they running into each so much?

Sure enough, Barbie caught up. This was my sign to start picking up poker wins again to help save my poker wins record. I started to poker race with Barbie and Miley every time I encountered them. Barbie learned from me as I learned from Aaron to race the lobster. That made winning a whole lot harder for me.

Passing Barbie up again was futile. She continued to rack up poker wins at a mysteriously pace. Where or should I say when was she getting all those matches?  Many of my questions were finally answered when Barbie joined the board. Miley turned out to be a local friend of hers and that they both meet up to play poker. I also learned Barbie had been playing in the wee hours of the morning (6am my time) against PROMIKE and Miley. Though they didn't physically know each other, the two of them managed to communicate to meet up and poker race around that same time almost every day.  Oh no. My poker wins record days were no longer.

Barbie didn't just revive poker to the boards once again, she helped make it thrive. Everyone wanted some poker wins. DynamO, Jmv Rce, Dragon, CodyRs, FLASH, myself, and many others all wanted in. I became so involved with earning poker wins, that I even had the guts to wake up early in the morning (6am) just so I can race with PROMIKE and Barbie. PROMIKE was indeed tough. He knew how to use those gold cards and he knew how to use them well.

Thanks to Barbie and many others, my poker win count thrived throughout the summer, one 100 at a time. Barbie was still kicking my butt both on thepoker tracksand inpoker winsso I saw no chance of ever passing her back up again. :roll: It was these poker wins that made me decide to shoot for 1,000 poker wins.

Summer introduced the few but first hackers I had ever seen in the eight months I had been playing the game. The first hacker I witnessed went by the name Datel (clever huh?) and had 9,999,999 lifetime with everything else 0. There wasn't anything else special about him/her because they pulled really low scores online. He definitely made me look like the hacker.  There was a hacker though, by the name MAU65, that did hack their scores. DynamO was the first to announce their existence and I ran into the loser shortly after. He/she pulled a 760 in School Mexico, 780 in Bronze Mexico, and let's not forget my favorite: 1,048 in Platinum Canada.  Both hackers disappeared and never became a huge bother online.

I had finally revived the All Bots / All Courses Project that I started back in May. This time I was in it to finish it. Dragon was around to help me too, improving the scores I had put up. We worked from School Fiji to Crystal Nebula before finally finishing the project in September. It was a fun but very exhausting exercise and definitely one that I was surprised to finish.

There was one event that occurred over the summer that surprised everyone on the board. JamesSk returned.  When I woke up that morning, July 17th, 2010, to read the forums, I had noticed a new record thread entitled, "ExciteBots Top 25 Licenses by Winning Percentage." The thread was created by JamesStock.  I just froze.

I immediately got onto my game, thinking I would find him racing. I jumped lobby after lobby but had no luck. After 20+ tries, I went back to the forum to re-read the messages. I just couldn't believe after months of silence, he would come back.

There were many comments to JamesSk regarding his sudden reappearance. After a while of no response from James, everyone began wondering why he created the thread and why he wasn't responding. When JamesSk finally responded after 48+ hours since creating the thread, he unloaded with tons of answers. We learned he was never coming back to play the game and that he was still as busy as ever. It was a shame to hear those words because it would have been nice to race him again.  When JamesSk left for what would probably be the last time on this forum, one question still remained in my mind. Why had he created a records thread for a game he will never play again? Hmmm.

With this new record thread that James created came two things. First, I finally learned the exact number of wins I needed to achieve the excite wins record (5,633 to break his 5,632.) :D Before, I had only assumed somewhere in the 5,600's. Second, his new record thread created a forum competition of 0 bets lost profiles. Everyone began creating alternates.:o Dragon created Wyvern (more because he had a new Wii and had finished Dragon), DynamO created AbsOlut, BIG AIR created AIRzerO, Feeble created JumPAce, and FireGuy had SMACKME. I myself had a 0 lost profile as well, one I started way back in March. It had been going by the name Inferno (Devil icon.) I rarely used the alt, only having 2,000,000 bets won after three to four months of having it. I decided to take it out more because of the new record thread, thus distracting me from the excite wins record. I changed the name to TopZerO (Top Hat icon) to better brand it with my TopStar name. CodyRs eventually spoofed that name and icon for his 0 lost profile ProZerO. ;)

I spent a good portion of my summer cruising to 9,999,999 bets won and 0 bets lost. This was a bad thing because I had just passed up 5,000 wins on July 28th and still had 633 more to go in August. I was losing interesting in racking up wins and gaining interest in racking up bets and poker racing. Perhaps one reason to this was the fact that Cody was disappearing. He had been my excite wins competitor for months and I was finally getting far ahead of him. :D

Much more was to follow in the summer including a major milestone, a crazy poker record, major tournaments, a speedy war for records, and much more. :) To Be Continued…


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Chapter VIII - Achieving Excite Win #5,633
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012, 06:38:37 PM »
Chapter VIII - Achieving Excite Win #5,633

It was the later half of the summer. So much had already been seen and done, so much was yet to be accomplished. I was playing my 0 bets lost profile and my TopStar profile interchangeably, however I was continuing to favor the 0 lost one. :? I still had several hundred more wins to go before breaking JamesSk's excite win record but for some reason I just wasn't striding for it as I thought I would…:(

Some of the community's best tournaments occurred over this summer. Early on in June there was the Geezer Bowl, the bowl where the old folks of the community battled it out. Winner received the golden dentures award. :lol: ExciteBowl VI was the bowl where four of our newest summer members competed for victory: FireGuy, XCITPUP, Feeble, and Barbie. Barbie won that tourney with FireGuy as runner-up. Next up was the board's first ever poker tournament created by Barbie. Unfortunately though, Barbie wasn't able to attend the tournament. :(

Then came the tournament of the summer. 8) This tournament was supposed to be the ExciteBowl of all ExciteBowls. It was going to be so big that the name for it was MegaBowl: The Ultimate ExciteBowl. The lineup for the tourney was going to include TopStar, BIG AIR, CodyRs, BTC, Dragon, and DynamO. Everyone was anticipating the event, some more than others. Unfortunately for me, last minute plans forced me out of the tournament, leaving Barbie to fill my spot. :cry: I really wanted to be in that bowl more than anything else. The bowl was ultimately renamed ExciteBowl VII. Our good friend BTC recorded the whole tournament (from his point of view obviously):

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C9CF59FB934B2661

As I continued to procrastinate the excite wins record, I had found yet another thing I could do to distract me from it. I finally mustered up the guts to challenge Aaron's Super Excite Fastest Time Records. :D

Back in February, Aaron decided to take on the Super Excite Fastest Time Records because he knew he didn't stand a chance getting records in the other threads. His incredible takeover of the speed records began here :o :

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/958377-excitebots-trick-racing/53263446?page=2

Months went by with very few challengers standing in his path. theJude made some attempts and failed. I made some attempts and failed. Anyone who made an attempt, simply failed. Aaron wasn't just quick for the records, he was quick at taking them right back from us. :shock: :cry:

August was the month I decided to take some time away from online and figure out that lobster he was using to dominate the speed records with. I started with the courses in which my times were closest to his. I slowly began beating his records one by one. At first he was taking themright back but after I continued to break his times, he suddenly quit. :o This certainly made me worry. Was I finally too much for the speed demon :D or was he pulling some sort of game on me? :evil: Certainly he had to be pulling some sort of shenanigans so I continued to break his times. :twisted:

After I finally owned the majority of the times, I started to slow down and stop breaking his records, assuming he couldn't break what I laid in front of him. I felt victorious and had a new sense of pride! :)

A week or so after I was finished, Aaron broke his silence and swallowed every single record I broke, leaving me only School Canada and Bronze Scotland (the only two courses he claims he couldn't break.) I was speechless. Utterly speechless. :o He used a single post to wipe out everything I worked on as if they were all a piece of cake. :cry::evil::cry: My epic failure can be found here:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/958377-excitebots-trick-racing/55904543

Alongside the better moments of the summer was one of the not so great journeys of the summer. Our friend LOONEY! disappeared back in May, with one of her last messages saying she was going to garden that summer. Nobody expected her to just disappear from the tracks and on the forum. :? I had personally wondered if she left because of me. When she made a re-appearance in July, I was thrilled! :) However she was using a different name and refused to race me. :( I chased her profile around again and again, hoping to have a match with her. I also figured out that the mysterious player known then as Dawby was a new alternate of hers. :!: Dawby indeed wouldn't race me either. :x I continued to annoy her over the course of the summer and by doing so, I slowly received answers through name changing but nothing that was significant enough for me to understand the situation. Why was she doing this to me? Why was she doing this to almost everyone on the board? I wanted answers. :question:

Summer was coming to an end and so was my journey to JamesSk's excite wins record. After the speed records and achieving 1,000 wins on TopZerO, I thought it was time to cruise through my last couple hundred wins on TopStar. August 20th, 2010, the sixteenth month anniversary of this game's release, I claimed the excite wins record from JamesStock.BIG AIR, DynamO, Dragon, and FREDDY were all there to be a part of my historic achievement. I had a 10 win countdown from 5,623 wins to the desired 5,633rd win. Throughout the countdown, we struggled to get everyone into the same lobby (we were doing this all in a random lobby, not a friend lobby.) By the time we got to the final three races, all five of us made it into one lobby. A player named BRYCE was there too to make it a full room. :)

The final three races before claiming the title all had a special bot and a planned course:

Excite win 5,631 was played with the Turtle in Silver Kilimanjaro (was supposed to be Platinum Guatemala.) I won 316 – 274 against Dragon. :)

Excite win 5,632 (the one that tie it) was with the Mantis in Gold Mexico (was supposed to be Bronze Kilimanjaro.) I won 395 – 318 against DynamO. :):)

Excite win 5,633 (the one that made history) was with the Boulder in School Mexico (was supposed to be Crystal Nebula.) I won the historic race 216 – 207 against Dragon. :D:D:D

I was so nervous and excited during that finalrace that I almost blew the victory (nine star margin.) After nine long months of playing ExciteBots, I finally had what I never thought imaginable back when JamesSk was still playing. The excite wins record was finally mine and I will never give it up. :D The thread that announced the achievement can be found here:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/958377-excitebots-trick-racing/56073612

After achieving my dream achievement for the game, I began to relax knowing that CodyRs and BIG AIR weren't going to catch up to me anytime soon. ;) I started to play different bots, play more poker, and work on more offline things. Summer was ending, my chase for the wins record was over, but my ExciteBots journey sure wasn't done yet. :) To Be Continued…


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Chapter IX - After Claiming the Title
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 06:40:25 PM »
Chapter IX - After Claiming the Title

Summer was ending and autumn was arriving. I had come across many racers, some of which were pioneers, over the summer season. BAYJOE, Icarus, MaUrIcE, PkrKING, BRANSON, GAMBIT, and SUNSHNE are just some of the names that added to the online racing experience. SUNSHNE was someone I first assumed to be a hacker because she disqualified everyone in a Silver China race, which to me I thought was unrealistic. Turned out she wasn't a hacker. She was a neighbor of Barbie's. Talk about a good first impression! :x BAYJOE was a player that played back in the fall season, before I started playing. MaUrIcE was a local friend of CodyRs and PkrKING was PROMIKE's son. Like father like son, PkrKING was just as good as his father at poker racing. :P As far as competition went, CodyRs and BIG AIR were my toughest rivals throughout these months, both making me work hard for my wins (something I didn't like doing :P.)

The day after achieving 5,633 wins, I was playing poker with Miley, PROMIKE, and DynamO when something historically incredible happened in one of the poker races. PROMIKE pulled an 821 poker score! :o:!::o The poker score was made from a 150 royal flush x4 from gold cards, a 150 royal flush x1, 32 full house x1, and a 39 bonus from 3rd. It was the highest poker score ever and I was there to witness it. Miley even called up Barbie to tell her the amazing news. PROMIKE, for the short while he was with us on the forum, also created a thread announcing the score. The most amazing part of it all (and maybe a little haunting) was that his score of 821 was done on 8/21. :shock: Certainly one of the best poker moments all summer.

Before the summer concluded, XcitPup wanted to hold an All-Bot Bash Tournament. She had just finished her 9's recently and she was getting ready to head back to work after the summer break. XcitPup, Feeble, theJude, Dragon, and FREDDY all participated in the event (I seriously need to get into one of these bowls someday :?.) Feeble, out of his own surprise, won the 20 random races tournament. :) theJude was runner-up, losing by just six points. :o

Autumn had lots of big things going on. Some forum members started disappearing :( while others started appearing. :) XcitPup, FireGuy, Jmv Rce, and CodyRs were some of the familiar faces that slowly disappeared here and on the tracks. An up and coming racer by the name of JOOM joined the community in early September. His age helped balance the adult side of the board a little bit. :P LOONEY! made her return to the forum, shocking everyone here, especially me. :o Turned out her daughter, Preshis, was behind the wheel of her A Girl alternate profile the whole summer. :oops: Well that explains why "LOONEY!" was playing stupid whenever I questioned her through name-changing online. I was sad to learn however that Preshis won't ever race me (I wasn't sure of the reason.) :( theJude had also recently resurfaced on the tracks after a many month break playing a variety of other good games. :) His first non-disguised (he was using a rarely used alternate before announcing his return) encounter with me was a win for him. Of course it WAS ladybug vs. ladybug in School Mexico so I didn't have my trusty king roach to help me out. 8) It was a fair and square win for him, he earned it. :)

Now that school was here, my schedule was about to get much tighter, much tighter than previous school years. September was the month the rankings database was complete enough to introduce the top 50 scores for each course. The entire summer was spent building the database up from a top 10, top 20, top 30, etc. all the way to the top 50. After a two week break from posting updates (which by the way weren't very weekly anyways) I introduced the new setup. From September 12th on, the ranking updates were to become a true weekly event. :) I spent every weekend collecting scores that I needed to fill and complete profiles on the variety of players online. This project certain gave me something to do and something to look forward to each weekend as the stressful school days went by.

Other miscellaneous happenings in September included a few milestones, tournaments, and an Easter egg. :) I achieved my 6,000th win on September 7th. BIG AIR, Dragon, and SNOOOOG were all there to be a part of it. :oops: I also achieved my 100,000th super air spin according to the diorama statistics that were kept in the game. I still had a long ways to go before my super tree runs diorama number got that high. :P Dragon and I finished the All-Bots / All Courses Challenge that we worked on during the summer. It was very satisfying to complete the challenge and construct the thread that served as the full record book and reference guide for everyone to see, compete, and utilize. :)

There were three notable tournaments in the month of September. First was ExciteBowl VIII (aka the FexciteBowl.) Feeble, FREDDY, Dragon, GotRAID (our newest member), and myself participated in the event. This was my first ExciteBowl since EBV (way back in March!) I ended up winning the tournament. It was the first ExciteBowl where someone had won first place in all 25 races. :D Dragon was runner-up and Feeble followed him. DynamO wasn't able to attend the bulk of the tournament but he did participate in a few races, both with random bots I believe. :P

Second came theJude's Birthday Bash 'N' Smash ExciteBots Extravaganza. This tournament was more of a fun event to celebrate theJude's birthday. It consisted of many wacky games/ races that were similar to the April fool's event we did a while back. We had everything from turtle skating in School Finland, tree destroying in Platinum Canada, a boxing match on top of the Bronze Kilimanjaro canyon, hide and seek in Platinum Tasmania, and much more. 8) It was one heck of a party that blew the socks off the April fool's event. :o

Lastly was the Worst Bots Tourney. This tournament was the first where the All-Bots / All-Courses Guide that Dragon and I put together was used to design an event. The tournament was a short ten races consisting on the ten worst bots in the game. It was a blast and definitely a good change from the normal. This tournament was the closest I've ever been to an All-Bots event. :lol: I won the this occasion, almost losing to FLASH (I was actually goofing off in some races just to have some fun with those awful bots while keeping a close eye on the point standings between him and I :twisted:.) Happy one year online DynamO! :)

September had many surprises but one surprise was truly an Easter egg. During the month of August Dragon mentioned something about an axel message appearing on the screen when his bot was bot smashed hard while on ice. He said he received no stars from it and that it was a situation that was difficult to simulate. I was intrigued by this but also a little skeptical ;) because this game had been out for almost one and half years and this was never mentioned not once on the forums. :roll: Later on, Feeble brings up the Axel subject again, but he never clarified that he too had witnessed the Axel message. On September 1st, I was racing online in Platinum Fiji when my roach failed to finish a super air spin. In turn, I ended up spinning my third spin on the grass. :idea: That's when it came to me. I rushed myself to Silver Finland offline, the iciest course in the game. I landed myself on the ice and I did an air spin motion with my wheel. Success! :D I figured out how this axel thing works! :D I immediately went to the forum and created this thread:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/958377-excitebots-trick-racing/56218137

It was amazing how something so seemingly simple was left under the carpet for so long. Some players, like Adam, had known about this for a while but had assumed it was already common place knowledge. :? Glad I was a part of at least one pioneer discovery of this game. :lol:

The fall season was in full swing now. Football was going on and the holidays were around the corner. What adventures rested ahead for me and the community? :) To Be Continued…


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Chapter X - Statistical Advances
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2012, 06:42:05 PM »
Chapter X - Statistical Advances

It had been ten long, fun, and exciting (pun intended :P) months since I began playing this game. At this point, I was being to question when to put an end to all this. When was it my turn to retire and move on to other great games? I was still having fun, still racking up wins, and still enjoying the community so why quit? :) After all, I was almost 3,000 wins away from finding out if the excite wins cap at 9,999 or continue on to 10,000+. That was something I was interested in finding out. :D

October and November weren't very big months in the community but they did have some small stories to tell. Early in October we picked up a couple of new board members to add to our autumn crew. PAROX, a racer I recalled racing here and there over the summer, joined the board along with his friend Axcel. SAMZILZ was with the board shortly after BIG AIR invited him over through YouTube, the place where he had several funny ExciteBots online videos. :lol:

Something else happened in October that was unfortunate for my zero bets lost profile, TopZerO. It was October 2nd, I was racing Gold Guatemala with Thelma (LOONEY!) and some other rookie. I was running the race just fine, at my normal farming pace. By the time I reached the red bar on the 2nd lap, the 30 seconds starting to countdown. I was certain I would finish in time if I farmed the rest of the course. Sadly, however, I crashed multiple times on the way to the finish line. I had eight or so seconds left and was about twelve or thirteen seconds away. :( I was two seconds shy of beating the timer. TopZerO didn't make it. :cry: Thelma was the one to finish in first so she should be the one to blame for this, right? No. It was my fault for making that risky decision 7,200,000+ bets won along on the profile. I deleted the profile at 1,240 excite wins. Oddly enough, I wasn't as disappointed in losing the bet as I thought I would be. :o I just kind of froze, laughed, and just continued racing under my TopStar profile. No plans were in work to start a new zero losses alternate.

These months were the months of statistics. theJude introduced a new database of information known as the Online Racer Index. This was a thread that would display the online stats of players. The index helped identify players that changed their screen names frequently. This new feature on the forum helped my score database out a lot because I didn't have to worry about tracking two different names of the same player on accident. :? The index isn't completely perfect but it was definitely a great step in bettering the ExciteBots Community.

After nine weeks of ranking updates, it was finally time for a makeover. We finally collected enough scores to increase the size to a top 75 scores per course. :D I also followed the formatting advice from theJude, and enhanced the posts so it was much more readable. :) New rules were also enforced to prevent abuse in the rankings. For example, no looping or backtracking courses for more stars. With the new system in place, collecting scores for the many new racers online became a whole lot more fun. :)

It was this point in time I started to become more involved with GameSpot than just the forum itself. I started posting images of my records and of some of the most memorable moments of my time spent with this game. BIG AIR became the graphic guru of the board. He ended up creating many user icons for the members on the board, including myself. :oops: JOOM and BTC were working on creating their own online forums to help expand the options of communication. JOOM, upon finishing the forums part of his site, began working on an ExciteBots Anthem. The anthem featured many of our names in its lyrics. It became so popular amongst the forum that a multiple song collection is in the works. :)

Online for ExciteBots was still active, 20 months since its release. New players like DARIEN, ALEX123, PANTS, GMJ, and Lil Fox helped kept the fire going. Competition this time around was basically narrowed down to BIG AIR, since CodyRs was still absent. :? However, a long time player by the name of BAB was getting increasing better, better to the point that I needed to be more alert when racing him. Not a lot of new players came to the board with the exception of SNOOOOG, who BIG AIR invited over here through the old name-changing campaign. SNOOOOG turned out to be of two other famous racers from online: BAB and K5STAR. :o I felt like I lost two rivals when I heard this news. :cry: It was alright though. Now we had another powerful racer with us in our community. :)

I passed my 7,000th excite win in October and was slowly making my way to win number 8,000. Online was beginning to slow down towards the end of November. I was finding it harder and harder to find players, other than newbies, to collect scores from. Was the online finally running dry? The holiday season was now in full swing. December was right around the corner. :) To Be Continued…


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Chapter XI - Retiring the Wheel
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2012, 06:43:12 PM »
Chapter XI - Retiring the Wheel

This year long ExciteBots journey has been one the greatest gaming experience I have ever had. Not only did this game introduce me to the world of online forums, but to the depth a videogame can have when you play and communicate with other players that love the game as much as you do. :)

It is now December. Christmas day one year ago marks the anniversary of when I first opened this game up. I knew this game was going to be great, but never did I expect an odyssey like this one.

Currently, I'm nearing 8,500 excite wins and 850 poker wins. I have made the difficult decision that once I hit 10,000 excite wins (or 9,999 excite wins, we really don't know the fate of this milestone yet) and 1,000 poker wins, I will retire this license from online game play. I've spent countless of races on this profile winning, losing, learning, improving, and having fun. I need to end the wins at some point in time, and this milestone is as good as a time as any. Besides, if my Wii were to break someday, I can be safe knowing I won't have the profile on some weird number of wins like 10,632. :P Of course if the wins do stop at 9,999, then I would be forced to stop playing the profile anyway (what would be the point?) I have no plans on passing Barbie up in poker wins. She clearly has me beat in that category. I'm perfectly happy with just the excite wins record. :) I'm aiming to achieve these milestones on February 20th, 2011, six months since claiming the excite wins title.

So after I retire this profile, what's next? I will be taking a long deserved break from ExciteBots. I know for certain I couldn't quit this game cold turkey and I know I will never quit it completely. I will be taking the opportunity to play the other games on my shelf (what, TopStar has OTHER games? What madness is this?!) Like theJude said once, life is too short to spend on just one video game. There's Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Monster Hunter Tri, Wii Party, and much more to be played.

How will I be playing ExciteBots in the future? This passed October, as some of you had read, I lost my zero bets lost profile, TopZerO. I recently revived a new zero losses profile by the name TSRzerO. I have to thank BIG AIR for renewing my interest in that project because zAIRo, his zero losses profile, put me into the betting mood again. :) Unfortunately for him, zAIRo lost a bet for some unknown reason. :( BIG AIR hasn't had the best of luck when it came to keeping a 0 losses profile, every time it was either a freeze up with the Wii, a disconnection, or no real reason at all. He too is considering a break from this game once he hits the 6,000 excite wins mark. :( In short, TSRzerO will be my new main for when I do log on and race. My betless profile, MicroTS, will probably make an appearance or two every once in a while as well. :)

Will I continue to be around this site? Of course! I can't ditch this community as easily as I can throw a game into the garbage. :lol: I will continue to maintain the many stats and rankings on this game because, if you guys haven't figured it out yet, I love keeping track of it all. :D I want to continue seeing the community and players grow, even if I'm planning not to be on the tracks as much anymore.

There is so much more I could do with this game. I could work on improving the All Bots / All Course records. I could do an All Bots / All Courses run in offline mirror mode. I could re-attempt in taking down Aaron's speed records. I could work on an All Bots / All Courses that studies speed instead of stars. This game is a statistical paradise. :D These are all wonderful projects, but I myself can only do so much at a time.

I'm currently number one in this game. Over the course of 2011, will this change? Will I end up like JamesSk and be overpowered by somebody else? I know I have taken this game to an entirely new level than where it was at one year ago. I've seen many of my own tricks being used by many other players. Though for quite some time this phenomenon has bugged me (and still bugs me to some extent today), I have grown to appreciate the fact that the many tricks I created are being used in many races today. :oops: I've pretty much run out of ideas at this point in time. Yesterday was the rare exception however. I managed to pull a 260 base on lap one of School Fiji using a new trick. This means 600 is in the ballpark of this course (crazy I know.) It's things like this that has kept me excited in this game for so long. There's always something to learn no matter how good you are. I miss the days when I broke records daily, left and right. When I found new tricks like Easter eggs before the hunt began. Learning all your own tricks, teaching yourself, and mastering the methods of farming those stars on your own is what has made this game fun for me. To learn everything and become good solely from copying somebody else is no fun at all. Take pride in the scores you achieve, own them.

I still have another two months before the "end" of this journey takes place. Before that time comes however, I want to get together one final tournament on my TopStar profile: ExciteBowl X (perfect number too, isn't it?) I missed out on ExciteBowl VII, the tournament that was supposed to be the "MegaBowl". I'm hoping BIG AIR, CodyRs, SNOOOOG, BTC, and FLASH could all be a part of tournament, but as we have learned from the past, setting up a time and date where everyone is comfortable is a challenge within itself. :? This would be the tournament that would really show how I hold up in a full room with five of my toughest competitors. :)

I want to thank everyone in the ExciteBots community for taking the time to comment and read this eleven-part story. It took over 10,000 words to type this tale and I can tell you for certain, this was only the summary. ;) Every race I've been a part of, has had it's own story to tell. I want to also thank the ExciteBots community for making my time here such a memorable one. :) Cheers to you all and to all a happy new year! :):D:) The End.


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Chapter XII - The Grand Finale!
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2012, 06:47:45 PM »
Chapter XII - The Grand Finale!

Fifteen long months ago, I embarked on my biggest video game journey ever. Little did I expect this to come from one of my lesser anticipated Wii games that Christmas. ExciteBots: Trick Racing has without a doubt changed the way I look at video games.

So much has happened on this adventure. I can remember the early days of opening the game and playing through the many offline features. I can remember finding the GameSpot/GameFAQ forums for this game and meeting so many of the familiar faces I had raced online. I also can't forget my daily record-breakings and the completion of my online 9's. Not too long after that did big projects, such as the Online Rankings and the All-Bots / All-Courses Guide, began to shape a stronger community. The summer of 2010 was one of my biggest highlights in this journey, not just because of the high activity level the online was having compared to the winter and spring, but because it was this summer season that I achieved my record-breaking 5,633rd Excite Win, the win that put me on top. Many events happened after claiming such a title to my name as well as further advances in the ExciteBots Community. As autumn arrived, thoughts of how and when I should retire from this game started to occur. This is where the story last left off. How did my last three months of ExciteBots go? Did I get my 10,000th Excite Win? Did it cap at 9,999? And, what I know all of you must be asking yourselves, am I quitting this game for good? (For those of you haven't read the first eleven parts to my story, now would be a good time before reading any further.)

As my one-year anniversary passed and the holidays were rapidly coming to an end, it was time to look ahead for the new year. I was around 8,500 wins at this time and was getting closer and closer to 9,000. BIG AIR had recently passed JamesSk's Excite Win count. ;) PAROX and Axcel were unfortunately slowing down in their activity on the tracks and on the forum. :( PAROX was nearing his 9's as well; he only needed less than a million stars left before maxing them. :o Barbie, well, she was sloooowly getting her 9's, still millions of stars away. (Betting only in poker races will do that to you. :P)

Other things in the community began to change as well. BTC finally finished his ExciteBots Community Forum for which more options were available to us. Despite the lack of activity there, at least it serves as a good place to store the countless number of records and statistics this game has to offer. :P I was starting to get a little angry with all the record threads being auto-locked if left un-posted in for a few weeks. :cry: Much thanks goes to BTC for creating the place. ;) JOOM, aka JustOneOldMan, also had his own community for which also had plenty of options. :)

The Online Rankings was also upgrading during this time. I had finally collected enough scores to expand the rankings to a Top 100 scores per course system. That's the highest I'll ever be expanding it. :o I have a couple of reasons for doing so too. Number one, I don't see a point in recognizing anybody lower than 100 considering the difference between rank 1 and rank 100 is quite large. Number two, GameSpot/FAQ doesn't allow for such gigantic posts. :P BTC's forum helped solve this posting problem but I still wanted to keep the rankings here. I decided to scrap the old method of having five threads, one for each cup school thru platinum, and have a single thread dedicated to that week's update. This change shrank that board a little bit but in the end it has helped keep the history of the rankings here a little more organized. :)

Besides the rankings, other things such as the achievements thread were getting makeovers. The achievements thread was officially renamed as the ExciteBots: Hall of Fame and was now detailed with the dates in which each player achieved their milestones. :D Credit will go to BIG AIR for coming up with that idea. Various other threads such as the Bad Beat Records thread and Full Room Records thread were also getting formatting facelifts. 8)

January 18th, 2011 was the day I achieved my 9,000th Excite Win. At this point, I was only 1,000 away from finding out the last major mystery this game had posed. :D Based on my early months of racing, 1,000 wins in a month was easily done. ;) However, with my busier schedule this time of year and my lack of momentum, 1,000 wins in a month was near impossible. :roll: Yet, I set February 20th, 2011 as the day I hit 10,000 excite wins. I had no idea what I was thinking. :shock:

PAROX completed his 9's in January, JOOM and NOBAMA! were still quitea waysoff, and Barbie was miles behind. :P Speaking of Barbie, she revealed two major plot twists yet again on the community. She revealed to us that she was the player that was at the time going by 2012 (which was previously going by HarDHar before that) AND that her husband was her acclaimed neighborhood friend Miley. Oh, did I mention that her husband was the long lost !DANNO! that I remembered racing back in my newbie days? Seriously, Barbie is the queen of daytime drama on this forum, because it just feels like I'm participating in an episode of One Life to Spin or As the Bot Turns. :lol: You are one clever woman, Barbie. ;)

The MegaBowl aka ExciteBowl X, was planned for February since January we couldn't get everyone schedule's working. BIG AIR, CodyRs, SNOOOOG, PAROX, FLASH, and myself were all to be a part of this tourney. Unfortunately, day by day went by without results of a good date and time for this tourney. Every time we had a working date, someone couldn't make it. Finally, on February 5th, I decided we'd have the tourney regardless of who showed. :x BIG AIR and SNOOOOG were the only two that joined me. :cry: FLASH did join a few races before the end but CodyRs and PAROX never made it. :( So much for creating one last epic ExciteBowl before I retired the wheel. On the lighter side, the races I did have with BIG AIR and SNOOOOG were great. ;)

Besides the unsuccessful MegaBowl, other tournaments, might I say many, were buzzing around this time. There was a tournament which BTC hosted (first time he's ever hosted :o), another tournament for beelining, another tourney originally thought of by LOONEY!, and a second-tier tournament. There were a few more tournaments/events that were mentioned but never played. They were CodyRs' ExciteBowl XI: Lizard Lockdown, JOOM's Fox and the Hen Event, and BIG AIR's Power Pairs Poker Tournament. All of those would have made good events and hopefully they'll get tried out sometime. :)

Despite the passing of the holidays, the online wasn't showing any improvement in activity. There were, however, some newer faces that started making names for themselves online. DYLAN, Jims, WolfGrl, phantom, badASH., PJs, and METROID just to name the big ones. Many faces from before the holidays had unfortunately disappeared. PUP MAN, ALEX123, What???, and 11111 were just a few that vanished from the online. :o

February 20th was approaching fast, so fast in fact I wasn't sure whether I'd make it to 10,000 excite wins AND 1,000 poker wins in time for the event. I had too much going on during the weekdays that playing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays were my only options. How was I going to celebrate the event you might be asking yourself? BIG AIR suggested this wonderful idea where we both achieve our retirement milestones at the same time. He would achieve 6,000 excite wins while I achieve my 10,000th. Throw in DynamO's and Barbie's approaching milestones and the event would have been a mega-milestone spectacular! :D

Things didn't quite work out that way. :oops: I was burning out and was not going to make it to meet my February 20th deadline. Not to mention that a week before the 20th, I found out I had long lost family visiting that weekend. :shock: So, because of the new change in plans, everyone moved passed their milestones without me. :? BIG AIR had been waiting over a month for my event just so he can get his 6,000. What a friend. :P

Now, when was I going to have my event if it wasn't going to occur in February? I was still 300 or so Excite Wins off and 50 Poker Wins off. I knew the first couple weeks in March were going to be hectic for me, even on the weekends. :( With all that in mind, I decided Sunday March 20th, 2011 to be the day the event will be held, the day I will achieve my 10,000th Excite Win and 1,000 Poker Win. :):D:)

The month of March had a few players hitting some benchmarks. JOOM achieved his 9's and was continuing his journey onward to 2,000 Excite Wins. Same scenario happened with RATROD, CodyRs' Uncle. NOBAMA! hit his 9's as well. He'd been a regular for as far back as April. :o I too was hitting some benchmarks, score wise. I pulled a score of 600 in Bronze Kilimanjaro, in a FULL room. 8) That has been something I had been wanting to do for a long while. :D I broke three open room records too, two in both Egyptian courses and one in Platinum China. The first couple weeks of March when I could race, I was on FIRE! 8)

All the high scores I was pulling sparked my curiosity. I was curious as to what my top 25 scores for each course would look like. ;) I figured with all the recordkeeping I'd been doing for the EB community, I could probably dig up all my best scores from the past year of racing. :) I began constructing it and I'm still working on it as of this story, slowly but surely working on it. ;)

March 20th was upon us. Soon the truth of the 5th digit would be reveal. The debate of 9,999 vs. 10,000 would finally be settled. The nonbelievers, theJude and BIG AIR, believed it will cap at 9,999 because all the star stats capped at 9,999,999. I found their theory to be rather convincing because if the developers never thought anyone would make it to 9,999,999 in stats, then how on earth could anyone even make it to 9,999? :lol: It would of only make sense that 10,000 would be impossible to get considering the amount of time needed for it. However, on the flipside of the argument, we've theorized that the developers probably used the same size for each number field and that 7 digits were possible in each of them. Heck, even the number of characters allowed in the screen name is seven letters, as DynamO had pointed out. :lol: Man, I've enjoyed the back and forth debating. :)

On the last few days before the 20th arrived, I was slowly inching my way to the wins I needed to prepare for my spectacular finale. The events that were to occur in the spectacular were four standard ExciteBowl races, a maximum star run in School Mexico, an attempt at a full room tie in School Canada, poker race(s), a maximum star run in Crystal Nebula, and a School Finland Smash-fest.

The ExciteBowl races consisted of the best courses in the game to farm and collect stars. These courses were Bronze Kilimanjaro, Silver Egypt, Gold Scotland, and Platinum Guatemala. These races were to run like an ordinary race would online.

Next came the special events. The School Mexico maximum star event had the goal that everyone in the race needed 300 stars or more in School Mexico by what ever means necessary before the in-game clock ran out. The School Canada full room tie event followed and was for my 9,999th Excite Win. The mission here was to have everyone tie with an exact 200 by means of systematic placing and crossing the finish line. The poker race(s) would be run with the lobster only and would occur as many times as necessary until I achieved my 1,000th Poker Win. Then, for the biggest milestone you could ever have in ExciteBots, came the Crystal Nebula maximum star event. The goal here was similar to the School Mexico one except 600 was the required star amount for each racer before the automatically in-game clock ran out. Whether it turned out capping or not capping, the night was to end with a bot smash fest on the ice in School Finland using nothing but heavyweight bots.

The day had arrived, Sunday March 20th, 2011. I spent the morning getting my last two or three Excite Wins and Poker Wins for the event. I also took out my alternate, MicroTS, to help pass the time. 7:00pm my time was when the six of us were to gather in the Friend lobby hosted by me for the celebration. BIG AIR was getting his video materials together that afternoon so he could record the historical event. :) theJude was spending the whole day snoozing and Barbie, Dragon, and DynamO were doing their things. I was counting down the hours before the big event arrived.

After finishing dinner, it was time for my finale!!! :D We all made it successfully in my lobby with minor connections issues. The six of us used the xat feature on BTC's forum for instant chat during the races, something BTC introduced to us a short while back. :)

I have to say the event was a total blast. I really wish I could re-live the experience over again. :D How exactly did the super spectacular celebration go? Below is the post I made after the celebrations had ended:

Quote from: TopStarRacer

Where to begin? Well it all started back when my mother and father…

FAST FORWARD

…And there I was. Watching the Crystal Nebula rankings as the timer counted down from 20 to 0. Then,I was in the lobby. I pressed the A button to view the stats, to view the 10K that I most heavily anticipated, and….

REWIND

I beat JamesSk in Silver Egypt! My first ever victory over him!!!! 388-388.

TOO FAR :x (you gotta hate these remotes!)….PERFECT

Tonight was a night of epic proportions. It began with a 4-race series on some of the most soil rich courses a farmer could have. Bronze Kilimanjaro was a blast. Did better than I did earlier in the day. It felt SO good to hear that BIG AIR crashed into a tree near the finish line with only seconds to spare. Exactly what happened to me. :twisted: Payback. Silver Egypt I came close to my full room record. :o theJude broke his personal best which was also a good thing to see. Gold Scotland had me worried. :? I was crashing everywhere and even failed the first tree run on lap 1. Barbie's speed wasn't helping either but I managed to pull through. There was a tie for 2nd 367-367 between DynamO and BIG AIR. ;) Platinum Guatemala was another fun one for number 9,997. I enjoyed seeing BIG AIR disqualify again. :D Can't wait for the world to see your excellence BIG AIR. :twisted: ….wait, you didn't record those. You lucked out BIG time. :x :P

After the main races came the event races. First, for #9,998 was the School Mexico 300+ run. I was doing phenomenal the entire race that I wish I was running it for real. Seriously, I was flawless. 8) Anyways, I came in first with 402 from 5th bonus. BIG AIR followed with 341, then theJude with 334, Dragon with 320, DynamO with 310, and Barbie with 258. Someone should of gave Barbie first. :roll:

So excite win #9,998 was in the bag and it was time for the School Canada tie event. 8) IT WAS A SUCCESS!! Ok, so if you consider the difference between 1st and 6th of 201 stars to be a successful full room tie, then yes. :P Not a single one of us tied and BIG AIR disqualified. :( Oh well, it was worth a shot. ;) Win #9,999 check. :D

Poker was next. Don't worry I took a pick of my 9,999/999. I successfully took the win with 385 to Barbie's 243. :D poker win #1,000 complete. The mystery of the 4th poker digit had been solved…..oh wait.

Then for the moment of truth: The Crystal Nebula 600+ looping event. It wasn't as successful as the School Mexico one. Two DNF'd and theJude was 6 stars short. :( *sighs* It's the thought that counted I guess. I pulled a 703, BIG pulled 673, and Barbie pulled 644. ;) I KNEW you could do it Barbie!

…And there I was. Watching the Crystal Nebula rankings as the timer counted down from 20 to 0. Then, I was in the lobby. I pressed the A button to view the stats, to view the 10K that I most heavily anticipated, and….

And…

And…

(audience member screams: GET ON WITH IT)

*Dodges tomato*

Ok, ok……10K EXCITE WINS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111one!!!!!111one1111!!!! (that was for you theJude ;))

Yep. 5 digits. The final big mystery of EBTR has been solved. I not only have the most wins, but now I have the extra digit to prove it. 8)8)

The night ended with a two race smash fest, School Finland being the best. I stood position as my guests knocked me dead. I can't wait to see the video. :lol: I was being punched, kicked, slapped, and rammed all over, left and right. If the footage is good, you might need to add some dramatic music and slow-mo to thevideo BIG AIR. :lol: We should beat me up more often. :P Silver Finland was an extra encore smash-fest on the ship. Not as much smashing on this one though.

And there you have it folks. Sorry if this seems rushed but I have an awful headache right now. Need to go to bed. Tonight history was made! Cheers to you all. I'll have more in my blog tomorrow as well as the images up. :) Thanks everyone!


Despite my headache I had that night, I had a phenominal time! :) :D :P ;) 8)

How did BIG AIR's videos turn out? :D See for yourselves:

1. My 10,000th Excite Win Crystal Nebula Race
2. The School Finland Smash-Fest After Party

BIG AIR - Excellent job all the way! :D :D :D

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Chapter XIII - What Lays Ahead
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2012, 06:49:27 PM »
Chapter XIII - What Lays Ahead

Now that I've achieved such a grand milestone in ExciteBots: Trick Racing, what will there be to do next? Will I quit this game forever? What will happen to the all the stats and the rankings that I have kept track of over my months here? So many questions, I have the answers. ;)

First off, ExciteBots: Trick Racing is officially my all-time favorite game. There has never been a game in my past that has sucked me into such an extraordinary experience. This is the kind of game I could never leave sitting on my shelf untouched for fifteen months straight. This is the kind of game that you will always come back to when searching for a game. It has so much to it, so much depth. This game goes far deeper than any of the Mario Kart racing games could. This game may look like Tic-Tac-Toe but it plays like chess. This game may look like it's only for kids ages 5-12 but it can be played for all ages, 5 to 85.

So I guess what I'm trying to say here is that ExciteBots is a game I will never just quit cold turkey. I will always come back to this game when I feel the time is right. The time now however, is the time I need to give this game a long deserved rest. How long of a break it will be depends. It could be a month or several, whatever it takes. I have a long list of games I need to catch up on as well as some newer games I recently received that I'd like to put some more time into. I'm not saying goodbye to EBTR forever.

Over the last year I have been keeping track of everything statistical for the ExciteBots Community. I will continue to do so for as long as the community is still active. Several of the statistic threads will be left now for others to edit seems how I won't be online racing to update them. Those include the Excite and Poker Win Rankings, the Online Racer Index, and the new content of the Online High Score Rankings. I won't be around to update everyone's win counts, stats in the index, or add new scores of racers I've witnessed online for the rankings. It'll all be up to the community to keep such things alive. What is my confidence level towards all this remaining successful? To be honest, it isn't very high. :(

The other day, BTC and I were communicating via the instant messaging system, xat, and he and I were discussing the recent activity level of the forum. As Cody put it several weeks ago:

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This is dieing!!!!

Yes. This place is growing ever more quiet. BTC, being the awesome optimistic lobster rider that he his, came up with the theory that maybe, just maybe, a new generation of racers will rise and start a newer community when BIG AIR and myself leave. While this may seem like a possibility for games such as the Mario Kart Wii and DS, to me this seems very unlikely for a game that went virtually unnoticed.

I really hope that those of you that are still sticking around can do your best to keep this community afloat. Barbie – Good luck on your 9's. (I might sneak out of retirement to be there for it ;)) Same goes to FLASH, Jmv Rce, Aaron (if you ever get your Wii repair :?), GAMBIT (if you ever stop working :P), teknik (if you ever stop playing MH3 and other games), Feeble (if you ever stop breaking fingers and going to the dentist :P), and the various others I've failed to mention here. :) I do feel a little hope that things might pick up once the summer season arrives but I'm not expecting such an incredible outcome. Afterall, we didn't get much of a boost after this past holiday season. :roll:

So with all that said, I wish the community the best. Contribute, contribute, contribute I say! :) I'll play my part in updating, you guys play your part in contributing. :) I've been doing both for too long! :x If any of you have questions, I'll always be nearby. ;) Thanks for all the fun times and memories everyone! :cry: EBTR forever!

Now I'll officially say goodbye, err enter retirement, with the same cheesy line I used to end my first post to this community. :P

- TopStar Out!

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Chapter XIV - Debots and Relapse
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2012, 09:16:24 PM »
Chapter XIV - Debots and Relapse

It’s been 16 months since my 10,000th excite win and my last entry in this exciting tale of ExciteBots. A lot has happened since then, both in the real world and in EBTR.

March 20th, 2011 was the glorious day I pulled my 10,000th win, becoming the first player to reach the mysterious 5th digit. During the month of April that followed, I played on and off on my other profiles, MicroTS (betless profile) and a secret zero bet losses profile (ZLP) known as Simpson (Donut Icon.) I wanted to pull a Barbie and have a profile that everybody knew about but didn’t know that it was me racing it. I did a pretty good job at concealing it, Simpson was racing the Hummingbird and I did my best to keep my scores out of the TopStar range. Board members at GameSpot/FAQ were bringing Simpson up and I did my best to hint that it wasn’t me (by questioning the identity of the racer myself because I was the big census keeper at the time.) My play time decreased as the days went on however, barely playing on ExciteBots in May and even in June. It was during this time I was going through high school drama. Long story short, there was a girl that liked me and I liked her but she moved on before I did anything. I realized it wouldn’t have been worth it and moved on with my life as it was.
 
I ended up making a huge decision and I got rid of ExciteBots in the beginning of July. I needed a serious break from the game and the only way that was happening was if I took the game out of my life. I revealed to the community that I was the mysterious Simpson as well, since I didn’t see myself playing the game again.

That summer I got into other things. Joined Facebook, got outside more, and got into listening to a variety of music. The real world kept me occupied enough that I was able to go without playing ExciteBots. The 16 month addiction was gone. I was cured! I did however check the forum every now and then to see what was up.

Once the Summer ended and my senior year of high school started, I started to feel nostalgic…nostalgic towards ExciteBots. I was actually starting to miss racing BIG AIR, Joom, FLASH, Barbie, Bots101, DynamO, and all the others. :( I was also feeling guilty about quitting cold turkey, leaving my YouTube project unfinished (I don’t regret the break though; it was needed…trust me). I made the decision to return, buying a used copy of the game at the local GameStop. October 1st I made a surprise appearance online, running into DARKDOG and RATROD. :) I didn’t feel rusty at all after the three month break as I was pulling my usual scores but DARKDOG sure made it look like I was. He beat me several times that night making me wonder if I’ve lost touch with the competition.

I was able to make several appearances online throughout October and November, mainly on weekends. My EB time was still limited and my interest in the game was still low because even in the down time I had, I found myself doing other things rather than race. I was also getting into filming football games, volleyball games, choir/band concerts, etc. at the high school. Whenever there was an event to film, I’d sign up for it. Only a couple were assignments but I volunteered to do as many as I could and by that I mean all of them (Like with EB, I can get pretty dedicated when I like something. :P ) Sure it was just me being behind a camera listening to instructions from headphones but something about that and the good friends I had to do it with and met was an enjoyable experience for me. :D

I did spend some time offline working on lines that I’d eventually turn into YouTube videos. The progress was slow due to school and lack of interest. :/ My lack of playing time led to me missing out on a lot of community milestones too. DARKDOG was making a lot of progress towards his 9s. TheJude, who was the head honcho on the stats during my absence, broke 2,000 and 3,000 wins. BIG AIR was picking up on his wins, breaking 7K, 8K, and 9K. Barbie made it past 3K poker wins. New racers such as LAMBBOT/CATFISH were appearing on the tracks. ZLPs were all over the place with Joom’s The One, SNOOOOG’s CHROMEO, and BIG AIR’s ZAIRO. BIG AIR, after 4,251.7 tries, succeeded in completing a ZLP, one of the hugest things to happen in the community since my 10,000th win because it was only the second time a 9s ZLP was achieved. I’m probably forgetting a lot of other milestones and events I missed out on but those are the few off the top of my head.

Every time I seem to end this story, I find myself adding more chapters to it. There will be more so like I’ve ended before….To Be Continued! 8)

P.S. Debots...Detox....ba dum tis! :)) Ok I'm done...



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Chapter XV - The Roach That Spoke
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2012, 06:46:22 PM »
Chapter XV - The Roach That Spoke

The start of 2012 was as slow as the fall/winter was in 2011. I only picked ExciteBots up every now and then, usually on the weekends when I wasn't busy. Even though I started racing my 10K profile again, I had really only picked up 100 or so wins over the course 5 months.

As the Spring was starting, BTC introduced a new community event he called Friday's with a Lobster (FwaL). It's essentially a weekly appearance by BTC every Friday where he records his races for YouTube. Anyone who plays ExciteBots can be a part since it's always held in random lobbies. I was there for the first FwaL on April 6th. ;D As the weekly event went on, it drew more attention around the community. I had a feeling it was going to be a huge success, even better than theJude's Nightly Emporium way back in the day.

When I finished up high school and the Summer was underway, I made a stronger comeback to the game. Early July I was focused on making offline videos to put on YouTube. I had finally learned about recording using a DVD recorder so there wasn't going to be any handheld digital camera to the TV business anymore. 8) I worked hard on new lines, getting near perfect runs to save as replays, and of course, breaking new offline records. My personal favorite and perhaps the video/course I worked hardest on was my  479 in Silver Finland with 1st bonus. That was not only a new record that took hours to achieve but it was an entirely new approach to the course that I'd never done before. I had always played Silver Finland as a "grab 1st bonus or lose" course, just like I've always done with School Canada. Silver Finland was only the beginning of what would be some insane videos yet to come from me as well as FLASH, whom while I was in my EBTR coma, had somehow manage to get a hold of my steroids...err um, BIG AIR's and become a powerful force in the competition. More on that later.  ;D

After uploading a handful of crazy scoring videos that include a 383 in Bronze Scotland and a 444 base in School Mexico, offline was slowly growing boring again. I proceeded to adventure my way to 11,000 excite wins. During that time there were a lot of regulars and newer racers around. Agent C and SkoolYa, the newest couple to join the forum were around. Agent C was one of the racers I never raced on his journey to 9s. He had joined the forum in March 2012 but got the game the month I quit it (July 2011). SkoolYa joined him in the game, even getting a 2nd Wii so they both could play online. Her progress in the game was going well as she learned from vets and of course Agent C. ;D She was working on a ZLP, which would be her first 9s profile too. Other racers online included Coyote, Urutora, Touko, Redhawk, H3CTOR, POPCORN, BurnOut, and Adam. Adam is notorious for being the lobby staller and/or the racer that never finishes a race. He's worse than FireGuy and CORINA from EB past. :o Urutora and Touko are both believed to be Japan players, the only two notable ones out of all the rookies. POPCORN was CATFISH and LAMBBOT during my absence and BurnOut is FLASH's brother's newest name. H3CTOR is a player who we have tried recruiting here on the forums many times but the message has failed to reach him (perhaps he's one of us already?) The online was still full of rookies and veteran racers, not much more or less than there was two Summers ago.

Of course, racing was all the fun but there was something missing. Something that I had always put down and neglected to try. I had finally caved in and joined voice chatting.  :-X FLASH was the first person I talked to in Mumble (the VC service) and he was ultimately the one that made me give up and join the rest of the addicts in the social experience. The first sounds I heard in Mumble were FLASH munching on popcorn (the food, not the racer) and him talking to his brother. I will admit it was awkward talking to someone I've always just "talked" to through text but I gradually got used to it as I talked to more racers. Agent C, Joom, Barbie, bots101, BTC, BIG AIR, and SNOOOOG soon followed over the course of the next few weeks. I heard a lot of stories of VC past and present. I learned what Jooming meant, discovered BTC's love interest ;D, and I'm no longer out of the loop when I select random and everyone else selects the same course. ::)

I was enjoying VC more than I thought I would but how can someone who spent so much time hating voice chatting cave in so easily? Well I guess a big part of it had to do with a change of mindset. Back in 2011, I thought VC would destroy the discussions on the forums, making the Discuss Recent Races thread pointless. Milestones wouldn't be recorded as well. (this did happen because of my departure...I really wish BIG AIR posted about the day he got his ZLP! >:() I feared with the lack of forum activity, outsiders seeking to be members would think the community is dead. :( There was also the idea of VC creating worse drama than what we've seen on forum posts. ::) I was able to overlook my concerns and join because even though there's a lot of chatter going on, the DRR thread is still kicking with activity as it always was.

The first time I tried VC was not the first time I listened to VC. I first gave it a listen on BIG AIR's 10,000th Win Event on July 2nd (Can't believe there's two 10K profiles out there now!) I typed instead of chatted but it was an entirely new experience. I think I made BIG mad for not voicing my opinion but hey, I eventually started speaking at a later date..didn't I?  :-*

So...TopStar had a voice afterall and he wasn't some smart dog on the internet. The Summer was still going strong too. What happens in August and beyond? Well this is where I put another To Be Continued at. :P



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Chapter XVI - Crossing Red Lines
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2012, 08:40:27 PM »
Chapter XVI – Crossing Red Lines
Speed is the enemy. ExciteBots: Trick Racing may be classified as a racing video game and gives you the adrenaline of one but there’s a lot more to winning than it first lets on. At release, the online was full of beeliners and die hard Mario Kart racers using there bots to grab first placement. As time went on however, players began to realize that getting first doesn't guarantee victory. The idea of farming stars and not caring much about placement grew in popularity as players saw it as their only hope of competing with the high scores that the best were pulling.

Farming has come a long way since its beginning. High scores of 2010 are now relatively common in 2012. I remember the first time I pulled a 400 in Silver Kilimanjaro. I needed the full 80 bonus to break it. Now we can base 500 there. How about that 668 record in Bronze Kilimanjaro that I set in June 2010 and thought would be incredibly hard to break? Please, basing 800 there is a reality. 400 School Mexico, 600 Gold Tasmania, 700 Crystal Nebula without looping, etc. I have been giving a lot of credit for pushing the limits of this game as far as I have. Recent developments have been made possible with the thanks of videos from FLASH, myself, and BTC's FwaL, all helping racers improve faster and even explore their own stuff. Before my hiatus, I wasn’t breaking many online records and thought I was nearing the end. Nowadays, I’ve improved all my records by a good amount of stars. Even when you think you’ve done your best, there will always be a bump or barrier that’ll prove you otherwise. ;) I believe we are coming close to the end this time around though with some farming lines taking the full in-game time limit. :o

With farming lines this extreme and time-consuming, I come back to speed. The scores today may be a lot higher than yesterday’s scores but the risk of getting disqualified is higher too. Some players have learned that if you can’t beat the best players by score, beat them by disqualifying them. This is where fast farming or smart farming would come into play. You’d keep an eye on the pace of the race while farming the essentials. An example would be the Gold Guatemala rocks at the beginning. While it may be a great idea to farm the rocks in a room of veterans, it would not be a bright idea if you have a beeliner in the room or even a rookie that doesn’t know how to spin just yet.

Ever since farming became a force, beelining and farming has never mixed well. Competition is tough these days and there are new racers wanting to learn to farm and score high, just like the rest of the pros. That’s not easily done when there are players going too fast.  ::)

This past August was the beginning of what would be a very controversial discovery that would lead to various kinds of conflict. It was August 5th and I was with a couple racers in Mumble including Barbie, chatting and racing. Silver Mexico was selected as the next course to be raced. The race started off with a ton of bot smashes and we went for the yellow bar. I missed the yellow bar so I did what I usually do in situations like this and I tried to improvise, hoping it’ll all work out and I won’t crash. I decided to jump combo on the rocks sticking out above the path to the red bar. I figured jump combo and spin and probably miss the red bar and reset before it. I crashed up on the top rock on the right of the red bar. I shook my wheel and was reset…beyond the red bar. I...did I really just skip the red bar? I almost couldn't believe it. :o  :-X

I can remember freaking out and telling Barbie and the rest in Mumble about skipping it. Barbie was on the red bar when I reset so she saw what I saw. We both proceeded to try and skip it on lap 2. The night turned from fun to an investigation as Barbie and I both played around in Silver Mexico online and off trying to find the best way to skip the bar. This was revolutionary. It was new. It was the biggest discovery since the axel trick or that yellow bar in Platinum Tasmania that nobody knew was there. Barbie found a faster and easier way of skipping it which led us to breaking the time record back and forth, ultimately by over 10 seconds from Aaron's best. This discovery was groundbreaking because the red bars up until this point have always been impossible to bypass unless you complete them or hack the game. What other courses were hiding a glitch similar to Silver Mexico? Well, this is where things get interesting.

Soon after the announcement of this discovery, PJs mentions he has skipped the red bars in Bronze Scotland and Platinum Fiji. I was skeptical at first but I gave them a look and sure enough, they were skippable.  :o Three courses were now known of to have this no red bar thing going on and we wondered how many more courses or if all of them had something like this that we just don't know of yet. It was exciting to be seeing a side of the game you've been playing for so long that you have never seen before. Despite how exiting it was, the dark sides were soon to unravel. >:( :'(

It was several days after the initial discovery when the first conflict over the issue broke out. Barbie and SkoolYa were racing online with some rookies when Silver Mexico was the course chosen. Both bet 0. Barbie proceeded to beeline and play with the new red bar trick. SkoolYa was still new to the game and wanted to practice pulling good scores, learning from Agent C as well as others online. Barbie's beelining caused SkoolYa to have to beeline herself in order to finish and this ultimately led to an ugly night in Mumble. SkoolYa views the red bar skipping as cheating (which makes sense since previously this could only be done through hacking which is the true form of cheating). I saw it as something new, something that could be used in strategic situations and could save the life of a ZLP that may be cutting it close with the timer. The conflict eventually moved outside this issue, entering the shoutbox and the posts. I tried my best to be peacekeeper but alas, I could only do so much. I wasn't in Mumble when the conflict broke out so I can't share the full story nor do I think that's a great idea. I just wanted everyone to get back to enjoying this game. The red bar skipping, whether we love it or hate it, was here to stay.

During the conflict I learned Barbie was departing the forum for a while. At first I thought it was because of the hate that was going on but it turned out she was leaving for personal reasons regardless. The departure was sudden and things didn't end on a good note so I wasn't sure if Barbie and bots101 were coming back. :( If I hadn't of stumble upon this would things be a little more peaceful?  :-\

Things in the community continued to move on despite the leave of the poker king and queen. New members joined the TGC and the game including Cubestr, Redneck, and Airman. Their arrival led to a boom of shouts in the shoutbox making it hard to catch up and read it all. :))  ??? I remember when I first ran into Cubestr I thought he might of been Cody on one of his 473+ accounts. The scores weren't like Cody but they were pretty good for an account with fresh stats. I thought maybe it was someone restarting and going for a betless profile like bots101. Redneck was a real rookie to the game, still trying to learn the basics of spinning and was trying to unlock the bots. Airman, or TheOrangeSpeeder, was a player we got over here because of his YouTube videos regarding ExciteBots. He's the modern day SAMZILZ. :P (Older racers will know who I'm talking about ;))

Milestone wise, I achieved my 11,000th Excite Win and had a celebration with members in a friends room. Agent C got his 2,000th Excite Win. Airman and Touko both got 1,000 wins. BIG AIR apparently dropped playing his 10K profile ever since he achieved it in exchange for maining his ZLP account. I think he has hope on passing SNOOOOG's ZLP which was only 500 wins ahead of him. I was curious, were these two heading to take down JamesSk's title? Hmm.  :P

August we discovered some red bars could be skipped. I witnessed a bad side of voice chatting. We lost a couple veterans and gained a few new members. Things were interesting as the Summer came to a close. Where will all this take us? What else will this skipping cause? What more laid ahead for the community? To be continued...  :-X



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Chapter XVII - Zero Success on a ZLP
« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2013, 01:40:58 PM »
Chapter XVII - Zero Success on a ZLP

A completed Zero Losses Profile (ZLP) is widely considered the greatest achievement you can earn in ExciteBots. JamesSk was the first to accomplish this feat on Feburary 7th, 2010. BIG AIR became the second in November 2011 and soon after him, SNOOOOG became the third in April 2012. Many have attempted but only these three players made it all the way to 9,999,999 Bets Won without losing a bet.

As the Summer was coming to a close, I decided to swing out my Simpson ZLP that I started back in 2011 in an attempt to complete it. I was aiming to be the fourth player to complete a ZLP and the first to do it using exclusively the Hummingbird. I was a good 2.4 million bets won along when I unfortunately lost a bet on the profile. It was August 16th in Gold Scotland, full room. BIG AIR, Airman, and Joom were in the room when two rookies ran the course fast enough to DQ all of us. The pressure of the competition and my blind eye on where those rookies were at costed me my worse ZLP loss since losing my 7 million one back in 2010. It was unfortunate but I wasn't done with ZLPs just yet.

September 5th 2012 I began what would be my fourth ZLP attempt (I only know the date because I started the profile on the first day of the NFL season.) I had also finished achieving 12,000 Excite Wins on my original account making it a good time to get one going again. This time around I opted out of maining the Hummingbird for this ZLP in favor of (you guessed it) the Roach. After unlocking it, it was time to begin the betting adventure online.

Early on about 4% into the profile, I was racing spinDOC 1-on-1. Bronze Egypt was the chosen course and I was feeling pretty confident I could out spin him and win the race so I placed a 2500 bet. The two of us ended up tying with a 438 and I was in danger of losing my bet. Luckily I dodged it, recieving a x1. A loss would've made this the fastest ZLP loss I ever experienced, lasting only 5 days.

Throughout September I was off and on between my TopStar and TopZerO accounts. My ZLP wasn't big enough yet for me to really get into it and I still enjoyed running my classic profile. Towards the end of September, I approached 12,500 Excite Wins when I began putting more time into my ZLP as October arrived. Numerous other members had ZLPs going as well. Agent C, Coyote, FLASH, SkoolYa, and Airman had ZLPs going, some of them their first. I also figured out Joom had numerous alias', several of which were ZLPs too. There was an unknown ZLP too by the name of Urutora which was doing quite well. We assumed he/she may be a Japanese player based on the origins of their handle.

October 7th I was roughly 3 million bets won into my ZLP when I encountered a racer by the name of erawAeB (Skull icon). This racer pulled some pretty good scores and I thought maybe this player was a veteran going for a ZLP. I raced this guy with Coyote early in the day and later with SkoolYa. During my races with SkoolYa, she ended up losing a bet on her ZLP in Bronze Egypt against a few fast rookies. The next race was where things almost went south for TopZerO. Silver Egypt was chosen and I placed my bet in the five player room. SkoolYa, erawAeB, and a couple rookies were my opponents. The race started out normal but suddenly I caught this erawAeB guy's red arrow skipping along the course. This guy was speed hacking.

I panicked knowing my ZLP was in danger. I began beelining with him but when I saw he was well ahead on lap 2 and I was just getting onto the red bar on lap 1, I didn't stand a chance. I didn't want to take the risk of using my beelining skills against his hacking so I did something I had never done before but have had enough online experience to know what should happen if I did it. I disconnected the internet router which caused me to disconnect from the other racers. I was now racing Silver Egypt by myself with the hacker threat removed. I finished the race and received the x1. My ZLP was safe but that didn't erase the fact that whomever this hacker was, they wanted to take me down. erawAeB (which, thanks to SkoolYa for pointing it out, is BeAware backwards) spent numerous races baiting me into believing they were normal (not doing a thing when Coyote, SkoolYa, or myself bet) until that Silver Egypt. Agent C later estimated the finishing time to be around 2:48, which was two seconds faster than the record with the lobster. Some may think that turning off the internet to avoid losing a bet is cheating for a ZLP but there was no way I was losing my ZLP to someone that gets a thrill out of hacking others fun away from them.

With that incident behind me, I became more wary of betting in case they or any other hackers resurfaced. About a week later, I encountered a ZLP by the name of O 4EVER. This was an unusual profile because it had 1 million bets won and wasn't in the ZLP rankings. The racer was very good...but scoring high wasn't the only thing they were capable of. O 4EVER attempted numerous times to DQ my ZLP (which was just over halfway finished) leading to FLASH and myself teaming up to try and ruin the ZLP that's trying to ruin other ZLPs. We never succeeded and neither did they. We later figured out it was Indeed, Cody's ZLP. With an identity behind the culprit, FLASH, myself, and other ZLPs could breath a little easier. Cody later deleted the 1.3 million ZLP because he didn't like having poker wins on the profile.

The quest for completion continued, reaching through the millions at a rapid pace. I made it into the 7 millions on the 17th, beginning my journey through uncharted ZLP territory. While it wasn't part of my initial plans, by this point I wanted to have the lowest excite win count for a completed ZLP. ZAIRO held the record with 1990 which I was on track to beat easily.

I breezed through 7 million and 8 million. Finally at 9 million I was only a million away from completing a perfect license. Instead of slowing down my excessive betting habits over the last few weeks, I continued to press on. This was when I was placed in a very dangerous position. At 9.3 million, I placed a bet in a 4 player room in Platinum Tasmania against DynamO, GOOOONS, and a rookie named S.A.M. I was feeling confident I could beat one of the two vets thus securing my bet. Unfortunately the race didn't go as well as my expectations had hoped. 533-532-530 were the final scores between the three of us with DynamO winning 1st, GOOOONS 2nd, and me....third. My 9.3 million ZLP was just a multiplier away from being toasted. I was pulling my hair back and holding my breath as I watched it spin. As it was coming to an end, it approached the x0 and I thought it was over...but then it changed to a x2 and my ZLP dodged what would have been the biggest bet loss in the history of this game or at least the most embarrassing. I was a lot more careful after that especially with 700,000 more to win.

I was nearing the end of the quest. I was on track to completing TopZerO either on the 24th or the 25th. On the evening of the 24th, numerous members hopped on to race to see me achieve my 9s. ZAIRO, DynamO, Joom, and Airman were there. There was one more notable racer who was among us and he called himself HIIIIII. This racer had unfamilar stats and we initially assume was just a random player. They had an usual betting pattern (betting in sequence from 100 to 2500) but that wasn't what made this guy interesting. He was a beeliner, not the usual rookie beeliner but the type that wanted to give me one more thrill before I finished my ZLP. HIIIIII beelined several courses during the night but I was keeping a sharp enough eye on them that I continued to place bets, not afraid of this guy. HIIIIII eventually left, failing to end my ZLP on it's final stretch. I was about 100,000 away when I called it a night. The completed ZLP was just 24 hours away.

During the day of, I worked on unlocking the boxer paint job for the Crab just to rub it into the BIG's face because he didn't have it on his ZLP yet. I also needed to further my wallet because there was no way I was betting after getting my 9s in Bets Won. Once the evening arrived I was only a few bets won away from concluding my 9s. Both completed ZLPs (ZAIRO and GOOOONS), Joom, Agent C, and DynamO were all there for my final bets. The last bet I placed was in Gold Guatemala, the very course I lost my 7 million ZLP two years ago. Everyone was there when I completed my lifetime and bets won but my wallet required more offline running before it could be finished. JimsBot and PJs were there to see me get my last 5 wallet stars to complete all my 9s. At 1,715 excite wins, my ZLP was complete.

It took 51 days to become the 4th completed ZLP. If I wasn't going to keep the least amount of excite wins on a completed ZLP record, I was certain I was going to keep the fastest completed one. I had little interest in continuing my win count on TopZerO and favored continuing my 12K profile instead. It was a relieve to finally be finished with the profile. We later figured out that the player who went by HIIIIII and attempted to ruin my 9.5+ million ZLP was Cody. Fortunately he later apologized for his absurd actions and I went ahead and accepted it.

I created my ZLP at an interesting time, right after red bar skipping became a thing. Throughout most of my ZLP quest, only Silver Mexico, Bronze Scotland, and Platinum Fiji could be skipped. A week prior to getting to completing it, KaBoom! discovered the red bar could be skipped in Silver Egypt. The next day after that discovery. FLASH posted in the RBS topic:

Ok then, I just got the new time record at Bz Killi.
Completely wrong place to put this.

Nobody realized it until a FwaL voice chat session later that FLASH had discovered how to skip the red bar in Bronze Kilimanjaro. This course was already notorious for being an easy course to disqualify and cost players bets. Now that reputation just got 15+ seconds worse. Those of us in voice chat that night (BTC, FLASH, myself, Cody, maybe RAT?) agreed to avoid forum discussion for as long as we could regarding this RBS because we all knew it had the potential of great damage for ZLPs.

With the ZLP quest over and the new red bar skipping information revealed, what laid ahead for the Winter months? Will the Bronze Kilimanjaro RBS be kept a secret? Will it be used for evil purposes? Only time would tell.