The Challenge of the Gods

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The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:45 pm

The Challenge of the Gods

This challenge focuses on 3 simple things: No Death, No Save, Single Segment. To my knowledge, it has never been done before...
I thought it would be great and practical to have a place where we can keep track of who makes it the furthest cause there are a few people running this now...

So, these are the rules:

​- New Game, Master Ninja (all weapons level 1 file is not allowed)
- No Saving allowed at any point (checkpoints are not allowed either)
- No Game Over Screen (Talismans are allowed)
- No returning back to the main menu
- Karma Window Displayed
- Must be Single Segment
- No Invincibility Glitch
- No Out of Bounds
- No weapon menu glitches (clipping through walls that aren’t considered out of bounds)
- Despawns are allowed
- Healing from Statues is allowed
- VIDEO OR IT DID NOT HAPPEN

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!!! UPDATE !!!

Back when DigitalT came up with this challenge, i told him that if I ever were to complete it,
i would try it again, but with 'No Despawn' rules... I should have just kept my mouth shut haha...
Well here we are, so i made some extra rules for a 'No Despawn' run of this challenge...
These are the extra rules:

The Challenge of the Gods - No Despawn
( aka The Challenge of the Thousand Gods ... :awesome: )

- No Despawn (accidental despawning will be tolerated, see more below)
- Despawning while farming is NOT allowed (farming without despawning any enemies is allowed)
- No Boss KO Loop Exploit (This means looping the boss during a knockdown is not allowed)
- Using Genshin's body to fight Elizébet is NOT allowed

This run requires an IMMENSE understanding of the despawns in this game...
I think everybody playing this game extensively will agree with me that playing this without
despawning at least a couple of enemies is next to impossible. Sometimes enemies even despawn
themselves, so if for example an enemy throws Ryu out of the arena and a despawn occurs,
it will be tolerated... Tho it must be said that everybody attempting this MUST at least have
decent knowledge of the despawn areas, there will be no tolerance for walking to a despawn
and saying: "i didn't know they despawn there"
So pls, be familiar with despawn points and an average of enemy numbers...
In case you have to kill ranged enemies and do not have arrows, a despawn will be tolerated
if the next shop/arrow corpse is too far away. It happened to me and i didn't take that possibility
into account earlier, so yeah, it will be tolerated. Also, F**K the last fish pond, nobody needs to
do that...
The boss rule is for the following reason: its clearly a bug.

There won't be a Leaderboard for this run (for now) because of a lack of players... Obviously
I will just leave (update) my latest attempt here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:


FINISHED

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I will try to keep this leaderboard updated at all times... So These are the runs so far:

1) Farnham The Drunk

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:


FINISHED


2) MIZUTORA93



Pulverized by Rocket Joe in Chapter 9 (after first save)


3) d_Nought



Saw the light after getting spat on by Gigadeath


4) DigitalT



Got confused with dog food by a Fiend Dog at the start of Chapter 2


5) S1lver6d0



Cheated by Rasetsu in chapter 1


I hope that more people are interested and insane enough to give this a shot ;-)
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Murphy's Ghost » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:04 am

In between Chapter save allowed or no? Seems like no, if you die at any point you start over?
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:35 am

Yes, if u die (game over screen) at ANY point, u start the whole game over.. talismans are allowed tho.
No save allowed, anywhere, not even boss checkpoints
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by JTB123 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:02 pm

Are all fights and Tests of Valor a requirement? This run sounds pretty juicy I have to say.
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:57 pm

JTB123 wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:02 pm
Are all fights and Tests of Valor a requirement? This run sounds pretty juicy I have to say.
Despawning is allowed, so far nobody has attempted the rod of trials fight... We try to despawn as little as possible tho... For example, skip the talons to not make the rod fight spawn, and instead just fight some mages and IS ninja near the cherry tree... Despawning also is less essence so its a delicate balance... Very stressful haha... I would love to watch u give it a try on stream ;-)
are u interested in trying something like this? you are such an amazing player, i only can imagine what strats u would bring to the table!
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Massaca » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:51 pm

So in short, a no cheese perma-death run. Neat. If this was like 2010 I'd be getting really angry at the archers this afternoon.
As an aside, are the twitch embeds broken ("misconfigured") for you guys too?
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:58 pm

Massaca wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:51 pm
So in short, a no cheese perma-death run. Neat. If this was like 2010 I'd be getting really angry at the archers this afternoon.
As an aside, are the twitch embeds broken ("misconfigured") for you guys too?
Haha, well, depends on what u mean by "no cheese" cause despawning is allowed... But it is hard enough as it is...
Hmmm yeah i actually do not know how to embed them so u can just watch them here, but u can just click on them to watch them on twitch...
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by JTB123 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:45 am

Farnham The Drunk wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:57 pm
JTB123 wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:02 pm
Are all fights and Tests of Valor a requirement? This run sounds pretty juicy I have to say.
Despawning is allowed, so far nobody has attempted the rod of trials fight... We try to despawn as little as possible tho... For example, skip the talons to not make the rod fight spawn, and instead just fight some mages and IS ninja near the cherry tree... Despawning also is less essence so its a delicate balance... Very stressful haha... I would love to watch u give it a try on stream ;-)
are u interested in trying something like this? you are such an amazing player, i only can imagine what strats u would bring to the table!
I am tempted to give this a go, sounds like a blast honestly. I'm not streaming right now but would still be able to record it. This is dangerously close to the kind of run that could pull me right back in to what I'm stepping away from right now but it'd be cool to get one done.
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:43 am

I cannot believe what i am sying now, but i actually did it yesterday...
it was a 12 h run and my PC crashed in the middle of it during the stream and that is also why my karma score is a lil different in the next vid, and i know that many of u will maybe say its not legit now, but i know what happened and all the people in my chat know what happened, so i am ok with that! Also worth mentioning is that the first couple hours are very laggy due to my internet provider doing whatever he wants, so pls excuse the lag, it gets better later in the run, so again, sry for that...
So thx everyone for the support and motivation, IT IS DONE!
When DigitalT came to me with this idea, i said to him he is insane... But here we are...
Now the question is, who will be the next to do it? Cause in the mountains of Autumn, there are many who walk the path of the Ninja...

Such is the fragility of evil...
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Royta » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:08 pm

Can confirm, watched most of it live and the run is fully legit in my eyes. Was there when the PC crashed. I don't think I've ever been as terrified when you went up against Liz and Zed near the end. When you fell into the lava, fuck me that was tense.

Honestly never thought this would be possible. Only game that hasn't been zero-deathed now of this calibur would be Vanquish on God Hard I think (single segment). Seriously man, fantastic job. One thing that I did find interesting was that your stream was the first time someone got to chapter 5, and immediately that was the winning run. Showing that the game's hardest parts really are the first 3-4 chapters imo, which is what I've always felt.

Again: golden run, you should be proud!
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Post by Farnham The Drunk » Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:33 pm

Royta wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:08 pm
Can confirm, watched most of it live and the run is fully legit in my eyes.
Thank u man, especially for supporting the fact that it truly is a single segment run... Means a lot!
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Royta » Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:41 pm

No problem man and if anyone doubts it send them my way! ;)
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Royta » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:18 am

Farnham The Drunk wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:33 pm
Royta wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:08 pm
Can confirm, watched most of it live and the run is fully legit in my eyes.
Thank u man, especially for supporting the fact that it truly is a single segment run... Means a lot!
Btw any chance you'll upload the full run on YT or something similar? Would love to rewatch it again on there and share it around.
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:40 pm

Royta wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:18 am
Farnham The Drunk wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:33 pm
Royta wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:08 pm
Can confirm, watched most of it live and the run is fully legit in my eyes.
Thank u man, especially for supporting the fact that it truly is a single segment run... Means a lot!
Btw any chance you'll upload the full run on YT or something similar? Would love to rewatch it again on there and share it around.
I just uploaded a little compilation video on YouTube, but i do not plan to upload the full 12h run, since i can only upload 15 min videos and because the run is already on twitch, everybody can just watch it there ;-) i linked it in the compilation video as well... And the first 3 hours are unwatchable anyway because of lag... A real shame but it is what it is...

Funny/Rage Compilation:


Enjoy lol
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Murphy's Ghost » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:55 pm

That's pretty wild, congrats.
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by Farnham The Drunk » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:01 pm

Murphy's Ghost wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:55 pm
That's pretty wild, congrats.
Thank u mate!
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by JTB123 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:36 am

Congrats on bringing this down man, I'll watch as much as I can over the weekend :thumb:
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Post by Farnham The Drunk » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:17 am

JTB123 wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:36 am
Congrats on bringing this down man, I'll watch as much as I can over the weekend :thumb:
Thank u mate! Enjoy! (Oh, beware the raging screams with a not so good mic, just in case u wear headphones lol)
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Post by Farnham The Drunk » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:43 pm

Btw, i updated the rules for a 'No Despawn' run of this challenge, since i am practicing that right now... I just wanted to make some things clear that might raise some questions...
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Post by Farnham The Drunk » Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:43 am

Well, what can i say... I completed the The Challenge of a Thousand Gods as well haha... I just finished it and I am way too tired to say anything epic right now haha... i linked my run in my initial post, just above the leaderboard if anyone is interested... DONE
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Re: The Challenge of the Gods

Post by d_Nought » Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:44 pm

And almost everyone on stream thought you were gonna give up when you accidentally dropped into the mage/IS fight in chapter 3 :flame:

To quote JTB from one of his speedruns (I think NGB MN)? "Always play out your runs"
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