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CAVE Shop / Re: Cave Arcade Sales Tracker Spreadsheet
« Last post by EOJ on July 24, 2019, 03:28:52 PM »
Ibara Kuro with art (in bad condition) sold for 348,000 yen at auction (one bid). Doesn’t look like a proxy bidder.

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v652050093
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CAVE Games / Re: The "what Cave game(s) are you playing right now?" thread
« Last post by Monouchi on July 23, 2019, 01:32:03 AM »
I agree with DFK being the best Pachi.
I need to continue to hunt that 2-All, reaching that black start of the second loop is such a hype.

And Ibara, well I wont comment on that. Im too much of a fanboy. :)
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CAVE Games / Re: The "what Cave game(s) are you playing right now?" thread
« Last post by EOJ on July 23, 2019, 12:49:08 AM »
I'm playing a lot of DFK 1.5 with B-Strong these days. I'm making progress slowly. I really love SDOJ for its simplicity, but overall, I've come to the realization that DFK 1.5 is the best Donpachi. Tremendous depth, very fun scoring, two loops, amazing graphics/sound. It checks all the boxes.

In other news, I sold my Ibara Kuro because I gave up on trying to beat my old score. Best I could muster was 99 million. It is a fun game to bust out for a 1CC once in awhile, but the scoring system is incredibly frustrating when you start attempting high-level routines -- you need both a good deal of luck and extremely precise rhythmic tapping (with both buttons and directionals). I would have kept it, but it goes for over $3000....I don't keep things that expensive unless I intend to play them seriously (for score). I could write a lot more in detail about what I love and hate about this game. Maybe someday. As a final note, it took me 10+ years but now I know the original Ibara is the better game, which, along with the fact it is worth about a third or fourth the price of Kuro, is why for the time being I have kept it.
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Strategy / Re: Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu 1.5 Strategy
« Last post by EOJ on July 22, 2019, 06:09:57 PM »
WR holder T2 recently posted something on twitter that gives insight into top level B-Strong scoring.

https://twitter.com/snnmay/status/1145360501095841792

He notes the following are the hardest parts of the loops with B-Strong (difficulty ranked from one to five stars), but the implication is they are necessary for WR-level scoring:

-Dodging 2-2 boss opening pattern without a hyper (one star)
-First loop of the 2-3 boss (three stars) *Omote loop only
-Beginning of 2-4 without carrying over (five stars) *Omote loop only
-No (something) on the gatling lasers in 2-5 (three stars) [I don't know what he's referring to with the "no", perhaps no "hyper", or no "autobomb"?]
-No (something) on the last midboss (Dogaku) in 2-5 (two stars) [Maybe no "hyper" or "autobomb" again?]
-Milking second phase of 2-5 boss (four stars)
-Hibachi no bomb (four stars)

So that 2-4 "without carrying over" opening pattern is the hardest thing in either loop. Not really sure exactly what he is talking about here, unfortunately. Maybe hyper level??

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CAVE Games / Re: Video link thread
« Last post by EOJ on July 22, 2019, 05:35:55 PM »
SPE uploaded his Deathsmiles Windia EX WR run on youtube (616mil), check it out!

https://youtu.be/tJ1sy7oWN2s

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CAVE Auctions / Re: Auctions of Interest and PCB Shop Price Lists
« Last post by EOJ on July 20, 2019, 08:46:09 PM »
Another Ibara Kuro PCB (quite a lot of these popping up for sale lately!), this one comes with the original art (in bad condition) and starts at 348,000 yen:

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v652050093
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CAVE Shop / Re: Cave Arcade Sales Tracker Spreadsheet
« Last post by EOJ on July 18, 2019, 11:53:30 PM »
Pink Sweets with original art (no instruction sheet) sold for 185,000 yen at auction (it ended at the buy-now price), to a proxy bidder:

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/q301189510

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High Scores - Competition Style / Re: World Record Scores (Updated 13-July-2019)
« Last post by EOJ on July 17, 2019, 08:45:40 PM »
A new Windia (EX) Deathsmiles WR from SPE!

616,627,259

https://twitter.com/SPE2500/status/1151466593236340736

One death in the castle stage. Still about 700,000 points away from the top score on the X360 port.

With Follett, SPE has demonstrated that the best scores are achieved by playing the last two stages in normal scoring (power up mode), rather than by just staying out of power up and absorbing all the suicide bullets. Though it seems with Windia, in contrast, both methods of scoring lead to very similar results: SPE estimates that optimally he could get around 630 million with both scoring routes.
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CAVE Auctions / Re: Auctions of Interest and PCB Shop Price Lists
« Last post by EOJ on July 17, 2019, 08:37:28 PM »
BEEP has a Mushihimesama kit in stock for 110,000 yen:

https://www.akihabara-beep.com/stock-pcb/

The art is in bad shape (tape marks and bends/rips on everything; pinholes in the POP), but it includes the box (though the box is also in bad shape, with writing and tape marks on it).
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