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The Ultimate Jool 5 Challenge Continued


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On 11/14/2022 at 7:35 PM, JacobJHC said:Have you considered snapping a screenshot of the craft next to a single mammoth engine? It'd be cool to see the craft next to the engine you used as a mass goal. Adding you to the leaderboard now!

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On 11/18/2022 at 5:14 PM, farmerben said:

 

I did landed on all Jool Moons with this massive vessel.

 

 

https://ibb.co/wJCPMB9

That definitely is a big vessel.  Is there more than one picture, perhaps some of the transits and landings?

 

On 11/16/2022 at 5:14 PM, camacju said:

:D

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On 11/20/2022 at 5:24 PM, JacobJHC said:

That definitely is a big vessel.  Is there more than one picture, perhaps some of the transits and landings?

 

:D

Question for you real quick, why ban certain mods, bc for me id say just let people have fun rather than disqualify them to complete the challenge, just add another category for "Casual" basically, no restrictions other than infinite fuel

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On 12/7/2022 at 6:29 PM, kspnerd122 said:

Question for you real quick, why ban certain mods, bc for me id say just let people have fun rather than disqualify them to complete the challenge


Speaking strictly for myself...

Certain mods tilt the playing field and/or reduce or entirely eliminate the challenge...  and the challenge is the point.  To demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge and a certain level of skill.  To make the challenge badge something a player has to work to earn.  To make it a mark of achievement.

And when I did it, I had a blast solving all the engineering and operational challenges.  If that's not what you find fun, the challenge is not for you.

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1 hour ago, DerekL1963 said:


Speaking strictly for myself...

Certain mods tilt the playing field and/or reduce or entirely eliminate the challenge...  and the challenge is the point.  To demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge and a certain level of skill.  To make the challenge badge something a player has to work to earn.  To make it a mark of achievement.

And when I did it, I had a blast solving all the engineering and operational challenges.  If that's not what you find fun, the challenge is not for you.

This. Of course I'm just speaking for myself, in the end it's up to JacobJHC. When the challenge was started it was even harder (since at that time there  ISRU didn't exist) and most mods were forbidden. You had to ask explicitly to get a permission for a certain mod. You also need to put the kerbals in a crew compartmend/pod/capsule/whatever during the interstellar voyage so you coudn't do everything just with a space chair. (1)
When JacobJHC took over he decided to change these rules (space chairs are allowed for interplanetary voyage too, most mods are allowed with some expections). Some mods are still forbidden and Jacobs reasoning is quite understandable:

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Prohibited Mods (powerful enough to make the challenge trivial, or too confusing to judge): 

If there is nothing to judge there is not an archivement, if the mods are to powerful too. Jool5 is a different game when you can use an Orion device. 
However my Jool5 entry was also part of my submission to the Kerpollo Challenge. That challenge has it's own scoreboard for "rogue" entries (one entry used KOS violating a challenge rule but getting a kind of honourable mention since KOS is it's own challenge). However as far I remember you didn't got the badge in that way (ok one entry of the rogue list did but he didn't violated any rules, he just completed the challenge in two (!) of the needed nine missions, continuing with the remaining missions for fun)
So if JacobJHC like to add such a thing this might be a compromise. 
However I would prefer that these entries don't warrant the same badge (different one would be fine) since as I said: Jool5 with a kraken device or a Orion engine is a different thing.

Edit: I feel stupid now. This challenge has already such a list:

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GATECRASHER / HONORARY MENTIONS: Missions completed the mission in spirit but didn't meet every requirement.

@kspnerd122 Why don't you just do something cool and submit it for the gatecrashers list? This seems like the right place for it.

Regards, Jost.

(1) Don't get this in the wrong way: With the old rule extreme low mass entry (14 tons and below) woudn't be possible so the new rule isn't a bad thing per se. Some folks however seem to see it as reason to "go the easy" route although they clearly have the skills to do it with regular compartments. Low mass is a different beast: It need's a lot of skill to pull these things off. I don't have these skills so much respect and kudos to the low mass engineers  :)

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I feel stupid we have already a gatecrashers highscore list *sigh*
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3 hours ago, Richmountain112 said:

Why is atomic Age banned? Is it because the Nuclear Lightbulb is OP?

That's probably the main reason. Engines from mods like Atomic Age are much better than stock ones and have practically no downside, so using them means you're not really doing the same challenge.

3 hours ago, Richmountain112 said:

Also with regards to Jool, I installed a mod which gives it biomes.

As long as you're not changing Jool's physical properties, this shouldn't matter unless you're doing a run on Jeb's Level. If you are, adding biomes to Jool does nothing but give you an unfair advantage over the other competitors because you have access to more science.

On the other hand, if you used the mod to add additional challenge by doing something like gathering low atmosphere reports from all the biomes, that would probably merit a spot in the gatecrasher leaderboard.

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On 12/7/2022 at 9:29 PM, kspnerd122 said:

Question for you real quick, why ban certain mods, bc for me id say just let people have fun rather than disqualify them to complete the challenge, just add another category for "Casual" basically, no restrictions other than infinite fuel

Basically any mod except OP mods are allowed. The Gatecrashers / honorary mentions category is pretty much for casual or rule-breaking runs.

On 12/18/2022 at 7:13 PM, Richmountain112 said:

Why is atomic Age banned? Is it because the Nuclear Lightbulb is OP?

Also with regards to Jool, I installed a mod which gives it biomes. I wonder why Jool has no biomes in the Stock game when several modders have made gas planets with biomes.

Yeah it's because of the lightbulb.

Yeah not sure why Jool doesn't have biomes either, would be easy to add.

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On 1/25/2023 at 3:09 AM, Alpaca Z said:

Video submission for low mass Jool 5 mission.

5.82 ton (excluding pilot mass) at launch. After a painfully long time, I was finally able to break Bradley Whistance record on this.

 

Congratulations on a record breaking Jool 5 mission!

You video was very well narrated and broke down your reasoning and potential improvements in an easy to understand way.  I think the most interesting thing you did was not use air-breathing engines for Laythe. The method you used saved weight and was not something many of us have considered. Congratulations on this achievement!

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Hi, I'm currently working towards posting my first submission to this challenge! However, I have some questions regarding the rules:

On 3/17/2018 at 12:03 AM, JacobJHC said:

2. No part-clipping of functional parts (fuel tanks, batteries, crew pods, engines, science parts, SAS) into each other. It is okay to clip structural and non-functional parts, wings, and heat shields.

Does ladders (such as Kelus-LV Bay Mobility Enhancer) under a faring, that once deployed, goes though the faring are considered a violation of this rule?

 

On 3/17/2018 at 12:03 AM, JacobJHC said:

All launches must be flown!

If I have to use MechJeb Smart. AS module to stabilize my ship, would it break this rule? I'm unsure of what this rules means:confused:

Thanks for answering me!

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