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Fastest solutions!

Postby Imrahil on Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:36 pm

I've looked all over the forums, but wasn't able to actually find a "fastest" solutions Thread.
What do I mean with that?
Well, frequently someone asks for the "best" solution, that is usually the solution the Person finds the most elegant one.
I was fooling around with two friends when we wanted to start a competition for the best solution, the easiest way to compare two solutions is: which one is faster?
So we made some tests and came up with these:
Fastest solutions:
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby harborpirate on Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:03 pm

This will be much more difficult to measure since the app doesn't display the number of frames (calculation iterations), and there are a number of different CPU types and speeds. Still, you could at least get a pretty good idea of what solutions are faster even if we won't know exactly which design is faster once they get close enough to each other.
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Speedemon on Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:08 pm

Wow, that big ball one is fast!

I think i made your reach up solution faster: http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=20132 ( I think)
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Silver on Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:24 pm

I thought of this too but decided without an in game clock of some kind it would just be too subjective to people with stopwatches since most levels could end up divided by milliseconds.
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby harborpirate on Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:47 pm

Silver wrote:I thought of this too but decided without an in game clock of some kind it would just be too subjective to people with stopwatches since most levels could end up divided by milliseconds.


Exactly what I was trying to say, but far better worded.
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby weasel on Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:43 pm

Perhaps mister Pacifist could introduce some scoring... Ticks divided by parts, or something?

But then that kind of takes away from the magic of the game being so innocent and about fun... it elevates it to competition...
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Imrahil on Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:42 am

I certainly find it interesting, for I have only one "fast" solution (the catapult) that works most of the time.
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=21723 <- awash
@Speedemon: I think your's is faster too ;)
About the stopwatch-thing: I use AutoIt to start two runs in seperate Browser instances.
The one that finishs first is most of the time obvious ;)
And believe me, usually the timedifference between two setups is big enough to be seen by the naked eye.
Once I finished 5-10 runs (depends on how big the gap is) I choose the faster by the average result!
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Travholt on Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:44 am

My Big Ball solution is pretty fast, and faster than the first one posted here:

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=30080
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Circonflexe on Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:13 am

I've got a very fast non-catapult Unpossible here. (Some catapults are probably even faster, but that's much less fun than a giant elevator).

http://fantasticcontraption.com/?designId=40147

I like how the bike jumps over the ridge, without bumping into it as did most of my previous trials with bikes. This initial momentum makes dragging the chain that much easier. (It might be made a bit faster by shortening the chain a bit).
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby malloc on Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:02 am

I have a fast Rolling Away. Micht be faster than the one posted.
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=71519
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby holmstrom on Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:33 am

Good initiative imrahil, despite it being kinda hard to measure at the moment. I gotta say though your catapult designs are fascinating - you're using gravity a lot to your advantage, something I usually don't when doing catapults... thanks for the inspiration!
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby wabash9000 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:31 am

This is faster than any of the rolling away's so far but it is defiantly overdone but I like it.
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=73711
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Oscuro on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:43 am

Here's one for Handling to get the ball rolling:
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=73848

And Mission to Mars:
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=73957
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby markkraft on Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:57 am

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=74687

Here's a faster Mars Shot... though it seems slower, because more things are happening on the screen.

I compared speed by putting a falling log in the screen, to judge it vs. the previous Mars Shot. It's pretty much the best way I find, since there are no other truely reliable ways at this moment... and gravity is a constant.
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby NightStryke on Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:49 pm

I tweaked my Four Balls contraption a bit, making it slightly faster:

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=70201

It takes about 7.5 seconds by my computer (no lag, so I assume that's the right time).
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby mgatten on Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:22 pm

I didn't see this thread when I made my Speed Demons thread. Sorry 'bout that.

Anyway, here's my Mind the Gap: http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=70004

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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Hrothgar on Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:33 pm

an Around the Bend slam dunk! Pretty fast I think.. (also posted in the Catapult thread)
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=39419
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby thetank on Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:40 pm

Heres a fast "four balls" of mine that uses little windmills!

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=69221
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby Craptastic on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:37 pm

How about the simplest fastest?

This is Mission to Mars. I can't get anything simpler to work.

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=81617
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Re: Fastest solutions!

Postby EspressoMilitia on Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:05 pm

The OP stairs doesn't seem to be working now, but this is a fast stairs:

http://fantasticcontraption.com/?designId=7188

with two cars and a motorcycle! I found it on the "overly complicated solutions" page, but it is also very fast.
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