HOLY COW! I just posted (finally) and was trying to get a final design working right up to the last second (I realize I still have some time but this is last minute enough for me!!). Man, now I'm really nervous! That was the first time I really actually added up all my levels together and I was pleasantly surprised! I did much better than I had thought I would! On at least two or three of my solutions I am relatively sure there is no leeway whatsoever on any of the elements, I would think that this phenomena should lead to lots of similar designs that are practically indistinguishable. For instance I solved one level and was semi-pleased but could NOT squeeze a single tick or point out of it. So after a day or two I started the level again from scratch with the same idea but hoping that I would somehow make it more efficient if I wasn't tied to the "old solution". I spent some time on it and got it working and it had the same exact time! I was impressed so I opened the old solution and the new one in two windows and I swear I could not tell them apart in any way. I know this isn't saying much because I obviously made them both, but it was several days apart and I was not referencing the first one when I made the second... That little experience has prepared me to see several different approaches to each level but I would bet that the solutions will fall into groups and within each group they will all be really really close. I feel for you weasel !
I hope that doesn't make the top 10 uniform and un-interesting! I saw somewhere on this thread where someone suggested listing the highest scoring, or the fantastic-est contraption. I think that's a great idea!!! That's the kind of competition I need! ha!
Tweaking Tip: I found that I could make adjustments of less than one pixel if I used Firefox's zoom feature as well as FC's zooming. Not that having the possibility of tweaking another million variables really helps, except for a few times when a one pixel adjustment is an over adjustment.
Nice find nathanwitte! I figured this one out just this evening! I wasn't sure if it really was moving them fractions of a pixel or unit or if it just appeared that way... When you say "firefox's zoom" do you mean when you right-click on a flash movie and it gives you the option to zoom in? I think that is an option of Flash not Firefox, though I wouldn't put it past firefox to have such an add-on am I missing out on a bit of firefox awesomeness?
I believe the important factor in the order of the pieces is in the joints. Joints don't have the pieces share the same plane, but instead stack.
I agree but I found something else odd as well and I don't know if it has to do with joints or not. When I was attempting to solve a level with only
's I had this ridiculous cascade of balls that did all sorts of things (and did none of them well). Anyway, I suppose just to see what would happen I connected a water rod to the center of one of the wheels, deleted the wheel, replaced the wheel with it's center snapped on the end of the rod again, then deleted the rod and played the contraption. I got completely different results. That surprised me. could have something to do with the joint being made then deleted? I have no clue.
Anyway I took so long writing so much it is nearly midnight! Hooray!