Karnov Forum  /  Low % Potential Rules
  burst_errorburst_error
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Ok, before I get in too deep here with Low % routing, what might be some potential rules for a Low% run?

Other than the required items to progress (ladder for level 7, 3 pairs of wings for level 8 ) - Is it ok to pick up items and just not use them? or be forced to avoid them entirely?
And if you must avoid any unneeded items, must you only pick up the ladder/wings in the level where you must use them in?

And what about picking up Ks? I think the only unavoidable ones are in Level 7 after you fall through the floor. In some quick testing, the fewest I can seem get through that section is 6 of them (one of the Ks on the stairs is pretty tight but avoidable). ​

Avoiding items makes for an interesting added challenge and forces a different path than Any% but at the same time I don't want to completely scare off anyone who wants to try Low% at all. Let me know what y'all think!

 
  DragondarchDragondarch

I was thinking you could get the required items at any point you wanted, but more than needed.
K's would be allowed since there's a few you can't avoid, and they don't actually help you.
No other pickups would be allowed.

I can see the argument for allowing you to pick items up but not use them, but as you said, having to avoid them could lead to some interesting routing.

If you're down for playing around with it a bit, I'd love to hear the results.

 
  hirexenhirexen

Yes, in my opinion low% corresponds to using just basic weapon and only items, which are necessary and as Dragondarch said, K can be hardly considered as item pluus it doesn't help in any way. Well, you can actually get extra life from them, but that would be a little exaggerating and additional life wouldn't help in any way in technically optimal run.

As for just picking up items, I would be more down to allowing picking them, just not using it. It feels more according to low%, where it's still low%, if nothing additional is utilized plus most of the boards I know have this rule implemented (Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania or Darkwing Duck, where it was actually recently changed to picking weapons just not using them).

However, I'm fine here with setting rule this or that way, depends what most people like.

 
  burst_errorburst_error

Sweet, thanks for the quick responses guys. I will hopefully try some runs pretty soon!

 
  burst_errorburst_error

first Low% run completed!

Very fun. Tons of places to save time of course, I'll keep working on this. level 6 boss fight was ridiculous XD

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  hirexenhirexen

Nice, congrats on first ever finished low% run. I already added category and your run there with rules, so that you cannot pick up anything expect K's and necessary items as we agreed.

 
  burst_errorburst_error

Cool, thanks much!

 
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