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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby RufusA » Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:15 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:Get the highest score in the game and they say you'll win a bottle of Whyte & Mackay.

Except I scored 546 and the board hasn't updated.*shrug*.


I emailed Whyte And Mackay about this competition when the score reached 798 which I felt was *extremely* unlikely!

They ignored me.

The current high score - 847 is IMHO *impossible*. Simon Hartl has managed to shoot all of the lions with perfect accuracy in less than 3 elapsed seconds! On my computer you don't even get to see a 1/4 of the lions in that time.

If they have been using the same competition for a few months then Mr Forit, with a score of 889 was IMHO a cheat!

So should I:

a) Ignore it, and let live.
b) Email Whyte and Mackay for a second time.
c) Submit my own ficticious high score with a ficticious name!

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:30 pm

New Photo Competition now online at The Whisky Channel:

http://www.thewhiskychannel.com/detail.php?id=310
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:43 pm

butephoto wrote:New Photo Competition now online at The Whisky Channel:

http://www.thewhiskychannel.com/detail.php?id=310


Thanks for pointing this out butephoto.

Also congrats for winning competition number 3! :thumbsup:
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:17 pm

RufusA wrote:
TreacleSponge wrote:Get the highest score in the game and they say you'll win a bottle of Whyte & Mackay.

Except I scored 546 and the board hasn't updated.*shrug*.


I emailed Whyte And Mackay about this competition when the score reached 798 which I felt was *extremely* unlikely!

They ignored me.

The current high score - 847 is IMHO *impossible*. Simon Hartl has managed to shoot all of the lions with perfect accuracy in less than 3 elapsed seconds!

How do you know it took 3 seconds?
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby RufusA » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:44 pm

[quote="TreacleSponge]How do you know it took 3 seconds?[/quote]

Extrapolation!

There are 14 lions to hit:

8 * 30 points (top row)
6 * 20 points (middle row)
4 * 10 points (bottom row)

= 400 points

Except one of the top lions is always a goldern one:

= 400 - 30 + 100 = 470 points

Then you get a bonus award for however much time there is left on the clock!

Having played it a good few times and noted my finish time, I can estimate with some accuracy that you can get a maximum bonus score of 400 additional points (assuming no time has elapsed).

Therefore for a score of 847 he would have gained a bonus time score of 377!

377 / 400 * 10 "virtual minutes" = 9m25s left on clock.

So shot all lions in first 35 virtual seconds.

As a "virtual minute" lasts 5 real seconds, then 35/60 * 5 = "< 3 secs"! :shock:

(well you did ask)!

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:51 am

I didn't know how to figure out the time bonus, so thanks for doing the maths :thumbsup:

I had another go and noticed the scoreboard seems to update randomly so I took some screenies...

On the right you can see I was 7th with 687, then (on the left) I'd scored 669. But the 699 has never shown up:
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And now later on I'm 7th again, instead of the new 681 score being 8th and shuffling #10 off the board.
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It's almost as if there are 9 names which are always on the board, and I can only get a score listed if it means the other 9 don't move off the board. I know it doesn't matter because it's not close to the top score, but still it's peculiar. Does the same happen to you, Rufus?
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby RufusA » Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:16 pm

The score board update isn't actually random, just a little annoying!

They are using EmailWorkz to manage the scores, but can only hold one score per unique email address! So if you score 699 (sharp shooting) then get 683, the 683 will overwrite the 699 unless you use a different email address! Even worse if your new score isn't a high one your name will fall off the leader board.

If using a web proxy the game has a habit of caching the highscore results. So what you see on screen may not be the current high scores (unless you close the browser and reload).

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:47 pm

Ohhhh, now I get it. Still quite annoying tho :?
RufusA wrote: So if you score 699 (sharp shooting) ...

Thank you, I like to think my days playing Time Crisis on the PSone & PS2 haven't been wasted :P
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby RufusA » Mon May 12, 2008 1:54 pm

Just had a reply from Whyte and Mackay regarding their shooting competition game. They have now removed the prize element of the game ("Don't phone, it's just for fun."), due to all the cheating that was clearly going on!

They have also kindly agreed to post me a bottle of whisky for letting them know - which is nice!

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Thu May 15, 2008 3:39 pm

RufusA wrote:Just had a reply from Whyte and Mackay regarding their shooting competition game. They have now removed the prize element of the game ("Don't phone, it's just for fun."), due to all the cheating that was clearly going on!

I think it's only me that plays anyway... All the scores except the top one are mine :o . Something odd might have been happening because the only time a new name got on the scoreboard is when I knocked the high scorer off the top spot. It's just odd because no-one else is getting on the scoreboard apart from someone who immediately scored incredibly well once I got to the top. Oh, actually that might just be sour grapes ;)

OK, how about our own competition... all the names I've used on the scoreboard come from a book, song, film or game. Name the recreational thingy that they're each from.
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 21, 2008 12:07 pm

Balvenie have been hitting the Father's Day promotional trail with a vengeance. Here's a couple for now, and more when I find them ;)

http://www.allaboutyou.com/competitions ... etition/v1

https://countrylife.ipcmediasecure.com/ ... tions/4484
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Willie JJ » Wed May 21, 2008 5:42 pm

took me 4 goes to get the form for the Country Life competition right. Every time it rejected it something else was deleted and I never noticed. :headbang:

I gave up on the other as I kept getting an error message.

Gee, I'm so technical. :roll:
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Re: Whisky Competitions

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 22, 2008 2:43 pm

Oh, and scroll down on this page to win 4.5L of Famous Grouse...*ahem*...

http://www.keystore.co.uk/competitions.html
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 22, 2008 2:43 pm

butephoto wrote:Oh, and scroll down on this page to win 4.5L of Famous Grouse...*ahem*...

http://www.keystore.co.uk/competitions.html


(The empties go for a couple of quid on ebay...haha!)
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:58 am

butephoto wrote:Thanks!

Another comp - win this book:

Image

Here - http://www.maturetimes.co.uk/node/5343


A copy of this just arrived at my work! Things do indeed come in threes!

I'm thinking that there aren't many people doing whisky competitions...
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:19 pm

'Grats Bute, you do well with these competitions :) Much better than me, as I've still won nowt!

Win one of 100 bottles of HP18. You need to register with Classic FM first, and enter by 25th June.
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Ryguy » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:10 pm

For those who are interested there is a Caption Competition running until June 30th on the Friends Of Laphroaig website here. Winner receives a free Laphroaig mousemat.

http://www.laphroaig.com/friends/fun/ca ... on_contest

Good Luck, and have fun!
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:39 pm

Forget about you mouse mat if your looking for a propper prize check out the Bushmills competition.....


http://www.bushmillstrek.com/index2.html

..... a 3 month trip around the world..... :o

Now that's what I call a prize

only bad bit of news is that it appears to be only open to residents of Ireland & northern Ireland.
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby DavidH » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:06 pm

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:Now that's what I call a prize

Sounds like punishment to me :o
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:40 pm

Enter your Jack Daniels cocktail recipe for a chance to win a case of JD.
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:02 am

Me too, I'm just filling in until Bute finds us something good to win :P
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:46 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:Me too, I'm just filling in until Bute finds us something good to win :P


How about a CASE of Springbank?

http://www.mansized.co.uk/win/competition.phtml/42

:P
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:28 pm

Win one of these:

Tomintoul 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, Old Pultney 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, and 2 x Benromach Traditional Single Malt Whisky

http://thegreenwellystop.co.uk/Competition/
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:29 pm

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:35 pm

I have entered all three so if you don't then I'm going to win them all again!

8)
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:03 am

I like that shooting game at Dalmore, but I aslso tried the darts.

Why does that hand keep floating around in opposite directions to my mouse movements.
In fact, why does it float around even when the mouse is static? :twisted:


Not a whisky competition, but Sabine has taken to entering all kinds of competitons.
her first prize arrived this morning.
A large, bright purple bean bag thingy for the garden :?
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:59 pm

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:17 pm

butephoto wrote:I have entered all three so if you don't then I'm going to win them all again!

8)

Good stuff Bute, I wasn't much good at holding the fort so glad you're back on form. Now I just have to work at winning something! :)
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:23 am

Another caption comp up on the Arran website:

http://www.arranwhisky.com/MonthlyCompetition.aspx
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Leither » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:33 pm

Well done to ODOG (I think it must be the same one!):

http://www.whiskygrotto.com/

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby orangedogofglory » Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:08 am

haha... was wondering if this would be spotted.

I've enjoyed Johan's site for a while, mostly because I find it to really complement other sites I like, such as this forum and John Hansell's site. So when he started the community there, I figured I'd be active, as I've found that being active here has led to a large number of benefits.

I'm pretty excited about winning - I haven't had anything from Auchentoshan before. :D

...and the name is just a little typo... no worries though 8)
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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:45 am

Congrats!

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Re: Whisky Competitions

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Re: Whisky Competitions

Postby TreacleSponge » Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:03 pm

Win a holiday from Visit Scotland including Bruichladdich tour, bottle of Laddie, Arran tour, bottle of Arran, plus £350 spends.

One entry per household. Closes 30/04/09.

From the website...
    Win a 6-night break on the Whisky Coast.

    In a perfect partnership, VisitScotland and The Whisky Coast in association with Bruichladdich are offering you the chance to win a perfect get-away, including £350 spending money!

    This fantastic prize includes a 6-night break for 2 people on the west coast Whisky Trail known as The Whisky Coast. It blends incredible Scottish scenery, amazing wildlife, restaurants, visitor attractions and the finest hotels with the best single malt whiskies for a truly unforgettable break.
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