Something new for QuakeCon 2013: The QuakeCon Trials!

QuakeCon Trials, a series of daily trials taking place in QuakeCon’s exhibit hall that will test the skills of players in notable games from Bethesda/id Software, will make its debut at QuakeCon 2013!

Across six challenges of varying difficulty, you’ll compete for a share of fortune and glory, with prizes that include: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards, raffle cards for a chance to win one of two 2013 Ford Focus ST3s, plus additional prizes from our exhibitors and sponsors. Winners from each of the six trials will also have a chance to win a $2,000 gaming rig from XOTIC PC!

Unlike The Wizard,we’re giving you a head start on what you’ll be playing. Practice up on these trials!

Thursday August 1st, 2013

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Opening Sewer

Scenario: Using a created save, all users will start from the moment following character creation within the player’s prison cell. Players will be timed on how quickly they can get to the end of the sewer level (where they’re asked one last time to adjust their character information).

Level of Difficulty: Normal (default difficulty)

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time.

Wolfenstein 3D Level 1:

Scenario: Players will be timed on how quickly they can get through the first level of Wolfenstein 3D while completing all side tasks.

Level of Difficulty: “Bring ‘em on!” difficulty

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Players must have 100% kill ratio, secret ratio, and treasure ratio to place.  Best times (1st through 3rd) win based on the in-game time displayed upon completing the level.

Friday August 2nd, 2013

Dishonored – Coldridge Prison

Scenario: Players must play through the first level of Dishonored in a stealthy fashion and in the fastest time.

Level of Difficulty: Normal (default difficulty)

Controls: Keyboard/mouse or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: Between hostiles and civilians, no more than two can be killed to place – based upon stats screen at the completion of the level. Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time. Timer ends as soon as the mission checkmark is displayed (upon meeting Samuel the Boatman).

RAGE – Mutant Bash (Chamber of Laughs)

Scenario: From the “Scenario Selection” players will compete in the first leg Bash TV (Chamber of Laughs) using the “Settler Loadout”.

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Controls: Keyboard/mouse or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: The players with the three highest scores at completion will win.

Saturday August 3rd, 2013

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The First Dragon

Scenario: Travelling from Whiterun, players will battle the game’s first dragon, Mirmulnir on Legendary difficulty.

Level of Difficulty: Legendary Difficulty

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time.

DOOM Level E4M5:

Scenario: Players will be timed on how quickly they can get through this level of DOOM while killing all enemies and getting and finding all the level’s secrets.

Level of Difficulty: Ultra Violent Difficult

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win based on the in-game time displayed upon completing the level. Must achieve 100% kill and secret ratio.

The QuakeCon Trials will run during exhibit hall hours Thursday through Saturday. Exhibit hall hours are:

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10 am – 6 pm
Friday, August 2 2013 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, August 3, 2013 10 am – 6 pm

Visit here for the QuakeCon Trials rules.

Reader Comments

  1. Time to put my speedrunning skills to use! *rubs hands deviously*

    On another note, how will the Skyrim trial work? Will there be premade saves for us to use or can we customize traits?

    • Pre-made save (about mid level 5) right before the dragon attack. On Legendary it’s pretty tough — one solid spray of dragon fire and you may be dead.

      • Okay great! Along with that then, what kind of traits and equipment will the save file have? Will it be focused in one area of combat, and if so, which?

        • Off the top of my head (it’s a “gstaff” save), I was about a level 5 1/2, and had select basic perks in heavy armor, destruction, restoration, and one-handed combat — I tend to do that each and every time I start a character.

          He’s got about 6 minor health potion, 1 more magicka. He’s got a bow with enough arrows to put a dent into the dragon.

          I hadn’t played much on Legendary Edition until setting up the save. I probably died 5 times before I succesfully beat the dragon… probably took 10 minutes, too.

          • Nope, but they’re fairly easy to replicate. With the Skyrim one. It’s not much more than going through the beginning and making your way straight to Bleakfalls and then Whiterun.

            Note with DOOM — you’ll start with a pistol.

  2. What constitutes “a stealthy fashion” in Dishonored? Do you have to get the achievement for not alerting any guards? Or can you alert them as long as you don’t start combat?