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Europe 20,000 Km Challenge

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    1. Darin, you’ve increased the zoom up which is pointless for this quiz. Sorry if I was not clear enough… the map should be larger so that the markers won’t cover it too much. So, an increase of zooming in. Yes, some city names will appear but this is not so much a guessing cities quiz so no problem.

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  1. @Fojin, that’s a shame. Feel free to send me your route and I will try it out for you ;)))
    @soundscape – I agree with you on Russia. I’m not even sure if Nizhny Novgorod was a wise choice, although it is relatively close to Moscow and I knew three other cities “on the way” (Dzerzhinsk, Vladimir and Elektrostal). Anyway, Moscow is a must. Anyway, if I wanted to beat your current high score, I’d have to accumulate an average of 5514 people per km, i.e. there should be a city of 551,400 every 100km, which means that a detour of 100km for a 400,000 people city is kind of not worth it. Interesting. The 420-km trip from Moscow to Nizhny Nov via said cities gave me a total population of 2,000,000 people, or an average of 4762 per km, which means that it wasn’t worth it. Damn. 🙂

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    1. That’s some nice calculations you have there… I’m terrible at math. I think that playing both the European largest cities and the European coverage quizzes a lot are key to a good performance here. (just trying the bold tag to see if it works…) As for starting cities, ideally start on a corner, Lisbon, Dublin, St Petersburg or Istanbul. In Europe I always feel more comfortable travelling East-West… it’s only natural, after all Lisbon is my hometown. It’s been two weeks of so since I’ve last played this quiz so I’ll eventually give it a go again soon to try to add another million or so.

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      1. Got you! … almost 😉 Still one million short. This time, I used an entirely different approach (started in Yekaterinburg, conquered the big Russian agglos on the way to Moscow, then up to St Pete, down to Istanbul via Minsk, Kiev and Bucharest, back North via Budapest, Warsaw and Prague to Berlin, down to Rome via the Ruhr and back North to London via Paris. Ended up in London at 19,990 km – neat, uh?

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        1. Good job Anonymous. Yes, it’s a very different strategy when you consider I’ve only used 4 or 5 Russian cities: Moscow, St Petersburg and then a couple more not that big along the way. My route was clearly more Western oriented but apparently both strategies are somewhat equivalent and can be fine-tuned.

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  2. @Fojin, when I started in Russia, I used Nizhny Novgorod as a starting point. Helsinki also seems to work. Sometimes the quiz won’t start, in which case I reload the page – normally solves the problem. Dublin also worked as a starting point, but resulted in a mediocre score 😉

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    1. Russia is to be used with care… go for the obvious big prizes but as for some other cities, large as they might be, you have to travel long distances and waste a lot of km’s. Have you guys tried the US Version? I’m currently 2nd there a world away from the 1st place. Also the US Version but only for largest state cities which is a different beast because you only have 48 fixed cities to play with. Currently also 2nd there by a mere 58 miles.

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  3. Thanks for the advice, soundscape 🙂 I started in Helsinki now, connected the big metro areas (St Pete, Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, Paris, London, etc.), and when I realized that I still had quite a bit of distance left, I went back to Germany/Poland.

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  4. I’m in Germany too. For some strange reasons, the quiz works when I start in Russia or Germany. When attempting to start in other countries, such as the UK, the counter will remain on zero forever. 🙂

    Btw, here’s a challenge for you: What population can you get if your route MUST start in Reykjavik and end in Yekaterinburg?

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      1. For sure… starting the quiz in the middle of the map won’t take you far. I’ve made several attempts on this one but regarding the score that got me the current 1st place I think I’ve started in Lisbon and ended in Helsinki. Strange our Leaderboard leaders mucciniale and blocho haven’t yet give a go at this one. Either they’re having problems too or simply these kind of quizzes are not their cup of tea.

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    1. I think the comments section has a maximum of 5 replies in tree mode so for this one I’ll reply to myself and hopefully my comment will appear below yours. The World 100k km is the real deal… lots of possible routes and even though I got a big score there I’ve crossed the Atlantic twice which is kind of a dumb thing to do.

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        1. Hummm… since both you and Fojin are from Germany and neither can play this game I suspect of an anti-German conspiracy. 🙂 Well seriously, it’s a shame… these km’s challenge quizzes are good fun. Give it a try on another computer if you have the chance.

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          1. Hmm I just did test it on the computer in the office… doesn’t work either 🙁

            Might very well have to do with the location as you said.. but I don’t know why.. route planning is available over here on Google Maps just like everywhere else :-/

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