Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Song and Event Tracking Spreadsheets

OK - I think I've sort of figured out how I can show you guys how I'm keeping track of my progress for now. This is an Excel spreadsheet that I made to track my scores on individual songs. Pretty self-explanatory as far as what I'm tracking. The green shaded rows are songs I've played in Events. Yellow shaded rows are encores. Pink is for the four songs I've got on deck for my next event (which I'm putting off until I get at least a little closer to really being able to play the songs well).

I apparently haven't filled in many of the blanks yet, but I will. This just gives you an idea of where I'm heading. I actually made a whole Excel workbook with individual pages for each event and each song. Here's what it all looks like, for those of you who are really interested in just how geeked out I can get:

Song Artist Qualifying Score Current Score Date First Played Event #
A More Perfect Union Titus Andronicus
Angela Jarvis Cocker 4
Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz 16400 6
Between the Lines Stone Temple Pilots
Boss Chris Lee
Boys Don't Cry The Cure 1
Breed Nirvana 28800 5
Burnished White Denim
California Brain RapScallions
Carol of the Bells Seth Chapla
Chimney Yellow Moon Band The
Do You Remember Horrors The 61800 5
Freebird Lynyrd Skynyrd
Go With the Flow Queens of the Stone Age 2
Gobbledigook Sigur Rós
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Brian Adam McCune
Good Enough Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
High and Dry Radiohead 25200 6
Higher Ground Red Hot Chilli Peppers 2
House of the Rising Sun The Animals
I Can't Hear You Dead Weather The 3
I Got Mine Black Keys The
I Miss You Incubus
I Want Some More Dan Auerbach 4
Icky Thump White Stripes The
In Bloom Nirvana 2
Islands xx The
Jules Seth Chapla
Me and the Bean Spoon
Mean Bitch Taddy Porter 6
Next Girl Black Keys The 1
Number Thirteen Red Fang 4
Outshined Soundgarden 4
Panic Switch Silversun Pickups
Play with Fire Rolling Stones The 4
Plug In Baby Muse 5
Rebel Rebel David Bowie 19500 6
Ricochet Brian Adam McCune
Run Back to Your Side Eric Clapton
Satisfaction Rolling Stones The 1
Six AM Salvation Versus Them
Slither Velvet Revolver
Slow Hands Interpol 3
Song 2 Blur
Space Ostrich Disonaur
Step Out of the Car Boxer Rebellion The
Sunshine of Your Love Cream
Surf Hell Little Barrie 3
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
The Spider and the Fly Rolling Stones The 
The Star Spangled Banner Seth Chapla
Under Cover of Darkness Strokes The
Unnatural Selection Muse 4
Use Somebody Kings of Leon 3
Vasoline Stone Temple Pilots 3
We Share the Same Skies The Cribs
We Three Kings Versus Them
Well OK Honey Jenny O
When I'm with You Best Coast 31100 5
Where is My Mind? Pixies 4

Here's my Event tracking spreadsheet (Typical for me, I switched color schemes mid-stream and encores on the Event tracker are shown in green instead of yellow. I might fix that.):
Event Location The Mousehole
Date Played 1/14/2012
Song Artist Score
Satisfaction Rolling Stones 73052
Next Girl Black Keys 67211
Boys Don't Cry Cure 32372
Event Score:  172635

And, here's one of my individual song tracking spreadsheets (songs are linked to all Event spreadsheets where that song was played):

Title Satisfaction
Artist Rolling Stones
Qualifying Score
Event 1
Date Score % Streak Notes
1/14/2012 73052
1/19/2012 72782
1/22/2012 73468
2/5/2012 74262 93 83
2/5/2012 74313 95 149
2/5/2012 76611 97 148
2/5/2012 108484 99 272 Master Mode Unlocked (Chord Arr)

I'm by no means suggesting that this kind of tracking should be built into Rocksmith! This is just for me. But, I would like to see something a little more than the Line Graph from Nowhere. I actually have some very specific ideas about what I would like to see the folks at Ubisoft add - but they'll have to contact me about that. I'm not giving my design up for some free DLC and an extra cord.

I get that progress is measured in RS partly by the number of pedals and guitars you unlock along the way. However, given that you never see the guitars (unless you dig through the menu to find them), those don't do a lot for me. My scheme would make those a little more visible to players.

I consider the tone unlocks and the whole Amp mode to be a huge selling point for RS. Where else are you gonna get that many effects pedals for $80? Still, for me, the pedals aren't very good in-game incentives or progress markers because, like the guitars, I never see them. They get unlocked and disappear into the Amp section where I don't go (yet). At least the pedals/tones actually DO something. The guitars are just eye candy. Cool eye candy, though.

At some point, I'd like something a little more visual and something that gives me a better overall sense of what I've accomplished in the Journey. And, if the folks at Ubisoft would like to talk to me about my idea for that, they're welcome to give me a call!


  1. I'm enjoying your blog because I'm a huge Rocksmith fan. I think the game is tremendously under-rated.

    I'm sure you have some great ideas, but I don't think Ubisoft is going to be putting you on the payroll any time soon. It would be rare for a game developer to bring in a third party idea guy, y'know. There is a big feedback thread on the official site, and I'm sure they are going to draw on that for the sequel (there will be a sequel, right?). They obviously have some amazing talent behind the game, and I'm sure their small team will grow significantly for the next game.

    I would love for them to step up the visuals, but it's definitely a secondary consideration. I don't expect it to approach Guitar Hero levels of production, with 3D character models and such. Too much focus on character design and cosmetic unlocks could take away the main focus. I want to focus on playing guitar well, not trying to max out a score to gain access to this or that.

    Anyway, that is my two cents. Nice work on the blog!

    1. Thanks. And, I totally agree. I wouldn't want to sacrifice the content of RS for visual appeal. So, I'll probably just keep geek-rocking on my spreadsheets.