Here's the situation:
The Set List (with qualifying scores for this event - all relatively new DLC)Walk (MQS = 24,900)
Dance Dance (MQS = 14,100)
Sugar We're Goin' Down (MQS = 79,600)
The Best of You (MQS = 90,000)
VenueThe Velvet Club (that makes no difference at all - just figured I'd set the stage completely)
Minimum RSP208,660 (not the first time I've played a couple of these)
I had played Sugar We're Goin' Down in Event 39; my MQS for Event 40 was 79,600. The Best of You was an encore in Event 39. It took me a handful of tries to qualify it for Event 40 because the MQS was maxed out at 90k. (See below.) The other two songs I qualified on the first play, so Event 40 was the second time I'd ever played three of the songs.
The event went pretty well. Here's what I recorded in my spreadsheets:
|Event Location||Velvet Club||Notes|
|Song||Score||Guitar||Gibson LP Studio|
|Walk - Combo||101820||Pedal|
|Dance Dance - Combo||34653||Tone|
|Sugar We're Goin' Down - Combo||85901||Tone|
|The Best of You||106851||Tone|
|Roxanne - SN||44971||MM Encore|
|Event Score:||374196||Total Score to date:||22,170,967 RSP|
As you can see, I kicked ass on Walk, especially considering I'd only played it once before to qualify it for this event. (I plan to update my Easiest Rocksmith Songs very soon based on my new DLC.) Not bad on Best of You, either. Sugar We're Goin' Down has a little more going on and I had to do a little Riff Repeater work to get that one qualified. Dance Dance was another one and done qualifier - not quite sure what happened on the event, but I at least improved on my qualifying score of 32,014.
So What's the Problem?That's what I'm saying. What's the freaking problem? I get 158% of the minimum required RSPs for the event, so I get my encore - which I damn sure deserved. But, what does RS throw at me for the encore?
A Master Mode arrangement that I've NEVER PLAYED BEFORE - EVER!
I've checked. I have no record in my notes of ever playing the single note arrangement of Roxanne, but RS shows this song as Mastered in my game save data. I never even mastered the combo arrangement which I HAVE played. So, how the hell is this song "Mastered?" And, how did it end up being a Master Mode Encore?
The only possible explanation I can think of might be that my son played the SN arrangement one night while we were playing multiplayer signed in on my XBox Live account. Or maybe I did. I don't always keep notes when we play multiplayer mode. But I sure as hell don't remember either of us mastering the arrangement (although it's damn easy).
Conclusion: RS's Double Encore Paradigm Just Sucks. Period.I was already pissed off at RS going into Event 40 because of what happened on Event 39 - another huge rip-off where I didn't get the second encore. Check this out.
I had just bought 10 new DLC songs, and the event included 7 of them. A big set-list! But, because everything was new, the MQS were low and the minimum RSP total for the event was only 99,500. For 7 songs. That's an average MQS of about 12,000 per song. Here's what I actually scored in the event:
|Event Location||The Mouse Hole||Notes|
|Song||Score||Guitar||Vintage Gibson SG Junior|
|Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Combo||45512||Pedal|
|My Hero - Combo||67593||Tone|
|Wheels - Combo||22515||Tone|
|Sugar We're Goin' Down - Combo||57211||Tone|
|Times Like These - Combo||51076|
|I Don't Care - Combo||56615||Actual Event Score||417831|
|America's Suitehearts - Combo||40835|
|The Best of You||76388|
|Event Score:||417745||Total Score to date:||21,510,701 RSP|
That's right - 343% of the required event minimum. AND, note what I scored on the first encore - 76,388. The first time I had EVER played that song, so probably close to 600% of the MQS on the first encore. What freaking score did I need to get the #$#&^!! second encore????
I don't give a damn about getting the last Secret Squirrel Song - The Star Spangled Banner. I've heard it's not that great, anyway. But, dammit, getting a second encore should be more predictable! Either that or the RS dev's should just come out and say that double encores are a completely random crap shoot - that it doesn't matter how well you play the event or the first encore. Because that's pretty much how it seems to work.