Released in April of 1998, Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven is perhaps the most well-known game of the Might and Magic series. Mandate of Heaven lets players roam freely, in place of the grid-based movement of previous Might and Magic games. Mandate of Heaven was also the first Might and Magic game to introduce a skill points system. Control four heroes in a quest to save Enroth from 'the Devils', which can be best described as intergalatic conquerors. Of course, like almost any other 'save the world' story, had your party not come face-to-face with the Devils in the beginning, you would not think they were behind this; Enroth's own monsters are a more frequent threat.
Best good ending time: 0:42:20 Landon Leo 'Xiaoyazhi' Tan on 2008-10-19, done in 44 segments appended to one file.
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Credits goes to AquaTiger for overall inspiration for this run and idea of using Sharpmetal spell.
Run completed on 19 October 2008
I believe I did the best possible as I could, since it took me weeks of planning and trial runs before doing the actual run. Went through 3 rounds of re-recording after realizing the path taken could be improved, so this is the 4th recording.
I think the run is beatable if someone can pick up tips from a supposed 'MM6 grandmaster', who has completed the game in 5 game days.
Several things to note :
> At the beginning of segment 24 and 25, all my party members starts at a slightly lower health due to taking unfinished damage from previous load. Either way, I decided to continue on with this run and worry about submission later. Here is the breakdown of how it happens (tested and proven):
1- Load the savegame.
2- Jump into the lava and let party take damage.
3- While taking the hits, press escape and and quickly load the same savegame
4- The party will take damage that is left over from the previous load. Sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it will. Just try again.
> There are many points when starting a new segment, at the screen before the loading screen, shows the HPs of a failed segment attempt that required a reload. Maybe this is where it can also get confusing. So long the HPs after the loading screen is the same = the HPs at the end of the previous segment, it shouldn't be a problem (other than segments 24 and 25).
> There are a good number of segments I did not record the actual saving at the end of the segment, but just pressed escape the show the MM6 menu, alt-tab and stop the recording. This can be seen clearly from the beginning and end of each individual segment videos but is trimmed out when compiling the movie to avoid the ugliness of alt-tabbing.
> Some flying routes might look weird: especiallt the one at White Cap where the harpies are. It is a deliberate attempt to avoid the harpies from cursing my party. The chances of getting cursed are simply not worth it, since I would waste time on 1-its very difficult to get any spell casted right, especially on my sorcerer/druid 2-going to a temple to get healed unnecessarily.
> Here is the thread started by AquaTiger :
> Here are the reference notes I used while attempting the speedrun.
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