Turning your coaster count into a game
Often times a true coaster enthusiast loves roller coasters enough to create some kind of unique reference. Taylor Bybee (Coaster Studios) created the “Coaster Parody”, Logan (Thrills United) created the Scream Scale and Robb Alvey (Theme Park Review) created the “Log Flume Song” among other things. My contribution to the coaster community is the Credit-Point System. Let me explain how it works. I’ll start with definitions, then go into the rules of the game.
- Definition: Getting the credit- this essentially means riding a roller coaster for the first time. Your credit count is simply how many roller coasters you have ridden. This means you only get the credit after your first ride on a coaster.
- Definition: Rare Credit– This is any coaster that enthusiasts do not often ride. Most of the time this is because the coaster is at a park that is in a foreign country that not many enthusiasts travel to. This category can also include coaster models that are not very common.
- Definition: Unique Credit– This is a coaster that stands on its own, a one-of-a-kind, there is nothing else like it operating. This could be a coaster that has an element found on no other coasters, eg. Cannibal at Lagoon with its “lagoon roll”. Another example is when you have a roller coaster that is the only operating type from a certain manufacturer, eg. Goliath at Gold Reef City is the world’s only inverted coaster built by Giovanola. Some coasters can even be unique for just being downright bizarre, eg. Cobra at Connyland has one of the weirdest layouts ever created, with its beyond vertical spike and one-of-a-kind inversion.
- Definition: Ultra-Rare Credit- For a coaster to be ultra-rare, it not only has to be in an elusive location, but it also has to be one that is nearly impossible to ride. Essentially, the only way to ride one of these is if you are in the right place at the right time. The best way to ride an ultra-rare credit is if you go to a fair in a foreign country. If a coaster is very short lived and in a foreign country, call yourself very lucky if you manage to ride it. I once went to a fair in Serbia while I was living there. In a country that does not really have any coasters, I found one there and I rode it before it closed for good after only operating for about three days! It is not very likely that you will encounter a situation like this, but keep an eye out for any random roller coaster. You might be the only real enthusiast to ever take a ride on it. Ultra-rare coasters also include very short-lived coasters such as Twist Coaster Robin at Japan’s Yomiuriland, which only operated for one day! Imagine how many people got to ride that one! Similarly, coasters that operated at short lived parks (operating for one year or less) are included in this category. Lastly, the category of ultra rare credits also includes any prototype coaster, regardless or the country it is in.
- Definition: World-Class Coaster– This is essentially any coaster that enthusiasts would add to their bucket list. World-class coasters are some of the best in the world, the famous ones that are widely acclaimed by many enthusiasts. They win the Golden Ticket awards and break records. We are talking rides like Fury 325, El Toro, Lightning Rod, Steel Vengeance, and so on.
- Definition: Famous Coaster- A roller coaster that is well known by not just coaster enthusiasts, but the general public alike. Usually, they are located in world famous theme parks such as Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. Roller coasters that break a certain record are in this category, eg. Kingda Ka is famous for being the tallest in the world. Sometimes, a famous coaster can also be a unique credit, eg. the unique layout and launch through an artificial volcano on Volcano at Kings Dominion is what made it a popular ride in the first place.
With these definitions in mind, here is how the game works:
- Every time you get a new credit* you earn 1 point.
- A rare credit is worth an extra 20 points.
- A unique credit is also worth an extra 20 points.
- Riding a coaster that is both rare and unique will give you 40 extra points. (20 for both categories)
- Riding a world-class coaster or a famous coaster gives you an extra 80 points.
- Riding an ultra-rare credit gives you an extra 100 points.
- Keep a list of the coasters you ride and the points they gave you. (I like to make a table like this one below) That way, you can decide which of the aforementioned categories each coaster belongs to, and then add up the points. You may want to make a separate list of just the coasters you have ridden, to avoid confusion.
*Exceptions for credit counting
- Partial Credits- any type of ride that you consider a roller coaster, where most enthusiasts would not. You can include these as part of your credit count.
- True Roller Coasters- these are widely considered “roller coasters” by enthusiasts. Pretty much all of them are listed on the Roller Coaster Database. I strongly recommend using this site to help you determine witch points category your new credits belong to.
- ZERO POINTS ARE OBTAINED AFTER RIDING PARTIAL CREDITS! Any points in any category are only valid once you have ridden a true roller coaster.
- Travelling Coasters- these count as “ultra-rare credits” (see definition above). Let’s say you visited multiple funfairs with the same or cloned coaster you have already ridden- there is no way of telling weather its a clone or the same exact ride but in a different location, so POINTS ARE NOT OBTAINED UNLESS IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY OR FAIR CURCUIT.
- Unique and Famous Credits- if a coaster is famous/well known because of unique element(s) it has, it won’t be under the category of “unique credit”. Those points are factored in, so you will only earn +80cp for the category of “famous coaster”. The only exception is when the status of the coaster changes. For example, a new clone of the Incredible Hulk coaster is being built. The original ride is still a well known coaster, but because it has been cloned, points for “unique credit” would be deducted.
|Name of Coaster||Park||Country||Categories||Total Points for this coaster|
|Kariakoo||Tanzania||new credit! +1|
Rare Credit! +20
8. Do this for all the coasters you ride and then add up the total points for all coasters combined.
9. Points can change! For example:
(a) Defunct Coasters- only once a coaster has been removed, you will earn an extra 10 points in addition to whatever points were obtained after getting that credit.
|Volcano: The Blast Coaster||Kings Dominion||USA (VA)||new credit! +1|
Famous coaster +80
|Coaster||Changes in Credit Points|
|Volcano: The Blast Coaster||(2018) |
now defunct +10
New total: 91
(b) Unique or Rare credits- when a unique or rare roller coaster is cloned and it’s no longer the only one in the world of a certain model or layout, the value of the original decreases. Points obtained in these categories are lost.
|Incredible Hulk Coaster||Universal Orlando|
Islands of Adventure
|new credit! +1|
famous coaster! +80
|Coaster||Changes in Credit Points|
|Incredible Hulk Coaster||(2020-2022) |
no longer unique -20
New Total: 61
10. Be sure to update your list of any aforementioned changes. You don’t have to be competitive but sharing your score with other enthusiasts is encouraged on The Atypical Coaster Nerd.
That was the Credit-Point System that I created. I thought it would be fun for enthusiasts to use, and I hope it makes them more encouraged to ride roller coasters outside of their home countries. It is not a competition of who gets the most points, and nobody is forced to do it, but this is something that I do when riding roller coasters.