I have been counting coasters for the past two years as my 12 year old son and I have been tromping around the area to ride the rides. We have had 32 coasters in the past two years and at least another 10 this year planned. I have kept a log of each coaster we have conquered and want to know....
1. Do you count racing coasters as one or two...Racer forward and backward at PKI. Gemini at CP as left and right or just count them as one.
2. Dueling coasters. We will be at SFKK and plan on twisted sisters if both sides are running.. Is that counted as one or two coasters.
3. Should you count traveling coasters such as cat and mouses at the fairs?
4. How many of you keep track of the number of times you have ridden the coaster and the seat you were in.
I do not rank coasters, but just keep them in alphbetical order.
Let me know what you do to keep track. Mine is on a excel worksheet that I can change and sort fairly easily.
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1&2-0--i count racing and dueling coasters as two.
3.--probley, i would count them
4. i dont
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You can keep track of the coasters however you want; there's no set rule.
Personally, I count racers and dueling coasters as one each. I do also count shuttles like S:TE but I do not count travelling coasters.
I don't keep track of how many times or which seat, but I have a list of them in order of how much I liked them.
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for me personally....
Racers: Usually only as 1 coaster
Duelers: If each sides are different enough (like Dueling Dragons), then two... if very similar (like Lightning Racer... which is a dueling RACER), then as one.
Travelling Coasters: I usually count these... unless I know for sure that I have ridden it somewhere before (for the record... only 3 are on mine)
Keeping Track of number of times ridden and what seat: I don't worry about seat, but I do try to keep track of number of times ridden.
As for ranking: wonderful thing that Microsoft Exel... can sort them in any order (by name, by type, by park, by state, by # coaster, etc) with very little effort.
Just a word on "what to keep a count of"... I find it very amusing that some will NOT count a traveling coaster or will NOT count both sides of a dueling coaster... but will yet count a kiddie coaster. To me, the opposite sides of a dueler or racer are more worthy of a count than a kiddie... but to each their own.
My personal system is very similar to SLFAKE's. Racers count once, duelers which have different layouts (and named tracks, such as Fire and Ice) count each separately, try to count traveling coasters. I started keeping lapcounts out of curiosity a few seasons ago. I have all this in a MySQL database presented by a handy dandy PHP-driven page.
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For Example: I cont Lightning Racer as one coaster because I cant tell the difference in the two sides. Likewise, I do the same for American Eagle. Even though other say there is a big difference between Red and Blue, after 10 years of riding, I couldnt tell you what those differences are.
OTOH: I count the Forwards/Backwards Racers (Rebel Yell, Thunder Road, PKI Racer) as separate coaster because the ride experience is so drastically different.
And one final twist, though I *really* didnt notice *too* much of a difference between Lion and Tiger on Gwazi, I'd still call them different coasters.
Though honestly, I dont have a real accurate coaster count anyway. It's not that important to me, and as a Aries (happy b-day to me today 4-17) I do not have the attention span to be that meticulous :)
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Racers as one and dueling as two. I intend to count American Eagle again this summer because they are running one side backwards (and I never got to ride it any other time they ran it backwards so I don't know what makes me think I will do it this time). I count travelling coasters but I can only account for the same Zyklon coaster that travels with Murphy Bros to the Wisconsin fairs. I do not count "laps" or seat rode in. It sounds like too much putzy work to do.
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Jeremy - I was going to read your post but got bored half way thru. LOL. Jus' kidding. Happy Birthday!
As for counting coasters I have my own method as well: all coasters are counted as one, and that includes multi-tracked coasters. Yes, I can appreciate the argument for counting Dragons or Gwazi as two, but I choose not to.
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1. I count most racers as one, such as Gemini (one name) and the Racer @ PKI (one name)
2. If I had ridden any, I would count most dueling as two, since they have unique names, like Gwazi: Lion and Tiger and Dueling Dragons: Fire and Ice
3. I personally don't count travelers, mostly since I organize my Excel sheet by location.
4. The only difference I could tell you in laps is either ones I've ridden once, or ridden multiple times.
BTW - I know I'm a day late, but happy B-Day, Jeremy (you pontificating, opinionated, hypocritical, OLD bastard) ;)!!!
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