@AnalSwordfish , this TH score calculation was truly impressive. I've been meaning to ask you, how does a mathematician even know where to start with this kind of derivation?
I recently watched Marcus du Sautoy's BBC documentary on "The Story of Maths" (and how it evolved) and even studied 3 years of quantum physics in school, but the ability to reverse engineer a function by observing its behaviour has always been something of a mysterious back box.
For Treasure Hunt, was it sheer pattern recognition that you knew the solution had to be a generative Fibonacci power series? I don't know anything about that. How did you know that the weighting for each type of loot would be linear?
Regarding those who think Navyguy's score of 1386 had to be fake, I'd love to analyze the elements of the 19-vault image that he provided here, to reassure skeptics that his near-endgame score must indeed have been above 1000. But I'm afraid that I don't know enough to unroll the summation, as you put it, to pump out the correct scoring result.