Tyler Sontag is a famous Chipster who has made various major contributions to the CC community. Beginning in 2004, he began constructing a levelset known as TCCLP. Tyler's first known appearance or interaction with the Chip's Challenge community began in 2006 when he appeared on the newsgroup, after creating a Chip's Challenge website. Later in 2006 he created http://www.geochip.webs.com which houses various files relating to Chip's Challenge.
Levels in official packs
- Key Pyramid
- Block Party
- When Insects Attack
- Colors for Extreme
- Tunnel Clearance
- The Sewers
- Metal Harbor
- Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me
- Entrance Examination
- All About Blocks
- Coal Mine
- Civilization of Creatures
- Everybody Get Dangerous
- Exclusive Or
- Protect Your Fortress
- Empty Rooms
- Repugnant Nonsense
- Death and Destruction
- Mindless Self-Indulgence
- Bam Thwok
- Gimmick Isle
Work on his first set, TCCLP, began in May of 2004, and was completed in mid-2007. It contains 350 levels, making it the second-largest set at the time, behind Jacques.dat. Albeit heavily flawed with many of the levels being unsolvable, this set is still available nearly ten years after its creation and is one of the most well-known custom sets.
Tyler has released several more sets since TCCLP. He began TCCLP2 in early 2009, but ditched it in late 2009 due to constraints from being hosted on pieguy's site. TCCLPRejects began around the same time. The early levels were levels that he felt were too poor to be placed in TCCLP or TCCLP2, but the set soon became a place for Tyler to experiment with various glitches and unorthodox concepts, similar to EvanD1. TCCLPpgchip started in late 2008, which was a short set meant to be played with the ice block path.
When submissions for CCLP3 were being accepted, Tyler submitted TylerSubmissions, which consisted of his 35 favorite levels from TCCLP and TCCLP2, all made Lynx compatible. Seven of these levels appeared in CCLP3, Entrance Examination, Jumble, All About Blocks, Coal Mine, Civilization of Creatures, Pushy, and Everybody Get Dangerous. After CCLP3's release, he added eight more levels and removed three, rebranding the set as TS1.
When CCLP1 was announced, Tyler began work on TS0. The levels were intended to have difficulties appropriate for CCLP1, but he felt this was too restrictive and went on to design levels such as Lounge Act. It was completed in late 2012 and contains 40 levels, the same number as TS1. CCLP1 contains six of its levels Colors for Extreme, Tunnel Clearance, Badlands, The Sewers, Metal Harbor, and Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me. For CCLP1, he additionally assembled DanielB-Lynx, which is a collection of level from DanielB1 and DanielB2 modified to be Lynx compatible. He received permission from Daniel Bouwmeester to submit the set for CCLP1 consideration.
Before was CCLP1 released, he also designed a level set called TS_Tutorials, containing 18 candidates for CCLP1 lesson levels. Three of these got in the final set: Key Pyramid, Block Party, and When Insects Attack.
He began TS2 during CCLP1's development, though progress on it has been slow. It contains only 12 levels at this time.
Tyler's design style in his TCCLP days were eclectic, but he eventually found a distinct style in the late stages of TS1 and TS0. All the levels in his TSx series are Lynx-compatible, and tries to conform to pedantic Lynx rules as often as possible. The TSx levels are usually medium to hard difficulty, and often contain a large number of recessed walls, partial posts and Sokoban sections. His TCCLPRejects levels exploit many glitches, such as data resetting, the multiple tank glitch, the convergence glitch, and various other oddities.
Tyler is ranked 30th in CC1 with a score of 5,975,260, 21st in CCLP2 with a score of 6,037,770, 12th in CCLP3 with a score of 6,037,540, and 5th in CCLP1 with a score of 6,002,460. His only bold confirm in CCLP3 was on Marooned, often considered the easiest bold to achieve in CCLP3. However, after the release of CCLP1, he became more serious about optimization, and has several bold reports and confirms, placing him near the top of the CCLP1 scoreboard.
April Fools' Day pranks
Tyler has pulled a Chip's Challenge-related April Fools' Day prank every year since 2010.
- In 2010, he created a fake AVI that showed a score of 716 on Cake Walk, which, at the time, was four seconds better than the current bold and one second below the Melinda time. Normally, this route involves an incredible amount of luck.
- In 2011, he created a fake video which showed that data resetting is possible with column 32.
- In 2012, he, along with the rest of the CCLP1 staff, released a level set they claimed to be CCLP1, later retitled Not_CCLP1, which was a joke set consisting of 149 levels created solely by the staff themselves, rather than levels from all submitted sets.
- In 2013, he claimed to have ported JBLP1 to a Lynx ROM format through elaborate hex editor usage (though, this actually is possible using c4).
- In 2014, he wrote a message that CCLP1 staff speaker Dave Varberg posted stating that all CCLP1 score reports must now be hand-written and mailed with a check to the webmaster James Anderson, rather than being reported online.