Long term goals for shmupping: Purpose is primarily getting better and having fun while playing. To that end here's the end results I'm pursuing. I am well aware that I may never be able to claim enough skill or dedication to succeed but fuck that. Here's what I'd like to do:
Touhou game Lunatic No-bomb runs with as few deaths as possible. NMNB on any game is challenging in that a single fuck-up can mess you up. My aim is to at least attempt these challenges with some regularity. Already have Lunatic No-bomb on all the games aside from EoSD but I feel like polishing up some of the earlier things before I play EoSD, preferably with a NMNB or two.
Dodonpachi 2-ALL with at least 400 million points. Playing as C-L, it is my target to reach the 2-6 boss on a NMNB run. Very hard to do because of 2-5 and 2-6 and where I am currently I can probably not do this but this is what I'm moving towards. Should probably play this game some more if I wish to achieve it but I don't want to go full DDP, at least not while there's so much stuff to do within Touhou. Chains are daunting to learn as I'm a player who typically just wanna dodge things and not follow mechanical routes so I'll not spend time learning those until after some severe mindset adjustment. This game is badass though and if I ever score a game, it will probably be this one. But not now. I'm not ready for the long haul.
Clearing other Arcade shmups. Ketsui, DOJBL, DFK, Strikers 99, Gunbird 2 and Dragon Blaze come to mind. But not before I'm done with/get fed up with other things.