Recent posts by Precarious on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Some general comments:

I’ve just about finished Decision 3 (just need to build a couple more factory upgrades in the final area). It seems even longer overall than previous installments—until you have a full understanding of the game, there’s a lot of effort involved in keeping threat down, and scrounging for the right kind of workers (soldiers, mostly, for Outpost and Shelter) takes a lot of time. It also seems harder than D1 or 2 (haven’t really played Medieval, although I’ll be doing that soon for the quest), although that might be based on the difficulty level I selected. In any case, given that it seems even longer, I think this would be a good candidate for two hard badges. It’s too long even for just one, in my opinion. A good bridging hard badge between a medium and game completion would be investigating 50 Stashes. This encourages exploration, which I feel is an underrated aspect of the series, and isn’t auto-completed on the way to game completion. Something like

Easy – X kills
Medium – Rescue X Survivors
Hard – Discover 50 Stashes
Hard – 100% City Completion

would seem to be appropriate.


Regarding Caravaneer 2, I haven’t played it a great deal yet, since the scale/scope means that I really need to commit before I sit down and play it. But for that same reason, I’d really be disappointed if it only received a money badge, as was the case with the original. A game of that size and detail really should have more badges, so I’d hope the developer is still around to possibly implement more statistics.


Lastly, while the queue is currently pretty filled with recent-ish games, I’d still like to suggest Three Body Problem. It’s being used in the current tournament for the Fire division, and is fairly challenging but straightforward—I don’t think it would be too difficult to come up with an Easy/Hard combo for it. I’d suggest something like

Easy – 5 points
Hard – 25 or 30 points

Several people I’ve talked with have suggested that 30 is better than 25, but I think the level of competition is obscuring how those numbers would feel to most gamers. In any case, it’s a fun game, and with a 3.90 rating and working API, it certainly fits the usual criteria.

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Co-Captain Caption Calamity - Round 1 rating!

Sup shortie <3 – 3/10

Hi Gandalf! – 3/10

I’ll go get my miners helmet – 2/10

You want some of my water? – 1/10

He seems to have high expectations on her – 3/10

Gulliver’s daughter first voyage – 5/10

Hey sexy! You come here often? – 1/10

He always was confused by the feelings he got when reading The BFG. – 8/10

I think I’m high; Man: I disagree – 6/10

I’m not a giant. I have big bones! – 5/10

Here in this picture, we see a tall and fat old lady looking down on his husband, and she’s telling him how sexy he is when he’s that small. The husband replies, “You’re much more sexy. Look at you, bending over in that pose! Ooh, so sexy.” They’re admiring each other. Except, turns out, it was all an illusion created by the highly trained super monkeys who are currently throwin’ dem darts at dem bloons. The lady is actually 1 inch tall, while the husband is 9 feet tall! How cool is that! Wait… what? – 1/10

Sup Shortie? – 3/10

I told you eating that water cooler was a bad idea. – 2/10

This guy is impressed over his newly bought Russian wife – 3/10

The only one who may call him ‘shorty’ – 5/10

Please don’t hurt me! – 4/10

A Fashion Adviser Helps a Woman Feel Attractive in High Heels Preparing for a Dinner Date. – 2/10

Please take off your heels, you’ll scratch the linoleum. – 4/10

Excuse Me Sir, Do You Have a Moment to Talk About Jesus Christ? – 8/10

Sup shawty – 3/10

That is one tall drink of water. – 7/10

“You know, you don’t actually need the high heels.” – 6/10

Feminism – 7/10

I’m glad we could finally see eye-to-eye. – 7/10

I’m so glad I moved to Texas! – 6/10

I thought you said you designed this house with me in mind, Geoff! – 8/10

And you’re a cute little fella, you are, although I didn’t think you were this kind of cute. – 3/10

Honey, I shrunk the boyfriend – 7/10

With you it’s always leg day. – 4/10

I can tell you’re not looking into my eyes. – 8/10

Does my butt look big in this? – 6/10

I like your shoes. – 5/10

Recorded with potato – 1/10

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Co-Captain Caption Calamity - Round 1 rating!

While it probably doesn’t matter this early on, with so many submissions, I’d recommend against this procedure later in the game. While discounting one’s own entry makes sense, that doesn’t remove the ability to rate others to one’s own advantage. If eliminated players provided ratings as well later on, that would theoretically mitigate the conflict on interest, but I’m not sure expecting that kind of activity is realistic.

I’ll put my ratings up a little later, once I’ve had time to read everything.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Four Kings Tournament [Round 1]

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Strategy] -- The Moles -- [Quiz 1] [Deadline: Mar 4 6PM UTC+8]

This is practically unreadable at the moment. I have not sent Pulsaris a PM requesting anything yet. Where do we currently stand per the different kinds of requests?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Four Kings Tournament [Round 1]

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Game-Related] Town of Salem.

Put me in coach. I’ve got hoop dreams.

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Strategy] -- The Moles -- [Quiz 1] [Deadline: Mar 4 6PM UTC+8]

Originally posted by Bluji:

Should crystalmask not be the intruder, Prec is either a mole or someone who tries to distract others to his advantage.

Bluji is almost certainly a mole, and the above quote shows a serious tactical error on his part regardless of alignment.

As I noted in my discussion above,

Originally posted by Precarious:

As far as I can tell, no one has officially voted yet

I even made mention of the use of correct formula. As it turns out, my concerns were accurate, and I was the only person that ended up even trying to unmask the intruder. I’m used to nonvoting being standard here, which is one reason I’ve curtailed how many mafia games I play here. However, while most non-votes can be attributed to not being aware of the imminent need to do so, Bluji actually managed to post the quoted material before the end of Task 1. By criticizing my vote, he lays implicit claim to having read my post. Having done so, he must have realized that the need to vote was urgent.

Yet he didn’t do so. Instead, he attempted to preemptively criticize me without offering up an alternative. If he was so convinced that voting Crystalmask was a bad idea, he could have easily cast another vote of his own. While I’m not sure how a tie would have been broken for a minigame, he also could have likely found another voter on YP, since cocoa was still online when I went to bed, and his post doesn’t seem to have occurred too much later than that.

I’m not familiar with many of the players in this game, but I’ve frequently participated in FG games with Bluji, and games hosted by him. Off all the other players, I hold his performance to the highest standard, because his experience with forum games makes it clear that he, more than anyone, should have recognized the compelling need to vote under those circumstances. And yet, he didn’t. He took an extreme pro-mole stance, and attempted to obfuscate by laying blame on someone else. That is the action of a mole.


My clue for Task 2 is “Void.”

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Strategy] -- The Moles -- [Quiz 1] [Deadline: Mar 4 6PM UTC+8]

As far as I can tell, no one has officially voted yet, and based on Pulsaris’ post yesterday, the deadline is in about 3 hours. I’d request and extension, but I doubt we’re going to get one. That means I’ll have to make a real (correct procedure) vote at the end of this post. I’m not thrilled about that.

So I’ll preemptively request a one-time 24 hour extension plus a one time going back on my vote if extension is granted based on the fact that it is going to be made under extreme duress (end of day).


Bluji’s theory (and cocoa’s continuation) regarding Pulsaris deliberately getting rid of a certain player makes sense if he arbitrarily chose a player after everyone signed. However, if he actively recruited a player to fulfill the intruder role, then it’s less likely that it’s a player he’d want to get rid of, since he’d likely have recruited someone he could trust. While it seems offensive, Pulsaris did say to “look at the title of the current task.” Therefore, the intruder being a player Pulsaris is predisposed to be annoyed with is more likely.

Ultimately, I’m inclined to agree with Lebossle’s reasoning; a player who knows he’ll be inactive during March would be unlikely to sign up for an obviously extended game. Crystalmask argues that he’ll be semi-active, but that basically concedes the point. He also argues that deriving information from another game is inappropriate, but it directly affects what happens here. Crystalmask also hasn’t been replaced, despite replacement players waiting in the wings. Contrary to his claims, this supports a case against him as the intruder, as a professed semi-active player detracts from the overall game environment.

10crystalmask01 is the intruder.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Sentry Knight 2:

Arrow Harrow
Gateway Archer
Two Century Sentry (or) Century Knight 2

Knight Light
Campaign Supernova

You Shall Not Pass


Rise of Champions:

Better Battle Book
Fight Club

Tenable Tendencies

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Strategy] -- The Moles -- [Quiz 1] [Deadline: Mar 4 6PM UTC+8]

Originally posted by Bluji:

Pulsaris agreed that walfordking blew up Sunset, so I’d assume he would have made the intruded a person who he wouldn’t want in the game. Gonkey or CP, perhaps? (Don’t take it personally.)

This is a reasonable supposition, if you assume that Pulsaris would have selected the intruder based off of preference and not RNG. I’m not familiar enough with The Mole (either the TV iteration, or the prior FG games), nor with Pulsaris’ hosting style, to comment on that. In a vacuum, however, that makes a vote of that nature better than a pure guess, because it encompasses the reach of pure chance, while also accounting for the possibility of predetermined selection. Since reading further on (and the abbreviated nature of the game for the intruder) suggests that the intruder may have been hand-picked, this is at the least a decent fall back approach.


Originally posted by Kadleon:

I’m aware why you think so, and was also aware of it when I typed that. However, it doesn’t matter.

It matters enormously. The obvious reason why a mole would claim intruder is because it serves their immediate interest—if they’re not the intruder, and we select them, it means we don’t get the 150 points this round. However, because a non-mole non-intruder has literally no in-game incentive to falsely claim (since it both compromises the point total and their trustworthiness), it immediately suggests that a false claimant is in fact a mole. As such, a fake claim of that nature would be deleterious for them in the long run, since I assume knowing the identity of a mole would help us a lot over the course of the entire game.

As such, I’d normally be inclined to take DJ’s intruder claim at face value. That said, the only two times I ever played chat Resistance, DJ was a Resistance member who deliberately sabotaged the Resistance faction, with no in-game benefit for him. As a result, I’m more or less permanently skeptical of anything he says in any game or minigame with mafia or resistance elements. There’s also the fact the we have only your word for it. Right now, then, I’m leaning toward DJ, but it’s hardly set it stone.

DJ does later claim that it’s a joke, of course. Given that I dislike playing with him with for his past antigame tendencies, I’m skeptical of that as well.


Originally posted by aeviternal:

There is really no reason for the Intruder to claim their role. We have to get past this task with sheer intelligence, or by means of RNG in which we will have 1/15 chance to earn 150 mFw.

I’ve gone through The Mole, and the intruder there was given a short notice to be the their role. Precarious has, so suddenly, signed up for this game and Co-Captain Caption Calamity. Coincidence? I think not.

After missing out on signing up for an interesting game previously, I’ve asked several people to notify me when games open up on here. I was directed to this game by Bluji, who often chats in YP. As for the caption contest, I participated in the original (and was also reminded that that was starting). Moreover, even if you thought I signed up for this just to be the intruder (and I wouldn’t do that), there would have been no reason for me to sign up for the caption contest if this was purely a one-and-done favor that required no actual input from me.


Basically, it seems like this can be best understood as a mafia game, only one hugely favoring the mafia. We have one day, there’s only one mafioso to pick (and many wrong picks), and there’s a separate, non-mafia faction (the moles) whose intent is to deceive (assuming they know who the intruder is).

Originally posted by Helltank:

So do we just RNG the intruder?

FoS Mole. This provides no reason to believe you’re the intruder, who if I understand correctly will be removed from the game after this round ends regardless of what happens, but RNG is least effective under these circumstances, when we have only a 1-in-15 chance of hitting through luck. Moreover, pure RNG excuses the moles from having to participate, and any information we can pick up regarding them (even if we can’t decipher it just yet) can be useful in the future.

I’ll continue with another post because this one is getting kind of long.

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Strategy] -- The Moles -- [Quiz 1] [Deadline: Mar 4 6PM UTC+8]

Sign.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by greg:

- I’m playing Decision 3, but I can’t figure out how to get citizens/soldiers/people/whoever available for building stuff. Whenever I meet someone I select the option to send them back to my camp, but I’m guessing this is the wrong option because I have no idea what this even does. Decision games always confuse me in one way or another…

The camps act as a reservoir for extra team members. You can recruit directly to your team, but there are only a small number of slots initially available. Once filled, people can only be sent to camps (until there is more space). This number of members on the active team can be increased by building/upgrading shelters.

If you want to add people from the camps to your team, you can enter from the main map and recruit them directly. However, this will consume a day and add to threat levels if you have a growing threat in any area.


- Caravaneer 2 is only reporting money, so I’m probably just going to do a badge like the first one has — a medium for collecting $X. Please weigh in on what you think the threshold should be if you’ve played Caravaneer 2.

Given the scale and scope of the Caravaneer games (and the long wait between installations), I think it would be a real disappointment if Caravaneer 2 ends up with a single abridged badge like the original. Is there any chance the developer could implement more statistics?

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Co-Captain Caption Calamity - Round 1 rating!

Sign.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Four Kings Tournament [Round 1]

Originally posted by uzzbuzz:

[If Cirp joins then I join]

Please, please, let this happen somehow.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Four Kings Tournament [Round 1]

Hype.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

For the easy, given how early a secret room can be discovered, I really would combine the ideas: secret room found + escape with an artifact to the surface. Since the likelihood of secret room + Escape Wings on floor one is slightly less, it at least elevates the easy to something above being completely trivial. This also has the benefit of taking you back toward the museum. As an Indiana Jones fan, I strongly suggest that this badge be called It Belongs in a Museum (or “That Belongs in a Museum”, if you prefer what’s actually said).

As for the rest, I agree with the point Proc makes regarding the first three badges being compressed into the first ~25 floors, then having a large gap between the end. At the same time, waiting until floor 60 for a medium seems unbalanced in the other direction; there’s traditionally a fairly considerable gap in difficulty/effort between medium and hard, and while the power of the enemies increases substantially over the last 20 floors, the gap between medium and hard doesn’t seem as large as it should be.

I’d recommend splitting the difference, then, and changing the Spider medium either to reaching floor 40, or to beating the Yeti on 50.

Enchanting 10 artifacts seems pretty reasonable for the other medium; I can’t imagine not enchanting during the course of the game, as staying ahead of the damage in higher floors is difficult without HP or MP regen.


Badge name suggestions:

Easy (Secret Room/Escape with an Artifact)

It Belongs in a Museum
That Belongs in a Museum
.
.
Medium (if Spider)

Eight Legged Shrieks
Arachnophobia
Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave
.
.
Medium (if Floor 40)

Forty-tude
Brace Yourselves, Winter is Coming (or just Winter is Coming)
.
.
Medium (if Yeti)

Do You Want to Kill a Snowman?
It’s Getting Hoth in Here
.
.
Medium (Enchantments)

I Put A Spell On You
Enchanting From Such a Height
Spellbound
.
.
Hard (Beat the Game)

Allegory of the Cave
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Cave New World

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

The impression I get from this discussion is that the Alien campaign in Raze 3 is considerably easier than in Raze 2. Is there anyone that has played both versions that can actually confirm this?

As far as badge name suggestions, I’m not sure if the names in parentheses are Greg’s currently planned names, but if so, Gunslinger was already used for Road of the Dead.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I haven’t seen scriptwelder’s Don’t Escape 2 mentioned yet. The rating (as of this post) is at 4.16, and it is a much larger and more fully realized game than the original. Definitely a good badges candidate.

I’d recommend a medium for surviving the zombie attack, and a hard for earning all six achievements. An easy could be thrown in for gaining an ally (assuming a stat like that could be added), but isn’t really necessary.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

Okay, now that Transmission is safely locked, I vote for

Run 3.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

I’ll hold off on voting until the games that are locked in are clarified.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

If you do an either/or, you’d still have the option of “both” for a later badge. That said, the Raze 2 alien campaign was apparently horribly onerous, so just skipping it altogether probably makes sense here.

 
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Topic: Forum Games / The List

Charizard.

 
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Topic: Forum Games / The List

Xenogeny.