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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by back900 (undefined):

I think you have made the new picma picture enigmas too long, I think you should have just made it for completing all the experts not journeyman and apprentice too.

I did consider this, and maybe it would have been better.

I’m adding Sentry Knight 2, Raze 3, Caravaneer 2 and The Awakening RPG to the queue. Please weigh in with any suggestions, especially for Caravaneer 2 and The Awakening RPG since they’re pretty long. I’m starting with Raze 3 and Sentry Knight 2.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Holy crap I’m so behind. I took Thursday and Friday off last week. Picma badges are up; I’ll have to get serious about some more games tomorrow.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Precarious:

What criteria (in terms of level sets) are you considering for Picma? Obviously, not all level sets are created equal here; Links puzzles in general are finished much, much more quickly than the other two types. Additionally, even the Journeyman level sets for Plus and Squares require solving a 50×50 puzzle, which is those formats is fairly time consuming.

I’m still deciding, so suggestions are welcome. I have noticed that link puzzles are much easier than the others. I might do an easy badge for completing any of the 3 easiest level sets and a hard for completing all 9. A medium badge might be redundant with those two.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Rast:
Originally posted by greg:

I’m officially adding Picma – Picture Enigmas to the list. I played a couple hours today and the API seems pretty good. Does anyone know if the “featured” levels ever change? I don’t want to assign any badges to levels that require coins to unlock.

Players can earn coins in-game by voting, so a badge that requires a limited amount of coins is fine. No different from the various MMOs that have been badged over the years, where you can earn the badge very quickly by paying real money, or after a few days if you want to wait. I suggest a medium badge for completing all 24 “Tiny Wonders” levels. Requires 24 coins and maybe half an hour.

Has the developer implemented the API yet?

The API submits fully completed featured level sets, so it’ll be something with those.

Regarding the comparison to other MMOs, I would like to point out that there are no badges on the site that require using hard currency, even if hard currency can be acquired in-game without spending real money. I feel like this is an important distinction; it’s not simply about the amount of time you put into the game. If I were to make a badge for completing specific content that is unlocked with hard currency, you would be forced to dump your hard currency into that particular area in order to earn the badge, and I really feel that spending hard currency should be done purely because the player wants to access content just for the sake of accessing content.

Originally posted by uzzbuzz:

Ah, I was wondering why I was still level 1. I’m actually surprised that it’s a fairly decent mmo, or so it seems right now.

Yeah, I had fun with the actual game! The API issues, not so much. But you guys don’t need to worry about that, so have fun!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by The_Atari_Kid:
Originally posted by uzzbuzz:

Badge on The Gate. :D

Not too bad for an MMO badge. I’m surprised there was no easy badge.

Okay, I wanted to give an update here because that one badge in The Gate sucked up about a week of badge-making time. I originally wanted to do an easy badge for completing 1 page in the collection and a medium badge for reaching level 10, but the API was just having too many problems, and, long story short, we couldn’t get the stats for level OR “area completed” working. You might notice that the high scores just have 0’s for area and “level” is way lower than it should be if you’re under level 100. It doesn’t even submit retroactively.

So this badge wasn’t my #1 choice, but I think it works okay. It’s a little longer than I originally wanted it to be, but filling 2 pages is too short, and “collection pages” was literally the only stat I had to work with. I’ll admit that I got a little frustrated when I had 2 full pages and 2 pages with 1 card left and I ran out of boss re-fights, but I managed to complete my third collection page at level 12, which isn’t too long. It will likely take a few play sessions, though.

ANYWAY, I feel super behind on badges right now, but I think I can get badges up in Picma: Picture Enigmas tomorrow. I’ll probably take Thursday off because it looks like a hurricane is headed for the California Bay Area, but I’ll see what I can get rolling on Friday.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Grumbl3dook:

Specifically once a bunch of planned content is released.

Yes, this is correct. I sit 3 feet from the developer here in the Kongregate office, so it will not be overlooked!

I’m officially adding Picma – Picture Enigmas to the list. I played a couple hours today and the API seems pretty good. Does anyone know if the “featured” levels ever change? I don’t want to assign any badges to levels that require coins to unlock.

And I think I’m going to remove Flash’s Bounty from the badge queue unless someone can tell me what you’re supposed to do in this game if you reach the end and you lose a battle. I have no army, no money, and there are still 3 city sieges left to do in the final area. I don’t have any smaller battles left I can grind off of. Am I supposed to just let this game run idle for 5 hours while I collect a salary, or is there some other solution here?

The Zombie Tactics developer still hasn’t gotten back to me about fixing the API implementation, so I might have to remove that one too, which sucks because I’ve practically beaten it already and it’s a lot of fun. Argh.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Dear HITLER-ESQUE administrators who removed my avatar and silenced my account

Originally posted by Cynicalism:
Originally posted by adv0catus:

I missed the part where anime tried to exterminate an entire religion.

Neither did the Nazis. The Holocaust is heavily debated to this day as to if it actually happened. In some countries the percent of holocaust revisionists is 90%.

Overall I’d give this troll thread a 7/10. You began with concrete action and a concrete admin response, which is a great foundation for a troll thread. You followed up with a few legitimate points about the symbol in question, which is another plus. You’re eliciting an emotional response without technically endorsing any of the most negative connotations of that controversial symbol. Another great plus!

Unfortunately, you took your troll thread one step too far with this particular comment. You are not making any legitimate points anymore, and you cannot claim innocence with your usage of the symbol. The worst thing about this comment is that it lacks effort. Come on, holocaust denial is too easy. Come up with something more creative and get back to us.

Looking forward to your next attempt!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Hey guys, there might be a lack of badges this week, sorry. :( I spent a bunch of time on Zombie Tactics and those badges are ready to go once the API is fixed, but it’s currently not reporting retroactively. A Song of Fire and Ice might get badges this week, but the developer is planning another batch of content, so I might wait until then (or maybe I’ll do two sets or something).

I also have some non-badge-related job responsibilities to catch up on this week that I’ve been neglecting, and we have Thursday/Friday off for Thanksgiving. So… it’s not looking good. I will have to double-down next week.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Will Kongregate follow the European standard

Originally posted by Tetsuo_Shima:

By that definition we should just fully allow all vices such as addictive drugs and so forth as well.

Yes.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Zombo Buster Rising badges are live! I beat the last boss 3 times in a row without dying. I really don’t think it’s that hard, but maybe I got lucky. But whatever, I made it a hard badge anyway. You do need full upgrades for it, and on my third victory I only had about 3 health left. Thanks for the badge name suggestion, Precarious!

Zombie Tactics is probably next on my list.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

The Gate will be the next badged MMO.

I accidentally never confirmed with the developer of Zombo Buster Rising to add the stats we discussed, so those aren’t in yet. Whoops. It should be good tomorrow.

Also got the developer to add a stat for completing Zombie Tactics, so that should happen later this week too.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, Inferno Legend badges are live. Progression really slows down a lot between 30 and 40, so I went with 30.

Originally posted by Bluji:

please don’t make the mistake made with The Last Stand: Dead Zone

I didn’t! Yay!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Inferno Legend and Zombo Buster Rising should both get badges tomorrow. The easy for Inferno Legend will be for defeating Hippolyta, and the medium will either be for reaching level 30 or level 40. I’m still playing before I decide.

I beat Zombo Buster Rising on Friday. I’m trying to decide if completing the game should be medium or hard. Like Precarious said, you need full upgrades on the last boss, but once I had that, it seemed pretty easy. I did survival mode for 30 minutes before I got bored and let myself die.

Anyway, suggest names for either if you want!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Mu Complex badge is up.

Thanks for the other suggestions, Precarious! I’ll dig into those games tomorrow.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Irgso:
Originally posted by calleharnemark:
Also…. The last The last door badge didn’t work retroactively. So I thought I had to clear it again… but it worked to load up my savefile and play the ending scene. Why doesn’t the badges have these notes anymore? Too used to retroactive awarding, Greg?

Just hit continue. Walk 5 second to the right and you will get the badge. This is not a big effort, i think.

Yeah, it’s practically retroactive in this sense. I’ll clarify the description.

Originally posted by Thok:
Originally posted by LouWeed:

EDIT2: another badge name idea is cp badges/mu-complex/* .

Given that people are complaining about having outside the game content, sudo unlock badge works better as a badge name. (Neither cp nor file directories are actually used in the episode of mu-complex.)

I like Sudo Unlock Badge as a badge name. I think I’m going to make it a hard badge unless I play the game again today and discover that it’s way easier than I expected, but I doubt this will the case. There are lots of comments from people talking about pulling in friends to help them solve the puzzles.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Thok:

@Greg: if you use unix/linux…

The closest I have ever come to this is watching Jurassic Park.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Arcanmster:

Maybe we can see if greg has trouble or not.

I am really terrible at Mu Complex. I got stuck on level 2 for about 20 minutes because I thought the “ls” command was “1s” — it was driving me crazy.

For me personally, completing Mu Complex without a walkthrough is definitely a hard badge. I realize that some people are naturally good at these sorts of games, but I think that number is smaller than the number of people who would find completing the game considerably more difficult than a standard medium badge.

So I think my plan is to put up a hard badge for completing Mu Complex tomorrow. If you disagree, weigh in with your thoughts now. Otherwise, I’m open to name suggestions!

 
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Why Picma is being ignored? :(

Okay okay, I’ll look at Picma too!

I’m going to prioritize the newer games first, though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, Barons Gate 2 badges are up. I’m probably going to take tomorrow off, but I’m going to plan Last Door Chapter 4 for Wednesday since that should be pretty fast.

I’ll start sorting through all the other games on Wednesday too — I just updated the original list with everything that I’m planning to add badges to unless something isn’t working.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Who Created The Site?

Kongregate was founded by Jim and Emily Greer.

 
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Barons Gate 2 is almost done; I just had to nag the developer to have the stat for game completion submit retroactively (it doesn’t even submit again right now if you defeat the final boss again).

So badges in Barons Gate 2 will go live on Monday. Probably an easy for some kills and a medium for completion. Then I’ll figure out what’s next on the list. We’ve had a burst of highly rated games lately; I’m paying special attention to A Dance of Fire and Ice, Zombo Buster Rising, Flash’s Bounty, Zombie Tactics, and maybe Crazy Digger 2 Level Pack. Nothing finalized yet, but I’ll probably get to all or at least most of these games eventually.

 
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They’re up now!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Back900:

Any chance you could spill the beans on what the run 3 achievements are for?

I’m not sure yet. It’ll probably just be an easy and medium tomorrow, then a couple more later when new content is added.

 
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Originally posted by Maritos:

Is the badge system still broken? Oo

Yes, it should be fixed tomorrow, at which point badges in Besieged 2 Infinite and Run 3 will go live.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I’m going with “Skull and Crossboned” for the easy and “Stars and Strikes” for the medium in Besieged 2. Thanks guys!

Unfortunately, though, badge creation is broken right now. I went to go publish them, and it got stuck on the spinner when I tried to add a task:

So, they’ll be live as soon as badge creation in general is fixed across the site (probably Monday).