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Topic: Kongregate / New2014 Badge Quest observation

Yeah, I regret doing this. Lesson learned for next year.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Patience, guys! The second badge is up now. I was going to name it “Rise to Power,” but like most combinations of English words, this name was already used by a previous badge, so I had to come up with something else. That’s why there was a small delay between them.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New2014 Badge Quest observation

There are 3 main factors here:

1) Most of the feedback I get is that quests are too long.

2) It has 12 games instead of 10.

3) Most of the individual medium badges were abnormally long (though there are a couple that would have been okay).

It actually wouldn’t have been any more work to use medium badges instead of easy ones, but I made a judgment call. Perhaps it was the wrong call and I shouldn’t do it again, but those were the reasons. If the consensus is that this was a mistake, I’ll keep that in mind for next year.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Bluji:

Regardless, Kong’s policy has been that you will never have to go offsite to earn a badge. It’s been so for years, starting from at least Achievement Unlocked which had its ‘visit the walkthrough’ ingame achievement changed to ‘hover over the walkthrough link’.

Thank you (and others) for pointing this out. I had my finger on the button ready to launch these badges today, but you’re totally right. I’ve emailed the developer about this issue, and I’m planning to launch badges as soon as it’s changed. As most of you know by now, I am a compulsive liar, so I should probably just stop promising badge release dates entirely.

But I would be a complete failure if Epic Boss Fighter 2 doesn’t get badges this week, so keep the feedback coming!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Sorry guys, took a full sick day today. Rise of Champions badges for real tomorrow, and I’m up to “insane” mode on Epic Boss Fighter 2, so I hope to reach some decisions about that one soon. I’m not sure if completing that particular mode is worth a hard/impossible badge; I just started on it. If you’ve completed everything in this game, please feel free to weigh in with how difficult it was and whether you think it was worth giving a badge to.

I haven’t caught up on all of the replies in this thread yet, but after a bit of skimming, I would like to remind everyone that we are discussing achievements in video games, so please don’t take this topic of discussion too seriously/personally!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Sentry Knight 2 badges are live! As usual, thanks to Precarious for doing my job for me — especially with “Campaign Supernova.” I’m feeling pretty sick/lazy, so I’m going to do Rise of Champions badges on Monday; feel free to keep the name suggestions coming.

Originally posted by Bluji:

When are we going to have more mobile badges?

We’ll have some information about this soon.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

Originally posted by adv0catus:
Originally posted by MyNameIsNothing:

Can you make it so that the best of 2014 appears beneath the other Best of Quests please! The way it is now really bothers me haha.

I asked Greg the same thing. :P I’m sure he’ll do it today.

It’s glitched — I just get a white screen when I try to change the order. I informed QA and they’re looking into it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

Okay, the quest is about to go live. Congrats to Run 3 and Pixelo for winning the voted slots! As promised, the quest will award more points due to being 12 games instead of 10. But it’s also going to be almost all easy badges — I didn’t really plan for it to be this way, but it just turned out that most of the medium badges are longer than what I’d want to include in an already-longer-then-intended quest.

Originally posted by Holy2334:

Epic Boss fighter, because it got robbed on not ending up on the epic quest somehow.

Epic Boss Fighter was released on March 29 and got badges on April 3. The epic quest launched on April 2. The games for the epic quest were already finalized when Epic Boss Fighter was still brand new on the site, but in hindsight it might have been worth delaying the quest to include it. We actually had the epic quest and Epic Boss Fighter badges in the feature roll at the same time at one point.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I’m currently sick, so I’m (mostly) out today and tomorrow.

BUT I’m so close on Sentry Knight 2 and Rise of Champions badges that I think I can set them up from home tomorrow. They’ll look something like this:

Sentry Knight 2:

Easy: Slay 200 enemies

Medium: Earn 20-25 stars

Medium: Complete the game

Rise of Champions:

Easy: Win 5-10 battles

Medium: Reach level 10 (by unanimous vote from you guys earlier in this thread)

I just need to finalize the images and come up with some names. If you have name suggestions, please give them now!

Also, I spent all day yesterday playing through Epic Boss Fighter 2. I’m currently working my way through “insane” mode. I’m thinking there will be an easy badge for something like killing any 10 bosses, a medium badge for completing normal mode, then something harder for something further, but I haven’t decided yet. Feel free to weigh in with suggestions here too.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Dacister:

www.kongregate.com/games/EntForge/epic-boss-fighter-2
Epic Boss Fighter 2 should totally get badges.

Definitely — added!

That one might actually be the highest priority. I spoke with the developer yesterday about adding our API, and it looks like it’s in now.

I know it’s been slow this week, but the Best of 2014 is almost ready to launch, and I’ve made about half progress on a handful of games here.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, quick badge update:

- I think Sentry Knight 2 might actually be fixed now, so I’m going to look into that today. If you previously had issues with Sentry Knight 2 crashing, please play it again and let me know if you are still having issues! The developer identified the problem and uploaded a fix, but it never crashed for me so I can’t test it.

- 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…

- 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.

- I’ve played a bit of The Awakening RPG and I’m shooting for that this week.

- I’ve played a bunch of Rise of Champions, but I’m not sure how long the medium badge should be. It took me a few hours to get to level 11, and it’s slowing down a lot. I think level 10 might be okay, but the developer is suggesting level 15. Ideally it should take a few hours to earn. If you have played or have any interest in playing Rise of Champions, please weigh in with where you think the medium badge threshold should be in terms of level.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I haven’t caught up with these new posts yet (I will!), but there’s an easy badge life in Kana Warrior now.

As I mentioned in the game comments, I wanted to promote this game, but I don’t think many people are going to learn Japanese just to earn badges, so I decided to just have an easy badge early on, after completing the first set of characters. If you want to learn Japanese, keep playing! If you just want to earn the badge, I promise it’s super easy.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

20 minutes left! My personal vote is for Run 3.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Joshua_Lee:

Thanks for badging Enchanted Cave 2 and thanks again for all your work Greg.

No problem!

There’s a quick easy badge for completing Break the Limits now. That game has some seriously important-to-understand themes.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Maritos:
Originally posted by greg:

Badges are live now, thanks guys!

Just pointing that the easy badge was made exclusive: if you fulfill just one of the tasks, the badge is awarded.

Are you sure? Can anyone else confirm this? I definitely set the badge task operators to “and” and not “or”.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Badges are live now, thanks guys!

Originally posted by FlyingCat:


Dungeon Raid (Like that bug spray, and MMO activity) (Spider)

I totally wouldn’t have gotten this otherwise, so badge description’d!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

I’m going back and forth on a badge for enchanting. On one hand, it adds variety, I like the idea of exposing people to the system, and I think the game itself already encourages doing it (as Maritos pointed out, you lose the materials when you leave the cave). But on the other hand, I know some people might skip this feature entirely, and the badge would actually be pretty easy anyway if people were focused on it purely to earn the badge.

I don’t really want to have a badge for defeating the yeti because that’s pretty redundant with beating the spider and beating the sorcerer. 3/4 of the badges would just be for defeating different enemies, which is kind of repetitive.

I don’t really want to do something for floors because that also seems somewhat repetitive with beating the 80th floor.

At this point I think I’m leaning toward either having 3 badges total or maybe a second medium badge for reaching level 15. Last call for feedback. I like the suggestions here for the easy badge of finding a secret and escaping with an artifact, so I’m planning to go with that.

So I’m leaning toward this:

Easy: Find a secret cave & escape with an artifact

Medium: Defeat the spider

Medium: Reach level 15 (not floor 15)

Hard: Complete the game

The hard badge isn’t even really hard, but this game did take me a few hours to complete.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by 123aaa789:
Originally posted by greg:
Originally posted by 123aaa789:

the hard badge on the new one was just an absolute joke.

I’ve been vindicated! …sort of. It’s probably still too long to be a medium badge, but yeah, it’s really not difficult.

Yeah, too long for a medium, but I feel like some sort of star requirement would have also been nice for the hard badge, not necessarily getting all 90, but considering I finished with 67 I could see some added difficulty in requiring more. I suppose it’s too late for that now (and I don’t know if the API even supports that).

Earning stars is weird, and I’m not even 100% sure how it works. You get more stars for more kills, right? But what if your teammates do a lot of killing? Does that prevent you from getting stars?

I figured 20 was fine because you’re guaranteed 1 per mission and you’ll probably get more than that here and there just by accident, but I didn’t think that an actually hard badge for collecting stars would be much fun. I did consider it, though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by mrtim:

I got the easy badge from raze 3 by just loading the game today.

Yeah, the developer just uploaded a new version. If anyone here still has any problems, please let me know.

Originally posted by 123aaa789:

the hard badge on the new one was just an absolute joke.

I’ve been vindicated! …sort of. It’s probably still too long to be a medium badge, but yeah, it’s really not difficult.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Sorry about the Raze 3 easy badge problems, guys. I emailed the developer yesterday and I’m hoping to hear back.

I finished Enchanted Cave 2 today, and the API looks perfect. Here’s my current plan:

Easy: Find a secret room

Medium: Defeat the spider (kind of short for a medium)

Medium: Enchant 10 items

Hard: Complete the game

I could alternatively do an easy badge for escaping with an artifact, then a medium badge for discovering 5-10 secret rooms. There’s also level, though that’s kind of boring. I think the yeti is too far into the game to work as a medium badge; I wish there was something between it and the spider. Deepest floor is also kind of boring, and I don’t think I want to do one for crafting potions because it’s pretty optional.

Anyway, option #2 might look something like this:

Easy: Escape with an artifact (really similar to the easy badge in the last one)

Medium: Find 5-10 secret rooms

Medium: Defeat the spider boss OR enchant some items

Hard: Beat the game

So, there are a lot of options here, and the numbers aren’t final. I’d like to get these up tomorrow, then I can use Friday to badge something shorter. Weigh in with feedback/name suggestions if you’d like!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Maritos:
Originally posted by 123aaa789:
Originally posted by Maritos:

The easy badge for Raze 3 is not working, though, even after replaying a level.

It reported for me once I went back to the main menu and did a quickmatch, so I think it’s just not submitting during campaign missions or something like that.

Thanks for pointing that out, it worked.

I’ve never even played a quickmatch game in Raze 3, and I saw kills being submitted after each campaign mission. And that’s how I earned the easy badge myself. So I can’t replicate this problem personally, but I’ll email the developer about it.

 
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Originally posted by calebzz:

Alien campaign in Raze 3? Greg is right, it’s actually very easy if you upgrade your weapons as you go. For me personally, I just bought the next tier of the weapon categories as they became available.

Whoops, this is actually what I meant — buying the next tier of weapons.

Originally posted by Precarious:

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.

Whoops again! I’ll come up with something else.

And I never completed Raze 2 because it was too hard, but I had no such difficulty with Raze 3.

 
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Guys, the alien campaign in Raze 3 is not hard at all. Upgrade your damn weapons. I don’t think I had to replay more than one or two missions. And I actually had fun doing it!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Carnage6529:

any chance enchanted cave 2 will get badged? currently at 4.6 rating.

Yes, it’s a very high priority!

Raze 3’s API is finally fixed for real this time, so I’m just about ready for badges there. Here’s my current plan:

Easy: 30 kills (Reigniting Old Friendships)

Medium: Earn 20 stars (Credits for Carnage)

Medium: 10 weapons collected (Gunslinger)

Hard: Complete both campaigns (Back in Time for the Perfect Crime)

Weigh in with feedback and name suggestions if you’d like!

Edit: I just realized that the API submits guns and stars earned by purchasing premium content, which makes those stats pretty trivial. I’ve asked the developer to not submit stars and guns earned through premium content, and he’s going to upload that version tomorrow morning. At that point these badges will finally go up for real! Enchanted Cave 2 is my next priority, and maybe another shorter game sometime this week too.

Originally posted by louster:
Originally posted by greg:

Hey everyone,

I thought I’d start and maintain this thread to let people know about which games I’m working on putting badges in. Here’s the current queue:

- Reactor Incremental

I thought idle games didn’t get badges?

Whoops, thanks, removed.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Best of 2014 Quest voting!

I totally missed Creeper World 3 and Cardinal Quest 2. I don’t know how that happened; my brain just completely failed.

I think the only fair thing to do at this point would be to include those 2 games in the default list and just have this year’s quest be 12 games instead of 10, and award a few more points.

Sorry for the confusion, 100% my fault. My theory here is that some subconscious part of my brain filtered out Creeper World because I’m so used to those games being pre-2014, and filtered out Cardinal Quest 2 because I associated it with being a multiplayer game (I did intend to filter those), even though it’s really not. Take control of your subconscious, guys! Don’t let this happen to you! Also, get enough sleep…