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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Words Warriors has a badge now!

Is it inappropriate to suggest that (curing) Greg’s illness deserves an impossible badges? (seriously though, that sucks and I really hope a remedy will be found one day – a friend has a similar thing with his back)

My painful flare-up has subsided a lot, to maybe a 2 or sometimes 3 on the pain scale — a point where I can easily sleep through it. So I’m pretty happy about that. For a few months it was constantly at a 7-8 without any breaks. You know when you stub your toe, and it really hurts, and you’re just kind of holding on for a minute while the pain subsides? Imagine that level of pain except not subsiding… like, ever. Kinda starts to mess with your head after a while!

I know it’s not purely neurological because I do have objectively measurable physical symptoms, but nothing’s conclusive and I’m still seeing new doctors on a regular basis.

However, I am now able to sleep, and while the pain is a constant mild annoyance, it’s not completely ruining my life anymore. So I have that going for me, which is nice. But I’m done using this as an excuse for anything — the victimhood mindset is completely toxic, and playing into it only makes everything worse.

Okay, enough of that. I think Sentry Knight Conquest is next in the queue, though I also want to get the other 2 Matter of Caos games badged next week.

 
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Okay, the GemCraft easy badge is fixed now.

 
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Wow, thanks, I feel really dumb for missing this. That would explain my earlier confusion with expecting to have a lot more…

The developer just went to bed, but I sent him a message about this.

Edit: Okay, well, that was really sloppy of me — changing the number based on bad data, then launching the badge with the same bad data reporting. I temporarily changed the badge threshold to 10 to counter-balance the under-reporting. I’ll change it back to 20 as soon as the submission is fixed.

 
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Okay, GemCraft badges are FINALLY live. The only tweak I made since the last discussion was reducing the easy badge to 20 achievements. I went with the unanimous voting here for 3 hard badges, though. Thanks again for all the feedback, everyone!

The Words Warriors developer got back to me and hopefully I can get a badge up in that tomorrow, also.

 
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Originally posted by Precarious:

I don’t feel there’s enough separation between the current easy and the current medium. 30 achievements is quite a lot for an easy, and 30 levels isn’t all that much for a medium, particularly when compared to the lengths of the other three badges. Right now, there’s not enough separation between the two; it might even be possible in some cases that someone gets the medium first.

Okay, funny story, but the achievements stat was broken and I just got the developer to fix it. I actually thought that I had way more achievements than I really did. I saw them flashing up on the bottom of the screen all the time and I figured that anything less than 30 was trivial.

But now the stat is working, and I’m seeing that I actually have 21 achievements at wizard level 35. Whoops. So you’re totally right and I need to rethink these numbers.

Or just do 3 hards, since that seems to be the preference so far. I’ll decide tomorrow and get these things up for real, unless some technical issue stops me.

 
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Thanks a ton for all the GemCraft feedback, everyone! I’m caught up on other stuff and this is my current top priority. I’m either going to widen the gap between the easy/medium badges a bit (maybe 25 achievements and level 35?) or go with Precarious’s suggestion of 3 hards. Any last-minute votes on preference are appreciated.

Originally posted by Bluji:

If Words Warriors gets API, it’d be a good quick easy badge for completion. It takes like 5 minutes to do the game.

I just emailed the developer about this. I’ll put a badge up as soon as the API is added.

 
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Hey guys, quick update here — I am gone for most of next week. I’m taking a vacation from tomorrow through next Thursday. When I get back on Friday, I’m really hoping to get GemCraft badges up. I was actually hoping to get those up today, but the developer asked me to delay them while he puts up an update with some bug fixes.

So while I definitely appreciate all badge-related feedback in general, I would especially appreciate any GemCraft-related feedback over the next week. I unfortunately do not have time to personally play through this game, so I’m relying on crowdsourcing here a bit more than usual. Major thanks to Precarious for his in-depth feedback, but I should note that on the GemCraft forums I got some feedback saying that the planned badges were too short (no huge surprise here), so right now that’s kind of canceling out the limited feedback I’ve gotten here saying that they’re too long.

If you have strong feelings about the previously proposed GemCraft badges, please speak up now and I’ll read everyone’s comments when I get back next week. Again, this is the current plan:

Easy: Earn 30 achievements

Medium: Reach wizard level 30

Hard: Conquer 4 vision fields

Hard: Complete the final story level

Originally posted by Bluji:

Nice work getting those DGB badges up so quick after mentioning it got on the list, greg. I’ve got a couple things I’d like to ask about, not really game-specific but related to badges anyways.

1. Mobile badges? You said you’d come back to those “soon” earlier, but any word right now?

2. That 5-minute game quest you mentioned about? Y’know, Caesar’s Day Off, Relive Your Life etc.

1. I promise I’ll have more information about this later, but I can’t say anything quite yet. Stay tuned!

2. Again I’ll have more information about this soon, but not quite yet. We have another quest that we want to do first; it’ll be announced soon.

 
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Originally posted by back900:

greg can you give us an update on Tequila Zombies 3 and Caravaneer 2?

I’m probably going to remove Tequila Zombies 3 from the queue due to the crashing glitch, but Caravaneer 2 is still on my list, albeit at a lower priority than newer games.

Anyway, as an update, Sentry Knight Conquest, Doodle God Blitz, Matter of Caos Episode 2, and Gemcraft: Chasing Shadows are the games currently at the top of the queue.

 
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I sent the developer an email about Cube Escape: Harvey’s Box. That’ll probably go up on Monday if the API is added.

Lionheart badges went up today, so I can cross those off the list.

After reviewing feedback and talking with the GemCraft developer a bit more, this is the current plan; I’m hoping to get those live next week too:

Easy: Earn 30 achievements

Medium: Reach wizard level 30

Hard: Conquer 4 vision fields

Hard: Complete the final story level

Keep the feedback coming on GemCraft badges — I’ve already changed them around a few times.

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Plan for upcoming Kongregate badges!

Hi everyone, thanks for all the feedback! I just wanted to give an update on what the newest plan is:

Easy: Earn 30 achievements

Medium: Reach wizard level 30

Hard: Conquer 4 vision fields

Hard: Complete the final story level

Let us know what you think!

 
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Hey everyone, quick update on the plan for GemCraft badges. In light of the feedback we’ve gotten from this thread, the developer and I have decided to tweak the design of the easy and medium badges. Here’s the updated plan:

Easy: Earn any 20 in-game achievements

Medium: Reach wizard level 30

Hard: Uncover 12 hexagonal map tiles

Hard: Banish a monster with the Gem of Eternity

Let us know what you think!

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Plan for upcoming Kongregate badges!

Hi everyone!

We’re planning some Kongregate badges for GemCraft: Chasing Shadows, and we’d like to get your feedback!

Here’s the current plan:

Easy: Earn any 20 in-game achievements

Medium: Reach wizard level 30

Hard: Uncover 12 hexagonal map tiles

Hard: Banish a monster with the Gem of Eternity

Let us know what you think!

 
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Sugar, Sugar 3 badges are up — thanks to Bluji for helping with the easy one!

I’m also adding Bear in Super Action Adventure to the queue.

 
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A badge is up in Cube Escape: Arles!

Originally posted by Bluji:

When you say “banish a monster with the Gem of Eternity”, that is equal to “complete story mode”, right?

Also, one of the biggest changes in the game is the massive achievement system – it would be nice to see that utilized, especially because it requires one to get to know the mechanics of the game better. Could the easy badge use that instead of one-hit kills?

Regarding the hard badge, yes, it’s near the end, and I know that’s long. I know the medium badge is pretty long too. But there’s still a lot of stuff beyond completing story mode, right?

Regarding the achievement system, the easy badge is actually based on an in-game achievement. Or are you suggesting a badge for earning X in-game achievements? If so, propose a number!

 
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Originally posted by XEN0N:

GemCraft has started freezing after finishing any level, when you get a bit into the game, and you can’t click anything nor make any progress.

Sorry about that, might be a new bug from API changes. I notified the developer about it.

 
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Okay, after a (very long) Skype meeting with the GemCraft developer, we have some tentative badge plans! Let me know what you guys think:

Easy: Deliver 75 one-hit kills

Medium: Reach wizard level 40

Hard: Uncover 12 hexagonal map tiles

Hard: Banish a monster with the Gem of Eternity

This is an incredibly difficult game to design badges for, so any feedback here is especially appreciated!

 
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Thanks for the feedback/suggestions, guys! Quick update:

I played through Cube Escape Arles yesterday and asked the developer to implement a stat for completion. I think that’s been added, so that shouldn’t take long if it’s working.

Sugar, Sugar 3 is also on my list. The API seems to be working well.

No promises but I’m shooting to get those two and Matter of Caos Episode 1 up this week. Peter (GemCraft dev) and I are in different time zones and I need to figure out a good time to chat with him about badges. I’ve played a lot of GemCraft lately but the game is so enormous that I still don’t have any solid badge plans.

 
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Hey guys, quick update — I spent most of this week working on Lionheart Tactics and GemCraft.

The Lionheart Tactics badges will probably be an easy for completing the tutorial missions (not sure exactly where, but somewhere early) and a medium badge for getting a hero around level 20.

GemCraft… oh god… I have no idea. I’ve spent a few days on it so I’m guessing I’m about 1% through. If you have suggestions for GemCraft, please weigh in! I’m going to set up a meeting with the developer next week to talk about it.

Also, I’m gone tomorrow for Heather’s wedding rehearsal. Whoa!

 
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Originally posted by FlyingCat:

Just because of Kongpanions, I’d probably prefer it to be a hard badge so it doesn’t become a (Monday) BotD that some member can’t get.

I actually blacklist long medium badges from being badge of the day pretty regularly, and I would certainly do that here. I also move the longish badges of the day toward the end of the week, usually.

If you’ve noticed a recent badge of the day that was too long, let me know — I’m pretty liberal about blacklisting them.

 
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Okay, I just finished A Matter of Caos Episode 4 and verified that the API is working correctly. I’m interested in any additional feedback that anyone would have about the badge difficulty, because it seems more like a hard badge than a medium badge to me. It’s pretty long and some of the puzzles are really obscure, even if there’s no pixel-hunting.

I agree about badging the older games in the series as well. Since I’ve been pretty slow on badges lately and I’m so close on getting a badge up in Episode 4, I think I’m going to do that first, then I’ll work through the older games in the series starting next week.

I just went back and enabled the “game completion” stat in the leaderboard for the first 3 Matter of Caos games, which means that if you complete any of the 3 earlier games now, the future badges will be 100% retroactive, even without having to load your save file and do the end again.

Please weigh in with feedback about whether completing Episode 4 should be a medium badge or a hard badge. Honestly I could go either way, so I’ll defer to a vote here. Also feel free to suggest names if you’d like.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Fancy Pants Adventures from its 2 quests

Originally posted by Andyb112:

If I get the new badge in Your First Quest will I get the bonus points for completing it?

No, you can only earn the quest medal and points once.

 
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What? You are now in charge of multiplayer games? Isn’t that the faculty of rawismojo? Does rawismojo just quit?

rawismojo moved on to our mobile publishing division a year or two ago. It’s been just me making all the badges since then. I always did the multiplayer badges, but our virtual goods team selects the games.

 
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Thanks for the support, everyone — I definitely appreciate it! I’ve been dealing with this pain gradually worsening for most of my life, and it just ramped up a lot recently. I’m still adjusting, but sleeping pills are helping a lot with the insomnia. I’ll learn to deal with it. Anyway, let’s get this thread back on track…

The next two multiplayer games to receive badges will be Party of Heroes and Lionheart Tactics. The plan for Party of Heroes is an easy badge for getting some honor and a medium badge for completing the Gognarr-Dum Vault.

I don’t have any plans for Lionheart Tactics yet, so suggest away!

Regarding single-player games, A Matter of Caos: Episode 4 seems like a good candidate for a completion badge. I’ll look into that tomorrow.

Also, on a badge-related note, Fancy Pants has been removed from its two associated quests due to lag issues (Anika’s Odyssey replaced it in the Best of 2007 quest and Fancy Pants 3 replaced it in the “Your First” quest).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Fancy Pants Adventures from its 2 quests

Okay, that actually took way longer than I thought it would. Fancy Pants has now been replaced with Anika’s Odyssey in the Best of 2007 quest (partially an editorial decision, though it was one of the highest-rated replacement options), and Fancy Pants has also been replaced with Fancy Pants World 3 in the “Your First Quest” set (can’t let too much fanciness escape our quests!).

So if lag issues in Fancy Pants were preventing you from earning these quests, you’re all out of excuses now!

 
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Perhaps Greg needs some medical attention.

I am currently seeking medical attention for severe chronic pain that is making sleep nearly impossible. I have seen 8 doctors about this matter and have not received anything close to a diagnosis (other than 1 doctor telling me that I just needed to learn to live with it after he ruled out cancer). I have undergone numerous tests that have turned up nothing. I have been missing some work lately as a result of this, and the severe sleep deprivation/constant pain is having an enormous effect on my day-to-day energy levels and cognitive functioning.

When I get home each day, I do nothing but medical research. I don’t really have a life outside of this anymore. I can’t focus on doing anything else because the physical pain is just too severe. I’m currently paying for a subscription to UpToDate purely to access medical information because I’ve already exhausted everything on websites like WebMD, and I’ve mentally given up on getting a diagnosis from doctors (though I’m still continuing to schedule new appointments with new doctors on a regular basis — there is never a gap when I don’t have something scheduled with someone).

I realize this is kind of TMI, and I don’t mean to sound whiny, but the truth is that this job at Kongregate is very important to me, and I realize I’m not currently performing it to my full potential. I understand that it’s a bit comical to make a compilation of all the times that I’ve apologized for missing self-imposed deadlines and quotas, but please realize that no one is more bothered by this than I am, and there’s a bit more than just laziness going on here.