Recent posts by greg on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Sorry guys, the last 2 months have been pretty bad. StrikeForce Kitty 2 wasn’t as close as I thought it was, but I think/really hope it’ll be ready tomorrow. I contacted the dev about Sentry Knight 2 and haven’t heard back yet. I played a bunch of Witch Hunt today; that one’s a high priority with a perfect API implementation. I’ll try to catch up on some others too, but I’m pretty busy with non-badge stuff lately.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Tower of Greed removed from Pixel Pack quest

This was due to the technical issue with the white screen. It seems like most people (including myself) can right-click and hit “play” to get around this issue, but since this is lame and some people aren’t even able to get around it anyway, I removed it from its associated quest.

Just letting everyone know!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Given the above, stars might be a better option for the first medium.

Whoops, I originally meant stars.

I just need names now, especially for the two mediums. I’m going to agonize over this for a while and put the badges up when inspiration strikes or when someone comes up with something awesome.

StrikeForce Kitty 2 should be good to go on Monday, then I’ll see if I can catch up a bit next week.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, I took Monday/Tuesday off, but I’m back now, and the API in Sentry Knight 2 has been fixed! I’m thinking something like this for tomorrow:

Easy: Some kills

Medium: Some medals (20? 25?)

Medium: Game completion

StrikeForce Kitty 2 is probably next after that one; I chatted with the developer a bit today.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Precarious:

Just noting that the last badge doesn’t seem to be retroactive, so if you beat the plane before it went up, you’ll have to fight it again.

This is correct, sorry guys.

Originally posted by wouterboy:

Alright, I just earned a badge named by myself for the very first time. Let’s hope for many more to come.

Thanks for the name suggestion!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by back900:
Originally posted by smitske:

So nobody is with me on card hunter , I mean its a very nice game, good score, has san API although I do not know to what extend it tracks.

We don’t vote on MMOs, Kong decides themselves on them.

Also why was vex 3 never considered for badges?

Vex 3 was more than just considered for badges — I emailed the developer about fixing the API implementation so I could add them. I never got a response.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, so I’m currently waiting on API fixes/additions for Sentry Knight 2 (it randomly stopped working and the developer and I aren’t sure what happened), Raze 3 and StrikeForce Kitty 2.

But Road of Fury 2 is reporting great, so I’m scheduling a set of badges in that one tomorrow. Probably something like this:

Easy: Travel 1k distance (or ~300 kills, but probably distance)

Medium: Upgrade your car to level 5

Medium: Complete the campaign

I’m not doing a badge for survival mode because it’s trivial to go indefinitely in it once you’re upgraded enough to complete the campaign.

Suggest names if you want!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by calleharnemark:
Originally posted by BlackBone:

Robinson Escargot


I second this.

Thirded, thanks!

I’m going to look at StrikeForce Kitty 2 this week, also.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

This week wasn’t very productive. The holiday schedule and AdVenture Capitalist sapped my brainpower. And Sentry Knight 2’s API isn’t submitting, when I thought it was.

I think I can put up a quick medium completion badge for Snail Bob at home sometime this week, though. Suggest names if you want!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Thursday's BotD changed

Originally posted by bobby71983:

epic war 1 badge hasnt worked for 3 years.

Sometimes it seems like it’s working, but the same old problems always come back. It doesn’t feel like a healthy relationship.

Originally posted by bobby71983:

Why was it even still in the botd rotation, lol.

Because everything is by default, but I just blacklisted it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Async Racing badges retired

Sadly the game has gone offline, so all 3 associated badges have been retired. Sorry for the inconvenience!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Thursday's BotD changed

It’s now in Epic War 5 instead of Epic War due to technical complaints. We’ll see if we can get the easy badge working in Epic War, but in the meantime I don’t want to risk it being the badge of the day if it’s not.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Thursday's BOTD is broken

This has been changed to the easy badge in Epic War 5. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by back900:

Just to say the description needs correcting, it is 150 turns not days. More like 1.5 million days or something.

Whoops, fixed.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Originally posted by Thok:

Successful Pyramid Scheme Badge

Gold! Thanks guys!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Upcoming Badges!

Okay, I need to give an update here. The past few weeks have been incredibly unproductive in terms of time spent and badges produced. I got to the end of Flash’s Bounty before deciding not to badge it, and I got to the end of Zombie Tactics assuming that the API implementation could be fixed, but it was not.

Last week I played through Raze 3 and Sentry Knight 2, but neither had a finished API implementation yet. The API is in both games now, but it’s past 4:00 on December 23rd, so I’m going to push both of these games to next week — but even though it’s a short work week, I’m optimistic because I’ve already played the games and the APIs are already implemented.

Over the past few weeks I’ve also been taking some time off, so combine that with playing a lot of 4 different games with nothing to show for it, and that’s the story behind the current lapse.

However, I spent today playing through Pre-Civilization Bronze Age, and the API works for game completion (I’d recommend the easiest setting). So I’m going to add a single medium completion badge for that once I get home tonight. I just need a name. Please suggest names if you can think of any!

Originally posted by LouWeed:

Just like to point out I predicted just after Picma got badged that we wouldn’t see any new badges till January 10th at the earliest. I stand by that prediction.

Pre-Civilization Bronze Age will get a completion badge tonight, and both Raze 3 and Sentry Knight 2 will almost certainly get badges next week. Your pessimism is nonetheless understandable, though!

 
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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.