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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Old Idea, Another Attempt (Effects in 2hr standards)

Put experimental effects on tournaments. Things they’ve never tried before and may never try again.

 
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Topic: GemCraft Labyrinth / don't understand how to summon

Without premium, the amounts are:

L1: 4
L2: 8
L3: 13
L4: 19
L5: 25
L6: 32

I haven’t checked past that.

 
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Topic: Bloons TD 5 / Open House now CLOSED

I agree for the most part, except that cannons get ridiculously good in the mid-game. I’m not sure whether making them able to take down black and zebra balloons is worth losing my early wizard leak-free defense. I suspect not. Plus, what’s shrapnel for?

 
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Topic: Bloons TD 5 / Bloons TD 6 Suggestions!

Get rid of the abilities that remove the black, white, zebra bloons’ protections, and make shrapnel much more expensive.

Allow ice towers and tack shooters to have different timing commands (in particular, ‘last moment’ vs ‘right away’ vs ‘continuous activation’)

Add a somewhat-stealthy bloon modifier that normal towers are at half range against, but detector towers can see at full range.

Add thick bloons that soak up more than one bloon worth of damage towards damage caps.

Add magic bloons that are briefly invincible after being popped, though while they’re invincible they don’t move. This gives bloons around them a bit of cover.

Let certain waves be in fog (range limit) or high heat (lower fire rate) etc, based on the map.

~~ interface ~~

- Fewer clicks to get to old daily challenges — OR — Reset button on challenges

- Pause button

- If you’re buying a monkey and hovering over an invalid location, show a line to the nearest place it could be put. Double-clicking places it there.

And of course this may be too much to ask, but:

- Game mechanics should be platform independent.

 
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Topic: Bloons TD 5 / Special mission solutions

Originally posted by AndreiTan:

Pretty impractical, considering the fact that the super-phoenix ability recharges so fast but it is rarely used.

My notes of when to use the bird are just warnings of the hard waves where you’ll definitely want it available, so you don’t use it on round 15 or something.

 
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Topic: Bloons TD 5 / Special mission solutions

Wizard Lord: max cannon building.

put 6 unupgraded dart monkeys on the back stretch – 3 covering each side – and 1 in front (set to ‘strong’), replacing them as they’re eaten. You don’t need a lot of support for a while. You will want to manually switch between a ‘last’ and ‘first’ strategy on the wizard – last for normal cases, ‘first’ for moments when a clump too big for your back stretch team gets by.

Summon the phoenix on round 8.

You’ve been saving money by only dropping a basic monkey each 2 rounds, but now things get trickier.

For round 11, build 4 basic cannons spread out over the front stretch. You may now upgrade dart monkeys to see cammo.

For round 15, go up to 9 cannons.

Round 16, use the bird again.

round 18, put some ninjas on the back stretch to cover the cammo. Also can put a frost tower in the first or second crook

19, upgrade cannons to 0,3

23, use the bird.

By this point you should have so many bananas that it’s trivial. Just remember, rely on massive numbers of towers all around the same price, rather than highly upgraded individual towers.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Goodnight, my little pwnies

Zeit – “only cuz you werent able to abduct a strategy”

Abducting a strategy is really really hard. I mean, first, you need to find a strategy complicated enough to pass a Turing test, then you need to manage to abduct it!

As for leaving it there – Inactive factions are clutter. We pick up after ourselves.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Simple Catfacing Solution

Originally posted by LordBucket:

Better solution:
Implement customizable rank permissions. Allow faction leaders to modify what members of each rank are able to do. Create, say…5 rank slots with customizable names, and have a simple checkbox next to each rank that determines whether people of that rank can do each thing:

  • Accept new members
  • Boot members
  • Change the message of the day
  • Declare wars
  • Post to faction chat

+1 for the mechanics AND +1 for the opportunity to add tons of flavor.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Well tyrant just lost a bunch of top players

The canvas link should have the password hash salted with the time the link was generated, and include that time in the link. Only accept canvas links with a recent time and salted-hash match.

That at least would prevent one from sitting on a bomb for a long time.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Goodnight, my little pwnies

No… that’s not it at all.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Goodnight, my little pwnies

I agree with this call. And it’s sad, but it’s the least bad option. And it’s especially sad for me as due to external factors I was compelled to exacerbate the issue by reducing my participation (buying a house / starting a new job). I held on longer than I really should have (for myself and my family) to minimize the disruption in the faction.

If our rank had ‘corrected’ to, say, 60th, quickly, then it might not have been fatal. We’d lose for a while, then we’d go back to win some, lose some. It would tear the band-aid off, and then be fun again for those who remained. We had a lot of fun at rank 60.

But even at 6 FP / day losses – taking into account the occasional win, which we could still pull off – it would take nearly a month to get out of the top 60. Well, that’s a LOT of losing, and sometimes not even close (which made the close calls all that much more agonizing – see my previous post), all while trying our hardest.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / *Suggestion* Make the auto button able to take auto off! (In combat)

Then the UI is broken – it should be a button on your hand just like ‘forfeit’. Not looking like a toggle.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

LT, I thought you quit this game…

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Goodnight, my little pwnies

For instance, we were just one active player out from beating a faction twice our size. ONE active player. You would have been a hero.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

Originally posted by JuzzieJT:
The thing is, I want to spend my Stamina whenever I can, but I also want to be able to be off Tyrant for a fortnight and not get kicked. Low level factions fulfill this, and if they’re going to be on the top300 scoreboards, why not?

That’s where having allied factions / battalions within a faction would help… want to take a break? Pop down to the reserve battalion.

By the way, rohlfo, level 10 WAS much harder to reach then. It wasn’t simply a matter of perception. It’s much easier to follow than to lead.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

Originally posted by molokot:

Faction wars are of little importance to the game as a whole

After the campaigns, faction wars basically ARE the game.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Goodnight, my little pwnies

… which is to say, we had several idealistic players who left with the arrival of Phobos. As such, we’re about 4 active players short of when we were rapidly climbing against factions much larger than us (we were only around mid-30s in size at largest, and at one point when we were in 39th rank, in 24 wars, we lost 4 of them). That small loss has turned a consistently-winning faction into a consistently-barely-losing faction.

BUT! As you can see, we can get back on the right side of that divide with the addition of very few new members. We’re just a few weeks of hypothetically-restored progress out from skimmers.

If you want to join a friendly, tightly-knit team where you’ll quickly be ‘one of us’, by making a real difference instead of being kind of supernumerary, or totally insufficient to help at all… Pwnies is the place.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

Technical proposals are tough. Just choosing to do the smart thing is way easier. If you find yourself adrift, there are plenty of factions that would love to have you, and you’d be much happier in.

Doing the smart, right thing – that’s all we can really do about it in the end, isn’t it? We can’t count on Synapticon for everything.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

What could help a lot is official faction alliances (or a single faction with multiple ‘battalions’) where you can move relatively freely between them. Then you can have a ‘farm team’ and a ‘major league’. If you’re away for a while, you can be booted to one of the lower ranks rather than kicked out of the faction altogether. The best elements of the two factions can then combine into one serious faction.

Booting someone is a big step and also hurts morale. Moving them out to a less active allied side for a while is much less severe.

And that also lets social factions span multiple skill levels. Do I want to talk a cool dude(tte) who fits faction theme and is level 20? Yes. Do I want to rely on them in battle? No.

BUT… do we want to count on the devs helping us out? No.

So, folks… If you’re disaffected with your current faction, try joining up. The best faction for you to join is the one that is most overperforming its size. They have the core to do well, so they’ll make good allies. Adding numbers will help the most.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / [UNOFFICIAL] Tyrant Faction Leader List

My Little Pwny is 3 words, not camel-case. Could make a difference on faction search…

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

Okay, I get the ego trip, but I’m much happier, ego-wise, as 40th ranked than I was as 180th, and it took a long time to get us up that far. And it’d take longer still now. Back when I joined, there were two level 12 factions.

I guess one notion is the addiction to rapid rise in the ranks. If you max out, you may want to find a new faction. Your addition bolsters them briefly, and then the honeymoon ends when they reach their new stable level. You feel frustrated, and leave… how can you keep rising rapidly? GO IT ALONE! Never mind that you were accomplishing far more just treading water in the top 50 than you are gaining 28 FP / day at level 2.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Riding a Lawnmower Through a Sea of Kittens

With the surplus of factions out there and shrinking player base, why are high-level players still starting new factions? Do you really want to spend months grinding newbies into pulp before you get to any real challenge? And then when you get to your limit, it’s not a matter of skill or even dedication – you have that, though dulled and exhausted (respectively) by months of fighting up through the ranks against weak opponents – but your trouble is being outnumbered so badly they can outscore you with a 50% win rate on fight.

Does that sound like fun?

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Happy Birthday Tyrant's Club! - Contest Winners Drawn

Happy Birthday, Club of Tyrants!

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Ability ideas

I’d also like to see armored and/or flying walls and commanders…

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Ability ideas

Oh, right! I forgot the one ability that I thought of that got me to post this in the first place!

Seduction – activation – targets an enemy; affected unit targets your units instead of allied units when rallying, healing, supplying, protecting, cleansing, etc.