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Topic: Realm Grinder / NU elves rush (R19+) - best reseachers in e69-e92 range.

Elves can’t take s175, and they can’t take 6 picks from spellcraft.

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / Post-Challenge Builds

Originally posted by Asmora:

Titans, surely. All this faffing about with Faceless is ultimately nonsense at this point.

And actually, for any multi-day Faceless run once you have Focused Thoughts, it’s actually better to NOT take the duration upgrades. Getting more casts in will boost your BW far past where double or even triple duration would have. I don’t think that’s working as intended, but that’s the way it’s working right now.

Absolutely right on both counts. Only reason to go Faceless right now is to grind up Omnipresence; I’m actually waiting on the next expansion to reinc again (since the game continues to give us challenges/researches/trophies/etc we need fresh reincs to do, so it’s not a great idea to reinc too much once you’ve finished the current content).

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / R26 should do Unique Druid or Non-Unique Druid?

Originally posted by IanIanIan:

Since druids is all about maximizing your LEAST productive building, you will want to go non-unique. That is, until your stonehenges are now the least productive, in which case you will bump them up a little bit. Unless you can take the upgrade that has GB hit 2 targets, then you can leave your bottom target as low as you want and only worrt about maximizing your second least productive building.

Exactly. If you’re going to go Druids, C300 is mandatory, and then you go full non-unique. Not sure why you would, though – Titans are better.

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / Underpowered/Duplicate Research upgrades

Originally posted by why_amihere:

Goblins: C175 makes it into all Goblin builds below R26 unless you have two of the following: GotK/long Elf runs to boost C135; lots of Goblin time this Reincarnation to boost C200 and want to do long runs (U Goblins); lots of offline time and can use C250 effectively; lots of offline time and can use C305 effectively. Goblins are powerful enough already, and don’t really need an extra boost.

Without 5 upgrades opened in C, Goblins should not even consider C175 – the four previous ones are all orders of magnitude better. With 5 opened up, C175 only makes the cut because C80 does effectively nothing for gobs, not because it’s worthwhile. It takes almost no work to get C135 better than C175. I have never once taken C175.

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / Challenges

Angel 2 listing is incorrect. I just produced over 500k mana in under 40 minutes and did not get the challenge. Do not know the correct challenge, but the listed challenge is wrong.

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / List of base Merc builds

The listed Pyrastrike Plus build (which is just Pyrastrike with Angel bloodline) is demonstrably inferior to Pyrastrike with Drow BL, since Earthly Bonds lets you Priority cast all 5 spells and you don’t need any clicks in Pyrastrike (your assistants are 100% of your bonus). I do highly recommend Pyradrow for overnight runs – I have yet to find a build which can compete with it over the 12-16 hour timespan I have overnight.

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / "Based on" upgrades

Listed reinc formula is flat-out incorrect, as it cannot output 1.9, which is my next reinc value.

I think this is correct, instead:

floor(12.5*(sqrt(1.6*x)-1)*2)/10

That would mean this is also correct, and is simpler:

floor(25*(sqrt(1.6*x)-1))/10

Note that it only provides valid output if you have reinced at least once. Covering the initial case (0 reincs):

floor(25*(max(sqrt(1.6*x)-1,0)))/10

 
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Topic: Realm Grinder / "Based on" upgrades

Anyone know the formula for Infernal Magic, the demonic upgrade for mana income based on Hell Portals?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Eggstraordinary

Originally posted by Cezar55:

Eggstraordinary’s name has been changed.

I would like to see the name back.

Your feedback will be considered with the same weight as anyone else’s.

In the interim, please enjoy this inspirational video to salve the pain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC0atjzyFxk

Have a nice day!

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If you Had to Be Someone of the Oposite Gender

Christy Walton. For sure.

 
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Topic: RobotPet / One way to balance armor

Someone in game room 2 was asking me for an example way to balance armor, so I wrote one. It’s just an example and not necessarily the best solution (for example, you could use a geometric series to have defence scale with level), but I thought it might find general interest.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13ykoM8V_AkmFjssm56oHy49U4JCLqr6LxCDDM2ct9TI/pub

 
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Topic: RobotPet / Heavy armor sucks

Copied from my bug report, to benefit everyone:

If you’re receiving d damage every s seconds, that’s d/s dps you’re being hit with. A defence of a (standing for armor) should mean that instead of d damage, you receive d(1-a/100)/s dps. Your time to live with health h is approximately (remember, the damage on the shot that kills you “wastes” any damage past bringing you to 0 health, so this has some error in it) h/(d(1-a/100)/s) = hs/(d(1-a/100)). Taking s/d as an unknown (it’s enemy seconds per damage), that’s spd * (h/(1-a/100)), so h/(1-a/100) is the number you want to maximise.

Unfortunately, heavy armor has inappropriate scaling. If you compare heavy and medium armor at the same level and rarity, medium armor consistently has a higher value for h/(1-a/100).

Examples from my inventory:
Level 108 gold heavy armor: health 570.9, defence 20.8 = 720.83
Level 108 gold medium armor: health 852.5, defence 11.5 = 963.28
Taking medium armor as balanced, the heavy armor would need a defence of 40.73 (I’m rounding – it would be slightly worse, but 40.74 would be slightly better) to properly compare.

So you can safely ditch heavy armor you pick up – medium armor is better.

 
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Topic: RobotPet / Health vs Defence

I haven’t tested the dev’s claims, but the developer claims that defence is percentage based.

If you’re receiving d damage every s seconds, that’s d/s dps you’re being hit with. A defence of a (standing for armor) should mean that instead of d damage, you receive d(1-a/100)/s dps. Your time to live with health h is approximately (remember, the damage on the shot that kills you “wastes” any damage past bringing you to 0 health, so this has some error in it) h/(d(1-a/100)/s) = hs/(d(1-a/100)). Taking s/d as an unknown (it’s enemy seconds per damage), that’s spd * (h/(1-a/100)), so h/(1-a/100) is the number you want to maximise.

Using your numbers: 100000 health, 20 defence = 100000/(1-20/100) = 125000. 120000 health, 18 defence = 120000/(1-18/100) = 146341.46. The latter is better.

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / Official Thread: Need Blue Portals?

I have 1 blue to give away, since one of the people who shot me was already full when I went to return fire. I hope this doesn’t invite too much spam, but PM me for it if you want.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Post here if you need a blue portal shooter or orange portal shooter.

I have two more blue shots and need two more orange! Fire away!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Post here if you need a blue portal shooter or orange portal shooter.

I’m blue, have all three to shoot, need to be shot 3 times.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Blood Drive Quest

I resolved it by loading up one of the games from the quest; as soon as the game loaded I got the medal. Hopefully they can fix the bug, but I’ll leave these posts here so anyone else who encounters the issue knows how to resolve it themselves.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Blood Drive Quest

I have completed all of the Blood Drive quest achievements; in fact, I had them all done before the quest was declared. The quest will not reward me with the medal. :’(

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Badge Sorting Broken

Excellent, thank you, Maik. That tool is wonderful.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Badge Sorting Broken

When I am looking at the list of all badges, and I select the drop-down option to show me only unearned badges, it does not work – I still see badges I’ve already earned.

It would also be nice if earned status and badge difficulty were not mutually exclusive, i.e. not in the same drop-down, so the two could be combined, e.g. show only unearned easy badges.

 
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Topic: Dream World / Official Bug Reports Thread (new)

I get the following when I try to load the game in Firefox 3.6.3:
500 Internal Server Error

An error occurred while trying to rate the website using the webfiltering service.

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Heroes of Gaia] HoG Doesn't Load

Heroes of Gaia just doesn’t finish loading. I get cape flapping guy and that’s it. How did a game this buggy get badges? I can’t earn a badge unless I can play the game. :(

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Let the smithing begin! (New Kong Version: CR 2009.11.19)

Am I the only one who has no idea what the new OCD fix is? I can’t find any clues anywhere.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Button Hunt 1&3 Guides

I can’t do the first boss on ButtonHunt 3; my machine doesn’t behave the way yours does in the video, and following the directions exactly just fails repeatedly. I’ve even helped other people with the level, so I’m sure I’m doing it correctly.

It really sucks because now I have no access to this badge.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Dinowaurs Beta Testers Wanted

I’d like to beta test, please.