Recent posts by louster on Kongregate

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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Easter Madness Event!

Originally posted by pidzej:

And about the event. If those packages will be purchasable only with cubics then this event is kind of a dissapointment for non-paying players. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers, as they say.

I’d be amazed if they’d ‘sell’ packs that include T4Rs for anything other than cubics. :/

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Easter Madness Event!

I wonder how expensive these Easter Packages are going to be. Kind of suspect “very”.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Another synergy calc

Added the basics of collection bonus stuff. Given how much the extra checks slow it down I’ve also added another thoroughness setting. Currently the collection bonuses are not ‘required’ things, they’re just tested against at the end so you can see which ones are fulfilled. I suspect once I add a ‘require these collections’ option it’ll speed up a little.

Also, kind of a dumb issue, but right now “Where ARE the Girls?” can’t be used, due to the existence of “Where are the Girls?”. Sigh.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Another synergy calc

I’ve been fooling around coding my own calc since Estava’s didn’t do quite what I wanted it to – as nice as it is!

Mostly I wanted to be able to choose ‘definitely use’ and ‘maybe use’ lists of heroes and see which ones worked best, as well as trying to work out how best to arrange heroes such that the more powerful ones benefited most from higher synergy bonuses.

I’m an apathetic noob when it comes to actually making webpages, so the page itself is bare-bones at best, but the algorithm is reasonable. In particular, the ‘fast’ synergy-only setting I added the other day really is quite fast. Took my (slow) computer 34 minutes to calculate 106 billion possibilities, for example, when it would’ve literally taken days before.

Teh link.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / 4 questions from a newbie...

Originally posted by Baldurga:

Or is it possible to “extract/download” the data from that site?

It is, yes.

It’s in JSON, and somewhat hard to read without processing, though.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Recommended heroes and suggestions for army building

So I was poking around the files the game downloads while loading, and discovered “unit_synergies_info.js” and thought of this thread – in particular the most recent post by Enfluerage.

This file appears to contain numbers corresponding to relationships between the various unit types. I don’t know what the numbers mean, but positive/negative values certainly do match up to unit types’ effective/ineffective targets, respectively.

To summarise:

          De    Ra    Fi    Ch    Ca
Defender   0    +1.1  -1    +1    -1
Ranged    -1,    0    +1    -2    +1
Fighter   +1.1  -1     0    +1.15 -1
Charger   -1    +1.5  -1     0    +1.5
Caster    +1    -1    +1    -2     0

Now, I suspect there’s far too much else to take into account for these numbers to be of any real use, but I find it kind of interesting that they’re not just all +/-1s, for one thing.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Redirected to Game of Thrones Ascent

Uhhh. Call me crazy but this really sounds like your browser or your router or your computer has been hijacked by something nasty. Scan stuff, thoroughly.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Okay, we have a major problem, and we need to fix it.

… was my post too abstruse for y’all to grasp? Because for the life of me I can’t figure out how else it could have violated any guidelines any more than the other posts here do.

Perhaps if I spelled my extremely simple point out instead: “Get a little perspective. Misplaced comments are not a big deal. If these are the things that make you mad in life, you are very lucky.”

 

Topic: Kongregate / Okay, we have a major problem, and we need to fix it.

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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate and its users have become the crew of the intergalactic spaceship.

Originally posted by WloJTqpCTolW:

If such a thing were to happen, what would be the purpose of the ship? Would we be a…

Ship of Exploration?
Ship of Diplomacy?
Ship of Trade?
Ship of Conquering?

This is a website for flash gaming, possibly one of the most pointless endeavours imaginable.

Clearly, we would be a Ship of Masturbation. (With semen-powered engines.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Find Your Kongregate User ID

Seriously, the sooner the apocalypse, the better.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Find Your Kongregate User ID

Originally posted by johnmhawkins:

Well, I guess I’ll have to post a reply so I can get mine then. Surely there’s a better way?

Not sure if there’s a reason why nobody’s posted the JSON API link yet, since it’s entirely human-readable.

In your case, the query would be: http://www.kongregate.com/api/user_info.json?username=johnmhawkins

The reverse is possible also: http://www.kongregate.com/api/user_info.json?user_id=11438520

 
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Topic: Tyrant / [DEV] Flashpoint Expansion Announcement!

Why the fuck did I ever play this game? Jesus christ. This is amazing.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate badged an "Adult Only" rated game

Originally posted by BobTheCoolGuy:

Guess it just depends on what kind of women you hang around. Most of the ones I know well are intelligent, mature women with a bright future ahead of them. And when you get to be around women like this, you really learn what a shame the objectification of women in society is.

(Hmm, this may of come across as a little self-righteous or something like that. I guess my point is that people at their best are inspiring, and they make you want to see everyone at their best. And clearly much of modern culture doesn’t put women at their best.)

The fact that this post is followed immediately by an admin making essentially a ‘lul, cartoon boobs’ joke is really telling.

Also, the totally funny (and not at all depressing) thing is that porn is probably less harmful in general than the kind of casual objectification that pervades contemporary culture.

(Tangential thought: ever since suffering my way through EBF’s irritating battle animations, I’ve wondered whether a male anime-ish character whose codpiece jiggles when he performs special attacks would be considered too ‘obscene’ or ‘adult’. It clearly would be considered ‘gay’, of course.)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New Kongregate Version: Game Hover Split Test

Dear Kongregate,

Please remove me from these utterly banal split-tests.

I do not care about whatever fancy shit you add to this website. I play games flash games as a free, easy means of distracting myself from the crushing meaninglessness of existence that consumes my waking life. Whether or not the website that I click on to do this contains 1 or 3 icons in the top right or has fancy mouse-over hover capabilities is entirely immaterial to me.

I suppose my point, essentially, is that you will gain no useful data from my behaviour. I would be obliged if you were to consider my profile as effectively non-existent.

Yours nihilistically,
louster

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate launches $10 million mobile publishing fund for indies

As part of the announcement, Kongregate also revealed that it has hired Panayoti Haritatos, formerly Zynga’s general manager, as vice president of its new mobile division.

Oh boy.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chronicles of Blood loot challenge

They used to update the contest pages with the usernames of the folks who’d won, but for whatever reason have not done so for quite a while. The most recent example I can find is this one from April 2011.

In any case: no, none of you will win anything, so quit worrying about it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chronicles of Blood loot challenge

Originally posted by pktime:

Also, I find it kind of sad that with guides available under forum posts, half of the negative comments come from people who obviously did not read them…

One, why should anyone need a guide to get through a tutorial?

Two, and what about the other half?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / New kongregate layout!

I didn’t even notice the layout had changed and I don’t even care now that it has.

But I am glad that you guys are paying people to do nothing but tweak style sheets. Keep on truckin’.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chronicles of Blood loot challenge

Originally posted by saybox:

Can someone tell me what I’m missing?

You’re not missing anything significant. It’s a badly made game.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Contest] Aliens vs. Colonial Marines Quest (Colonial Marines Win!)

Originally posted by xDianaMoonx:
Originally posted by uuu2:

One could argue the aliens are just defending themselves. ;P

Anyway I would believe the game would be more marketed to males hence the male characters.

Haha, that’s why I had put it in single quotes, depends on the perspective of course. =) But that’s the excuse of almost every game made and marketed. Usually for these Kongregate promo events, at least whenever I catch them, they’re good about having a female or gender neutral option.

Just gotta love being ignored because people still believe us female gamers/sci-fi fans don’t exist.

The (marginal) irony in all the above is that the original Alien films broke convention by featuring a strong female protagonist. It’s funny how all the game tie-ins (as far as I’m aware?) have ignored this and reverted entirely to stereotype.

On the other hand, would you have really considered changing your avatar if there had been a non-male option?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Introducing Cinematic Mode

Funny how I always seem to wind up on the new-feature side of these split tests despite none of the features offering me any benefit. There are already too many games that do not scale down and are too big for my monitor (i.e. Anti-Idle: The Game or Legend of Pandora, both of which are too tall to be conveniently playable on my laptop’s 1280×800) as it is.

Edit: and no, those two at least don’t scale down in Cinematic Mode.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Another quitting thread

Originally posted by Maik50:


  • I’m sick of pulling yet another already obsolete rare from a shard/WB pack

FWIW, this is what finally killed it for me. ~36 shard packs, 0 useful cards. No point bothering, really.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Anybody wanna calculate the odds on this?

Originally posted by lonelyterrorist:
Originally posted by louster:
Originally posted by lonelyterrorist:

What about 6 Moonsilver Plates from 18 packs? :(

(18C6 = 18564) * (0.026^6) * (0.974^12) ≈ 0.0000042, or 1 in 239,211.

Thanks :)

Ouch! I hate my.. “luck”..

This calculation is actually pretty inaccurate due to lazily using the fansite’s rounded values. It’s more like 1 in 259,095, but eh.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Anybody wanna calculate the odds on this?

Originally posted by lonelyterrorist:

What about 6 Moonsilver Plates from 18 packs? :(

(18C6 = 18564) * (0.026^6) * (0.974^12) ≈ 0.0000042, or 1 in 239,211.